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What is the deal with IASTM?

What is the deal with IASTM?

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What is all the fuss about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique. Just recently I signed up for Smart Tools plus seminar in Portland, Oregon. I purchased a set of smart tools as well as enrolling in a two-day seminar. Before the re emergence of IASTM, techniques such as active release technique were dominating the chiropractic, registered massage therapists and physical therapist seminar circuit. Active release technique, which I have attended for their upper extremity seminar is an advanced scar tissue release technique that is designed to deal with nerve impingement, repetitive trauma injuries, pain syndromes and old injuries. There are many other techniques that address muscle injury and nerve impingement syndromes.

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As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I have had excellent results using active release technique on shoulders, the upper thoracic spine and the cervical spine. The most common disorder I have addressed is rotator cuff tendonitis. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor I always muscle test each specific muscle and look for pain and weakness. Once the isolated muscle is identified I would perform active release technique. The only draw back with using my hands as a muscle reparative system is that the stress on the thumbs and hands can cause arthritis in the long term.

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Ready to get back into your favorite sport or back into your daily activities. Dr. Reza Khamneipur is here to educate you on your pain syndromes.

SMART TOOLS PLUS

Smart Tools Plus is different than other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, as it is not modeled solely on the Chinese practice of Gua Sha. Other IASTM tools promote bruising of the skin. In order to understand why bruising is wanted we must go back to Gua Sha. The name Gua Sha translates into scraping in order to lightly bruise the skin in Chinese. Scraping is said to promote healing by causing an inflammatory response to remove scar tissue. Smart Tools Plus does not promote bruising even though it may occur. Instead we are taught to focus working on the tissue affected with the specific tool and also using active range of motion with the tool to remove adhesions and also lengthen fascia.

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Call Vancity Pro Chiropractic for more information on how IASTM can help improve your sports performance!

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Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM is affective for many conditions. IASTM is beneficial for Patients suffering from repetitive cumulative trauma, sports injuries, automobile accidents, lifting injuries, muscles spasms from emotional stress, and other traumas.

As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, using ergonomic surgical stainless steel tools will allow me to prevent having stress on my hands from treatment. There is more leverage or pressure per square inch with Smart Tools in the low back muscles such as multifidi and quadratus lumborum than using your hands or thumbs. From my experience I would recommend starting off with 3-4 treatments for most scar tissue adhesion syndromes where pain and limited range of motion are present. Treatments should continue as long as range of motion is increasing and pain is decreasing with each proceeding treatment. After the first treatment pain and bruising are likely to occur. As with working out for the first time in a long while the bodies tissues will become sore due to load and stretch. Thereafter, the body should have tolerance to the treatment. Therefore, soreness should subside after the second treatment. It is also very likely that that no soreness occurs after a treatment. Every body and every person’s pain tolerance will vary so it is not a one size fits all theory.

I hope this blog gave you some insight on the benefits of IASTM treatments. At Vancity Pro Chiropractic, our main goal is always to provide you with the best care. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor Treats Whiplash Car Accident Patients

Honey, I got into a car accident in Vancouver! What should I do now?

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Car accidents are not an easy experience to go through as it may take a toll on your bank account and cause bodily injury. Even more, there is always a chance for serious injury, death or paralysis. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I have a lot of experience treating car accident patients. The diagnosis for a patient who would have had an accident is whiplash. Whiplash refers to a quick back and forth snapping motion of the cervical spine associated with trauma to the soft tissues caused by a motor vehicle colliding with another vehicle. In this blog post we will discuss the injuries caused and the outcome years later from an automobile accident.

According to the Medscape Journal online article, Biomechanics of Minor Automobile Accidents, research shows that motor vehicle collisions that have close to no physical damage are statistically rare to produce symptoms for the occupants involved. Even more interesting is that in countries that do not have settlements for bodily injury, pain outcomes and injury are close to zero. This shows the relationship between financial compensation and pain levels. Moreover, an explanation for pain when there is no damage would be psychosomatic in nature. Furthermore, car accidents add up to twenty-nine billion dollars a year in litigation cost in the United States.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor Treats Whiplash Patients – Back and Forth Motion From Whiplash

There is however a direct correlation between substantial accidents with large damage and chronic pain. Therefore, car accidents cause functional disability long term and should not be taken lightly.

