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I'm moving!

Don't worry!

I'm only relocating 5 minutes away.

It's time to make a change.

Last week I announced that I was going to share some news.

Now I'm ready to tell you all!

It took me a few months to simmer with the idea, and once I made the decision, I knew it was the right thing to do.

I'm moving my practice back into my house.

In Streatham Hill.

Overall, this move is better for me.

The main reason is because I'm a mum.

And children don't stay little very long.

Time flies.

And my priority in life - the most important thing to me - is my family.

So, moving my practice back into my house is the best thing for me now so I can juggle my family life, and my practice life.

Ultimately, I know it's what will allow me to serve you better.

So, my new address for my practice is:

2 Wavertree Rd, SW2 3SW

My first day adjusting at the new address, my house, will be on Tuesday 30th January.

So, in two weeks when you come to your adjustment don't come to 44 Lancaster!

I'll be sending out texts to people to make sure there's no mistake. 

I wouldn't want you to come to Lancaster and I'm not there! 

That would stress you and me out.

I don't want that to happen.

Parking is not as easy since it's just near the Streatham Hill high street. 

But, if there isn't a car in front of my driveway, feel free to park right in front. No problem!

If you have any questions, please hit reply and let me know!

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at my new practice location!

In the meantime, see you later on this week for your next adjustment.

— Dr MaryAnne
 

Magical Silver Man at Covent Garden

The other day I took my daughter to the Covent Garden Apple store. We don't really go very often, and I can't even remember the last time I went with my daughter.

It was a Saturday, at midday, so you can imagine how crazy the area was, packed with tourists, performers, and people enjoying the sunny summer day.

If you know Covent Garden, then you'll probably know about those street performers that are painted in either gold or silver, dressed in strange costumes, and magically suspended on a platform. 

"How do they do it?" I asked out loud, not expecting my daughter to respond.

"Oh, simple. That box underneath them has 4 big magnets, and they have a few magnets hidden in their clothes. That's how they do it. I saw a video on YouTube."

Right. Now I know what my daughter does when she uses my computer.

Anyway, I couldn't help but notice one performer who happened to have the most impressive and talented presentation. He also had the most horrible forward head posture I've seen in a while. Now, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, chalking it up to it being part of his performance. But still, it was remarkably bad posture, and I didn't want to think about how uncomfortable he must feel at the end of each day after hours of doing this. 

What a pain in the neck he must have!

I absolutely love what I do, adjusting people every day, helping people feel better and be healthier with chiropractic. It's the best job in the world.

But, if there is any one bad thing about it it's that I walk around noticing people every day with fantastically bad posture. In fact, every day at least a half a dozen times a day, I just want to walk up to a person with bad posture just to help them straighten up.

What is it caused by? Well, it is the defence posture, which is a response to stress.

When something negative happens in our lives, whether it's an accident, or an emotional trauma, or an ongoing stressful situation, the body goes into a stress response. That stress response creates a defence posture.

Head forward, shoulder muscles tense, shortness of breath, tail tucked in, heart rate increased, and many more things that we don't even know about. Just think about a scared dog. That's pretty much what we do when we're stressed.

Imagine years and years and years of that, stressful event after stressful event, starting as a child, and WHAA-LA! Chronic severe bad posture. And most of these people have no idea how bad it is. No self-awareness.

Bad posture creates a whole lotta problems with your health including poor concentration, spinal cord impingement, headaches, poor lung capacity, fatigue, low immune system function, depression, etc. 

I bet that silver man hovering over Covent Garden has no idea how bad his posture is. I even took a picture of him. Take a look!

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Body awareness, exercise, proper sound and regular restful sleep, wholesome nutrition, and regular chiropractic care will not only prevent you from developing bad posture, but it can also help reverse it. But start by being aware of it. 

And unless you're married (because you know your spouse is telling you to stand up straight), you probably don't even know it.

So book yourself in for a chiropractic check-up and start getting adjusted. 

What Does Posture and Stress Have To Do With It?

 

When you were little, did your mother or grandmother tell you to sit up straight, don’t slouch, and pick up your head? In some way or another, we intuitively know that good posture is important for good health. But, just because we know about a lot of things in life doesn’t mean that we understand it and apply it to ourselves.

So what does good posture mean? Why is it so important? We all have the understanding that we have a heart that pumps blood, lungs to take in oxygen, a stomach to break down food, and many other systems that keep us alive and functioning. All of your systems work together, not in parts, and the whole body is a complex machine that is constantly adapting, regulating, healing, and reorganising. 

