5 Myths of Core Stability

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Core stability exercises have been proven by research to prevent and rehabilitate many types of pain. [1] The problem is many chiropractors and physiotherapists have made assumptions about lumbar stabilization exercises, abdominal recruitment exercises and motor control exercises. #1 Core Stability Myth Core Stability muscle damage/changes doesn’t affect low back stability or pain. Core muscles are needed for spinal stability. Despite damage and changes to the core muscles like in pregnancy and surgery, research has shown that these damages/changes don’t affect low back stability or pain. [1] The huge amount of research available has not been able to directly relate[...]
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Best Exercises For Your Supraspinatus

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Rotator cuff muscles | Dr Ken Nakamura Best Toronto Chiropractor Did your physiotherapist diagnose you with a supraspinatus muscle strain? Want to know the best way to strengthen your supraspinatus muscle? The supraspinatus is one of the four rotator cuff muscles.[1] The supraspinatus’ job is to stabilize the glenohumeral joint. When the supraspinatus isn’t working properly you become prone to impingement of the shoulder. If you have rotator cuff pain click 7 most important exercises for rotator cuff pain Research from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that the supraspinatus was activated selectively with less activation of other muscles when the shoulder is in external rotation.[2] All the[...]
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Neck Pain Can Be The Root Of Your Dizziness, Headaches And Visual Problems

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Balance Problems | Best Toronto Chiropractor Dr Ken Nakamura Headaches, dizziness, unsteadiness, and visual disturbances can all be traced back to your neck. Altered eye movements and postural instability are possible even without neck trauma. Causes Of Neck Pain Related Headaches, Visual Problems and Balance Your eyes, ears, inner ears, neck and nervous system control your eye movements and balance. [1] Even minor blows, whiplash or low force blows to your head can affect your eye movements and balance leading to dizziness, headaches and neck pain.   Symptoms Of Neck Pain Related Headaches, Visual Problems and Balance Visual disturbances include needing to concentrate to read, eye fatigue, difficulty judging distance and[...]
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Simple Ways to Alleviate Back Pain as You Get Older

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Alleviate Back Pain | Dr Ken Nakamura Best Toronto Chiropractor Your body goes through changes as you get older. Unfortunately, sometimes those changes can result in discomfort. That’s why it’s not uncommon to develop back pain later in life.   The spine consists of vertebrae stacked atop each other. Discs between the vertebrae essentially work as shock absorbers. However, these discs deteriorate over time. This reduces shock absorption and causes the vertebrae to rub against each other more often during movement.   That doesn’t mean you simply have to accept that chronic back pain is going to be a natural side effect of aging. There are plenty of steps you[...]
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Step By Step Return To Sport After A Concussion Part II

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Post Concussion Syndrome | Best Toronto Chiropractor Dr Ken Nakamura   The great news is that most symptoms of concussions or post-concussion symptoms resolve within 3 weeks. If your post-concussion symptoms are persistent take these steps to ensure to you recover properly. Below are listed the 8 steps in chronological order that you need to do in order to get better.   If you are stuck at a step it means it’s time to get help. You should see a chiropractor that has experience and extra training in post-concussion assessment and treatments.   Return to Sport #1 Rest for 48-72 hours. Start by getting a few days of rest with no[...]
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How To Return To Sport After A Concussion

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Concussion | Best Downtown Toronto Chiropractor What is a Concussion? A concussion is a direct or indirect trauma to the brain that affects how your brain functions such as thinking, vision, balance and consciousness.   What Causes Concussions Face and neck trauma will cause brain trauma and thus concussions, but you also get concussions from something very surprising. A body blow or fall to the ground without hitting your head can also cause a concussion. I’ve seen soccer players who were tackled and hit the ground and never hit their head suffer from a concussion that took them out of play for weeks. What Symptoms Do I[...]
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Spondylolysis Exercises To Stablize Your Lower Back

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Spondylolysis Dr Ken Nakamura Downtown Toronto Chiropractor Spondylolysis is a fracture of the lower back. Yet it doesn’t have to hurt. The key is doing the right spondylolysis exercises so you can get better. My experience has been that you can turn a spondylolysis that has progressed to a grade III spondylolisthesis and relieve a person’s pain with the right combination of treatments, exercises and attention to posture. So What is spondylolysis?   Spondylolysis is a break or fracture of part of your vertebrae. This thin and weaker area of the spine is called the pars area of your vertebrae. Female gymnasts, cricket bowlers and young male[...]
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The 7 Most Important Exercises For Rotator Cuff Pain

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7 Most Important Exercises For Rotator Cuff Pain Do you have rotator cuff pain or shoulder pain?   Which exercises do I need for rotator cuff pain?   Do I need surgery for a rotator cuff pain?   The good news is most of you can avoid surgery by doing the exercises below.  These exercises will help most people that have rounded cuff pain. If you continue to have rotator cuff pain consult your chiropractor for more specific exercises.   The first three exercises will start helping you with your rounded shoulders. For the full article click Fixing Your Rounded Shoulders in 7 Easy Steps   Exercise #[...]
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Exercises To Get Rid Of Orthotics.

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Walk Barefoot While Consciously Maintaining Your Tripod Foot | Dr Ken Nakamura Chiropractor Exercises can be your key to get rid of orthotics from your shoes?   You may be saying, well I depend on my orthotics so I can’t do without them. You may be surprised to find that most people have the ability, given the time and effort to do the exercises below, to get rid of orthotic dependency.   Your health practitioner told you to get orthotics. I say that while each case is individual I would say from experience that it is possible for many of my patients to improve their standing and walking so they can get rid of orthotics[...]
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Fix your Rounded Shoulders In 7 Easy Steps

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Round shoulder exercises | Best Toronto Chiropractor How can you tell if your shoulders are too rounded?   Try this test to see if you have rounded shoulders. Stand up and put your hands by your side. Where are your thumbs? The best way to tell if your shoulders are rounded without being a chiropractor is to stand with hands at your sides. If your thumbs turn forward or outward then your shoulders aren’t rounded. On the other hand, if your thumbs turn in towards each other then your shoulders are rounded and you need to do the exercises below.   The picture above shows that his left[...]
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