DO YOU HAVE FIGHTER’S SHOULDER?

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 …

ARCHETYPAL FLOOR POSTURE SEQUENCE (WORKSHOP)

IMG_0539 3From Reptile to Erectile … From all 4’s to 2 Feet!

This workshop/class is designed to increase your primal agility of your spine, hips, knee, and feet as well as protection from degeneration and dis-ease.

The ARCHETYPAL FLOOR POSTURE SEQUENCE workshop is for two types of people. The first is for the person looking to get maximum performance out of their body by exploring different shape combinations that are required for optimal function. The second is for the person struggling with mobility limitations who desires to increase their strength, flexibility, and function, while decreasing pain, degeneration, and dis-ease.

This is an interactive workshop that’s designed to take you from the floor to standing up by moving through a series of floor based postures. Although this concept may sound basic and unnecessary, due to our modern sedentary lifestyle and poor design of furniture we have lost the innate bio-mechanical ability to transition smoothly from sitting on the floor to standing upright on two feet.

Watch a toddler or young children navigate on the ground level. They have the flexibility of a Chinese acrobat. Flash forward 20-30 years, and these peeps have the flexibility of a 4,000-year-old mummy. Why is that? Its all about the shapes that we put ourselves into throughout the day on a day in day out basis. These abnormal positions shrink our full range of motion. We’re left with stiff and achy bodies.

To maneuver from the floor to a standing position is a lost art…unless your regularly do yoga, jiu-jitsu, or some other discipline that spends time on the floor. Children mastered this movement sequence. Regrettably, we have created a life of physical convenience and laziness and in doing so we lost this normal skill set.

Solution… return to the natural postures we assumed as little babies as we learned to sit up tall, crawl, squat, and stand. These floor based postures were critical during our early growth and developmental years. Unfortunately we de-volved once we learned how to stand up. We shoved and squeezed our bodies into the confining chair sitting position or the uber cushy couch, and that’s when things went wrong on a biomechanical level.

Our neuro-musculo-skeletal system needs a full spectrum of movement to stay in good moving health. If you want to wake up tomorrow and perform at your highest potential or simply to age gracefully, it is critical…essential ….and mandatory that you spend time on the floor in the postures that you will learn in this seminar.

Until we see you in person…. Get out of your chair or off your sofa and get on the floor! While you’re at….take off your shoes too and go barefoot!

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MOVEMENT POTENTIAL

BLUE SPINECHECKERYou should be curious about each and every one of your joints’ potential. I know this may sound like the opening to a marijuana horticulture book rather than from a Chiropractor, but as a movement specialist and enthusiast I’ve cross-pollinated into different modalities of movement over the past year and discovered some fascinating new insights…the most important being… optimizing the “potential of motion” of your joints and especially the spinal joints truly is a spiritual endeavor. Here’s what I mean.

In the past year my movement nutrition palate has exploded from hand balancing with Ido Portal’s crew…to becoming a beast, crab, scorpion, & ape with the Animal Flow peeps….to the human movement optimization FRC/ KINSTRETCH trainings with Dr. Andreo Spina and his ninja instructors… to another teacher training with alignment wizard and yoga physicist Alex Crow…to the weekly strength and conditioning programing by Danny Lesslie of Deuce Gym… to checking and adjusting the spines and extremities of the active lifestyle lovers of Los Angeles…and most importantly playing on the floor with my 6 and 3 year old nieces…..(wow that’s a huge run-on sentence).

My goal in studying with these masters of movement was to discover and uncover new ranges of motion and to increase my kinesthetic lexicon. After incorporating all of these different styles of movement into my personal holistic body-mind training program I began noticing some movement deficiencies along certain pathways that had remained dormant for years. This was absolutely fascinating as it gave me the opportunity to “clean-up” dysfunctional joints and weak/tight muscles. And let me tell you…When I find dysfunctional joints I approach the “clean-up” process targeted strategies like Harvey Keitel’s character Winston Wolf, “The Cleaner” from Pulp Fiction.

You need an optimal surplus of movement in order to move and perform. The problem is most people are living in deficit. They’re bankrupt in terms of motion and then they’re borrowing motion from other areas and that’s causing injury. And it’s not a matter of if they’re going to have a problem it’s a matter of when and how big.

When you improve the range of motion to your dysfunctional and deficient joints, watch how much better you move… …think… breathe…and  even relax. Probably the most important by-product of this work will be increasing your body’s innate ability to adapt to different stress loads. Your tissues won’t buckle. Your body won’t buckle. After all… it’s only when your tissues can’t handle the “stress load” that injuries happen.

I’m gonna warn you that this clean-up practice that emphases your movement foundation and fundamentals isn’t sexy when you watch the videos on Instagram or Facebook. What is attractive and sexy is you when you dedicate a portion of your “practice” to cleaning up your movement deficiencies to make sure you have the prerequisites to perform your movement demands so you can kick ass on the yoga mat, in the gym, on the surfboard, on the slackline, on the court, and most importantly at home.

So here’s the homework. Commit …

MODERN VS. ANCIENT MOVEMENT ARTS

Modern vs. Ancient Movement ArtsWe’ve come a long way since our time as cavemen & cavewomen…or have we?

Some of the movement practices today can be traced back to ancient times when those were forced to run, fight, and actually hunt food on their own. We as humans have evolved, but have we evolved to be sitting behind a desk for 8 hours per day? I think not. Proper joint motion and alignment is imperative prior to embarking on any of the following movement arts so be sure to get checked by your local motion and alignment specialist. Here’s a few of these new workouts that are increasing in popularity, and some coincidentally referred to as “primal training”.

