Neck Pain and Lifting

Whether you’re an athlete or someone trying to maintain your fitness, lifting weights is critical to both your health and performance.  However, weightlifting can cause some unintended consequences.  Don’t get me wrong, it is one of the safest activities you can do.  Yet, if a few things are quite right it is easy to build up inflammation and pain.

In this instance, an athlete is experiencing neck pain with bench press and power cleans.  I haven’t seem the athlete do these movement, but I have treated enough patients with the same history to make an educated guess.  During both bench press and Olympic lifting, it is very easy to stress the rotator cuff and compress the neck.  When we fatigue on these lifts our tendency is to hike the shoulders up to the ears.  This puts the neck under severe compression and the rotator cuff under excessive tension.  We should avoid this scenario as much as possible.

The latissimus dorsi is an amazing muscle that works to not only help us swim, but more importantly stabilize the torso from the shoulder all the way down to the pelvis.  It is an amazing muscle that, with the help of others, will provide a hefty layer of protection against neck compression and rotator cuff over-use.  Check out the video for specifics.

Hopefully this video helps you understand your body’s design and protect it from unnecessary injury.  For more information or help, contact us for an appointment or request information on our virtual treatment system.  We are seeing great success using it with current patients and those that are 100% remote.

Good Luck and #keepmoving

Dr.J

Stats, Observations, and Options

Staying Active when “Stay-at-Home” threatens your sanity

This quick vlog covers the following topics to keep you informed and give you options:

    • We hope you are well
    • Great stats thus far in Missouri
    • Stay Active, Fight for Fitness, and Boost Immunity
    • What I’m Seeing – New Office Setup equals New Problems
    • Still Open and creating the safest environment possible
    • CBD Clinic Level 5 Ointment for Pain Relief – Contact Us to Place an Order
    • TeleCare Rx TeleHealth Option – Contact Us to Bridge the Gap and Accelerate Recovery

We truly hope that you are well and we can’t wait to see you in the future.

Until then, Good Luck and #keepmoving

Dr.J

Compliant and Open

CLOSED TREATMENT ROOMS, N-95 MASKS, HAND SANITIZER, DISINFECTANT, AND SCREENING

Many physical therapy and chiropractic offices are closed because of COVID-19. Some are closed for philosophic reasons and others are closed because they have no mechanism by which to keep patients safe. Open-air treatment rooms, lack of protective equipment, or sufficient staffing to manage safety are all variables that produce vulnerability.

Health & Performance Center has 3 private treatment rooms that are disinfected after each patient. The doctor has an N-95 protective mask and is constantly using our stock of hand sanitizer and practicing appropriate hand washing during and after patient treatments. Furthermore, we are screening patients to investigate potential exposure or demographic and co-morbidity risks.

People may not agree

Undoubtedly, there will be people who disagree with our current measures, thinking of our office as non-essential.  We understand their concern and bare no judgement should they decide to stay home.  However, the vast majority of people we see are grateful for our decision to remain open on a modified schedule for acute and/or necessary treatments.

Pain relief at home

We have 3 options:

  • TeleCare Rx – Virtual Visits with Dr. Jared to progress rehab
  • Facebook Group – Daily challenges to work your mind and body
  • CBD Clinic Samples and Jars – Quick pain relief and increase blood flow for healing

For information on TeleCare Rx Setup or making a CBD Clinic order, click HERE to go to the website.  Fill out the contact form and select what you need assistance with in the “How Can We Help?” section.  You can also leave more specific information in the comments section.

Good Luck and #keepmoving

Dr.J

Covid-19 has rocked the world, but recent corona mortality rate is showing some sign of hope

Corona Mortality Rate

Slightly Good News is Better Than Bad News

In an article published on March 16th, 2020, Sharon Begley, a senior writer in science and discovery, discussed the fatality rate of COVID-19.  Early estimates believed the corona mortality rate to be 2-3%.  Recently, the data is showing the rate to be 1.4% or potentially lower.

The purpose of this post is not to minimize the importance of social distancing, healthcare resources, and responsible hygiene.  On the contrary, it is to celebrate something other than terrible news.  Honestly, any good news is actually great news.  With the stock market crashing roughly 30% over the last month, hearing this is overdue for the world.

Some of the numbers from the article (Lower death rate estimates for coronavirus, especially for non-elderly, provide glimmer of hope) are as follows:

The chance of someone with symptomatic Covid-19 dying varied by age, confirming other studies. For those aged 15 to 44, the fatality rate was 0.5%, though it might have been as low as 0.1% or as high as 1.3%… people 45 to 64, the fatality rate was also 0.5%, with a possible low of 0.2% and a possible high of 1.1%. For those over 64, it was 2.7%, with a low and high estimate of 1.5% and 4.7%.

What now?

This reduction in corona mortality rate may mark a great time to evaluate the current approach to managing the pandemic.  In comparison to the second Iraq War following the tragedy of 9/11, the response to COVID-19 has been very similar: a broad and expansive approach.  History has shown that the response may not have been the most efficient.  The intended “quick” response ended up costing several thousands of lives and costing an astronomical amount over multiple decades.  Repeating the same type of emotional decisions will likely have drastic consequences.

Again, the intention of this post is not to declare victory and head to the bar for a beer.  Instead, now is a great time to re-evaluate the current course of action, modify strategies to meet specific timelines, and reset the country in a positive and confident direction.

Then again, I am just a chiropractor and gym owner… what do I know.

Regardless, be kind to your neighbor, good luck, and #keepmoving

Dr.J

Boost Immunity and protect yourself from coronavirus covid-19

Boost Immunity

Boost Immunity to Prepare for the Inevitable

The world is in relative lock down and feelings of helplessness abound.  However, we can do much more than seclusion to prepare for what is inevitable.

To this point, much of the country’s focus has been on social distancing and preventing spread.  Understand that I have no problem with that.  Yet, I do believe it important to discuss things that boost immunity aside from eating toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

In an article from aarp.org, Hallie Levine discusses 5 different science-backed areas that can help boost immunity (Boost Your Immune System to Fight Viruses).  They are as follows:

  1. Stay Active
  2. Eat Well
  3. Manage Stress
  4. Sleep
  5. Supplement

Fortunately, Health & Performance Center discusses nearly all of these with every patient.  In fact, we have for the last decade.  So, we have been consistently preparing patients for this pandemic.

Maybe a little hyperbolic, but the fact remains that we create joint balance and muscle symmetry to improve posture and movement.  To do this, we focus on a mind body connection forged through diaphramatic breathing.  Add consultation regarding sleep strategies and nutrition and we hit every area.

Simply, we get people back to moving like they were designed so they can stay active.  This is achieved through something very similar to yoga, self-evaluation, and mediation.

Enjoy the breakdown and as always, #keepmoving

Dr.J

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