Welcome to Performance Care, the blog site for Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab. We'll regularly post exercise and stretching videos. Also, please feel free to post questions/comments. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. If you'd like to be added to our newsletter letting you know when new exercises are posted, visit our website listed below. *To post a comment, click on "comments" link at the bottom of the post.

Our clinic specializes in successfully treating athletic injuries, pregnancy related pain, peripheral nerve entrapments (numbness in the extremities), jaw joint problems (TMJ), and headaches. These are also great topics for questions, in additon to those on general injuries, athletic performance enhancement, and nutritional advice.

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Disclaimer: one should always consult a health professional before beginning or modifying an exercise routine. The replies posted by Dr. Iodice are meant to help readers figure out a course of action and as general advice, but it is impossible to diagnose a physical problem without a proper examination.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Correct Posture

Greetings! While poor posture itself can be caused by many different things, slouching and poor posture can gradually lead to a number of detrimental health issues.Injuries resulting from poor posture generally build up over a long period of time rather than the more sudden, acute type of injuries.

The human spine has three distinct curves that allow it to maintain integrity in the event of a contact injury. These curves -- the cervical, thoracic and lumbar -- form a natural S shape that poor posture gradually erodes. If you slouch while standing and sitting, the lower lumbar curve gradually rounds and loses its ability to resist and recover from injury. Injuries related to poor posture include chronic low back pain, muscular aches and stiffness, tightness of the upper shoulders and necks, and poor mobility. On the other hand, good posture helps you have better mobility and less prone to injury as well.

If you find yourself being sedentary for prolonged periods, place a reminder nearby or set a timer to help remind you to correct your posture throughout the day, and take occasional breaks to stretch your neck and shoulders.

Below is an exercise that allows overworked muscles to relax while activating under-worked muscles.

1. Sit down and spreading your feet shoulder width apart and your toes out.
2. Pretend there is a string pulling your chest up and out, extending your upper back.
3. Your arms should be at your side with your head looking straight in front of you.
4. Gently tucking your chin and rotating your palms foreword.
5. Extend your wrist and push down with your palms as if there is a bench under you. (optional
6. Perform 15 sec for every 15 min spent in a continuously seated position.

You might feel a slight muscle squeeze between your shoulder blades, but not a strong contraction.
You should still be able to talk when your chin is tucked, if you are unable to talk, relax a little bit!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hip Hinge

We have seen quite a few injuries related to yard work in the last couple of weeks. If you're leaving the house on Monday morning with a beautiful yard and an aching back, you're not alone. A survey of over 500 chiropractors in Ontario, Canada showed that yard work is the number one cause of back pain from their patietns this time of year.

Avoiding back pain during any activity lies with proper preparation. Just as an athlete needs to warm up before exercising, leaping into yard work without properly preparing increases the chance of injury. Take a few moments to stretch out and loosen your back and hip muscles. Doing so will reduce the chance of straining a muscle. Check out previous posts for hip flexor, hamstring, and piriformis stretches, as well as the "cat camel" spinal exercise for a good warm up routine. While raking or mowing, stand as straight as possible and keep your head up. Ergonomic tools are helpful as well, as they are engineered to protect you when used properly.

Be careful not to overexert yourself. Lifting a bag of yard waste that weighs too much or carrying heavy equipment are two good ways to strain your muscles and possibly cause a bulging or herniated disc. Also, if you modify the way you bend and lift, you can greatly reduce risk of injury. This movement pattern is known as a hip hinge.

1. Stand with your knees slightly bent.

2. Keep your back straight or slightly extended.

3. Place one hand on your belly and one on your low back. Rotate your pelvis forward, feeling a slight stretch in the hamstring and glute muscles.

4. You should feel your lower stomach bulge and your lower back arch.

5. Squat down by bringing your hips backwards and down. Imagine is pulling your hips backward, making sure your knees are behind your toes.

6. As you squat towards the ground, make sure you do not round your back.

The hip hinge can be used to sit in a chair or pick something up from the ground or table.

You hands can be used to karate chop the hips back as a cue for proper hip motion.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing back ache/pain/soreness, please call to schedule an appointment today.