Welcome to the spine and wellness center where chiropractors are sharing their “cracks” about chiropractic. Our chiropractic center was built to provide a safe and effective environment that puts the patient first in all we do. As a doctor, I believe that it is my duty to provide your body with all of the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it could ever need to ensure optimal health.
The goal is to answer YOUR questions about your spine, health, and chiropractic care.
Don’t be afraid to ask these chiropractors anything! The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask!
Our philosophy is that every spine deserves a second chance. We believe that patients and their chiropractors must work together to manage the technical aspects of rehabilitation in order for success to be possible.
Your training plan
It is based on yoga because it is necessary to cover exercises not only for the body but also for the mind. Yoga helps combat stress, one of the main causes of muscle cramps. A combination of Pilates techniques, Alexander’s system of posture exercises, and swimming, which engages the deep muscles of the back, are also extremely effective.
The secret of a healthy spine is to watch your posture all the time, day and night. The quality of sleep is more important than its duration. Nocturnal awakenings disrupted the duration of fast and slow phases of sleep and incorrect body posture can seriously affect the quality of sleep at night. A decent platform bed mattress is a perfect solution to keep your posture adequate even during sleep.
Massage or physiotherapy
Dr. Ali pays special attention to manual techniques: he has developed his own method of aligning the neck with a therapeutic full-body massage that stimulates the body’s internal healing powers.
How our spine impacts overall health
Muscles – an indicator of health
The official position of traditional medicine is that back problems are caused by problems in the intervertebral discs and joints. Dr. Ali states that the condition of the joints and bones is secondary. Primary is the ability of the muscles to hold the weight of the body at rest during movement and stress. It is the muscles of the back, abdomen, and legs that are responsible for straight posture, and the degree of wear on the bone structures and joints directly depends on how conscientiously the muscles perform their function. The most important role is played by the deep (postural) muscles of the back. They are responsible for the anti-gravitational force, thanks to which it is possible to hold the body upright and not bend in half under the weight of the fitness bag. Swimming and yoga are good ways to keep the postural muscles toned.
The components of our health
Components of health
According to the ancient principles of yoga, good health is characterized by four basic components, which, when evaluated, can give an overview of the body without complicated manipulation and analysis: good appetite, proper disposal of waste products, sound and healthy sleep, and upright posture.
The nerve centers responsible for movement, pain and unconscious functions (heartbeat, breathing and digestion) originate in the spinal cord. When the spine is straight, the nerves are free from misalignment and excessive pressure. The role of neck health, which is responsible for the blood supply to the brain, is especially worth highlighting. A malfunction of the circulatory and musculoskeletal system in this area can lead to many different problems, from visual impairment to depression.
The role of neck health
For the last 20 years, pain in the neck occurring while working at the computer is one of the most widespread problems. This is due to the fact that the joints, which by nature are supposed to move, staying static for a long time, become rough. Additional tension causes the need to focus on a small area of the screen. If you work at a computer for at least six hours a day, you should massage your neck area at least once a day. Regular self-massage of the jaw and temple muscles, light head movements while working, and swimming can help prevent or cope with the beginning problems in this area.
There are acute types of pain that last for a long time and do not go away even after massage and prolonged Shavasana, which Dr. Ali recommends as a universal tool to restore vitality and integrity of the spine at the first problems. If there are no results from the measures you have taken on your own, you should contact a proven specialist.
How to Get Healthy Muscles
There are two ways to get healthy muscles: active and passive. But only by using them together can positive results be achieved, writes the author of the book. The active way, or exercise, has never been questioned. But the importance of the passive method, or massage, is usually underestimated.
Western physicians have gradually abandoned massage, both as a preventive and restorative tool. Relatively recently, sports medicine has begun to rediscover the healing power of this procedure. In the East, however, traditional forms of muscle therapy have remained untouched. Shiatsu point massage in Japan, meridian acupressure in China, bomo massage in Malaysia and Indonesia, joint massage in Thailand, Ayurvedic abyanga and marma in India not only help maintain posture and easy movement, but also serve as sources of vitality.
In Dr. Ali’s homeland, India, there is an ancient tradition of caring for the newborn and the mother for 40 days after childbirth. For health and relaxation purposes, mothers are regularly massaged to help relieve fatigue and swelling and stimulate milk production. The first massage using mustard or ghee oil is given to the baby when it is five days old. It is a light massage from head to toe, paying particular attention to the neck and shoulders. After that, the baby is bathed and wrapped in a special cotton blanket that supports the back up to the neck in a straight position. It is believed that these procedures contribute to the development of the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Ali says that the balance and alternation of active and passive exercise throughout life is the secret of health and longevity.
Why does my back hurt?
Why does my back hurt?
In most cases, standard tests and other diagnostic methods do not show your true state of health. They only help to check for infections, blood pressure, blood composition, and whether the heart is working well. These expensive tests can tell you about serious illnesses but tell you very little about your overall health without providing information about the condition of your back. In the meantime, it is possible to find out everything you need to know for free by answering questions honestly about each of the five items directly affecting the occurrence of pain:
- Weight. What is the optimal weight for you and what is your usual weight? How much has it changed recently?
- Stress. How do you sleep? Are there constant sources of stress in your life?
- Nutritional status. Is your body well supplied with nutrients? What substances and micronutrients are lacking or consumed in excess?
- Posture. Is it bad? How often do you slouch? Does your work involve heavy lifting?
- Lifestyle. How much time do you devote to physical activity? How tired do you get after work?
Getting rid of lactic acid
One of the most common sources of acute pain are muscles. When they contract, they need oxygen for the normal conversion of glucose into energy. When you work too hard, the need for oxygen increases, but your body can’t supply it in large quantities. This triggers the anaerobic process of converting glucose to energy, which results in the production of the unfortunate lactic acid. Excess lactic acid leads to unpleasant consequences: paired with calcium deficiency are local cramps and painful sensations. You have probably experienced something similar the day after an over-active workout. This kind of pain is relieved by a hot bath or a quality massage: the flow of oxygen to the muscles is increased, which breaks down lactic acid into carbon dioxide and water.
A few words about functional nutrition
The Ali method is based on a “therapeutic regime” and specialized treatment, which is chosen individually depending on the patient’s problem.
The “therapeutic regimen” is universal to all and consists of four blocks:
The first block is the meal plan. It must take into account individual needs, reactions to foods, and the actual presence of disease. The doctor gives a number of general recommendations about what foods to avoid in the daily diet:
- Coffee. This drink causes unnecessary muscle tension and can cause insomnia. Better for you is water.
- Foods that increase acidity. These include nuts in excessive amounts, very spicy or fried food in boiling oil, canned and convenience foods, white wine and champagne. This also includes alcohol in excessive amounts and certain medications like aspirin. The above products change the acid-alkaline balance in the body, which causes inflammation of the joints and ligaments, damaging the collagen fibers of connective tissues.
- Citrus juices. If you like oranges, eat them whole, not in juice form. The main natural ingredient in citrus fruit is citric acid, which does more harm than good. Genetically modified oranges compete with each other in their citric acid content, which many people mistakenly attribute to vitamin C. When oranges are juiced, they are stripped of fiber, the fibrous part of the fruit that softens the effect of the acid.
- Meat and fatty foods in excessive amounts. Such foods harm the joints, contributing to the development of arthritis.
- Refined sugar, chocolate and sweets. They lead to adverse changes in the structure of the joints.