Thursday, June 30, 2011

Great NYT article about Protecting your Back

If you have time check out this article its primarily from recommendations published in the medical journal "Osteoporosis International", but if you have to run here is a quick summary.

1. Posture: Lift your breastbone, and keep your head erect and shoulders back, all the while gently tightening abdominal muscles and maintaining a small hollow in your lower back.
2.When sitting for long periods, place a rolled towel or small pillow at the small of your back. Walk with your chin in and head upright.
3. Learn to bend over safely from the hips and knees, not the waist. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your back straight. Do not twist; turn to face the object you wish to reach before you bend.
Don't Do:
1.Stomach crunches
2 Toe touches
3.Any exercise or activity that involves twisting the spine or bending forward from the waist with straight legs

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chiropractic Soft Tissue Mobilization Helps Heel Pain

Study finds that patients with plantar fasciitis achieve clinically meaningful improvement from graston (or gua sha) treatment and a home stretching program. Treatment outcomes were on 8 visit schedule.

Athletic Chiropractic Care

Why should athletes seek chiropractic care? Here are a few reasons and a few athletes who have sought out chiropractic care to help them reach their maximal performance.
1. Posture Improvement - This leads to core improvement and thus greater potential to reach top speeds, take hits better, and breathe better.
2. Maximal Joint Range of Motion - This will lead to less pain in the joints and muscles will be able to produce force through a greater spectrum. This will create greater force. Also there will be greater joint flexibility and a decreased likely hood for early degeneration. A joint that does not move through its range of motion and is repetitively moved will be more likely to degenerate.
3. Improved Clarity and Focus - Studies have show higher cognitive testing and better brain flow to the brain after a chiropractic adjustment.
4. Injury Prevention and Faster Recovery - Flexibility in joints and soft tissue is very important whether the athlete is performing repetitive exercises or if they are taking hits. Also an athlete who receives chiropractic care will be less likely to have scar tissue after an injury.

At this time 95% of all NFL teams regularly provide chiropractic care for their athletes.

Couple of Quotes:
Jerry Rice "You probably know about my long and successful career in football... chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game."
Arnold Schwarzenegger "We've got to let the people know that there is a necessity, it's not even an option, it's a necessity to have a chiropractor."
Lance Armstrong "The team wasn't just riders. It was the mechanics, sasseurs, chefs, soigneurs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been the chiropractor."
Tiger Woods "I've been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It's as important to my training as practicing my swing.
Emmit Smith "Playing in a football game is like being in 30 to 40 car accidents. That stuff takes its toll. But if you take advantage of the healthcare, balance your body back out, put it back where it's supposed to be, you function better, and you recover faster"

Thanks to the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation.