Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Book I am reading: Be Here Now by Ram Dass After hundreds of psilocybin trips, being a Harvard psychologist, an adventure in India and finding a guru named Maharaj, Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) became a spiritual teacher in America.  This book is a description of his spiritual journey and acts as a "how to" playbook for developing your spiritual practices.  Ram Dass also has a podcast which offers recordings of his old teachings that I have been enjoying as well.  Check them out here. Video series I am recommending: 5 Pillars of Chronic Disease Last week, I completed a six episode video series on the five types of changes to your body function that lead to 80% of the deaths in the United States.  The five changes include; chronic inflammation, increased stress hormones, insulin resistance, decreased sex hormone binding globulin and decreased immune function.  Each of these conditions is discussed in detail throughout the video series including holistic strategies to help eliminate chronic lifestyle disease.  Click on the link above to check them out and make sure to subscribe to the channel for the latest updates! Quote I am loving: "Cosmic humor, especially about your own predicament is an important part of your journey." ~ Ram Dass in "Be Here Now"This week, after obsessing over something that was not very important, I really needed to hear the above message.  I believe that one of the best strategies for having a good relationship with yourself is having a sense of humor. You must be able to laugh at yourself.  It always seems that the people who can find their own thoughts and actions hilarious, are having the most fun.  This week, don't take yourself too seriously.  Find the humor in your daily life and enjoy the inherent relaxation associated with this practice Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Research article I am pondering: Biomechanics of Scar Tissue and Uninjured Skin Corr and Hart: Feb 28, 2013 Advances In Wound Care, Vol 2, No 2. "Skin exhibits direction dependent biomechanical behavior."  This quote, states that the fibers of the soft tissues in our body align in a certain direction based upon how we move and our body position habits.  This means that when we provide our body with regular, (multiple times per day) full body range of motion exercise and chiropractic adjustments we allow the soft tissue to directionally encourage optimal performance.  If, on the other hand, we are sedentary, experience injuries that go unhealed or maintain poor postures we allow the soft tissues to directionally encourage further disease and lowered function.  Of course, as always, the choice is yours to either experience the discomfort associated with going after creating the life you desire, or the discomfort of slowly losing your freedom due to loss of health.  Choose wisely! Video I am watching: Transform Yourself Into The Ideal Version of You by Jordan Peterson Peterson, author of "The 12 Rules For Life", is a psychologist who has a tremendous understanding of the nature of things.  In this video, in which he is being interviewed and speaking to an audience, he discusses how each of us must make a deliberate choice, despite unavoidable suffering, to work towards becoming who we are truly capable of being.  This can, if we select it, become our primary aim.  He also makes the point that if we understand the human experience, this will naturally be the choice for all people.  This choice is not a small one.  It will, however, change humanity for the good! Quote I am pondering: "If you dare to do the most difficult thing you can conceptualize, your life will work out better than it will if you do anything else?" ~ Jordan Peterson Working towards one's primary aim is a righteous path.  It is littered with difficulty, struggle, heartbreak and frustration.  Naysayers, critics and the fearful will constantly attempt to cut you off at the knees.  However, if there truly is nothing better for you to do except strive towards the ultimate version of yourself, then despite the challenges, you may as well shoot for the stars. Upon making this choice the world will conspire in your favor to bring you the answers, materials, people and strategies you need to accomplish this path. The opposing view of this way of living would be

New program I am unveiling: Move It Forward Aligned Life community, I am so excited to roll out a new way to experience greater levels of health and make a bigger impact in our community!  "Move It Forward" is a program designed to reward you for doing behaviors that make it easier for you to get great results with your chiropractic care and donate money to some of the best charity organizations in our area.  One of the most fundamental and yet least common behaviors in our community is doing exercise before getting adjusted.  This simple step of adding in movement before your adjustment benefits you on many levels.   Warming up and stretching your soft tissues, increasing your range of motion and maximizing your strength to improve your posture are just a few of the improvements when committing to this often neglected action.  The way the program works is we have created simple, body weight exercises for each of the different regions of the spine (neck, middle back and lower back).  When you arrive for your appointment, pick up a "Move It Forward" packet, select at least two movements to perform.  Upon completion of your exercises, grab a "Move It Forward" wooden nickel and drop it in the charity box of your choice.  Each time the charity box is full, Aligned Life will donate money to the respective charity.  This holiday season we have selected the San Diego Food Bank and the Toys For Tots programs to donate to.  Thank you for your commitment to your health and to the community! Exercise equipment I am using: Lat and Lift Pulley System Last week my wife, who is a HUGE gym buff (check out her page on instagram @28unlocked) purchased this pulley system to be used in our garage gym.  Tricep extensions, lat pull downs, face pulls and rows are all things that can be done using this product.  So far, we have loved the added options and are really pleased with the quality and simplicity of the unit.  I also really appreciated how easy it is to get the weights on and off as well as attach it to the pull up bar that hangs from the ceiling.  For $55 this is a steal compared with buying a huge rig for pulley work.  Good stuff! Quote I am loving: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or how

Video I am recommending: Pain Free Flying  With the increasing number of people beginning to fly again for work and vacation I have been recommending the "Pain Free Flying" video I created a couple of years ago.  It highlights what you can do before, during and after your flight in order to avoid a flare up on your trip.  It also shows what to pack in your carry on to be prepared for an enjoyable experience.  If you have an upcoming trip please take a few minutes to check this one out and while you are on our YouTube channel, please like the video and subscribe! App I am using: Yoga Studio After completing the Ironman two weeks ago, I was excited to restart my yoga routine in the garage in the morning before work.  I believe that if you are over the age of 40 and are not doing a regular form of stretching you are a ticking time bomb for an injury.  I have previously used, and discussed in Trending Tuesday, the app Yoga Studio to accomplish this form of exercise.  It is a paid app, but gives you a tremendous amount of options for creating the perfect yoga flow for you.  There are also a number of free yoga apps in the app store.  This week, roll out your mat, turn off the lights, put on some calming music and enjoy finding some muscles you have been neglecting! Quote I am repeating: "Everyone feels good on vacation

Race I am done running: Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz For those of you who have been a part of our community for more than the last two years you are familiar with my story and why this was much more than just a test of endurance for me. For those of you who are newer to our group I will give you the short version.  In 2019, I experienced a weight lifting injury that ultimately led me to becoming disabled.  I was unable to work, unable to get out of bed or tie my shoes.  I was in jeopardy of losing my practice, my financial life was in dire straits and I doubted if things would ever get back to normal.  Fast forward two years, over 500 workouts, thousands of miles biked, hundreds of miles run and thousands of yards swam I was able to officially put this part of my life in the rear view mirror. Last Sunday, surrounded by my entire family and with the support of the Aligned Life community, I was grateful to successfully complete a 1/2 Ironman!  This included a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.  My total time was 6 hours and 32 minutes.  I was hoping to finish in under 7 hours so I was really pleased with the final result.  For anyone who is interested in triathlon, endurance training or the individual sports of swimming, biking or running I would be happy to discuss with you what things worked, what didn't, and a few key points for race day! Ironman lessons I am learning: Top 5 Things I Learned From Preparing For An Ironman a) Although this seems like an individual sport, it is definitely a team event. b) When doing something substantial, don't focus on how many more action steps/time until            it's completed. Focus on the present moment and the time will fly by! c) When you are exhausted and feel you can't go any further, you actually have a ton                      more left in the tank.  Don't be afraid to play with your edges every once in a while. d)  Exercising outside in nature is one of the fastest ways to stir up a feeling of gratitude. e) True satisfaction lives on the other side of doing something that is really hard for you. Quote I was repeating: "Run your own race!" ~

Audiobook I am hearing: Think and Grow Rich The first personal development book I ever read with Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich.  It was given to my by a chiropractor 15 years ago.  Due to this amazing book, I have been on a personal growth mission ever since.  Lately, I felt the need to go back and revisit the core concepts of this work.  Specifically, the concept of defining your "definite major purpose", "desire" and "faith".  In reviewing this book I also found that a movie has been created recently with an updated version of the content.  You can purchase the movie here for $17. Videos I am recommending: Mirror Image Exercise and Home Traction Orthotic How-To Videos If you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of how to do your postural exercises (mirror image exercises) and use your home traction orthotic, please take a look at the above linked videos from my YouTube channel.  They are short clips but very impactful.  If you are looking to make a quick and long standing change in your posture these are a must! Quote I am loving: "Before success comes in any man's life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and perhaps, some failure.  When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is quit.  That is exactly what the majority of men do.  More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them." ~ Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow RichIn life, I have found that you never know just how close you are to a major breakthrough.  Hill discusses the concept of identifying your "definite major purpose".  Another way of saying this, is to determine EXACTLY a goal for your life.  Once identified, you must, with much persistence stay the course until you have achieved your desire.  In this way, you will avoid making the all too common mistake of giving up right before you reach your milestone!  This week, stay focused on your end goal.  Don't get caught up in the short term.  Go the distance! Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Fitness equipment I am loving: TUSY Inflatable Paddle Board Do you like being outside, on the water, in the sun and getting some exercise or relaxation?  If so, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding might be perfect for you!  The cost and storability of these boards have become much better over the past few years.  This board, paddle and pump package from Amazon was $159.  My wife and two boys love paddle boarding.  We have been hitting Lake San Marcos and Mission Bay over the last few weeks.  We have been putting one person in the front of the board in the seated position and a second person standing towards the back doing the paddling.  Good times for the whole family! Audio book I am hearing: Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art by James Nestor Surprisingly, this has become my second favorite book of 2021!  A very well written, interesting and very informative read, Nestor discusses the topic of nasal breathing versus mouth breathing.  He also reports on changes in our skull and mouth shape that has caused a massive rise in asthma, sleep apnea, snoring, lowered energy levels and bronchitis.  I really appreciated how thorough his assessment of this topic was and his discussion of how to avoid these health problems through practical solutions.  If you struggle with these types of issues, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Breath! Quote I am pondering: "Mammals with the lowest resting heart rates live the longest."          ~ James Nestor in Breath One of the main topics in Nestor's book (mentioned above) is the concept of breathing slowly.  The optimal rate of breath cycles per minute is about 5.5.  This means 5.5 inhales and 5.5 exhales per minute.  At this rate we maximize our oxygen intake, maintain a healthy CO2 balance, encourage parasympathetic nervous system functions (rest, recovery, repair, focus and concentration) and help to maintain a healthy blood pH.  When our breathing becomes rapid and shallow we force our bodies into sympathetic overdrive which, in the long term, leads to lifestyle diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.  This week, take some time to practice breathing through your nose at a slow, but steady rate.  Your body will feel more calm, lighter and your thoughts will be clearer! Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Everyone experiences both shame and the urge to place blame on someone else. It’s part of having emotions – and not one of the fun parts, unfortunately. We can’t avoid these feelings and we often can’t choose when or how we experience them. We can choose how we respond and how we deal with them, though. Shame has a physical presence in our lives. Think about a time when you've been really embarrassed or felt like you've let someone important down. Remember how your face flushed, or your stomach clenched, or your shoulders drew up under your ears? Maybe you clenched your jaw, or your fists, or your breath started coming faster. Shame is such a powerful emotion that it literally changes our posture, our blood pressure, and our other physical systems. We often feel shame when someone blames us for something - it can shock us or feel like an attack. But we also have to be careful that we aren't reacting to our own feelings of shame by trying to blame someone else. Placing blame doesn't solve a problem or help anyone move forward. Sometimes it feels good for a second - it feels like you're redirecting the shame somewhere else and getting some relief. In the end, though, it doesn't get to the root of the issue and it doesn't help anyone process or solve the problem. So how do we deal with these emotions, which have the power to impact us physically, and which can be overwhelming and sudden? I have two suggestions for you to try. First, start with your physical reaction. Focus on your breathing: has it sped up? Try taking a few long, slow breaths. Roll your shoulders and bring them down from under your ears. Shake out your hands and close your eyes for a second. Taking your mind off your immediate emotional reaction gives you the opportunity to pause before you react. Slowing your breathing or relaxing your muscles also helps your brain to slow down, which makes it a lot more likely that you’ll choose what to say, instead of lashing out or breaking down. Second, think about how you’d talk to a close friend or family member who was experiencing this emotion. You’d be supportive and loving, right? Maybe you’d remind that person of what a positive impact they have on you or help them talk through what they’re experiencing. Try using the same words on

New service I am offering: Online Appointment Scheduling For the past 13 years of running Aligned Life Wellness I have been looking for a way for our existing patients to be able schedule their appointments at any time of the day and on any day of the week.  I am proud to announce that we finally have that solution!  If you are an existing patient you may go to our website at www.AlignedLifeWellness.com, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on the green button that says "Use our online scheduler".  You will be asked one time, to create a username and password and from that point forward you will be able to select available times on our schedule.  You may schedule online up to one hour before the appointment time.  You are also able to schedule multiple appointments at the same time and up to 3 months in advance.  I am so excited for you to be able to use this new feature and hope that it resolves any frustration with our previous call in only system.  If you need any help getting set up with this program please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.  Happy scheduling! Video I am recommending: 10 Keys To Lifetime Wellness Last week I wrapped up, edited and posted a 10 part video series that unpacks the absolutely essential elements you need to know about how to get and keep a healthy body for life.  This "master class" is the culmination of almost two decades of working with high performing individuals.  The information has been distilled down into easy to understand and implement action steps.  Please make sure to watch this 37 minute video and discuss its contents with your family.  You will be happy you did! Donation I am requesting: Ironman Foundation Aligned Life Community I need your help!  I am only one week away from my donation deadline that will enable me to do the 1/2 Ironman race in Santa Cruz. So far, with your generous gifts, we have raised $1060!  That puts us only $690 away from the goal that the Foundation has asked for my participation.  Please click on the link above and give anything you feel comfortable donating.  Every dollar goes to amazing causes outlined here.  All donations are also tax write offs.  Thanks for your consideration and have a great week! Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Exercise equipment I am using: Clip on Aero Bars by Profile Design At 6'4" my body acts as a huge sail when attempting to go fast on a bicycle.  This makes cycling a very inefficient process.  In an attempt to reduce the wind resistance I feel during this part of the upcoming 1/2 Ironman, I borrowed a pair of aero bars from a fellow Aligned Life'r.  Aero bars allow you to place your body weight onto your elbows, tuck your arms in front of you and flex your body forward.  This tucked in position allows for less drag and creates a more streamlined body position.  I began to experiment with this set up this week and was impressed with how much faster I could go, especially on long, straight stretches of road.  If you are looking to improve your efficiency and times in cycling this year, give these relatively cost effective tools a try.  Game on! Rehab tool I am recommending: Voodoo Floss Band If you have been struggling with joint pain and are having a hard time coming up with self care strategies to get results, give this product a try.  Voodoo Floss Bands have been around for about five years and are used to restore movement to a joint that is filled with scar tissue.  The scar tissue typically restricts movement and can cause pain.  The unique aspect of this product is to be able to create compression while simultaneously working through the range of motion that is reduced.  This combination helps to break up the scar tissue and restore the movement all at once.  Sometimes it works so well, it is almost like Voodoo (hence the product name).  I have found over the years that this product is very productive for elbow and knee conditions specifically.   The best part is that you can provide the therapy to yourself and it only costs about $20! Quote I am pondering: "One of history's few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations." ~ Yuval Noah Harari in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind This week I had two different conversations with people who are considerably smarter than I am.  I love having these discussions because it allows me to understand the direction I should be aiming in my life.  Both of them, despite being very successful, have not accumulated very many material possessions.  For example, their garages are empty, except for their cars.  Mine on the