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You think you are stretching your hamstrings? Well, you’re not. At least not likely. Why is it necessary to even discuss stretching?
Why Flexiblity is Important
The ability to move in a full range of motion is important because we use our bodies the way we were meant to move. We use ALL of a muscle instead of only a part. We use ALL of our muscles instead of a specific few. This is healthy, balanced movement.
Once we start losing flexibility, our tightness snowballs. My grandmother would ask me at least once a day to get something out of the cabinet for her that was right above her head. My grandfather didn’t have the flexibility or strength to perform a squat; he died as he fell going to the bathroom, hitting his head on the sink on the way down.
Flexibility allows movement. Movement allows the body to function. You (and your grand-kids) can be happy because you are able to do everything you want and need to do in life.
Ok, I know its last minute, but for you out there who haven’t yet filed, here’s a tip for all college students.
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Choosing a chiropractic college is an important decision that many students fail to recognize. Of the schools, some have radically divergent theories, philosophies, and treatment methods. To many students choose on the basis of proximity and their own chiropractors recommendation, which can land them in the wrong institution.
You may view student ratings of some of the chiropractic colleges, but at this time only a few colleges are rated.
The following article addresses the key considerations when choosing your chiropractic institution.
You have heard it before. “Bend your knees when you pick that up or you’ll hurt your back.” Well, that’s true, to a degree. The fact is though, simply bending your knees is not enough to prevent low back injury.
The reason chiropractors, physical therapists, and personal trainers alike advise bending your knees is because they do not want you to put stress on your low back. The thought is that bending your knees will shift the stress from the back to the knee, but this is not always true. Don’t get me wrong, you should always bend your knees when lifting, but there are other things that must be done as well.
To understand what you need to do to protect your back, you will first need to understand some basic bio mechanics. I promise to keep it very simple. You have 24 vertebrae sitting directly on top of one another that make up your spine. Your spine rests on top of a bone called the sacrum. The sacrum is positioned directly in between two bones called the pelvic bones. In between each of the 24 vertebrae and where the spine meets the sacrum is a disc which you have probably heard of before. While the vertebrae and the sacrum are bones, the discs are made of cartilage and fluid that is structurally not much different than a jelly doughnut; they are hard on the outside and soft in the middle.
Simply put, those vertebrae work together like a spring when you bend over. Imagine bending a spring back and forth over and over again. While that spring might be very strong at first, over time, it would weaken and eventually break. Most commonly with bending, the injury is to your disc. Imagine squeezing a jelly doughnut on one side, all the jelly would squirt out the other direction. This is a simplified example of a bulging or herniated disc. So how do we prevent this from happening? Continue reading “Bending Your Knees to Lift is Just the Beginning…” »
Here’s a little statistic sampling since our inception.
2009: 250,000 visits, 61000 unique
2008: 184,000 visits, 58000 unique
2007: 89,000 visits, 15000 unique
2006: 23,000 visits, 12800 unique
Well it’s that time of the year again. Time to take a look back at 2009 and review your successes and failures. What goals did you set out to achieve? How long did it take for those goals to be forgotten? What new year’s resolutions are you going to set out to achieve in 2010?
The holidays are a fantastic time of the year to review your successes and failures because it’s a time when we are reminded of the important things in life. Perhaps now is the best time to outline what goals are important to you and begin establishing a detailed plan to attain them.
I don’t like “New Year’s Resolutions”. Even the wording rubs me the wrong way. Why not call them “New Year’s Commitments”? Better yet, last year Chris Guillebeau from “The Art of Noncomformity” talked about the process of conducting your own annual review. According to Chris “The idea is to create a road map for the year ahead – not a rigid daily schedule, but an overall outline of what matters to me and what I hope to achieve in the next year.”
Unique to Chris’s annual review is the concept of having a yearly theme. You see when we choose goals like “Weight Loss” and “Get Rid of Debt” it limits us to only achieving weight loss and becoming debt-free. There are 3 things to consider when making your 2010 New Year’s Commitments. Continue reading “Why You Should Look Beyond Weight Loss for 2010” »
Chiropractic is the largest alternative medicine profession in the United States, and probably the most debated. Undeniably, the hottest debated topic concerning chiropractic is stroke risk. But are you really flirting with death when you visit a Chiropractor? This article, written with common argument headers, attempts to discern if cervical manipulation is a risky treatment, especially when compared with other popular treatment options.
Neck manipulation dissects the vertebral basilar artery leading to stroke…
The most basic argument that needs to be proven for anti-manipulation activists to have a ground to stand on is whether a neck manipulation has the physical means to cause a stroke. Detractors claim that forceful manipulation of the neck dissects the vertebral basilar artery, which passes through the atlas (top neck bone/vertebrae) before it enters the skull. This dissection is caused by either the physical stretching of the artery or by its contact with the bone. This very idea is actually what many chiropractic colleges teach, but its reality becomes doubtful when viewing the research.
One of the major concerns for chiropractors are stroke patients. Current research associates the risk of stroke after a cervical manipulation as about 1 in a million. However, these stats may be artificially high, since often people who seek chiropractic care for neck & head pain often have these symptoms because they are currently in a stroke status. Continue reading “New Stroke Recognition Tests” »
As December looms the largest graduating class of the year is getting ready to do just that… graduate. Unfortunately, many of us are facing the reality that getting job post school was a little more difficult than thought. This short article covers a view tips and advice that I have acquired either from others, or via my own experiences. Continue reading “Tips for Getting Hired” »