Anti-inflammatory drugs (typically Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – NSAIDs) have become ubiquitous in our society and most folks don’t think twice about grabbing the bottle and popping a few to help combat pain and soreness. Although I would argue there is a time and place for these drugs, they certainly are not harmless, and they definitely come with side effects. A few of which include: reduced healing time, damage to GI … Read More »
Are you one of the 50% of Americans diagnosed with a chronic condition? How about one of the 35% of obese Americans? Maybe you’re one of the 100 million Americans currently living with diabetes or prediabetes (it’s estimated that 88% of people with prediabetes are completely unaware they have it). Based on these statistics released by the CDC, it’s very likely that you are. The question that quickly comes to mind is “what the heck is going on?” In a country where we have access to some of the best healthcare technologies, research, … Read More »
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have heard somebody tell you they really need to work on their “core”. It is a constant hot topic in the fitness and physical medicine fields, but have you ever stopped to think about what the term “core” really means and why it’s important. My guess is that when I use the term core, the first thing you picture is a set of abdominals (or an apple, and if … Read More »
Understanding your pain is one of the most important components to getting rid of it. So first of all, what is pain? The most commonly accepted definition of pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is associated with actual or potential tissue damage. That seems like a pretty straight forward definition, but there is actually a lot packed into that sentence. The following is a short list of important keys to grasping the difficult and complex topic of pain:
Pain is all in your head. That’s right, your pain is all in your brain. I’m not saying your pain isn’t real, it certainly is, but you only suffer pain … Read More »
I am betting that a large percentage of people reading this article would admit to having “tight hamstrings”. I will go a little further and say a fair amount of you with tight hamstrings have also tried stretching with some regularity at some point in time with very little success in re-gaining flexibility. Well, my goal today is to touch on one possible explanation for why this situation occurs. I also happens to be the most common presentations … Read More »
A question that comes up frequently in our office has to do with whether or not a patient needs spinal x-rays as part of their initial evaluation. The short answer is occasionally. For a very long time, it has been commonplace to visit a chiropractor and upon your initial visit, you receive spinal x-rays. Though we agree diagnostic imaging, including x-rays, MRI, CT scans, etc. are great tools to use, we also believe that there are many factors a doctor must take into account when determining if x-rays are appropriate. For this reason we collect a detailed history and perform a thorough examination to see if any findings suggest the … Read More »
If you have been following our blog for any length of time, you are probably well aware that our main focus at Elite Spine & Sport is on quality movement. We have discussed what movement is, and how pain can alter it. Well today, we’d like to approach movement from a different view to better understand the reasons we treat patients the way we do.
First, think of your body as being like a computer. Your muscles, bones, and joints are the hardware while your brain and nervous system make up the software programs. When a … Read More »
We often hear health care and fitness professionals talking about optimal human performance or optimal health. This concept is centered on getting you to live and perform at your very best. Well naturally, that was not enough for some people. Allow me to introduce you to the new kid on the block, ultimate human performance, which is performing at your very best when death is a possibility. To illustrate this idea, think of the tight rope walker wearing no safety gear, the surfer taking on a 100′ behemoth wave, or the downhill skier rocketing down a mountainside at speeds of 100 mph. All of these activities allow very little room for … Read More »
Today I am going to continue to address the topic of Movement. If you recall from our first and second posts, Movement is our main focus here at Elite Spine & Sport. My goal for this entry is to try and summarize roughly an entire year of chiropractic school into a few paragraphs. Here it goes…
Movement is often confused with motion, but thanks to earlier posts, we know better than that now. Quality movement requires not just proper joint motion, but also coordination, stability, balance and proprioception (knowing where your body is in space). Each of these parts … Read More »
Recall from the last post that at Elite Spine & Sport, we are interested in overall global movement patterns, not just range of motion. Now we will go into a little bit more detail about why we are interested in performing movement screens. First, I would like to start by pointing out that a large majority of chronic pain is due to “overuse syndromes”. However, overuse syndromes are NOT actually caused by overuse alone. To take it a step further, your muscles do not tighten up due to overuse.
Overuse syndromes certainly involve overuse (it’s in the name), but it is this excessive use paired WITH faulty movement patterns that … Read More »