Slip Sliding Away

January 29, 2009

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In the never ending saga that is winter here in the Northeast, we are now under siege from ice.  I got up this morning, slid across my driveway and thought, when will this end.

After walking across the ice in hundreds of hockey games, I would like to think I have learned a thing or two about how not to make tons of hockey parents giddy with joy while I am wiped out on the ice.

The key to walking on ice is to stay athletic.  What does that mean, you ask?  Keep your knees bent!  Do not walk tall when trying to get across a slippery surface.  If your center of balance shifts quickly, you are probably going down, so let’s avoid that.

The second key is to shuffle.  No big steps here. Slide your feet over the ground without making any big steps.

Lastly, keep your hands out for balance.

The slower you go, the better the chance you have for not slipping and falling.

If you are interested in putting things on your shoes to keep you from slipping the yaktrax really work well.  Any outdoor store will have them.

In the department of sometimes sprains are worse than breaks, sometimes a slip is worse than a fall.  If either one of these occur, please give the office a call so we can check your spine and keep you healthy.


Food Choices

January 22, 2009

The state of New York recently required any restaurant with more than 15 locations to post the calorie count of the food on the menu.  Categories include: calories, carbs, proteins, fats and saturated fats.  Hopefully it includes trans fats as well.

I can’t tell you how much I applaud their efforts for here in Massachusetts we don’t have this law yet.

 There is a restaurant right around the corner from my house that shall remain nameless, let’s just say it has two numbers in its name.  Every couple of months I would call the corporate headquarters and ask them for a copy of the nutritional information of the food they serve.  They keep promising that it will be on the website soon.  It is now 3 years and it still has not been added.  What do they have to hide?  

After doing some research I found other websites that had taken their food to go, and tested it in a lab and reported on the nutritional info.  To say it is horrifying would be an understatement.  If a person goes into a restaurant and orders a hamburger and fries they know they are not eating healthy.  What about the person who orders a salad and thinks they are doing the right thing, or the person that orders Chicken, Broccoli and ziti?

You may be surprised at some foods that on the surface sound healthy, however, once you look a little closer you realize how poor some of these choices are.

Lets look at the nutrition info on 3 choices at our local restaurant.

Steakburger w/ Fries:  1440 calories, 80 grams of fat

Wild Bleu Chicken and Spinach Salad 1270 calories, 82 grams of fat

Chicken Broccoli and Ziti Dinner:  1880 calories, 94 grams of fat.

Now if I told you that the Steakburger and fries would have the least amount of fat you would have said I was crazy.

 THIS is why they need to disclose to us the nutritional info.  People see chicken, broccoli and ziti and they think they are doing the right thing.

Please call your local representatives and ask them to consider backing this bill, our very health depends on it.


USA Today Article

January 20, 2009

That noise you just heard was me falling out of my chair!  The main stream press has done a nice article on kids and chiropractic that you can read here.  What impresses me most about this article is that a medical doctor recommended chiropractic care to a mom.  This was unheard of even a few years ago.

There is an old saying in chiropractic:  As the twig is bent so grows the tree.  Think about how many times a child will fall while learning to walk, run, ride a bike, or climb a tree.  My daughter plays hockey and she probably fell a half dozen times in an hour last night.  All that force must go somewhere!  Is it unrealistic to think that kids could misalign their spines?  

If I had a nickel for everytime I have heard, “I wish I met you 20 years ago” I would be driving a Ferrari!   People are beginning to realize that their spinal misalignments started when they were children, not just when they started shoveling.

More articles like this will certainly open peoples eyes to getting your childrens spine checked at an early age.


Shoveling

January 15, 2009

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It is winter in Concord MA and we are running almost 2 feet above normal snow level!  This leads to a lot of time spent doing one of the worst things possible for your low back:  shoveling.

The absolute worst position you could put your spine in occurs when you shovel.  Bending forward at the waist, while also bending to the side is a perfect storm for disaster.  When you bend forward a majority of the weight in your spine is placed on the front half of the disc.  When you add a side bend into that, the weight is now on 25% of the disc.  Add in the fact that you are throwing some weight (snow) your back will eventually end up hurting.

What you do next is very important in how this is going to end up.  Swallow some painkillers and keep going?  You may be setting yourself up for some serious pain down the road.  If the pain is telling you to stop, you should listen.  Ignoring this may lead you to a much more serious problem than just muscle soreness.   The last thing anyone needs is to herniate a disc while rushing to get their driveway cleared.

If you must shovel, please keep these important points in mind:

  •  Properly warm up your legs, back and shoulders through stretching
  • Shovel with your knees bent, making sure to use your legs whenever possible
  • Start with a light amount of snow
  • Drink plenty of water, even in the cold you will sweat
  • Take frequent breaks

While we are oftentimes in a rush to get the work done, taking frequent breaks will give your body the best chance to handle this difficult task.