Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Trend I am noticing: The Mom Spiral Cycle Throughout my 13 years in clinical practice I have noticed that certain things will show up repeatedly in the patient population at Aligned Life.  One, that came up on multiple occasions this past week, is what I call the "Mom Spiral".  Here's how it goes; you take a healthy mother, you expose her to the responsibility of children, a career, a needy husband, the demands of the modern world and her desire to be the glue that holds all of this together.  At first, this mother is thriving, albeit with considerable effort.  However, after a period of time she begins to falter.  At first, these incidents seem small.  A little neck and shoulder ache.  A mild strain of her lower back. A headache that keeps showing up by the end of the week.  And so it goes.  The mother recognizes in this moment she really could use some body work and self care but she is "just too busy" and doesn't feel "justified to put money towards herself when there are so many other valid demands for her families resources."  Until one day, when the stress level peaks and everyone is counting on her to make it all happen, her body gives up.  She becomes highly symptomatic and all the balls she was juggling for so long finally drop.  Not only does she feel the pain of her physical body, but also the weight of letting down her family, her employer and herself.  Despite her best intentions, her inability to see how important she was in keeping the entire system functioning put her entire world in jeopardy.   By not advocating for her own health to do the small steps necessary to prioritize her wellness, she inadvertently caused everyone in her immediate circle undue stress.  If you can relate to this cycle and are not doing something about it (i.e. getting adjusted, massages, yoga, walking, etc.) then you and the people around you are heading in a similar direction.  Please learn from the struggles that others have faced, take responsibility for your health, get a game plan and execute because you, your family, your career and your impact on the world are worth it! Project I am completing: Grape Vine Arch Trellis This weekend I took a trip to the Tractor Supply Store in Ramona, CA.  I picked up a 16 ft x 34 inch "hog fence".  For city folk, like me,

Concept I am exploring: Buying Criteria This week the question of how to make a great purchasing decision came up a lot.  When this is the case, I assume that the universe/God is trying to tell me something.  So, after speaking with a few wise individuals and pondering this concept, here are a few things to consider before deciding what to buy; 1.) How often will I use this product/service? 2.) Does it align with my core values? 3.) Will I still be using this one year from now? 4.) Has this been budgeted for? 5.) Will this provide me with a return on investment? 6.) Can I get this for less somewhere/sometime different? 7.) Can I borrow this from someone else? 8.) How long after the purchase will I feel excited about getting this product/service? Book I am hearing: Think Again by Adam Grant Learning new information can sometimes be hard.  That being said, relearning or having the courage to completely change your beliefs is considerably more challenging.  Grant, an organizational psychologist from the Wharton school of business, discusses why we tend to stick with our initial thoughts about a topic even in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary.  Wounds to our ego, mental anguish and massive focus are all needed to push past our current beliefs.  Ideally,  seeking out opposing views in order to expand our understanding of a topic is a necessary and consistent requirement of a worldly person. Quote I am loving: "Thinking like a scientist involves more than just reacting with an open-mind.  It means being actively open-minded.  It requires searching for reasons why we might be wrong, not for reasons why we might be right and revising our views based upon what we learn." ~ Adam Grant in Think AgainI have found that it is so much less energy to continually search for supportive information of my existing belief systems.  Social media, books, friendships, etc. are all considered fantastic when they have your same views.  In contrast, when influencers, textbooks and people have differing views they are considered draining, hard or "not my cup of tea".  This lack of being open to learning why someone may believe what they do has led our world into divisiveness, hostility and anger.  I believe that Grant's message could not be more relevant to our world.  Stay open my friends! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Rituals take on the context of an action, or series of actions, that must occur in order for something extravagant to occur. When aligning yourself into a routine that continues to set you up for success day in and day out, you create opportunities for yourself by creating a blissful environment. Rituals require congruence with the mindset that enables you as the best version of your daily self. For example; Lets examine Seymour Wynns, a fictional person that is just like you. It's Monday. Seymour wakes up, drinks a glass of water, goes for a walk, drinks a cup of coffee and gets ready for an 8 hour shift at work. He's drained of energy but drags himself into the gym to do workouts he doesn't have motivation to do. He makes dinner and goes to sleep because Tuesday's only 6 hours away already. ---- Mundane right? What if Seymour Wynns took his normal routine and defined the extravagant event that comes with each preparatory step as the day unfolds? ---- It's a new day, Seymour is grateful for sleeping at an adequate time for him to get a full night's rest. He worked hard in the gym yesterday, and his body definitely needed some water replenishing after sleeping a full night and not drinking water while sleeping! He decides that walking, even a shorter distance than last week is a good way to begin the day. After his walk, his ritual of drinking coffee to enable him to start his day is fully appreciated. He has a great day at work, completed projects with his team, and completed his goal workout at the gym. His food tastes great because of the ritual of food for replenishment and a reward for a hard day's work remains a reminder that when he works with intention for himself, that he will always be rewarded. ---- Rituals take on the connotation of steps in place for a grand event. Making it through a Monday may be your extravagant event, or getting enough studying completed for an exam, or if it's getting to the health you deserve. The goals that require a couple (or more) steps to achieve can be perceived as too steep to overcome or stepping stones that give you enough vertical support to enjoy the peace that comes with helping out "future you" ~By Adrian Sotalbo

Health care strategy I am utilizing: Chiropractic With Massage Therapy This week I was wonderfully reminded of the power of chiropractic care in conjunction with massage therapy.  I know, this sounds ridiculous since I recommend this constantly to our community members.  However after a week off from work, poor eating, drinking and being more sedentary during our vacation time than normal, I was feeling really stiff and sore. I grabbed an adjustment and a 60-minute massage and overnight felt enormously better.  By pairing these two therapies that focus on different aspects of the body I noticed my range of motion improve and my comfort level skyrocket.  If you find that you have fallen off your self care routines lately then please make it a point to prioritize an adjustment and massage this week! TV show I am watching: Race To The Center of The Earth Do you enjoy reality tv?  How about adventure racing?  If so, this program is amazing.  Engaging, funny, heart wrenching and inspiring, Race To The Center of The Earth places four teams at four different locations around the world and has them work through countless obstacles on their way to finding one prize.  The prize is attached to a buoy in the middle of the ocean and underneath it, one million dollars has been stashed!  Give this a watch if you are looking for some genuine entertainment! Quote I am repeating: "A man is as young as his spinal column." ~ Joseph Pilates In the last 13 years of working with people from all walks of life I have seen a number of themes emerge in regards to the best practices for human health.  One of the most profound has been the importance of a strong, upright posture when looking to maintain performance, reduce pain and maximize quality of life.  In contrast to the common belief that all a person must do in order to be healthy is eat right and exercise, I whole heartedly attest to the idea that great posture must be added to this list.  Without it, chronic pain, loss of function and a loss of freedom ensue.  This week, make sure to be diligent in your pursuit of optimal spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustments, traction and postural exercises! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Concept I am reviewing: Equality Versus Equity One of my most recent passions is healthcare equity.  I have long been frustrated that chiropractic care is often reserved only for individuals who have achieved a certain level of financial success.  In looking to understand what can and should be done to remedy this problem I came across a concern.  I was unable to tell the difference between "equality" and "equity".  If you are just as ignorant as I was then please read further.  The word "equality" means that all people would receive exactly the same level of healthcare in order to help them live successful and fulfilling lives.  This is problematic because not everyone is starting from the same point financially and has the same expectations.  In contrast "equity" involves trying to understand and give people what each individual needs in order to enjoy a successful and fulfilling life.  To summarize how I interpret this concept I would describe it with the following idea. To create an equitable solution in holistic healthcare a certain minimum standard of chiropractic service should be available to all people regardless of financial consideration.  This allows people who normally can't afford care, but who would still largely benefit, to receive some chiropractic. It would not be the highest quality but it would be a lot better than none at all.  