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Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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5 Self-Care Tips to Combat Sleepless Nights and Chronic Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 06, 2018

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Self-care is a phrase frequently talked about but rarely understood. We all seem to have plenty of time for stress, but never enough for self-care. A healthy, happy life requires we find a balance between managing care for others while prioritizing care for ourselves.

No matter what takes center stage in your life— family responsibilities, work deadlines or end-of-semester finals— you will be better equipped to everything that comes your way if you are also taking the time to care for yourself. Here are a few ways you can sneak self-care into your everyday routine.

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Topics: Self-Care, chronic pain, Insomnia, Sleep, Neurofeedback, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, brain map

Exercises Seniors Can Do to Reduce Pain and Improve Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

As we age, both our bodies and minds are more prone to pain and malfunction. This is a major challenge for many seniors, who are used to being active and staying healthy. If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic physical or mental pain, there are many things you can do at home or in senior living that will make a big difference. Here are some of the most effective exercises to help seniors reduce pain and improve mental functioning, particularly for those in assisted senior living.

Meditation

Meditation is an incredible exercise for both physical and mental health. Just spending a few minutes a day meditating not only helps to clear your head, but also reduces physical stress as well. Meditation helps reduce muscle tension and can even help you keep your blood pressure down. There are many different types of meditation to choose from, and it can be done independently or using a guided program. If you are spiritual, there are many types of meditation that incorporate aspects of religion, but there are also many secular ways to meditate.

Swimming

For seniors that want to maintain a cardio workout routine, swimming is a very efficient option. It’s very gentle on the bones because there isn’t any impact, but it still keeps your muscles toned and burns calories to keep weight down. Being in the water can also be very soothing both mentally and physically. The feeling of floating in the water is very relaxing if you suffer from chronic pain.

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Topics: Mental Health, Senior Safe Exercise, exercise, Senior living

4 Ways Your Mattress an Impact Your Health and Wellness

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Sep 25, 2018

If you are like most Americans, you may be taking steps to improve your health. Eating clean, getting more exercise, and practicing self-care are all helpful when it comes to enhancing wellness. But it may surprise you to know that your mattress can play a critical role in your health. The way we sleep impacts the way we feel, physically and mentally, and it all begins with our beds. Here are four fundamental ways your mattress can impact your overall health.

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Topics: Mental Health, Mattress, Good Sleep, Alpha Theta Neurofeedback, Anxiety and Stress

What is Neurofeedback and How It helps Brain Health [video]

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Sep 15, 2018

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a computer-based system that corrects brainwaves safely while you watch a movie or listen to music. Irregular brainwaves are responsible for many neurological conditions such as ADHD, learning issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory loss, and more.

The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) defines EEG biofeedback (also called neurofeedback) as:

“EEG Biofeedback is employed to modify the electrical activity of the CNS including: EEG, event related potentials, slow cortical potentials, and other electrical activity either of subcortical or cortical origin. Neurofeedback is a specialized application of biofeedback of brainwave data in an operant conditioning paradigm. The method is used to treat clinical conditions as well as to enhance performance”

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Topics: Mental Health, Anxiety and Stress, Biofeedback, Brain heatlh, Brain Mapping, brain map, Neurofeedback

How Fitness and Nutrition can Improve Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Sep 04, 2018

Eating balanced, nutritious meals and exercising is often associated with your physical health but eating properly and maintaining your fitness can also help keep your mind healthy. What you’re consuming can affect the structure and function of your brain, as well as your mood. Because food fuels your mind, you need to be mindful of what you’re consuming.

Similar to a new car, your brain functions best when it is given high quality fuel — in other words, food. When you choose to consume foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, your brain can perform at an optimal level. When you eat a balanced and nutritious diet, you’re giving your brain premium fuel to protect it from oxidative stress (waste), which can damage cells.

Processed and refined foods can be considered “low-premium” fuel that may damage your brain because the brain has little ability to eliminate them. People who eat a lot of sugar are harming their brain because the excessive sugar can negatively impact the body's regulation of insulin. Refined sugars can also cause inflammation and oxidation stress.

When your brain is deprived of quality nutrition, free radicals, or waste, circulate within the brain potentially causing additional brain tissue injuries.

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Topics: Mental Health, Healthy Eating and Exercise

The Vitamin D-Magnesium Connection

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Aug 28, 2018

After consulting with hundreds of patients, I am seeing a scary pattern that I want to bring to your attention.

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Topics: Vitamin D, Magnesium Deficiency

5 Ways to Relieve Pain with a Tennis Ball

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Pain comes from all different sources—and that includes exercise. Sometimes you push it, for example if you go on a run and go longer than you ever have before. Sometimes you push it by adding weights to a routine, or even just doing something that’s new to you. Regardless, that pain can make movement and continuing your routine difficult. That’s why it’s helpful to find easy, inexpensive, accessible ways to make pain lessen more quickly. Enter the humble tennis ball.

A tennis ball is an excellent tool because it’s small and easy to use and a great way to get specifically at those trigger points—those sources of pain that might be holding tightness, for example. You can keep a tennis ball on hand anywhere, and in just a minute or two complete an exercise that opens up an area and lets you get on with life. What are those routines and how can you do them? This graphic explains it.

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Topics: Simple Pain Relief, Tennis Ball Pain Relief

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