Researchers recently surveyed all the scientific data about preventing the recurrence of low back pain.
The truth is that very little firm advice could be filtered out from all the research. In part, that’s because the field of low back pain is extremely complex. But the other reason is that not enough high quality research has been done. Little data was available to determine if regular chiropractic care, for instance, prevented the return of back pain.
About one of every three patients I see complains of “tight hamstrings.” The other two probably also think their hamstrings are tight but don’t bother to mention it. Even among the hundreds of dancers I’ve seen (who can touch their knee to their nose while balancing on the toes of one foot) most complain of tight hamstrings.
Is hamstring tightness an unrecognized medical epidemic? What about people who have a tight IT band (tightness of the outer thigh)? Is that a rampant issue too? What does it mean to have tight hamstrings or a tight IT band anyway?
Doubt is not the opposite of faith.
The opposite of faith is certainty.
Our nation’s health and our medical system are being swamped by an epidemic of obesity and overweight. If you don’t read the health news (like I do), just look around you the next time you’re in a public place. It’s clear that Americans have grown way too fat.
But are you aware of a second seismic shift that is also changing the nature of America’s health?
My goal was to improve my personal best in the 5K.
About 8 months ago I started running with a group organized by Princeton Pacers (a running store in Princeton). In between the group runs, I tried to work running into my overall fitness program.
The last time I had run a 5K distance was about 5 or 6 years ago, setting a personal best of 28:45. The most modest goal I could set was to surpass that time.
He says that most of his golf buddies (guys in their forties and fifties) rely on them: a couple of Ibruprofen pills before, during or after a round of golf.
Golf fanatics aren’t the only ones. A runner I know (in his 60’s) is one of many who swears his knees wouldn’t hold up if he didn’t pop those anti-inflammatory pills. And many medical doctors freely recommend NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for the common shoulder, knee, hip, and back problems that accompany the athletic lifestyle.
The rationale for the use of these drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other NSAID’s) seems logical:
I’m not an expert on statin drugs – or any drug for that matter. And I’m also not an expert about how to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
But I am an expert in being skeptical about the rampant overuse of prescription drugs. And since statins have become so commonplace, there are reasons to take a deeper look.
The verbal component of a message conveys a literal meaning, but it has little power to change your mind or inspire you to action.
The non-verbal component of communication, on the other hand, conveys the emotional weight and social meaning of a message. It directly influences your feelings and your attitude toward the person delivering the message. And it acts lightning fast.
I recently had two experiences in which patients reported to me that their vision improved after their chiropractic treatment.
Few people have even heard of her.
But of all the teachers, mentors and inspirational people I’ve been exposed to, Irmgard Bartenieff has had the biggest influence on the way I understand human movement and health.