CONTRAPPOSTO – The art of sculpting asymmetrical posture.
Is your stance predicting your future? Bad posture and favoring “sides” can lead to: Foot and ankle pain and degeneration Knee pain and degeneration Hip pain and degeneration Back pain and degeneration Impaired movement, need for a cane or walker, poor sleep, misery, poor balance, falls, pain while sitting, driving, standing, and working. Contrapposto (Italian pronunciation: [kontrapˈposto]) is an Italian term that means “counterpoise”. It is used in the visual arts to describe a human figure standing with most of its weight on one foot, so that its shoulders and arms twist off-axis from the hips and legs in the axial plane. (source: wikipedia) Contrapposto was position used by sculptors to create a more dynamic “image” of the human form and posture. Imagine the standing position where you put more weight on one leg, and the other leg is bent back slightly. This technique to create dynamism within a sculpture was first seen in Greece about 500 BCE. The term “chiropractic” comes from Cheir and Praxis which collectively mean “done by hand”. Chiropractic also focuses on the structure, posture, and function of the human form and how it impacts how your brain and nerves experience life. While the posture and...read more
Dr. Lou has what guitarists need!
Content for Musicians We have content condensed to two primary locations. YouTube & Dr. Lou’s BLOG. Dr. Lou’s App, available in the App Store, is also musician centered. Search “Dr. Lou – Chiropractor” and download the app for free! Our website and YouTube channels have loads of helpful DIY instruction for musicians, historical content, and troubleshooting ideas and strategies for playing at full capacity for your entire life. Here’s how you find it! YouTube (click it) To find music related blog posts, go to the website, click the blog button, and search “Music” Dr. Lou’s latest article, an interview for Guitar Player Magazine can be found here: Guitar Player Magazine...read more
Don’t Get Old. The Truth About Aging.
“Don’t get old,” they said. Why do people say this? Don’t get old. Getting old sucks. Getting old is hard. My parents both passed away before the age of 70. My dad was 68 and my mother 61. Over a decade later, I’m of the mindset that getting old is a privilege, a blessing, and that the alternative is worse. But why do older people nearly always say this? What differentiates those who say this with those who don’t? I see a lot of patients over the age of 65, and they often say to me, “Don’t get old”. As if anyone has a choice! I have asked why they say this, and I’ve collected over 20 years of answers as a clinician. The most common answers are as follows: My body just doesn’t work the way it used to. I’m in constant pain. I can’t keep up. My brain isn’t as sharp as it used to be. I feel 20 years older than I am. I move like an old lady. I can’t bend over to tie my shoes. These answers all have one thing in common. These complaints can all be positively affected by preventively taking care of...read more
We have a new APP for that! It’s FREE! (and awesome)
Dr. Lou had an app created for you! 2023 is already so awesome! Our office app was designed in 2022 for launch in 2023 to not only help you get better results with your care, but to make your care at our office even more exciting and fun! IF you are not an active patient at our office, no problem! The app is for you too! Everyone can start using it right away! (Detailed Instructions below) The app has a lot of features that we want you to be familiar with so that you don’t miss out on anything. Once you download the app using the QR code to get to the app, you will find the checklist below helpful in navigating the buttons at first glance. The steps below will be in order from left to right and top to bottom on the front page of the app. About us – This tab links to our website “about us” page. Learn more about our current staff at this tab. Musicians – This tab is for musicians, and those of you who want to keep tabs on Dr. Lou’s work with musicians. Whether your musician friends live locally or around...read more
Perry Farrell – 2020 Spine Surgery – Voicebox Removed!
Musicians and Neck Surgery Perry Farrell, lead singer of the iconic alt-rock band Jane’s Addiction, underwent surgery in 2020 for a cervical spine disc issue caused by years of head banging while on stage. The surgery, was a success and Farrell has since made what appears to be a full recovery Can Head Banging Cause Neck Damage? Yes. Of course it can. Head banging is like a series of mini whiplashes over the course of an entire concert. Muscle, ligament, and tendon sprain-strain injuries are most likely. In more longterm severe cases, herniated discs may manifest. It is important to think of consequences before engaging in an activity that could lead to long-term health issues and even surgical mishap disability, even death. “Consider Potential Consequences.” ~Dr. Lou If you don’t know the consequences or mechanisms leading to consequences, that’s what people like “Dr. Lou” are for. A large part of my consulting with musicians online is trying to avoid, or modify behaviors that could lead to unwanted long-term health issues and risk factors. Farrell had been dealing with spinal issues for some time, and the surgery was deemed necessary to alleviate the pain and discomfort he had been experiencing in his...read more