Whiplash as stated above is the result of a rear end collision that causes cervical spine injury. Reasoning being a whiplash is that the neck is pushed into extension immediately and headrest becomes your saving grace. If the head rest is not present or for any reason the neck does not get stopped by the head rest, then the rear joints known as the facet joints and ligaments will become the only thing to stop from further extension. The neck will go through shearing, tension, rotation, backwards motion and finally a thrust forward.

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Car accidents can hurt and may cause long term injury. The great news is that Dr. Reza Khamneipur, D.C. has your back and is ready to get you back to our optimal health.

The Wiki never lies! – About Whiplash

According to Wikipedia.org’s page on whiplash, during acceleration deceleration accident the thoracic spine is put under tremendous pressure and is subjected to axial load. This in turn transfers massive load to the lumbar and cervical spine. However, the thoracic and lumbar spine due there position is protected from large movements. The cervical spine does however undergo major trauma. The cervical spine reverses its normal curvature and creates a military curve or reversed curve. As the front of the cervical spine is pushed back and forth masterfully fast the anterior longitudinal ligament becomes traumatized. The micro trauma causes adhesions to build up and the ligament tightens to cause change in the curvature to the cervical spine. A normal spine should have a lordosis throughout the cervical spine. This in conjunction with the rest of the spine balances the stress on the spine and allows the nervous system to function properly. As the cervical spine reverses its course a person will start to experience pain in the back of the neck, shoulders, numbness tingling in the hands, and headaches to name a few. In terms of physical changes the person will develop spondylosis to the cervical spine, degenerative disc disease and nerve compression. The changes generally occur at C5, which is the apex of the cervical curve.

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Do not wait to get help for your car accident. The longer you wait the higher the chances of long term pain and disability.

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What is the prognosis of a whiplash patient? The prognosis is moderate to poor, and long-term dependence on medications, neurological deficits, and surgery are highly common. Expected residual symptoms consist of moderate to severe neck pain, right shoulder pain, right arm numbness/tingling, thoracic pain and low back pain are expected.

As a rule, soft tissue injuries, specifically sprain/strain injuries readily heal. However, they heal with scar tissue. Current literature notes that this alteration in normal tissue subsequent to healing of sprain/strain injuries is the fibrosis of repair”. This fibrotic repair tissue will exhibit three things:

  1. It is weaker tissue
  2. It is less elastic
  3. There is an increase in the anatomical number of nerves fibers into this healing tissue, which makes them more sensitive to future stresses and strains.

Therefore, people so affected by the healing residual of soft tissue injuries will frequently experience symptomatic exacerbations secondary to the use of the once injured parts. It should be noted that it is likely that any activity that causes increased stresses on the once injured ligaments and muscles of the cervical spine will create a symptomatic exacerbation of the patient’s condition.

North Vancouver Chiropractor for Car Accidents

Chiropractic care is an excellent choice to help alleviate pain and suffering after a car accident. Furthermore, Chiropractic care can help reduce long-term disability caused by trauma. By means of scar tissue release, realigning the cervical spine and restoring motion back in the spine, Chiropractic is your number one choice for injury caused by auto accidents.

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What Is Scar Tissue And How To Get Rid Of It?

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New and Old injuries

We all have scar tissue and we all will develop more in our lifetime, but the majority of us do not understand how scar tissue develops in our body and how it affects us. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I reflect back at my time at Palmer West Chiropractic College in San Jose, California. It was in my first year that we had a pathology course and the subject of Scar tissue came up. We studied how the liver creates fibroblasts and lays down collagen fibers down to repair injured areas. To this day, I still explain the same details as I learned long ago. The importance of this subject is that today as Chiropractors we are able to help remove unwanted scar tissue from soft tissues. Two popular techniques come to mind, Active Release Technique and Graston Technique. I became certified in Active Release Upper Extremity towards the end of my Chiropractic program. It was there that I was amazed by the incredible results that this technique could do. Graston soon followed with surgical stainless steel tools that also removed scar tissue.

