9 Mistakes Runners Make

February 17, 2015 - Leave a Response
Mistake #1, Over Striding:
The optimal cadence for a runner is 85-90 hits/foot/minute. To check the cadence, set a timer for a minute and count how many times the right or left foot hits the ground while running in that time. The 85-90 stride means the foot is striking the ground directly under the hip.
Mistake #2, Leaning Forward from the Waist:
Leaning forward at the waist increases the curve in the low back, increases forces to the spine and jams the joints. It is best to turn on the core by gently bracing the spine and lean forward from the ankles while running.
Mistake #3, Improper Arm Use:
Crossing the arms mid line while running creates rotation of the body, increases injury and decreases efficiency. The elbows should be between 90-120 degrees and the arms should swing from the shoulders while pumping forward.
Mistake #4, Head Bounces Up and Down Too Much:
The head should barely move so imagine a ceiling is right above the head.
Mistake #5, Upper Back Hunch:
Running with a hunched upper back can increase headaches and neck pain while decreasing lung capacity. Make sure to run with the head back comfortably and keep the back straight.
Mistake #6, Asymmetry:
Take note if one knee lifts higher, one foot slaps more, the arm swing is uneven or if anything around the waist keeps inching over to one side. Find and fix the asymmetry.
Mistake #7, Crossover Stride:
When the feet strike under the crotch and look like one is running on a balance beam, this increases pronation and rotation of the lower leg. To prevent this pretend there is a dowel between the knees while running. This can indicate weak gluts and hip muscles so do one legged bridges. Lay on the back, lift the strong leg in the air, then squeeze and lift the weak glut a few seconds on and off about 10 times. Switch to the other side.
Mistake #8, Wrong Running Shoes:
There are three kinds of shoes to choose from. a.)Motion Control, are heavy and stiff for over pronaters. b.)Minimal/Vibram Style are light weight and can help those with chronic knee pain. c.)Stability Shoe, is middle of the road and best for most everyone. Try on 5 or 6 different stability shoes to see which is most comfortable before purchasing.
Mistake #9, Stretching Incorrectly:
Prime the joints with circular movements before running. This includes shoulder rounds, chin to chest, chin to ceiling, turn head left and right, wrist circles, ankle circles, hands on hips then bend left, right and twist left, right. After running hold the following stretches up to a minute. Standing calf, hamstring and quad stretches, bend neck left and then right, hold hands behind back and gently arch back, keep hands behind back and lean body forward, finish by touching the ground with knees relaxed and chin to chest.
*1-8 are from Dr. Jon Mulholland’s lecture series “Bio mechanical Issues with Running”. The Gate Guys and Ideal Athlete Chiropractic on Face Book are helpful resources.

Posture: Are You Crooked or Straight?

June 15, 2014 - Leave a Response
Recently a woman in her early 20’s came to see me because she was having right shoulder and right hip pain. When I checked her posture I put her in front of the mirror to show how crooked she was. Her right shoulder and right hip were significantly lower and her right foot was flat. This definitely opened her eyes to something she was not aware of.
I then put her onto my chiropractic table and mobilized restricted joints from the feet on up. Afterwards she stood in front of the mirror and her frame was less crooked. Her right foot still was flat so I instructed her to stabilize what I did by putting an arch support into her right shoe. We discussed a treatment plan of regular chiropractic care, specific exercises based on how her posture presented, using the arch support and I also made supplement recommendations. 
I discussed my intentions for short term and long term outcomes. Short Term: to eliminate the pain that she had been having and Long Term: to create a program that allows her posture to become more balanced and stay that way permanently. This is important as measuring the posture of someone in their 20’s and 30’s can be a big predictor on how their joints will be affected as they age. She was active with exercise so imagine a life time of exercising on a crooked frame and the degenerative affects down the road. At her next visit, her posture remained improved and her pain was a lot less. She liked wearing the arch support and during the week noticed activities that were more one sided. 
Making one’s frame/posture more balanced is a great preventive to stop major problems later on. Essentially prevention saves money in the long run and improves overall quality of life. What’s your posture? Look in the mirror with your hands resting on your hips and see if one hip or shoulder is higher than the other. Also look at your feet: Does the right foot look like the left foot? Do your shoes wear out evenly? Evaluate your posture at home, because it’s never to late to straighten a crooked frame. 


