The Body Mechanic Blog

November 7, 2018
07 Nov 2018

The Truth About Scoliosis

It was the same for most of us. In middle school, the school nurse or your pediatrician telling you to get down to your skivvies and having you touch your toes. That was the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, a test for early signs of scoliosis. Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. The spine is supposed to have several front-to-back curves …

May 28, 2018
28 May 2018

Vertigo

Vertigo can be among the most disabling conditions clients present with at my office. Frequent sufferers often can’t even work. With vertigo, it often feels like the world is spinning or swaying around you. Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sweating and difficulty walking are all common symptoms. It effects quality of life just as much or more […]

April 27, 2018
27 Apr 2018

Discs don’t slip

You may have been told at some point that you had a slipped disc. This can feel legitimate. That said, discs don’t “slip”. They are anchored in place to the vertebrae by very strong ligaments. What this term is actually usually referring to is a bulging, or more correctly, herniated disc. So what is a […]
March 27, 2018
27 Mar 2018

Arthritis is not a wear-and-tear problem

Arthritis is the consummate boogey-man. It has been suspect #1 for joint pain since it was first identified. However, it’s also often falsely accused. I’ll get into that more in a minute. First, what is arthritis and why do we get it in the first place? Arthritis is not a single disease, but rather an […]
February 6, 2018
06 Feb 2018

Science vs. “Woo”

In the alternative medicine world, there’s an ongoing debate over evidence-based practice. Do we limit ourselves only to those techniques which have been heavily substantiated by research? Double-blind, placebo-controlled, etc? Or do we open ourselves up to the possibilities of techniques not yet supported by the literature? There is a movement of individuals crusading against […]
September 4, 2017
04 Sep 2017

TMJ Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint where your mandible articulates with the skull. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is the term we use when you have a problem with your TMJ. The textbook list of TMD symptoms includes: Pain or tenderness of the jaw Pain in one or both of the TMJ’s Aching pain in […]
August 7, 2017
07 Aug 2017

Migraine: Not just a headache

Most of us have suffered from a headache at one time or another. For many, an aspirin is all it takes to get things back on track. For others, they can be life-altering. They can arise all of a sudden or be chronic with varying degrees of severity. Symptoms include: throbbing, squeezing pain, face or […]

September 13, 2013
13 Sep 2013

Tennis Elbow

Do you play a lot of tennis? Neither do most of the people who suffer from so-called Tennis Elbow, one of the more common upper extremity ailments I see. Tennis Elbow goes by several names, most commonly lateral epicondylitis after the lateral epicondyle to which the affected tissues attach. More recently, that term has been […]

October 31, 2012
31 Oct 2012

Flexibility with Foam Rolling

Nowadays, it’s impossible to walk into a gym without seeing people rolling around on large foam cylinders. Ever wonder what exactly they’re doing? It’s called self myofascial release and it’s one of     the most popular and effect methods of stretching around today. Unfortunately, it’s a physical therapy technique most people don’t really understand and […]

September 28, 2012
28 Sep 2012

Active Release Technique: An Effective Method for Pain Relief

Over time, your body just isn’t going to function as it once did. There are many different reasons why pain occurs in the body, and it’s important to your health and overall well-being to find the source of the problem quickly and deal with it. Injuries causing pain can occur through repetitive activities you have […]