Why Is This Taking So Long?

Almost every day, patients ask me “Why is this taking so long?”.  I know, I’m just as impatient, trust me! It’s no fun to not be able to do the things you want to do because you know you’ll get “that twinge” that tells you you’re about to hurt yourself again.

So why is it taking so long?  I like to explain that question by saying, “You can teach an old dog new tricks, you just gotta do it a lot of times!”
Think about it – depending on how old you are, your back has been around for a long time, even in dog years. It’s been moving in the same patterns for quite a while.  We’re working to teach your joints new tricks.  It’s going to take us adjusting and moving your spine a lot of times while we’re training your joints to move in new ways.
Stay well-adjusted.  It just might change everything!
– Dr. Julie
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​Have Foot Pain? 

Or Know Someone Who Does?  Then This Post Is For You! 
Plantar fasciitis, corns, bunions, aching feet at the end of the day…
I frequently talk about feet with my patients.  That’s because they’re super important!  A quarter of all the bones and muscles in the body are in your feet. Improving your feet will improve your knees, hips, spine…indeed, your whole body.
Did you know that your toes can move independently just like your fingers do?  The problem is that from an early age we cram them into shoes that restrict them.  Squeezing our feet into shoes that have narrow toe boxes results in weak and uncoordinated toes and feet.
So what do we do?
Invest in shoes that actually fit, first of all.  Second, practice lifting one toe at a time. While this may seem impossible at first, it isn’t, and the more you practice it the less foot pain you’ll have.
Third, use toe spreaders – use them gradually since it’s a very new feeling. Fourth, roll your feet to work out muscle spasms.  And fifth and finally, stay well-adjusted!  As much as your feet affect your spine, your spine affect your feet!

– Dr. Julie

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Stop Looking For A Quick Fix

I get it.  You’re tired of hurting, of not being comfortable enough to participate in your usual activities.  But if something’s been bothering you for you an amount of time, it’s not going to get fixed in five minutes.  No single adjustment, massage, exercise, drug, surgery or supplement is going to provide an immediate solution.  It just doesn’t work that way.
Why not?
If you’ve had any sort of pain or bad movement pattern for a while (months or even years), the reality is that you’ve likely developed compensating movement patterns, your body has adopted a guarded position to protect your injured body part, you’ve lost strength, some flexibility, things aren’t sliding the way they used to, your nervous system has created new pathways.  Once you finally start getting treatment, all these things take time to change and improve.
So, the take away from this?  If you’ve had your pain for a while, it’s going to take a while to change all those things I mentioned.  Especially if you refuse to stop doing whatever activity that jacked it up in the first place.
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You don’t have a “bad back.” You have a bad movement pattern.

I’ve been hearing “I have a bad (insert body part here)” a lot lately. But you don’t, really. You don’t have bad knees, or a bad back , or a bad hip.

You actually have a bad movement pattern.

Think about it. Your body is made to move. When you go up or down stairs, stand up from your chair, walk through the mall, what is your body doing? Yep, it’s moving. If your body, over time, has started to move with a bad pattern because of an injury or arthritis or weak muscles, the pattern that lets your body move pain free is altered and causes pain.

So what am I doing when I adjust you? I’m changing the way your body moves. It’s as simple as that.

Change your movement, change your life.

– Dr. Julie

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Are Those Knots In Your Muscles Back Again?

 You just had a good massage, and you REALLY felt great after. But you wish that feeling would last for more than just a day or two.  Maybe there’s something you can do to make your sessions have a longer lasting effect.
Muscles that support your back and neck all day long contract in unison with your spinal joints to create stability and normal motion. But if those joints arent moving properly your muscles end up pulling against unexpected forces… like trying to pull open a door you didn’t know was locked. Muscles experience the same jolt when trying to move a joint that won’t budge – creating recurring trigger points, tightness and the need for frequent massages

To fix the problem, you must unlock the joints. Chiropractic adjustments restore normal motion and alignment to spinal segments so when freshly massaged muscles contract, they won’t re-knot themselves. That’s in addition to the resurgence of energy you get when your spine is well adjusted. Massage and Chiropractic certainly go hand in hand.

-Dr. Julie

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Achey Joints Are Just Part Of Getting Older

Are they though?

“I just worked out yesterday, so naturally my knees are stiff this morning.”

Naturally?

“No pain, no gain!”

Oh, no.  So much no.

These are all things we’ve seen on social media, on posters at the gym,  heard on tv shows:  it’s inevitable we’ll have achey joints at a certain age, after a hard workout, or as a result of physical weakness.  All of these assumptions sound like they could be correct, but are actually wrong.

Properly aligned joints can withstand a tremendous amount of force and NOT be worse for wear.

