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They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Be careful what you wish for, because it might come true.
A beloved elderly professor of philosophy was given a retirement party by his university. Many of his present and past students and school officials came out to celebrate the occasion.
As a lighthearted retirement gift, several students gave him a magic lamp found at a novelty shop. “Rub the lamp!” they chanted in unison, amidst howls of laughter.
Lo and behold, to everyone’s astonishment, a genie appeared. “Sir”, he offered, “I will grant you a wish. You have one of three choices: You may select infinite health, infinite wealth, or infinite wisdom. Which do you choose?”
The professor thought a minute, then said, “Well, I have lived a long and happy life. If I were to die tomorrow, I would die a happy man. So for that reason, I will pass on infinite health. I am not a rich man, but my needs are met, so infinite wealth is not important. However, as a professor of philosophy, I have always been a seeker of the truth. It seems to me that infinite wisdom would be a great blessing. Thus I choose infinite wisdom.”
“Your wish is my command!” said the genie, and he disappeared into thin air.
Immediately, the professor began to convulse, writhe and contort, moaning and groaning. It was obvious he was experiencing a significant transformation. Then it stopped, and he looked up, with his eyes wide with wonder.
“Oh, such things I now can understand! Things I never could realize before!” Then a look of great disappointment came over him as he cried, “And the first thing I realize is . . . . I should have chosen infinite wealth!”
How often do we wish for things that we think will make our lives easier or better? For some of us, it’s a constant mantra. “If only I had . . .” Once we have it, what would we do with it, and what new problems, complications, responsibilities would result from it?
Wisdom comes from non-judgemental, mindful observing of ourselves and others. It does not need to come with great difficulty, if we are willing to be open to seeing everything in our lives as a lesson.
The same holds true for our health. There is great wisdom in our bodies, and if we are willing to stop, observe it, honor it, learn from it, then we hold great potential for a long, healthy and productive lives.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Louis T. Calvano, chiropractor 212-369-5490 www.drlouistcalvano.com
Yours in Health,
Dr. Louis T. Calvano, chiropractor 212 369-5490 www.drlouistcalvano.com
I read two articles recently that helped to remind me why I do what I do as a chiropractor.
The first I found in the September Bulletin of AARP. Its cover story addressed the impact of common drugs’ side effects and how people get sick from them and end up taking more drugs to deal with them.
They call it the cascade effect , as one drug leads to another, and so on. It’s a huge problem, as this phenomenon is the fourth leading cause of hospital deaths, topped only by heart disease, cancer and stroke.
The second article, in a recent New York Times, discussed how hip implants shed tiny metal particles into the surrounding tissues from wear and tear. Scavenger cell from the body’s immune system engulf them and digest them.
The digestion process degrades the metal into caustic, chemically reactive ions, which then become toxic and destroy surrounding healthy tissue. This process leads to more pain and disability, which the surgery was intended to avoid in the first place.
These articles remind me of a TV commercial from the 70’s, in which an apparently benevolent woman playing Mother Nature discovers she is fooled by a company’s product. She suddenly turns indignant and scowls “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” as she hurls thunderbolts.
Many medical therapies and devices, while at times necessary and expedient, create unforeseen circumstances that can produce serious consequences. In many cases we are negotiating a Faustian deal with the devil, with one nasty payback.
So the bottom line in all of this is to do whatever you can to get healthy. You simply must take out the time to get physical activity, choose the right foods, get enough sleep, lose weight, and when you hurt, get call us and get adjusted!
Studies have shown that Medicare recipients who get regular chiropractic care have fewer medical costs in the long run. Which saves everyone money and reduces overall human suffering.
Don’t wait for the doctor to tell you that you’ve got a serious health condition before you do something for your health. Start now and just do it!
Dr. Lou Calvano
Muscle Soreness or Injury?
Many of my patients are very active. They love to be in motion! The variety of their activities spans the alphabet, from Aerobics to Zumba dance. You name it, they do it!
Many of those who begin exercise often ask me this question: How do I know that the unpleasant feeling afterwards is just plain soreness or an injury? If this uncertainty applies to you, read on.
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is usually felt after the workout. You wake up the next morning and feel stiff and sore. The pain tends to be sharp and diffuse. It also is usually felt in the belly of muscles, as that is where the work of muscles, the contractions, is done. The pain usually diminishes (though may not disappear) with light activity and stretching, and spontaneously clears in a few days.
Like DOMS, an injury may also not show up right away. In the total engagement, physically as well as mentally, of competition, performance or amped-up training, pain signals are often blocked by the brain, only to show up in the calm after the storm. The pain is usually more focused, concentrated to one spot. It may or may not be swollen, and almost always painful to the touch. It could be in belly of the muscle, but just as often it is near or on the attachment to the bone.
If you’re lucky (a big if), with some self care (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) it will resolve over several days or weeks.
If you do get injured in the course of your exercise routines, do not get discouraged. They are part and parcel of an active lifestyle. I like to call them “the injuries of excellence.” It happens to almost everyone at one time or another. Just be responsible, take care of yourself, and know when to back off or find something else to do while you’re recovering.
If you have developed an injury and its not resolving with your self care, then it’s time to see a professional. That’s where I come in. If there’s anything we can do to help, please give us a call.
In the meantime, have a great sweat!
Dr. Louis Calvano
Fitness guru Jack LaLanne died recently at the age of 96. He was famous for touting exercise and eating right as the keys to longevity and quality of life, long before it became popular to do so.
Among his favorite sayings were: “Exercise is King, Nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a Kingdom.” and “The only way you can hurt the body is not to use it.”
So what does that have to do with the political humorist and commentator Bill Maher?
I have inserted a link to a YouTube video of Mr. Maher describing the way pharmaceutical companies profit by keeping people dependent upon their drugs, when profit should be given to doctors who funnel their patients into wellness programs.
“So ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you!” he quips in the video.
As you know, I’ve been encouraging, cajoling and pleading my patients for years to eat better and get some exercise. I do that because I know the benefits, I live the benefits. I walk (or should I say run and bike and strength train?) the talk, practice what I preach. So let’s get with it, guys!
In the meantime, enjoy the video:
“This Is How You Are Wrecking Your Back.”
These Are The Top 5 Things That Destroy Your Back… And How To Avoid Them!
The number one thing that most new patients want to know is, “How did my back get this way?” And unless they were in a car accident or had some other type of accident, most of them don’t know why their back is hurting or how it got that way. But, there are a couple of things that really stand out and there are things that you can do to help prevent damage to your back. These are the top 5…
1. Weekend Warriors. These are the folks who think that they’re athletes but never train like an athlete. They go out and hurt themselves during a weekend round of golf or basketball game. These are also the people who for the most part are idle for most of the week and then try to tackle a major home improvement project on the weekend. Cleaning out the garage or spending hours out in the garden can be just as rough on your back as playing sports all weekend.
Prevent It. According to Michael Hisey, MD, orthopedic surgeon and president o f the Texas Back Institute, “The only preventive solution for back pain is exercise. The fix is to stretch and strengthen your core muscles.” Developing a good strong core can help protect your back and is important for back stability. Also, taking a few extra minutes to stretch and warm up before your weekend activities can help prevent injuries.
2. Poor Lifting Technique. Improper bending and lifting can cause back injuries.
Prevent It. So you’ve probably heard this advice before but do you follow it? Here’s how to lift safely:
Bend with your knees and keep your back straight. Don’t bend at the waist.
- Keep the object you’re lifting close to your body. The farther it is away from you the more it stresses your back.
- Never hold the object higher than your armpit or lower than your knees.
- Don’t try to move something that weighs more than 20% of your body weight.
- Never pivot, twist or turn while lifting. Face the object you are lifting and change directions with your feet, not your waist.
3. Absentmindedness. How many times have you heard of someone who injured their back simply by picking up a pencil off the floor or by loading the dishwasher? Doing simple mundane tasks can cause a back injury if you’re not focused on what you’re doing. If your mind is running on auto-pilot instead of focusing on the task at hand, you could be in trouble. According to Dan McMackin, a spokesman for UPS, “we’ve seen a higher proportion of injuries occur at the end of the shift, due to fatigue of the mind and body.”
Prevent It.It goes back to the core muscles and training yourself to keep them engaged. The best exercise I’ve found for this is to pull your belly button in toward your spine. Do this throughout the day and especially when lifting or bending.
4 & 5. Commuting & Computing. Sitting… whether you’re at work or while driving or in front of the TV… your back doesn’t like it. When you sit still, fluid is basically compressed out of your discs.
Think of it like wringing out a sponge.
When you move, fluid circulates through the disc providing proper nutrition to the discs. Sitting still is hard on your back and your neck and can do long term damage. In fact, studies have shown that sitting puts more pressure on your spine than lying down or standing up.
Prevent It. You’re going to have to sit, so try these strategies to help lessen the impact that prolonged sitting can have.
§ Get up and move every 20 minutes (unless you’re driving). Set a timer or your screen saver to remind you. Get up and stretch, go for a short walk and change positions.
§ Hold reading material at eye level (this includes your computer monitor). Basically, you should try to keep your spine straight and try to avoid working hunched over at your desk.
§ Choose the right chair. You need a chair that supports your lower back and can be adjusted so that your feet stay flat on the floor. If your seat doesn’t have good lower back support you can use a small pillow or rolled up towel behind your lower back.
§ Remove everything from your back pocket especially your wallet. Sitting on this uneven surface throws your spine out of alignment.
Put these tips into practice and try to prevent damage to your spine before it happens. You have to make it a habit to “check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
And what is the number one thing you can do to help prevent back problems?…
Routine, regular chiropractic check-ups and adjustments.
Remember; don’t wait for there to be a problem… prevent one from developing.
Caution: Handheld Technology May Be Hurting You
I love the fact that with one little device that can fit inside my pocket I can access the entire internet, check my email, send a text message, make a phone call, take pictures and video and find an “app” for just about anything I want. But is all this technology a good thing or a bad thing?
A recent survey found that young people between the ages of 8 and 18 spend in excess of seven-and-a-half hours a day using some form of mobile media. Whether it’s their cell phone or a video game or even an e-reader, that amount of time with one of these devices will lead to future health problems.
This type of handheld technology forces the body into repetitive behaviors and positions. The primary concern is the development of an abnormal postural problem known as Forward Head Posture (FHP). Spending hours on end, day after day with your head down, neck bent forward, staring at a tiny phone screen will eventually lead to FHP.
What are some of the effects of FHP?
- Muscle Strain
- Disc Herniations
- Pinched Nerves
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Loss of Cervical Curve
- Decreased Lung Capacity
- Early Degenerative Arthritis
The more time you or your kids spend using these devices, the more you need to be on the lookout for FHP. The signs are easy to spot. They include slumped, hunched or rounded shoulders and from the side view, the center of the ear being out in front of the center of the shoulders.
Don’t be surprised if you spot the signs of FHP on a family member or a friend. It is the most common abnormal posture finding that every chiropractor sees. But, just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s normal or acceptable. It’s a sign that the body is undergoing a structural change that if it hasn’t already; will surely lead to functional problems later.
If you think that FHP may be affecting you or a family member, I highly recommend that you bring them in for a posture evaluation.
“Within Three Weeks I Was Feeling Better…
I Can Now Move Freely Again Without Crying!!”
“I came to Dr. Calvano because I had given up and was terrified of having surgery. My doctor’s were saying that surgery was my only option. An MRI showed that I had a large herniated disc in my neck. Severe pain had set in and was radiating down both arms and into my hands. I couldn’t even turn my head without crying. I had gone through eight weeks of physical therapy, steroid treatments and pool therapy and nothing was helping.
Within three weeks of starting care with Dr. Calvano, I was able to move freely again without crying.” –Shirley R.