Do you want to learn how you can dramatically improve your spinal health and overall awareness through stretching and flexibility? What can you do to help your spine while you sit and work at a desk? Are there practices you can go to that can help you realign and treat your spine and posture?
In this podcast episode, Melissa Vogel speaks with Dr. K about spinal health and why it’s important.
Meet Dr. Khodabakhshian
Dr K. (SEVAK KHODABAKHSHIAN, DC, CES) is a doctor of chiropractic specializing in exercise rehab and functional training with more than 19 years of experience. He is the founder and clinical director of Omega Rehab & Sport in Thousand Oaks, CA where an award-winning multidisciplinary team of clinicians treats athletes and non-athletes alike using a sports rehab model to improve a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
He has helped thousands of patients improve complex spinal problems such as disc protrusions, sciatica, scoliosis, as well as challenging hip, knee, and shoulder disorders.
Dr. K. is also the president of Active Care Products, LLC the makers of IntelliRoll® foam rolls, the world’s first anatomically designed foam rollers. Dr. K is an impassioned educator in the areas of spinal health, functional training, and self–care.
He has written extensively on the subjects and has been a guest lecturer at multiple fitness conferences including IDEA World Fitness and SCW Mania. Dr. K. is an avid surfer and enjoys the outdoors. He shares the love of art and travel with his wife Tyaga and step-daughter Jasmine and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks.
In This Podcast
- Why is spinal health important?
- What happens when a chiropractor ‘cracks’ something in the body?
- Something you can do daily
Why is spinal health important?
The spine has two main functions:
- The first is to protect the connection line between the brain and the body through the spinal cord and neural routes, and
- Secondly, to bear our body weight.
The primary cause of spinal injuries is the accumulative effect of constantly bending forward over time.
What happens when a chiropractor ‘cracks’ something in the body?
Bones have a capsule around them, and they get their nutrients coming through the capsule through movement because they do not have a direct blood supply. During the adjustment the capsule expands, gas escapes – hence the pop – and then liquid enters the joint and cushion the joint again.
When we bend forward constantly, these joints are compacted over time and therefore by straightening them and practicing flexibility helps to maintain overall spinal health.
It’s on the patient from receiving that adjustment … to then practice good body mechanics, to practice awareness, to practice recovery, just like we would [do] when brushing our teeth, you know? You do a little bit every day for your spine – Dr. K
Spinal health is simply not a habit in our society. To check your forward posture, take a picture from the side of your body to see how far forward your head sits. Keeping your posture – pull your shoulders together and down.
For holding your phone, tuck your elbow in and raise your arm to get your phone at eye-level or near eye-level to minimize the amount of time that you spend with your head and neck facing downwards.
Something you can do daily
Decompress the midback, there the ribs are. Due to the ribcage, the thoracic spine is less mobile and can get stuck in certain positions. Lay back once a day, hold your head, and breathe deep for 30 to 90 seconds – releasing tension and to stretch the midback.
Even when you are sitting, raise your arms above your head and pull your shoulder blades together to give that middle back a little stretch.
Bring awareness to your spine and your posture because it is little things that accumulate into the bigger issues.
We are fed these messages of instant relief and instant gratification, but you and I know as fitness and healthcare professionals, you have to practice it like anything else. It’s a lifestyle, it’s a mindset. If you could adopt just a little bit of that, I think we’d have a lot less issues – Dr. K
Books mentioned in this episode
Charles Duhigg – The Power of Habit
- Mastering Your Metabolism with Angelo Poli | BM 38
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Meet Melissa Vogel
Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
Melissa has been voted as the Best Personal Trainer for 2020 by Inland Empire Magazine, and Built the Busy to Bomb Fit Mom exercise system.
She is quickly becoming recognized for her expertise and influence in her field!
Melissa has contributed to numerous publications and has been featured in the Trail Blazer Magazine, and published in the April 2020 edition of Health Magazine. Her approach incorporates personal experience, energy, humor, and charisma.
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