60 Years of Medical Research Validates Scientific Basis for Chiropractic

May 13, 2014 - Leave a Response

I recently attended a webinar entitled “The Scientific Basis for Chiropractic” by Dr. Lisa K Bloom. Are you aware that for 60 years the medical profession studied the bio-mechanical affects of a hypo mobile joint? Well, according to Dr. Bloom, by the late 80’s there were 100’s of research articles from the medical community showing the following reproducible results. A joint that is hypo mobile immediately produces local damage to the skin, tissue, fat, ligaments and the surrounding blood vessels of the joint. Another effect of reduced joint mobility is neurological; which also can have visceral reactions.

According to Dr. Bloom, studies also showed that when there is reduced motion in the joint it is often not painful. This is because each joint is supplied by special receptors and when the joint is hypo mobile these receptors fire harmful messages to the brain and the nervous system. This harmful firing creates Central Sensitization and is seen with Asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia along with other musculoskeletal and visceral symptoms.

The research shows that the moment any joint becomes hypo mobile it is subject to the above-mentioned tissue and neurological changes within the first 10 days. Those tissue changes are reversible if the hypo mobile joint is mobilized in that specific 10 day time period. If the joint is not mobilized within that window of time, then this sets up progressive degenerative changes. At any time after those 10 days the degenerative changes do responded favorably to hands on mobilization.

Dr. Bloom is a Chiropractor and she is well aware that Chiropractors specialize in locating where joints are hypo mobile, with the intention of increasing as much motion as possible back into the joint. What I am hoping you will receive from my synopsis of Dr. Bloom’s lecture is that anyone from age 0 to 100+ should consider seeking immediate hands on attention when there has been any trauma that may have created a hypo mobile joint. That immediate restoration of joint mobility can help prevent future degenerative, neurological and visceral problems. For those traumas that one has not gotten immediate attention for, there still are major health benefits from receiving chiropractic care for those joints that have begun to set up degenerative changes.

As a side note I would like to explain a hypo mobile joint and how it can get that way. Each joint has some level of movement and when it looses any of that motion it becomes hypo mobile. There are a few different kinds of joints in the body and here are some examples. The bones in the head are plates and they join together as sutures. These sutures have very minimal motion, but they are supposed to move. These sutures can get jammed (hypo mobile) from getting bumped or hit on the head, when the head hits the birth canal during labor, when the head is being grabbed by forceps or when being grabbed by the doctor’s hands during a c-section. So very early on one can experience hypo mobility of the sutures in the head. A hinge style joint is quite different from a suture and is found in the jaw. This too can become hypo mobile during the delivery process, as well as from dental procedures, wearing braces, grinding/ clenching, chewing on one side. The jaw is very important and when it is hypo mobile that can cause the neck, spine and other joints to tighten. Another example of a joint is the synovial; which is found in the spine and the extremities. These joints are supposed to move in many directions and can become hypo mobile during the delivery process, accidents, falls, slips, sprains, strains, sports injury, repetitive movements, poor posture, lifting incorrectly and other events. It is also important to note that all joints of the body can become hypo mobile if the body is inflamed. Inflammation can occur from reaction to certain foods, viruses, bacteria, allergens, toxins and other chemicals. The inflammation causes the muscles to go into spasm and that is what can make a joint hypo mobile.

You can see Dr. Bloom’s educational video’s by going to youtube.com/neurodocuniverse

Dr. Schuster Interviewed on Adler’s Alley

May 1, 2013 - Leave a Response

I have my own t.v. Show called “What’s Your Story?” which is broadcast through Evanston’s Cable Access T.V. Station, http://www.ectv.com, and youtube.

I became interested in having my own show about 7 years ago after being interviewed by Oscar Adler on his show “Adler’s Alley”. Recently Mr. Adler asked me to come back as a guest on his show; which is broadcast through the facilities of the Highland Park Cable Access station. Mr. Adler asked me to explain about chiropractic care for adults, children and pregnant women. He also asked me to sing, which I did acappella.

The very beginning of the show, features music for the Memphis Jazz Band performing “In The Court of King Oliver”, which is my father’s band. Hope you enjoy!

Veterinarian Becomes an Animal Chiropractor

April 24, 2013 - Leave a Response

Sue Manning from the Associated Press wrote on article about Veterinary Chiropractic, which I loved and wanted to share with you.

Thirty years ago, veterinarian, Dr. Gene Giggleman thought chiropractors were quacks! Now he is a professor at Parker University in Dallas, which specializes in chiropractic care. His first success of adjusting an animal was decades ago when a cocker spaniel named Sparky appeared to be having seizures. He was on three drugs from three different vets and was about to be euthanized if Dr. Giggleman could not help him.

