Archive for January, 2010

No-Fit Shoes

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Reebok, Sketchers, and MBT all claim that their shoes will help to activate more muscles and possibly decrease body pain. There is little to no scientific research in regard to these claims.  The reebok shoes are, simply put, an unstable walking surface.  This in itself is not a horrible idea, but definitely not everything that Reebok claims, and most certainly not for everyone. Similarly, the Sketchers “Shape-ups” and MBT shoes are a version of a rocker bottom shoe.  Although this shoe type will alter your normal gait and force different muscles to be used, this DOES NOT mean it is a good thing.  Rocker-bottom shoe types were designed originally to help people that had a neurological disturbance or a physical limitation accomplish a more normal gait cycle.  Putting a person with no deficits into this shoe simply limits the normal gait cycle, which can be very hard on the rest of the body.  Read this article to find out more about the shoes, but your BCC Doc will be happy to explain the pro’s and con’s of them personally to you.

Your True (Golf) Handicap?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

All athletes are trying to improve on their sport of choice.  Golfers are always looking for a way to get a few more yards on a drive, a better wedge shot, smoother putting, etc.  Golfers seem to be the most scientific in their approach to their game.  Many try expensive clubs or gadgets to improve their game, but the best golfers understand one thing…the most important piece of equipment on the course is their body!

This Article shows how professional golfers use and put sports specific training to use at the Titleist Performance Institute.  The Doctors at Birmingham Chiropractic agree strongly with the principles practiced at the Titleist Performance Institute and have the knowledge to put the training to use in your specific sport.

To see what things could be done to help your golf game, tennis stroke, running stride, or any other athletic endeavor come in and let our Doctors help you. They would love to!

Bone-a fide treatment?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Many people in our country take drugs in the class of bisphosphonates (e.g. Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, ect.) to slow their rate of bone loss.  These drugs do not help to re-grow more healthy bone though, they simply stop bone turnover.  Bone is a living tissue, and just like your skin, is in a constant state of remodeling.  This remodeling includes breaking-down and resorbing old bone and then laying down new bone.  The drugs simply stop the breakdown process, which does increase the bone’s density, but may cause an increased fracture risk – as is seen in THIS ARTICLE from the New York Times.

There are natural alternatives that effectively treat bone loss and reduce the risk of fracture.  The simplest of these are weight bearing exercises and nutritional supplements.  Ask your BCC Doc if there is anything that you could add to your routine to help ensure the best bone health possible.