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Are your Hamstrings Actually Tight? LCS 6


Likely the most common stretch you'll ever see in the general population is some variation of a hamstring stretch. Ever think to ask, "Why?" Oftentimes we just blindly go with what everyone else is doing because we don't want to be singled out, or we just don't know better. Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT for short) is a syndrome caused by multiple muscular imbalances around the pelvis. I encourage you to read more about it in the previous blog post. http://www.backtohealthchiro.


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Weak Abs LCS 5


Last post talked about strengthening the glutes. This post is going into the importance of strengthening the core muscles. Most think that the core is comprised of the 6-pack muscles. Though they are nice to look at, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Your core resembles an iceberg in some ways. 90% of it lurks beneath the surface. If you're thinking you'll be able to work your core with sit-ups and crunches, think again.


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You have Weak Glutes LCS 4


Last post we focused on the action of the psoas muscle on the hip joint, flexion. Once you have a good handle on getting that muscle group to relax and lengthen you really need to start focusing on restoring balance across the hips and pelvis. To do this you need to engage in the opposite action, extension. Extension at the hip is the action of pushing the knee behind your body.


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Tight Hip Flexors LCS 3


As we continue our enlightenment into Lower-Crossed Syndrome we have identified Anterior Pelvic Tilt (see article titled "Anterior Pelvic Tilt LCS 2") and discovered some muscles that become tight and need attention. A tight muscle will pull harder at its attachment points. In the case of the psoas muscle (a primary flexor of the hip), it pulls the front of the lumbar spine and thigh closer together.


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Anterior Pelvic Tilt LCS 2


The image depicted on the left is showing a serious case of Anterior Pelvic Tilt vs a normal pelvis. Notice the sharpened curve in the lower spine, as well as the how far back the buttocks are protruding. Sitting is a common way this condition starts by causing severe imbalances in the ability of the pelvis to rotate backwards. There are four major muscles involved, and it's easier if they are divided into two groups:

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Lower-Crossed Syndrome 1


If you haven't read it yet, take a look at our last post titled, "Sitting on the Job." It's a great segue into this series of posts that will delve into a condition called, "Lower-Crossed Syndrome." It is defined primarily by one group of muscles put in a shortened position, and their opposing muscle group that is simultaneously placed in lengthened positions. The most common cause is from sitting too long and too often.


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Sitting too much


You sit at work all day and by the end wonder why you have back pain. Shouldn't all this rest be good for your back? Not really. Sitting for long periods of time has not only been proven to be worse for your cardiovascular system than smoking, but it is horrible for your low back. When you sit, the hip flexor group (iliopsoas muscle) is placed in a shortened position. Too much time in any one position causes the body to adapt.


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Are you Pushing your Child too Much?


A June 2017 NY Post article* shows us how pushing our kids to be very competitive can lead to injuries. Practicing too much is not a good thing. When your child does the same task the wrong way a thousand times, they learn how to perfectly perform the task incorrectly. They are causing more stress-related damage to the tissues of their body by repeating clumsy, useless, and wasted motion.


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Nutrition: The Building Blocks of the Body


This may sound like a ridiculous question, but would you ever think to build a skyscraper out of twigs and mud? Now I'm not one to put a limit on possibilities, but most would agree that twigs and mud are not the ideal building materials for a skyscraper, a tall building, or even a large house. Let's face it, we all live on Earth and from time to time it rains (enter metaphor). When it inevitably rains, your house of twigs and mud will lose its structural integrity and come crashing down.


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Lift with your Legs


You hear it all the time, "lift with your legs, not your back." What does that mean exactly? Well, if a picture is worth 1000 words, and a video shows 24 pictures per second, then the link below is going to be a lot more effective than reading and imagining it in your mind's eye. Watch this 56 second video and try to emulate the motion.

(Special thanks to Dr.


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What's Your Number?


Some people are excited about living to be 100. Some are scared of the thought. Either way, it is important to realize that you may not have a choice. 100 year old people are the world's fastest growing group.


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The Interference Principle


Much of our health care system has been based on the Germ Theory, which simply speaking says that germs cause disease and if we kill the bad germs we will get healthy. We now know that this theory is flawed. Our attempt to wipe out "bugs" has created an assault on our immune systems, leads to a minimum of 10,000 deaths per year, according to The Telegraph and has created a generation of dangerous "Superbugs" that threaten the well-being of society.


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