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Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Olympic Bobsledder's Massage
By John G. Louis, CMT
For those of you who watched the Olympic Bobsled events during the Winter Games, you saw the fastest track in the world. It made for incredibly exciting competition. I had lots of interest in the events because one of my clients was there and competed, a 28-year-old former Cornell University football player named Jamie Moriarty. Jamie just happens to live in Winnetka, Illinois, very close to my clinic in the same town.
Bobsledders are chosen based on their speed and strength, necessary to push the sleigh at the beginning of the race. Over the rest of the course, the sleigh's speed depends on its weight. That's why really strong and fast football players make great bobsledders. Jamie is a tremendous athlete. His hard work and discipline earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team just a few weeks prior to the Games. No stranger to success, he has competed since 2006. He finished second in a World Cup four-man event at Lake Placid, New York in November 2009.
Because of the fact that competing at this level is so incredibly taxing, massage therapy is a welcomed part of their program. "Thankfully, our team had a massage therapist traveling with us. I always looked forward to my treatments and benefited from them immensely. I wish that we had massage therapy available to us when I was playing football at Cornell," said Moriarty, whose father and two of his uncles all played football in the NFL.
In working with Jamie, I spend a good amount of time on his arms and legs. Because there is so much emphasis on speed and strength, the athlete works their arms and legs incredibly hard in competition as well as in training. I use lots of direct pressure, deep stripping and cross-fiber friction. I like to take at least 90 minutes to work with Jamie; it's hard to make a therapeutic change without a significant treatment time period. It's always great for me to see an athlete come in all locked up and leave feeling completely freed up and restored.
I'm thankful for the Olympics because it is one of the ways competitive athletes were exposed to therapeutic massage. I found my way in through professional soccer, the other main entry point. Amazingly, the United States is still very far behind the rest of the world in the use of massage in treating athletes. I believe it is in part due to the fact that athletic trainers and physical therapists have relied a great deal on high-tech treatment machines like ultrasound and electric muscle stimulators. I believe that these machines have some therapeutic value. However, they don't replace the powerful hands-on treatment of skilled therapeutic massage. Ironically, third world countries couldn't afford these machines, so they relied on the team of massage therapists to provide their soft-tissue treatment. Consequently, I believe they have been better off because of it.
Massage therapy for competitive athletes continues to grow in this country. There were only a handful of us 30 years ago. There should be more and more opportunities for massage therapists to work in sports. If you are interested, try and get advanced training in good solid muscle therapy treatment training. Learn to treat tissue skillfully and therapeutically, and you will be very valuable!
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