Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Product line I am selling: Hyperice Hypervolt 2.0 and Go You all know that I am not into gimmicks or fad based health products.  I am interested in real results and improving your health and durability.  Over the past 18 months I have been personally using the Hypervolt 2.0 Percussion Handheld Massage devices.  I credit these devices, my chiropractor, my massage therapist and my foam roller in helping me complete the 1/2 Ironman race last year.  I have also been using these devices on many of our patients in the office for the last three months.  An overwhelming majority of you have expressed enjoyment with using this product and believe in it's effectiveness.  Accordingly, I am proud to announce that Aligned Life Chiropractic and Wellness is now an official retailer of the Hyperice product line!  In order to maintain congruence with our strict standards I have chosen to only carry two of their products.  The Hypervolt 2.0, the same product we use in the office and the Go, the home use version.  We have priced matched these products and will be providing a Youtube video link that shows how to use these devices in a safe, effective and productive way.  The 2.0 is being sold for $299 plus tax and the Go for $159 plus tax currently.  If you are interested in giving these a test drive, or purchasing one to help you stay healthy this year, please check them out in the clinic! Planner I am using: No Limits 2022 Planner by Bright Beta Co. I received this planner from one of the Aligned Life Community members (thanks Aaron!) and am so excited to implement using it this year.  The planner helps to focus you on your goals, set aside directed time to work on them and helps you maintain accountability.  I especially like the spaces available to track your progress towards goal achievement, identifying your north star and the habit tracker.  If you are looking for an affordable and effective tool that will help you create your best year yet, give this one a look! Quote I am pondering: "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.  There is no other route to success." ~ Pablo Picasso If you have not already created your goals for 2022, don't stress, Aligned Life has got your back!  In two days, Thursday the 13th

Practice I am incorporating: System Creation For "The Hole In Your Boat" Have you ever heard the expression, "hole in your boat" when describing a behavior, system, or area of your home or business that is literally sinking your performance?  Think about all of the different areas of your home or work space.  Now think about the one that is the most disorganized.  The one that gives you the most anxiety if your friends were to ever show up unannounced.  That area, and more importantly the lack of organization or systematizing, is what could get in the way of you reaching your goals in 2022!  This week I went through my home and tried to really take a hard look at the areas where we lacked systems.  For example, I found we did not have a great way to organize the mail effectively.  After 30 minutes of deliberate time, a new spot was created to store the inbound letters, identify where they could be stored after use and a spot for pending items.   Boom!  Haha (simple pleasures

Gift I am enjoying: Literati This Christmas, my team from Aligned Life, blessed me with a very unique gift.  A subscription to an online book club called Literati.  This subscription includes fantastic titles as well as access to an online community of people, including celebrities, visionaries and authors to discuss the content in detail.  The way it works goes like this; select a book of your choice, go onto their app and join the appropriate book club and then attend virtual conversations led by key influencers in the space most represented by the book.   The objective is to gain a deep understanding of the core messages and to create interesting conversations about topics that are most important to you.  If this sounds like something you or a loved one would enjoy, click on the link above to check it out for yourself! List I am making: My 2021 Reading List Here is a list of the books I read this year.  The ones that have been starred I would recommend checking out! The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle * The War of Art by Steven Pressfield The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker The Common Path to Uncommon Success by John Lee Dumas How To Consciously Design Your Ideal Future by Benjamin Hardy You Are An Ironman by Jacques Steinberg Think Again by Adam Grant Iron Cowboy - Redefine Impossible by James Lawrence 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson * Confessions of The Pricing Man by Hermann Simon The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter * Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss Sapians by Yuval Noah Harari Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill * Breath by James Nestor * Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen * Be Here Now by Ram Dass * Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner Scaling Up by Verne Harnish * My favorite book this year, the one that made the biggest impact on the way I make decisions, was The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter.  I believe that anyone can benefit from reading this title and taking to heart the key message.  If you have any questions about the other books or would like a personal book recommendation I would be happy to help you! Quote I am loving: "It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially." ~ Donna Tartt One of my goals for 2022 is

