Straighten Up America - New York Chiropractic Council

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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.

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