The most important system that acts as the ‘hard drive’ and ‘main frame’ of your body is the central nervous system: your brain that sits in your head is the hard drive and it is always sending and receiving signals from your body via your spinal cord. Your nervous system is the master system of the body, constantly controlling and monitoring every function in your body. It never stops. And it is the only system in the body that is fully encased and protected by bone. The muscles along the spine are there to actively support your posture, voluntarily and involuntarily. How does this play in the role of your health? It is essential to have a healthy spine and nervous system in order for your body to function the way it needs to.

Chiropractic care is about getting your spine and nervous system checked, with regular adjustments throughout life. Just as you might choose to eat healthy, do exercise like pilates, and other lifestyles to support your health, it is important to also have your spine taken care of regularly. Why? Because the moment you are born, your nervous system is constantly taking in information and adapting and regulating to keep your body well. 

Stresses in life are what impact the body. These stresses are either physical, chemical, or emotional/mental. Physical stresses are car accidents, falls, chronic bad posture, overuse of texting, and other daily life activities. Chemical stresses include pollution, alcohol, smoking, food additives, poor diet, and low nutrition. Emotional stresses range from single incidents like arguments with a spouse, or chronic stress from long-term issues. It’s part of natural life that we are bombarded with these stresses, and it is our nervous systems that have to allow for the body to be able to cope with them to be healthy. 

As we process these stresses every day, our bodies ‘download’ them into our nervous systems and cause a response. As the response is being processed through our senses (either hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, or a combination), there is an impact on our other systems, including our hormones, body temperature, heart rate, and muscles. 

Let’s imagine back 100,000 years ago when there were saber-toothed animals chasing us for their lunch. That’s a source of stress! When we see that animal chasing us, our fight-or-flight system engages, and it’s instant action! All of a sudden our digestive system shuts off, our adrenaline kicks in, the eyes dilate, our blood pressure rises, the heart beats ferociously, and blood flows to our arm and leg muscles. That’s all happening to keep you from dying a horrible death! The problem is that now, we don’t have any saber-toothed animals chasing us for lunch. Yet, our bodies react to stress in exactly the same way, and our lifestyles usually don’t allow for proper release of that stress. This causes a build up of tension inside the body that is ‘stored’ in our brain and nervous system. Your ‘hard drive’ becomes overwhelmed and the effect is a negative change in posture which puts more pressure on all the other systems of the body. Our spines form into a ‘pattern’ called the defence posture. This pattern of defence posture puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which will in turn cause interferences throughout the nervous system. These interferences, called subluxations, disrupt the communication and flow of the messages between the brain and the body.

Having your spine checked and adjusted with regular chiropractic care from birth is essential for a strong healthy life. Babies and children thrive when their nervous systems are clear. As children grow year after year, their bodies also have to assimilate, adapt, regulate, and heal. Keeping your spine balanced and aligned through childhood and into adulthood sets you up to have a healthy life. Your body’s systems are strong and healthy, your thoughts are clear, and your perception of the world is more open when your nervous system is free from interferences. 

In my office I see people with all sorts of pain and health issues. In the beginning there is a bit of Q&A, then I assess your nervous system with a complex computer system, a spinal posture analysis, and finally end with a thorough adjustment. The pain is what wakes people up (I talk about that on my website and blog). Pain is what gets people to stop and change what they are doing, but most people just want to be ‘fixed’. In my office I explain to everyone that I don’t ‘fix’ people. That’s not what my services offer. It is important for us to see what is the cause of the pain and health issue. In my opinion, it would be a disservice to you to just ‘treat’ the pain and then not help you reach a better state of health so the problem doesn’t come back. 

Most people see pain as the problem. Did you have the pain first, and then the problem started? No. It’s the other way around. Guess what, you’ve had the problem for a long time, and the pain was what alerted you to make a change to shift things around. Pain is just a signal to get you into action to focus on your health. Nothing in life doesn’t require a significant amount of time. Getting healthy takes time. Taking responsibility for your pain and body also takes time. Denial of that will get you nowhere. 

The chiropractic care that I recommend to help people get to better health is specific and personal to each individual. And I also recommend to everyone to get their nervous systems checked for subluxations (interferences). You don’t have to be in pain to get adjusted. In fact, when you feel well, that’s the best time to get your adjustments. Keep your system strong and supported. Don’t wait for a breakdown of your health to act. And when you do feel unwell, it’s not because you’re sick. It’s because your body is adapting. It’s your body’s way of telling you that it’s time to recuperate, slow down, rest, and let your body do its healing. 

Get your nervous system checked, your spine adjusted, and become more aware of your posture and health with chiropractic care.

— Dr MaryAnne.