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The results

The results from both techniques are incredible. As a Sports Chiropractor servicing in North Vancouver, I have worked on more than hundreds of shoulders that had rotator cuff problems. As a sports injury chiropractor, I would muscle test to find the specific damaged muscle. There are three prominent shoulder muscles within the rotator cuff group. These are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and subscapularis muscle. Once I did several courses of the Active Release Technique the patient would see thirty percent increase in range of motion instantly. Over several treatments, the patient would ninety percent of the time regain full range of motion. This seems like a tall glass to swallow, but the fact is that clinically these were my results.
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There always is a solution for everything. Many people live with chronic injuries stemming from a sports mishap. A simple twist of the wrist or sprained ankle. Then years of re injuries follow. Do not fret, there is a solution. It is Chiropractic.

The Real Deal

Yes, scar tissue once removed allows the body to function properly again. Let us dive into how scar tissue develops on the body. Scar tissue forms after surgery, or injury to the body. According to the page Scar on Wikipedia the body will produce very similar collagen tissue as was there before, except the new tissue is less elastic and instead of having a cross fiber structure has parallel fibers. This seems to be the main reason why people who injure their calves, ankles, shoulders, back and other joints always find less mobility and recurring pain and injury that joint. This is because the new tissue surrounds the injury sight and lays down tightly to protect and heal the area. Scars also develop over months and years and becomes very dense. This new structure will block off proprioception and is much less elastic.

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This is the cause of so many re injuries to an existing injury. The new joint or area is much stiffer due to its tensional stress and has less proprioception, which communicates where a joint is in time and space at all moments to the brain. There are also different problems that occur due to scar formation to different organs and structures but we will keep focus on the soft tissues that connect to our bones. This is why techniques such as Graston that has been around for centuries is known for its acronym IASTM, which is known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. These tools have been around for a long time and used for removing scar tissue. By doing passes on the muscle, unwanted scar tissue is removed. By comparison Active Release Technique uses the practitioners thumb or hand pressure to remove scar tissue. This is done by putting the specific muscle or tissue in its contracted state, pinning down the muscle and then having the muscle go through active or passive range of motion. Because the bad tissue is trapped under the practitioners grip it is forced to break up during range of motion. It should also be noted that scar tissue forms as a result of trauma to the body. Trauma can be sitting on a chair causing stress to the pelvis and back or an auto mobile accident causing whiplash. During whiplash the anterior muscles on the cervical spine are torn and heal by excessive amounts of scar tissue. Subsequently, the cervical spine is pulled forward due to the scar tissue and the lordotic curve is lost and replaced with a military or reversed curve. Even worse, disc and bones will degenerate and symptoms will persist from the neck, shoulders and down the arms. Our bodies are always going through stress. However, when there is considerable trauma to the tissues major scar tissue formation occurs. Smaller injuries to the surface of the skin heal without much issues.

Let us help

In conclusion to this blog about Scar tissue, it has come to my attention how important it is as a Chiropractor to educate everyone on the success of these incredible techniques. We have to remind each other that it is possible to recover from long standing injuries. But there must be a different course of treatment. The remedies of the past will not work.

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Knee problems and high number of knee surgeries

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New Data!

The number of knee surgeries is on a steep rise in the past two decades, almost doubling. There has been much discussion into why patients have been opting for surgeries earlier in life and why the number of surgeries has doubled. Some preliminary research has shown that the obesity epidemic and population growth has been the main contributor to these factors. But some researchers are still not convinced that these are the definitive causes.

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Tell me more

Unfortunately, population growth and obesity statistics do not follow the same growth pattern. During a nine-year period between 1999 and 2008 knee surgeries in the USA more than doubled while population growth increased 11 percent and the number of people falling into obese category increased by roughly 20 percent.  Therefore, there must be other reasons for the increased number of knee surgeries. One explanation might be the increased injuries sustained by the population and the increased number of patients opting for surgery. Surgeries for the knee have become less invasive explaining to why patients might be opting for surgeries. Surgeries are quicker and healing times are faster.

