the
barefoot
movement

Fact or fad?

The barefoot movement has received a lot of praise, reciprocal ridicule, and most importantly, press. However, with a little common sense, and a touch of biomechanical application, we believe even those who oppose barefoot running the most will agree that forefoot running has revolutionized running as we know it.

For instance, try this simple exercise: jump up and down, absorbing the shock with your knees and hips. By using the flexibility of our own bodies, we can dissipate a lot of force generated by the height of our vertical jump thus reducing the load and stress on our joints. Now jump up and down landing straight legged every repetition (DON’T REALLY PERFORM THIS, JUST VISUALIZE THE RESULTS!). Which exercise seems easier?

Forefoot running allows your body to absorb the shock of your weight, multiplied by gravity and your forward movement. If you are a heel-strike runner, consider attempting a forefoot gait. It will allow you to run longer, more efficiently, and most importantly, it will increase your running vitality (i.e., you will be running longer throughout your life). Changing your…

Little League
Elbow

Symptoms: Elbow is sore to the touch and may experience swelling; sudden onset of pain and feels like something giving way in the elbow; pain may be associated with catching, throwing overhand, or locking of the elbow.

Prevention: always warm up before pitching with light aerobic exercise, stretch your muscles slowly and gently before pitching, follow the pitching rules of your baseball league and do not pitch in two leagues at the same time.

Treatment: can offer guidelines on exercise conditioning techniques, nutrition, and general fitness. Of course, when treatment is needed, the chiropractor is fully equipped to manage nonsurgical treatment of typical sports injuries. Chiropractic care also works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course through the space between the joints, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function.

Sitting
at work
too much?

Patients seeking chiropractic care without a mechanism of injury (MOI) often have sedentary careers. Their chief complaints? Dull pain, tightness, and muscular aches at the base of their necks, in between their shoulder blades, and across their lower back. The cause? Sitting 6-12 hours per day with their necks and shoulders forward, hip flexors shortened and several muscle groups inhibited.

Many believe exercising regularly negates the complications from sitting throughout the work day. False conceptions exist after seeking chiropractic care, or other rehabilitative or restorative procedures as well. W.L. Bateman said, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.”

The truth is, outside of these treatments, patients must participate in supportive therapies (home exercise programs, corrective exercises, postural changes, changes in sleeping habits, etc) in order to receive and maintain the results from their restorative care. Click here for more information regarding changing your health, by changing your position.