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Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
Squatting: Integrating Fitness In Your Practice
By Ben Benjamin, PhD and Chris White
Editor’s Note: Dr. Benjamin continues his series on integrating fitness in your practice with this article, co-authored by Chris White.
The squat is one of seven fundamental movement patterns that were essential to human survival in primitive times.The other six are: lunging, bending, rotating, pushing, pulling, and walking/running. The quality with which an individual executed each movement dictated their physical capacity and ability to survive. Even today, all of the movements we do are a combination of these seven fundamental movements.
The origins of squatting date back to the beginning of time. It was one of the movements most essential to everyday life. Basically, anything that took place on the ground was usually done from a squat position. Based on the idea that form follows function, it’s easy to see why many people have lost the ability to squat effectively. The changes brought about by chairs, cars, and computers, to name a few, have turned a squatting society into a sitting society.
Squatting serves many important functions for humans. It was commonly used 10,000 years ago because many daily activities took place on the ground. There weren’t any chairs (man-made at least), so squatting allowed a person to sit comfortably and still have use of their hands for tool making, food preparation, and cooking.
The squat position also kept a person rooted on their feet, ready to stand up, move, jump or run at a moment’s notice. The mechanical properties of the squat also served a role in the toileting habits of primitive man; when a person is squatting, the right thigh compressing the ascending colon, which literally pushes waste material up and through the transverse colon. From here it can more easily move out of the body.
Many undeveloped and developing countries around the world still use the squat for everyday activities. No matter what country you’re in, you might notice that infants and young children are quite good at squatting. It’s only when we stop squatting that we lose our ability to do so.
Learning to Squat
When done correctly, squatting is a very comfortable position to be in. At the bottom of the squat, the trunk is allowed to rest comfortably on the legs. This decompresses the lumbar spine and decreases the load on the extensor muscles of the back. At the same time, the posterior thigh is allowed to rest against the back of the lower leg, minimizing tension throughout the quadriceps.
Many Americans need to get back into the habit of squatting in order to strengthen their thighs and buttock muscles. Squatting may also prevent some digestive problems that lead to straining during bowel movements, hemorrhoids and other issues. Women may find the squatting position to be a comfortable stretch during pregnancy, and they may find it useful during delivery as well.
There are many wrong ways to do squats, so you have to teach your clients the right way to do them. Otherwise, they may strain their neck or back, or, particularly, their knees. When most people begin learning how to squat, their knees roll inward, placing enormous stress on the medial knee.
Start by making sure you can do a squat properly, and then use this knowledge to teach your clients to do the same.
See a video on the proper squat: www.youtube.com/watch?v=efiSjiedJAw
Click here for more information about Ben Benjamin, PhD.
Chris White is co-founder of Go Primal Fitness and the Functional Training Institute. With more than 13 years experience in massage therapy, strength training and nutritional coaching, his clients include those with severe spinal injuries and Olympic level athletes.
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