Hi, I’m Dr. John Shim, and today I want to talk about one of the few things people can do to help their spine – and that’s exercise. I know – boring! It’s responsible – it takes effort. It means you have to do something to help yourself. What a concept. Despite all our technology, we are getting less fit. I will argue because of all our technology we are less fit. I don’t want to sound like an old person, but it’s true that jobs in the past meant a much larger percentage of our workforce actually did manual labor. Farmers did not have million-dollar combine machines processing hundreds of acres at a time. There are no robots riveting, sorting, and delivering. People actually needed to cut, manufacture, build, and create – not machines. Technology has made us more sedentary. Technology has made us more dependent. That also goes for health care. There’s an expectation that a pill will take care of everything. The truth is we have some responsibilities for our own health. This is not what most want to hear. It’s certainly not what the politicians promise. It is also the truth. As a society we must encourage folks to take control of what they can. We can’t control our genetics, but we can control habits that affect our health. That’s why we must also exercise, build our core, stretch our joints, and maintain our muscles. The scientific data is not perfect, but most conclude exercise, stretching, and maintaining ideal body weight will decrease your spine pains. We all know how important this is, but because I also know that so many are dependent on technology – I created a free smartphone application both for Android and iPhones called Shim Spine Exercises. I have the recommended neck and back exercises conveniently accessible on your phone or tablet. It’s my way to encourage you all to take control of your health by stretching and exercises. If you have serious health conditions or artificial joints in your body please consult your personal physician before doing any of these stretches. If you have no medical restrictions, these exercises will be one of the ways you start controlling your own health care. Unintentionally, the medical community has created a society dependent on doctors and medical technology. I say we must encourage people to get back to the basics: eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, moderate drinking, reduce stress, good relationships, get regular sleep. All these boring things are what mother told you, and they’re true. This is Dr. John Shim, encouraging you to exercise and stretch. I’m not telling you what to do. I’m telling you to take control of what you can control. Thanks for listening.