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Dr. Simon Kuang of Ideal Body Chiropractic is Orange County's favorite sports chiropractor.  Located in Fullerton, California, Dr. Simon Kuang specializes in the treatment and maintenance of athletic injuries with chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique (ART) soft tissue massage technique, and movement screenings.   Many patients are happy to find that Dr. Kuang's treatments can resolve conditions such as low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and headaches.

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Welcome to Dr. Kuang's Blog!

This is the blog of Dr Simon Kuang, sports chiropractic physician.  The writings found here serve inspire you to take advantage of your life and to live it to its fullest potential.  There are so many things in this world that are mediocre, lets not let living your life be one of them.  

Driving With Uber: Your Ticket To Chronic Low Back Pain!

Simon Kuang

Hey, lets face it: times are tough.  Being an adult means that there are bills to pay, mouths to feed and things to do.  This translates into more time spent at the workplace, and less time spent doing the things that you love with the people that you care about.  With this being said, more and more people are looking for alternative ways to make a little bit of cash.  Enter Uber.  Uber, and other ride sharing services like Lyft and Sidecar, offer up a very unique solution to this time tested financial problem: the ability to work for decent pay when you want, without having to compromise your social life in the process.  But that doesn’t mean that working for Uber doesn’t have its own set of unique consequences.  And as I’m sure you’ve gathered by the title of this blog post, it can lead to low back pain!  C’mon now, this is a blog that is authored by a chiropractor, what did you think this blog was going to be about?  Allow me to explain.

 

If driving for Uber is your side gig, you’d work 15 hours a week, and to make a livable wage for Uber, which is around $50,000, you would have to drive upwards of 50 hours a week.  So on average, an Uber driver works 30-35 hours a week.  Now, in a blog that I am going to release in the coming weeks, where I will outline why sitting is the new smoking, I’ll talk about how sitting has a butt-load of negative health consequences.  But for now, let’s focus on how sitting is terrible for your low back.  And here’s why:

 

Let’s start with a brief anatomy lesson on a very important muscle in the front of your body: The Iliopsoas.  This muscle is located in the front of your hip, and is responsible for bringing your hip into flexion (think bringing your knee towards your chest).  This muscle starts up top and originates at the vertebra and their discs in your low back, known as the lumbar spine.  It then works its way across the hip joint and inserts onto your upper leg bone, or femur.  The thing about muscles is they behave like cement (its quite a bit more complex than that, but this is a good metaphor, so bare with me for a moment).  If you keep cement moving like when it’s being transported in a cement mixing truck, it stays fluid and doesn’t solidify.  But when it reaches the job site and gets poured out and stays still, it solidifies.  Let’s bring it back to the world of muscles.  When you sit for any prolonged amount of time, like say, when you’re driving for Uber, your Iliopsoas stays put and doesn’t move.  It then solidifies in this shortened position and won’t want to stretch out.  Now when you get out of your car and stand up after an 8 hour Uber session, your iliopsoas muscle pulls on its attachment site on your low back, creating a sharp pain in your lumbar spine. 

The Iliopsoas Muscle


Now that we understand why Ubering is so terrible for your low back, what can we do about it?  Well, to be honest, this is a chiropractic blog for my business, so the businessman in me wants me to just tell you to call my office to make an appointment to come in for some treatment.  But, the doctor in me is going to tell you to stretch; and if that doesn’t work, then come in for a treatment.  


You can stretch the Iliopsoas in 2 different ways, and I’ll walk you through each of them.  The basic premise behind these techniques is simple, to create hip extension (think kicking your leg back behind you).  But here’s a little disclaimer before I go into the stretches.  There are plenty of other reasons for why you might be suffering from low back pain.  If you’re reading this blog post, sweating up a storm from the your low back pain, taking 8 – 10 Advils a day to manage it, and wanting to punch everyone you see in the face, I’m sorry, this stretch is not for you.  If this is you, please make an appointment with me, or another well-qualified physician. 


1. Standing Iliopsoas Stretch

 

Get into a split leg stand like you’re going to do a lunge.  If you’re clumsy like most people, be sure to give yourself enough side-to-side width so you don’t lose your balance and break a hip.   Keep your upper body as upright as possible, without hyperextending your low back.  Take a moment to check your back hip and to make sure that it is squat with the rest of your body.  Now take a look at your back foot and make sure that your toes are pointed forwards.  If you’ve accomplished these two body positions, start to bend your front knee forwards, without changing the angle of your upper body.  If you are a master yogi, and want to earn some extra credit, you can do a side bend towards your front leg to really add some stretch to that Iliopsoas.  You should be feeling a stretch in the front of your hip joint.  Hold this position for a minute and switch legs.  Do this a couple of times throughout the day, for the next couple of days, and see if it brings forth some relief. 

