The other day I’m bounding in to the gym where I work out and I see Steve – the head trainer.
‘How ya doing, Doc?’ he says.
‘I’m doing fine. But I haven’t been getting to the gym that regularly,’ I respond, feeling slightly guilt-ridden to confess my slothfulness.
‘Don’t tell me about it — do it for yourself, man, not for me,’ he answers.
Someone was thoughtful enough to share with me a recent interview that was heard on NPR as part of their “Men in America” series.
The interview is with Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor.
Here are six brand new findings from the world of biomedical research that I think are particularly interesting.
An individual episode of low back pain is usually a pretty benign thing. If you have an isolated attack of back pain – even if the pain is severe – you can be highly confident you’ll get over it. With chiropractic hands-on treatment, you’re likely to get rid of pain more quickly. And without the risks inherent in taking pain pills.
Once you’re feeling better, is that the end of the story?
Problems of the intervertebral discs are a common cause of serious low back pain. The discs are especially likely to be involved when the pain shoots down the leg or is accompanied by numbness or muscle weakness.
Many patients can be helped with hands-on chiropractic methods. But when disc problems are bad enough, something extra is needed. That’s why, more than ten years ago, I became one of the first physicians in New York to introduce lumbar decompression with the DRX-9000.
The DRX-9000 is effective for herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs. It opens up the space between the vertebrae to relieve pressure on pinched nerves and allow the disc to rebuild.
But when I first began using the DRX-9000, I had a problem
If you have back problems or sciatica and your pain is bad enough and has lasted too long, your medical doctor might recommend injecting steroids around the spinal nerve roots. This procedure is known as an epidural injection.
Sometimes epidural injections work effectively. But there are a number of problems with the procedure.
My son got off to a lucky start in kindergarten — he had a teacher who ran his classroom to allow plenty of (appropriate) physical contact. Hugs and physical play were important parts of the kindergarten curriculum.
Nowadays, the premature introduction of “academics” – reading, writing and arithmetic – is the rule. Parents are afraid that little Johnny and Samantha will fall behind if they’re not sitting at a desk “learning” something at age six.
Not only that.
You can hardly blame Dr. D.D. Palmer for his excitement back in 1895: he had just restored the hearing of a deaf man by using hands-on spinal treatment.
While he was enthusiastically trying his novel treatment method on more patients, he was also developing a scientific model to explain the results.
His explanation of the new healing art of “chiropractic” was insightful. Chiropractic fixed “vertebral misalignment” that caused “nerve interference.” Chiropractors use palpation to identify spinal bones that are out of place which impinge nerves and interfere with the body’s ability to control its internal environment.
Given the state of medical knowledge in 1895, this scientific model was ahead of its time.