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We are educated on television programs that when your knee is in extreme pain it is time to get tough and persist through the discomfort. Instead of resting, take a pain pill and anti inflammatory to ignore you problem. Well this is completely the contrary. If you are in pain this is a sign to stop and rest. What until your body tells you it is okay to slowly get back into your favourite sport!

Baby Boomers

Opinions in the medical community are stating that the baby boomer generation is opting for knee surgeries as if they were going to get a coffee at Starbucks. Baby boomers are subjecting their knees to more high-risk activities and at the same time living much longer than their parents. A hundred or more years ago communities were much more involved in labor-intensive daily activities and were subjecting their knees to the same type of stress. However, unlike today the life expectancy was not as long. Several decades ago the leading cause of knee surgeries was rheumatoid arthritis, while today the most common cause has become osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical stress to the knee joint.

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Should we be alarmed or worried that the population is opting for more surgical procedures. Prevention and education may be the key to reducing sky rocketing statistics regarding knee problems and surgical intervention. Call your North Vancouver Chiropractor today to learn how to prevent further injuring yourself.

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In comparison, hip surgeries are on the mend. The reason for the decrease in hip surgeries is due to better screening at an earlier age by medical doctors. Screening for such things as hip dysplasia has dramatically improved. Unfortunately, knee surgeries do not have the same luck. While knee surgeries are on the rise the number of orthopedic surgeons is decreasing causing delays in treatment. Medical doctors are opting to do their specialty in spine surgeries as it is more lucrative for them.

North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor – Let Us Help Educate you

Technology has changed and the ability for new synthetic materials to be used in the knee joint proves very successful long term. As well, with new robotic instruments surgeons can make far less damage to the tissues and speed up healing time. Previously, the quadriceps tendon was incised and the knee joint opened up for surgical purposes. Now with less invasive surgery only a portion of the quadriceps tendon is incised allowing for less scar tissue and pain. Incisions have also gone from 8 – 12 inches to now 4 inches depending on the patient’s anatomy and body fat percentage. In light of this article knee surgeries are on the rise, however we need to clarify that there are many different types of surgeries for specific knee problems.

First of all, it is important to know that the knee joint is the largest joint in the human body. The knee joint supports the entire weight of the human body and is said to be the most intricate of all joints. The different types of knee surgeries include but are not limited to meniscus, ACL reconstruction, knee replacement, lateral release, tendon repair and micro trauma surgery.

As a North Vancouver Chiropractor working with knee pain, it is concerning that people are ignoring warning signs of pain and continuing to engage in activities while suffering from specific sport injuries. Unfortunately, this will lead to damaging cartilage, bone and soft tissues of the joint. The human body was not designed to with stand extreme physical stresses for prolonged periods. Thus, damage ensues to the specific joint and the patient will require surgery.

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Is the Ice in RICE out dated? Lymphatic Systems

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Get the facts straight!

It may be time to sit down and hold on to your seat. Yes, there is something we need to talk about and it may shock you! Well, it is not going to be an, it’s me not you conversation. This talk is about the decades old rule about icing injuries. It may be time to stop icing as new information contradicts what we believed to be true. After an injury we may need to manage our healing a little differently. I wrote a blog on RICE, which is an acronym for rest, ice, compression and elevation. The blog was an excellent experience for me to write. I got to research many new thoughts on RICE and healing. There is a whole new school of thought regarding how to manage an acute injury.

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ICING

The thought behind limiting ice during an injury also applies to compression and elevation. Before, it was thought that ice should be applied to limit the amount of swelling to an area. Inflammation was thought to be an overzealous event that may have caused too much scar tissue to be produced. The outcome would be too much scar tissue causing limited range of motion and continued pain. Subsequently, with improper healing without RICE re injury would be a high probability.

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We were taught to do the basics and now the basics are incorrect. Be flexible and always update yourself on the latest sports therapies. Your North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor at Vancityprochiropractic will be to up to date with the latest research and techniques.Call now for an appointment.

