Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
One of the very frequent reasons for the onset of low back pain in adults is lifting children. I see it over and over again, particularly among new grandparents. The adorable tiny people who look vaguely like their own children or themselves are irresistible. They make the cutest noises (well, sometimes)! The urge to lean over and pick them up for cuddling is overwhelming.
There are multiple scenarios for injury. The mechanism is simple: leaning forward at the waist, and adoring grandparent extends arms and forearms to pick up a bundle that may weigh anywhere from 6 to 25 pounds. The low back muscles that are used to lean backward are abused to lift both the grandchild and the grandparent at an awkward angle.
Think about how this looks from the side. Imagine a grandparent’s body bent at the waist at maybe a 45° angle. Imagine this body being a lever with the fulcrum at the hips. The length of the lever goes from the hips to the outstretched hands. The load being lifted is a child. All of the power and leverage for lifting comes from low back muscles.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
It has been my privilege and honor to take care of Brenda in my clinic for quite some time. She has a number of physical ailments, including an old ankle fracture that was repaired with titanium rods, spinal stenosis, some balance problems, and a congenital hearing deficit. Unfortunately, she returned to the clinic this week after falling on her back and sliding down some slick stairs.
I see it virtually every week now in my practice. Seniors like Brenda slip, fall, and injure themselves doing things they have done all their lives, but they find themselves now high-risk due to physical infirmities, the aging process, medication effects, etc.
Any fall we can prevent is a tragic injury avoided. This senior is someone’s grandparent, aunt, spouse, or friend. They are all precious and have their stories to tell. My goal as a chiropractor is to help them live life to the fullest possible extent and continue to be sources of joy and wisdom for the rest of us.
Imagine a hard, hairy coconut filled with something that has the consistency of Jell-O. What if you hit the coconut really hard – what would happen to the Jell-O? Chances are it would contract toward the side of impact, then bounce to the other side of the coconut, and maybe wobble like Jell-O does until it finally stops.
This is exactly what happens when someone hits their head. The human brain is not really solid at all, having a consistency more like that Jell-O in the coconut (you’ve suspected that among some people, right?). It wobbles back and forth in the skull on impact, where it may tear some of the blood vessels that feed it. This might also happen with violent shaking such as the “shaken baby syndrome.” The acceleration and deceleration affects the way the brain functions at least temporarily, and most of the time, the effect is reversible.
Imagine for a moment a scenario in which a wealthy person is critically ill. The situation could improve, but it does not look good. Relatives appear like vultures looking for carrion, each with an agenda and ideas for what to do after the patient passes away. This may be a fairly good analogy for what may happen soon with Barack Obama’s only “accomplishment,” his socialized, expensive, government sponsored health care plan.
In late June, the Supreme Court will render a decision with the very life of Obamacare hanging in the balance. Early guesses based upon the questions the Supreme Court justices asked during oral arguments suggest that the court is divided, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy as the deciding votes.
The Affordable Care Act, which passed with only Democrat votes, was designed around some fragile principles. First, insurance companies could not turn anyone away because they had pre-existing problems. This is a little bit like forcing a mechanic to fix a car for a flat $100 whether it’s a flat tire or a transmission.
Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
Many studies have been published showing the efficacy of spinal decompression in bulging discs. This is neither new nor surprising, but the excitement of recent research is contagious. Indulge me for a moment while I share some enthusiasm with you!
There are 33 vertebrae in the human spine that are separated by 23 intervertebral discs (IVDs). These are made of very strong cartilage that is arranged in onion-skin-like layers around a liquid center, called the nucleus. Think of that gum that has the liquid center, and you have the hang of it.
Each disc is designed to act as a cushion to put space between vertebrae to protect bones. If bones touch bones, since they are made of metal (calcium), they will erode and destroy each other. The spacing of vertebrae is also important to create holes for the spinal nerves to exit the spine on their way to their respective body parts. IVDs are about 70% water when we are young, but they dry as we age (sadly, like some other parts), making discs more fragile and prone to injury by tearing.
by Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
When I was younger, I enjoyed being in the sun. The warmth on my skin felt good, and I liked having a tan. In fact, I once had a friendly competition with a fraternity brother who had a mixed racial genetic makeup to see if I could get as dark as he was by the end of the summer. I came close several times, and we’d laugh about it.
The price for that friendly competition is that about every two years now I go to my dermatologist to have something cut off and sent to a lab for analysis. The damaging ultraviolet rays that I absorbed caused some chromosomal damage, particularly on my head, even when I had hair. Since summer is upon us, this seems like a timely topic.
Each year, about a million Americans learn that they have skin cancer—the most common type of cancer in the United States. Approximately 40-50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once in their lifetimes. The risk is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily—often those with red or blond hair and blue or light-colored eyes—although everyone can develop skin cancer.