Forget The Doctor, Bring Me A Chiropractor

Like the majority of 18 year old students, I left my family home in order to study something I was unsure about at a university across the country.  Actually, I was positive that I wanted to be a doctor at that point in my life; it was only four years later that my faith in that decision started to waiver.  Anyway, my first two student years were filled with more socializing than studying and this saw me land up in the hospital instead of exam re-writes.

How did this happen, I hear you say?  Well, I was out partying with my friends and suddenly had the bright idea that we should take the ‘good times’ to my dorm room.  I had been drinking, therefore wasn’t allowed to drive; instead I gave the keys to someone who was less inebriated (although not quite sober) feeling I was making a good judgement call.  Next thing I knew the car was wrapped around a tree and I was lying in the middle of the road.

Luckily, no-one was severely injured as we somehow were all flung from the car.  Many suffered whiplash and I experienced a heavy injury to my lower back.  The doctor recommended physiotherapy and medication; however, my best friend suggested I contact her cousin who was a chiropractor in the next town.  Apparently this cousin was a ‘miracle worker’ and had helped her mother with severe back pain.

I wasn’t too sure about this recommendation.  I had read about chiropractics being an alternative treatment, and I was more attuned to the clinical methods.  However, I was in so much pain I thought I’d give the chiropractor a go.  Yet, I wasn’t going to give my back over to a chiropractor without doing some research!

In my readings I came across some research that made me sit up and pay attention.  Chiropractics was developed in the late 19th century and was known as a form of treatment without drugs.  The founder, D.D. Palmer advocated it as a manipulation of the spine to alleviate bodily pain, particularly lower back pain.  The idea of spine manipulation isn’t particularly appealing; but it was the progression of chiropractics that was intriguing.

There are two types of chiropractors: the ‘straights’ and the ‘mixers’.  The straights are those who adhere to the traditional methods, as noted above, and use a manipulation and correction of vertebrae to alleviate pain throughout the body.  Unlike mixers, they do not integrate any alternative factors into their therapy.

However, mixers take into account any medical diagnosis and additional therapies.  They feel that the patient’s current situation is vital to treatment and contributes to bodily pain.  These chiropractors will utilize spinal manipulation; but will also recommend exercise, massage and heat packs.  Some may also advise a prescription of supplements and other herbal remedies to alleviate pain.

At the end of the day, I went to the chiropractor with the hope that he/she would be a mixer instead of a straight.  However, research indicated that the majority of chiropractors are mixers so my hopes were met.  I’m glad I went because my pain was alleviated much sooner than if I hadn’t.

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Learning Isometric Exercise Definition

When examples of isometric exercises isometric holds it comes to working out your muscles you need to know the three major types of definition of isometric contractions. The three major types of contractions are isometric contraction, eccentric contraction and concentric contractions. Most people are very familiar with concentric and eccentric contractions. Their most familiar with those to type because concentric is very much just shortening a muscle by lifting or pushing against something and eccentric is basically the negative of a left where you are letting a weight down and making a muscle longer. So then the question becomes, which is the focus of this article, what exactly is isometric exercise definition?

Learning what isometric exercises are is a very important part in your fitness education and on your path to becoming the best you. The cool thing about all these different forms of contractions is that you can focus on them all by themselves or you can add them with the other two forms of contractions. What this means is that to get the most complete workout is that you should try all three different forms of contractions. It is also fine to take time to only work on a few forms of contractions some people do this after they get really tired and when they have reached failure, they have their partner help load the weight and just lift down and that becomes a eccentric workout.

If you want to make it work out isometric you simply find the position where you are not shortening or making a muscle longer, it is typically between that middle point. We always use the example when explaining isometric exercise definition to people of doing a bicep mike mentzer curl. As all of you probably already know, when you do a bicep curl your shortening your bicep muscle when you lift up and that is the concentric phase of the contraction, after you left the weight up and let lower you are doing and eccentric contraction. What if when your arms meet the 90° position off your joint and both of your arm muscles and you just hold that position and hope that weight? If you do that, then you would be doing an isometric exercise. From just a short explanation you should be able to come up with hundreds of different types of isometric exercises because it is just as simple as finding that middle point where you aren't lifting are letting down a weight.

Even when it's not there any weight at all finding any position that you simply just hold is actually in isometric exercise. That is why holding a push-up position is an isometric exercise, doing a plank is in isometric exercise and even holding a squat is in isometric exercise.

So hopefully you'll take this information and put it to good use and a workout plan that you will consistently do. And hopefully this will give you a better understanding of the subject so that you can use this information to build a better body and a better you.