OCD and Thanksgiving

For many people, Thanksgiving has become a day programmed into a diet, and is increasingly becoming more and more exclusive.

Some individuals might try to avoid gluten from the wheat rolls. Others may be concerned about the plastic leaching into the turkey from the bag and the button it’s been marinating in. Some will worry about the gravy containing mono sodium glutamate along with trans fats.  Still others are probably wondering how many parts per billions of cesium 137 is in the crab dip and or oyster dressing from Fukishima, among other heavy metals.  Some will be worried about pcbs from the canned yams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin disturbing endocrine function.

In these instances I often use an age old smokers philosophy, I learned years back.  You’re going to die anyway.  So whenever you start stressing about all of the above possibilities just make to remember that wisdom, make sure to have gravy in case the turkey is dry, and remember to be thankful for family and friends.  Hope you have a great thanksgiving.  #enjoy

Desk Jockey 1.0

In many instances the body tends to adopt certain postures in order to become more efficient in a posture. An example of this is the body accommodating to an internally rotated posture behind a desk.  Individuals often demonstrate a dominant lower body side and a non-dominant side. In my experience in sport it is not uncommon to see the non-dominant side to develop certain proclivities towards injury. Although this observation is anecdotal, injury seems to chose the path or least resistance where a certain number of my injuries creep up. The skeletal structure tries to reinforce these postures that we adopt to compensate for muscular deficiencies and asymmetry. In my case My dominant leg is my right leg and and all the injuries tend to occur on my left side.

Below is a video that deals with an asymmetry of the SI joint.  Dr Jo’s instruction are helpful demonstrating a protocol to reset the joint.  In my opinion there is a relationship to the side of knee and or, hip, and back discomfort that is demonstrated from an asymmetric anterior hip rotation.  In my case it is more prominent on my non dominant side.  Following the video I have a modification of my own as far as a routine.  She reference posterior hip rotation, anterior hip rotation or lordosis is often what you will see in people that chronically  slouch a their desk.  This often comes about from the shortened range of the hipflexor and other muscle length conformities to posture.  In the case of anterior hip rotation it would be beneficial to push the anteriorly rotated side into the ground and the posteriorly rotated side into your hand.

Below is a routine to help address this specific asymmetry

O Exercise Sets Reps R I Tempo
A1 Glute Bridge 3 10-12 60sec 2011
B1  Push/Pull 3 1(3-5 sec) 30sec 5
C1 Ball Adduction 3 1(3-5 sec) 30sec 5
D1 Split Squat 3 6-8 60 sec  3110
D2 Single Glute Bridge 3 6-8 60 sec 2011
E1 Compound Movement Squat Variations or Deadlift 3 10-12 90 sec 4010