Feet…..Knees…..Lower Back! All three of these parts of your body, your lower back, your knees, and your feet, are very much related. Many times patients present to this office with lower back pain when in actuality, it is lower back pain that has developed because initially there were foot problems. After many years of foot problems, lower back problems do develop and can actually lead towards osteoarthritic degeneration and pelvic unleveling, however, the main culprit at times has been in the feet. During growth, the normal development of the pelvis and the spine can suffer if there is foot imbalance. Due to feet imbalance, such as pronation, supination, or not walking straight with your toes, or even, unfortunately, utilizing poor support sneakers, this can interfere with spinal functions, which can result in poor biomechanics and accelerated degeneration in the knees, hips, and the spine. Feet, as most people know, grow faster than the rest of the body; it actually achieves fairly close to its mature length by the time a child is 7-8 years old. Most problems arise when the feet and legs do not align properly, which is in-toeing or out-toeing, or when the main arch does not fully develop, giving the knee support. There are many quick methods for checking children and adolescents, or even adults for need for orthotics, which are also known as pelvic spinal stabilizers. A visual look to the person’s feet to see that they are balanced and equal to each other can show symmetry, as well as asymmetry. The feet should have an arch support, which allows for the proper walking mechanics in the foot, however, too big or too small of an arch can also lead towards problems. By observing a few normal relaxed paces, several abnormal gait findings can also be distinguished. Continue reading Feet…..Knees…..Lower Back!
When it comes time each month for me to write an article for the Gazette I try to think of our present times in our community for ways that some information can be provided to the public. One avenue has always been education and another has information that many would find beneficial. I see on a daily basis many patients and people whose bodies and posture has changed from when I first opened practice in Forked River back in 1987. I’ve been in practice for almost 28 years and in this time I have truly seen different postural presentations on a daily basis. I’d like to share some of these with you. One obvious factor is our present day lifestyle with computers. Computers are a way of life for work and personal habits. We are bent over daily when leaning over a desk, hunched over on our laptops, sitting on a couch with computers on our laps head down in a rounded shoulder position, as well as utilizing cellular phones as computers in this hunched over position. Continue reading The Importance of Good Posture
By: Dr. Thomas C. McGillick
In a chiropractic office lower back pain probably makes up half of the presentations to the Dr.’s office. There are many causes of lower back pain which some of these causes may include poor or no stretching routines, too much sitting and not enough exercise, structural misalignments, posture problems, poor sitting habits, jobs that placed too much stress and strain on the lower back, specific injuries of the lower back, sprains and strains, age that may result in degeneration of the spinal column, as well as associated disc problems. However, it has been my experience that spinal strain and postural fatigue account for many of my office presentations. For example, lifting a heavy object improperly, or falling, may cause immediate back pain. But poor sitting habits and lack of proper stretching protocols does not create an immediate lower back pain. Postural and spinal fatigue can take months (or even years) to develop and unfortunately many people suffering with this type of pain resort to over the counter medications for relief (or stronger meds) without ever considering healthier options. Other reasons may not be so apparent and may take a long time to develop a painful condition such as poor sleeping habits, standing improperly, or improper sitting habits.
Now that spring time is among us (thank God) it seems everyone is talking about “going out for a walk.” But there’s more to it than just walking. First off, everyone should know their limitations. When your friend says, “let’s go out for a walk”, you should consider if you are not a walker and she is. What may not be beneficial for you may not be beneficial to her and vice versa. You should first use clothing that is windproof and comfortable and realize while you are walking your body temperature will heat up. Too much clothing will make you uncomfortable with abnormal perspiration. Stretching beforehand, specifically stretching your calves and your hamstrings will get circulation to lower extremities.
Utilizing loose clothing, especially upper extremities allows your arms to swing back and forth, which can generate more cardiovascular exercise.