Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Your Hip Joints are very valuable for overall low back health. If they become too restricted or weak then your back has to undergo extra stress. I have written a nice article in this month's Train Hard Fight Easy magazine which goes over this topic and shows some of my favorite exercises. You can pick it up at your local Barnes and Noble and most newsstands.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
As we age and get out of shape the chances of developing low back pain increases. Too much sitting and pizza pies can lead to an increased girth. This in turn can cause your pelvis and lumbar spine to shift forward increasing the stress and shear on the muscles, ligaments and lumbar disc. With increased stress and compression from a big belly back pain is inevitable. Eat right, Exercise, Reduce the sitting and see a chiropractor to spare your back.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
One of the questions I frequency ask patients with back pain is, " Is it worst or experienced after sleeping?". Many times patients feel ok during the day and will wake up with spinal pain. This can be in the neck, upper back or low back. The first thing I look at is sleeping position. This can be a problem with a pillow or mattress that they are sleeping on. It can also be a problem with sleeping position. A majority of people tend to belly sleep which places stress on the spine mostly from extension and rotation if the body or neck are twisted. I recommend that we try to sleep on the back with a pillow under the knees and lower leg. On the side I like the fetal position with a pillow between the knees and head maintained in a neutral position. In other ways the pillow raised the head so that the neck and spine are in straight alignment. These positions will take pressure off the spine and start you day off right.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
It just dawned on me the other day while I was working on patients. Guys still sit on their wallets. This boggles my mind as a chiropractor because I have been placing my wallet in my front pocket for years and assumed everyone did. For years I failed to mention to my patients this simple fact and did not realize it until I saw a patient remove his wallet from his back pocket. All my years of adjusting the low back and pelvis and i rather realized it. MY FAULT I TAKE BLAME. It is bad enough that as a society we sit too long. Is sitting the new smoking? But do we have to sit on a wedge causing misalignment to the pelvis and low back. So switch the wallet and give your spine and the pickpockets a break.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
As the Healthcare debate continues to rage on i felt the need to do my part. Over the past few years I wrote a book entitled "Impatient Nation". i hope it helps. The description is below: "Impatient Nation"-How self-pity, medical reliance and victimhood are crippling the health of a nation by Dr. Robert J Haley Healthcare as we know it is crisis-driven and controlled by providers when really it should be controlled by you. People don’t realize that many decisions they make throughout the day can have a positive or negative effect on their health. By the end of this book, you'll have the tools you need to take charge of your health. Impatient Nation is your personal blueprint for success! Available at Nook books "http://www.barnesandnoble.com
Friday, August 21, 2009
All over the news rages the health care reform debate. How will this effect spinal care. There are so many options for care. Which ones will survive and which ones will be cut. The best care is spinal wellness and prevention. However, in 15 years of practice this appears low of people's priority list. Usually someones waits till they have a symptom or pain and seek help. These problems usually occur way before the pain starts. I mentioned this in previous posts. This concept is especially important once the pain and dysfunction is minimized ( notice I did not say fixed, because once there is a dysfunction you can always flare it up.). People go back to the lifestyle which caused the problem and expect it to be fine. WRONG WAY THINKING. Your thoughts.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
As the warm weather approaches so does the urge to go outside and play. Maybe it is a nice long walk, a little run or maybe a round of golf. Before you go from 0-100 you should know a few things. First, make sure you are physically able to do your task at hand. If you were a couch potato all winter, jumping into intense exercise can be a problem. Start out easy and built yourself up. If you have some medical issues and now want to start to exercise, maybe this would be a good time to get cleared by your doc. Make sure you warm-up and stretch before activity. Also ease into some sports specific exercises which translate into your activity and activate the body's muscle firing patterns for a specific task. An example is taking some easy golf swings prior to going all out. Enjoy the weather and stay healthy. What activity are you going to challenge yourself with.