The Life Center Chiropractic

Dr. Jeremy Brook, D.C., CCWP

Dr. Mike Isseks, D.C.  •  Dr. Kristyn Silver D.C.

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DO YOU HAVE FIGHTER’S SHOULDER?

August 20th, 2016
Dr. Mike Isseks Knock-Out Punch!

I’ve had a lifelong relationship with my shoulders and we’ve had some “bumps” along the road…some instability, pain, etc., from years of throwing, punching, and lifting, I’ve come to realize the importance of achieving a finely-tuned balance of strength, functional form, and flexibility. This realization came once I began practicing martial arts, Krav Maga in particular, about 10 years ago.

The shoulders are a complex area. A great thing about the shoulder itself is that being a ball-and-socket joint it allows for quite a bit of movement. On the flipside it can be one of the most troublesome and unstable areas of the body if neglected, especially for the martial artist. If we take a couple steps back…if you think about it, before you’re a martial artist you’re a human animal. The shoulder of a human animal was created under challenging conditions and environments which involved a full range of movement… such as hanging and climbing from trees, in addition to primal grappling and fighting. The main problem with the modern human animal/ martial artist is that they’re lacking the prerequisite mobility ->flexibility and strength.

I want to focus on some of the ways you can ensure that you’ll have powerful shoulders that will withstand the repetitive forces of punching and mixed martial arts movements without breaking down.

So…Let’s break it down. The initial fighting stance, or form, taken on by a fighter is a guarded posture, shoulders rolled forward, hands up as to protect the face, and an angled stance with the preferred foot forward. If you’re a mixed martial artist, you’re going to end up in pretty much every position imaginable at one time or another… standing, kneeling, on your back or stomach, but for starters it’s this common upright posture. For boxers, it’s their predominant posture.  Issues arise from months or years of this repetitive internally rotated shoulder posture causing a contracting and shortening of muscles in the front of the body and over stretching on the back side. As a result of this rounding, fighters often experience tightness and tension in their musculature system that results in a contracted resting standing posture. It’s like you’re in a fighting posture even when you’re not fighting.

Unfortunately, postural and structural imbalances leave the body more susceptible to injury. Before we throw punches, we need to have the proper initial pre-requisites for shoulder motion. Questions to ask yourself; do I have access to all of the necessary ranges of motion needed for a punch? Unless you’re someone who has advanced training in assessing human movement deficiencies, you may not know where to start.  Good template to follow is slowly move the shoulder joint through a variety of planes and motions. Flexion…Extension…Adduction…Abduction… Internal Rotation… External Rotation… And Circumduction. Then how does it move and feel when you push, pull, or hang? You may feel tension, restriction, fixation, compression.

If you answered yes to any of the above, you should get checked by your local alignment specialist. You’re simply not getting …

HOW TO REDUCE PAIN AND BECOME MORE MOBILE

January 20th, 2014
In this video Dr. Jeremy Brook shares how to reduce pain, become more mobile and agile, and get your life back in alignment for 2014. Follow his formula... become aware of your problem....design a game plan...take action on your game plan....and then reap the results of your efforts. - Dr. Jeremy Brook is a Doctor of Chiropractic who provides care for the communities of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Venice, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, and other surrounding areas. Watch the video here:

WHAT A PAIN IN THE NECK!

February 21st, 2011
A popular response to neck pain is taking drugs to cover up the problem (aspirin, analgesics, pain pills) or treating its symptoms (muscle relaxers, massage, hot packs). But neck pain isn't caused by a lack of aspirin or drugs. The Chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate its underlying cause. This begins with a complete case and thorough examination. Special attention is given to the structure and function of the spine, and its affect on the nervous system.
  • Is the proper spinal curve present?
  • Are the nerve openings between each pair of spinal bones free and clear?
  • Is the head balanced?
  • Are the shoulders level?
These and other considerations are used to create a plan of specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve the motion and position of spinal vertebrae. With improved structure and function, neck pain often diminishes or totally disappears without addictive drugs or harmful side effects! One study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients who received chiropractic care reported significant improvement in their neck function and a reduction in their neck pain whereas those taking pain-killers did not.

