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National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
The Dangers of Biking
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Cycling has changed dramatically in the past 25 years. Hi-tech bikes have gradually taken over the market, to the point that finding a bike that allows you to sit upright in a balanced position is difficult.Bikes are sleeker, lighter, and designed as if the rider intended to participate in the Tour de France. Competitive road racing mandates the flexed position to reduce wind resistance and deliver maximum power to the pedals. Off-road racing adds punishing forces from irregular terrain. If this forward-bent position is assumed by the average rider, the consequences are likely to be more severe. Many bicycles on the market, such as road bikes and mountain bikes, force your body to constantly lean your weight forward, increasing the danger of injury. The forward-bent position may be slightly more efficient for riding speed, but it places enormous stress on the low back, neck, shoulders, elbows and especially the wrists. Road bikes on which the rider is bent forward are harder on the back and neck. Mountain bikes ridden on rough terrain are rough on the wrists, elbows and shoulders, especially if the rider leans forward on the hands.
In the forward-bent position, continual tension is placed on the muscles, tendons, joints and supporting ligaments, from the hands, through the shoulders and into the back. Because these structures are under tension, bumps in the road send shockwaves of stress through the elbows, the shoulders and the very sensitive wrist joints, making all of these areas more vulnerable to injury. Furthermore, the head, which is one of the heaviest parts of the body, is held up with the neck in extension for long periods of time, fatiguing the muscles of the neck and reducing the circulation and nerve impulses down the arms. The low back ligaments also are in a constantly stretched position, which makes them more vulnerable to damage by sudden additional forces. But the greatest stress is placed on the wrist joints and their surrounding ligaments.
Mountain biking in this position is particularly dangerous because of the uneven terrain riders often traverse. Sudden wrist sprains may occur merely as a result of hitting several bumps in the road. The biker's hands often lose circulation and become cold in this position. This may be followed by a numbing sensation, setting the stage for injury to the wrists and elbows. The bikes of 30 years ago may have looked "clunkier," but they were more in tune with sound body mechanics. Sitting upright, as one might do at the gym on a stationary bike, is great exercise without the strain on the body's joints and ligaments.
What can we do to cycle and stay injury-free? If you are a recreational biker, try to find a bike that allows the body to remain in a completely upright position. You can also buy new handlebars or extensions, which allow you to ride more upright. If you are a serious biker who races regularly, and you want to ride a road bike in the forward-bent posture, make sure you warm up your neck and back thoroughly before riding. Take frequent breaks in which you regain an upright position. Work to make your hamstrings and quadriceps flexible and strong. This will help protect your back. A sufficiently flexible person should be able to bring the heel of the foot to the buttock with relative ease to stretch the quadriceps, and be able to place the hands or at least the fingertips on the floor while bending forward with the knees straight to stretch the hamstrings.
Without preventive care, many cycling injuries will likely occur. Recumbent bikes are a good alternative, because they are much easier on the body. Bicycles that make our clients continually lean forward may be good for our business as massage therapists, but they are not good for the health of our clients.
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