Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 23, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: One of My Favorites from Othmar

June 5, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Golden Cockerel Stands on One Leg (Othmar)

May 26, 2017

Insomnia: Another Reason to do Tai Chi?

Yep!

May 16, 2017

Exercise… Again (this time it is Alzheimer’s)

http://neurosciencenews.com/alzheimers-exercise-6692/

May 5, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: How to Get “Tai Chi Knee”

I often tell the story about my first meetings with Dan Docherty – my teacher. He asked that I show him my Form, I did, and he (generously) said, “I can see that you have put a lot of work into it, but it is neither square nor round, and know one has taught you the Knee Rule.”

Being a chiropractor, and a gym guy (for decades), I said that I did know that knee rule; then he pointed out that I was repeatedly breaking it. Whatever I paid for that 9-hour flight and the two weeks stay in London, that correction made the trip worth it.

He told me that there is only one sports injury associated with Tai Chi, and it is Tai Chi Knee – the consequence of repeatedly breaking the Knee Rule.

So, today, I for some reason decided to check on YouTube and see if there were any decent videos instructing on how to do Tai Chi walking: there were not. Instead, I found a video of someone demonstrating how to repeatedly break the Knee Rule.

The message: Just because someone is a celebrity, sells seminars and DVDs, and can speak chinese words, does not mean that their instruction is of the highest order. I know almost nothing else about the author, other than what we see in this video (and I didn’t listen to hardly any of it), but watch… and learn (probably best not to turn the sound on).

April 17, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: High Pat the Horse (Wim Demeere)

March 30, 2017

A Memo On Preventing Back Pain Injury

I sent the following out just now… If you know an employer interested in preventing back injuries, please share it.

 

Greetings,

(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

(425) 348-5207

http://www.doctordilday.com

March 28, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Drape the Body & Kick (Othmar)

Filed under: Exercise, Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 4:13 pm

March 26, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Inspiration

http://taichivideos.org/90-year-old-performs-tai-chi-chuan/

 

 

March 13, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Part the Wild Horses Mane (Othmar)

Filed under: Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 3:31 pm

March 2, 2017

Not News: Tai Chi Reduces Risk of Falls 64%

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

For Tai Students: Understanding Why We Push From The Heel

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

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