Advice for the New Year from Dr. Patten

Here we are again, in the season on the almighty ‘resolution’ to change our lives.   I won’t go into statistics to show you that most don’t work, I won’t tell you to eat nothing but grape leaves for the year and I won’t tell you that drastic change always works.   You already know that.

This is a time when it’s good to prioritize our life and to understand what we can change, what we should change and what we must change.  Diet, exercise, smoke cessation, going to church all seem to top the lists made this time of year.    I suggest you write everything down in three categories:

  1. I want   ___
  2. I need   ___
  3. I Must   ___

Write about 5 items for each of the above and put them in order of importance (TO YOU).  We’re working on YOU, not someone else.  Don’t forget that.  Now, put a start date and use realistic goals.   Pick one of each and do it.

The key to this is a very boring word:  MODERATION.  That is the key to just about everything, particularly in the medical field.  Over-abundance and under-nourishment are completely different when it comes to eating, but both have poor end results.  The same is true with just about anything because you will become burned out, unhappy and feel like you can never reach your goals.

So…  The word for the year is Moderation.  Have Mcdonald’s if you absolutely have to, but just once in a while.  Work out hard, but give yourself adequate rest.  Get on a weight loss program, but remember if you’re losing more than 2 lbs per week after the first week you need to settle down.

Ultimately my advice is this:  Make your resolutions according to what is absolutely necessary, what will effect your happiness.  The resolutions should be long-term, might as well make your resolutions for next year while your at it so you know where you’re going.

If back pain, neck pain or anything else I work with at the office is bothering you, come get it fixed now.   Why wait?  I would personally rather see you get better in 3 visits now than 12 visits 6 months from now.

Finally…  Throw out the dang scale.  Forget the BMI chart.  They are worthless in reality.  Have your body fat tested to measure progress.

 

Dr. Patten, Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS

PattenFamilyChiropractic.com

EricPattenDC.com

Advice for the New Year from Dr. Patten

Here we are again, in the season on the almighty ‘resolution’ to change our lives.   I won’t go into statistics to show you that most don’t work, I won’t tell you to eat nothing but grape leaves for the year and I won’t tell you that drastic change always works.   You already know that.

This is a time when it’s good to prioritize our life and to understand what we can change, what we should change and what we must change.  Diet, exercise, smoke cessation, going to church all seem to top the lists made this time of year.    I suggest you write everything down in three categories:

  1. I want   ___
  2. I need   ___
  3. I Must   ___

Write about 5 items for each of the above and put them in order of importance (TO YOU).  We’re working on YOU, not someone else.  Don’t forget that.  Now, put a start date and use realistic goals.   Pick one of each and do it.

The key to this is a very boring word:  MODERATION.  That is the key to just about everything, particularly in the medical field.  Over-abundance and under-nourishment are completely different when it comes to eating, but both have poor end results.  The same is true with just about anything because you will become burned out, unhappy and feel like you can never reach your goals.

So…  The word for the year is Moderation.  Have Mcdonald’s if you absolutely have to, but just once in a while.  Work out hard, but give yourself adequate rest.  Get on a weight loss program, but remember if you’re losing more than 2 lbs per week after the first week you need to settle down.

Ultimately my advice is this:  Make your resolutions according to what is absolutely necessary, what will effect your happiness.  The resolutions should be long-term, might as well make your resolutions for next year while your at it so you know where you’re going.

If back pain, neck pain or anything else I work with at the office is bothering you, come get it fixed now.   Why wait?  I would personally rather see you get better in 3 visits now than 12 visits 6 months from now.

Finally…  Throw out the dang scale.  Forget the BMI chart.  They are worthless in reality.  Have your body fat tested to measure progress.

 

Dr. Patten, Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS

PattenFamilyChiropractic.com

EricPattenDC.com

Colleagues

Some friends of mine, put on here for some of my friends and colleagues from out of town.

Alec Khlebopros, DC Chiropractor in Charlotte, NC
Anthony Staiano D.C. Chiropractor in Atlanta, GA
Antonio Marotta, DC Chiropractor in Clifton Park, NY
Andre Broussard, DC Chiropractor in Lubbock, TX
Brad Landrum, DC Chiropractor in Hopkinsville, KY
Brian S. Dial, DC Chiropractor in Wadesboro, NC
Bob Woolery, DC Chiropractor in Vallejo, CA
Buddy Touchinksy, DC Chiropractor in Schuylkill County, PA
Carmelo Caratozzolo, DC Chiropractor in Woodbridge, VA
Chris Rizzo, DC Chiropractor in Leland, NC
Clayton Clark, DC Chiropractor in San Antonio, TX
Christopher Connelly, DC