 

2. The couch stretch


This next one is one of my faves.  If you’ve spent any amount of time in the world of crossfit, chances are that you’ve heard of a gentleman by the name of Kelly Starrettof San Francisco Crossfit and his website, MobilityWod.  I learned this one from the man himself, and I’m going to share it with you guys here.  Kelly, if you’re reading this, and you’ve copyrighted the name “couch stretch”, I apologize, please don’t sue me.  Side note: can you copyright a stretch?  I digress…


Start by jamming one of your knees into a corner of a couch with the foot of your other leg firmly planted on the ground, and your upper body folded over your front leg.  While in this position, square your hips like in the last stretch; push your butt back towards the backrest of the couch.  When you’ve accomplished this, without moving any joints besides your hip joint, extend your body upwards like a drawbridge towards the back of the couch.  If you’re too tight, and can’t get into a fully upright position, then stop there.  For those of you limber enough to get into the upright position, continue on to the next step.  In this upright position, squeeze the butt of the leg that’s on the couch, and now you should feel a pretty gnarly stretch in the front of your hip. 


I’m going to guess that by now, you have gathered that this article isn’t really about how Uber can lead to low back pain, but about how sitting can do so.  I put Uber in the title to up my search engine results and to earn your readership.  With that being said, everybody in today’s modern society can benefit from a little couch stretching.  If you liked this blog post, share it with your buddies and leave a comment below to let me know how those stretches worked out for you.  

Testing the Strength of the Human Spirit

Simon Kuang

I've been competing in the sport of Olympic weightlifting for 3 years.  Within this 3 year span, I have performed well over 10,000 repetitions of the classical lifts, more if you want to count squats, and have competed in more than 30 USA weightlifting sanctioned meets.  My point in saying this is that I am no stranger to the inevitable stress that is inherent to performing the snatch and clean and jerk under extreme pressure.  

The 5th Annual St. Patty's Day meet at ChikaraSport started off like all the previous ones.  I completed my first and seconds attempts with ease.  

What happened next will change my life forever.  

After applying a liberal layer of chalk to my hands, I walked up to the bar with my normal stoic demeanor.  I took one last moment to completely relax my body before squeezing the bar off the floor.  Once the bar reaches my hips, I finish my third pull violently, and pull myself under the bar.  I caught the weight a little off balance, and I knew I would have to save it.  With thoughts of a gold medal bouncing around in my head, I stepped forward to try to save the lift.  And that's when it happened.  

It sounded like an egg being hit by a baseball bat.  

I drop the weight.  I sit down on a chair as my coach approaches me and tells me to follow him outside.  I tell him that i'm fine.  I didn't want to look at my shoulder out of fear of what might have happened, but the look on my coaches face told me that it wasn't just a simple sprain.  He's looking at me like he'd just witnessed a murder.  I look at my shoulder, and can see that my arm is 3 inches below where it's supposed to be, that is not normal.  I have succeeded at dislocating my shoulder.  

He's looking at me like he'd just witnessed a murder.  

I haven't touched a barbell or treated a patient since.  The past 16 days have tested my spirit like never before and will surely continue to do so for the next 6 months as I recover.  There are no words that can even begin to describe the emotional storm I've gone through.  My identity as an athlete and a practitioner was taken away from me in a blink of an eye.  In the absence of these two, I am left with nothing.  But, I've done my grieving and have come to terms with my injury.  I'm going to be out of commission for a minimum of six months after my surgery.  This will be followed by a slow and steady road to recovery, which I am positive will be checkered with frustration that will put my willpower to the test.  Although this was a very unfortunate accident, it has renewed my faith in humanity.  It has shown me the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength that can be cultivated by the support of a positive social network.  People from all different parts of my life offered their support.  My girlfriend in particular has been paramount to my recovery.  Without her help, my apartment would be a mess, and I would have starved to death within days of my accident.   My weightlifting team has rallied behind me, offering their words of encouragement and by coming up with creative ways in which I can work out around my injury.  For this, you all have my appreciation.

Although this is not a life threatening injury, it has reminded me of a lesson I learned when I knocked on death's door not too long ago.  Not being able to be an athlete or a practitioner for the foreseeable future has strengthened my belief that you must fully take advantage of the time you have in this life while you have the ability to do so.  