In contrast, people who would like to pay for higher quality chiropractic services or pay for health insurance that would help them achieve such care, may do so if they wish.  I encourage you to think about your own industry and apply this concept of equality versus equity to your own situation to really understand the thought process! Book I am hearing: You Are An Ironman by Jacques Steinberg Last week I announced publicly that I have been provisionally accepted into the Santa Cruz Half Ironman race on Sept 12th, 2021.  A huge part of that journey is to learn the nuances of each of the three disciplines (swim, bike and run).  For example what to pack on race day, at what intervals to consume food and water, as well as how to avoid chafing in my nether regions (Yikes!).  One of the best ways I have found is to watch videos on the subject, listen to podcasts and listen to the aforementioned book on Audible.  Steinberg tells the tale of six individuals and chronicles their preparation and execution of Ironman Arizona in 2010.  Due

Position at Aligned Life I are hiring: Patient Care Coordinator Are you passionate about health?  Do you want to be a part of a team where you make a real difference in peoples lives?  Do you have an anatomy or physiology background?  Are you a powerful individual? Aligned life is growing again and looking to hire a high energy, health focused individual to help ensure the quality of every patient appointment.  This role will include providing hands on patient care in support of Dr. Shea, getting patients in and out of traction, assisting with explaining postural exercises to patients as well as administrative duties.  This position will require approximately 20-25 hours per week.  If you are a growth oriented individual who wants bring it every day, please take a look at our job posting on, answer the questions and submit a resume.  We look forward to speaking with you! Audiobook I am hearing: The Common Path To Uncommon Success by John Lee Dumas It has been a long time since I have written a negative review of a book I am listening to, however this definitely deserves a thumbs down.  To summarize this work, Dumas tells you multiple times about his path to success which, upon hearing the first time, seems to be the only valuable content.  The recommendations seem over simplified and not descriptive enough to actually help you become "Uncommonly Successful".  I am bummed because Dumas has come out with some good stuff over the years through his wildly successful podcast.  I guess we all deserve a mulligan! Quote I am pondering: "A year from now you may wish that you had started today!" ~ Karen Lamb One of the most rewarding aspects of my life is working with amazing people every day on my team.  In fact, at the end of my career I believe that the people who I will have influenced the most won't be my patients, but rather my team members.  It is always incredibly exciting for me to go through the hiring process.  You never know when the right person is going to walk through the door and absolutely change your life.  Over the 13 years I have lead Aligned Life I have had the chance to work with some absolutely dedicated and talented individuals.  Each of them contributed in their own way to creating the experience you go through as a member of the Aligned Life community.  In starting this new journey

Race I am running: Ironman 70.3 in Santa Cruz After months of trying, I am proud to announce that I have been accepted to run the Half Ironman on September 12, 2021!  The distances for the race are as follows; 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.  Having never done anything close to this level of intensity I can honestly say I am scared and excited.  Honestly, I am freaking out.  This race will be the culmination of over one and half years of training 6 days a week. It will also serve as a milestone for me following a very difficult time in my life.  However, before I can officially run this race and complete a bucket list goal, I need your help!  My acceptance into the race was pending my ability to raise $1750 for the Ironman Foundation.  The foundation attempts to provide funding for a number of important issues including COVID relief, racial equity, bicycles for children and hunger relief.  For the full story of my "Why" for doing this event and to donate directly online please click HERE.  I greatly appreciate your support and could not do this without your help.  Thank you! Vacation I am taking: The Week of April 12-16 Due to the blessing of being deemed an "Essential Business" throughout the past year and  attempting to navigate through the COVID affected world, I have not been able to take much time away from running the operation at Aligned Life.  This in conjunction with my boys being on spring break made it seem like the right time to take a step back for a week to get re-energized.  I recognize the impact on all of you who depend upon our facility to take care of your health and accordingly appreciate your patience.  I strongly recommend that you spend more time during the aforementioned week stretching, focusing on your body position habits, getting a massage (Stan is available for services in the office!), using your home traction orthotic and taking walks.  These behaviors will help you get to the following week without getting into a crisis.  Once again, I really appreciate the chance to get away and rest assured, I will be a better provider for you on the other side of the holiday! Quote I am loving: "The miracle isn't that I finished.  The miracle was that I had the courage to start!" ~Unknown I am not a very

