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The Long Game

We've heard a lot lately regarding how certain nations play a long game in terms of regional influence and global geopolitics. The concept of a so-called long game is interesting in that it implies a more than common degree of patience and a commitment to outcomes that are evaluated over decades and generations, rather than months or years. Importantly, strategies and tactics that produce desired results in the international arena may be applied with success to the long-term health and well-being of ourselves and our families.

In terms of good health, a person's unfolding strategy always consists of putting into place lifestyle behaviors that appropriately support the desired long-term goals. For example, eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular vigorous exercise have been proved of great benefit in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.1,2  The primary categories of chronic diseases include cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, overweight/obesity, and cancer. Most person's long-term health goals would naturally focus on avoiding the onset of these various disorders and diseases or preventing their progression to a chronic state. If one is late in arriving at a decision to engage in self-care, as frequently happens in our society, the good news is that lifestyle behavior change is always beneficial. What is required, for all of us, is to adopt the perspective of the long game.

For example, obtaining the necessary long-term benefits of an exercise program requires a certain amount of dedication and persistence. Any exercise is good, but regular exercise is much better. Our bodies are dynamic and adapt positively to physiological and mechanical stresses, such as the stresses imposed by an exercise program. But that same dynamism will cause a metabolic breakdown of muscle and bone if those tissues are not being worked and utilized consistently. Our bodies are very smart and are designed to work efficiently. Biochemical components of structures that are assessed to be unnecessary will be redirected to better purpose elsewhere. In other words, the "use it or lose it" principle applies. If we want to build strong muscles and bones that will serve us well and help us avoid injury over the course of many years, we need to engage in regular vigorous exercise ongoingly.

Thus, committing to the long game supports our desire for a long life of good health.3  There can be gaps, of course. People are very busy and there may be stretches, even lasting months, when there just isn't time enough to do necessary exercise. The solution is to minimize these gaps as much as possible, make sure the gaps don't become the new routine, and re-engage in regular exercise as soon as feasible. Adherence to our long game strategy will help achieve across-the-board wins in the areas of health and well-being.

Regular chiropractic care is an important part of the long view regarding your family's health and well-being. Even though we engage in healthy lifestyle activities, events frequently occur that have a negative impact on our health. The events themselves may be not obvious, hidden from view as a result of originating in our day-to-day environment or seemingly harmless mechanical stresses as we bump into things, trip over a crack in the sidewalk, or pick up a laundry basket filled with clothes.

But these little insults often have a cumulative effect in causing spinal misalignments and nerve interference. We're not aware of the health effects of nerve interference at the beginning. Over time, nerve irritation that results from spinal misalignments may cause neck pain, back pain, and headaches, and even problems with the digestive, endocrine, and immune systems. Regular chiropractic care, as a consistent part of your family's routine, helps prevent a wide range of problems from getting started, and helps us get better faster from the problems that may have brought us to our chiropractor's office in the first place.

  1. Engberg E, et al: The effects of health counselling and exercise training on self-rated health and well-being in middle-aged men: a randomised trial. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2016 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Davies MJ, et al: A community based primary prevention programme for type 2 diabetes integrating identification and lifestyle intervention for prevention: the Let's Prevent Diabetes cluster randomised controlled trial. Prev Med 84:48-56, 2016
  3. Pandey A, et al: Relationship Between Physical Activity, Body Mass Index, and Risk of Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol 69(9):1143-1146, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Join us for Earth Day in Midway on April 22, 2017!

10am at Powell Butte Visitors Center:

     Beautify the Butte

     Take a Guided Tour

     Get a Passport for Prizes

Explore Midway.  Get Rewards.

Log onto midwaybusiness.org/b2b for more information!

SAVE THE DATE ........ Saturday, May 6th, 2017 (FREE SHREDDING EVENT)

Your family and friends are invited to take advantage of this free service hosted by Householder Group located at 10135 SE Sunnyside Road in Clackamas, OR 97015.  Simply bring anything you would like to have shredded and AccuShred NW will be in their parking lot between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00pm.  A variety of muffins, fruit, coffee and juice will be served.  

Just a reminder that we are still offering limited openings on some Friday's and Saturday's at 9 am.  This will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  You must call to set these dates and times because these may change on any given weekend.  For more information and details check our website's calendar at www.daychiropractic.com or call us at 503/760-7572.

The Midway Business Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Any business owner and staff is invited to attend.  Location is The Pizza Baron at SE 122nd and Division St. from 11:45 am to 1 pm.  Midway Business Association encompasses the area from I-205 to Gresham and Market Street south to Foster Rd.  For more information check out our website at www.midwaybusiness.org

Miscellaneous

Prime CD


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Come by our office Dr. Day and his brothers LOVE playing bluegrass together, and we hope that you will enjoy the music on the inaugeral CD. Dr. David Day wrote 2 of the songs on this album, the first is the title track "I'm not Fat, I'm Prime" and the "Stillaguamish River Waltz" in honor of river that ran next to the town where he was raised.

The Cure & Parents

Valentine's New Patient Special