Core Stability: What Is It, Really?

Core stability is a word that is misused enough that I felt motivated to discuss it in this month’s article.   Our “core” is the center of our body; everything between ribs and hips.  It houses the lumbar spine, our guts and is surrounded by latticed muscles in the front, back and sides.  “Stability” is the ability to resist movement and to support when demand is applied.  A bridge is stable when it supports cars from the top and resists wind […]

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The Shoulder: Quite the Common Denominator

In this edition of An Ounce of Prevention we will talk about how you can avoid a MULTITUDE of injuries by checking in on the status of your shoulder and shoulder blade. A quick and easy test for yourself is shoulder abduction.  To set you up for success, stand up, get tall and keep your palms forward.  Raise one arm at a time straight out to your side and then up by your head.  See if you can get your […]

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Movement Patterns; Learn From The Pros

Do you ever wonder if there is a secret to pain relief and muscle / joint health?  Well, there is, in theory… Do what babies do!  Yes, babies!  The fact is, if you or I had never lost the “movement patterns” that babies have, we would not “wear out” our knees, shoulders, low back, etc. in a lifetime. Babies with normally developing brains have predictable movement patterns that ensure the safety of their joints and muscles before and during every […]

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Trigger Points – “Knot” Guilty

Go ahead, feel around on the top of your shoulders and see if you can find a knot.  You may already know exactly where they are, because they constantly bug you.  Today’s article will address what knots or myofascial trigger points are and a logical approach to get rid of them. A knot forms in a muscle for a couple of reasons.  First, posture.  If a muscle is being over-stretched too much of the time, such as the shoulder or […]

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First, Second, Last

When I bought the practice in 2013, there was a “chiropractic poster” on the wall.  It had the words “First, Second and Last” on it and pictures of two hands in spine adjusting position, an assortment of medications and then a scalpel in a gloved hand, in that order.  The point was, go conservative first, try medication secondly and use surgery as a last resort.  I agree with that order of thinking, but also understand and have a few guesses […]

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The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Back Bone

Kind of corny, I know, but the old song “Dem Bones” that says, “The hip bone’s connected to the back bone” is SO true.  Every low back pain patient that comes into my office has a hip problem of some type.  It’s that important!  I will tell you some strategies in this article that could help your back problem or prevent one in the future. Simply put, if your hips are too stiff, your back will weaken.  The number one […]

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Belly Breathing

Today’s Ounce of Prevention addresses poor breathing patterns.  I know, breathing doesn’t sound very important or exciting, but doing it wrong could directly cause neck pain, back pain, low energy, and headaches.  Doing it right not only supplies oxygen to our system but also trains stability especially for the low back.  Dr. Karel Lewit, a manual therapy legend, once said “If breathing is not normalized – no other movement pattern can be”.  So, it’s important! There’s an easy way to […]

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Scoliosis

Please, give me five minutes of your time.  Go stand in front of a mirror, put your hands on top of your hip bones, then be picky and honest and ask yourself three questions:  Are my shoulders level?  Is my rib cage straight above my hips?  Is my pelvis level (use your hands as a reference)?  If you answer no to any of these questions, you likely have some degree of lateral curvature or scoliosis in your spine.  Don’t panic, […]

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“Sciatica”: A Real Pain in the Butt

If I had to choose one condition that people struggle with for years but never get fixed it would have to be “Sciatica”.  It technically means pain along the sciatic nerve, down your buttock and back side of the leg.  The problem is that way more of the cases I see are not caused by the sciatic nerve at all.  The vast majority are due to “referred pain”.  Here is a short list of common causes of referred pain: • SI […]

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Chiropractic & Sports Medicine – What is it at Cumberland?

There are so many different types of chiropractors, who can blame the general public for being confused about what chiropractic is or even being skeptical about getting help.  In this article, I will try to make crystal clear what chiropractic is at Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine. A patient once said, “You are like an orthopedic doctor, but instead of drugs and surgery, you use this stretching, popping and rehab stuff.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  To describe […]

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