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 »
The first answer that likely comes to your mind is, “they adjust the spine”. But the reality is, chiropractors offer much more. At Elite Spine & Sport our focus is on MOVEMENT. Allow me to explain what I mean. To adjust the spine is looking only at the ranges of motion of specific joints, and this makes up only a part of movement. True movement incorporates motion of joints with the addition of coordination, stability, balance and body awareness (proprioception). For this reason, quality motion does not necessarily translate into quality movement.
So now you’re probably saying to yourself, “that’s great Doc, but tell me what that movement stuff has to do … Read More »