During the examination Dr. Giggleman could tell that Sparky’s neck was out of whack as when he went to pet his neck it hurt him so bad that he flipped over and started shaking. Right then and there Dr. Giggleman performed his first adjustment and Sparky lived another 6 years without any seizures. This incident is what converted him to believe in chiropractic and then he went on to co-found the Parker University animal chiropractic program.

Dr. Giggleman notes that chiropractic care is a drugless, non-surgical approach to treating animals and much cheaper than traditional medicine. One day a week he sees animal patients and the rest of the week he teaches. His patients are 90% chiropractic and the other10% need traditional care. He does whatever it takes to help the animal and through out his career he has straightened out thousands of dogs and cats along with the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig.

About once a month a pet owner comes in and says that if he can’t do anything they will have to put their pet to sleep. Dr. Giggleman says he is able to help about 80% of the time, which he sees as a double blessing, making the pet better and saving their life. For the others he is able to help reduce pain and prepare the families for the inevitable.

Over a decade ago Dr. Giggleman began to teach a course in how to adjust animals and the majority of his students at that time were chiropractors; now more of the students are veterinarians. There is also a one year intensive course with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, were the AVCA has certified over 1000 veterinarians or chiropractors since 1989.

One of the ACVA certified students is chiropractor Dr. Rod Block. 30 years ago Dr. Block became a human chiropractor and then 20 years ago became certified to work with animals. He currently works with several veterinarians and limits his practice to house calls in Southern California. He says it is important to be in tune with the being of the animal he is working with and that he is more concerned with the quality than the quantity of the pet’s life. For example, one of his patients is a 38-year-old horse who is not ride able any more but is mobile, off of steroids and free to roam around and enjoy the rest of his life relatively pain free.

Dr. Block wrote the book “Like Chiropractic For Elephants”. In the book he describes the work he did with a gimpy elephant at a sanctuary whose herd accepted him and how the elephant used her body language to help him find her pain. Dr. Block wrote his book to help demystify chiropractic because many still think it is dangerous and quackery. His book helps to explain the difference between chiropractic and allopathic medicine and how they can be integrated even though they are on opposite ends of the pole.

Dr. Block describes that chiropractic promotes the flow of energy within the body and anywhere there is an obstruction or blockage of energy due to the vertebrae being out of line or due to muscles being dysfunctional, the chiropractic adjustment helps normalize that function.

To see the entire article go to:

Bringing Chiropractic to Kenya

April 17, 2013 - Leave a Response

I just read an article in Dynamic Chiropractic about local chiropractor, Dr. Warren Bruhl from Glencoe. I met him years ago at a pediatric conference and was interested to read that in 2012 he went to east Africa for two weeks, providing chiropractic care to the native Massai people. Here is my synopsis of the article.

Until this trip no chiropractor had ever visited the Massai in east Africa and lay their hands on to help these people that are riddled with diseases such as 85% of the population is HIV Positive, many have tuberculosis, fungal infections, bacterial proliferations and many other intense health issues. As a chiropractor, Dr. Bruehl knows the incredible power of hands on healing to help the body express itself more fully. Through this healing art he was able to make a difference in how these people felt and in helping them to see that health is more than just popping a pill or having surgery.

Dr. Bruhl is the founding director of Dreamweaver International, a nonprofit charity that provides education, medical and human services to some third world countries. The opportunity for Dr. Bruehl to provide chiropractic care on this health care mission to the remote Mount Kilimanjaro valley in Kenya, east Africa, opened enormous possibility. According to him the native Massai live in one of the harshest, yet most beautiful scenic wonders in the world, and they also know immense hardship and pain.

Normally the Massai are a guarded culture and it is difficult to get close to these people yet Dr. Bruehl has had family in the area for 20 years and built relationships in the community. Initially as the clinics developed he was working with nurses, as well as osteopathic doctors and students, allowing for a multidisciplinary team. With all of these diverse therapies results were what counted and one of the male Massai nurses was deeply impressed how chiropractic was able to help the people with the pain that they normally were used to enduring. This nurse desired to learn these chiropractic methods so that he could help his people when Dr. Bruehl was not there during the year.

Dr. Bruehl has plans to return to Kenya and develop clinics that run more frequently through out the year. The work of this clinic has been such a success that there are plans to build a local hospital. The goal is to incorporate an interdisciplinary aspect to healing in this hospital; which Dr. Bruehl is excited to be a part of. Dr. Bruehl also has a humanitarian program called Gear for Goals and plans to set up some Little League Baseball programs in Kenya as another way to positively affect their lives.

Dr. Bruehl felt honored to work with these people especially since he could feel the intense physical strain in their bodies and was able to help them through hands on chiropractic care. He is very excited to continue to bring chiropractic and his other humanitarian programs to this part of the world.

