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 »
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 we see … 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 »
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 »