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Frances L
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Any one know Trochanteric support belt mentioned here ? Thx.
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I never really thought about my low blink rate freaking people out, but I guess it might.

I would like to add that people should not go to chiropractors for neck or back injuries. If your back or neck hurts see a Doctor of Orthopedics, there is a huge difference in education and in treatment. The AMA resisted chiropractors for a long time, because they do more harm than good. It was only because of politics and money that chiropractors were pulled into the AMA. I have heard too many people tell me that their chiropractor shifted their disk into place or realigned their spine. When you do things like that, it may make things temporarily feel better, but in the long run causes a lot more damage to the cartilage in your spine and it always shifts out again. All spinal movement must be supported by the appropriate muscle reinforcement.

In fact most repetitive movement injury could be eliminated if people would just do some light weight lifting every other day. Our profession tends to be very sendintary, which means we have to focus a lot more on exercise than other active professions. I recommend doing light free hand curls (no machine) using a wrist brace at least twice a week. Doing 100 cruches 3 times a week, will help support your upper torso and assist your spine in holding up your body. I don't recommend doing back extensions, unless you are already fairly fit. Instead pick up a men's fitness magazine and do some of the free weight exercises in there. The important thing is to stay away from machines. Weight machines can be usefull if used correctly, however very few people in a gym, including the trainers know how to use the machines and without someone to watch your form you can seriously hurt yourself. Free weights can be dangerous as well, however if you keep the weight low and slowwwwly do the exercise, you will quickly see the improvement in your posture and reduce your chances of having a repetitve stress injury. Obviously lowering your body fat helps, but I know plenty of overweight, but active and healthy guys, so don't obsess about your weight. Just make sure the muscle under your fat is adequate to support your weight.
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I've seen chiropractors for pinched nerves. Gave me short term relief, not much long term help. Acupuncture worked better for me.

Try what you like, find something that works, keep your mind open.

Being sedentary is a problem. It's good to take breaks, move around, do some things away from the computer often. Even if it's 10 minutes to walk around and stretch. And do some light exercise at a minimum. Even basic walking and stretching your arms/hands will help.

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matt (5/27/2008)
I would like to add that people should not go to chiropractors for neck or back injuries. If your back or neck hurts see a Doctor of Orthopedics, there is a huge difference in education and in treatment. The AMA resisted chiropractors for a long time, because they do more harm than good. It was only because of politics and money that chiropractors were pulled into the AMA.

Strange, I've heard chiropractors were actually pretty good. I've never used one myself as I've been able to use yoga to deal with a back problem I had as a result of a car wreck 9 years ago.

The AMA is as much a political body as medical one. I actually agree with your general message of becoming more physically active, but I don't really go along with promoting surgeries or the taking of pharmaceutical drugs, e.g. Orthopedics and the AMA. But to each their own.
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You got me wrong about promoting surgery. In fact most good doctors will avoid surgery, unless it is either the only option or the patient refuses to perform the necessary therapy to help fix the problem. As I mentioned most people feel great after seeing a chiropractor, because they have shifted what was out of place, back to where it should be. The problem is, that they do not fix the problem that caused the bone to slip and repetitive shoving, cause permenant and unrepairable damage. They are basically medically sanctioned massage therapists, except a massage therapist won't move your skeletal system. Your skeletal system is supported by your muscles, so if you don't have the muscle to support your skeletal system... it falls apart. My only recommendation is, see a specialist first and do the muscle therapy they will recommend, before you see a chiropractor for a "quick fix". Going through therapy for a back injury is long and painful, but worth the time, since you only have one spine and spinal surgery rarely solves the problem permenantly. If you don't have any back problems now, ascribe to an exercise regimine that keeps your lower and upper back muscles fit.
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Being sedentary is a problem. It's good to take breaks, move around, do some things away from the computer often. Even if it's 10 minutes to walk around and stretch. And do some light exercise at a minimum. Even basic walking and stretching your arms/hands will help.
I completely agree. A few months ago, I started walking for whatever time I had left in my lunch hour after eating. Since I have almost an hour and a half drive each way, I realized I was doing a lot of sitting (especially if I spent the rest of my lunch at my computer). I found the walking has helped with stress and gives me a boost for the afternoon. Also, one of the printers I use is on the other side of the building. My coworkers think it would be inconvenient, but whenever I print something, I get a little mini break away from my work area - helps to relieve any monotony as well.

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I'd avoid surgery if at all possible. Used to work for an ortho, and they make lots of little mistakes at times, nothing major, but it might cause you issues years from now. Extra cuts, scar tissue, etc.

I pinch nerves in my neck fairly often. It's happened since high school, and every once in awhile I can't turn my head to either side, which makes for fun conversations with people.

At two times, I went to a chiropractor to help fix things. He made it feel better for a couple days, and if I went to him for 2-3 times a week for a couple weeks, it was more manageable, and went away. If I did nothing, it was very painful, but went away in about 4-5 days.

So the chiro "managed" the pain, but also prolonged things more. This happened twice, two different people.

Since then I've gone to better pillows and being more careful about what I do.

Not that chiropractor doesn't work, but I agree with Matt above. It manages things, moves them around, but doesn't necessarily fix the fundamental cause.

Try it if you like. It might work for you, but be sure you take care of yourself. Hopefully you'll have a long life and career, so make it enjoyable.

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It's like most complementary care. It goes along with the regular medical stuff. Most of my doctors take the complementary stuff I'm doing into considerations.

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I'm kind of surprised noone brought up one of the most common source of our self-inflicted physical woes: the snack/soda machine down the hall and our usually deplorable eating habits. That combined with the previously mentioned stress levels and largely sedentary lifestyles, it's a ticking timebomb in our chest and arteries....

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Chiropracters sound dangerous!

I know a very good osteopath who has helped me no end. I had a nasty whiplash injury and he got me to the stage where I could at least sleep at night.

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