Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

At the conclusion of 2019 the Aligned Life staff and I looked ahead towards 2020 and created a curriculum of themes, classes and focus points that we believed would help our patients have their healthiest year yet.  The overarching theme for the year was "Creating Sustainable Health Habits".  At that point in time we had decided to call the month of July the month of "Reigniting Habits".  We chose this, because we believed that although people could start the year off right with goal setting and creating initial routines, we often lose momentum around July and need to be reminded of the original objectives.  Never could we have known at that time just how spot on this reminder of the importance of our habits would be needed at this point in time. As I have spoken with patients going through the last 3-4 months I have been strongly reminded of the importance of routines in helping human beings achieve and maintain their health.  These daily, weekly or monthly habits allow people to limit the effect of the external world.  By keeping up with the things that mean the most to them, often this includes their health, it allows them to be present with handling new challenges along their path.  For many, COVID, racial injustice, job changes and the impending election have proven to be too much to handle in addition to maintaining their healthy lifestyle.  This has shown up in the office as missed appointments, less effort in home care exercises and traction, as well as a reduced frequency of healthy lifestyle habits including exercise and nutrition.  Accordingly, I have seen more pain, more suffering and less quality of life in the last few months than I have seen in my initial 12 years of clinical practice.  I believe this stems from how we often manifest health problems in our body's based upon the mental stress we experience.  I also believe that a lack of healthy habits leads to the accumulation of stress and eventual disease or injury. That being said, I have also seen a select group of people who appear to be unphased by everything that has transpired.  They continue to appear light and in control.  They seem to approach life with a "glass half full" attitude even in the midst of chaos.  They have NOT experienced more pain in their body's.  They have NOT begun to eat poorly, lack exercise or no-show on

Financial software I am using: Quicken For many years I have been looking for a way to oversee my personal finances in a fast, comprehensive and easy to use fashion.  Upon the recommendation from my Dad I was able to implement this tool over the past week and have been really enjoying it.  Setting up savings pots for all of your financial priorities, automatically downloading your bank account transactions and displaying graphs with appropriate categories are all things I love about this software. If you need a little help getting your financial house in order, take a look at this product! Book I am reading: Fix This Next by Mike Michalowicz Are you a business owner?  Or, do you run your family like a business?  If you have ever felt confused about what to do next to move your life towards your goals give this a read.  Michalowicz, one of my favorite authors on all things pertaining to being an entrepreneur, has also written amazing references such as Profit First and The Pumpkin Plan.  My favorite section in his latest title is his use of an analogy between Maslow's Hierarchy of needs and the 5 Steps a business must master.  These steps include sales, profit, order, impact and legacy.  By giving you a hierarchy of needs to improve your business he makes it obvious for you to choose what to be placed as the next priority.  Genius! Quote I am loving: "The biggest problem business owners have, is they don't know what their biggest problem is."  ~ Mike Michalowicz in Fix This Next I believe that this same philosophy can be said for many people when it comes to their health.  For example, if you identify that your body is breaking down, you get injured easily, you lack energy and you are feeling depressed, which of these issues do you address first and how do you go about fixing them.  To most, this becomes extraordinarily complicated and often leads to apathy, overwhelm or inaction.  This is why I often remind the patients of Aligned Life Wellness that there are four areas of your health you must be addressing; nutrition, movement, stress management and structure.  Another way of saying this is you must Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well and Be Structurally Well.  By putting your efforts towards these four categories you naturally move your body towards better health, more energy, improved mental capacity and longevity. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Podcast episodes I am recommending: The Aligned Life Podcast: Ep #56 Favorite Things If you are wanting more items that I use regularly to live an "Aligned Life", check out this episode I did a couple years ago on our podcast!  You can also find over 100 other episodes on our website at http://www.alignedlifewellness.com/podcast-episodes/ Kitchen gadget I am using: Bialetti Express Coffee Pot For Father's Day this year my family gave me a really fun way to make our morning coffee! The backstory on this gift goes like this

Book I am reading: Life Visioning by Michael Beckwith Are you feeling stuck right now?  I know I have felt that way over the past few months.  In trying to pull myself back into a productive mode I have been listening to this book from Beckwith over the past two weeks.  He describes four stages of spiritual growth that allow for the realization of your life's purpose.  The four stages include; victim, manifestor, channel, being.  I absolutely love the framework that he provides as well as the meditations that he includes throughout the book.  Take a listen.  You will thank me for it! Free movie I am watching: Just Mercy This week I grabbed a couple of hours to watch a FREE film (on amazon prime this week) that I feel like is relevant to our current social environment.  Just Mercy, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, tells of a young African American Harvard graduate lawyer (Bryan Stephenson) who starts his law practice in Alabama attempting to assist inmates on death row.  Each of the men he works with have been serving life sentences due to the lack of a fair trial, including significant racial prejudice.  Although this movie is hard to watch at some points due to the hate exhibited by the police it is a great reminder as to why we must push for change in our country.  Bryan Stephenson has also come out with a book by the same name (Just Mercy) that is supposed to be amazing.  Enjoy! Quote I am pondering: "Until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war." ~ Haile Selassie and later used by Bob Marley in his song "War" One of my all-time favorite songs is "War" by Bob Marley.  Marley, who took the lyrics from a speech given by Haile Selassie, directly addresses the division between "first class" and "second class citizens" based upon race.  He also talks of a lack of peace that will continue until this separation is eliminated.  Unfortunately, because we as a society have yet to be able to create a free and just culture, we have run up against this problem once again.  I am hopeful that although we may need to experience pain as a country for a while to get there, that this time we will raise our collective consciousness to a level that recognizes that all people, INCLUDING BLACK PEOPLE,

Letter I am reading: The Paradox of Our Age "We have bigger houses but smaller families; more convenience, but less time.  We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, but more problems; more medicines but less healthiness.  We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our neighbor.  We built more computers to hold more copies than ever, but have less real communication; we have become long on quantity, but short on quality.  These are times of fast foods but slow digestion; tall men but short characters; Steep profits but shallow relationships.  It's a time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room." ~ Dalia Lama Project I am completing: Wooden Bike Trailer Guys!  I found a way for you to build exercise into your daily life that also reduces your carbon footprint. You game?  Build a small, but sturdy bike trailer and use it to run all of your errands that are in close proximity to your home.  I first got this idea from Mr. Money Mustache about 18 months ago.  He specializes in helping people retire early.  For the design, I measured the dimensions needed to carry four grocery bags at a time.  I also salvaged two different bike tires from old bikes that my kids were not using anymore.  For a more detailed explanation on how to build one of these, check out this YouTube video I used as an approximate template.  Happy Riding! Quote I am pondering: "What if 2020 isn't cancelled?  What if 2020 is the year we've been waiting for?  A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw that it finally forces us to grow.  A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.  A year we finally accept the need for change.  Declare change.  Work for change.  Become the change.  A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.  2020 isn't cancelled, but rather the most important year of them all.  ~ Leslie Dwight --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Interview I am recommending: Fox Channel 5 News Interview On How To Create An Ergonomic Home Workspace Guys, I was on TV this past week!  If you have not seen my interview from last Tuesday morning on Fox Channel 5 News, check out the above link.  I spoke about the rise in poor posture due to most adults working from home and children doing online school at the dinner table, kitchen counter or bed.  The lack of an ergonomic workspace has caused an increase in chronic poor posture leading to spinal cord stress and symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, upper back pain and overall stiffness.  I hope I did the Aligned Life Family proud in sending our message out to the masses!   Exercise equipment I am using: Road Bike Jersey and Bib Well, I have really lost it now