7 most common injuries in sports

Summer is approaching and most of us will be out in the sun trying to stay active. Exercise is great for you but you can get injured if you don’t do it right. Here are the seven most common sports injuries:

1. Ankle sprain (rolling the ankle)
2. Groin pull
3. Hamstring pull or sprain
4. Shin Splints
5. ACL tear in Knee
6. Patello-femoral Syndrome (kneecap rubbing against the thigh bone or Femur)
7. Tennis Elbow

Mot of the injuries are strains or sprains to the ligaments, muscles and tendons. This is what most of us refer to as “pulling a muscle”. Playing sports or being active sometimes comes with a cost and accidents to happen but in most cases these injuries can be prevented if you take the proper precautions.

What I commonly see in my office are injuries that could have been prevented from proper stretching or conditioning to prepare for the activity desired. Basketball, soccer, football, tennis all need different stretches and conditioning in order to perform the activity and help prevent injury. Often when asking athletes if they stretch, they say not enough or no. This will lead to injury. Stretching right before and after the activity is necessary if you want to prevent tearing or pulling on the musculoskeletal system.

I often have to tell active patients that stretching before and after a workout is for the workout, not for the rest of the day. Most people have desk jobs where they are sitting or even standing at a desk for multiple hours per day. This tightens up the body and puts stress on different joints. Stretching is needed because there is very little activity for the day. You must take into account of any sedentary lifestyle patterns and move around increasing blood flow and loosening up the joints.

Also, if you have been sitting for hours at a time and not moving then all of a sudden you start running or playing in a sport without proper stretching, you will get hurt unless you do some movement and stretching of the areas that you will be using during the workout.

For those of you that have a physical job like construction, landscaper, painter, plumber, electrician etc. Yes, these jobs are physical and you may feel like you are in great condition but remember that these jobs put quiet a strain on the body and do need stretching beforehand. You must prepare your body for the physical job and it is normally pretty repetitive leading to strained areas. Also, I find that these jobs normally use specific muscles all day long and other muscles are not utilized leading to an imbalance in the system that often leads to injury. For instance, if you are a plumber you often are laying on your back looking up cranking a wrench turning the forearm back and forth. This puts a strain on those areas but the back is weak because it it not engaged. Now you are at risk of injuring your back because your arm, shoulders and hands are strong but the back isn’t. Understanding what needs to be conditioned for your specific lifestyle is key to preventing injuries with physical jobs as well.

So what do you do when one of these injuries happen?
Well, first of all get the swelling down first. Normally after a sprain or strain to an area there is swelling. Ice normally takes care of this during the first 24 hours. However, even if the swelling goes down that doesn’t mean that the injury is healed. After the swelling is gone, now we need to rehab the area and get it strong and moving the way it should again. This will take some time but if done right, you should be able to start doing your workout or activity without restrictions.

If you sprain the area multiple times, it may be the shoes you are wearing, equipment you are using or your form. All of this can be modified to prevent further injuries.

Remember, your lifestyle determins your health status and keeping muscles relaxed before and after a workout is key to a healthy body free of pain or dis-ease.

If you experience any of the above and are in the Redwood City area, we can help.

Why Olympian Usain Bolt and other athletes use chiropractors

Usain Bolt is one mighty fast runner and has won 8 Olympic gold medals. This is a hard goal to accomplish and Bolt has had several hurdles to jump over during his career.

Early on in life, Usain was told he had Scoliosis. This is a lateral curve of the spine and can highly affect the structure of the body. This curve can get worse in time. Early on in his career he didn’t manage it well and got injured every year.

Instead of wearing a brace or seeing a surgeon, he decided to get chiropractic care instead. Bolt states that he uses chiropractic to recover from injuries faster and states that the care enhances his athletic performance.

Top US golfer Jordan Spieth has stated many times that chiropractic care played a huge role in his tournament wins.

Tom Brady who is a Bay Area native also has spoken out about the positive affects of chiropractic care.

Aaron Rodgers who is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers was born into a chiropractic family and has reported how this treatment allows him to remain healthy, recover from injuries faster and increases his performance on the field.

Your spine and brain are important, keep them healthy and they will keep you healthy!

3 Attributes Of A Great Massage Therapist

There are a lot of options out there for massage therapists and knowing what to look for is key.  When calling if you ask specific questions about whatever you want worked on, the massage therapist should be familiar with how to treat your particular issue.  If they give a generic response or you think it is not on target, you may want to call somewhere else.  Once you have made your decision and show up for your appointment, here are some things to look out for:

1. Asking questions:

Getting a massage is therapeutic. People normally have injuries or areas that they would like special attention paid to. If you go to a massage therapist and they don’t ask you if you area coming in for anything in particular, you are probably going to get a pretty bad massage.  It is more than just rubbing and relaxing muscles. There is a method to each stroke and a goal to be reached. You will normally feel pretty good after any type of massage but when you have a highly trained experienced massage therapist working on you, there is a significant difference.

2. Pressure is everything:
A great massage therapist understands how the body responds to pressure and will notice if your body is tensing up in a particular area or if she/he may need to get deeper to work out knots. There are different methods used to go deep without eliciting tons of pain and that is something not everyone knows. You don’t have to take in large doses of pain to get a reward. A good therapist will also notice a change in your body when you visit next and may ask you if you have been working out or having difficulty sleeping. They will also be able to let you know how much work you may need to get to your health goals.

