Dr. Robert Bates D.C. Talks About The Effects Of Breast Enhancements

A Word of Advice: Before you decide to get your breasts enhanced, you need to know this about your posture. If your head is set forward, and you have a hunchback type curve in your upper back, you could be at risk for more headaches, neck pain, upper back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, and degeneration! The average enhancement weighs approximately 350cc. When the weight of the enhancement is combined with the weight of your head, you are more prone to trigger points for pain and degeneration in your spine. Ultimately, you should consult a chiropractor before you consider a breast enhancement to ensure that you have proper posture. Correcting your posture before receiving your enhancement will increase your chances for a more beautiful enhancement and less problems in the future.

Maintain Your Spine by Dr. Robert Bates D.C. Manhattan Beach, CA (310) 545-4188

Dr. Rob asks if you’d rather maintain your health problems or maintain a healthy spine.

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Chiropractic in Manhattan Beach, CA Office Tour (310) 545-4188

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1218 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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The Detrimental Effects of Forward Head Posture in Manhattan Beach, CA (310) 545-4188

This week Dr. Rob talks about the detrimental effects of forward head posture

Do you have a health problem that concerns you?

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1218 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Spondylolysis and Lower Back Pain

385px-Spinal_column_curvature_2011Spondylolysis is one of many conditions that chiropractic practices have to deal with. The condition occurs due to a weakness in the section of the vertebrae that is known as pas interaticularis. This is a thin piece of bone that is responsible for connecting the lower and upper portion of the facet joints. These join in the vertebrae’s upper and lower section to form a comprehensive network of bone that allows the spine to move.

The defect can lead to small fractures in the spine that cause certain vertebrae to slip out of place.

Some chiropractic practices say that Spondylolysis is a hereditary disease especially considering infants who are born with a thin vertebrae, a condition that puts them at a higher risk for fractures.   Repetitive trauma to the lower back may also cause the pars interarticularis to weaken over time.


Those who have spondylolysis do not experience any symptoms and which is exactly why they might not be aware of it once it does occur. Low back pain is the most common symptom once the pain from the condition spreads. It feels like a muscle in the lower back has been sprained and usually gets worse with exercise or activity. It can also occur during a teenager’s growth spurt after puberty which is why the typical age of a person who acquires the condition is usually between 15 to 16 years.

The condition usually occurs in 3 to 4% of the population and is the most common cause of lower back pain in children or people below the age of 26. Spondylolysis is more common in kids or teenagers who take part in vigorous activities that over extend their spines such as weightlifting, gymnastics and football.


The condition calls for a more conservative approach. Chiropractic care of Spondylolysis would aim to reduce the pain, let the fracture heal and help return the patient to normal activities. Patients are also advised to refrain from any vigorous physical activities such as exercise or sports to help them heal faster. Treatments for severe cases often involve the use of a back brace or support which helps stabilize the back and prevent lower back pain to aid the healing process.

The condition might not be preventable in some cases however certain steps can be taken to reduce the risk of fractures in the lower back.

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Best Ways To Add Calcium For Optimum Bone Health

The question for you this week is if you had to choose one thing that would add calcium to your diet, to keep your bones strong, which food would you choose?

When I ask people this question, most people would say dairy, like milk.

But what is interesting is that it is not your richest source of calcium. If we take a look at the studies, the studies say that the countries that have the highest dairy intake have the highest rate of osteoporosis and hip fractures. In essence, the people that drink the most milk will have the worst bones.

We should realize that the sources that have the richest calcium are green leafy vegetables. For example, As far as the amount of absorbable calcium, it is far better in green leafy vegetables.

In our office, there are other ways to strengthen our bones to promote bone health. You can do it by doing weight-bearing type of exercises. This will add more stress to the joints, which will cause the body to start laying down more calcium in those weight bearing joints. The weight bearing joints, such as the hips, are the most frequently fractured bones of the body where people have osteoporosis.

What we do in our office is tell our patients to walk for 15 minutes with weights. We kill two birds with one stone when we do that, because we add weights on the body in certain areas that actually add stress to the joints as well globally correct the posture. So, our patients get two great health benefits: the weight bearing stress to the joints to get more calcium plus the correction to their posture.

Check out our video above to see examples of how we add the weights to our patients.

Organic Produce vs. Conventional Produce

Hi this is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. This week we’re going to talk about organic produce vs. conventional produce. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who say they don’t want to pay the higher price of organic produce. But let’s look at what you’re getting: standard conventional produce is loaded with chemicals, such as herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, with the idea of protecting the plant against bugs in order for the crop to survive. What happens, however, is that the chemicals go into the ground and kill up to 85% of the microbes within the soil; meaning 85% of the nutrients produced by the microbes in the soil are not getting to the plant. In other words, conventional type of farming produces a plastic plant that loaded with chemicals and not a nice healthy one That’s what the lower price is paying for as opposed to organic produce which is a higher quality of food. It’s going to have a much higher nutrient value than the standardized farming as well as devoid of the harmful chemicals. That alone would be worth paying the higher price – although it’s what you should be getting in the first place. Organic is the way to go if you want to prevent chemicals in your diet and a higher quality of nutrient. Look at organic, because it’s going to be your best buy. If you have any questions about this, you can contact me at Bates Chiropractic at (310)545-4188 or www.chiropractormanhattanbeach.com.

Remember stay consistent with your adjustments.

Manhattan Beach, CA Chiropractic care for Health Insurance (310) 545-4188

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Maintenance is Key by Manhattan Beach, CA Chiropractor (310) 545-4188

This week Dr. Rob discusses the importance of maintenance. It is better to be proactive as opposed to reactive. Be proactive about your health!
Maintain your spine for 100% nerve flow to all the organs, muscles, cells, and tissues of your body!
Maintain your health in order to live long and strong.

Do you have a health problem that concerns you?

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Serving Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, and Lawndale.



This week I want to talk about a patient that came in a couple years ago. This particular patient was a monk from China; she came in with the traditional Chinese robe and her head shaved. The reason she came in was because she heard getting adjusted was great for your health. She mentioned, “You’re as old as your spine”, which is something we talk about all the time.

We went ahead and checked her spine, found out she had a subluxation, we adjusted her, and her eyes lit up. She gave me a big smile and thanked me for the adjustment.

On the way out she told me about her world travels, how she went to a Children’s Home in Calcutta, India. This children’s home was run by The Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa

On the wall in the Children’s Home was a story.  She had the story written on a loose piece of paper in a book she gave me.  It read:

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self centered,

Love them anyway!

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,

Do good anyway!

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,

Succeed anyway!

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow,

Do good anyway!

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,

Be honest and frank anyway!

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight,

Build anyway!

People really need help but may attack you if you help them,

Help people anyway!

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,

Give the world the best you have anyway!

I just wanted to bring this up, being that it is Thanksgiving week.  Happy Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for you choosing our office.

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