Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

March 4, 2019

Vacuuming without Back Pain

Patients often show up in the office after vacuuming. Here is how to move, push and pull without undue stress to the back (here we won’t talk about all the other injuries that could happen, later if there is interest).

Vacuuming is no different than anything else; it is the basics that keep you safe: knee rule, neutral spine, pushing from the heel.

Use the stance to push: go from weight being on the back leg to weight being on the front leg: push with the heel of the back leg. Critical to back safety is the ‘line’ we always talk about in Tai Chi (this line is the signature characteristic of Wu style Tai Chi). DO NOT BEND AT THE WAIST! Reaching further than you can go by shifting your stance will require that you bend over at the waist. Instead, take a step.

Use the stance to pull: go from weight being on the front leg to weight being all on the back leg. In Tai Chi we call this the Back Stance. These stances: ‘back stance’ and ‘front stance’ are described in great detail with pictures elsewhere on this Blog (use the Search Box). Move your feet, generate the force from the heel, then leg, then waist.

Stiffen your spine with ‘bracing’ to add strength and increase safety. That just means to tighten the butt, gut, and pelvic floor muscles when you generate force. Bracing correctly is how the strong people squat, bench, and dead lift great weights – and you are welcome to make all of that noise that they make, too, no one will hear it over the vacuum cleaner.

Let me know if this helps.


January 30, 2019

Sleep Loss Heightens Pain Sensitivity and Dulls Brain’s Painkilling Response

new research

It is well known that chiropractic care will decrease pain symptoms (and others). It is equally well known that once you have less pain, you sleep better. Now researchers are looking more closely at that connection: you are going to feel pain more when you get less sleep.

For patients with neck pain, back pain and headaches, the cycle usually goes like this: first less pain; then more and better sleep; then better energy levels; then higher levels of activity.

The message from this new research is clear: get out of pain; get your sleep. Get your sleep and get out of pain.

The message of chiropractic care is also clear. We can help!


June 2, 2018

Back Pain Brain

The brain doing what the brain does.

April 30, 2018

News You Can Use…


April 16, 2018

Finally, the media is saying it, and it is true…

Some would say that if the national, mainstream, media say it, it must be true.

Others would say that if the mainstream media said it, it can’t be true.

Well, there is a middle ground. Sometimes, some of what the mainstream media says is somewhat true. This article highlights the media, finally, giving some coverage of a national disgrace, a crime actually. But all of that is old news if you have been reading this Blog (search the main topics, or words from the article, here by using the Search box, and you will find many, many Posts covering these very same issues – going back 13 years).

April 2, 2018

“You have ruined me for using other Chiropractors.”

The words of a patient on Friday.

Nice to know.

February 3, 2018

The Opioid Crisis: Who Is/Is Not Guided By The Guidelines?

As far back as 1994, spinal manipulation has been a leading approach for managing low back pain in national care guidelines, and chiropractic care was the only approach that was also noted to improve function. (AHCPR Clinical Guideline #14: Acute Low Back Pain for Adults)

The 2017 American College of Physicians guidelines continued to point to spinal manipulation as a preferred initial non-drug therapy selection for chronic low back pain, along with other chiropractic services such as exercise, mindfulness, and low-laser therapy. (Annual of Internal Medicine; February 24, 2017)

So what percent of medical providers recommend spinal manipulation? Two. (OPTUM Insurance Study 2012 (retrospective review of 16,000,000 musculoskeletal cases)

“259 MILLION opioid painkiller prescriptions were written in 2012 – enough for one bottle for every adult in the U.S. 2016 data suggests that opioid problem is WORSENING, not improving.” (Centers for Disease Control; https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioid-prescribing)

January 30, 2018

What is the leading cause of death for adults under age 50 in America?

It isn’t too much chiropractic care…

According to June 6, 2017 CBS Evening News, it is…

January 26, 2018

When Does Addiction Become a Risk with Opioids?

