Posted on: October 7, 2018
I had a patient come in recently who was dealing with a strain from playing his favorite sport. He shared with me that he had been doing that sport for over a decade without injury, so why now?
Has this happened to you? Is there an exercise or sport you used to do easily and without pain that now seems to be more taxing or even injuring your body, such as basketball, hiking, golfing, or running?
Posted on: August 12, 2018
Have you heard the buzz phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking?” It seems that with our advancement of technologies, people are sitting more than ever. Where smoking used to be seen as the major detriment to people’s health, sitting for long periods of time is having serious consequences for structural health and cognitive function.
Posted on: June 26, 2018
I had a patient come in to the office last week looking for my support to relieve her low back pain. We started the session talking about what might have triggered the pain (sitting too long, overexertion, injury, etc.) and we also talked about where else she was experiencing any pain or discomfort. She talked about pain in her low back, pelvis, and right hip. As I started my Vector Point work on her, I could tell her jaw was in a locked down pattern, which could also relate to her hip and pelvis pain. I asked if she had been having any headaches. She replied, “Well, sure. For several days now. Why?”
Posted on: March 22, 2018
Every Chiropractor has a choice of techniques to use in realigning health. I have, of course, chosen to use the techniques that I believe work best. And as most of you know, I am most enthusiastic about Vector Point Cranial Therapy. This is the technique I am using during a treatment when I am holding specific points on your head. It may seem subtle at times, but the benefits are very effective. It is a technique that is rarely used alone, as it is often combined with other chiropractic techniques to form a complete treatment experience.
Posted on: October 21, 2017
We talked about the importance of taking corrective action so that the body does not develop well-traveled pain pathways. Reversing the cause of unnecessary pain can also prevent deterioration of a condition into something much worse––and perhaps untreatable down the road.
If a simple sprain of one of your ligaments, in the joints of your back, neck, wrist or ankles goes untreated, it will tend to re-injure more easily. This is because a poorly treated injury creates an opportunity for the ligaments to heal looser than the original, creating an unstable joint.
Mechanical imbalances left untreated often lead to premature arthritic degenerative changes which can be difficult if not impossible to control once established.
Posted on: September 9, 2017
Unnecessary pain is pain that can be eliminated with treatment. People often endure pain for too long before seeking help. Here is why that may be an unwise approach.
Neurological research supports a phenomena I see in practice every day: the longer a person waits to get treatment, the harder it is to undo the pain.The pain gets “locked-in” by the nervous system’s ability to adapt. Suddenly it takes much more treatment to solve a simple problem.
Posted on: March 1, 2017
How loose and flexible do you feel in your body? Where could your joints move more freely? Could you find opportunities to do some light stretching throughout the day?
Here are some simple ways to improve your flexibility:
1. Create a realistic goal
If you think flexible means you can easily touch your toes, do a backbend, or twist like a yogi, I encourage you to reframe your vision to one that works for your body. Maybe for you, being able to bend over and touch your knees without pain would be a win. Or, maybe you just want to be able to do a side stretch and feel more space in your abdomen and chest. (more…)
Posted on: January 27, 2017
Do you have any pain in your body right now? Do you regularly ignore or mask body pain, convincing yourself it is unimportant?
Ignoring pain can have serious consequences. It can train your body to cancel warning signals, allowing situations to get worse without you knowing it. Then you can find yourself in the middle of a big repair project that could have been avoided.
Posted on: December 16, 2016
I realized recently that many of my patients do not know that one of my passions is music. I’m drawn to compose music because it works on many levels. It can create a mood and it can trigger memories for recollection and release. Because we’re all vibration anyway, music can actually cause a harmonic response in the body’s essential frequencies. All of my music is designed to instill an experience of relaxation and healing.
Posted on: December 4, 2016
Did you know that neck, back, and knee pain can actually be caused by your feet? Your feet work hard and serve as the first line of shock absorption when you walk. You may also be one of the many people to experience your feet rolling inward (overpronation), rolling outward (underpronation), have low or flattening arches, or simply foot or ankle pain when walking or exercising. This is why I recommend custom orthotics for many of my patients, to support your feet in getting the job done. (more…)
Posted on: October 9, 2016
Looking youthful is more than just reducing wrinkles. How flexible and mobile you are in your body is one of the most important areas to focus on for looking youthful on the outside and feeling vibrant on the inside.
Posted on: August 15, 2016
Body systems often let us know when they are out of balance, but sometimes they have to be out of balance for a long time before we take notice. For example, how is your neck feeling right now? Is it freely moving, or do you feel any strain or tension when you move it from side to side?
Mild, daily neck stiffness may seem unimportant, but the truth is it may be a clue that the structures in the neck are being used in an imbalanced way and can lead to your back and hips being out of balance, as well as increased headaches and even arthritis.
Posted on: July 20, 2016
Exercising in the heat can be very tricky. It’s not about just being uncomfortable, there are some real dangers often overlooked.
