Rubber Band Exercise

This is Dr. Rob with your weekly health blog. I’ve been seeing a lot of people who work in front of the computer -most people work in front of the computer and text quite a bit- having problems with carpal tunnel syndrome. This is typically due to the position they’re putting themselves in: head forward, hand in a claw-like position. After awhile, the muscles in your hand begin shortening because of the constant position it’s put in.
Here’s one thing I want you to try for a week:
Get a rubber band, place it around your fingers, and as you’re driving or walking around, start pushing your fingers outward. Make sure the rubber band is not too thick just thin enough to provide resistance as you open up those muscles. If you keep opening those muscles, it will begin to develop the muscles on the opposite side of the hand.
That’s your homework for this week; you’ve got to do it a couple hundred times a day. You can easily do it while you’re driving or in front of the computer. You will see that you will soon have less pain in your hand.
We will talk more about how to correct forward head posture which is more complicated. Until then you can always call me at our office Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188 or on our website:

Chiropractor Manhattan Beach Talks About Posture!

Dr. Rob here! I want to talk to you all about Forward Head Posture, or FHP. FHP can be linked to many problems, including neck pain, upper back pain, low back pain, fatigue, headaches, and even carpel tunnel syndrome. Your head weighs approximately 10 pounds, and when your head is set forward, your posture follows. This causes tremendous pressure on your back. For example, every inch forward causes about 20 pounds of added pressure on your upper back. Essentially, your ears should align with your shoulders, and corrective care can help you achieve this! If you have any questions, or concerns about Forward Head Posture, contact me at

Physical Causes of Disease

Hi, this is Dr. Rob again; we’ve been talking about the major causes of disease.

Basically there is one cause, which is your body’s inability to adapt to stress; moreover, the internal intelligence of your body is not able to adapt to environment. There are various forms of stress, such as physical stresses: trauma, emotional stresses: auto suggestion, and chemical stresses: poisons and toxins.

When we talk about physical stress, there are two main types of traumas: macro trauma and micro trauma. Macro traumas consist of those like the one Christopher Reeves experienced. He fell, head first, off his horse. He broke the top 2 bones in his neck which created major health problems for him, thus his early death. Other types of micro traumas consist of car accidents, slip and falls, boarding accidents, as well as birth traumas. A way the spine could be brought out of alignment with a newborn are through the birth process. Shortly after that, the process of learning how to walk and the inevitable falls that come along with that can also create traumas to the spine.

Micro traumas are insidious; they consist of posture: sitting, standing, even sleeping. Think of when you’re driving or when you’re sitting in front of the computer, what posture do you have?

So you see, posture can be a summation of little traumas that can be just as bad as if you’ve gotten into a car accident.  In fact, there’s a study done by The Journal of Geriatrics, in October 2004 that discusses posture; moreover Forward Head Posture, the kyphotic posture, where people were stuck hunched over with their head forward. The study measured people posture and its correlation with death. They found that the people who were stuck with their head protruding forward were closer to death.

The only thing that they could think of was that this posture promoted compression of the lungs and put pressure on the spinal nerves that feed out into organs like the heart and lungs. Those vital organs weren’t able to function properly thus the person died early.

These have been a couple of physical aspects of how you can cause disease, next time we’ll talk more about the chemical aspects.

If you have any questions, contact us at Bates Chiropractic (310) 545 – 4188 or

The Damaging Effects of Forward Head Posture

The Journal of Geriatrics came out with a study in October 2004; what they found was that people with forward posture or a hunchback, the more their spine hunched forward and was stuck in that position, the closer to death they were. Let’s look at reasons why that could be:

If you look at Patty, she’s stuck in this forward posture. This posture is closing down on all the nerve pathways and it’s inhibiting her ability to breathe and move properly.

We’re going to do a little exercise. I want you guys to participate in this too. I want you to get into that poor posture that you usually are in front of the computer or maybe you’re stuck that way all the time or perhaps you’ve even noticed your kids in that position because of their heavy backpacks.

Go ahead and get into that posture, so you can join us and feel this. This is experiential; I want you to feel what happens in this forward head posture. Now try this: try to bring your arms all the way up and over your head. How far do you get? Notice how far Patty can bring her arms over.

Now go ahead and bring your head over center, so that your ears are over your shoulders. Now go ahead and try that again. See how Patty is able to get her arms up there with no problem? One of the things that happens with forward head posture is that it puts a lot of pressure on the nerves that feed out into the shoulder, and mechanically doesn’t allow the shoulders to open up which can lead to problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic rotator cuff strains, neck problems, and headaches.

Now try this other exercise, get back into that posture again, as if you were in front of the computer, and take a deep breath; feel how that feels. Now bring your ears back over your shoulders and see how the posture pops back up. Now go ahead and take a deep breath. How does that feel? There’s a big difference. This will cause you to be unable to oxygenate your tissues. It causes nerve damage to the nerves that feed out to the lungs and the heart, the shoulders and the hands. Just by correcting posture is a huge thing.

That’s what we do: we correct the subluxation which allows those nerve channels to open up. But, we also do things to correct the posture so it’s not a problem either. You have to do both those things to be effective. Then your body would be healthier than it’s been in a long time.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate in contacting us at Bates Chiropractic at (310) 545-4188

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You and your guests will enjoy a great meal and learn life-saving information. We look forward to seeing you there!