Happy Feet!

June is the official start of summer, but in Southern California it seems summer is year round. This year, we had an unseasonably cold winter. Our weather has now shifted back and much to our relief it’s time to dig out our favorite sandals from the back of the closet.

Now, I’m a die-hard barefoot girl, in fact, I’m writing this while sporting my bare feet. So I get the need for free and happy feet. I’m also an avid motorcycle rider, but as soon as I get off my bike I kick off the boots and either slip on my favorite Birkenstocks, or prance around barefoot. Not only do my feet love me, but so does my back.

Did you know your feet are the most important piece of the puzzle regarding your posture? Seriously, this is why each adjustment I perform starts with your feet and why after every single adjustment I make, I re-evaluate the changes it made all the way down to your feet. Here’s how it works:

Every muscle in your body is surrounded and held to together by a mess of thin see-through tissue called fascia. It surrounds each muscle, then holds each muscle group together, and then holds the entire body together connecting to every single joint throughout your body. Which means, changes in the muscle tension in your jaw show up all the way down to your feet! Without fascia, you’d be super loosey goosey and jiggly.

Fascial tension is meant to be balanced throughout the body. Just like every joint in your body, including your spinal joints are meant to be well-aligned. But sitting funny, wearing crazy high heels, over working our toes while flipping and flopping around town, or sleeping on a pillow that offers little support, you can sense the changes in fascial tension. Ouch!

Chiropractors are highly trained to isolate and analyze fascial planes and every joint in your body for imbalance. We are also trained on how to re-balance them too. However, you have to do your part too. Just like making sure you are sleeping on a properly supportive pillow to prevent neck pain, you should be evaluating your shoes for proper fit and support.

So, before you dust off those comfy flops, and slide in your fancy toes, take a few minutes to investigate their “fitness” by clicking off this list to ensure you get the best fit and support possible. Preventing foot pain and ultimately back pain now is worth not spending several hours each day suffering.

          • Are the soles in good shape, worn evenly or too thin?
          • Do the arches fit snuggly into yours?
          • IS there any arch support?
          • Do the straps fit snuggly, but not too tight or loose?
          • Are the straps comfortable and don’t cause blisters?
          • Do your feet stay within the foot bed?
          • When you wear these sandals, you don’t notice any foot, ankle, knee, hip, back or neck pain?

If you answered YES to ALL of these, then have at it. Wear these sandals for as long as possible. However, if you answered NO to any of these then it’s time to say “Adios!” and find a new sole-mate!

Here are a few personal favorite brands that I love. They can be found at The Walking Company or Zappos.com (free shipping on all orders and returns):

          • Birkenstocks
          • Chaco
          • Mephisto
          • Dansko
          • Merrell
          • Keen

Now, that your feet are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted

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The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health

Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C. Brio Wellness Center
Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.
Brio Wellness Center

The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health
By: Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.

When we were younger we had a bunch of life, full of energy! 4am wasn’t an early morning, it was a late night! Sometimes we look back on our “younger days” and wish we had the energy and stamina now that we had then. As we age, we begin to notice more and more the importance of taking care of our bodies. Incorporating chiropractic is one super solid way to do that!

Aging causes stiffness, aches, joint pains, changes in our sleep and digestion and the list could on, right? But did you know you could slow this process and even prevent many of these “normal aging processes”?

There are 3 things that are getting in the way of achieving optimal health. These 3 things initiate a stress response to harmful situations, leading to functional changes in your body.

  1. Trauma results from falls, injuries, accidents.
  2. Toxins are harmful things we inhale, injest, or absorb.
  3. Auto Suggestions are the negative words, self doubt, beliefs about ourselves & others, crippling thoughts/memories we play over and over in our heads.

You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control your response to these 3 Things. When we respond positively, our body is able to heal quickly. However, when you respond negatively to Trauma, Toxins &/or Auto Suggestions, you will likely notice muscle aches and joint pains, headaches, change in digestion and elimination, stiffness, irritability, sleep disturbances, etc… creeping in on you. Often times, we chock it all up to “getting older” or we tell ourselves what we are experiencing will pass. However, that is not necessarily true nor is resignation the best approach to living a life full of vitality.

