A Hidden Secret!

Did you know that there is a muscle hidden in the body that is sometimes referred to as "the body's hidden survival muscle".  It is the likely the least stretched of all muscles yet is so vitally significant to our overall health and the strength of the entire body!  Many of the problems relating to posture, lower-back pain, balance and more are caused by having an underexercised, undertrained, and underutilized psoas muscle!  In fact, this muscle is at the very core of our well-being and is the only supportive and connective muscle joining the spine and femur.  Truly this muscle is quite neglected!  Where is it you ask?  It sits deep within the well of your hip and lower spine, and is often referred to as "the mighty psoas" for all the major contributions is makes to the bodies ability to move and function.  The psoas major muscle is one of the two muscles that makes up the iliopsoas.  (Hip flexors)  Bridging the upper and  lower body together, the hips need strong support.  They are at the very "core" or center of your body's movement!  So now you know about this hidden little "secret", the psoas! 

Some other important facts about the psoas are:

It attaches to the vertebrae of the lower spine, moves through the pelvis, and connects to a tendon at the top of the femur. 

It attaches to the diaphragm so it is connected to your breathing, affecting sleep!

It is the seat of your major organs.

It gives you body its mobility and its core strength!!

When it is at it's optimal functionality and performance, it benefits the body in amazing ways!  Here are a few:  

Improves energy level and endurance, Helps the body metabolize fat, & Helps you sleep more soundly and comfortably.  

At BrainWaves, we offer a great solution for a weakened and inactive psoas muscle!  The Ageless Grace exercise program targets the core muscle group, and yes, the psoas!  Your psoas will thank you by increasing your mobility and functionality as well as your level of energy and stamina.  Visit the Ageless Grace website for more information at agelessgrace.com.  

If you would like to schedule a demo, class, seminar, or certification workshop, or would like more information, you can reach BrainWaves and Ageless Grace Educator & Trainer, Myra Braswell by calling 770-653-3086!  

Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Finding Fitness Fun!

May 23, 2017

Just 10 - 15 minutes a day is a good place to start!  Not too overwhelming, not too much of a commitment!  Sometimes it is necessary to "break the ice" slowly, and gradually work into this whole exercise thing!  In fact, think of it like a "game" of sorts, make it fun!  Turn on some of your favorite music! No need for fancy equipment!  Just move to the music!  Dance, Walk, Bounce, Swing from side-to-side.  There's no right or wrong!  

Getting bogged down in all the physiological science behind exercise feels weighty, even intimidating!  It won't be nearly as hard to talk yourself into doing it if you make it "fitness fun!"  There's plenty of time to be serious after you get started!  Right now, we just want to get you MOVING!!!  Your brain & body health depend on it!!!  Come on, I'll join you!! 



Caregiver Cues 

May 22, 2017

Seven Simple Strategies for Caregiving

1.  Be positive!  Use complimentary words to guide and direct.

2.  Be brief!  Use simple one-step directives, avoiding the use of "and".

3.  Be patient!  It often takes a little more time to accomplish simple tasks.  

4.  Be respectful!  Keep honor and dignity in tact!  Every life has value and meaning.

5.  Be purposeful!  Include and incorporate their ideas, opinions, and participation.

6. Be engaging!  Look for ways to spark interest in life; hobbies, travels, reminiscence, occasions to celebrate, and holidays. Recognize their significance to making life special!

7.  Be forgiving!  Understand that often actions and words can be easily misunderstood.  Forgive and start fresh each day!

Social Issues Drive Health Care Costs

May 21, 2017

In countries where there is a focus on social needs and issues such as housing, food, and transportation, the costs of healthcare tend to be less.  The domino effect often sets in for those patients who are finding it difficult to afford healthier foods, or manage the cost of necessities.  Opting for less expensive foods, doing without medications, vitamins, or making cheaper substitutions can lead to unexpected weight gain, unstable blood sugars, and any number of other diet related challenges.  Furthermore, those with low-income may not be able to pay their utilities or afford to make transportation arrangements to and from their doctors appointments.  All of these factors eventually magnify already pronounced health issues.

     In a recent study, three out of every four patients over the age of 65 had at least one unmet social need.  The three most common mentioned were the ones we have discussed here; food insecurity, inability to pay utilities, and transportation problems.  When unable to care for oneself, it affects our ability to be healthy.  Health is not limited to just the absence of illness or disease.  It is the obvious presence of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.  It is what allows a person to thrive in their environment and have quality of life.  

     It is our goal at BrainWaves to help our clients enhance their overall health and quality of life.  We want them to feel capable and have the ability to make important physical and behavioral changes.  We are a positive first step; we're here to help!  There is no reason to be one of those three out of four with unmet needs.  Resources are available and we can help get you connected.

Contact us for additional information.

Social Issues Drive Health Care Costs

May 21, 2017

In countries where there is a focus on social needs and issues such as housing, food, and transportation, the costs of healthcare tend to be less.  The domino effect often sets in for those patients who are finding it difficult to afford healthier foods, or manage the cost of necessities.  Opting for less expensive foods, doing without medications, vitamins, or making cheaper substitutions can lead to unexpected weight gain, unstable blood sugars, and any number of other diet related challenges.  Furthermore, those with low-income may not be able to pay their utilities or afford to make transportation arrangements to and from their doctors appointments.  All of these factors eventually magnify already pronounced health issues.

     In a recent study, three out of every four patients over the age of 65 had at least one unmet social need.  The three most common mentioned were the ones we have discussed here; food insecurity, inability to pay utilities, and transportation problems.  When unable to care for oneself, it affects our ability to be healthy.  Health is not limited to just the absence of illness or disease.  It is the obvious presence of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.  It is what allows a person to thrive in their environment and have quality of life.  

     It is our goal at BrainWaves to help our clients enhance their overall health and quality of life.  We want them to feel capable and have the ability to make important physical and behavioral changes.  We are a positive first step; we're here to help!  There is no reason to be one of those three out of four with unmet needs.  Resources are available and we can help get you connected.

Contact us for additional information.