Long-term addiction becomes a major risk after only 5 days of opioid use. (https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/3/23/14987892/opioid-herion-epidemic-charts:(citing CDC); Accessed May 2017)

259 MILLION opioid painkiller prescriptions were written in 2012 – enough for one bottle for every adult in the U.S. 2016 data suggests the opioid problem is WORSENING, not improving. (Boscarino, et al, Addiction, 2010

January 25, 2018

Who gets the Opioid Prescriptions?

Well, first, “To understand just how bad the opioid epidemic has gotten, consider these statistics: Drug overdoses in 2015 were linked to more deaths than car crashes or guns, and in fact killed more people than car crashes and gun homicides combined.”

Pain complaints are a leading reason for medical visits. The most common pain complaints are musculoskeletal, and back pain, is the most common of these. (Roafi, et al, VITAL HEALTH STAT 2016)

More than half of “regular” prescription opioid users have back pain. (Sullivan, et al: PAIN, 2005)

As far back as 1994, spinal manipulation has been a leading approach for chronic low back pain in national guidelines, and chiropractic care was the only approach that was also not to improve function. (AHCPR Clinical Guideline #14: Acute Low Back Pain for Adults)

“Chiropractors are the only physician-level health care providers that have always specialized in non-opioid, non-pharmacological musculoskeletal pain management. Chiropractors are also the leading health care providers specializing in conservative, highly effective, low-risk approaches such as spinal manipulation that have been demonstrated to be high value both for pain management and functional improvement. The chiropractic profession has always been centered on naturally effective pain management and functional improvement in patient care, especially in respect to back, neck and musculoskeletal pain.” (Pain Killers: The Opioid Crisis; A prescription-induced public health care catastrophe, Austin McMillin, DC, 2017)

What if treatment protocols, in Hospital and medical clinics, were aligned with the authoritative management guidelines? National guidelines recommendation a shift away from prescription painkillers and a move toward non-pharmacological alternative, such as chiropractic, as the first option for pain relief (at the CDC, the National Safety Council, and the Food and Drug Administration).

October 25, 2017

“I had no idea chiropractic was covered by insurance.”

That from today’s new patient. If you know anyone suffering from back pain, neck pain, or headaches (or knee pain, or shoulder pain, or… or…), you would be doing them a great service to mention that chiropractic might help them.

A chiropractic patient is qualified as a chiropractic patient because they need chiropractic care, not because of their complaints, or lack of complaints.

We look for a condition that is often no painful – it will likely eventually become painful. It may be painful, it may not. The condition we look for and attempt to prevent, correct, or manage is a progressive condition: it will get worse if it is left uncared for. It will lead to degenerative changes, eventually. And this process will lead to disease labels.

If a patient waits too long, there may be little that chiropractic care can do. But you will not know that without an examination, and usually a trial of care.

And if someone you know, work with or are related to is suffering, does have the condition that chiropractors look for and correct, and does not get chiropractic care, there is a good chance that, symptom relief or not, they will still have that condition afterwards. By this I mean medication, physical therapy, massage, may give symptomatic relief; if may not correct the underlying condition causing the symptoms.

It is an old story. We who have been telling it for decades tend to assume everyone knows it. But like insurance coverage, which has been standard for chiropractic care since the early 70’s, not everyone knows.

You need to tell them.

October 16, 2017

I Am Not The Only One Who Gets Frustrated



Here, an elder tai chi brother of mine from Brussels, Wim Demeere, goes off on the subject of poorly trained professional athletes.

Is it any wonder that the average guy or gal on the street, working, recreating, and performing all the activities of life doesn’t have a clue how to move correctly. They merrily march on toward their next (or first) episode of injurious pain.

Notice: he doesn’t break the Knee Rule; he maintains Neutral Spine (Even in the neck!). And he pointing to his heels – where the majority of the weight lands.

And, finally, notice that he talks about the “Hip Crease” – of the three Elements of Bending & Lifting, this is the KEY element: without it you can not achieve the other two.

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