Interview: Dr. Amin Javid D.C.
Beverly Hills-based chiropractor Dr. Amin Javid is a nationally published author in the field of human biomechanics and has an expert understanding of mechanical dysfunction in the body. We interviewed Dr. Javid to get his take on working from home and sedentary behavior, the future of health and wellness technology, and how CLMBR fits in. Here’s what he said.
For years, chronic lower back pain has been a leading cause of disability around the world. Tell us a bit about how the shift to WFH since 2020 has affected this problem. What are you seeing in your everyday practice?
It is estimated that more than 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in life. The vast majority of cases are of “mechanical origin” or pertaining to (improper) movement. I have seen first-hand how the transition to work-from-home environments has negatively, and drastically affected the general population. Prior to this shift, we as everyday civilians already had been paying the mechanical price for what I term “Flexion Culture.” We saw the surfacing of various spine and soft tissue issues resulting from sitting at our jobs, sitting in the car, sitting at the table, and improperly bending forward to grab or lift objects. This environment comprises the perfect storm for mechanical spine dysfunction and pain.
In my practices, I have witnessed the influx of mechanical spine pain patients nearly triple by mid-2020 and it’s been steadily rising ever since. Also worth noting is the significant decrease in overall daily exercise many people have experienced and thus a proportional increase in weight. This has effectively created the downward spiral that many thousands of people are struggling with today. The more weight (vertical load) on an object (our spine), the more stress that object must endure, and the more the possibility of structural failure (pain, weakness, limited range of motion) increases.
Can you speak to the relationship between mental health and sedentarism? What advice would you give to remote workers to avoid a sedentary lifestyle?
According to an article published in The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, “physically inactive lifestyles and sedentary behaviors (SB) are key contributors to ill health.”
According to research, sedentary behavior is not just associated with an increased risk of depression, but the two have a bidirectional relationship. The often-overlooked factor is that this relationship is codependent — there is an increasing amount of evidence showing depression also contributes to a sedentary lifestyle.*
On a practical level, I have never had this many patients on antidepressant medication. The last year has brought an onslaught of patients who are heavier, more dysfunctional, and psychologically affected than ever before. I can validly make this observation as I have treated many of them pre-pandemic and have observed a clear effect on their mood.
My advice to anyone who feels that they are trapped and slowly circling downwards is to stop, take a breath, and know that there is a healthy way out. You deserve this and you are the solution. I have always said that the first step in making a change is hope. I am here to tell you without reservation, you have hope.
- Step 1: Write down three days that you will devote to movement.
- Step 2: Commit to walking a few blocks around your neighborhood and simply take in the peacefulness of outdoors while your cardiovascular and nervous system begin to happily awake again.
By week four or five, consider a home modality that optimizes your movement without harming you and your joints. Ideally, a home modality that accommodates the natural structure(s) of the spine and movement of joints.
CLMBR engages over 86% of the body’s muscles while putting the body in neutral spine alignment. What are the benefits of this modality?
Many modalities on the current market involve a large number of muscles, but the most important factor is not the number of muscles being used. The key factor is the plane of motion of the joints as those muscles are being recruited to perform an action. Over 80% of the injuries I have treated over the years have been, in part or a direct result of, compression and/or torsion (bending forward with or without twisting the hips).
The CLMBR has vastly minimized this common injury risk factor by facilitating a fluid bilateral movement that more importantly maintains the three vital curves of the human spine. Structural and postural integrity pertains to the maintenance of these three curves in addition to strengthening the “postural muscles”, or the muscles that allow us to stand erect and aligned. I see very few modalities on the current market that can validly make this claim.
From the perspective of spine health and back pain management, why are you most excited about CLMBR?
What most excites me about CLMBR is its potential to restore normal function to the pelvis and spine; therefore, reducing spine pain while increasing range of motion of the knee, lumbosacral, SI and hip joints. There is an important upper body “postural” component to the CLMBR that is overlooked by some: The CLMBR works with the kinetic chain of the human body in achieving its goals and this has other potential outcomes that many users will be pleasantly surprised by.
Why would you choose/recommend CLMBR over other connected home fitness technology?
Most home fitness technologies put the user in flexion or various other potentially compromising positions during the exercise. Injury typically occurs when the muscles get fatigued and the mechanical position of the extremity or joint is compromised. CLMBR significantly minimizes these risk factors by increasing and strengthening the joints of the lower extremities, allowing and even forcing the maintenance of the three correct spinal curves, all while strengthening the upper body postural muscles for overall structural integrity. That is an exciting machine!
What do you envision the future of health and wellness products to look like? How does CLIMBR fit into that vision?
The exciting news is that we live in an era where knowledge and instruction is a few clicks away! We have the choice of resolving the current psychosomatic epidemic and we can do so in the safety of our homes. This is precisely where the value of ergonomically sound home modalities such as CLMBR provide an answer.
“Exercise” comes in a multitude of variations; but the distinguishing and often overlooked vital factor is correct exercise. One common and universally applicable theory pertains to flexion (bending forward) We, as members of a civilized society, spend the majority of our time in flexion, i.e. driving, sitting at our desks, etc. Not only does prolonged flexion play a role in general posture but furthermore, it affects the spine and the spinal discs.
There are three main curves of the spine, the neck and low back have the same gross concavity (lordosis), whereas the middle of the back should naturally be a bit convex (kyphosis). The overall health of the spine, and the numerous corresponding nerves that innervate all muscles and organs, has to do with maintaining these three curves. Going against the body’s intended structure and movement has repercussions. Hence, the reason we are seeing a rapid increase in injuries such as disc bulges, disc desiccations, compression fractures, ligament avulsions, early joint degeneration, radiculopathy (such as sciatica) and numerous others. Recognizing this, the modality of the future will be designed around fundamental scientific and biomechanical concepts. One of these initial concepts will be a shift away from machines that force your body into hip flexion and a move towards inducing extension or at the very least, maintain our spines’ natural degrees of curvature while strengthening the muscles via healthy joint motion.
Who would you recommend CLMBR for?
People are smart. By that I mean that as a population, we are currently more informed and educated than ever before. The public has been falsely guided by means of advertising for so long that I believe there’s been a shift to self education. Many of my patients are now familiar with terms like “disc bulge”, “stenosis”, “torsion” and “neuropathy”. This shift is beautiful in that it essentially forces companies to research and recruit medical experts in the inherent design of the modality.
The CLMBR can help various demographics: From those who simply want to “get fit” without having to worry about injury to healthy athletes who want to optimize and strengthen their true core and intrinsic spinal stabilizing muscles while promoting correct biomechanics. It can also help those who have endured trauma to the lower extremity joints, hips or spine and need an effective means of restoring normal motion to those joints while strengthening the surrounding soft tissue. In addition, people with poor ergonomics; slouching rounded shoulders and forward head carriage can significantly benefit from CLMBR.
*Source: Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam, Wayne J. Katon, Joan Russo, The longitudinal effects of depression on physical activity, General Hospital Psychiatry, Volume 31, Issue 4, 2009
About Dr. Amin Javid D.C.
Based in Beverly Hills, Dr. Amin Javid is a nationally published author in the field of human biomechanics and is one of the industry’s most sought after medical illustrators. Dr. Javid is a chiefly evidence-based physician whose ability to correctly diagnose and treat patients resides in his ‘Whole Body’ approach and expert understanding of mechanical dysfunction. https://www.90210doc.com/
Author: Sarah McCluthy