Do you sit for much of the day? It’s not uncommon for creatives.
I imagine some of you might be thinking… why is Jenna Rainey talking about spinal health and posture?
Because I know that supporting our health is fundamental for everything we do.
Especially now—in the midst of a global pandemic—many people are spending a lot of time sitting. That’s why I wanted to share with you information from someone who has helped me a ton with my own pain and health—Bill DeMoss, DC.
Dr. Bill DeMoss graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1985 and is certified in chiropractic, spinal trauma and biophysics. Now, he’s the owner and lead chiropractor at DeMoss Chiropractic in Southern California.
Dr. Bill DeMoss is super knowledgeable, not just about posture and spinal health but about immune health and cognitive health. His goal is to educate and empower people with an understanding of how the human body functions so that wise decisions can be made about their health and wellbeing.
Even if you don’t go to a chiropractor or you’ve never been to a chiropractor, this episode gives you a glimpse into the world of chiropractic care and strategies to support your spinal health and your overall health.
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: This information is for general educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your licensed health practitioner before taking any supplement, trying new products, or making any changes.
- [03:22] Dr. Bill shares how he got his start in the field and his transition from mechanistic chiropractic care to a more vitalistic philosophy—acknowledging the importance of the nervous system and the body as a self-healing organism.
- [05:50] Sitting is the new smoking. But there are things you can do to help balance the long-sitting computer days like the Denneroll and gentle exercises (both linked below).
- [07:43] Chiropractic adjustments aren’t just for people with back pain—it’s meant to help get things back into proper alignment and put motion back in the spine.
- [12:13] When using a cell phone, instead of looking down, try to hold up your phone to keep your head in a neutral position. This can help prevent long-term spinal degeneration.
- [13:13] Hydrating with clean water is vital for spinal health and overall health.
- [14:15] When your spine is out of alignment, it pushes you in sympathetic dominance aka fight or flight (which can lead to increased blood pressure, poor sleep, increased anxiety, impaired digestion, etc). Adjustments promote parasympathetic dominance aka rest and digest, thereby improving your overall health.
- [19:08] There are millions of bacteria and viruses that exist and they’re opportunistic, looking for susceptible hosts. So we have to take care of the environment (aka the body) to best fight off these infections.
- [21:33] Using standing desks and elevated computer screens are great strategies to protect your spinal health.
- [22:30] Your spine is part of your central nervous system and is connected to all the other organs and systems in your body.
- [29:26] Dr. Bill shares his top tips for stress management (sugar and caffeine consumption, cell phone usage, meditation, breathing exercises, hydration, movement, healthy foods, grounding, and releasing toxic people in your life).
- [35:02] Stress can limit your capacity for creative thought.
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- Autonomous standing desk* (the brand John and I use)
- Dr. Bill’s website
- Denneroll website
- Neck extension exercise with a towel
- Spinal exercises
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