Straighten Up America Fitness Fun for Everyone Healthy Child and Adult Version Straighten Up America Program Goals: 1. To improve posture and function 2. To stabilize core musculature 3. To enhance spinal and neurological health 4. To prevent spinal subluxations Basic Rules 1. Think positively. Enjoy the moment. This is serious fun. 2. Straighten up. Stand tall with a confident “inner winner” posture (ears/shoulders/hips/knees/ankles in an approximately straight line). 3. Breathe calmly, deeply and slowly from your stomach region. 4. Move smoothly. Do not jerk or bounce. Notice: Check with your doctor of chiropractic or other health care practitioner before beginning “Straighten Up” to make sure the exercises are appropriate for you and your specific needs. If you experience recurring, sharp or shooting pain, stop and report back to your doctor. You may need to modify the exercises. “Inner Winner” Posture 1. Straighten up. Stand tall with a confident “inner winner” posture (ears/shoulders/hips/ knees/ankles in an approximately straight line). 2. Pull your belly button in toward your spine. 1. 2. Trap Openers 1. 2. 1. Breathe deeply and calmly, relaxing your stomach region. Let your head hang loosely forward and gently roll from one side to the other. 2. Using your fingers, slowly massage the area just below the back of your head. Move down to the base of your neck. 3. Then relax your shoulders and slowly roll them backwards and forwards. Enjoy for 15 seconds. 3. 2 2 . . The Eagle and the Hummingbird 1. In inner winner posture pull your belly button in toward your spine. To begin the Eagle, bring your arms out to the sides and gently draw your shoulder blades together. Breathe in as you slowly raise your arms, touching your hands together above your head. Slowly lower your arms to your sides as you breathe out. Perform movement 3 times. 2. Next make small backward circles with your hands and arms, swaying from side to side in the “Hummingbird”. Enjoy for 10 seconds. 1. 2. 2 . The Butterfly 1. Place your hands behind your head and gently draw your elbows backward. Slowly and gently press your head backward and resist with your hands for a count of two and release. Breathe freely. Perform 3 times. 2. Gently massage the back of your neck and head as you relax your stomach region with slow, easy breathing. Shaking It Loose Shake limbs loosely for 15 seconds. This one is pure fun. Straighten Up America Getting Started 1.“Straighten Up America” is intended to be incorporated in a healthy lifestyle of prudent active living. Consistent healthy choices and healthful habits form the bedrock of a healthy life. Our hope is that you make “Straighten Up” a daily part of a vibrant empowering lifestyle for the whole family. 2. This version of “Straighten Up” is designed for healthy children and adults to practice daily, like brushing your teeth. 3. Consult with your doctor of chiropractic or other health care provider before practicing this module, especially if you have spinal disabilities or other disorders which limit movement. Americans are obsessed with health. We make up about 4% of the world’s total population, yet we expend almost 50% of all the money spent on medical care. According to the “World Health Organization”, the U.S. currently ranks 25th in world health. Source: Newsweek, February 26, 2001 Each year thousands of people who get the vaccine nevertheless still get the flu. “Asking all healthy adults to get vaccinated could actually backfire.” Source: Newsweek, October, 2002 Source: USA Today, April 30, 2001 WHAT IS HEALTH? HOW DOES ONE KNOW IF THEY ARE HEALTHY? • This is usually answered: “ How we feel” • Best answer is an optimal state of function,regardless of how we feel.” This point is well proven by our current state of health in U.S. The 2 diseases that kill more people than any other diseases are? 1. Heart Disease 2. Cancer 5 Components to Health and Wellness: 1. Proper Nutrition of Fuel for the body 2. Exercise: Both cardiovascular/aerobic and resistance/muscle training for lean mass. 3. Reduction and Avoidance of all medication 4. A Balance of stress and sense of Peace 5. A well functioning Nervous System The Nervous System “The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body.” Source: Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Edition, Page 4 The MASTER System • Your BRAIN, SPINE, and SPINAL NERVES make up your body’s MASTER control system. When the nervous system is FREE of all interference, your body can function at its MAXIMUM level. When there is nerve interference in the spine, dis-ease or disharmony occurs The Nervous System Brain + Spine + Spinal Nerves = Nervous System WE Know That……. • The body is a self-healing, • self regulating organism with the nervous system functioning as the master control system of the body If the nervous system is compromised in any way (interfered with) the body cannot function normally Brain Impulses • Dr. Seth Sharpless at the University of Colorado showed that the weight of a dime on a nerve alters (brain) impulses by 60%. Can you imagine living with only 40% function?! Sharpless SK: "Susceptibility of spinal roots to compression block." The Research Status of Spinal Manipulative Therapy. NINCDS monograph 15, DHEW publication (NIH) 76-998:155, 1975 How is the Nervous System checked for subluxation? • Posture • Balance • Xray Normal Neck or Cervical Spine • C-Curve • Spinal Cord Can flow • No Interference Abnormal (very commonly seen) • Loss of C-curve • Interference to • • Spinal Cord and Nerves Decreased health function Person will not always feel this Normal mid-lower or Thoraco-lumbar • Level hips/pelvis • Spine can easily flow • Health maintained Abnormal • Left lateral bend or • • “scoliosis” Interference to spinal cord Loss of health How do you know if your nervous system is working optimally? • You need to have it checked to know. • Most people have never had it checked correctly. • We will check you!! • See HUE right now and he will make you an appointment. The next step… is a first step • Get checked MAKE THE APPOINTMENT NOW! • Life, health, happiness and acquiring knowledge are all processes. • We offer many different classes so that you and your family can gain the knowledge necessary to enjoy a happy, healthy life. • We will bring any workshop to your work place or Organization. Talk to us about this.