Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The Cook and the Baker
The Cook and the Baker

The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they...

The Cook and the Baker

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The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.

Measurement...matters?
Measurement...matters?

Measurement...matters?

Okay. It’s Monday. So, let’s keep things simple and definitive: Yes,...

Measurement...matters?

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Measurement...matters?

Okay. It’s Monday. So, let’s keep things simple and definitive: Yes, measurement matters. I’ve been talking about how meaningful measurement is in my Exercise Fundamental pieces: How measuring intensity through heartrate, RPE, and power helps ensure your training is appropriate and effective.

Migraines, Headaches, & Concussions: How Cranial Osteopathy Can Help

Posted: Feb 25, 2019

In recent years, as the conversations around concussions have heated up, interest in cranial osteopathy has skyrocketed. Could cranial osteopathy benefit those suffering from concussion symptoms?1

What is cranial osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy, also widely known as craniosacral therapy, is a subtle treatment using a very light touch to “listen” to the messages communicated by the body, pinpointing areas of dysfunction and restriction which, in turn, contribute to compromised functioning of the body. This treatment can detect and treat subtle restrictions in any of the body’s tissues, including the skull and sacrum (the large triangular bone at the base of the spine).

It is believed that the nervous system has a gentle and rhythmic pulsation which osteopaths are trained to feel. This rhythm, known as the cranial rhythm, reflects the general state of health and vitality of the individual. Furthermore, the nervous system is the main control of all our bodily functions, from breathing to digestion, regulation of heartrate, sleep, and so much more. It can be thrown out of balance by any variety of things, including: chronic stress and trauma (physical, psychological, and emotional) at any age.

When any of these things occur in our lives, our nervous system becomes primed in a chronic state of stress response, also known as the fight or flight response. In this state when the body is primed by external stimuli to either confront or flee from the situation, our bodily functions switch gears to a high alert state. This may cause increased heartbeat and blood pressure, shallower breathing, compromised blood flow to the digestive system (resulting is digestive issues), chronic muscle tension, and an unshakeable feeling of anxiety.

In our busy and high-stress lives, even when the immediate stressor has ceased, the nervous system often remains in this high alert state, which then negatively impacts the body’s ability to heal itself, impacting the functioning of the whole person. This state may manifest as chronic pain in any area of the body: migraines, general body aches, anxiety disorders, digestive disorders, and insomnia, to name a few.

What does cranial osteopathy feel like?

In order to restore the cranial rhythm to the optimal, practitioners use gentle techniques to remove restrictions in the cranial bones, sacrum, and soft tissues to stimulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the fluid that flows throughout the spinal cord and the brain.

The pressure used by the practitioner is very light, and it may even feel as though the practitioner is simply placing their hands lightly on your head and doing nothing. In truth, the therapist is deeply engaged with the tissues, feeling and “listening” with their hands for very subtle cues from your body. It is generally very relaxing, with many falling asleep during the treatment. Additionally, many report feelings of wellbeing following their very first session, often followed by a night of very restful sleep.

The goal of the treatment is to initiate a relaxation response in all the body’s tissues, which supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Who can benefit from it?

If you suffer from any one of these issues, cranial osteopathy may benefit you. This is not a comprehensive list, however, as cranial osteopathy has many other clinical applications:

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Concussions
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Acute and chronic lower back pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Sinus pressure & pain
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained body aches

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1Patel, K. G., & Sabini, R. C. (2018). Safety of osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine as an adjunct to conventional postconcussion symptom management: A pilot study. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 118, 403-409. Click here to view abstract.

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Cebi Ndlangamandla, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Adelaide Clinic

cebi@adelaideclinic.com

 

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