Happy Feet!

June is the official start of summer, but in Southern California it seems summer is year round. This year, we had an unseasonably cold winter. Our weather has now shifted back and much to our relief it’s time to dig out our favorite sandals from the back of the closet.

Now, I’m a die-hard barefoot girl, in fact, I’m writing this while sporting my bare feet. So I get the need for free and happy feet. I’m also an avid motorcycle rider, but as soon as I get off my bike I kick off the boots and either slip on my favorite Birkenstocks, or prance around barefoot. Not only do my feet love me, but so does my back.

Did you know your feet are the most important piece of the puzzle regarding your posture? Seriously, this is why each adjustment I perform starts with your feet and why after every single adjustment I make, I re-evaluate the changes it made all the way down to your feet. Here’s how it works:

Every muscle in your body is surrounded and held to together by a mess of thin see-through tissue called fascia. It surrounds each muscle, then holds each muscle group together, and then holds the entire body together connecting to every single joint throughout your body. Which means, changes in the muscle tension in your jaw show up all the way down to your feet! Without fascia, you’d be super loosey goosey and jiggly.

Fascial tension is meant to be balanced throughout the body. Just like every joint in your body, including your spinal joints are meant to be well-aligned. But sitting funny, wearing crazy high heels, over working our toes while flipping and flopping around town, or sleeping on a pillow that offers little support, you can sense the changes in fascial tension. Ouch!

Chiropractors are highly trained to isolate and analyze fascial planes and every joint in your body for imbalance. We are also trained on how to re-balance them too. However, you have to do your part too. Just like making sure you are sleeping on a properly supportive pillow to prevent neck pain, you should be evaluating your shoes for proper fit and support.

So, before you dust off those comfy flops, and slide in your fancy toes, take a few minutes to investigate their “fitness” by clicking off this list to ensure you get the best fit and support possible. Preventing foot pain and ultimately back pain now is worth not spending several hours each day suffering.

          • Are the soles in good shape, worn evenly or too thin?
          • Do the arches fit snuggly into yours?
          • IS there any arch support?
          • Do the straps fit snuggly, but not too tight or loose?
          • Are the straps comfortable and don’t cause blisters?
          • Do your feet stay within the foot bed?
          • When you wear these sandals, you don’t notice any foot, ankle, knee, hip, back or neck pain?

If you answered YES to ALL of these, then have at it. Wear these sandals for as long as possible. However, if you answered NO to any of these then it’s time to say “Adios!” and find a new sole-mate!

Here are a few personal favorite brands that I love. They can be found at The Walking Company or Zappos.com (free shipping on all orders and returns):

          • Birkenstocks
          • Chaco
          • Mephisto
          • Dansko
          • Merrell
          • Keen

Now, that your feet are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted

Moto Chiro Featured on the Riding’ SoCal Podcast

Moto Chiro Featured on the Riding’ SoCal Podcast with Tom Hicks

What a privilege for Dr. Mindi to be interviewed and share her expertise with Tom Hicks and his listeners. It was a great time!

Below is the info from the podcast:

TomMindi-RidinSoCal-PodcastEpisode 81: Dr. Mindi Jentes – The Moto Chiro

December 18, 2014

Dr. Mindi Jentes is a chiropractor specializing in full service wellness care for motorcyclists. As she says, “you need to tune up your body just like you tune up your bike”. An avid rider herself, she can help you with riding injuries, neck pain, foot pain, numbness in the hands, feet, or limbs, and digestive problems, just to name a few.

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70% of the population will have back pain

herniateddisc“Approximately 70% of the population will have back pain at some point in time.  Low-back pain (LBP) with associated leg pain due to a herniated intervertebral disc is one of the most severe and disabling forms of back pain.

Many treatment options are available that can be grouped into two categories: surgical and conservative care. Conservative care may include medication, corticosteroid nerve root or epidural infiltrations, bed rest, physical therapy, flexion/distraction therapy, and spinal manipulation…A large percentage of acute and importantly chronic lumbar disc herniation patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation reported clinically relevant improvement.”  

Read the full article online: http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(14)00034-7/fulltext

Common Phrases: Pain in the Neck & Pain in the Butt

Ever wonder why the phrases “pain in the neck” and “pain in the butt” were coined?neck-back-pain

The part of your spine where your “neck bone’s connected to your shoulder bone” and where your “back bone’s connected to your butt bone” are considered to be primary emotional store houses in our bodies.

These are the primary areas of the spine that suffer the earliest signs of osteoarthritis leading to long term dis-ease. If you’ve got a pain in the neck or a pain in the butt in your life, it’s probably time you get some much needed emotional support– CHIROPRACTIC! It does a body good!

Whoa, this is really serious business

Today, I saw a patient complaining of low back “achiness,” not really anything painful. All neuros, DTR’s, myotomes, dermatomes were normal. Mild discomfort was illicited with a few orthopedic tests. Due to the patient’s age and having sustained a minor fall 1 month ago, my supervising doctor recommended we take x-rays of his lumbar spine to be sure all was clear to begin treatment.

The x-rays revealed this patient had sustained a compression fracture. Thanking God for the wisdom I have gained at LACC. This was a moment where as a student, I take a step back and say “Whoa! This is really serious business!”