At the end of it all, the most important fact of the matter is this: Take full advantage of all the beauty your life has to offer with all of the beautiful people around you while you can.  Life at your present moment is an extremely precious gift, and you do not need to have life altering injury to reveal this illuminating fact to you.  You've got one body and a very limited amount of time to occupy it.  Every second that passes by can never be taken back.  It is in your best interest to spend those seconds, no matter how little, doing what you love, with the people you love.  Like it or not, we all have an expiration date that will inevitably come to pass.  Reconciling this fact can be the most vulnerable yet empowering thing you can do for yourself.  Tomorrow is too late, and if you live every day as if it were your last, one day it will most certainly be.  

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you've had any life altering injuries, and how you recovered from them.  You can contact me on twitterfacebook, or instagram as well!  And as always, you can subscribe to my newsletter for tips on how you can stay inspired, fit, and healthy.  See you guys next time.

 

 

Happiness Is...

Simon Kuang

Happiness is the feeling of satisfaction I get when I work up enough courage, strength, or skill to be able to perform something that I was not able to do a week ago. 

Happiness is when an unsuspecting fan of mine walks up to me and genuinely tells me that I am his inspiration for action. 

Happiness is when a patient asks me if tips are typical in a chiropractic office because he believes that my services are worth more than what I’m charging. 

Happiness is the sound of my mother and father arguing over who’s going to be able to cook dinner for me when I come home to visit. 

Happiness is seeing my sister’s camera flash and my mother shedding a tear as I walk across the stage to accept my Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.

Happiness is when I’m sitting across from a friend I haven’t seen for almost a year and we’re talking as if we saw each other yesterday.  

Happiness is the pleasant silence I demonstrate from my loss of words I get when I look at someone that makes me feel like I’m the only person in the world that matters.

This is happiness. I have been blessed with a life that allows me to pursue my true passions with the people that matter the most; with a life of abundance that makes imagining having more than what I have now nearly impossible. I have a loving family and handful of friends that support me through my failures and share moments of triumph. My career as a chiropractor allows me to feel as if I haven’t worked a day of my life.  As a practitioner whose livelihood depends on the ability of my body to move and move others, it seems paradoxical for me to involve myself in a sport that puts my life and limb at risk. Why risk it? The answer is simple, to deny weightlifting would mean to deny a passion, and to deny a passion would mean that I would be denying life itself.  These are all the things that make me happy.

Although I am hopeful that many of you reading this share my sentiments on what happiness is, I am not naïve enough to believe that everyone has been fortunate enough to have found the passions and be surrounded by those who support and love them.  If you are among the latter, allow me to offer a small piece of advice.

As a practitioner that specializes in the treatment and maintenance of the human body, naturally my answer to happiness starts with the health and wellness of your body. Think back to the last time you were happy.  If you are anything like me, thoughts of lifting heavy implements and putting them back down come to mind, namely an Olympic weightlifting barbell.  Or if you’re a parent, thoughts of playing with your children fill your consciousness.  If you’re imagining yourself with a new pair of shoes, even those are gained by working a job that you were healthy enough to be present for. When you don’t have your health, happiness is evidently a bit harder to come by.  When your shoulder is aching, the gains you made at the gym will start to disappear.  When your muscles stiffen up, letting your children use you as a jungle gym become admittedly more cumbersome.  When the plantar fascia on the soles of your feet begin to act up, your new shoes will collect dust because you’ll be stuck at home without an opportunity to show them off.  Achieving physical health is the entire picture of happiness, but I believe that this is the first step in a worthwhile journey in realizing a life that is operating at full capacity.  At the end of the day, all I am trying to say is this: your body is the vehicle in which you utilize to attain happiness.  Without your health, you don’t have happiness, and without happiness, you don’t really have anything.  You were brought into this world with one body, take care of it and it will in turn, take care of you.

 

Sweet New Business Logo

Simon Kuang

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After much deliberation, trial and error, and hours upon hours of missed sleep, I am proud to say that I have finally decided on a logo.  Its pretty sweet!

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Depicted here is a modern variant of Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing of the Vitruvian man, also known as Proportions of Man. With this blend of art and science, da Vinci sought to illustrate the ideal proportion of man as described by the ancient Rome architect Vitruvius.

What does that mean for you?  Well, as a patient of mine, you will get the best chiropractic care that will help you achieve your ideal body that performs optimally.  In other words, I will use all my tools at my disposal as a chiropractor to optimize your performance as a human so that you can live your life to its fullest potential.  And an ideal body can mean different things to different people.  If you're a marathon runner, it would mean that you can now finish your 25k run in a fraction of the time.  Or if you're a office worker, it can mean that you can go from not being able to sit for 4 hours at work, to being able to tolerate a full 8 hour shift, AND have enough energy to hang out with your friends at the end of the night.  

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