A COMMON HEALTH COMPLAINT

Is it hard to look over your shoulder? Is there a constant pulling or throbbing pain in your neck? Do you notice a "grinding" sound as you turn your head? Contact  THE LIFE CENTER CHIROPRACTIC  for a thorough history and examination…

THE UNDERLYING CAUSE OF MOST PROBLEMS IS A POWER PROBLEM

February 21st, 2011
The Vertebral Subluxation Complex is the underlying cause of many health problems.

Vertebral

Ver-te-bral Concerning the vertebral bones of the spine.

Subluxation

Sub-lux-a-tion Less than a complete dislocation of a joint with nervous system interference

Complex

Com-plex More than one part

Nervous System Function

When there is no interference, your nervous system controls the healthy function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. A subluxation, or the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, is a serious condition identified by its five parts:

* Abnormal motion or position of spinal bones:

(Spinal Kinesiopathology) The bones of the spine have lost their normal motion and position. This can restrict your ability to turn and bend. It sets in motion the other four components.

* Abnormal nervous system function:

(Neuropathophysiology) Improper spinal function can choke, stretch, or irritate delicate nerve tissue. The resulting nervous system dysfunction can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body

* Abnormal muscle function:

(Myopathology) Muscles supporting the spine can weaken, atrophy, or become tight and go into spasm.. The resulting scar tissue can change muscle tone, requiring repeated spinal adjustments.

* Abnormal soft tissue function:

(Histopathology) A rise in temperature from an increase in blood or lymph supply can result in swelling and inflammation.. Discs can bulge, herniate, tear; or degenerate. Other soft tissues may suffer permanent damage.

* Abnormal function of the spine and body:

(Pathophysiology) Bone spurs and other abnormal bony growths attempt to fuse malfunctioning spinal joints.. This spinal decay, scar tissue, and long-term nerve dysfunction can cause other systems of the body to fail.

What’s the cause?

Subluxation, or more precisely, the Vertebral subluxation Complex, describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal motion or position from stress, trauma or chemical imbalances.   Automobile collisions, improper lifting, drugs, alcohol, emotional stress, chemical imbalances, and long periods of sitting can all cause the Vertebral subluxation Complex.   Instead of just treating your symptoms, your chiropractor is primarily interested in detecting, reducing, and correcting the Vertebral subluxation Complex.…

THE LARGEST NERVE IN THE BODY CAN BE A PAIN IN THE A*S!

February 15th, 2011

Did you know the largest nerves of the body start in the low back? They do and it's called the famous sciatic nerve!

Each of the two sciatic nerves is formed by four or five nerves branching off the spinal cord and running down the back of each leg. Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.

An all-too-common health complaint.

The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica. One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft pulpy discs which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting down either or both legs. In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery which is only about 60% successful. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic "adjustments" are very effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain. Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care. Pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. Causes of the impairment may be chemical, physical or the emotional stress of everyday living. A full-blown sciatic flare-up can involved the entire sciatic nerve path resulting in symptoms of lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness that radiates into the thighs, legs, ankles, feet and toes. Pain may also be limited to various points along the nerve such as the buttocks, knee are and calf.…

MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES STINK!

November 21st, 2010
Some estimates suggest 25% of the population has a headache right now! A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back. When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying cause.

Many people find relief and correction with chiropractic care

If a thorough examination reveals reduced range of motion, loss of normal spinal curves, or mechanical restrictions, chiropractic care should be considered. After a complete explanation, you'll receive a care program designed for your unique spinal problem. Many patients report headache relief. Others find that the correction of their problem takes longer because their spinal problem has existed undetected for many years. Every patient responds differently. Regardless of how you respond, enjoy the drug-free results millions have enjoyed by consulting a chiropractic doctor.…

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