By AMANDA KELLY
It's no surprise that your chiropractor might suspect you have back pain just by watching you move. But identify the way you sleep, or what you do for a living? Yes, it's possible—and no, your chiropractor isn't psychic. It's just that your posture can reveal a lot more about your overall health and lifestyle that you might realize...
As a member of the American Chiropractic Association Media Team, I am privileged and honored to talk to various members of the press. A couple of days ago, I fielded a question from a freelance writer for the web version of Prevention Magazine (Prevention.com). Her question was interesting: “What can you tell about a person from observing posture?”
Posture tells us a lot about your state of health. It can tell us if you have a pain source and roughly where it is. It tells us if you have structural issues that make life more difficult when you try to move. It can even reflect depression, self-image problems, happiness, confidence, etc.
As I write this, I have just come from church. Sometimes I look out on the congregation and find some of our patients. I watch them squirm in their seats, leaning one way or the other, fidgeting, or making an excuse to stand and walk. I understand that they are hurting, and sometimes I even imagine their x-rays above their heads. They are not squirming out of boredom with the sermon (giving the pastor the benefit of the doubt). They are attempting to change their body position to one that hurts less. I will see one or two of these by Tuesday and I will already know why they are here to see me. They think that is spooky.
Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
In case you haven’t noticed, an important election is coming. The economy was a driving issue up until a recent rash of mass murders by Islamic militants, which put national security back on the front burner. Lost somewhere in all of this is the discussion of healthcare either as a standalone issue or a subset of the discussion on the economy.
The Affordable Care Act is now a demonstrable disaster. It has had a huge impact on hospitals, particularly rural hospitals, and particularly those in the south. Medicaid funding reductions and cuts in reimbursement for uninsured people have hit hospitals hard, causing 48 hospital closures by the early part of 2015, with 283 more at risk.
About two thirds of Americans have insurance coverage through their employers. Thus, compliance with the Affordable Care Act falls squarely on the backs of businesses.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
I cannot quite understand how Christmas became controversial. In the land of freedom, where the First Amendment codified free speech and freedom of religion as gifts from our Creator that no mere man or government may infringe, how can anyone justify impinging on the right to enjoy Christmas?
The first week of December was not over before the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee issued "Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace.” This memorandum was an admonition against having Christmas parties. It stated: “Holiday parties and celebrations should celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale with no emphasis on religion or culture.” His edict continues, “Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” lest anyone attempt to have an incognito Christmas.
The University of Tennessee website posted this document like the King’s latest proclamation. I was not surprised to find an unforgivable dangling participle in the first paragraph. After all, such deep concentration and emphasis on diversity is bound to distract from good grammar.
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC
It may be apparent from my articles, my blog, or my rants that I tend to be conservative on a lot of issues. Simply put, I think if you teach a man to fish (rather than giving him a fish), you are a lot closer to conquering hunger. We uplift our fellow man when we encourage and foster independence.
When I first encountered the Griffin Area Resource Center (GARC), I saw an institution dedicated to teaching people to fish. I saw people with physical, mental, and perhaps emotional disabilities being assisted in a journey toward independence. People who once would have been considered wards of the state, hopeless, and trapped in bodies or minds that did not function well were learning job skills and going to work. I saw dependence and helplessness turned to self care, dignity, respect, and self-worth as people learned to fish.
I also saw families better able to function. While an afflicted family member may become the major focus of concern and disproportionate recipient of the family’s resources, GARC helped make those family members functional participants within their families instead.
These few adjustments will help you wake up pain-free.
By Mallory Creveling
Your muscles take on enough stress sitting hunched over a smartphone or computer all day, so you don't want to add more tension during the night too. That's when your body needs to rejuvenate. If you're getting out of bed with neck or back pain—or even experiencing aches later in the day—it's time to revamp your sleeping style. Here's how to position yourself.
The best posture for sidestepping soreness and waking up refreshed: lying on your side, says Robert Hayden, a chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. "Sleeping on your side is better than on your back, which can cause your tongue to block your airway," he explains. Catching zzz's while on your stomach is the worst choice, because turning your head to the side and twisting your neck can lead to long-term injuries.