Accountability isn’t something that comes naturally to anyone.  It’s a skill that you work on daily. Holding ourselves accountable for our diets, health, and overall wellness goes a long way! If everyone held themselves accountable for their overall wellness we would live in a much healthier, and happier world. What if you ate wholesome healthy foods. What if you were active everyday? What if you dedicated time to listening to your body? Turn the “What If” into I Will! Think about how your body would feel. Think about the mental strength and clarity you would gain. Start saying I will instead of what if and I guarantee your life will change for the better! Say I will be a part of a healthier happier community. It’s never too late to start caring for your mind and body, so start today and set an example for your family, your friends, and even your coworkers by holding yourself accountable everyday!  ~Myriah

Podcast I am hearing: The Less Doing Podcast by Ari Meisel Do you have 5-10 min?  Would you be interested in learning a ton of quality personal and business principles?  Meisel is a business coach that has been producing a podcast that turns out short episodes that are packed with solid content.  I love the short nature of these segments as well as the overarching theme of creating redundancy and replaceability in a business. Book I am hearing: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker Lately I have been looking to increase my productivity without increasing the amount of time it takes to get the work done.  To that end, I picked up the Audible version of The Effective Executive.  Drucker believes that becoming effective is a learned behavior and is a collaboration of choosing one thing to focus on, time blocking, eliminating pointless meetings, making swift decisions and remaining disciplined.   This book was written in the 1950's however remains a classic for anyone looking to increase their contribution to an organization. Quote I am loving: "It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem, which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday. " ~ Peter Drucker in The Effective Executive Do you ever feel like you don't have time to actually work on the things that will push you in the direction you want to go? Are you stuck just barely getting the grunt work done?  I believe this is a common problem that I have faced over my professional career.  Until you can decide to make one thing a priority and refuse to start anything else before that one thing is accomplished, you will always feel inhibited.  Identify what you want to achieve, block out the time to get it done and stop everything else you normally do until it is accomplished! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Garden I am planting:  Side Yard Planter Boxes Do you have a green thumb?  Or, would you like a great project for your kids?  Have you noticed that Spring is finally here?  This week my boys and I replanted the planter boxes on the side of our home.  We are so excited to see continued growth in our grape vine, passion fruit, mint, lime, mandarin oranges, kumquat and tomatoes.  This year we have added basil, cucumber and a few other herbs for cooking.  Whether you have a large property or a single pot, I believe that getting in touch with the miracle of nature is good for the soul.  Let me know what you guys are planting and harvesting.  If we have anything that over produces in the next few months I will bring into the office any surplus for you guys to grab! Dessert I am craving: Honey Mama's Cocoa Truffle Bar Are you a chocolate lover but are looking to keep on track with your diet?  This is my new obsession.  Shana (our massage therapist at Aligned Life) kindly gifted me my first Truffle Bar on my birthday last week.  These desserts have five simple ingredients.  They are free of refined sugar, gluten and grains, soy, eggs and dairy.  I know, you are thinking that they taste a little like vomit.  Not so!  These are incredible.  They come in nine flavors.  My favorite so far is "Original Dutch".  Make sure to keep them refrigerated.  Please do not sleep on this one! Quote I am repeating: "The deep roots never doubt spring will come." ~ Marty Rubin In my world it appears that after 12 long months our community has decided it is time to begin anew.   It is time to take all the good things that have happened and adopt them.  It is time for all of the things we have been restricted from and eliminate them.  This is the season of fresh starts, putting yourself out there and realizing your potential.  It is a time for healing, excitement for what is to come and presence for what you are putting your heart towards in the now.  I have heard from so many of our Aligned Life family that despite having struggled to maintain their healthy behaviors, now is the time to recommit to the life they desire.  If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone and we are here to support you.  Thank