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5 Simple Things You Can Do At Home To Check If Your Spine Is Misaligned

5 Simple Things You Can Do At Home To Check If Your Spine Is Misaligned

Lots of people go through their lives without thinking about their posture and spine. They often experience back ache, headaches, a sore neck and back and joint pain, but they simply accept them as a part of life, or they use painkillers to reduce the pain.

This is because most people assume that spine misalignment is caused by a sudden accident or injury. This isn’t true, and gradual misalignments can cause serious health problems if they are ignored, such as Sciatica and heart and liver problems.

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1. Check The Length Of Your Legs

Normally both legs are the same length; if your legs are different lengths it could be a sign of dysfunction in the pelvis or lumbar spine. If the lumbar and sacroiliac joints are not working properly, one leg can appear up to an inch shorter than the other. This can be reversed with correction of the spinal alignment.

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2. Use Two Scales To Weigh Yourself

You can use two weighing scales to find out if the weight in your body is disturbed evenly; simply put two scales side by side and put one foot on each scale. If one scale is heavier it could mean that you have a misaligned spine.

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3. Look At Your Posture In The Mirror

One of the easiest ways to see if your spine is misaligned is to look at your posture in the mirror. Stand up against a full length mirror and make a mark where your shoulders, elbows and hips are. Step away from the mirror and see if one hip or shoulder mark is higher than the other; if it is it is likely that that your spine is misaligned (or that you weren’t standing straight enough!)

4. Check Inside Your Shoes

Have a look inside a pair of shoes that you wear regularly; is one heel worn down in the side of the shoe, rather than in the middle? This can be caused by spine misalignment, as your body compensates for the extra pressure on one side of your body by placing the pressure on your heel.

5. Move and Rotate Your Head And Back

Stand up and slowly roll your head around, followed by your back. If you find that it is difficult to move in one direction it could indicate that you have some kind of dysfunction in the spine, such as the vertebrae not being fully aligned. You can also practise rolling your head and back to keep the spine healthy, but this is not recommended if you already have a misaligned spine.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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