Lower back exercise I am recommending: Exercise Ball Back Extension Have you been struggling with periodic episodes of lower back pain that force you to take time off your regular exercise routine?  If so, please continue reading!  Lately, I have been doing many more garage weight lifting sessions as a part of my training.  One component that I have been finding very helpful has been core strengthening for my lower back.  An often missed aspect of this type of fitness are the lower back extensor muscles.  These are the muscles that run along the sides of the spine in the lower back and serve to create stability when going from sit to stand and lifting heavy objects.  To make yourself more injury resistant I recommend placing an exercise ball under your stomach, wedge your feet up against a wall, place your hands behind your head and slowly bring your chest up.  Hold this contraction for 3 seconds and then descend slowly.  For great results, do 3 sets of 10 repetitions twice a week.  Keep in mind, as with any exercise you have not done before, you may experience soreness in your lower back.  For greater clarity on this movement, check out the video linked above! Event I am encouraging: Toys For Tots Program For the last 7 years our office has been a drop off location for the Toys For Tots program.  If you are unfamiliar with this charity, this program provides gifts for the holiday season to military families in need.  We will be accepting NEW and UNWRAPPED gifts at the office until December 17th.  If you are unable to make it into the Aligned Life facility, but still want to contribute, I recommend using Amazon to ship a gift directly to the office at the following address; 11770 Bernardo Plaza Ct. Suite 351 San Diego, CA 92128.  As always, I am grateful for your donations and am proud of our Aligned Life family for being a part of creating a more loving community! Quote I am loving: "Love the giver more than the gift" ~ Brigham Young This holiday season I would like to invite you to remember that the relationships with our loved ones, friends, neighbors and even strangers are the most important aspect of the next few weeks.  This goes against the traditional focus on material goods and the collection of things.  I believe that the "magic" of this time of year is due to the giving and receiving

Event I am promoting: Holiday Season Bingo Year after year I have noticed that my patients health often takes a back seat during the holidays.  In an attempt to keep our patients immune system and energy up through the end of the year, Aligned Life Wellness is offering a fun bingo game!  Each square on the bingo board will ask you to take an action that will support your health over the next month.  There will be three winners of the game who will be given either a 30 minute massage, a 60 minute massage, or the grand prize of a 90 minute massage.  To play, pick up a bingo card in the office or we can send you one via email.  This game will be done on the honor system.  To cover a space, take the action that is written on the card.  To be entered in the drawing for the 30 minute massage create a horizontal or vertical line across the card.  To be entered in the 60 minute massage make a diagonal line.  And to be entered in the grand prize drawing, cover the entire board.  The drawing will take place in the first week of January, 2022.  Let's stay healthy and use December as a springboard into your healthiest year yet! Second event I am promoting: 2022 Goal Setting Workshop Over the last fifteen years I have progressively spent more time preparing for the start of each year.  This preparation has provided clarity and excitement for the year ahead.  On Thursday, January 13th at 6 pm I will be leading a 2022 Goal Setting Workshop at Aligned Life Wellness.  This event will walk you through how to set goals in each of the key domains of your life.  It will also encourage you to set aside deliberate time to determine exactly what you want to happen for your life and health.  I have long said that it is not determining how to get to a goal that is the hard part, it is what you want your goals to be that is the most challenging.  This event will massively influence how your year will transpire.  Your life is too important to miss out on a chance to be the creator of your destiny!  This event costs $5 per person and we are donating %100 of the proceeds to our Q1 charity of choice.  To let us know you would like to

