If this doesn’t get you going this week I don’t know what will…. Thank you Dr. Ross!
This is one of my favorite times of the year in San Francisco with so many great happenings. Bay to Breaker’s 99th anniversary is on Sunday, May 16, 2010 the longest consecutively run footrace in the world. I will be working on a number of people next week who will be running the race, 7.46 miles is no joke especially Hayes Street Hill. I will be running again this year, join me for a short functional warm up before the race!
Thursday May 13th is bike to work day. I’ve been biking to work for quite a while (see photo’s of today’s ride at the top) and there are many benefits, increased energy, weight loss and fabulous views of the city! If you don’t already bike to work it would be a great opportunity to try it out check out the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s energizer stations with snacks, coffee and bike tune up’s.
We’ve been using Kinesiotape in the office now for many years. The video below give a nice synopsis, want to try Kinesiotape? Give your San Francisco Chiropractor a call!
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today on Kinesiotaping. I use it in the office on a regular basis and patients report benefits. I agree with the article that there isn’t enough research yet, hopefully more will come soon. This brings to light what most people take for granted; that most medical treatments are proven to be effective. But is that really true? And while Kinesiotape might not be an effective healing agent in the long term I guarantee it will not hurt you. Consider the following from the New York Times:
- Recent press reports detailing the dangers of cough syrup for children have noted that cough syrup doesn’t work. True: No cough remedies have ever been proven better than a placebo, either for adults or children. Yet their use is common.
- Patients with ear infections are more likely to be harmed by antibiotics than helped. While the pills may cause a small decrease in symptoms (for which ear drops work better), the infections typically recede within days regardless of treatment. The same is true for bronchitis, sinusitis, and sore throats. Unnecessary antibiotics are still given to more than one in seven Americans each year for these conditions alone, at a cost of more than $2 billion and tens of thousands of serious adverse medication effects requiring treatment.
- Back surgeries to relieve pain are, in the majority of cases, no better than nonsurgical treatment. Yet doctors perform 600,000 of these surgeries each year, at a cost of over $20 billion.
- More than a half million Americans per year undergo arthroscopic surgery to correct osteoarthritis of the knee, at a cost of $3 billion. Despite this, studies show the surgery to be no better than sham knee surgery, in which surgeons “pretend” to do surgery while the patient is under light anesthesia. It is also no better than much cheaper, and much less invasive, physical therapy.
Most of the above treatments can have serious side effects and complications. No doubt the smart thing to do is consider conservative care first. Call your San Francisco Chiropractor first!
I came upon a great article this week that I would like to share from an obscure source, it even includes references! You can download it here (warning PDF download). The main points are summarized below:
1. Their education is equal to their medical colleagues … and might be better in some areas. Several studies have shown our knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders are superior to that of many medical couterparts.
2. They do more than crunch backs and necks. We are licensed and take tests in physical therapy modalities and we are as the article say’s licensed as “primary care providers” although I would choose to use the phrase “portal of entry”. You do not need a referral to see us like you would for physical therapy.
3. It’s safe. Despite the press and rumors manipulation by a chiropractor has been proven safe in several large studies.
4. Chiropractors took the AMA to court … and won … twice. For a long time the AMA disseminated false information about chiropractic and chiropractors to their members and the public for the purpose of protecting their market share.
5. M.D.’s and D.C.’s are working together. I went to dinner with and orthopedic surgeon last night Paul Sloser MD, he is completely accepting of chiropractic, has published extensively in many journals and does not hesitate to refer for manipulation.
This week a very interesting study came out of Australia which found chiropractic care can prevent injury. Check it out on the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders website.
“The chiropractic group missed just four matches during the season through hamstring or lower limb muscle strains. The group not receiving chiropractic treatment missed 14 matches through hamstring injury and 21 matches through lower limb muscle strain.”
“The group receiving chiropractic treatment also had significant reductions in non-contact knee injuries, low back pain, and improvements in physical components of health, although this was not the goal of treatment”.
WebMD for once has a decent article on back pain. They cite risks you can not control:
- Being middle-aged (risk drops after age 65).
- Being male.
- Having a family history of back pain.
- Having had a previous back injury.
- Being pregnant. A woman’s back is significantly stressed by carrying a baby.
- Having had compression fractures of the spine.
- Having had previous back surgery.
- Having spine problems since birth (congenital spine problems)
And risk factors you can change:
- Not getting regular exercise.
- Doing a job or other activity that requires long periods of sitting, lifting heavy objects, bending or twisting, repetitive motions, or constant vibration, such as using a jackhammer or driving certain types of heavy equipment.
- Smoking. Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have low back pain.
- Being overweight. Excess body weight, especially around the waist, may put strain on your back, although this has not been proven. But being overweight often also means being in poor physical condition, with weaker muscles and less flexibility. These can lead to low back pain.
- Having poor posture. Slumping or slouching alone may not cause low back pain, but after the back has been strained or injured, bad posture can make pain worse.
- Being under stress. Stress and other emotional factors are believed to play a major role in low back pain, particularly chronic low back pain. Many people unconsciously tighten their back muscles when they are under stress.
- Having long periods of depression.
- Using medicines long-term that weaken bones, such as corticosteroids.
The number of people I have seen who have lost their jobs in the last 2 years has been truly heartbreaking. If you have or even if you have not lost your job the video below really captures what I believe in my heart, everything happens for a reason. Hang tough through the short commercials at the beginning it’s worth it.