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If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.
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how your shoes could effect your posture, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls CaliforniaChronic back pain is one of the most common physical ailments and one of the most complicated to pinpoint the cause. Given the amount of abuse we often subject our bodies to, it is no surprise that chronic back pain is such a huge problem.

From overzealous weekend warriors to sitting for hours on end with poor posture, we are constantly putting stress on our backs leading to an epidemic of chronic back pain.

Given the complexity of the back and the myriad reasons why we might be experiencing back pain, figuring out the root causes is difficult.  Deciding the best course of action is even more mystifying to many of us.  What is clear is that in order to relieve back pain in the long term, you need to figure out what is causing your discomfort.

Chiropractic care, acupuncture and therapeutic massage are great options to greatly reduce or eliminate back pain within a visit or two.  Our physical therapy and fitness team members plan an  important role in assisting people with implementing an exercise regimen that will get the body back into alignment and balance so that the back stays healthy and pain-free.

The potential causes of back pain are too many and too varied to attempt to discuss them all.  This article will focus on one of the major causes of back pain.  It seems simple, but in fact can be rather complicated:

IT JUST MIGHT BE YOUR SHOES

Sounds simple.  But when you consider the interplay of your feet, legs, hips and back when you walk, it becomes obvious that there are plenty of ways this process can go wrong.  Over time, any imbalance in your gait can begin to reflect in chronic back pain.  Your shoes have a direct impact on your feet and play a role in how well your stride is balanced, or not.

We all know the obvious culprit when the discussion is uncomfortable footwear.  High heels are generally murder on our feet, gait and posture.  The reality is however, there are a number of different types of shoes that can and do create chronic back pain.

Let’s take a look at a few potential problem shoe choices:

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These types of shoes are the epitome of the wrong ones to wear.  But let’s make sure we understand the definition of a “high heel.” Any heel over an inch high creates the problem mechanics of a high heel.  So yes, stiletto heels are clearly a problem.  Men’s dress shoes, cowboy boots and any other shoe with a heel an inch or more tall will tend to cause you to walk with an arched back and slightly bent knees.  This shortens your calf muscles and makes your quadriceps work harder.  It also puts up to 200% more pressure on your kneecaps.  All that shifted muscle and joint strain has a direct impact on your spine and back.

So don’t be fooled into thinking that high heels have to be three inches high or only women’s shoes to be a root cause of back pain.

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So the obvious answer to not wearing high heels would be: “Flats” (right?)… oddly enough, you just might be wrong!  In fact, tests show that flats produce up to 25% MORE impact pressure than high heels do.  The cumulative effect of all of that pounding can have huge implications for your hips and back, leading directly to chronic back pain.  Lack of padding and support can also have negative impact on your feet which causes further problems.

Sneakers (Tennis, Running, Athletic Shoes)

So we now know what shoes not to wear, what does that leave us with for options?  Not surprisingly, shoes that provide support for your feet, fila-shoes-how your shoes could effect your posture, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californiaare flexible and provide some padding to reduce impact are the best choice.  While this perfectly describes what is generally referred to as “sneakers,” , they aren’t the only choices.  Many shoe companies make a wide range of stylish shoes that fit the criteria.

About “Toning Shoes“(we all know the brand names, but we’ll refrain from mentioning any here)

These shoes are certainly not the answer.  In fact, they’re designed to create instability in your gait, forcing your muscles to work harder.  This concept was supposed to help the wearer tone up muscles which in turn would help the wearer lose weight.  The problem is, “tone up” shoes do not and did not work; wearing them can lead to chronic back pain along with a laundry list of other problems. (Note: We would not recommend these types of shoes under any circumstances.)

Here are some things to think about when selecting the appropriate shoes:

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Shoes that flex with your foot

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Shoes that feel comfortable in the store

Shoes with at least a half-inch of wiggle room in the toe

Follow these simple guidelines (when buying/wearing shoes) and you’ll greatly reduce the chances of experiencing back pain as a result of what is on your feet!

If you currently experiencing back pain, we recommend that you give us a call to book an appointment.  We can assist you by doing a full postural review to pinpoint the cause of your pain.  We can also do a gait analysis and help you select the appropriate shoes based on how you naturally walk.

In addition to the proper footwear, the Beverly HIlls Posture Team can assist you with an exercise program that will strengthen your body, improve your posture and help you eliminate back pain in the long run.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Muscle VS. Fat – does one really weigh more?

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This question has all the hallmarks of one of those trick questions. You hear it all the time “muscle weighs more than fat.”  Is that true?  The obvious answer is no.  Five pounds of fat weighs the same as five pounds of muscle.  It makes so much more sense when stated this way.  So what is going on with all of these claims that one type of tissue weighs more than another?  It’s VOLUME that is at play here.  Muscle is denser than fat—that five pounds of muscle is going to be smaller than that five pounds of fat.

Think of it this way:  A 5’5″, 140 pound woman who is 18% body fat is going to be noticeably smaller than a 5’5″, 140 pound woman who is 36% body fat.  This also points out why fitness professionals tell us to ignore the scale and your total weight when thinking about your fitness level.  If the 36% body fat woman in the example is able to flip her numbers to that of the 18% body fat woman, she will still weigh 140 pounds, but she will be smaller, have more muscle tone and generally look sleeker.  The fact that she is still 140 pounds is of no consequence.

So when thinking about your fitness level, your appearance and your overall wellness, weight is a number that is of little use as a gauge.  The percentage of that weight that is fat;  how you “feel” is a much better measure of one’s health and wellness.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Fitness Equipment Everyone Should Own- {advice from a #BeverlyHillsChiropractor}

At Beverly Hills Posture, we’re all about helping our clients to maintain and enhance their rehabilitation and fitness goals–even when they can’t make it into our office.  In fact, there are many exercises that we often recommend our clients perform at home between visits. sit ups, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls California

While there is often no substitute for the exercise regimens done in our office, there are plenty of alternatives that people can do at home to support the work they do with their Beverly Hills Posture Therapist or Trainer.

In order to get the maximum benefit from home exercise, you will need a few pieces of equipment.  Fortunately, all of the following examples are inexpensive, take up very little room and most can be taken with you if you travel.

The variety of exercises that can be done with each type of equipment are too numerous to detail here.  We will often feature one or more of these in our future article and video series with specific instructions, so watch for them.

Inflatable Exercise Ball

If there is a piece of home exercise equipment that rivals resistance bands for versatility, exercise balls just might be it.  Exercise balls have applications across the entire fitness spectrum.  They have a critical use for rehabilitation work, for those just starting an exercise program, and for the hard-core workout veteran. Exercise balls allow you to both ease the stress of certain types of exercises and intensify the effect of others.  They help with stretching and core strength work.  They can also double as office furniture that helps us maintain good posture while sitting at a desk. As we continue to publish articles and videos about fitness solutions, inflatable exercise balls will often be featured.

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We aren’t sure if this actually qualifies as “equipment,” but a good yoga mat for use at home or while traveling is a great way to ensure a smooth, even surface to perform most exercises on.  It certainly isn’t a requirement, but may be helpful.

Resistance Bands

This might be the most versatile piece of home exercise equipment available.  It has a myriad of uses for all levels of user.  It can be used to support physical therapy work you may be doing in our office.  It can be used for simple stretching or as a key part of your training regimen.  The Beverly Hills Posture Yoga, Pilates and GYROTONICS team use resistance bands fairly often in the course of training their clients. There are many different types and brands of resistance bands available.  If you have any questions as to which will best suit you, let us know and we will be glad to assist you.

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Yoga blocks are simply two blocks of dense foam that are designed to assist people with achieving the proper form and alignment in their Yoga practice.  In addition, they make a great all around piece of fitness equipment with a wide variety of uses. Yoga blocks also helps beginner fitness enthusiasts get into the proper position while they are improving their core strength. As always, the Beverly Hills Posture therapy and fitness team will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have about how to get the best results using these simple, inexpensive pieces of equipment.

Dumb Bells

One of the classic pieces of fitness equipment.  But we don’t include them on our list for the usual reasons people think of dumb bells.  We recommend a pair of lightweight dumb bells used mainly for high repetition exercises to focus your mind on proper form.  Simply gripping the dumb bells during various exercises can help stabilize the movement.

We are proponents of emphasizing proper form while exercising over the lifting of heavier weights.  Dumb bells can be a very important part of a rehabilitation regimen as well as assisting with your general fitness program.  As with many of the other pieces of equipment listed here, will feature tips on proper form and use of dumb bells in a dumbbells, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californianumber of our upcoming articles and videos.

Chin Up Bar

Any door way in your house may be converted into a chin up station or a spot to do exercises while hanging.  Chin up bars are also great for assisting with stretching. These types of bars also serve as a good anchor point for resistance bands. Most chin up bars available today can be installed without any tools.  Depending on how tall you are, they can be left in place as long as you don’t have to close the door.  While you probably wouldn’t take it with you while travelling, they are inexpensive and don’t take up much space.

There are a wide range of different types of pull up exercises that can be performed.  As always, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified fitness professional before you begin any exercise program.  Pull ups and other hanging types of exercises/stretches have a lot of value, but only if done correctly.  If you have any questions about these exercises, we’re happy to provide answers!

Specialty Equipment

There are tons of exercise products on the market today.  Many you will see advertised on television as miracle answers to age-old fitness problems.  Equipment that helps you do sit ups, push up, pull ups are all over late night infomercials. Larger pieces of equipment such as treadmills, all-in-one fitness stations and variations of equipment you find at a typical gym are marketed as cure-alls for your fitness needs.

Generally speaking, we are not fans of these types of fitness equipment.  That does not mean that they don’t have value if used correctly.  Some do, some don’t.  It is our experience that you can get the same, or often better, results by using some of the basic equipment already listed with the proper instruction.  We always emphasize the importance of getting the right information when embarking on a fitness program.  If you have a qualified fitness professional advising you on your program, you will get better results in a shorter period of time with a reduced risk of injury.  This includes the choice of equipment you might be using at home.
The amount and variety of home exercise equipment available is staggering.  The Beverly Hills Posture team subscribes to the theory that the simplest options are usually the best.  Many of the products on the market are designed to cure typical problems that many people have maintaining proper form.  Unfortunately, they don’t always accomplish that goal.  At times, the mere fact that the equipment is overcoming a form issue causes problems.  This is why the equipment that we suggest for our clients is simple, easy to use and gets the best results when used properly.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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The benefits of a good stretch – we’ve got a few tips!

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1. Warm up before stretching

Many of us think about stretching as part of our warm up prior to exercise.  In fact, we should be warming up BEFORE stretching.  Stretching cold muscles can cause injury.  So warming up with a few minutes of walking or cycling is the best approach.  Also, research shows that stretching can cause a short-term dip in muscle strength, so you should save your major stretching until after your weight workout.

2. Stretching for good posture

Stretching helps us maintain good posture.  By allowing the body to maintain its natural balance, it is much easier for us to avoid the slumping that leads to poor posture.

3. Stretch out cramps

To stretch out a calf cramp or “Charley Horse”, pull the toes up towards your shin in an opposing stretch.  The calf muscle pulls the foot down, so you want to do stretches in the opposite direction to offset the cramp.

4. Yoga for flexibility

Many people think they need to be flexible to practice Yoga.  In fact, Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility.  The BHP Yoga Team would be happy to meet with you total-body-stretches-abdominal-stretch-Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californiaregarding starting a Yoga regimen.

5. Muscle balance

Remember when stretching to make sure that you are stretching in a balanced manner.  For example, if you are stretching your quads, make sure you are also stretching your hamstrings.

6. Ankle flexibility

Try the alphabet stretch to maintain good ankle flexibility.  Simply trace each letter of the alphabet with your toes, one foot at a time.

7. Hamstring stretch

Lie on your back on the floor.  Leave one leg extended on the floor and raise the other, knee straight, until you feel the stretch in your hamstring.  You can loop a towel around your leg with the ends in your hands to make this easier.

Remember to warm up before stretching and to breathe.

8. Quadriceps stretch

Lie on your side.  Bend the knee of the top leg, moving the heel towards your rear end.  Gently assist the stretch until you feel tension in your quad.  Hold for thirty seconds.  Repeat two to three times on each side.

9. Neck Stretch

Stretching the neck muscles can alleviate neck pain.  Simply turn your head until your chin is over your shoulder (or as close as you can get).  Hold this position for 20 seconds, breathing consistently throughout.  Repeat this stretch on both sides.

10. Corner stretch for your chest

Stand facing a corner with one hand on each wall, about chin level.  Lean forward until you feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.  This will help open up your chest.

11. Over stretching

When it comes to stretching, remember that more is not always better.  Genetics do play a part in how flexible you are.  Stretching through pain is not a good practice.  This can cause joint laxity and muscle injury.  Gently pushing into your stretches and always remembering to breathe is the most effective and safest method.

These are just a few of literally thousands of stretches you can do.  Many are specific to certain conditions or designed to assist with physical therapy.  A well thought out stretching regimen is an important part of any fitness plan.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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How you can use a foam roller to alleviate your back pain

The back is a complicated piece of equipment and the causes of back pain are many and varied.  Fortunately, there are a number of solutions depending on how serious the cause of your pain is.  As always, you should consult with a qualified professional to access your particular situation.  Walker Ozar and the Fitness Team at Beverly Hills Posture can certainly assist you with any questions you might have.

The foam roller is one of the most effective tools you can use to help alleviate back pain caused by tension in the back structure.  For those that are unfamiliar with foam rollers, they are exactly what they sound like.  A foam roller is nothing more than a soft, cylindrical piece of foam.  A very simple device, but the benefits far outweigh its simple design.  Foam rollers have the added benefit of being inexpensive, easy to carry and can be used anywhere you can comfortably lie down.

Here are three simple ways you can use a foam roller to help alleviate back pain and support any work you are doing to strengthen this area of the body:

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The Spine

The foam roller is often referred to as a “spine roller” due to its ability to help restore your spine to its normal shape.

Simply align the foam roller vertically along your spine and lie on it for five to ten minutes.  Don’t move, just relax and breathe and let gravity and your body weight sink into the roller.  This will help your spine return to its normal curvature.  The closer your body is to its desired position, the less likely you are to experience pain due to misalignment.

Lats

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The “Lats” (or Latissimus Dorsi) are the large muscles that form a “V” across your upper and mid back.  They attach along the side of your body under your armpits.

Rolling your Lats can help you relieve tension or knots in these large back muscles and reduce back pain as a result.  The movement is very easy to do and can be done in a short period of time.  Roll onto one side, with your arm extended along the floor.  Turn your arm so that your thumb is towards the ceiling.  Straighten your legs and stack your hips and legs in a straight line.  Place the roller under your armpit.  Slowly roll the foam roller down your side, stopping to focus on knots as you feel them.  When done, flip over and repeat on the opposite side.  Each pass down your side should only take 45-60 seconds.  Repeat on each side at least three times, or as often as it takes for you to feel the release of muscle tension.

Rhomboids

The Rhomboids are the muscles located in your upper back.  This muscle group has a tendency to carry tension as a result of poor posture throughout your day.  Foam rollers can help relieve this tension and thereby help alleviate back pain.

Lie on your back with the roller placed horizontally across the middle of your back.  Bend your knees and lift your hips a couple of inches off the floor.  Cross your arms on your chest and roll your shoulders slightly forward.  Lift your head and shoulders and roll the foam roller slowly up your back to just below your neck.  Stop and focus on any area that feels tender or knotted up.  Hold that position for 30 seconds.  Remember to relax and breathe.  You can go up and down a few times as you find the tension in your Rhomboids.  Getting the muscles to relax and release will help eliminate the unnatural tension that is often the cause of back pain.

Summary

These are just a few of the myriad of movements you can perform with a foam roller to help you relieve back pain.  The great thing about a foam roller is that it has many uses for a wide range of body ailments, not just your back.  It also is helpful in supporting your fitness program as your body changes and adapts to your workouts.

As with any exercise program, it is always advisable to get help from qualified professionals to get the maximum benefits in a safe manner.  With proper instruction, foam rollers can be a very useful tool in your overall fitness and managing pain issues.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss your fitness program, please give us a call or drop us a note—we will always be happy to assist you!

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.