Look out, Dr. Oz, here comes Dr. Ken -- that's Kenneth K. Hansraj, M.D., author of the new book, Keys To An Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, a tome that recently reached international best-seller status and is gaining buzz.
A highly-trained orthopedic and spinal surgeon, Dr. Ken has treated more than 20,000 people, and has even shared his expert opinion about the predicament of back pain with CNN, where he surprisingly suggests spending time in the sun each day as one of the ways to help pour the all-important vitamin D into our bones, chief of which includes the spinal column, the basis or foundation of our frames.
Dr. Ken's tips are of special interest to this Cleveland Pop Culture Examiner, seeing as though an examination I received via my gym class years ago as an elementary school child revealed the potential for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, something I thankfully didn't have in the end. But it was a warning of a diagnosis that brought to light issues of all sorts of back pain, something that affects as many as four out of five people – a whopping 80% of the population – and can be attributed to factors like a weak core, poor eating habits or bad sleeping positions.
With 22 years of practice in the field, Dr. Ken's advice to practice plenty of stretching -- like extension of the neck muscles and various other range-of-motion stretches -- are not lost on this reporter, who has found herself doing plenty more of my Hatha yoga type of lengthening poses interspersed with 6 mile walk/runs nearly every day after learning of his advice to help prevent back pain.
Matt Sampson from News 12 interviewed Dr. Ken in the YouTube video attached above, wherein the doctor advised folks with back issues to first determine what type of spinal condition they are experiencing.
“The first step is to get an MRI scan,” said the spinal specialist, advising folks to develop a daily routine as they take care of their core, doing things like pushups in order to strengthen the muscles that can help improve posture.
Include an excellent, healthy diet of lean proteins and medically supervised Omega 3, Vitamin D and calcium supplementation that doesn’t run into the toxic levels to help the back as well, said Dr. Ken.
Proper rest and long, hot showers to help prevent the stress that causes people to breath shallowly, which negatively affects their nerves, are a couple more of the free and easy factors – combined with the deep breathing, stretching exercises and healthy eating tips – that can induce better spinal conditioning.
Retract your angel wings, Dr. Ken advises, using a term for the shoulder blades that I’ll always remember a massage therapist at a Sonoma Valley spa using as he lifted my blades farther off my back than anyone had ever done before.
With the potential to affect so many back pain sufferers for good and help improve their lives, Dr. Ken might be here to stay. Follow him on Twitter.