Manicures and pedicures are very popular and I have to say, they make my hands and feet feel better. There are risks and if you know me, you know I will do almost anything to avoid fungus. And there have been bad cases of fungus reported from having a manicure or pedicure in a spa that was not using proper cleaning products. There are some establishments I have left because I can’t stand the chemical smell. I like the ones that are so well ventilated that I don’t have to smell the acrylic nails and the smells from the polish. I also make certain they are using sanitary products and keep their basins clean. Older people may have a more difficult time keeping their toes and toenails healthy. Note: great gift idea!
One of the problems with women wearing high heels is it causes dropped metatarsals. That is where the bone coming down to the toes, falls. Just by looking at a woman’s foot in a high heel, the mechanics are obvious. I believe I have read that even Oprah says she uses high heels just for photos. Why? Because they hurt and especially as we get older. And yes, they are so cute! I tell the young girls to enjoy them because there will come a day when they can’t do that anymore. Maybe they can do it, but they will FEEL the wisdom of choosing more comfortable shoes. Our feet need to last a lifetime, so be judicious with your shoes! And after a night of wearing high heels, give your feet a nice, good foot rub!
Did you know that a common reaction to taking certain antibiotics is that a tendon in your body will degenerate? Normally it is the Achilles tendon, but it can be other tendons. I’ve had patients experience this and it is no fun. That is another reason I love the nutritional approach I use in my practice so I can keep from talking antibiotics and help other people avoid them too. The last antibiotic I took was in 1980. I’m not saying I won’t ever take one, but as long as I can clear the infection with nutritional products, why would I want the side effects of the antibiotics? It is well known they disturb the digestive tract by killing our good bacteria. The moral of the story: avoid them if you can!
The holidays are upon us. Please remember as you gift older people that nothing is more important than health. If they hurt, maybe a bottle of lotion with arnica in it would be helpful. Throw in an essential oil. I love the muscle massager I have which makes it possible to massage your own body. A gift certificate for a massage would be something they can really appreciate. Rescue remedy for sleep would be a great stocking stuffer for those with difficult sleep on occasion. Or if you give them a basket, make it fresh fruit and nuts. Throw in a candle and they will love it. Let’s have a healthy holiday!
Do you have happy feet? When I think about all the work the feet do, the line that comes to mind is from Roger Dangerfield. “They get no respect!” They certainly don’t get the respect they deserve, that is until your feet hurt, and then they have your absolute attention. Then, and only then, do you experience just how important it is for your feet to be happy! Those little things (by comparison) support all of your weight and carry you from place to place. Never compromise footwear by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Show your feet some love and massage them! Get a bottle of water and push it back and forth on the floor with each foot. Then a pedicure (yes, you men too)! Ah…the feet are already feeling better.
A word that describes our life these days is BUSY. Rest is in short supply and in can really show up in your health. It might hard to take a whole day off for rest and recuperation, but it is possible to take 10 minutes each day to breathe and allow your self to simply BE. Breathe deeply and feel the relaxation. These moments can be caught while you are waiting for your kids or standing in line at the grocery store. Obviously, it would feel better if you were in a chair by the fireplace, but your time waiting is spent anyway, so let’s use it to support better health. And yes, plan that relaxing get-away where you can recharge!!
When people hurt, the most common thoughts are, “it will go away.” And sometimes it does go away. That is why it gets confusing. Sometimes it will go away without any intervention at all and sometimes it doesn’t. The body compensates for all the things we do the best it can, but at some point, it can’t compensate anymore and we have pain. That is why maintenance care is so popular. You come in once a month or once every six weeks and get adjusted so the nervous system is capable of compensating once again. You keep changing the line in the sand of how much your body can compensate and that will keep you, outside of trauma, asymptomatic. Schedule your chiropractic appointment.
A patient was in my office with terrible back pain. I adjusted her. I worked her muscles. I did reflex points. I used my laser. I really needed to get her out of pain because she had an event to attend. But nothing I did seemed to help. And then I thought, maybe I should check for something emotional. I found, through using NET, there was an emotional element related to her back pain. It cleared, she stood up and the pain was all gone. Sometimes our pain isn’t relieved by what we thought would relieve it. Dr. Candace Pert, who wrote The Molecules of Emotion, once said that when she started researching emotions, she thought emotions were all in the brain. It wasn’t long into her research she realized, emotions are all over the body!
It is common for us to have pain in our bodies for chemical reasons. It wasn’t long ago that my knees were bothering me. They hurt and in my job, I was standing all day. My thoughts were, “I’m getting older,” and
“I should lose weight,” and “I have had twenty car accidents.” My feelings were based on fear that something was wrong with my knees. Then I came to my senses and thought, “I will test myself.” I found that I had an issue with mercury related to my knees. I took a supplement to pull the mercury, and just as quickly as the knees hurt, the hurting went away. Keep in mind, sometimes it isn’t the joint that is causing the pain, but a chemical irritant.
We are saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall. I can already feel fall in the air. The change in season is a reminder to us all that change in our life is a good thing. Each season brings something new and refreshing and although we liked the season we are leaving, there is something very inviting about beginning a new season. That season can be the climate, like spring, summer, fall and winter. Or it can be the sports seasons, football, basketball and baseball. Or it can be our life. Each new season offers new opportunities and possibilities. When we move houses, we get to clean out the old and bring in the new. Getting rid of our old clutter is so refreshing! New energy is created and old energy is released. We have a new beginning. Because we are creatures of habits, we can create new habits in a new environment. All in all, change is good. The most important quality that is needed with change is a good attitude because change always brings some adjustment!
Announcement: I have a new change in my life. I moved my office. I have new surroundings, new space, new paint and beautiful scenery. There is much to appreciate about my new working space. And I’m certain more change is on the way! So stay tuned.
I have relocated to the intersection of Wadsworth and Hampden. I am in the southeast corner of the intersection, located inside the First Bank building. If you are going south on Wadsworth, you go under Hampden and the First Bank is on the east side of the street. Most people have computer mapping. However, feel free to call for directions. Once you get to the bank, there is an elevator on the right as you walk in the front doors. Take the elevator to the third floor. I am in suite 301, the first door on the right as you go down the hall. The address is:
3500 South Wadsworth Suite 301,
Lakewood, CO 80235.
I look forward to seeing you.
Just because change is good and freeing and allows a person a fresh start, it doesn’t mean there aren’t feelings involved in leaving what was. We knew what to expect and we all love a routine. We have to give some things up to allow for the new to arrive in our life.
And that is true with any change we make. No need to give ourselves a hard time. Some people make change and never think another thing about it while others have a more difficult time with change.
For me, right now, change is about my office. For many children right now, change is about going back to school. You may notice some children can’t wait to start the new school year while others mourn the loss of the summer and their free time. Because each person deals with change differently, having compassion for oneself as well as others, like our children, is the best route. It will always be beneficial to work with accepting change into our lives, as it is a constant, in one way or another.
The most constant change in life is our body. When young, a child doesn’t notice the change, but the adults in their lives do. As we get older, we begin to notice a wrinkle here and there and our hair changes color. Learning to accept the ageing process is important and allows us to enjoy our later years. Again, much of the challenge is between the ears!
Change is non-negotiable in life: it will happen. I challenge you to do a self-check. How do you handle change in your life? How does your family handle change? What can you do in your life, as well as your family’s life, to support the process of change for you and yours? I would love for you to leave a comment below indicating what strategies you have used to implement change in your family that allows more acceptance and an ease of change! Have a great month!