Friday, April 3, 2015

Some More Random Thoughts- April 2015

April 2015

Hi Everybody Dr. Norris here.  The year is a quarter of the way done, hard to believe April is here. This month I have a few more random thoughts for you.

Stress Awareness
April is National Stress Awareness Month.
Stress comes in many forms and bombards us from all sides. It may be too much work, relationship issues, poor habits or even environmental influences that can affect our health. The symptoms of too much stress are: fatigue, insomnia, poor digestion, irritability and malaise.

Experts in stress management recommend five things you can do to combat this problem.
1. Get 7-8 hours of sleep most nights. Burning that candle at both ends
    will catch up with you real fast.
2. Eat healthy. Easier said than done. Simply start by decreasing fast foods, dairy and sugar;
    then eat more plants.
3. Minimize stressful relationships. Avoid people who drain your energy
    and seek out people who build you up.
4. Prioritize your schedule. Do those things you have to do first, need to do second,
    and want to do last.
5. Do something for yourself. A weekend retreat or a massage can work wonders in reducing stress.

Who Needs Help?
Most of you know I love to fish. Have you ever watched the movie "A River Runs Through It".
It's a good movie, mostly because it is about fishing. Oh... and ladies, Brad Pitt is in it. There is a line in the movie that says "Why is it that the people who need the most help won't take it?" That line reminds me of some people I know who need help with pain and poor health... but and they won't accept any help. What's that other line about leading a horse to water? 

If you, or someone you know is in pain
I would be honored to help.

“Because nobody has time for pain!”
Dr. Michael Norris

Foot Pain? Try A Golf Ball.

I often have patients who complain of pain on the bottom of their feet. This is usually an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that starts at the heel and runs along the bottom of the foot to the toes. It causes a sharp pain that is worse when bearing weight after sitting. I recommend putting a golf ball in the refrigerator overnight. Put the ball on a carpeted surface and roll your foot on the cold ball for 5 minutes. It will be uncomfortable at first, but it will loosen up. Do this every day until the pain is gone. It usually resolves in about 1-2 weeks.

“A Psychologist is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat. 
A psychiatrist is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there.”
- Dr. B.J. Palmer, Author of The Red Book.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.