3. Post-Massage tips:
A great massage therapist will let you know about possible stretches, Myofascial Release, icing or heat after massages. They may recommend nutritional tips as well. Teaching you what to do to help your body really get the most benefit from the massage and keep your joints moving properly is key to helping you move toward your health goals. Great therapists understand the body and what it needs. There is a big difference between going to a spa for a massage and going to a health facility. Spas tend to focus on pampering and relaxing the customer while a health facility is focused on healing and rehabilitation. Our massage therapists are highly trained and understand body physiology and kinesiology. This means they know how the body moves and functions allowing us to help you with any ailment you walk in our door with.

10 Reasons To Use Cold Laser

Cold lasers have been used for medical use for over 30 years and have a long record of successful clinical studies demonstrating medical efficacy and safety.

Studies have shown that the it can significantly accelerate and enhance your body’s natural defense, decrease inflammation and increase rehabilitation and repair after an injury allowing you to heal quicker and keep your body working at its highest level.

Here are some of the 10 reasons and advantages to using cold laser:

  1. Increased collagen production
  2. Enhanced nerve regeneration
  3. Increased vasodilation
  4. Reduced inflammatory duration and magnitude
  5. Increased cell metabolism
  6. Increased cell membrane potential
  7. Increased microcirculation
  8. Increased tissue and bone repair
  9. Increased lymphatic response
  10. Increased enzyme response

HOW IT WORKS:

Laser therapy stimulates your body’s natural healing power at a cellular level. The Cold Laser uses what is called “Photon energy” which is basically the energy produced by light, to stimulate the activity of your cell and its components.

This therapy is effective, painless and best of all you don’t have to take a drug to feel the effects.

WHAT CAN COLD LASER HELP WITH?

  1. Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  3. Tennis/Golf elbow
  4. Sport Injuries
  5. Headaches & TMJ disorders
  6. Arthritis
  7. Tendonitis
  8. Fibromyalgia
  9. Shoulder / Rotator Cuff
  10. Soft Tissue Injuries
  11. Knee & Ankle pain
  12. Bursitis & Soft Tissue Swelling

    We use the Microlight ML830® Laser at our facility for anyone that has inflammation or an acute injury such as a sprain or fracture.  It is a handheld, noninvasive, light-emitting, medical device. It has been approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of a variety of soft tissue problems and neurological disorders and is categorized as a low energy cold laser.

If you are interested in finding out how this may help you, please give us a call at (650) 353-1133

What Is That Funny Colored Tape On David Beckham?

You may have seen pictures of David Beckham, Serena Williams or Lance Armstrong with pink, blue or black tape on during a sporting activity and wondered what that tape is for?  Well, this tape is widely used because it helps heal while providing support and stability to muscles and joints.  Sometimes we hurt ourselves and think we can not continue working out or playing the sport we love.  Sometimes that is the case, but there are many times that taping can allow us to continue what we love without hurting ourselves further.  Taping can also elevate our performance so some athletes keep it on during their sport to run faster or move quicker.

Kinesio Taping® is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to accelerate your body’s natural healing process.  It does all of this without restricting your body’s movement.  Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for everyone from kids to grandparents.  It successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.

The Kinesio® Taping Method not only provides your muscles and bones with the support you are looking for, but at the same time rehabilitates your condition as well.  It does this by targeting different receptors within your somatosensory system.  Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.  This lifting affect decreases inflammation allowing a quick recovery from your injury.   Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied to any area of the body and has the ability to reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing.

Kinesio Tex Tape has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.   It is safe, effective and pain free!

What is the difference between Graston (S.A.S.T.M) And Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is becoming very popular in body work.  Chiropractors and massage therapists are increasing its use for their clients.  It gets good results but I prefer to use Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (S.A.S.T.M.) in my practice.  I know, it is a mouthful, but it gets great results and it’s easy on the practitioner.   Both methods focus on releasing adhesions accumulated in the body and allow for proper healing and movement.

One big difference I like about S.A.S.T.M., is that the patient does not have to move the effected body part while instruments are supplied.  Sometimes a patient can barely move because of tightness or pain so why traumatize the area more when you don’t have to.  This method allows the patient to lay on the table and relax while the treatment is applied.   S.A.S.T.M. is also not painful and pressure is applied to specific areas that have been under large amounts of stress.  Ever hear “No pain, no gain”, well in this case that phrase doesn’t apply.  There is no pain, but lots of gain!  I personally think that is a good thing.

Here is what happens during a session of S.A.S.T.M.  Carefully crafted instruments are applied to the area of scar tissue and with gentle pressure strokes over the area, they release scar tissue and knots that are stored in the body and cause dysfunction and/or pain.  After the application, patients feel less stress on the area, increased blood flow and better movement.

Another great feature with using S.A.S.T.M., is that the practitioner does not injure or strain their thumbs.  I have several chiropractic friends that tell me their thumbs are killing them after a busy day of A.R.T.  This does not happen with these special instruments.

If you have gotten A.R.T. in the past, try Graston or S.A.S.T.M.  You will feel great afterward!