This is a really great article in the New York Chiropractic College newsletter, The Spinal Column, about a young chiropractor, Dr Amir Majidi DC, who has embraced the Human Spring Theory, and has become one of my research assistants, then traveled 32 hours to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to help me lecture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 27 – 29, 2012. click here
Enjoy the article, below!
New York Chiropractic College
May 2012 edition
Title: Depew Intern Embraces Human Spring Theory
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A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN OR woman goes FOR A walk or run around the block and then complains of knee or back pain; but then there’s the 70-yearold who runs 15 miles every day and is pain free. Why? A couple of years ago, ninth trimester Depew intern Amir Majidi began seeking answers to this riddle, which had puzzled him for years. Searches on the Internet satisfied his curiosity and led him to a research assistantship with Team Doctors, of Chicago, Ill., and a rewarding friendship with its pioneering owner, Dr. James Stoxen, DC.
Majidi, who possesses a voracious appetite for anything he can read about chiropractic, discovered blogs about Dr. Stoxen and soon became fascinated by his approach to chiropractic: the Human Spring Model of evaluation, treatment, training and maintaining the human body. Stoxen’s model, as described in his website, Why Do I Run Barefoot , views the body as
“a spring mechanism vs. a lever mechanism as it is currently viewed by the scientific community. This human spring model states the body is composed of muscles, ligaments, tendons that protect it and recycle energy for maximum efficiency through the elastic recoil mechanisms. This allows movement such as walking, running, and performance in sports to be safer and more efficient.” Stoxen explains, “Our bodies spring off the ground when the spring mechanism is intact. When the spring mechanism locks, it switches to the less protective and less efficient lever system, which causes our body’s mass to bang into the ground with less efficiency.”
Stoxen feels there is a strong connection between this spring mechanism breakdown and the occurrence of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and the diseases of aging related to chronic inflammation due mainly to “binding or restrictive devices on any region of the body, especially the foot and weakness in the spring suspension system muscles that function to spring the mass off the ground during impacts.” To combat this, he releases the tension and joint-play restriction from the spring, strengthens the spring suspension system muscles, and advises walking and running barefoot with specific drills and plyometric training. This theory hit home for Majidi, who learned to appreciate structure from his engineer father. Stoxen has taken him under his wing. “I want to learn and he helped me by phone, video conferencing, and through video tutorials and articles published in his blog.”
The Human Spring Model and approach has recently attracted much media attention, thanks in large part to one of its most grateful advocates: Anthony Field, creator and a founding member of The Wiggles – the world’s most successful musical group for young children. Field was handicapped by chronic pain, chronic fatigue, misdiagnosed fibromyalgia and depression during his 20 years on the road. In 2004 he had decided to walk away from The Wiggles; that is, until his search to hire a chiropractor for the cast, as was his custom in each city they visited, led him to Dr. Stoxen, a chiropractor who had developed a solid reputation among people in show business and was able to help him. At first, Field protested when Stoxen examined him and predicted that he was on the verge of a physical collapse. Stoxen asked him to remove his shoes and socks, and, after watching him walk, was able to pinpoint all of his aches and pains and the reason behind them: His spring mechanism was jammed! After 15 hours of treatment Field’s spring mechanism was restored, as was his career, which ignited his praise for the chiropractic profession. One month later, Anthony and The Wiggles performed 12 consecutive sold-out shows in Madison Square Garden – pain free. In his newly released memoir, How I Got My Wiggle Back, he recounts his struggles and road to recovery. (A video overview by Field, found by clicking here, was played at the Association for Chiropractic Colleges-Research Agenda Conference in March.)
Majidi points out that the importance of this “new and thorough way of looking at the human body,” as well as the attention it has received from the medical community, have not escaped the notice of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), which recently named Anthony Field as one of its new spokespersons for 2012. Kent Greenawalt, chairman of F4CP, stated in the organization’s March 1 press release that Field’s story “will positively affect the many individuals who will begin to recognize the value of chiropractic care.” Already, Field has told his story of this drug-free approach the chiropractors used, and the results that changed his life on more than 30 network news stations including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and the Today Show. In addition, How I Got My Wiggle Back was mentioned in the April 2 issue of People magazine.
In his role as research assistant for Team Doctors, Majidi conducts online searches through National Institutes of Health and Medline to assist Stoxen in preparation for lectures. He just returned from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he assisted Dr. Stoxen with his presentation “The Inflammation- Depression Connection.” He has been invited to assist Dr.Stoxen with workshops and presentations at medical conferences in Bangkok, Bali, and Shanghai in the fall.
“I’m not an expert. I’m still developing,” says Majidi. “My number-one goal is to keep chiropractic advancing.” A resident of Toronto, Canada, since the seventh grade, when his family emigrated from Dubai, UAE, he adds, “I’m proud to be from NYCC, and I want to help anyone who is interested.” So far as he knows, he may be the only Canadian to approach chiropractic from the Human Spring Theory. Majidi plans to return to Toronto after graduation this fall and become affiliated in some way with Team Doctors. In the meantime, he has adopted his youthful mentor’s practice of treating and advising patients by this approach. “Dr. Stoxen is 50; he runs barefoot five miles, three times a week, and is pain-free,” he says admiringly. “I want to be that way when I’m 50 years old!” It looks like Majidi’s puzzle is close to being solved.