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4 Thursday, March 14, 2013

Springboro Sun

Excessive Saturday was amazing thoracic kyphosis

The next time you stop at a traffic light (with more than one Linda lane), look at the person to your Cook right and/or left. Do they look like the turtle who was stretching out his neck in a last ditch Full effort to win the race? Its possiCircle ble they have excessive thoWellness racic kyphosis, an unbalanced forward rounding of the middle and upper back (the thoracic spine). Maybe theyre just late for a meeting, again, and their head and neck know they should have started an hour ago. The big issue would be if this forward curve causes not only bad posture (or is caused by bad posture), but also makes your neck and back hurt, keeps you from breathing well, upsets your digestive process, or maybe even prevents you from playing a decent game of golf. So, how do you test for ETK? Moreover, if you have it, what can you do about it? Heres the test: Stand with your side facing a mirror. Place the index finger of one hand on the sternal notch (the indentation between your collarbones at front of your throat). Place the index finger of your other hand on the vertebrae immediately below the ones that stick out most at the base of your neck. (You make have to bend your head slightly forward to find this spot.) Turn your head to the side and look at the position of your fingers in a mirror. Ideally, your fingers should be at approximately the same height. If the finger on the front of your chest is lower than the finger on the back, your thoracic spine has rounded forward and your rib cage has dropped. I have quite a few clients who spend far too many hours staring at a screen, whether working, playing a game or surfing the internet. Make that screen even smaller, like a cell phone, or one of our reader devices, and the issue becomes much more intense. The thoracic spine has to round forward to support the head. Think a large fish at the end of a line, or a heavy plant at the tip of an outside support. Others, including myself, naturally over pronate (not a supporting arch in the foot). What the feet do (collapse inward), makes the legs rotate inward, causing the hip socket to shift backwards, and the pelvis to rotate forward. The lower back then has to over arch, and the middle and upper back has to round forward to keep balance. Some of my favorite activities (gardening, reading, cooking) along with some of my least favorite (driving for hours, doing bookkeeping), and some that are necessary for my work (spotting someone doing a heavier lift) all tend to round my shoulders toward the front because of flexed bicep muscles. Even something as simple (?) as stress can cause the body to adopt an excessive rounding (closing everything else out). So, what can we do? Recently I read an article describing two very simple exercises using only the floor (gravity), a pillow, and either one or two tennis balls strategically place. The first starts with a supine (on your back) position, both knees bent, and your neck supported by the pillow. A tennis ball starts on either side of your spine directly below your shoulder blades. Your arms are crossed over your chest as if you were hugging yourself. Your job is to find any sore spots and let the tennis balls create pressure on it until it releases. Then you move the balls to another tender spot by scooting your body down so the balls roll down your spine. Another exercise uses one tennis ball in similar fashion to release tension in the abdominal and hip flexor area. Ive tried these. They really work. There are also breathing and relaxation techniques that should help, along with releasing stress. If you can figure a way to keep the stress totally away, please let me know. Till then, call if you would like more information, or a demonstration of either of the exercises. Linda Cook is a gold certified advanced health and fitness specialist and owner of Your Personal Best fitness training studio. She has worked with hundreds of clients over the last 23 years, teaching them to stay pain-free through movement, recover or prepare for surgery, or just connect their mind to their body again. Her company, Your Personal Best, was awarded the award for Best of 2012 fitness business in the Dayton area. More information about Your Personal Best can be found at Contact Linda at 937-748-9208, or email with any questions or comments. If you attended Expo #13, you had to be pleased. It was the biggest, the best and most unbelievable Expo ever. Estimates are between 8-10,000 visitors during the six-hour exhibition. Traffic was backed up on SR 741 from the high school almost to the historic district at times. Parking was hard to find with many circling for 20 minutes to find a spot. (that will be fixed next year with additional parking and shuttle transportation). Food vendors lined three quarters of the circumference of the commons, plus several were cooking outdoors, offering some of the most delicious cuisine and refreshments. The hallways were filled with 30 nonprofits, including churches, service clubs, private schools, scout troops, senior groups, blood centers, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers and Sisters, community services, food pantry and many more. The big and small gyms were filled to capacity with exhibitors that raved about the attendance and the opportunity Expo offered. The Kids Zone was packed all day with robotic demonstrations, the Jump House, Adventure Guy, Max and Erma, Rowdy the Raider, Sparky the Fire Dog, Leo the Lion and more. On the main stage in the commons, entertainment was non-stop with the sixth grade band, fifth grade strings, SHS Jazz band, an excellent presentation by Pontecorvo Ballet Studios, self-defense demonstrations, vocal groups and Acoustic Chill presented by That Music Place. It was non-stop excitement, fun, food, learning and more, and it was all free. Over 250 door prizes, including a 51-inch plasma flat screen TV delivered, installed and with a five-year warranty, was presented at 4 p.m. The winner was not present, so a call went out to set up an installation day and time.


By Don Wright
Times Columnist

In the Kids Zone, a one-week vacation at Camp Kern was drawn, along with six pair of tickets to visit the Beach Water Park, opening in May. Only one young girl was present when her name was called for the Beach tickets. The others were notified by phone/text or email. The excitement will all be available on television in April. MVCC videographer Joe MacKenzie and I spent the day, and Im guessing we walked at least six miles during the six hours visiting with exhibitors, guests, and so many others. Ill let you know when itll begin airing. Theres so many people to thank for making this event possible. First and foremost our executive director, Carol Hughes, who did an unbelievable job in tending to all the details and making sure everything was perfect. Her organizational skills are phenomenal. Adam Hughes, who through his efforts saw all exhibit space sold out in January with a waiting list a mile long at the end of February, was on it working all day at the Expo, helping relieve exhibitors that were alone. The committee that worked so hard to make all this happen were the best. Owners and representatives from a multitude of various products and services came together to make it happen like never before. Lucy and I got home around 5:30 p.m. I was sound asleep by 5:35 for a 90-minute nap. We had been up since 5:30 a.m.

