Archive for November, 2009

The Spinal Control System

After my accident, I quickly learned how important the back is in the overall feeling of my body. The backbone is the skeletal structure for our nervous system, which feeds information to all our organs. So when a nerve is pinched or inflamed, the nervous system and organs are affected. I came across this amazing interactive chart that shows which nerves and organs are affected by each vertebrae. Take a look (click on the chart once to get started):
3-D Spinal Nerve Chart

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Dr James Vance Interview Is Posted!

We interviewed Dr James Vance, DC, about his work at his clinic to help with back pain. Dr Vance uses a variety of methods to adjust patients of all ages, from new borns to the elderly. He is certified in clinical nutrition and detoxification and also treats allergies using advanced allergy therapeutics. His clinic also offers acupuncture and rehab training.
Dr Vance Listing

Here is the interview in three parts:

Dr Vance Interview Part 1

Dr Vance Interview Part 2

Dr Vance Interview Part 3

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Back First, Into the Drivers Seat

This business of keeping a healthy back is a game of observing how you feel and what may be affecting sitting, walking, standing, and functioning with ease. Today I had one of those little, but really big insights, as I was getting into my car.

Over the last few weeks my back has been aching, mostly my right side. I have been following my program, but the back pain keeps coming back.  Today I had an  “ah ha!” realization…

About 2 weeks ago I started driving a different car! It is a Toyota Celica, and anyone who has had one knows it is a low rider.

I normally get into the drivers seat right leg first, then sitting, then left foot. THAT, is the problem.  Today I felt it. With this car so low to the ground, when I do that, it torques my knee and my hip when I sit one leg in and one leg out of the car.

I had this problem once before. At a visit to the chiropractor, he suggested I watch everything I do for a day, including getting in and out of my car.  He suggested I get into the car back first, then lift both legs in together.

What a difference that made! So simple, yet so important. It had never occurred to me that I should change a habit like that! But, I started backing into the driver’s seat, and my knee and lower back pain went away with a few days.

So there it is. It cost me a visit to the chiropractor to learn that, and here, you get it free! The main message today: Watch what you are doing and see if you are causing repetitive strain. These small on-going habits can make a huge difference.

Let me know what you have discovered!

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