Auto Injuries Whiplash

Atlanta Car Accident Doctor

Chiropractor in Stone Mountain, GA

Impairment Doctor

Doctor Chiropractor Atlanta

The Injury Pages

David Young, DC Chiropractor in Indiana, PA
Edward Harriott, DC Chiropractor in Mission Viejo, CA
Eric M. Patten DC Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS
Frank Navratil, DC Chiropractor in Torrance, CA
George Putnam, Jr, DC Chiropractor in New Orleans, LA
Graeme Gibson, DC Chiropractor in Seattle, WA
James Rosenberg, DC Chiropractor in Boise, ID
John Zimmerman, DC Chiropractor in Diamond Bar, CA
Jolene Kuty, DC Chiropractor in Scottsdale, AZ
Jonathan Woodward, DC Chiropractor in Dallas, TX
Josh Dick, DC Chiropractor in Circleville, OH
Jennifer Frost, DC Chiropractor in Naples, FL
Kevin Fielden, DC Chiropractor in Johnson City, TN
Kevin Smith, D.C. Chiropractor in Bethel Park, PA
Kevin Venerus, DC Chiropractor in Livonia, MI
Kyle Campbell, DC DC Strategies seminars
Louis J Cavallo, DC Chiropractor in Longmont, CO
Marieke Zegelaar, DC Chiropractor in the Netherlands
Marco La Starza, DC Chiropractor in Rockledge, FL
Matt Freedman, DC Chiropractor in Eugene, OR
Michael Schrad, DC Chiropractor in Broomfield, CO
Mike Nemastil, DC Chiropractor in Lexington, KY
Morgan Baker, DC Chiropractor in Eagan, MN
Ned McArthur, DC Chiropractor in Orem, UT
Noah Edvalson, DC Chiropractor in Boise, ID
Pamela Betz, DC Chiropractor in Leland, NC
Peter Gala, DC Chiropractor in Parker, CO
Randy Conger, DC Chiropractor in Fort Mill, SC
Reza Abusaidi, DC Chiropractor in San Mateo, CA
Richard E. Rogovin, D.C Chiropractor in Brandon, FL
Ruby Kevala, DC Chiropractor in Ventura, CA
Rusty Russo DC Chiropractor in Metairie, LA
Ryan Betzina, DC Chiropractor in Lakeville, MN
Ryan Suh, DC Chiropractor in Manhattan, NY
Steven Gillis, DC Chiropractor in Los Angeles, CA
Scott Cady, DC Chiropractor in Sunnyvale, CA
Scott Garber, DC Chiropractor in Pittsfield, MA

Chiropractor Pittsfield, MA

Chiropractic Pittsfield, MA

Scott Stiffey, DC Chiropractor in Palmyra, MO
Scott Swanson, DC Chiropractor in San Francisco, CA

Chiropractor in Berkeley, CA
Stephane Provencher, DC Chiropractor in St. Louis, MO
Stuart Firsten, DC Chiropractor in Novi, MI
Trent Artichoker, DC Chiropractor in Denver, CO
Todd Lloyd, DC Chiropractor in Sonoma, CA

Colleagues

Some friends of mine, put on here for some of my friends and colleagues from out of town.

Alec Khlebopros, DC Chiropractor in Charlotte, NC
Anthony Staiano D.C. Chiropractor in Atlanta, GA
Antonio Marotta, DC Chiropractor in Clifton Park, NY
Andre Broussard, DC Chiropractor in Lubbock, TX
Brad Landrum, DC Chiropractor in Hopkinsville, KY
Brian S. Dial, DC Chiropractor in Wadesboro, NC
Bob Woolery, DC Chiropractor in Vallejo, CA
Buddy Touchinksy, DC Chiropractor in Schuylkill County, PA
Carmelo Caratozzolo, DC Chiropractor in Woodbridge, VA
Chris Rizzo, DC Chiropractor in Leland, NC
Clayton Clark, DC Chiropractor in San Antonio, TX
Christopher Connelly, DC