Then came the awesome news that Sport Clips had opened their 1,000th location in Springboro and their owner at the ribbon cutting Saturday presented a check for $10,000 to David Thompson Group VP at the Coffman Family Y for their Strong Kids program. Once they got David off the floor, he said thank you 10,000 times. Got a call in to Dave right now to see how many Thank Yous he still has to go. A little later, I sat holding my smart phone in my left hand to follow the Panther basketball team updates. The reports were coming in after every score on Facebook. I was on the edge of my chair for the last four minutes, hoping and praying they could keep their lead and beat powerhouse Moeller. It was touch and go for the last minute, scary to the point I was glad I was not watching just getting the word about 20 seconds after it happened. Then the final sentence I had been waiting for: Panthers win by one. I was ecstatic, jumping up and down. Yes, a perfect day, Im yelling. Anytime the number 13 is involved, its always a perfect day. I was born on the 13th of September, turned 13 on Friday the 13th. So many good and great things happen when the number 13 is involved, and this was the 13th year of Expo in the 13th year of the 21st century. I went to bed so happy for our community. Best Saturday ever. A triple play, a hat trick, three in a row, it was all of the aforementioned. Youngsters, dont forget this Saturday its Tri-Star basketball at Five Points Elementary from 9 a.m. till noon. Registration starts at 8:30 am. Boys and girls, dribble, pass,shoot competition. Sponsored by the Springboro Optimist Club. Theres no cost involved. Age groups are 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 Se you there.

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Jones moderates Energy Management Conference

State Senator Shannon Jones (RSpringboro), right, recently served as the moderator of the Powering the Future of Ohios Economy session of the 17th Annual Ohio Energy Management Conference.

Springboro girl is in area play

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Springboro resudent Haley Iverson, a second grader is playing Socrates Wing in Town Hall Theatres production of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! In her seventh show of the season, she said she loves playing her dads left wing and being in a show with her family, except for her little sister who loves to watch from the front row. Haley is a home schooled second grader. She likes to sew, ride anything with wheels, and play with her friends. The show is playing through March 17. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $10 for kids 12 and under. All tickets purchased at the door are $15. Patrons may reserve tickets in advance online at or in person or over the phone at the box office, which is open Monday through Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at 937-433-8957. The show runs 90 minutes and is recommended for children ages 4 and up. The theatre has partnered with Square One Centerville Salon March 1-19, 2013 to raise awareness, money, and, most importantly, hair donations for Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides vacuum fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. As part of this event, the cast challenges audience members to donate 10 of hair or $10 permanent hair loss. The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue. The prostheses they provide help to restore self-esteem and confidence, enabling these children to face the world and their peers. The organization, which began operation in 1998, provides the prostheses to children under age 21. These hairpieces require between 6-10 ponytails and take approximately 4-6 months to manufacture. Thousands of bundles of donated hair arrive as a result of the national publicity that Locks of Love receives in newspapers, magazines, and television programs. It is estimated that children comprise over 80 percent of the donors, making this a charity where children have an opportunity to help children. Donated hair is evaluated for its usefulness according to the following guidelines: It must be at least 10, clean and dry; it must be bundled in a ponytail or a braid; bleached hair cannot be used; hair that has been dyed or permed can be used. Monetary donations to Locks of Love are tax deductible. For more information, please email the Events Coordinator at

Church dance scheduled

SPRINGBORO Southwest Church will host the second annual Father/Daughter Dance from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in the Southwest Worship and Community Center, 150 Remick Blvd. This event is open to all fathers and daughters in the community and the cost is $20 per couple ($5 per additional daughter). Included in the cost will be hot hors doeuvres, desserts, drinks, event photo opportunity, Professional DJ, and additional prizes. This event entitled Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, will include dancing and games for fathers and daughters to participate and to enjoy an evening of fun together. 10 copies of Dr. Meg Meekers book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters will be awarded throughout the evening. In this inspiring book, subtitled 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, Dr. Meeker demonstrates that the most important factor for girls growing up into confident well-adjusted women is a strong father. The book also contains practical suggestions to help fathers guide their daughters, guard them against dangerous influences, and develop a special bond for life. The Father/Daughter Dance is organized by the Mens Ministry of Southwest Church. Chris Phillips one of the event organizers said I am looking forward to strengthening my relationship with my daughter and having fun on this special evening. The other organizer John Moreland described the purpose of this upcoming event as a reminder to fathers that it is important for Dads to better develop stronger relationships with their daughters. For more information about this event visit the church web site at or contact the church office at 937.885.0720.

Haley Iverson prior to all performances of Rapunzel. Donations of hair or money may also be made between March 1-19 at Square One Centerville Salon during regular business hours. Those donating at this location may elect to have a stylist cut their donation for free! An appointment is required for this service and may be made by calling 4334900. All who make a donation of 10 inches of hair or $10 will receive a complimentary gift from Square One Salon and Spa and be registered to win a complete spa treatment at their facility! Locks of Love meets a unique need for children by using donated human hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that result in r

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