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Poetry in Motion

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Flexibility, Ease of Motion, and Regular Chiropractic Care

In our day-to-day routine, most of us take flexibility and ease of motion for granted. All the biomechanical processes that result in fluidity of movement take place below the surface, so to speak, and we are not conscious of these physiological actions. We become aware of such mechanisms when they go awry and we experience abnormal or even painful mobility during regular activities.

Regular chiropractic care helps restore our ability to seamlessly perform our activities of daily living by detecting and correcting sources of biomechanical disturbance, most of which are located in the spine. As a result, regular chiropractic care helps to reduce pain and assists us in regaining optimal mobility. In this way, regular chiropractic care helps restore our natural mechanical ability to move through our environment with ease and grace and helps us obtain greater levels of health and well-being.

Many "Seinfeld" fans may fondly remember "The Chaperone," the episode in which the characters Elaine Benes and Mr. Justin Pitt meet for the first time. Elaine is interviewing at Doubleday, a publishing house in New York City. Her conversation with the managing editor turns to Jackie O and the ineffable quality of grace. Elaine says, "You know, grace is a tough one. I like to think I have a little grace." Mrs. Landis, the editor, dismisses Elaine's notion out-of-hand, emphatically stating, "You can't have a little grace. You either have grace or you don't." In the next scene, Mr. Pitt, formerly a great friend of Jackie O, tells Elaine, "You don't want too much grace or you won't be able to stand."

Grace is a quality we instinctively recognize in many ballet dancers, medal-winning gymnasts, and professional athletes. The best of these top-level performers not only possess split-second, real-time response mechanisms to almost instantaneously changing physical circumstances, but also have the ability to make it look easy. That remarkable ability is known to us as grace.

Real people, in addition to certain television characters, require a sufficient quantity of grace. We could say that grace enables us to move fluidly, with ease and economy of motion, through three-dimensional space. Very few people can be all-star athletes, a member of the New York City Ballet, or win an award in a high school- or college-level competitive sport, but almost everyone, by applying the principle of grace, can gain flexibility, improve exercise efficiency, and reduce unnecessary effort as we go about our daily business.

Grace is not at all about looking good. In Major League Baseball, when a shortstop dives to his left to snare a hard-hit grounder, spins 360 degrees, and rifles a throw to first base, or in the WNBA, when a guard slashes to the hoop and causally flips in a reverse layup, none of this effort is directed toward good appearances for photographers or television cameras. All their efforts are being put toward solving an immediate problem and their actions are naturally graceful as a result.

When we, too, focus on the task at hand and purposefully execute a perfect (for us) bench press, a 2-mile run, or a 30-minute session in the pool, we are training our muscles, ligaments, and joints (our musculoskeletal system) to perform at optimum capacity.1,2 As we do this work, our bodies naturally develop greater flexibility and fluidity. Our bodies become more effective at performing physical tasks and the many valuable long-term results include grace. Grace is the outward manifestation of our improved physicality, and as such, is a useful indicator of our improved health and well-being.3


 

Sources

    1. Nakamura PM, et al: Effect on physical fitness of a 10-year physical activity intervention in primary health care settings.         J Phys Act Health 12(1): 102-108, 2015

    2. Chu CH, et al: Exercise and fitness modulate cognitive function in older adults. Psychol Aging 30(4):842-848, 2015

    3. Chung PK, et al: A canonical correlation analysis on the relationship between functional fitness and health-related                 quality of life in older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 68:44-48, 2016

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I slipped on ice in December, landing hard on my behind. I was in excruciating pain and could barely move. It was a Saturday night but I called the office and left a message (new patient, too, found them on Google.) I received a call back first thing Monday morning, they got me right in that day, and I just completed my 3- month treatment plan. I feel so much better and am happy to have found Dr. Ide and his staff.

  ~Amy Hawker

Dr. Ide and his staff are awesome. I had all but given up and I saw his ad. I am s happy to be out of partial pain and I have only gone twice, I cannot wait for the end results. Just to be pain free. Dr. Ide, I thank you so much.

   ~ Patsy Dimond-Spencer

Dr. Ide and his staff have given me my life back. The day I called to make my first appointment I had been suffering from a migraine and severe neck pain for 6 days. This was also after receiving multiple pain injections from my primary physician with no relief. His staff not only verified my insurance was accepted at this location before even offering me an appointment time (which multiple offices will not do this) over the phone but I was able to make an appointment for the same day. Dr. Ide took the time to obtain pertinent patient history and not only explain but he also showed me on my x-rays why I was experiencing pain. He addressed the root of the problem instead of pushing prescriptions to subside your symptoms. HE discussed my POA in detail and reiterated why finishing therapy and continuing home therapy was important. I was hesitant and nervous about my first adjustment but again, he took the time to walk me through each step. Paired with my weekly adjustments I also receive massage therapy. Monica, the massage therapist is incredible. She takes the time to ask specific questions before the massage to ensure she provides the best care possible. Kasey, Dr. Ide's assistant is extremely personable and continues to make sure you feel comfortable throughout your visit. The front staff also provides a warm and welcoming environment. Within my first month of treatment, I'm able to go das without a headache now and I have reduced the frequency of my pain medication. I highly recommend Dr. Ide and his staff!

    ~Leah Craig

Very friendly staff and knowledgeable doctor! After doing a 3 month program, I no longer have daily headaches, back pain or neck pain. Most doctor's adjust your back and send you on your way - Dr. Ide makes sure to turn it into a lifestyle change by improving your posture and fixing any issues you may have. I would definitely recommend him over any chiropractor.

    ~Lauren Dunigan

I always have good service and leave feeling good! The people are nice and all know my name. I really like how they do business for senior citizens... that's a big plus!
~Nancy Matson

Very extensive in the examination. Not like other chiropractors I'd seen who just do a quick adjustment. They diagnosed the problem and are working to correct it with me. They have even went so far as to work out payment arguments for the things my insurance wouldn't cover.

    ~Brandon Ogle

I had neck and shoulder pain since 2010. Ever since I started going to him I have felt better and better!

    ~Andrel Jacobs 

I had ankle problems all my life in my left foot. Dr. Ide adjusted my ankle for me and within one adjustment my ankle felt the best ever. Thanks Dr. Ide!

              A.H.
              Fenton, MI

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