Ep 357 – Upper Trap Release (Why I don’t do This One Often)
Ep 346 -Can You Really Get High Quality Food For Cheap?
Ep 328 – Quadruped to Plank Position
Ep 297 – Chiropractic. Do You Have A Bone Out Of Place?
Chiropractic. Do You Have a Bone Out of Place?
Traditional or old school Chiropractic thought was if you have a bone out of place it can place pressure on a nerve which can then cause dysfunction. The truth is you likely DO NOT have a bone out of place and the old school model of Chiropractic is not only inaccurate and flat out wrong but it oversimplifies what actually happening to the body.
Basically, if you have a bone that is out of place that means you have a dislocation. According to all the research and modern day practice, we know that when we are aligning or doing adjustments to the spine we are stimulating the nervous system to heal as I had mentioned in other videos. We are NOT putting a bone back into place. We are simply putting pressure onto a joint (adjusting it), adding more movement to it which creates that favorable stimuli that we are looking for.
So Why Do Many Chiropractors Still Say Bone Out Of Place?
Hmmmm good question. Well, the most obvious answer would be flat out laziness. It is such an easy concept to understand which is bone out of place = pain and problem but as I mentioned it is not only incorrect but it provides a dis-service to the patient because you are not properly educating them on what is exactly happening. The result also leads to improper perception of Chiropractic within the profession itself.
Lets face it, educating people is timely and energy consuming therefore, most people try and skip the necessary step to expedite the process. Chiropractors need to remember that the word “Doctor” means “to teach.” Yes, we are supposed to help others with their body but we are supposed to teach and educate others.
The conclusion leads to an overly simplistic model, poor doctor education and communication as well as an undereducated patient. Anyone who uses this bone out of place model without the use of some depth is likely missing the true premises of what Chiropractic is and NOT properly taking the time to educate others.
Ep 294 – Improve Foot Health & Balance With Foam Roller
Improving Foot Health and Balance
With todays modern shoe we often compress and squeeze our feet in there everyday. Not to mention tight and restricted athletic gear, the lack of barefoot walking, we now have a setup for disaster when it comes to foot health.
The feet are so important because they are literally the first thing that communicates the body with the environment and vice versa. This communication from the ground up sends feedback to where the body is in space and therefore it influences our body position from that point. That is why a lot of knee pain, hip pain, and initial phases of compensation (back pain) can be related to poor foot strength.
The more we compress our feet, the more weak and de-conditioned we become. The more this happens, the greater the risk for injury somewhere throughout the body becomes. In addition, this can lead to poor balance and coordination.
As we age (and after injury) we tend to lose our coordination and balance. It is very important that you begin to maintain it from the beginning and that anyone suffering from foot pain and/or an ankle sprain properly rehabilitate the foot so that they can get back health without it causing any further dysfunction along the kinetic chain.
In this episode, rather than rolling out the bottoms of the feet to help foot pain, I show you how to focus on strengthening the foot by literally standing on an uneven surface (unsteady) such as this foam roller. Standing on the foam roller not only requires great balance but is good for the foot, ankle, and to improve leg strength. As you continue to complete this balance exercise you will notice that the foot will begin to become fatigued and you will likely lose your balance more often. At that point you will notice the foot, ankle, and balance connection. Do this exercise until you foot fatigues and you begin to lose balance but remember, be safe and get off early to avoid injury or falling.
Ep 293 – Decompress and Stretch Your Lower Back
Decompress & Stretch Your Lower Back
Having low back pain is no fun, which is why you should use this technique for prevention. This technique allows the bodies vertebrae so separate which will increase the space between the disc. By doing this technique it is very much like a pump, where the disc gets to decompress and recompress. The benefit of this is that the spine not only gets movements but it allows fluid to exchange within the spine and disc areas. It is very useful to do this if you are suffering lower back pain or even after a heavy lifting day. When performing this low back exercise, make sure you give it about 5 seconds of decompression with a few seconds rest. Do this a few times and your lower back will likely feel instant relief and you will feel the spine stretching!
290 – Medical Subluxation vs. Chiropractic Subluxation
The major difference between a Medical Subluxation and Chiropractic Subluxation is actually quite massive, not only by definition but by the treatment as well. Medical subluxation deals with a dislocation or displacement of the joint. One of the most common dislocations is seen in the shoulder. When a medical dislocation occurs there is often intense pain, swelling, as well as disruption of the two surfaces of the joint as well as to the soft tissue structures (such as the muscles and especially the ligaments). The primary goals of this dislocation is to rest it (usually immobilization) and then when the patient is out of pain, begin the process to stabilize the injury. Essentially, this is where rehabilitation and strengthening the joint come into play.
On the other hand, we have a Chiropractic Subluxation. While there are different words for this, the basic premise is that a Chiropractic Subluxation is a spinal segment that is has a reduced range of motion. This in turn can alter joint biomechanics, physiology, and can cause the body to have neural lesions (decreased neural stimulation). The decrease in motion can cause the body to compensate while the decreased neural activity can place pressure on a the nervous system which leads to dysfunction and Ill-health as the nerves that leave the spine also go to the muscles and organ systems. The way Chiropractors go about treating this is by applying a controlled force to help move the joint into a correct position.
Ep 283 – Return To Training After An Injury (The RIGHT Way!)
Return to Activity After an Injury/Pain
Most people coming back from an injury and beginning to engage or re-engage in their activity/sport do so too quickly at too high of a level.
What I am really saying is that people jump back into it too quickly and therefore increase their risk of re-injury and reduced performance.
If you want to get back to health properly I use the 2 week rule of thumb/guideline. That is after you get injured and you want to get back to 100%, you must be at 100% for two weeks without any reoccurrence, pain, dysfunction!!!!
Example, you like to run but you have an ankle or knee injury. After some treatment, rest, rehab or whatever you are doing you decided to get back to running and if you are able to run for two weeks without any problems then you can return to full activity!
If on the other hand you make it into week 2 but there is a flare-up, exacerbation, and pain in the area then you must and should go back to day 1, week 1 and start all over. This method is a great way to know if you are truly 100% to compete at the level you need to and will mentally take away the “what if” from your mind!