A lot of people ask me if they need a chiropractor. Short answer: yes, you have a spine and a brain and we keep those running smooth. Longer answer, well… watch!
Coming out isn’t just a matter of disclosing a sexual or gender identity. For many LGBTQIA+ people, it’s a lifelong and even a spiritual practice; I look inward, I find what’s really there – what’s really true about who I am – and I bring what I find outward, to share and show myself authentically. I name aloud what and how I am. I use the phrase “coming out” to denote that I’m doing my work of self-discovery and revelation.
Which is to say:
MOM, DAD, I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT: I’M A WIZARD.
Ok, this is maybe not that shocking an announcement, since “Posture Wizard” has been on my business cards for over 3 years. Bear with me a second.
I got into Chiropractic so that I could have a set of technical skills and knowledge to really help people, and a “doctor” in front of my name to lend me credibility. Before I started school, I had this thought:
“I’ll be a chiropractor so I have a convincing and socially acceptable smokescreen behind which I can take people on transformational journeys in their bodies.”
When I started school, to my absolute shock, I discovered that this is already a well-established tradition in chiropractic.
What I’ve been learning in quarantine (the Mandatory Introspection Period, as my best friend terms it) is that the most meaningful work I can offer is work that is transformational, at least a little bit magical, and rooted in a philosophical position that the body itself is our greatest spiritual teacher.
The best results I know how to deliver involve not just healing the physical structure of the body, but transforming the entire story of our lives to be one of deeper meaning, greater joy, and more heartfelt connections. Healing and understanding the body is the best way I’ve learned to do that.
I have resisted that word, “spiritual” for a long time. I don’t want to be one of those chiropractors. I’ve wanted to be taken seriously. I’ve wanted to be seen as a “legitimate” doctor.
But when I look at my values, there are two things that matter most to me:
- This process of turning inward to learn, turning outward to name and share what I’ve found.
- Loving people so hard that they can’t help but start loving themselves more.
And that is literally my spiritual practice, y’all. When I use the word ‘wizard’ to refer to myself, I mean I’ve practiced diving into the dark inside, and naming the lights I find there. It means I can hold the flashlight for you while you dig, and hold your hand when it gets hard, and cheer for you when you catch a fragment of truth in there.
Helping people grow and evolve and share who they truly are is the Great Work. I am glad you’re doing it with me. Let’s make the world a better place by growing into who we are meant to be. The world needs us all awake and fully alive.
This practice is a special application of the Seated Seaweed practice, targeting the neck. If you haven’t done the seated seaweed practice, start there.
This 5 minute practice helps reduce muscular neck tension, and even more importantly, guides the nervous system away from the fight-or-flight self-defense mode and back into rest-digest-connect-and-heal mode, where we thrive.
This practice is great for quickly soothing the nervous system, turning down the fight-or-flight response, inviting your brain to remember to breathe, and reset yourself back into the rest-digest-connect-heal mode.
Remember to use the lightest possible pressure; you’re looking to soothe the brain and ask the tissue to lengthen, you’re not trying to work out knots!
See if you can notice:
- your brain chills out (fight or flight drops, mental chatter quiets)
- your body feels looser afterward (fuller breath, wiggle-factor increases, more fluid movement)
- emotions might move a bit more (increase intensity, decrease intensity, suddenly appear or disappear)
This practice is drawn from the work of the incomparable Dr Satya Sardonicus. Check out her site here.
This series of movements will increase your mobility slowly and gradually (ie safely and sustainably) if you practice them regularly. There are two goals with this work:
- Soften and open the joints and surrounding tissues gently and safely
- Turn down the fight-or-flight response in your nervous system, particularly for folk with trauma or injuries in or around the pelvis.
See if you can notice:
- Your brain chills out (fight or flight drops, mental chatter quiets)
- Your body feels looser afterward (fuller breath, wiggle-factor increases, more fluid movement)
- Emotions might move a bit more (increase intensity, decrease intensity, suddenly appear or disappear)
This practice is great for shifting the brain from fight-or-flight back into our default rest-digest-connect mode. The goal is not to soften the tissue of the feet and calves by rubbing or working those tissues, but to let the brain check in, reactivate self-healing mode, and soften those tissues itself (when your brain is good and ready to soften safely!)
Give us a call to schedule a consult if you’re having trouble with this.
You can use these simple movements to start shifting your brain from fight/flight/freeze back into rest/digest/connect (our natural baseline, and the place our self-healing kicks into gear from!) in just 2-3 minutes of slow, small practice.
Try it out. If you have any trouble give us a call to schedule a consultation to trouble shoot!
Tech Neck has been making the news lately. The chronic postural problem caused by using our phones too much (or incorrectly), or spending too much time at a computer setup that isn’t ergonomically ideal can lead to headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, even tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers. Here are a couple of resource videos that give you some simple solutions to implement at home now, to reduce symptoms. If you’re having any of these problems and they don’t go away within a week of diligently practicing these tips, give us a call at 415-735-1778 and schedule an appointment to see if we can help!
I was hesitant to even post this posture study, because this patient was in such bad shape when he came in that it almost looks fake. He had a lot of back and hip and glute pain, couldn’t walk for more than a few minutes, and couldn’t play with his niece. He’s come a long way!
Are you surprised to learn that this patient isn’t just in less pain, but happier and more motivated about reaching his goals than ever?