Exercises for Sciatica and Back Pain

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Next Tuesday we will be talking about what causes this and what you can do to help manage and prevent it.

Our June workshop is coming up NEXT Tuesday June 11. We will begin with a short anatomy and physiology review, where Dr. Karo will explain how your lumbar spine works, and how it integrates with your hips and lower extremities.

Afterwards we will get interactive, and go through some of the foundational exercises for improving the function of your lower back and hips.

Wear athletic type clothing that you can move freely in.

RSVP below. Space is limited, but friends and family are always welcome!

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Ringing in 2019

Come learn how to reinforce your  Neuro-Structural care  with corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. Tuesday January 15th at our Santa Clara practice location.

Come learn how to reinforce your Neuro-Structural care with corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. Tuesday January 15th at our Santa Clara practice location.

Thank your for making 2018 an unforgettable year. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve you in 2019. 

Let's start the new year off in the right direction with a movement workshop. The Head to Toe Spinal Show will feature exercises and movements to help you heal faster, need less care, and see better results in both the short and long term. Come learn how to reinforce your Neuro-Structural care with corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. 

  • Tuesday Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm.

  • Friends and family are welcome.

  • RSVP via the form below.

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Move Your Spine: A Joint Health Workshop

NTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT KEEP YOUR JOINTS (AND ESPECIALLY YOUR SPINE) HEALTHY? COME TO OUR WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 14... MOVE YOUR SPINE. DR. KARO WILL BE LEADING A MOBILITY CLASS FULL STRATEGIES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR NEURO-STRUCUTRAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR BOTH THE SHORT AND LONG TERM.

For August's Workshop we will be having Mobility Class lead by Dr. Karo at the practice. This class' focus... Move your Spine. Come learn how to manage the daily wear and tear on our joints as well as strategies for long term joint health... because who doesn't want to prevent spinal degeneration!

RSVP today because space is limited!

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How Far will You Go?

Have questions about Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Care? We are happy to answer them for you. 

It surprises many people that we have patients who use chiropractic regularly. Here's five different ways that we see people along their continuum of care.

  • Relief – Most people begin here. Their ache, pain or other symptom is often what prompts them to begin chiropractic care.
  • Correction – With the most obvious symptoms reduced, many opt to continue their care to strengthen their spine.
  • Protection – Regular chiropractic care can help you maintain your progress, protect your investment, and avoid a relapse.
  • Prevention – Periodic chiropractic checkups can help catch new problems before they become serious.
  • Lifestyle – We experience life through our nervous system. Optimizing our spine and nervous system is the key to realizing our fullest potential.

Our job is to offer the best Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Care possible. Where are you on the continuum of care?

7 Ways to Bulletproof Your Immune System

Dr. Karo will address the top 7 things you can do to improve your immunity, and fight the flu. The workshop will be held at our practice location in Santa Clara on Stevens Creek Blvd. Reserve your spot today!

December’s 2nd Tuesday Workshop will be about the immune system and strengthening your resistance during the flu season. Dr. Karo will address the top seven things you can do to improve your immunity, and the common mistakes people make that cost them their health. Come on in Tuesday December 12 at 6:30 pm ready to learn 7 Ways to Bulletproof your Immune System.

RSVP to Kristen via the form below. Friends and family welcome, but space is limited so sign up now.

December 2nd Tuesday Workshop Signup

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Movement to Test Your Nervous System Health

Movement and strength are signs of a healthy functioning Nervous System. Your brain is designed to move your body in order to secure resources to maintain health and survival. When we examine people neurologically at Platinum Chiropractic, we are looking at things like their posture, balance, gait, and muscle strength because it gives us an idea about the functionality of their brain. 

Just think about what happens with things like MS, Parkinson’s Disease, and strokes. They affect our ability to move, but they are not strictly a muscular problem. They are brain problems!   

In 2014 the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published a study that suggests that a simple movement test can predict risk of death in middle aged and elderly individuals. 2076 people were studied between the ages of 51-80 and were tracked from 1997 – 2011. Subjects performed a test called the Sitting/Rising Test (SRT). The test is really simple. The subject sits on their bottom and stands up. They are asked to perform the test without using their hands, knees, or sturdy objects.

"The SRT test, which can be used on middle-aged and elderly adults, is incredibly simple. Sit down on the floor, and then get up, using as little assistance from your hands, knees or other body parts as possible. For each body part that you use for support, you'll lose one point from the possible top score of 10. 

"Application of a simple and safe assessment tool such as SRT, which is influenced by muscular strength and flexibility, in general health examinations could add relevant information regarding functional capabilities and outcomes in non-hospitalized adults," the researchers noted.

For instance, if you put one hand on the floor for support to sit down, then use a knee and a hand to help you get up, you'll "lose" three points for a combined score of 7. What do the numbers mean? They correlated strongly with participants' risk of death during the study period of just over six years. For each unit increase in SRT score, participants gained a 21 percent improvement in survival. Specifically:

  • Those who scored 0-3 were 6.5 times more likely to die during the study than those who scored 8-10 
  • Those who scored 3.5 to 5.5 were 3.8 times more likely to die 
  • Those who scored 6 to 7.5 were 1.8 times more likely to die 

While I wouldn't take the results of this study as "gospel" and become distressed if you are 30 years old and score a three, it does provide an interesting perspective on the connection between mobility and health and can provide encouragement for many to get back in shape."*

What does this mean?
This test is a functional indicator of your strength and basic neurologic fitness. Being able to do this means your brain has good control and your muscles and joints have good fitness and mobility to move your body through space. It’s an indicator that you are fit and have good enough balance to not hurt your self. 

Rather than focusing on practicing this movement, you should be focusing on getting stronger and having better body balance. It means that maybe you should add some weight training to your weekly routine 2-3 times per week. It means maybe you should take a conscious movement practice like Yoga or Tai Chi to improve your balance and mobility.

Remember, you’re not doing these things to prevent death. You are doing these things to raise your health and help you to navigate life with a more functional body and higher quality of living.

 *http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/01/25/sitting-rising-test.aspx