New Year Resolutions

The secret is to make it a simple and achievable resolution.. It's the New Year and with it comes the new round of resolutions and personal promises to "do something better".  When I ask patients if they make resolutions, more often than not the answer is a resounding "no".  I used to agree with the sentiment that if you don't make a resolution, then you don't have to stick to it.  In the last 5 years I've changed my mind.  I think the New Year is an opportunity to put yourself back on a straighter path.  Diets and exercise programs take huge commitment, often fail and result in a sense of disappointment at the failure.

Here's a few easy ones I've used in the past; drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, doing a 30 second stretching routine at some point in the day, taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking the dog for an extra 5 minutes per day, sitting for 5 minutes on the floor with legs crossed once per day (good to avoid premature hip wear) and alternating sides when digging the garden (good to avoid back aches).

Last year's resolution was the slightly ambitious 'learning to shave right and left handed'!  A Chiropractic Neurologist told me it was very beneficial in maintaining a healthy brain. He explained how it required 70% of your cerebellum (the bit of the brain that co-ordinates the muscles) when using the muscles of the arm, hand, eyes and facial muscles at the same time. To balance both brain and the muscles and therefore the neck bones, it's important to work both sides as much as possible.  So left hand does left side of face and right hand does the right side. It's a good and simple way of reinforcing stability and equilibrium of the upper body, especially if you have a history of problems in the neck, shoulders, upper back or with headaches. 

By achieving small resolutions that make you feel better about yourself you will improve both mind and body.

A happy and healthy New Year from all of us at South Street Chiropractic.

Julien Barker BSc DC MMCA MCC

January 2011