When a muscle is forced to remain in a shortened position for a long period of time it becomes chronically shortened. Poor posture causes adaptive muscle shortening. Most people have adaptively short muscles of the chest, front of the neck, front of the shoulders and upper arms. When you slump your head and shoulders forward day after day, certain muscles become chronically shortened. These muscles include the pectorals, the anterior deltoids, the scalenes, and the coracobrachialis.
So what’s the problem? In many cases the chronically shortened muscles will not complain. But there are other consequences to adaptive muscle shortening of the [...]
Muscles enable us to move. You wouldn’t blink an eye, smile or chew without muscles. Healthy muscles are strong. Strong muscles keep us active and able to accomplish life’s tasks. When muscles are in trouble, there will be problems with the joints. Muscles work in pairs and also in groups. When a core muscle like the psoas major is weak on one side and too tight/strong on the opposite side, you will lack mechanical balance. This lack of balance shows up as poor alignment of major parts of the body like the spine and pelvic girdle.
There are many signs that [...]
Check-out your jaw action before you face a pain or bite problem. You can use a mirror to assess yourself. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or friend to help you observe your jaw position and movement. Here’s a list of what to look for:
1 Slowly open your mouth as wide as possible. It should open 2-3 inches without pain.
2 Push your jawbone forward and pull it back several times. If there is pain or popping sounds you have a jaw problem.
3 Very slowly open your mouth as wide as possible. You have jaw problems if your [...]
About 50% of nursing home residents are under the age of 85. Why are they there?
A significant number of residents have memory problems or problems making daily decisions. Persons with serious dementia certainly need nursing home care. Neurofeedback training can help other older adults who have less-serious memory and decision-making problems to improve mental function and remain in their homes.
Almost all nursing home residents have some type of physical disability that interferes with activities of daily living like cooking, bathing, shopping and cleaning. Many people could remain safely at home, able to do chores of daily living, if only they [...]
The human brain is one of the most amazing organs in our body. Its optimal function is imperative for life. It is a very soft structure, protected only by the bony skull. The skull is a hard covering with space between the soft brain and the inner surface of the cranial vault.
A blow to the head or any movement that causes the brain to move inside the skull easily bruises the brain. This is an image of what happens when you suffer from a concussion:
As you can see the brain is tossed around within the skull causing it [...]
The Best Neurofeedback in Colorado
Most people don’t realize there are different computer programs for neurofeedback training. The most popular is a system called QEEG (quantitative electroencephalogram). These devices have a sampling rate of less than 300 samples per second. They also are NOT real-time digital recordings which means there is a delay between the brain’s electrical activity and the recording seen on the computer screen. This delay is projected on the computer screen and causes a distortion in the pattern, potentially causing harm to the brain.
It is very important that any neurofeedback evaluation and training you have be performed [...]
Believe it or not, I recently received a phone call from a local pediatrician (who is one of the more “open-minded” doctors I have met) asking me to see one of his patients (diagnosed with ADHD) for an EEG evaluation and neurofeedback training. He referred to a recent research paper, published by “Pediatrics – Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics”, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/133/3/483.full.html
The article appeared in the February 17, 2014 journal. Basically, neurofeedback was used to help students with ADHD gain better concentration, attention and focus. The outcome in the study was quite impressive:
“This randomized controlled trial included
I just received three phone calls today from women who were desperately searching for answers to their crazy behaviors and why they don’t feel like themselves. You may be in the same situation. Do the following scenarios sound familiar?
- If you are tired, stressed out, constantly battling weight and with a sex drive that is either gone south or off the planet, there is hope.
- If you are yelling and screaming at your kids and husband for no apparent reason, there is a reason.
- If you are in pain during your menstrual cycle so severe that you have to stay home from [...]