One of the biggest complaints we get with our golfers is about chronic, recurrent back pain. Put more simply back pain that keeps coming back when they play golf. In the TPI system we talk a lot about the swing characteristic of a “reverse spine angle” which occurs when the player has too much backwards bend in the upper body and/or an upper body that bends towards the target during the backswing. This backswing position limits range of motion and inhibits (turns off) the core musculature that steals away performance in terms of power but also puts additional stress on the lower back and is a leading cause of back pain among golfers. The reverse spine angle characteristic is found in 38.5% of players so don’t be too sure that you may not be suffering from it. You might have an issue with reverse spine angle if you also notice that your setup posture is in the S-Curve category (read our article about this ... read more
Loss of Posture. Throughout the golf swing we should (for the most part) retain the original set-up angles of the body. Loss of posture occurs when we fail at this and affects balance swing rhythm and timing as well as overall balance and often results in a left hook or right block (if your a righty). Although many players will have the occasional “perfect shot” the overall game will be fairly inconsistent because of the need to use timing based corrections to square the club face for impact. Many of the underling causes of loss of posture related to underlying limitations in mobility/flexibility of the upper and lower body or a lack of stabilization of the core. Using the TPI screening process we use tests such as the Overhead Deep Squat, Toe Touch, Rotation tests, and Lat tests among others to hone in on your specific needs. From there we are able to help you build a plan of action including home care, chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique and lead ... read more
The truth is, once you have sprained (Joints/ Ligaments) or strained (Muscle/ Tendon) there will be a period of time that you need to let your body rest and heal. However, it is very important to have a trained physician look at the area to properly assess which tissues are responsible for the pain. This helps curtail the management of the pain, which can speed up recovery time. Management will often include seeing a Chiropractor, a Physical Therapist or a Massage Therapist. However, the most important part of your management plan is your Home or Self Care. Both during your recovery as well as preventable Home and Self Care. Your Self Care will require a daily approach. Often times our self care routines we write up for patients will include exercises that offset or counter the type of work you do. For example, if you sit at a computer or in meetings for most of the day. we will need you to periodically stand up and stretch and release your hip flexor muscles that will shorten during y ... read more
What about C-Posture?? Well if S-Posture is all about what’s going on with the lower back and hips at setup then C-Posture is all about what happens in the upper back and shoulders. C-Posture describes a setup position where the back is overly rounded and the shoulders are slumped forward resulting in a body position that looks like a “C” and is adopted by about 33% of golfers. Just like S-Curve postures have a underlying muscle imbalance called Lower Cross Syndrome, C-Posture is commonly related to an imbalance referred to as Upper Cross Syndrome. In Upper cross we see a relationship between overly activated/tight pecs, lats, and upper traps (among several others) along with weak neck flexors, serratus anterior and lower traps. All of this results in a spinal posture that limits your ability rotate your torso which dramatically inhibits a fluid, full range backswing. So how do we correct this? Starting with focused drills on improvi ... read more
In a nut shell swimmers shoulder is damage to the shoulder capsule. This can be the muscular capsule (Rotator cuff muscles or tendons) or the joint capsule (glenohumeral ligaments or labrum). Swimmers shoulder can also be acquired from volleyball, baseball, softball, benchpress or any other overhead activity. Often times this condition is acquired from overuse or repetitive use. Proper management of activity is required. You can also benefit from proper approaches of shoulder health to include thoracic mobility, scapular musculature strength, and rotator cuff strength. This is a very manageable condition with a proper management plan from your musculoskeletal health professional.
What is Arthritis and what causes it? Arthritis is When the cartilage, the cushioning surface on the ends of bones, wears away causing the bone to rub against bone, which will subsequently cause swelling and stiffness. Throughout time, our cartilage between joints will deteriorate and arthritis is inevitable to happening. However, there are many ways decrease and limit the process of this condition from happening. Chiropractic can benefit osteoarthritis in many ways! Chiropractic promotes movement within the joints that can have a huge benefit for osteoarthritis patients. Each specific adjustment not only improves joint movement, but it also stimulates the muscles to improve its strengths and functions surrounding that joint! Want to learn more? Contact our office today and we would be happy to provide more information on affects of chiropractic treatments
Every Triathlete, Marathon runner, Crossfitter, Body Builder, Rock Climber or all around fitness junky has had sore shoulders or sore legs which we call DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) following a big work out. How do you relieve DOMS? You need to move the tissues (muscles and connective tissues) in that sore region. Rather than doing air squats all day following heavy squat and deadlift day, put on the Marc Pro for the needed and required muscles activation with out having to load the joints and look silly at your desk trying to to a million squats and lunges to make yourself less sore. The Marc Pro provides the needed muscle activation to clear the muscle collagen bond tightness, clear the bi-product of your previous days work. The Marc Pro is a Motor Nerve Stimulation machine. The Marc Pro will have you back into normal healthy movement patterns for the next workout.
Let’s start with the basics of movement. Movement is the lengthening and shortening of muscles which will move and change the angle of the joints they cross. To achieve this shortening affect the muscles have to go through a process of sodium and calcium exchange that leads to the muscle contraction. This exchange is not inherently negative. However, this exchange can leave bi-product that builds up in the muscle tissue. Overuse or excessive use (excessive exchange) of any one muscle or groups of muscles can also leave bi-product within the muscle. This excessive use can range from powerlifting in crossfit to endurance running. But it can also come from looking down at your phone (text-neck)and typing on a computer (tennis elbow). The former is a sexier and more fun way to achieve the poor tissue quality. But both can lead to Muscle Knots, Kinks, Trigger Points, Adhesions AKA Issues in the Tissues! These are all imperfections in the muscle tissue. We use a variety of therapies to ... read more
“What is Active Release Technique? I thought you guys were Chiropractors?” Yes, we are Chiropractors. We treat and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions from sprain and strains to neuropathies. Most people think Chiropractors simply adjust and leave it as is. We have a different approach. The “cracking” sound coming out of the spine is a gaseous release within the fluids of the joints. If the joint at hand is restricted and fixated, an adjustment is a very helpful way to add movement into the area. However, what if the pain is coming from a set of muscles or fascia stuck on some nerves? The adjustment will most likely not help with this. Thankfully, Dr. Leahey and the ART instructors help Chiropractors, PT’s, and CMT’s to learn the specific steps in properly releasing muscles and fascia from those impinged and inflamed nerves. All of our Chiropractors here at Premier Health Chiropractic are Active Release Techniques certified. This means that ... read more