If you want to read the entire article please go to: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=56455

The Vocal Gymnasium

April 3, 2013 - Leave a Response

For those of you who don’t know, I have a t.v. show that is broadcast on my local cable station called “What’s Your Story?”. I also put this up on youtube for anyone to watch at anytime. This episode features an interview with Wendy Morgan; vocal coach, professional singer, children’s music artist and the developer of The Vocal Gymnasium. Also interviewed is one of her students, Jamie Lampert; a vocal artist and past contestant on The Voice. Jamie also sings the Olly Murs song Troublemaker at the end of the show. Hope you enjoy it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOiA0mKQSlU&list=UUyf2L6bgWxiX2Bo01KLfhKQ

A Biofeedback Device For The Jaw

April 3, 2013 - Leave a Response

I recently discussed the jaw and how clenching or grinding of the teeth can create problems with headaches, neck pain, ear pain, tooth pain or pain in other parts of the body. Those that have come in to the office for me to work on their jaw have reported great results. Along with working on my patients I also give them a sheet of exercises to do at home in between visits as a way to help reduce clenching and grinding during the day and while sleeping. Even though this approach has been very successful I recently came across something that is used for the jaw that I wanted to share with you.

There now is a biofeedback devise that one wears while they sleep. It fits around the temples and is battery operated to beep when it senses the muscles tighten during clenching or grinding of the teeth. Initially one would wear this devise during the day then clench or grind their teeth to set off a beeping sound. Then they are to relax their jaw and this stops the beeping noise. Doing this during the day a few times helps train the brain to stop clenching or grinding at night without the sound of the beeper waking them up.

Many people wear a night guard and this stops them from destroying their teeth yet it does not stop them from grinding or clenching. Even though I am very pleased that my patients have received relief from the work that we have been doing in the office; this device may be great for stubborn cases. Here is a video that further explains this biofeedback system for the jaw. http://stopgrinding.com/index.htm

Help an a 11 Year Old Girl do Cartwheels

March 27, 2013 - Leave a Response

This story is in honor of Spring, Passover, Easter and Greek Easter. If one looks at this time collectively it seems to represent new beginnings, rebirth, the good and the not so good in life and being set free. What a magical and reflective time this can be for all of us: body, mind and soul.

This time of year reminded me of an 11-year-old girl who was having a hard time running, walking and doing other physical activities. This was especially hard as she normally had a lot of energy and loved to release it through playful activities both inside and outside.

When she first came into my office I looked at her posture and noticed that she could not stand with her feet close together. She had to stand with her feet very wide apart with one foot way ahead of the other. I then checked her spine and the other joints of the body to see where all of her restrictions were. After that I performed the chiropractic adjustments of the different joints that were restricted each time that she came in.

Around the fourth visit she was beaming and told me that she was able to do a cartwheel and to run on the playground with her friends. I felt so excited to be able to help set her free to be active and playful again.

Help with ADD

March 20, 2013 - Leave a Response

The other day a patient of mine asked me if chiropractic could help with her son’s ADD? His behavior was getting to the point where she was about to talk with his pediatrician; however she did not want him on medication, so she was interested in looking at alternative treatments. I explained to her that yes chiropractic is an excellent way to help calm the nervous system and that our profession is successful with ADD.

Her son happened to be with her at the appointment and luckily I had time after her visit to see him. While he, his mother and I talked about his history he was squirming all over the place and could not sit still on my chiropractic table. I found out that he was grinding his teeth while sleeping and explained that I would be working on his spine as well as his jaw to help calm his nervous system. I also told him he would need to begin taking magnesium twice a day as another way to keep his system calm and that we may add more supplements later. I also showed him how to do EFT tapping as a way to calm himself down anywhere, any time.

After talking I lay him face down to adjust his spine and fairly quickly he lay there without squirming. Next I turned him over to work on his neck and jaw while also showing him some jaw stretches to do at home. Then we finished with him sitting on my stool, while I used a laser to help his body produce endorphins. This is a special laser that helps retrain the nervous and immune systems to not be so reactive to foods and other possible stimulants.

When he was finished, his mom was amazed at how calm he was. I then asked him what he felt like inside from a scale of 1 – 10, where 10 was crazy. He said when he first came in he felt like a 7 or 8 and then when we ended he felt like a 1 or a 2. I told both he and his mom that the plan was to come in regularly to train his nervous system to not get flared up so easily. Then once that happens on a daily basis he can come in monthly as a way to maintain peace and calmness, especially during the school year. They both were excited with the plan and he now loves coming in for his calming adjustments.