April 17, 2017
March 30, 2017
I sent the following out just now… If you know an employer interested in preventing back injuries, please share it.
(You are getting this because either you have already shown an interest in preventing work place back injury, or there is some reason for me to belief that you might be interested.)
Last month the Annuals of Internal Medicine published the newest guidelines for the management of acute, sub-acute, and chronic low back pain (from the American College of Physicians).
You may be interested to know that Tai Chi made the list of recommendations.
Tai Chi has been referred to as “the perfect exercise”, and when researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied it in 2011, Tai Chi became their number one recommendation for Employee Wellness Programs. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School were so impressed that they wrote The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi in 2013.
I mention all of this because the epiphany that I had six years ago that I could help employers measure the risk of, and prevent, back injuries among their employees, was heavily informed by my, then, 15 years of Tai Chi practice. So far, while there has been expressed interest, my efforts to reach out have not resulted in meaningful conversations with those who have both the courage to advocate for a tested solution, and the authority to make a decision. (This is not about everyone doing Tai Chi: It is about measuring risk of back injury and then doing something about it that will measurably reduce that risk.)
My hope is that the growing impact of the problems of back pain injury (both direct costs and indirect costs) and the growing evidence of simple and efficient solutions will someday intersect with your priorities and the priorities of your employers. I would like to help, when/if that time comes.
Dennis Dilday, D.C.
Everett Chiropractic Center
Health – Naturally, through Chiropractic, Fitness & Whole-Food Nutrition
8625 Evergreen Way, #210
Everett, WA 98203
March 28, 2017
March 26, 2017
March 13, 2017
March 2, 2017
From Dr. Weil newsletter.
|Tai Chi To Prevent Falls|
|Practicing tai chi three times a week could cut seniors’ risk of falling by 64 percent, a significant improvement compared to a 5 percent decline in risk linked to once a week sessions.|
Like I said: not news… but good to know.
[On another note, I don’t know if I have gotten around to Posting about it yet, but I saw the latest published guidelines on the management of low back pain – guess what made the list of recommendations? That’s right, tai chi. Chiropractic care was listed too, of course, but all the research available on the subject of very clear: chiropractic care plus exercise is the best approach.]
February 15, 2017
Deep and detailed, you can skim this and still get the gist. It is a long and complicated way of saying, “just do what we tell you,” in class.
Once this way of moving becomes habitual, you will continue to derive benefits in all areas of your life from then on. Kind of like most of the rest of the Tai chi that we teach.
NOTE: You are going to need this:
Moment of a force/torque
A force whose line of action does not pass through the centre of gravity will cause the body to rotate and translate if it is unopposed – this turning effect is the moment of force.
Human movement is the consequence of an imbalance between the components of these forces that produce rotation; the capability of a force to produce this rotation is referred to as torque or moment of force.
The moment of force is the perpendicular distance from the force’s line of action to a specific point or axis of rotation.
Moment = force x distance
February 14, 2017
With some things (chiropractic, JuicePlus+, tai chi all come to mind), the more research there is, the more benefits get discovered.
Here exercise and it’s relation to eye sight come into better view: http://neurosciencenews.com/neuroscience-exercise-6111/
As if we need another reason to exercise.
February 10, 2017
Worth a look – lots of room for conversation.
January 24, 2017
The first patient in the office this morning said that she was amazed at what happened when she practiced the breathing exercise I gave her on her last visit.
Patients show up, usually, with some ache or pain. Once that is dealt with there are often underlying or other issues that come up; stress-related tension is common.
For that and many other reasons we often teach people how to breath, if they are interested. How to breath, so you can relax, so you will be less tense, so you can hold your chiropractic adjustments, so you will feel better: it all goes together.
Anyway, I gave her the most basic of breathing instructions; the same one I give every patient, every tai chi student, and anyone else that cares to listen (It is probably on the Blog somewhere in fact.). She tried it, and…
Almost immediately fell asleep.
(She was pleasantly stunned and amazed.)