It’s common knowledge that we humans need to drink more water when exercising in the heat. The lack of water can cause weakness, lightheadedness, fainting, nausea and even total collapse. But the answer to being safe is not just to drink gallons of water.
Exercising in the heat creates a big increase in the need for your body to produce perspiration to cool down the body by evaporation. You may not even notice the perspiration because it can evaporate quickly.
Posted on: May 11, 2016
The resistance I have personally about reducing sugar in my own diet is truly astounding. I decided to create a list of the ill effects of sugar to motivate myself. Guess what? Setting aside the addictive qualities of sugar I shared in my last newsletter, the list of reasons for at least reducing the amount of sugar in the diet seems endless and serious. I’ve distilled my research into two guidelines below that I hope you will find helpful and supportive in your journey toward better health!
Posted on: April 14, 2016
We all have heard that eating quantities of sugar every day can be bad for us, but can it really be addictive? Like drugs can be addictive? The short answer is yes, for some people it certainly can be!
Why? One big reason is that the research shows that sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain — just like addictive drugs. In fact, sugar and many junk foods can cause massive dopamine release. For more information on this fascinating subject, see this article in Science Direct
Posted on: February 22, 2016
Believe it or not, spring is only four weeks away, and that means that travel season is right around the corner.
I often work with patients who have neglected a plan to maintain their health while traveling. I encourage you to take positive steps to stay healthy while you’re traveling for business or pleasure. The ideas below are simple yet very effective for staying healthy on the road.
Posted on: January 15, 2016
Well, the good news is that the flu could be worse here in California. The bad news — not by much.
This map from the Centers for Disease Control shows that influenza is widespread throughout much of the country as of Jan. 9. In California it’s affecting the entire region.
Posted in: Health & Well Being
Posted on: December 16, 2015
Tis the season — to be jolly! Problem is, jolly turns to stressed-out in the wink of an eye. Wait… are you jolly during this holiday season? Or are you stressed-out, worried and tense?
How are you feeling as we count down to 2016?
At this point in the year, there is often an increase in the stress of our daily life. The holidays can put a burden on our health, causing even more anxiety as the body attempts to compensate for everything that we are doing. The status of our compensation system is the topic for this month, “The Three Categories.”
Posted on: November 18, 2015
Could You Benefit From Vector Point Cranial Therapy?
Have you ever heard of Vector Point Cranial Therapy (VPCT)? If you have been in my office you certainly have! This is the relatively new though well tested approach to chiropractic care that I have focused on since 1993. It is the gentle method of balancing the body that has become an instrumental part of nearly every patient’s therapy in my practice.
Posted on: October 27, 2015
There are not very many of us who have never had a headache. For some people headaches are simply an annoyance, but for others they are a severe, miserable component of everyday life. There are over 20 different types of headaches, all with their own unique causes. For the migraine sufferer, though, there is only one REAL headache.
Posted on: September 23, 2015
Does your annual physical include a blood test? If so, you may be relieved to hear your doctor say, “Everything looks OK!” Although I’m sure you find it reassuring to hear that, there is often more information hidden in the numbers that you may want to know. Specific laboratory testing including a blood chemistry panel is often a great place to get information about your overall health.
Your Test Results Can Tell You More Than You Think
Perhaps it is the engineer in me (my first career) or maybe I am just particularly curious, but I when I get my tests back I want details! When I see those numbers I see them as the answer to the question, “How healthy am I?”
Posted on: August 18, 2015
How to prevent neck pain and feel better.
It is my job to tell you how to feel better and prevent pain, as well as to help you get out of pain once you’re in it. Did you know that you can see some neck pain coming before you feel it? And just by looking in the mirror? You don’t need to be psychic or use special glasses, but you do need to be honest with yourself.
Most neck pain cases that I see in the office start with a series of bad habits and functional changes in the neck that creep into everyday life. A lot of the pain and disability that results from this can usually be prevented. The muscles, bones and ligaments don’t complain until they are really fed up with how they are being used, and that’s when you get pain. That’s also why there are some mornings when you wake up and know something is wrong.
Posted on: June 11, 2015
Here’s a question that I’m often asked: “I sit for long periods of time. I know I should exercise to strengthen my lower back, but I don’t have time in my day for a special exercise program. What should I do?”
The documented rise in back pain incidence has been linked to the sedentary lifestyle that many of us lead and as a chiropractor I always try to motivate my patients to exercise.
Our bodies strengthen with activity. It is easy to see that if the muscles of the back become stronger there is less opportunity for injury. If you have been sitting for long periods of time on a regular basis, your muscles have already lost a significant amount of strength.
Posted on: June 11, 2015
According to the New England Journal of Medicine more than 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic — meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
As most of you know, I’ve had my share of this particular problem too. So I have a special interest in the pain syndromes of the lower back.
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