Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

November 30, 2016

Something To Think About


November 29, 2016

Simple Ways To Improve Balance

This from the BottomLine Personal, December 1, 2016 edition:

See how long you can stand on one foot with your eyes closed, and work on improving your time. Rise up on your toes 10 times with your eyes open and then 10 more times with them closed. Balance yourself on one foot for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat 10 times, then do it again with your eyes closed. Walk in a straight line, placing the heel of on foot in front of the toes of the other foot. Caution: When doing these exercises, stand near a wall or some other support.”

I give this advice almost daily to patients who have trouble with balance, but it might sound better coming from BottomLine.

A few thoughts though: start by balancing on one leg with your eyes open; for many people this is challenge enough. Same with going up on your toes: most people have plenty of trouble doing it with their eyes open, so start there and work on that for a while.

This is all stuff we do in Qigong and Tai chi classes regularly, so follow the cardinal rule: don’t struggle, stay in the ‘challenged’ zone. When it gets easy, take it up a notch by going onto one foot, or closing the eyes. Be careful! Use the wall or something solid to keep you on your feet.

And don’t take this stuff lightly; this is as good as exercise gets when it comes to ‘core stabilization’ too!


November 28, 2016

Chiropractic Better Than NSAIDS and PLACEBO


Von Haimann, W et al. (2013) Spinal High-Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation in Acute Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Double-Blihnided Randomized Controlled Trial in Comparison With Diclofenac [Volteran] and Placebo. spine 38 (7): 540-548

“In a subgroup of patients with nonspecific LBP, spinal manipulation was significantly better than non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclorfenac (Volteran) and clinically superior to placebo.”

November 21, 2016

For Tai Chi Students: Step Back To Beat The Tiger

Elder tai chi brother Paul Silfverstråle‎ shared this on FB…
Wu Song. Tales from the Watermargin.
Step Back to Beat the Tiger.
Striking similarity to our TCC technique in this illustration.

November 20, 2016

For Tai Chi Students: My Teacher – Sword


November 18, 2016

For Tai Tai Students: Wu Style, Old School



Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Wellness care — Tags: , — doctordilday @ 12:33 pm


November 16, 2016

“Just like JuicePlus+”

Yeah, right. Here is a link to a review of that claim, and an image (worth a thousand words).


What did they used to do?

Filed under: Be careful who you listen to!, General Health & Wellness, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 10:52 am

A patient was in a little while ago and we were talking about her middle-school aged kid and his struggle to get decent grades. I mentioned that when I was in high school I got grades just good enough to allow me to play sports, or I wouldn’t have gotten passing grades at all.

She asked why, and I told that I was one of those hyper-active types that would, more than likely, get drugs today for their ADD and ADHD. And she said: “What did they used to do back then?” Do you remember the answer to that? If you grew up in eastern Washington in the 60’s the answer is, “They beat us”. (Remember the long board paddles with the holes?)

I am not one of those who likes to brag about how well I turned out (in spite of the violence) – how well we turned out is arguable; how long it took us to ‘turn out well’ is another issue all together. The fact is that beating didn’t work all that well, and it had side effects; today the drugs may or may not ‘work’ all that well, and they definitely have negative consequences.

No, my point is that it is important to ask the question. And it’s important to thoughtfully consider the answer. Then do the best you can.

November 14, 2016

For Tai chi Students: Sweep Lotus Leg

Filed under: Tai Chi Chuan, Wellness care, Workplace Wellness — Tags: , — doctordilday @ 4:12 pm

November 11, 2016

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Filed under: General Health & Wellness — Tags: — doctordilday @ 4:00 pm


November 10, 2016

Opioids Do Not Help Chronic Low-Back Pain

That’s according the BottomLineInc and the recent report. Here is what they had to say about it:

“The slightest relief the provide is little better than that of NSAIDS, such as aspirin. Self-defense: Regular exercise and education about its benefits reduce the risk of developing lower-back pain by as much as 45%.  Analysis of date from 20 trials including 7,295 patients by researchers at University of Sydney, Australia, published in JAMA Internal Medicine.”

Huh? No mention of chiropractic care, imagine that. What is important here is that the meds most often recommended (still), don’t work – instead we have an epidemic of the consequences of their use.

What is also important is that exercise is a big deal and will work. Of course, not all exercises, are equal: what to do, when to do it, how to do it; what not to do and why are factors to consider. I think it’s important to consult someone who knows something about these things.

If you are in Everett, WA or the surrounds, that could be me:-)

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