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

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

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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Simple Ways to Alleviate Back Pain as You Get Older

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

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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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

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

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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Choosing A Back To School Backpack

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

School Backpack | Best Toronto Chiropractor As heard on 680 News this is the followup article to the interview that was done with Dr Ken Nakamura on August 13th.   Choosing a school backpack depends on 4 criteria. Use: What you will be using the school backpack for. Features: What features are important when looking for a school backpack. Fit: Buy the right size school backpack for your child or teen. The capacity of the backpack: Depends on the use of the school backpack. #1 Use of Your School Backpack What are you going to be using your backpack for? If you are simply taking a[...]
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5 Safe Ab Exercises For Lower Back Pain

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Swiss Ball Crunches | Best Toronto Chiropractor Have you been wondering what are some safe ab exercises for your lower back?   Here are five safe ab exercises for when you have lower back pain. These exercises can be used to help prevent lower back pain.  #1 Stomach Vacuum Exercises: Safe Ab Exercises For Low Back Pain You can do this exercise standing or sitting. Slowly inhale as much air as possible. Exhale and bring your stomach in as much as possible. Visualize your navel going towards your lower back. One contraction is 20 seconds. Remember you can still breath while doing this. Work your way up[...]
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5 Exercises For Osteoarthritis

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Osteoarthritis: Damaged joint and healthy joint detailed diagram | Best Toronto Chiropractor Dr Ken Nakamura Downtown Toronto Chiropractor Your medical doctor just told you that you have osteoarthritis based on an X-ray, MRI or CT scan, and you want to know the best treatments, right?   Stop right there. Almost everyone over 40 years of age has osteoarthritis.  That means that almost everyone over 40 should have pain right? That’s simply not true.   The truth is research has proven that there is no correlation between the severity of osteoarthritis and your pain.  I see people with severe osteoarthritis on X-rays all the time, yet they have stiffness in the morning with a little bit of pain or[...]
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4 Key Exercises To Help Rounded Shoulder Posture

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

Band Stretch : Starting Position - Dr Ken Nakamura Downtown Toronto Chiropractor | Best Toronto Chiropractor What are the 4 key exercises to help rounded shoulder posture?   Do you have rounded shoulder posture from weight lifting or sitting at your desk too long?   Is your rounded shoulder giving you neck pain, headaches or upper back pain?   Sitting all day and weightlifting create a surprising shared problem.  Weightlifters love to work on their chest muscles as that is the most visible feature when they look in the mirror. While most weightlifters exercise their back muscles, my experience from observation at the gym and at the clinic of the patients that I treat is clear.   Overwhelmingly,[...]
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