Event I am encouraging: Aligned Life Wellness Canned Food Drive We are down to the wire Aligned Life Community!  To everyone who has already donated to our canned food drive this year, thank you so much for your contribution.  To everyone who has not had a chance yet, we are running out of time.  Thursday, Nov 18th is the last day we collect non-expired canned goods at the office in preparation to donate them to the San Diego Food Bank.  We hit 263 lbs. last year and are hoping to give over 300 lbs. this year so we need all hands on deck!  Thanks for your consideration! Group I am recommending:  Mastermind Group This past weekend I attended another mastermind with my older brother and two close friends.  We have been meeting once a quarter to discuss all aspects of our lives.  The goal of the group is to get honest and pertinent feedback on all of life's big questions (finances, relationships, goals, how to prioritize your time, etc

Financial strategy I am using: Cash For Eating and Drinking In an effort to tighten the reins on my financial life and move some of our resources into other areas, my wife and I have decided to go back to carrying cash.  We have decided to cut 20% from our typical monthly expenditure on eating and drinking.  To set this up successfully we track all of our spending on Quicken.  We then took out 80% of what we normally spend in a month and divided it evenly between us.  There are a few additional benefits to using cash; 1) when it is gone it is gone for the month. 2) When you are spending cash you can eliminate the guilt often felt because you know that it has been allocated for that type of expense.  3) You inherently become aware of your spending habits and eliminate the "just put it on the card" mindset.  If you are looking to become more free, by becoming more disciplined in your financial life, this is a great strategy to try!  For more information on how to do this, check out Dave Ramsey's reference called The Total Money Makeover. Book I am hearing: Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen Authors of "Good To Great" and "Built To Last", this writing consists of research done on companies that, despite experiencing the same uncertainty, chaos and luck of other companies in the marketplace, thrived.  The easy to understand, focused and research backed approach to running companies during trying times is a great reference for anyone looking to create an enduring entity! Quote I am saying: "Regardless of the external environment the most productive thing you can do is manage yourself." ~ Devin Shea This weekend I took a friend of mine to La Jolla Cove for a swim.  He had not done ocean swimming before and I was excited to share what I had learned over the past two years with him.  Unfortunately, when we arrived we saw that the surf was really big (6-8 foot swells).  As someone who had grown up in San Diego surfing, I knew he could handle himself in the water, so I decided he would be ok.  I knew that the hardest part would be the first 2 minutes of trying to get out past the big waves.  The initial shock of the cold water, the inability to see in the water, the big waves crashing and your

Financial strategy I am using: Cash For Eating and Drinking In an effort to tighten the reins on my financial life and move some of our resources into other areas, my wife and I have decided to go back to carrying cash.  We have decided to cut 20% from our typical monthly expenditure on eating and drinking.  To set this up successfully we track all of our spending on Quicken.  We then took out 80% of what we normally spend in a month and divided it evenly between us.  There are a few additional benefits to using cash; 1) when it is gone it is gone for the month. 2) When you are spending cash you can eliminate the guilt often felt because you know that it has been allocated for that type of expense.  3) You inherently become aware of your spending habits and eliminate the "just put it on the card" mindset.  If you are looking to become more free, by becoming more disciplined in your financial life, this is a great strategy to try!  For more information on how to do this, check out Dave Ramsey's reference called The Total Money Makeover. Book I am hearing: Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen Authors of "Good To Great" and "Built To Last", this writing consists of research done on companies that, despite experiencing the same uncertainty, chaos and luck of other companies in the marketplace, thrived.  The easy to understand, focused and research backed approach to running companies during trying times is a great reference for anyone looking to create an enduring entity! Quote I am saying: "Regardless of the external environment the most productive thing you can do is manage yourself." ~ Devin Shea This weekend I took a friend of mine to La Jolla Cove for a swim.  He had not done ocean swimming before and I was excited to share what I had learned over the past two years with him.  Unfortunately, when we arrived we saw that the surf was really big (6-8 foot swells).  As someone who had grown up in San Diego surfing, I knew he could handle himself in the water, so I decided he would be ok.  I knew that the hardest part would be the first 2 minutes of trying to get out past the big waves.  The initial shock of the cold water, the inability to see in the water, the big waves crashing and your

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