Health Challenge Day 11: Gratitude

Platinum Health Challenge Day 11: Gratitude

Did you know that writing down 5 things you’re grateful for everyday can have significant beneficial affects on your brain and health? Let’s try it out! For Day 11, List 5 Things You are Grateful For.

The science is pretty solid, being grateful for the good things in your life — even the tiny ones — may be a way to train your brain to develop better habits and create a healthier future. It doesn’t do ALL the work for you, but it certainly seems like a good start. With that in mind, here are 5 brain changes that may result if you regularly practice gratitude: 

1) Your Brain Floods with Reward Chemicals: Gratitude focused on a specific person — i.e. thanking other people for their behavior towards you is flooded with positive chemicals of a unique kind. The brain’s response to gratitude is to activate a reward center, one specifically targeted at boosting our bonds with other people. 

2) Your Anxiety & Depression Symptoms May Lessen: Gratitude can help improve sleep, which can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. It’s also a challenge to negative thought patterns, which can be a core component of serious depression. 

3) Your Hypothalamus Works Better: That means gratitude can impact this part of the brain that controls our metabolism, hunger and other natural bodily functions and help them work more smoothly. 

4) You’re More Resistant to Stress: It impacts the body and brain’s ability to bounce back from seriously stressful events, like trauma, homelessness, grief or job loss. Studies show that people who are grateful recover more quickly from stressful situations.

5) You Fall Asleep More Easily: Grateful people fall asleep more easily, possibly because of the effects of stress reduction and better limbic system function (part of brain controlling instinct and mood as well as basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).

Practicing gratitude doesn’t take much and the benefits are great. For our challenge, you can write them down for yourself of share them with us in a post. Either way, be sure to let us know you did the challenge by using the #platinumhealthchallenge.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

  • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Neuro-Structural Correction

What is Neuro-Structural Correction, and how is Platinum Chiropractic different from other chiropractors? 

Since most chiropractors in this area are of the conventional variety, I think a great place to start would be to define what is considered to be “conventional chiropractic” care. Conventional chiropractic has the following goals. 

  • Decrease muscular spasm
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce pain 

That is what most chiropractors offer in the way of care, and I believe that most of these folks do a great job.  

Unlike conventional chiropractors, here at Platinum Chiropractic, we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction of the spine by utilizing gentle and specific adjustments in an effort to improve/ correct a neuro-structural shift. 

We’re all familiar with normal body temperature: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. How do we know when someone has normal eyesight? The only way to appreciate abnormal- is to know normal. 

Now, when it comes to normal we’re not expecting anyone to be perfect. However, if your head is displaced 30mm beyond what’s considered acceptable, you have a neuro-structural shift. Your head shifting forward is no different than your car being forced out of alignment, or the foundation of your house sinking on one side by just a couple of inches. Because the underlying structure has been shifted (regardless of the reason), this deviation of your skull puts abnormal stress on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal bones, and discs- forcing them to put pressure on your nerves and cause secondary conditions (symptoms). We refer to symptoms as secondary conditions because they are a result of a Primary condition or an underlying cause (a Neuro-Structural Shift). Some of these secondary conditions include: Neck Pain, low back pain, headaches, loss of muscular function, muscular tension, nerve impingement syndrome, disc degeneration, decreased energy, and poor sleep, just to name a few. 

There are four signs that are clear indicators of a Neuro-Structural Shift. These indicators are not related to age or genetics. They are a result of stress, trauma, repetitive movement and improper ergonomic positions that have disrupted the normal function of the spine. They include a moderate to severe shifting of your structure on a structural photograph; moderate to severe nerve pressure on our nerve scans, decreased spinal biomechanics (movement/ motion of the spine), and an abnormal alignment on an x-ray. 

Our goal is to direct your spine to what’s considered to be normal. By doing so, this will relieve pressure on the discs, which subsequently will relieve pressures on the nerves, thus improving/ correcting the shifts, which are not only causing your secondary condition, but are also inhibiting the optimum function of your nervous system.