Auto Injuries Whiplash

Atlanta Car Accident Doctor

Chiropractor in Stone Mountain, GA

Impairment Doctor

Doctor Chiropractor Atlanta

The Injury Pages

David Young, DC Chiropractor in Indiana, PA
Edward Harriott, DC Chiropractor in Mission Viejo, CA
Eric M. Patten DC Chiropractor in Gulfport, MS
Frank Navratil, DC Chiropractor in Torrance, CA
George Putnam, Jr, DC Chiropractor in New Orleans, LA
Graeme Gibson, DC Chiropractor in Seattle, WA
James Rosenberg, DC Chiropractor in Boise, ID
John Zimmerman, DC Chiropractor in Diamond Bar, CA
Jolene Kuty, DC Chiropractor in Scottsdale, AZ
Jonathan Woodward, DC Chiropractor in Dallas, TX
Josh Dick, DC Chiropractor in Circleville, OH
Jennifer Frost, DC Chiropractor in Naples, FL
Kevin Fielden, DC Chiropractor in Johnson City, TN
Kevin Smith, D.C. Chiropractor in Bethel Park, PA
Kevin Venerus, DC Chiropractor in Livonia, MI
Kyle Campbell, DC DC Strategies seminars
Louis J Cavallo, DC Chiropractor in Longmont, CO
Marieke Zegelaar, DC Chiropractor in the Netherlands
Marco La Starza, DC Chiropractor in Rockledge, FL
Matt Freedman, DC Chiropractor in Eugene, OR
Michael Schrad, DC Chiropractor in Broomfield, CO
Mike Nemastil, DC Chiropractor in Lexington, KY
Morgan Baker, DC Chiropractor in Eagan, MN
Ned McArthur, DC Chiropractor in Orem, UT
Noah Edvalson, DC Chiropractor in Boise, ID
Pamela Betz, DC Chiropractor in Leland, NC
Peter Gala, DC Chiropractor in Parker, CO
Randy Conger, DC Chiropractor in Fort Mill, SC
Reza Abusaidi, DC Chiropractor in San Mateo, CA
Richard E. Rogovin, D.C Chiropractor in Brandon, FL
Ruby Kevala, DC Chiropractor in Ventura, CA
Rusty Russo DC Chiropractor in Metairie, LA
Ryan Betzina, DC Chiropractor in Lakeville, MN
Ryan Suh, DC Chiropractor in Manhattan, NY
Steven Gillis, DC Chiropractor in Los Angeles, CA
Scott Cady, DC Chiropractor in Sunnyvale, CA
Scott Garber, DC Chiropractor in Pittsfield, MA

Chiropractor Pittsfield, MA

Chiropractic Pittsfield, MA

Scott Stiffey, DC Chiropractor in Palmyra, MO
Scott Swanson, DC Chiropractor in San Francisco, CA

Chiropractor in Berkeley, CA
Stephane Provencher, DC Chiropractor in St. Louis, MO
Stuart Firsten, DC Chiropractor in Novi, MI
Trent Artichoker, DC Chiropractor in Denver, CO
Todd Lloyd, DC Chiropractor in Sonoma, CA

In-office benefit for a patient

We have a patient for whom we will be raising funds.  I would like to know what you think the best way to raise money for him in our clinic.

Thank you very much!  We have room behind the Gulfport clinic for outdoor activities as needed.

Dr. Patten

Chiropractor

In-office benefit for a patient

We have a patient for whom we will be raising funds.  I would like to know what you think the best way to raise money for him in our clinic.

Thank you very much!  We have room behind the Gulfport clinic for outdoor activities as needed.

Dr. Patten

Chiropractor

Integrated treatment modalities

Integrated treatment modalities.

Integrated treatment modalities

Integrated treatment modalities.

How to have happy thoughts…

“How do I feel happy?” some patients ask.  The psychology of pain and the psychology of ‘feelings’ is amazingly intertwined.  Is it purely chemical, as some doctors believe?  Is it a problem with low ‘serum prozac’?  Lack or abundance of spiritual needs?  Perhaps a problem with persistent pain, causing feelings of helplessness?  Maybe some people need to just talk it out?  Keep quiet?  Run?  The answer to this question is simple.  Sorta.

In a culture short on exercise, nutrients and health it’s no wonder there are so many personal ‘ouchies’.   Family and Spiritual values are ever-changing, but seldom does someone wonder why our Emotional needs change too.

Back in the day…  I used to need time to ‘decompress’.  Time to myself to unwind and relax.  So, I used to just go away for the weekend.  Never someplace fancy, just go and sit.  This worked for me.  I would leave on Thursday, come back on Monday refreshed, relaxed and energized with a new zest for life.  Again, this worked for me.  Now, it doesn’t work.  I could do it 10 weekends in a row and it doesn’t work.  My needs have changed, my ‘rules’ have changed.  What is important to me has changed, so my thinking had to change.

The topic at hand…  Happy thoughts.  Chemically, endorphins give short-term sense of well-being.  The important part to know is that endorphins also act as natural pain-killers, but they also have a limit.  A time limit, to be more accurate.  If your are in a place of poor health and only excercise, get adjusted, eat properly on a seldom occasion then you will only get benefits for hours at a time.   The key is to make a habit.  Make a HEALTHY habit.