THE OLD MACE…. upgraded from your basic club in the Paleolithic era, these predominantly metal weapons were used both while on horseback and by foot soldiers. They oftentimes included sharp objects at the ends with the ability to pierce their opponents’ armor.

ENTER THE NEW MACE… while it resembles the old mace in the metal club aspect, the maces designed for training these days are predominantly steel and have a ball on one end (sometimes on both ends). There are a myriad of exercises that can be done with the steel mace and one can utilize multiple muscle groups in a short training session.

The combat arts of ancient times were …let’s say…lacking sportsmanship. Alright they were more like death battles. They would require brute upper body strength, unshakable grip strength, a kill or be killed attitude. Some of these included spear fighting, wresting, and death boxing.

These days the mixed martial arts take bits and pieces of ancient movement arts in disciplines like Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu both allowing one to work on controlling the opponent. Of course the option to tap out is a nice alternative in assuring you’ll see future training sessions  😉

These are just a couple of great ways to stay in shape while sticking to the roots of ancient movement.

– Dr. Mike Isseks

Dynamic Stretching Fundamentals

stretching greenIn this sequence, Dr. Jeremy Brook shares his stretching sequence for the neck, shoudlers, and arms.

Drawing from yoga and other neurologically-based movement approaches, this workshop will stretch and open the sacred geometry of your neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

If you are a movement enthusiast looking to optimize your performance and minimize pain and restrictions….this workshop is for you!

Our last one SOLD OUT…..so to RSVP….. click JOIN and we will reserve your spot!

Dress in clothes you can move in!

See you there!

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SLACKLINING BENEFITS !!!

Slacklining BenefitsSlacklining is a fantastic sport that integrates core strength and balance coupled with laser sharp concentration.  Slacklining benefits you on a primal level. It requires holistic attention from your body and mind.It challenges your neuro-musculo-skeletal system like no other exercise out there! If you aren’t connecting to your breath, feet, and core…prepare to meet the floor. Have fun and be safe!

So how do you begin? First, go barefoot. Then, when you’re first on the line, lean back slightly so that as soon as you step forward, you don’t commit until you fully shift your weight onto the ball of your lead foot. Look to a fixed point at the end of the line, keeping your upper body still and your knees bent. Lead with the hips, not the shoulders.

One of the coolest slacklining benefits occurs when you stand up on one foot. Balancing on your foot becomes the focus. This concentration requires you to find the perfect weight distribution for that moment in time. The leg becomes a lightning rod. From the connection to the slackline you root and rebound upward. Another slacklining benefit is connecting lines of energy. It sounds like an abstract concept but when you connect to different points and centers in the body you learn how to stand tall, fully connected to your core.

Scientific Studies on Slacklining Benefits:

In 2010, the International Journal of Sports Medicine published a paper (Granacher et. al, 2010)  investigating the effect of slackline training for balance and strength promotion. While the study found no direct evidence that slacklining made strength training more effective, it did find that slacklining increased the rate of development of a muscular contraction. In other words, the given strength tasks were able to be performed faster by participants involved in slackline training.

A study published in 2011 (Hüfner et. al, 2011) found that slacklining led to an increase in the structural and functional plasticity of the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for navigation and memory. While nobody pretends to understand the exact workings of the human brain, this study is backed up by numerous others that show that exercise and complex movement is good for the brain and helps with learning.

The final study that we will discuss here was conducted in Switzerland (Keller, 2011) and found that participants in slackline training improved communication between sensors and the spinal cord, resulting in better postural control. This may come as a surprise to some, who may have seen many a slackliner with a hunched back and terrible posture, but keep in mind that most slackliners today were originally (and probably still consider themselves primarily) climbers, a group notorious for over-development of certain muscles and ignorance of others, resulting in terrible posture.

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In this video, Dr. Jeremy Brook, a Los Angeles Holistic Chiropractor ( www.spinechecker.com ), shares one of his balance training methods for peak conditioning….slacklining. If you desire to get the most from your holistic fitness training program …

ADVANCED MEDITATION TECHNIQUE

The Love MeditationIn this video Dr. Jeremy Brook, a Los Angeles based Chiropractor, shares one of his morning meditations….. The Love Meditation.

This video incorporates looping breaths, mantras, binaural brainwave beats, and detailed visualization to create a deeper connection to your physical and energetic heart center.

By focusing on the word LOVE with each INHALE and EXHALE you will become energized and immersed in one of the most powerful physiological states that you will ever experience…and that’s the STATE OF LOVE.

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Dr. Jeremy Brook, a Los Angeles Chiropractor, (www.spinechecker.com), provides care for the communities of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Venice, Brentwood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, and other surrounding areas.

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POWER POSTURE AND ALIGNMENT SECRETS

Posture workshop  COVERDr. Jeremy Brook, a Los Angeles Chiropractor, (www.spinechecker.com), teaches his patients how to develop exceptional posture using principles of gravity, anatomy and the physics of alignment.

After watching all 6 parts you should be able to align your body and mind effectively to minimize stress/ strain/ dis-stress…leading to optimal performance and vibrancy.

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.
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HOW TO REDUCE PAIN AND BECOME MORE MOBILE

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.

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4 TIPS FOR A STRONG SPINE

Dr. Jeremy Brook, shares four tips for a super strong body, mind, and spine while balancing on a slackline.

Here they are:
1. Find your center(s) of gravity
2. Lubricate all the joints in your spine…and body
3. Cultivate a breathing practice
4. Turn the dial of your mind to a positive setting

 

Dr. Jeremy Brook is a Doctor of Chiropractic who provides care for the communities of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Venice, Brentwood, MarVista, Marina Del Rey, and other surrounding areas.

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