Two Predisposing Causes of Back Pain Everyone Needs to Know About

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This is probably the most important article I have ever written. I know most of you won’t read it because of its length. If you do read it, you will know more about the cause and prevention of back pain than most health professionals who treat this problem. If you or someone close to you has ever had their back “go out” or developed a chronic, recurring backache, this article explains why. I will also share with you the best thing you can start doing…

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The Diaphragm’s Role For a Healthy Spine and Body

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The diaphragm is a breathing AND a core stabilizing muscle. It must be able to switch roles and be able to perform both roles at the same time. If you are lying down, the diaphragm is dedicated solely to breathing (far left side of graph in blue). There is no external load applied to your body so the stabilizing role is absent. If you are attempting to lift a 200lb object off the floor, the diaphragm is dedicated solely to stabilizing your core and you…

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The Most Important Yet Most Neglected Muscle of The Body Part 2: Diaphragmatic (Core) Stabilization

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Have you ever wondered what it means when a trainer, therapist, or instructor asks you to “brace,” “flex” or “tighten up” your core? More importantly, are you doing it right and are you doing it “automatically” prior to and during normal movements and exercise? This cue is given to help you create a stable core. The key to a strong, stable core and body is the ability to create pressure within the abdomen, or intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). IAP is a fundamental mechanism for you to…

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The Most Important Yet Most Neglected Muscle of The Body Part 1: Diaphragmatic Breathing

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Right now, as you start reading this article, pay attention to your breathing. Are you breathing more in your abdomen or more in your chest? If you are unsure, place one hand on your stomach and the other hand on your chest. Which hand is moving more? If you are breathing more in your chest, your diaphragm muscle is not working properly. Functions of The Diaphragm The diaphragm has two functions. One is breathing and the other is core stabilization, which we will discuss in…

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Scapular Instability: A Common Source of Neck and Shoulder Pain

​Scapular instability (winging shoulder blade) is a common source of neck, shoulder and rotator cuff pain. It is a rampant problem in people who do pushups, planks, yoga poses or any other hand or elbow support exercises. Very few trainers, coaches, yoga instructors, chiropractors or orthopedists are fixing it let alone looking for it. It is a sign of weakness/inhibition of the serratus anterior muscle and/or hyperactivity of the pecs major/minor. If there is weakness of shoulder blade muscles, neck muscles will tighten up to…

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Why People Develop Pain and How We Fix It (Video)

In this video, I explain how compensations from pain and injuries lead to most wear and tear conditions as we age. I also talk about what needs to happen to fix these problems in order to stop wear and tear and live a pain-free life.

Most of the conditions people see me for, whether it is neck or back pain, a hip or shoulder problem, knee pain or arthritis, they are usually caused by two things, poor posture and poor movement. Both of these eventually develop in us all as a result of the multiple falls, injuries and painful episodes we endure throughout our lifetime.

When we experience pain from an injury, our body has to compensate in the way we move so we do not cause further pain or injury to the involved tissues. These compensations are the result of our nervous system “rewiring” itself to change muscle coordination, posture and movement. Favoring an injury is a necessary strategy so we can move and do the things we need to do while the injury heals. However, after the injury heals, these compensated movements to a smaller degree, become “hardwired” in our nervous system and now becomes  detrimental to our entire body. Our breathing and core stabilization patterns become disrupted, poor posture develops, joints lose their proper alignment and stabilization abilities, movement patterns are no longer “clean” and efficient and wear and tear begins to develop somewhere in our body. THIS is the reason why we develop the arthritis’s, the tendinitises, the rotator cuff and hip problems, the disc herniations and recurring neck and back pain.

Many of us receive various treatments to alleviate these conditions, like anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, electrical therapies, or even surgery. I’m sure you have had some of these things, but the most important question you need to ask yourself is,  “is it really fixing the underlying cause of the problem.” Is it fixing the poor posture and poor movements that are wearing your body down.

What needs to happen to fix these problems is a resetting of the nervous system. This is because most of the conditions we suffer from are the the result of bad wiring from past injuries. Bad wiring typically does not return to normal without the correct treatment and exercise program. So in order to fix it, you have to reset the nervous system or reset the wiring, like going to the fuse box in your house and resetting a blown circuit breaker.

My job is to find where the blown circuit is in your body and reset it like it was before. It takes a bit of detective work, but the unique assessments I do leads me to the problem most of the time. Once I find the problem, we work on resetting the nervous system to improve your posture and movement to the stop wear and tear and resulting pain. I have found this approach to give the best chance for a PERMANENT resolution for people with chronic and recurring conditions.

Every person’s condition is different and figuring out what needs to be done to fix them is always an enjoyable challenge to me. I look forward to the opportunity to finding and fixing what is ailing you and helping you achieve the pain-free lifestyle you deserve.

If Your Knees Do This You Shouldn’t Be Running

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On a recent trip to Mexico, I saw this woman running as my wife and I were riding bikes to the beach. From a distance, I could see her “form” didn’t look good. Can you see what’s wrong? The untrained eye may simply see that her form looks (for lack of a better term), “herky jerky.” As I approached her, I could see it was because both knees have instability. As you watch the video, when she lands on each foot, the knees buckle outward.…

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7 Backpack Tips to Avoid Pain and Bad Posture

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Backpacks can become a real pain for kids and young adults. They are associated with pain, bad posture, and both of these can be avoided if you follow these simple tips. Neck and shoulder pain, back pain and fatigue are the most common complaints related to backpacks. The weight of the backpack and the way it is carried are the major reasons for these complaints. Look for a backpack with wide, padded straps. Narrow straps can dig into and irritate the shoulders. A strap that…

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How to Resolve and Prevent Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

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If you have pain on the inside or outside of your elbow, especially when gripping or lifting something, you likely have tennis or golfer’s elbow. There are several predisposing causes that make you more prone to developing these conditions. If you and your chiropractor can find what the predisposing cause is, it becomes very easy to resolve and prevent future occurrences. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow got their names from the sports that commonly trigger the condition. Overuse of the muscles and tendons that attach to…

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Why Your Heel Is Hurting

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You wake up in the morning, get out of bed and start walking and “OUCH,” you feel a sharp pain in the heel of your foot. After walking a bit it does get better and maybe it goes away. Each morning, the same thing happens over and over again. Sound familiar? You probably have plantar fasciitis. If you go to a podiatrist, orthopedic or family doctor, what will you get? Anti-inflammatory meds, a cortisone injection, shockwave (ultrasound) therapy or surgery? Do you think any of…

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