How?  Make small changes.  First, diet.  Simplest diet?  Eat real food.  Forget the fads, just eat real food.  You know what is good for you, if you have heartburn, constipation, poor energy then it isn’t working for you.  Second, Exercise!!!  I don’t care if it’s 30 minutes three times per week.  Our bodies were meant to move, not sit in front of the computer.  Third, Get adjusted.  Yes, get your spine adjusted.  Adjusting the spine will not only decrease tension, but YOUR body will immediately release endorphins after getting adjusted.  Last, personal emotional ‘nonsense’.  Time to start moving past some of this nonsense.  Seeing a psychologist is NEVER a bad idea (notice I didn’t say psychiatrist, who may be worried about low serum prozac).  There is a time and place for medicine, but that is only after all else fails.   DO SOMETHING to help the emotions.  Dr. Wayne Dyer had an idea that I tried and the results were great.  I wrote down 5 people on a list with whom I was mad, angry, disappionted, etc…   Each of them got a King Cake from me, with a pleasant note wishing them well.  That’s it.  No ego, no ‘stabs’, just well wishes.  Sometimes it helps to forgive on the outside, which in turn helps forgive on the inside.

Happy Thoughts…  Get your endorphins kicking, get your happy back.  Get your nutrition straight, Exercise, See the Chiropractor and send a couple King Cakes.  It’s a start…  First steps are sometimes the hardest to make, it’s time.

EMP DC

Gulfport Chiropractic Clinic

and…  Smile before you pick up the phone, you’d be surprised what it will do for the conversation!

How to have happy thoughts…

“How do I feel happy?” some patients ask.  The psychology of pain and the psychology of ‘feelings’ is amazingly intertwined.  Is it purely chemical, as some doctors believe?  Is it a problem with low ‘serum prozac’?  Lack or abundance of spiritual needs?  Perhaps a problem with persistent pain, causing feelings of helplessness?  Maybe some people need to just talk it out?  Keep quiet?  Run?  The answer to this question is simple.  Sorta.

In a culture short on exercise, nutrients and health it’s no wonder there are so many personal ‘ouchies’.   Family and Spiritual values are ever-changing, but seldom does someone wonder why our Emotional needs change too.

Back in the day…  I used to need time to ‘decompress’.  Time to myself to unwind and relax.  So, I used to just go away for the weekend.  Never someplace fancy, just go and sit.  This worked for me.  I would leave on Thursday, come back on Monday refreshed, relaxed and energized with a new zest for life.  Again, this worked for me.  Now, it doesn’t work.  I could do it 10 weekends in a row and it doesn’t work.  My needs have changed, my ‘rules’ have changed.  What is important to me has changed, so my thinking had to change.

The topic at hand…  Happy thoughts.  Chemically, endorphins give short-term sense of well-being.  The important part to know is that endorphins also act as natural pain-killers, but they also have a limit.  A time limit, to be more accurate.  If your are in a place of poor health and only excercise, get adjusted, eat properly on a seldom occasion then you will only get benefits for hours at a time.   The key is to make a habit.  Make a HEALTHY habit.

How?  Make small changes.  First, diet.  Simplest diet?  Eat real food.  Forget the fads, just eat real food.  You know what is good for you, if you have heartburn, constipation, poor energy then it isn’t working for you.  Second, Exercise!!!  I don’t care if it’s 30 minutes three times per week.  Our bodies were meant to move, not sit in front of the computer.  Third, Get adjusted.  Yes, get your spine adjusted.  Adjusting the spine will not only decrease tension, but YOUR body will immediately release endorphins after getting adjusted.  Last, personal emotional ‘nonsense’.  Time to start moving past some of this nonsense.  Seeing a psychologist is NEVER a bad idea (notice I didn’t say psychiatrist, who may be worried about low serum prozac).  There is a time and place for medicine, but that is only after all else fails.   DO SOMETHING to help the emotions.  Dr. Wayne Dyer had an idea that I tried and the results were great.  I wrote down 5 people on a list with whom I was mad, angry, disappionted, etc…   Each of them got a King Cake from me, with a pleasant note wishing them well.  That’s it.  No ego, no ‘stabs’, just well wishes.  Sometimes it helps to forgive on the outside, which in turn helps forgive on the inside.

Happy Thoughts…  Get your endorphins kicking, get your happy back.  Get your nutrition straight, Exercise, See the Chiropractor and send a couple King Cakes.  It’s a start…  First steps are sometimes the hardest to make, it’s time.

EMP DC

Gulfport Chiropractic Clinic

and…  Smile before you pick up the phone, you’d be surprised what it will do for the conversation!