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
Cupping is an ancient Chinese modality that uses glass, ceramic, plastic or bamboo cups on the skin to create suction in a specific area. It can be applied to different areas of the body including, over the lungs, along energy meridians and even soft tissue to increase blood flow to the area and assist in breaking up congestion and stagnation. Cupping has come to the forefront in recent years for treating musculoskeletal conditions due to its simplicity of administration, low cost and immediate symptom improvement. For the purposes of chiropractic care cupping has been shown to improve symptoms of low back pain, calf strain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff strain and muscle tightness. It has also been used on Olympic athletes to improve athletic performance. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek out chiropractic care with a lifetime prevalence of 50-80%. It is considered one of the most expensive health problems to treat and can cause debilitating effects to one ... 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
Importance of Thoracic Spine Mobility Feeling stiff when you are throwing a ball? Can't bring your arm back behind your head? Having trouble turning your body side to side? These are common symptoms an individual has when their thoracic spine is immobile. Decrease in thoracic spine mobility and poor posture can lead to improper and restricted movements in sports such as swimming, golfing, kayaking, tennis players or any other sport that requires good thoracic extension or rotation. How can chiropractic Help? Chiropractic increases the movement of the spine! We create and help mobilize each joint of the human body, the spine specifically. With an adjustment to the thoracic spine, we increase mobility of the spine, improve muscle functions, and improve posture. We also provide certain exercises that will help with mobility of the thoracic spine such as foam rolling, thoracic extensions, postural exercises, and muscle streng ... read more
You may have seen the Kinesiology tape that many athletes wear while competing. Kerry Walsh Jennings put this type of athletic taping into focus during the Olympics in the early 2000's. Kinesio-Tape, (KT) allows an athlete to receive some stability (strength) help form the tape while continuing to move the joint through its full range of motion. If an athlete has inflamed tendons in the shoulder, KT can assist the actions of muscles leading to less stress on that inflamed tendon. KT can also help reduce swelling (edema) that lives in the joint space or in between muscles, fascia, and other connective tissues. We also use this tape to help our patients with their posture. We tape our patient's shoulder blades so if and most times when they slouch, the tape will pull on their shoulders reminding them to sit upright. Come in for some taping if you have some potential
What is an ACL? The ACL is one of 2 thick ligaments attaching your femur (thighbone) to your tibia (shinbone). Its functions are to stabilize the joint of the knee, prevents your femur from moving forward over your tibia, and prevents hyperextension of the knees. Injuries to this ligament involves a quick or rapid in a change of direction. You see this injury common within sports such as basketball, football, baseball, tennis, soccer etc. How would you prevent an ACL Tear? There are many ways to prevent ACL tear and injury such as working on your balance, stability, agility and change in directions, proper landing mechanisms, and strength. It is also important to perform a proper warm up routine before exercising to get your increase blood flow to your muscles and increase joint mobility! Be sure to perform each exercise with proper kinematics, land fully before you make any quick moves, and strengthen your hip muscles! A couple of exercises to perform are squats, squat jumps ... read more
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.