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Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Crossfit: Friend or Foe?

The CROSSFIT system: Friend or Foe?

There are more than 3,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide, with 332 in California alone.

So why is this new workout system so popular? In the simplest of terms, CrossFit can be defined as a strength and conditioning system that is designed to promote both broad and targeted physical fitness. And it does yield results.

Results are good. We can agree on that. But what if the results come at a cost? 

The emphasis of the CrossFit training system is on speed and total weight being lifted – the emphasis is not on technique.  Most of the workouts are time-based, meaning you don’t stop until the clock hits zero. Even as your muscles fail and your mind weakens, coaches and fellow gym goers push each other to completion. It is meant to be brutal and demanding.

Despite the results that many have seen, there are still many exercise experts that are troubled by many “fad” aspects within the system – particularly the lack of guidance for beginners.

It’s extremely easy for an individual new to exercise to dive headlong into stressful workouts, and the results can be harmful.  Any individual involved in medicine and exercise knows that an unskilled person cannot participate in this system without injuring themselves.

Experts believe there is a clear lack of direction, training and understand for new athletes or others who are new to the CrossFit system. With the CrossFit system, Information is lacking, which only makes it easier for new members to perform inappropriate exercises. But even fit people who work out regularly can be at risk. Anyone who exercises strenuously at too rapid of a pace risks temporary or even permanent injury.

The risk is clear. Exercises of this intensity without form have a much higher potential for injury.

Besides the obvious risks to the joints and the back, there are other serious risks involved with this kind of intense workout. Rhabdomyolysis is a kidney condition most commonly induced by excessive exercise. The potentially life-threatening state occurs when muscles break down and myoglobin, the biproduct of muscle fibers, is released into the blood stream, essentially clogging up the kidneys and poisoning them.
While all exercise can create injury, there are more injuries with CrossFit because of the high-speed, high-impact approach. Certain exercises implemented by CrossFit are meant to be done in moderation. But CrossFit preaches pushing to the edge of every set, every rep, until there’s nothing left in the tank. Although Crossfit has become so popular for a reason, results, one thing is certain: Regularly pushing your body to failure can lead to serious health risks, like Rhabdomyolysis.

So make sure you weigh the risks.  Pushing your body to become healthy is great! But push too hard and you may just break instead. Make sure to find a program that is right for you and your skill level. Be safe and exercise smart!

Give us a call at Back To Life Chiropractic to schedule your Musculoskeletal Analysis today to make sure you are exercising safe and smart! Mention this email for a special rate of $59 for your initial exam (regularly $150).
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Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 | 0 comments

TED Back Pain Exercise

We’ve heard a lot lately about the risks of Yoga.

Often people take parts of Tai chi or Yoga, reconfigure a few things and then offer it as their own: Tai chi chin is an example. It can be a way of offering a small piece of the discipline; it can either be done well or not.

Here is a great example of doing it well from the world of Yoga. As it relates to back pain, it doesn’t get much better. Take a look.

(Foreword by The Everette Chiropractic Center)


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Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Do YOU like to play?

Whether you just like to toss a ball around on the weekend or are professional athlete, there are a few things that all players have in common. We all want to perform our best in a game, and that means that we are all also capable of enduring some pretty bad injuries.
Injuries happen, pure and simple. The way in which you treat your injuries determines how fast you can recover and how quickly you can get back on the field (pool, rink, court, etc.).
Chiropractic offers a balanced approach to the treatment and the healing of sports injuries. By using chiropractic adjustments to return spinal segments to their normal mobility and physical therapy to help the supportive tissues (muscles, tendons, & ligaments), chiropractic care can help the injured areas return to their normal function faster.
But can’t we just avoid injury in the first place?
Not likely.  It is possible that you can have a mechanical problems within the body without even being aware of any symptoms. If that is the case, then not only will you be prone to injury when pushing your body with athletics, but on a day-to-day basis you will not be functioning correctly.  This means that you cannot perform at your maximum capability while at rest or play. While no injury is completely avoidable, regular chiropractic care can help keep your body in tip-top shape and help to prevent and minimize the damage from injuries.
So next time you get out the football or pick up a bat, think it over.  Do you want to preform your best and keep your body strong?
Stay safe and have fun! 
Call us at (480) 703-1834 to find out about our “Friday Night Lights” special for your school’s athletes and booster club.
Yours In Health,
John J. Koc, D.C.
16429 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85032

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Why Do We Practice Yoga?

Have you ever asked yourself why you’re really practicing yoga?

