We’ve all seen them on the
roadways and most of us look but don’t really recognize what is happening
right before our eyes. Yesterday I was driving down the street
and there was another one, a runner.
Few of the runners I see are
running well. Most of them are spur of the moment “get up and
off the couch and get in shape now” runners.
Dressed in anything from co-ordinates
to shorts and no tee they are out there trying to ignore us as we zip
by doing our busy essentials.
But take a look at some of
the postures, the irregular strides and yesterday what prompted me to
chat about the runner is that she was hobbling down the road with an
attitude and a limping gait.
Stop already girl! Limping
is a tell, its yelling out about acute straining, and to push it will
always lead to further trauma, pain and infirmary. How is hobbling,
limping and abusing our frame going to improve our health?
Weekend warrior stuff?
Yeah I guess so, but remember that we are what we are and we got here
on the backs of billions of others. When we learned how to run
and chase for our groceries we were always young and in our top predator
Running isn’t for all of
us. Most of us are has beens, we’re over twenty. We’re
past our prime. We’re blown out and worn out and in the wild we wouldn’t
be the one at the front of the pack pulling down the antelope and feeding
the girls and the kids, our families.
We all like the “runners
high,” the endorphin release and the feel good after feeling that
comes with exercise and especially aerobics. Research has shown
over and over again how very good it is for both our present and long
term health to attain the blood endorphins and circulatory strengths
from exercise. So get off your butt and get out the sneakers and
But most of us aren’t running
material anymore. Oh sure we used to be and with our mind and
it’s memories we can still conjure up the picture of us in our youth
running effortlessly down the trails experiencing the huge lungful of
air and the high, along with the washboard abs and the energy that goes
with it all. Memories and yesterday folks, let’s face it we’re
not as young as we used to be.
So what does a “limping runner”
do? Should she stay on the couch and timidly watch her weight
and her clothing digress away from each other? Is there a way
out for our damsel in distress? Can she find a suitable program
that will get her to her modest goal of improved fitness.
Of course there is a way to
fitness, but just like Chris Columbus she must start off with a realistic
dream and the “steady at the helm” mantra that provides the slow
but constant goal oriented outcomes. Pitch the costume sweetheart
and get your thinking cap on instead of the pink ball cap.
Let’s review for those of
us that are reading about health for the first time. Healthy is
when everything works. That doesn’t mean that it looks good.
Nor does it mean that it feels good. It means it goes to work
to its potential for us either automatically or voluntarily, the key
word here is that it works.
Muscles do most of the work
for us. Over 60% of our body is muscle mass. The unfortunate
thing about us is that we don’t have the capacity to feel with our
“new brain,” the cortex, whether or not our muscles are indeed doing
their work. That is why so many of us are testing the muscles
manually to determine their individual unique capacity to load in a
healthy sustained manner. Health is when the muscles go to work
for you and stabilize the bone axis and joints supporting the smooth
full range-of-motion (ROM) of our skeletal pieces.
Support by all of the muscles
working all of the time gives us the capacity to walk or even run in
a fluid balanced manner and my friends unfortunately having a full ROM
is usually the realm of the young.
“But I really want to be
young and have a full ROM again and am willing to work hard and sacrifice
to get it!” OK, that’s a great attitude but like a kid with
a new Corvette there is a strong tendency to promptly pull the clutch
and break the drive train. Trust me. What I do is fix broken
body drive trains, your spines, over and over again. I do this
mostly for those of us that think we are healthy, everything is working,
but find that when we load the body we aren’t.
Does running load the body?
Sure, it requires us to “work.” Work is the effort needed
to move mass. Care should be taken when we attempt to suddenly
engage our muscle mass against gravity. Gravity is bigger
than we are and it is merciless.
But gravity is also something
that is a constant. We can raise or lessen the load of gravity
upon us as we wish. This is where walking pays off. With
walking we can easily pick our pace and stride length, thus determining
the amount of energy we wish to expend over a given length of time.
And by changing the grade we can further alter the amount of load we
will stress and strain against.
Start off easy, perhaps hire
a trainer, someone to both encourage and mentor us until our fitness
level improves and we can begin running. Obviously our “road
runner” in the pink cap wasn’t interested in anyone else’s input
when she lurched out of her home and onto the road.
I would have liked to be a
fly on the wall to see how she made out the next day and especially
the day after when the lactic acids from her energy conversions really
burn in the muscles. I wouldn’t think she would be aware enough
on her own to take a teaspoon of baking soda to buffer that reaction.
And why was she limping?
We limp when one side of us is different from the other. How can
that be so? I don’t mean different in structure for most of
us are symmetrical. What I am implying is that she had a difference
in the function of one side when compared to the other. The muscles
of one side of her back were stronger in function when compared to the
exact muscles of the opposite side. If they are spinal muscles,
the strong side then tends to pull the other towards it and we go off
of the axis of gravity.
Off gravitational axis is a
tell. Being off axis tells of our being cheated out of our health.
Most of us see loss of health in someone’s “poor posture.”
Let me tell you that if you can see it then it is well advanced
And the person you are viewing is struggling and losing, they are being
cheated out of their wellness and usually aren’t doing anything about
So when we see posture challenges
in us we strap on our sneakers and rev up the old frame and muscle system
which then of course breaks down. Then we weep about our pain
for the next while and drink powders and potions and pills to stupefy
us. And we chill and heat and rub all sorts of concoctions on
the sore spots till we heal enough to hobble along for the duration.
We don’t dare do any more
of that fitness foolishness, that is obviously dangerous to us.
Then the fat piles on and the morose drives us to drink and we get depressed
and take more powders and potions. Where is that going?
What we must do is use our
“big brain” (all three parts) and go to an expert for advice and
help. We know that our spine is bending off of gravity’s center
when our nose doesn’t line up with our belly button. Go on,
stand up and take off the shirt and look at yourself, others do.
If your head cocks to one side
(ever see those runners like that?) then go and get your self lined
up. Pressure and angle changes on the over three hundred facets,
(faces of bone at the joints) tell the brain where both gravity and
the parts are. That is how the brain and body co-ordinates posture.
Go to your chiropractor and
have your spine and extremities eased back into their full ROM.
subluxations our facets will “posture speak”
to the brain better. At least get the joints back to their potential
ROM for we all get permanent changes as we age and are unattended to
for great lengths of time.
By adjusting the segments of
the spine and limbs, the subluxations, we will all receive an improved
nervous system response and the weakness of the trunk and leg muscles
will likely improve too. When this happens we will sense that
we are ready to attempt to walk and then run again. Stay with
the expert and use him to constantly keep up the improvements made through
the chiropractic adjustments and the ensuing muscle and nerve responses.
Our health is elusive and we
don’t feel its withdrawal until we strain and sprain. Then it
is late, often too late. So don’t expect an instant total reversal
of our symptoms (we have liquor and drug stores for that) but rather
a constant and substantial improvement in our health as everything begins
to work again.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for 35 years
practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on
Grand Bahama Island for the past
10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was
educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has treated
many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine. Dr Blower is
currently in practice at the
Center across from the Rand Hospital, Freeport. He can be reached at 242-351-5424 or 727-2454.
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