The New Zealand Chiropractic Association (NZCA) recently published a Press Release explaining some amazing new research that is coming out of NZ, showing how powerful the effects of chiropractic adjustments can be. This included a 16% increase in force in a muscle following a chiropractic adjustment. Amazing. The Press Release is written below. As always, I will add my thoughts.
Did you know that the position of your tongue can affect strength in the neck and the body? I have been doing some study and came across this idea, it intrigued me so I wanted to learn more about it. It is fascinating how the body works and how a simple thing, like where your tongue is in your mouth, can affect neck strength and even strength in the legs, yes the legs. Knowing the correct position of your tongue when doing certain exercises can make a big difference. It can even help with your breathing. Continue reading to find out what the ideal tongue position is and some simple experiments to try out.
I think the feet are a part of the body that should have more attention paid to them. Most people wouldn't look at the feet unless there was a problem with them. This could be a mistake. Having feet that are working well enables your body to function better. Foot dysfunction can lead to knee, hip, lower back and upper back problems. I came across this research the other day that showed how self-myofascial release of the underside of the foot can increase hamstring and lower back flexibility. It is a very simple thing to try. Continue reading to see what they did PLUS I give my 5 simple tips for improving your foot function.
I have watched lots of movies/TV and seen monks, people meditating and doing Yoga, “OM” chanting. I always thought that it must be a relaxation/meditation type activity, but being scientifically minded, I like to know how and why things work. This chanting has been around for hundreds of years so it must work, but why? I came across some research that looked at “OM” chanting and what effect it has on the brain. I am not sure what it is, but I have always found meditation difficult. After reading this research, I think I may try it again and see what effect it has on me.
I have had a few people comment on my last blog post about the Beighton Hypermobilty Score and ask, what does a low score mean? Well I thought I would answer this in my next blog post, so here it goes.
The test was a test for hypermobility, If you scored low on the test, it means that you are unlikely to be hypermobile. The test simply checks the motion of certain joints but not all joints. It doesn’t look at the shoulders, the cervical spine, the jaw etc. You can have some joints that are more mobile than others. The test is simply an indication of hypermobile joints. If you scored a '0' with the little fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees that is fine, it means those joints are not hypermobile. It is the last test that interests me the most.
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