By Richard Rosen

Most beginning students will tell you they got into yoga to alleviate back pain, relieve stress, or become more flexible—fairly simple responses. I started my own practice after reading that yoga asanas are the best form of exercise ever devised; that belief kept me going for several years.

But the reasons you practice might not be as straightforward as they seem. It’s entirely possible that after closely examining your innermost motives, you’ll find nothing more than a hankering for looser hamstrings—but don’t bet on it. Yoga is full of surprising twists and turns.

It’s no secret that we often do things for reasons we’re totally unaware of; sometimes our unconscious motives become clear only after a good deal of self-reflection. So it’s important to realize that questioning the intent of our practice inevitably leads us to inquire about the meaning of our life as well. We could just as pertinently ask: Why am I really alive?

At the outset, it’s natural to assume that our practice and our life are totally separate, that we practice for an hour or so a day and then forget about it. But after a while, the two inevitably begin to merge. As Sri Aurobindo, the great 20th-century Indian sage and progenitor of Integral Yoga, reminds us, “All life is yoga.”

In Aurobindo’s view, yoga is threaded through the warp and weft of our very existence, and in effect it chooses us. We practice yoga because we really don’t have any other choice. Of course, we do decide what form our practice takes—we can go off and live alone in a cave andmeditate, or we can stay at home, raise a family, and root for the Yankees. Performed with the proper attitude, each of our everyday actions can be an asana, each breath a pranayama, each thought (or space between two successive thoughts) a seed for meditation.

Read the rest of this article at YogaJournal

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Six Natural Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Now that the school year is in full swing, those nasty cold and flu germs are making their way through the classrooms and into your home. But just because everybody else is getting sick doesn’t mean that you and your children have to as well. There are a few simple tricks that can help keep the immune system strong and reduce the chance of your children catching the stuck-in-bed blues.
1) SLEEP: Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep.  Most children require at least 9 hours of sleep at night to maintain optimal health. Besides keeping the immune system healthy, adequate sleep will increase efficiency and performance in academics and other activities.

2) HYDRATION: Drinking plenty of fluids (H20 is best) is key to preventing infection. Staying hydrated keeps mucous membranes moist, which lowers the chance of a cold or flu taking hold in your nose or lungs.

3) FRUITS & VEGGIES: Carrots, green beans, kiwi, oranges, strawberries: They all contain immunity-boosting goodies. Eating a balanced diet, including healthy snacks, can ensure adequate nutrition and also keep the digestive system healthy. A balanced diet should include at least 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies and below in processed and refined foods.

4) STRESS LESS: Just like you, your children can experience harmful stress that weighs on their immune system. Children still need time to play and enjoy their childhood. Help your kids to manage their time so homework gets completed but relaxation and fun don’t get buried beneath the schoolbooks.

5) GET OUTSIDE: Whatever the weather, spend more time outdoors and take the opportunity to exercise while you are there. Between soaking in some Vitamin D from the sun and staying active, your child can increase the number of germ-killing cells in their body.  Fun family activities include bike riding, hiking, skating, swimming, sports…etc.

6GET ADJUSTED! Spinal abnormalities called “vertebral subluxations” interfere with the functioning of the nervous system by placing pressure on the nerves. When your spine is misaligned, your immune system can suffer. Getting regular chiropractic adjustments can make you and your child’s immune systems up to 200% stronger!

If you can boost your immune system by following many of these suggestions, you are much less likely to become sick. Stay healthy and happy this school year!

Yours In Health,
John J. Koc, D.C.
16429 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85032


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Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 | 0 comments

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney Gets Winning Edge from Chiropractic

Currently known as one of the best vaulters in the world, McKayla Maroney achieved an athlete’s dream of earning gold as part of the US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her arduous journey to olympic achievement, however, was marked by challenges, many of them common and familiar among professional and competitive atheletes.  Below is an excerpt from an article printed in The Washington Times, highlighting how chiropractic was pivotal in Maroney’s journey to gold.

McKayla Maroney, the 2011 World Vault Champion, was injured in St. Louis,  Missouri on June 8, 2012, during a pre-meet warm up during her floor routine.  She did three flips in the air, landed on her back, and hit her head so  hard that her nasal bone fractured and she was left with a severe  concussion.

Because this injury was of this magnitude she had to meet with the Olympic  medical board to assess her ability to compete at the national team Olympic  trials.

Her primary treating chiropractor, Dr. Chris Tunner, was  aware that she was still suffering from residual post-concussion symptoms  and wanted to offer young McKayla her lifetime dream to compete in the  Olympics, so after discussing the options with her mother they  referred her to Dr. Shad Groves, a chiropractic neurologist, in Long Beach,  California.

Read the rest of this article at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic

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