Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Twelve days of Christmas list I am loving: The 12 Things I Can't Live Without Just for fun this week I wanted to use a format I saw in a recent YouTube video from GQ magazine.  In these 10-minute segments, they ask musicians and celebrities to show and describe the 10 things they cannot live without.  I thought it was really fun to hear what and why they chose each item.  I have modified this concept to fit the 12 Days of Christmas theme, here goes; Garmin Watch: My family bought me the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire in black last year for my birthday.  I track all of my fitness efforts on it, it uploads directly to Strava and I love the durability and look. Exercise Shoes: I have been wearing the Adidas Ultraboost in navy for the last two years.  I have logged hundreds of running miles in these.  They are comfy and durable. Backpack: I bought the 5.11 Tactical Rush24 2.0 Backpack 37 liter in black about 4 years ago.  It looks the same as the day I bought it despite wearing it every day to work, on hikes, and to the beach.  It has tons of secret pockets, one soft pocket for my sunglasses, and a place to add a plate for Rucking (hiking with a weight plate). Coffee: I am relatively addicted to coffee.  I love Peets Coffee.  Especially their Organic French Roast.  I recommend buying the big bag and saving on the cost! Wetsuit: I love body surfing, boogie boarding, surfing, and ocean swimming.  I wear the Xterra Vortex wetsuit that is made specifically for triathlon.  It is a pretty incredible value at only $149. Volleyball: As a previous Division 1 volleyball player at UC Irvine I always want to have a ball handy in case a game breaks out!  My boys and I play in the backyard with this beach version from Mikasa. Sonos Speakers:  I love reggae music and always have it playing around my home, in my bedroom, and in the backyard.  The Sonos system allows me to have the same or different music playing throughout. Chips, Salsa, and a Burrito:  My favorite food is Mexican.  Growing up in San Diego, I consider myself a burrito conisour.  My all-time favorite is at a locals-only spot at the premade counter at Seaside Market.  My favorite salsa is called Nopalito.  Delicious! Book: My favorite book has the worst title of all-time, Atomic Habits.  If you want to improve yourself next year,

Holiday gift I am recommending: Hyperice Hypervolt 2.0 and Go One of the most sought after self-care tools in my families arsenal is the Hypervolt percussion massage gun.  Whether working on my lower back, shoulders or legs and feet, these devices are great at reducing muscular soreness and tension.  If you are in need of a great holiday gift for a loved one that is health focused, consider picking up one of these in the office at your next visit.  Mention you read this Trending Tuesday and get 10% off! Message I am sending: Health Focused Holiday Season A phenomenon I have witnessed year after year  is the lack of self-care during the holiday season leading to sickness.  Remember, it is your job to put your body in an environment to heal and build your health.  If you decide to drink alcohol in excess, eat sugar in excess, miss your adjustments, not get adequate sleep, stress out about buying gifts you can’t afford and obligate your time to people you don’t want to hang out with, then don’t complain about how you got sick during some of your only vacation time for the year.  In contrast, I suggest being much more intentional with your decisions and time.  Spend time with people who build you up, stay in your budget, eat food that nourishes you, get an extra adjustment or massage and take a nap!  You will feel far better prepared to start 2023 off on the right foot. Quote I am loving: “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by Decembers bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” ~ Donald Westlake This week I was intimately reminded, due to a loss in my wife’s family, of the only thing that is really important in life.  The relationships we have with our loved ones is worth the extra effort to be with each other.  Memories, not things need to be the focus of this season.  Reach out to your people, tell them you love them and experience the feeling of connection as we conclude 2022! Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Self-care strategy I am implementing: MELT Method I am unsure whether it is because I am getting older or running longer distances, but either way, I have been experiencing more foot pain and cramping lately.  To combat this I have been utilizing the MELT method with some stretches for the lower leg.  The MELT method utilizes a lacrosse ball with a series of pressure points at the bottom of the foot, done in a specific order, to produce a relaxation effect.  The link above will show you how to do this type of work yourself.   The best part about spending time doing this technique is how much improvement you will feel immediately after you are done.  Amazing! Exercises I am doing: Spinal strength exercises After spending 15 years bending over chiropractic tables I have realized that I need to revamp my posture.  To do this I believe that three strength-based exercises are very important.  The best part about these movements is that they are relatively low-risk exercises when done on an exercise ball due to their generally neutral spine position.  I start with back extensions, then move to prone "T's", and finish with head retractions against an exercise band, doing three sets of ten for each exercise.  If you are in pain currently, please wait until these can be done without discomfort.  Otherwise, I encourage you to add these to your existing exercise regimen and watch how your body holds itself more upright without having to force the position! Quote I am loving: "Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation." ~ Audre LordeIt is my sincere hope that by working with me and the team at Aligned Life you will decide to change the way you look at how you take care of yourself.  It is imperative to shift your thinking from a reactionary version of healthcare to one that is preventative.  By consistently evaluating your overall health, looking for weak points, and addressing them, it is much easier to avoid a catastrophic injury or disease.  As we wrap up 2022, make sure to take time and evaluate your personal health, decide what daily habits you need to implement in order to have the healthiest year yet, and get to work! Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC