Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Lessons I am learning: 100 Mile Bike Ride Guys!  I did something I am really proud of accomplishing. Saturday, with the help of an Aligned Life'er (thanks Andrey!)  I was able to ride my bike for 100 miles.  The term used to describe this event is a "century ride".  Looking back, I believe this is one of the hardest things I have ever completed.  Extreme saddle soreness, back tightness, exhausted arms, tingling hands, completely blown up legs and mental fatigue are all symptoms of getting through this 7 1/2 hour journey.  Beginning in Poway, heading south to the SeaWorld area, then north along the coast to Oceanside, followed by going east to Escondido and finally south to Poway was our loop route.  We accumulated over 4000 ft of climbing and burned between 4000 to 5000 calories.  Here are three things I learned while pushing my limits; 1) Proper nutrition and hydration can keep your mind sharp which allows you to push your body well beyond what you believe is possible.  2) It is possible to be at the point of complete failure, yet recover slightly, which gives you just enough to push through to your goals.  3) Having a mentor, who has done what you are looking to achieve, can make the difference between success and failure!  If you read last week's Trending Tuesday blog post, this was definitely a "misogi" type event for me (read The Comfort Crisis).  So glad I did it and I am now setting my sights on the half Ironman in Santa Cruz in September!  P.S. If you have not already done so, please donate to my Ironman Foundation fund by copying and pasting this link  We have raised $1060 and need a total of $1750 in order for me to race.  Thanks for your generosity and for giving to an amazing cause! Date I am saving: Aligned Life Community Bike Ride After speaking with so many of the Aligned Life community members in regards to their fitness aspirations, including cycling, I want to invite you to take part in our first annual Aligned Life Community Bike Ride!  Please save the date for the morning of Saturday August 14th.  We will be doing a 10 mile bike ride for all skill levels, ages and types of bikes.  Just like in the clinic where "All Spines Are Welcome", on the bike ride "All Riders Are Welcome"!  Watch for more details to come for this event including

Book I am highly recommending: The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self by Michael Easter Aligned Life Community!  This is the best, most behavior changing book I have read in 2021!  Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.  I love this book on so many levels, however here are a few of my favorites; 1) Easter includes a background story in which he travels to the Arctic backcountry and hunts caribou which is inspiring, insightful and funny.  2) He brings up all of the topics that I believe are devastating peoples health in the modern world and gives easy to implement solutions for each.  3) He has done the research on each of these topics by speaking with the world's foremost experts in anthropology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and more.  4) He brings up the topic of a yearly "misogi".  A misogi is a "right of passage" experience that has only two rules 1) It has to be incredibly difficult, with a 50% chance of completing the task 2) You can't die.  This experience is not done to compare your effort to others, so he encourages a quirky or unique challenge.  He also stresses that this is meant to be an inward journey, meaning this is not done to then post pics to Instagram or brag to your friends.  A misogi is meant for you to find out or remind yourself who you are and what you are really capable of doing.  LOVE THIS! Daily email I am reading: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday Recently I subscribed to Ryan Holiday's daily blog called "The Daily Stoic".  If you are unfamiliar with the concept of stoicism it embodies the regular practice of attempting to be a better human being by thinking of others, being patient, being humble, remembering that death is coming for us all and that life is filled with ups and downs.  Holiday, in 3-5 paragraphs written in his blog, gives you some nuggets each day that help to remind you of these "virtues".  To subscribe is free and you can get to his website by clicking the link above! Quote I am loving: "We are living progressively sheltered, sterile, temperature-controlled, overfed, under-challenged, safety-netted lives." by Michael Easter in "The Comfort Crisis" I believe in the modern world we have become obsessed with finding the shortcut to everything.  We always want a "hack" to get to our desired outcome easier, faster and without pain.  Unfortunately,

Strategy I am implementing: Kid's Vision Boards Do you find that it is difficult to keep your kids engaged and on a schedule during the summer?  If so, try out this new strategy I am implementing with my kid's.  First, sit down with your kids and ask them what they want to accomplish by the end of the year.  This could include goals from all categories of life (health, financial, personal growth, spiritual growth, etc.).  Next, go to google images and have them search for pictures that represent to them achieving each of their objectives.  Then, save these pictures to the desktop of your computer.  Once this is done, open Google Slides and drag each picture onto a single slide.  Make sure to size them so that they all fit on one page.  I also recommend, in list form, write out all of the goals on the side.  Save this file and then print it in as big a format as you can in color.  I did this at Kinkos and printed them on foam board so they would be more durable.  Post this in a place that is highly visible to them on a daily basis.  Lastly, review how they are doing in respect to achieving their goals at your weekly family meeting.  This one thing, if done well, can teach your kids how to create the life of their dreams! Exercise I am enjoying: Rucking To "ruck" means "to find meaning in the beauty of shared pain, to seek challenges that demand growth, and to serve something greater than yourself" according to the website  One way to experience this phenomenon is to load up a backpack with some weights (the amount is determined by the individual) and go for a long walk with your friends.  This past weekend, with the encouragement from a fellow Aligned Life'r I had the opportunity to participate in the Friar 5k.  A virtual "anytime, anywhere" event in which we "rucked" around downtown San Diego.  Community, exercise, discomfort, great conversation and some really good Vitamin D are all things I gained from this opportunity.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in, go check out the website mentioned above to join the "GoRuck Tribe" for daily inspiration, book recommendations, events and community! Quote I am loving: "If you have to sign a release form, it is probably worth doing." ~ Unknown One of the main topics of conversation this weekend at the Friar

In the beginning, deciding on a goal gives you clarity on where to focus your energy.  However, once you have chosen a goal to achieve I have found that one of the most effective strategies to achieve your vision is to detach from the outcome.  What this means, is you set your intention and then you relinquish control on how things come to pass.  In my personal life, I use a vision board that lives on the counter in my bathroom.  The pictures remind me of the goals I will achieve and encourage me to continue working towards them regularly.  This being said, I often find that how I complete the goals are very different than how I originally thought they would be finished.  By remaining open to all the possibilities of accomplishing things it allows you to be more productive, creative and successful.  This detached state also allows you to eliminate the daily frustration that can be tied to a goal as it is being developed.  Especially with longer term goals the daily struggle is very real.  Avoid this pitfall by detaching from the outcome and you will be more likely to get through the daily grind necessary to get things done. A wise friend once told me, "You can only track your output."  What he meant was, you can't always control how things play out.  Even when you have a "perfect" plan, sometimes life intervenes and you are stymied.  However, you can always control how much energy you are putting towards your goals.  By staying focused on the things you can control you take a very practical and emotionless approach towards goal achievement.  Keep in mind, this does not mean that you don't feel a deep sense of drive and connection to your goals.  It just means you can get through things when times get tough and you feel like you are not making progress. When it comes to your health, the one success strategy that relates strongly with the concept of detaching from the outcome, is being willing to reinitiate your health building behaviors when you loose momentum. It is not the person who never falls off their healthy routines that is the least likely to get sick or injured.  It is instead the person who falls off many times, but who is willing to get back on track even when it feels overwhelming.   To that end, set your goals,

Research article I am reviewing: Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Medication, Acupuncture and Spinal Manipulation(Chiropractic).   Spine, July 15, 2003; 28(14): 1490-1502 In the journal "Spine" in 2003 an interesting study was done that compared patients who had chronic back pain for between 4 to 8 years.  These individuals received either drugs (Celebrex or Vioxx), acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments.  The results were as follows;  -the percentage of people who became completely asymptomatic following a nine week intervention: Drugs = 5%, Acupuncture = 9.4%, Chiropractic = 27.3% -the percentage of people who suffered an adverse event following treatment: Drugs = 6.1%, Acupuncture = 0%, Chiropractic = 0% -the percentage of people with improvement in general health status: Drugs = 18%, Acupuncture = 15%, Chiropractic 47% Results: Chiropractic was more effective in resolving pain, safer and provided an overall health improvement that was far greater than acupuncture or drugs.  Strategy I am cultivating: Family Education Curriculum Guys, I am really trying to teach my kids how to be good human beings.  As a parent I feel this is my highest calling.  Having made a massive amount of mistakes in my life I am hoping to help my children avoid a few of the pitfalls I have experienced. To this end, I am implementing an educational curriculum that spans the length of one calendar year and then repeats.  Each month we are discussing one topic associated with being a good person.  To make this easier on myself, I am drawing on Jordan Peterson's book "12 Rules For Life" and having one rule be the theme for each month out of the year. These themes are discussed at our weekly family meetings and then brought up in teachable moments when applicable.  I have purchased a poster of the "12 Rules" and have hung it on a wall that is seen when getting to the top of the stairs in our home.  I am hoping that the constant reminders, deep discussions and regular reminders is enough to steer our boys in the right direction.  If you like this concept please implement the ideas, put your own spin on it and let me know your thoughts!   Quote I am loving: "He who does not research has nothing to teach." ~ Proverb The word "doctor" means teacher.  When I think about the great teachers I have had throughout my life they all used research to help support their opinions.  The conference in Boise this past weekend was a chance to

Trail I am hiking: Santa Margarita River Trail If you are local to the San Diego area, I found a hidden gem of a hike this weekend with the family.  This trail is located about 40 minutes north along the 15 freeway if you were leaving from the Aligned Life office location.  There is free parking at the trailhead. The path travels along the river which is currently full with water, tadpoles and fish.  It is rocky in some spots but very flat for the majority of the time.  There are large trees that provide the occasional shaded area making this doable even if you get a late start.  My boys enjoyed it so much they asked if we could go again the following day with their bathing suits so they could get all the way into the river.  If you are in the mood for an adventure, give this one a shot! Lifetime goal I am achieving:  La Jolla Cove to La Jolla Shores and back swim Growing up in San Diego I have always thought it would be incredible to swim the distance between the Cove and the Shores in La Jolla.  Having never done ocean swimming and considering it is a two mile round trip, this feat seemed largely impossible.  After two years of endurance training and the help of a friend who had done this before I was able to successfully complete the swim on Saturday!  We even had the good fortune of having four dolphins swim right under us in less than 10 feet of water.  I am proud of being able to overcome my anxiety of ocean swimming and am excited about the future for more adventures! Quote I am pondering: "Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~ Francis of Assisi On the drive back home after completing the swim in La Jolla I had a profound sense that this previously impossible feat was very symbolic of much of my life and the lives of others.  We are so good at getting comfortable with the things we know.  We can even begin to believe that anything outside of that bubble is scary.  However, accomplishing this goal of swimming came relatively easy.  My success formula went like this; clearly identify what I want to achieve.  Next, place a picture of the thing on my bathroom mirror. Then identify a path.  Practice regularly.  Followed

Video series I am publishing:  10-Steps To Lifetime Wellness This week I began a project that I am really excited about sharing with you.  After being a collegiate athlete, a chiropractor for 13 years and a certified strength and conditioning specialist I have seen a number of themes show up in regards to getting and keeping people healthy.  For the past year I have been synthesizing my thoughts on the most important concepts you must understand to create lifetime wellness.  For a master class on the philosophies, science and art of human health, check out (and subscribe if you would like) to my YouTube channel.  I will be posting one new video each week over the next 10 weeks for you to check out.  Please let me know if you have any questions after viewing the content and feel free to share them with anyone who you will feel will benefit. It is my sincere hope that these 10-Steps will radically change your life! Book I am hearing: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson It has been a while since I have read anything profound.  However, after a string of misfires I believe I have found a winner to recommend to you.  12 Rules For Life is an extremely well written, deeply researched and artfully crafted book about Peterson's thoughts on creating a life well lived.  One of his major premises is being able to find a middle ground between chaos and organization. Peterson believes that this grey area is where people are most likely to thrive.  If you have a long road trip or flight coming up this summer this may be the perfect resource to fill your time (the audio presentation is about 15 hours).  Enjoy! Quote I am loving: "Rule #1: Stand up straight with your shoulders back." ~ Jordan Peterson in 12 Rules For Life I began listening to Peterson's audiobook during a run last week.  When he announced that his first rule for life was, "Stand up straight with your shoulders back" I laughed out loud.  Despite looking like a lunatic, this message as you might imagine given my profession, definitely resonates with me.  Peterson, who is not a doctor, talks about the positive health and mental changes associated with the upright posture.  Mood, confidence, cosmetics, breath, performance and many other benefits are discussed.  Beyond these concepts is the ability of creating an inward sense and outward appearance of determination despite your external environment.  This message, which

Podcast I am hearing: Rich Roll Podcast with guest Matthew Walker Do you have trouble getting to sleep?  Do you wake up in the middle of the night? Do you wake up and feel like you need another hour of rest?  If so, do yourself and anyone who lives with you a favor and listen to this 3 hour long master class on sleep.  All I can say is that it created a profound difference in the way I look at this entire topic.  Enjoy! Book I am reading: You2 by Price Pritchett I am constantly searching for things that can quickly and easily change my thoughts from the typical daily to-do list, into something more meaningful.  This tiny (60 pages) book did just that.  Pritchett discusses how we often look to create slow incremental changes in our lives through sheer will power and trying harder.  Although this is a good way of behaving it can cause burnout and ultimately short change what you are capable of creating in your life.  In contrast, he suggests to look towards more unconventional thinking and promotes exponential growth strategies.  If you need a quick mindset shift, grab a copy of this little gem! Quote I am pondering: "Quantum leaps require paradoxical behavior.  Unusual moves.  Actions that on the surface often seem to contradict common sense." ~ Price Pritchett in You2To change your life on a massive scale you must do things differently.  You must change your thinking.  You are required to step into the unknown.  All of these new ways of doing things can be scary.  However, if you think about any of the major changes in our society, each of them were initially met with concern and even anger.  Be bold, stay focused and trust your gut.  Exponential growth can be right around the corner if you are willing to stay the course! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

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