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So many exciting things have been happening at Hall Family Chiropractic lately and I think I finally felt it all on our Valentine’s Day Patient Appreciation Day! 

We had intended to just love on all our great patients that day and share with them (you) how much you all mean to us… what happened instead is that I simply felt overwhealmed by YOUR love and appreciation!  Thank you soooo sincerely for that, you all are such amazing people and we feel so blessed to be in Danvers where we can call you our family. 

The morning before Valentine’s Day, Andrew and I launched “Dr. You” our very own radio show that is on North Shore FM 104.9.  We’re on every Sunday now at 7:30am.  It is SO MUCH FUN!  If you’re not in the area (or up at 7:30 on Sundays 🙂 no worries, you can listen to the PodCasts at www.northshore1049.c0m.  Just click on PodCasts and select the show “Dr. You” from the list.  They will be available the Tuesday following the Sunday show.   Please give us your feedback too if you want, we’d love to make the show as applicabel to you and your life as possible.

“The Cleanse” will also be starting shortly (Tuesday March 22nd) so the buzz in the office has begun.  I enjoyed watching Oprah recently when over 300 of her staffers went Vegan for a week.  We won’t be vegan on our cleanse (although you may choose to do so, it’s surprisingly do-able); however, many of you will get to experience conscious eating in a new way.  Very fun and very rewarding.  AND, we’ll never starve you or make you take “cleansing supplements”.  Our cleanse is ALL about eating REAL food. 

Stay posted, we have sooooo much in store for you this year!

It’s your life, LOVE it.

Dr.  Liisa.



Millions of Americans are not getting enough sleep.  

Here are the best 10 changes you can make to improve the quality and quantity of sleep you get each night. 

Although the amount of sleep we NEED varies individually, everyone NEEDS QUALITY sleep.  Quality sleep means that your brain waves change and you move through 4-5 periods of REM sleep totaling a minimum of 90-120 minutes.

In the past 4 years, the use of sleep aids such as Lunesta and Ambien by CHILDREN AND TEENS alone has shot up by 85% and a 2010 study of Teens showed that as many as 90% are chronically sleep deprived!

Chemical sleep aids make the brain drowsy enough to sleep; however, they do not improve the QUALITY of your sleep.  Which means that you are not reaching the necessary brain wave patterns achieved in natural sleep and therefore will not benefit from your sleep time.  Side effects include aggression, depression and even suicidal tendencies!

Sleep is a primary tool your body uses for healing.

Fortunately, there are many healthier alternatives.  In the short term, you can use natural sleep aids including Melatonin (available at most health food stores).  For prolonged benefits, begin taking care of your body with regard to the use of the following list of things/foods that interfere with QUALITY (or REM) sleep:

If you haven’t had your spine and nerve system checked by a Chiropractor yet (or recently), start there.  We frequently have patients comment to us that Chiropractic care has made a huge impact on their quality of sleep.  This is primarily because Chiropractic adjustments reduce body stress, as well as nociception (irritating nerve messages due to incorrect spinal alignment and movement). 

Next, take a look at the following list of 10 REM BUSTERS.  How many of these do you do?  Can you cut back and eventually eliminate any or all of them?

1.  Consuming Caffeine after 2pm

2. Drinking Alcohol within 2-4 hours of bed time    

3. Eating heavy meals or Meat within 2-4 hours of bed time

4. Consuming Dairy within 2-4 hours of bed time

5. Consuming Medications regularly.  Many currently used drugs are not necessary for long term use.  Ask your doctor for a plan to reduce and elimnate as many as possible.

6. Lack of daily Exercise.  You can’t sleep well if you haven’t yet burned off the energy you have stored.

7. Daily Worry and Upset.  There is no benefit to worry, stop it.  Focus on what’s great in your life.  Actually, it is that simple, but it does take some practice. 

8. Having an Inconsistenc schedule and general lack of Rhythm in your life.  Go to bed and arise within a 30 min. window each day.  Eat at consistent times, exercise at a particular time etc. 

9. Watching Television within 2-4 hours of bed time.  I once did a TV fast for a whole year and was shocked to find that when I started watching it again, I would replay the commercials when I closed my eyes at night.  I no longer watch commercials or negative movies/broadcasts etc. for that reason. 

10. Using your Computer or Electronics within 2-4 hours of bed time.  Removing any electronics from your bedroom is highly recommended (yes, even if they are off while you are sleeping). 

If the list seems overwhealming, try changing one at a time.  I recommend 30 days at a time for you to get a great determination of how this has been effecting your sleep. 

You can learn a lot from your body by simply making a change, staying consistent and watching what happens in the weeks that follow that change.

Sleep is too important for you to miss out on it. 

You can do this… it’s your life; love it!

Dr. Liisa

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. 

We have a dream that our communities grow stronger with time and age, not weaker.  We have a dream that everyone can begin again to trust their inborn intelligence and quit living a life of fear.

We dream of communities in which every individual takes responsibility for their health; where the ultimate authority for their health decisions is themselves and that quiet voice within them that speaks when one is still enough to listen.

We have a dream of healthcare that is not politically-driven, revenue-driven, agenda-driven or dogmatically influenced.  We dream of healthcare that is motivated by responsibility, empathy, wisdom and what is best for every patient.

We have a dream that living a life with proper nerve flow, a healthy diet and exercise and having optimistic, happy attitudes is considered the only way to have health care.  Everything else is crisis intervention or crisis care.

We have a dream where babies are born and checked for subluxation within the first few precious hours of life. We dream of children who are given the best opportunities to grow up healthy and strong and develop optimally in every facet of life.

We have a dream that every single one of your friends and loved ones receive wellness chiropractic care because they deserve this care as much as you do. 

We dream of our office being an alive, buzzing hub of education and wellness; full of healthy, strong, educated individuals who make a difference.

We have a dream that at Hall Family Chiropractic, we know you well and can call all of you friends for many years to come; that you look to us for a helping hand when you need one.

Thank you for trusting us as your health care coaches and thank you for helping us achieve our dreams by helping you achieve yours. 

Much love,

Dr. Liisa Hall



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