Chiropractic adjustments performed by a licensed chiropractor can improve your body’s stress response to these life challenges by unlocking stuck joints throughout the body. When the joints begin moving again the nervous system functions better, blood flow increases, lymphatic drainage improves, muscle tension eases, and your body is better able to rest and digest. By restoring the communication between the brain and the the rest of your body, optimal can be achieved!

Chiropractors can also help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals by teaching you exercises to improve the integrity of the joints in your body. We also teach you about the role of nutrition on your health and help you find solutions to metabolic changes as you age. We help you set goals towards achieving balance in your many life changes and challenges as you age.

So the next time you start to tell yourself “Well, I’m just getting older”… STOP! Replace that thought with…“It’s time to get adjusted!”

Moto Chiro Featured on the Riding’ SoCal Podcast

Moto Chiro Featured on the Riding’ SoCal Podcast with Tom Hicks

What a privilege for Dr. Mindi to be interviewed and share her expertise with Tom Hicks and his listeners. It was a great time!

Below is the info from the podcast:

TomMindi-RidinSoCal-PodcastEpisode 81: Dr. Mindi Jentes – The Moto Chiro

December 18, 2014

Dr. Mindi Jentes is a chiropractor specializing in full service wellness care for motorcyclists. As she says, “you need to tune up your body just like you tune up your bike”. An avid rider herself, she can help you with riding injuries, neck pain, foot pain, numbness in the hands, feet, or limbs, and digestive problems, just to name a few.

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Stand Up Straight… Mom was Right All Along!

“Chiropractors know that mom was right all along when she told us to “stand up straight.” But now there’s empirical evidence to give even more weight to her command. Good posture is essential to mental as well as physical health, keeping bones and joints aligned while boosting confidence. In fact, posture has been shown to have a greater influence on a person’s feelings of power than his or her job title or position.
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In a 2012 Harvard study, participants who spent a few minutes in private “power posing” performed better in high-stakes mock meetings and interviews. Slouching one’s shoulders, not surprisingly, may have the opposite effect, lowering self-esteem.”

Source:
“Posture, power and health can be defined by the spine,” by Stephanie Earls, The Colorado Gazette, November 26, 2013.  From this week’s “Foonotes for Balanced Living” from Foot Levelers.

How Can A Chiropractor Work On A Totally Opposite Spot And Yet The Pain Is Gone

Yesterday before treating a patient, I asked her notice in the mirror how her right shoulder was about 2″ lower than her left. She also mentioned she had been tripping on her right pant leg. She said she noticed the difference in her shoulders at home, but that her right low back was really hurting as well as her right front leg muscles. After treating her LEFT THORACIC spine (the part over her left kidney/lung area), I asked her to take another look in the mirror to see the changes. TOTALLY even shoulders and she stated she no longer had right leg or right low back pain! skeleton-balance

SO, HOW CAN A CHIROPRACTOR WORK ON A TOTALLY OPPOSITE SPOT THAN THE AREA OF PAIN AND YET THE PAIN THE PERSON CAME IN WITH IS GONE AND ALL THE BODY IS BALANCED AGAIN?!? This happens COUNTLESS times and many patients ask this very question.

The reality is chiropractors consider the symptoms you are experiencing and then analyze your ENTIRE body to determine where the source of the pain or imbalance originates. You are a WHOLE being made up of many parts that ALL WORK TOGETHER. And your brain and nervous system controls every single cell of your entire body. If there is imbalance in your nervous system, there WILL BE dysfunction in the body- as minor as your chin doesn’t quite line up with your chest bone. The next time you take a look in the mirror and see imbalance in your shoulders or your head isn’t quite screwed on straight or you have pain in any joint or muscle, or you notice changes in your normal bowel and bladder function, consider how chiropractic can help restore normal function and balance to your entire body!