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 […]

August 5, 2017
05 Aug 2017

Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery is NOT the Only Option

According to the Journal of Orthopedics, a little over 22% of the population has a partial or full-thickness rotator cuff tear, with rates increasing steadily with age. At age 60, one has a 54% percent of having had such an injury. While only 34% are symptomatic in and of themselves, even the asymptomatic ones can […]

July 21, 2017
21 Jul 2017

Pain and Emotion: It really can be all in your head

Have you ever taken a vacation and had your pain improve, only to have it come back as soon as you get back to your normal routine? The areas of the brain responsible processing pain share some common real estate with our emotional centers. As a result, treatment of pain can’t just consist of treating […]

February 1, 2016
01 Feb 2016

Symptoms, Causes & Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes numbness, tingling and pain in the hand and wrist. It happens when the median nerve becomes entrapped or compressed at the carpal tunnel, a bony tunnel in the wrist. Symptoms: Sufferers of CTS will often have numbness and tingling on the palmar side of the thumb, […]