If your joints hurt, it’s not because you’re getting older, or just too weak.  It’s because your joints are asking to be moved differently, to be in better alignment!

Curious to learn how you can be (and stay!) in better alignment?  Call our office today, learn how your body wants to be aligned!

​- Dr. Julie

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The Tires On Your Car

Your feet are like the tires on your car:  You can have a nice car, but if the tires are bad it’s a risk factor for driving and the car will perform poorly.

Your tires are the only part of the car that actually touches the ground – that’s why it’s so important that the tires work well, have sufficient tread, are inflated and do all the things that good tires are supposed to do.  Worn out, balding, or deflated tires are a huge risk factor.
Your feet are no different!
Your feet are the only part of your body that contacts the ground.  Having flat, weak, and non-functional feet is a recipe for disaster.  It vastly increases the risk of an injury further upstream in the rest of your body – think your ankles, knees, hips, back.  Having flat feet greatly decreases the performance and function of your entire body as well – just like your car.
What to do?  It’s not like we can walk into a mechanic and say, put new feet on me!  The simplest thing you can start with is to walk barefoot as much as you can, daily.  Start there, and when you feel ready to start addressing the problems your poor feet are causing, call me!
​- Dr. Julie
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Flip Flops? No!

​It’s that time of year again when I get to complain to all of you about flip flops, or as I like to call them, the world’s most dangerous shoe.  Summer approaches, temperatures rise, we want to expose our toes, darn it!
The problem with flip flops?  They are bad not only for your feet but for the rest of you as well – actively bad.  Why are they so bad for you?  Because they interfere with the way our foot moves when we take a step.  With every successful step, our foot lengthens into it’s stride and the toes extend as we roll our weight through and out the big toe.  Our toes, especially our big toe, lengthens with each step.
This action is not available with flip flops!  Because there is nothing to anchor your heel, you have to grip your toes with every step in order to keep the flip flop on – exactly the direct opposite of what your foot is supposed to do.  Your feet should lengthen and expand with every step you take.
Get rid of the flip flops.  Get some sandals.  Enjoy a more pain-free summer!
​- Dr. Julie

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Forward Head Posture

Forward head posture is the most common misalignment that I see in my daily practice.  Why is that, you ask?  Take a minute right now to notice your body.  Notice where your head is as you read this sentence.  Is it reaching forward towards your computer monitor?  Or is it back in line with the rest of your spine?  When you’re texting someone is your head pitched forward, looking down at your phone or are you sitting up with a more balanced posture, your ears aligned over your shoulders?
When your ears are forward of your shoulders as your eyes reach for the screen, your available spinal support structures disappear.  The end result?  Pain.  Spasms.  Headaches.  Tension.
What are those support structures that are causing all this fuss and bother, you might ask?  They are the muscles that support your head upon your shoulders.  There are four muscles on each side of your head (for a total of eight muscles) that do the difficult but important work of supporting your head upon your body.  When one, two or more of those muscles become too tight, it effects the alignment of the bones that sit on top of your spine.  When the bones in your neck don’t have their usual range of motion, you can’t extend or rotate your neck in a healthy manner.
The muscles and bones of your neck will only work correctly if your head is successfully on top of your spine.  If you spend way too much time sitting with your ears in front of your shoulders, you will inevitably wind up with pain.
So what do you do then?  The short term solution – get adjusted so you will have better movement and less spasms.  The longer solution – make sure you spend more time sitting with your ears aligned with your shoulders and less time with your head bent forward.
Your future self will thank you when your neck doesn’t hurt anymore!

What Happens To My Shoulder When I Sleep?

Does this sound familiar?  You go to sleep on one side, let’s say your left side.  You doze off, but it’s just a matter of time before you wake up and notice that your hand has fallen asleep.  The obvious solution is to not sleep on that side. Seems simple, but it’s not always an option for a lot of people.  Sometimes, they can only fall asleep in one position, or sleeping on their back causes a lot of hip pain due to the turn-out of their hips.
So, why does that happen and what to do about it?
First, let’s tackle why this is happening.  If you notice it happens only on one side, the most common cause is weak muscles on the side you’re sleeping on. If those muscles are appropriately strong your shoulder will stay properly aligned and won’t cause pressure on the nerve and make your hand go numb. If one or more of the many muscles that move your shoulder shows weakness, your joints will become misaligned, causing pressure and a numb hand.
What to do about it?  Two important things.  Improve your alignment by getting adjusted, and then ask me about exercises that will make the weak muscles strong again.
Weak muscles lead to bad joint alignment which leads to weaker muscles and worsening alignment and so on and so on…
Get adjusted.  Get strong.
– Dr. Julie
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