Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer and the beginning of road trip season. Despite the rising gas prices, millions of fun-seekers will hit the pavement with luggage in the trunk and the navigation system set for some distant destination. As the miles add up, so too will the pain from sitting long hours in the car. At mile marker 100, the low back may start seizing-up. At mile marker 180, cramps might be felt in the legs and shoulders. And during the final mile, the whole body might feel as if the last semi-truck you passed actually ran over you. If that sounds familiar, take a moment to read about some survival tips that can help you avoid the pains of summer road trips.
Adjust the Seat : Seat adjustment is critical for avoiding pain on the road. The first thing to do when you buttocks hit the car seat is to adjust the seat to fit you. Starting from the top, the headrest should be centered squarely on the center of your head. Properly adjusted headrests do prevent whi...
A recent task force has determined that women are at higher risk for developing neck pain than men. What accounts for this gender difference? A number of factors contribute to neck pain including coping skills, personalities, work environments and physical activities. But, as a patient eloquently stated while lifting her shirt, "What about these?" Are breasts a major contributor to the higher incidence of neck pain in women? In 1996, our judicial system examined the evidence and determined (Bancroft v Tecumseh Products) that breast reduction surgery was indeed medically necessary to relieve headache , neck pain and shoulder pain. This verdict establishes the cause and effect relationship between breasts and neck pain.
A closer examination into the breast risk factor can illuminate a multitude of reasons why size A, B, C, D, or DD really matters to the spine. Let's think in terms of triple "B's".
B reasts :
Are your breasts big, small, not at all (absent) or just righ...
We have discussed in an earlier entry how our posture can affect the position of our pelvic organs, shifting them slightly forward to sit over the top of our pubic bone when we are in neutral spine. It makes sense to recognize how the position of our pelvis can affect our pelvic floor muscles and our pelvic organs, but how can our rounded shoulders effect our pelvic floor function?
To connect these two areas of our body, we have to take a good look at our abdominal and pelvic cavities.
The areas of our pelvis and our abdomen are one continuous body cavity. This is important to realize because as we take up space within our abdomen, it directly affects our pelvic cavity and its contents. Our diaphragm is continuously descending and ascending with every breath we take, taking up space as it descends and giving it back as it ascends. When we breathe in and our diaphragm draws down within our abdomen, we normally accommodate this by expanding our chest and our lower ri...
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