Lymphatic Systems

Our bodies have a system to deliver healing factors to the site of injury. The heart, artery and veins work with the lymphatic system to deliver and remove fluid to injury sites. Icing causes vasoconstriction of the circulatory system, but causes increased permeability of lymphatic tissue. The lymphatic system normally works as a scavenger system to remove access fluid and waste back into the circulatory system through lymphatic trunks near the neck. When ice is applied to the area of injury, permeability of lymphatic tissue in the area of injury increases and fluid reserves flow back into the site of injury.

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Unfortunately the lymphatic system does not have a pump (heart), which works to circulate white blood cells and excess fluid back into the circulatory system. The lymphatic system works by contractions of the lymphatic vessels and skeletal muscle. Thus our mindset has to change regarding RICE. Not just about ice, but about compression and elevation.

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Maybe the body is designed to perfectly remove waste and heal desired areas. Compression and elevation may reduce the flow of lymphatic tissue and blood flow to an area. What we may want is to use passive and active range of motion to help the lymphatic system work. We should be weary as new research on recovery and rehabilitation comes out all the time. But a little common sense goes a long way. It may be to our advantage to still use ice in moderation. Ice has analgesic properties and fewer side effects then taking OTC’s. Compression and elevation should also be used in moderation.

North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor – Let Us Heal You

As a North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor I have invested in the best tools to help with acute and chronic injuries. Interferential therapy is an effective form of therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. As well, passive range of motion applied to the patient is effective to help the lymphatic system and align collagen fibers to soft tissues parallel to the existing fibers. Active release therapy is an excellent adjunct to healing as light active release passes to the soft tissue can help with the lymphatic system and align collagen fibers parallel.

 

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RICE What Does It Stand For?

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Keep Calm and follow the Basics!

Do the same principles of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) still hold true? With all the new technology and research there must be some magic therapy that can heal all acute and chronic injuries. There are so many different new therapies that are on the market for practitioners. But one thing will never change and that is that the basics are the basics. We need to adhere to the basic principles of healing. So what are the basics and why do they still have the best results. This is a great question and one that we should all follow. RICE, the acronym for rest, ice, compression and elevation has four different components that can be done for practically free but are extremely affective. We should begin by giving a general understanding of how injuries occur to the human body.

RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)

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Wear and Tear

Our bodies are constantly breaking down due to wear and tear. We are aging from the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep. Our entire body is constantly rebuilding itself. Then add to that work stress, sports activities, and home life. Every step we take we are putting load on our joints to support us, our organs to provide the oxygen to the tissues and our nervous system to manage all of these systems. Therefore, all of our bodies systems are susceptible to trauma. When our bodies are subjected to these stressors the result is inflammation to all parts of the body. When the arteries incur inflammation we develop atherosclerosis. When we have inflammation to the soft tissues we develop scar tissue. And finally, when we have chronic inflammation to the bones and discs we develop degenerative bone and disc disease.

What Is Chronic Pain

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The number one indictor of inflammation is pain. People who suffer from chronic pain also suffer from constant underlying inflammation to their tissues or bones. X rays of a mid 40’s patient that has suffered from long standing chronic pain show vertebrae with jagged edges known as osteophytes, and decreased disc height. In radiology the most common patient to show with these radiographic changes are females over forty who are semi obese. The additional weight causes severe stress to the low back and degenerative changes begin to occur.

The healing process in our body can be excessive and cause diminishing returns. RICE is an amazing remedy to help heal acute or long-standing injuries. Resting is the first part of the healing process. By taking a break and not putting your body under further stress, your body will be able to focus on healing the injured area. Ice is an excellent natural analgesic to reduce pain. Ice has been known historically to reduce inflammation as well. But recently more research shows that ice should be limited for swelling and healing. Compression and elevation are the last two parts of the equation of RICE that help with swelling and inflammation. It should be noted that RICE is a powerful way to take a step back and rest.

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During the healing process it is vital to take a break and allow the body to heal itself. Chiropractic care is extremely effective in working with the body’s own healing abilities. Chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique, Graston technique, Activator methods, and Cox Flexion technique to name a few are all powerful tools to restore motion, reduce inflammation, and reduce pain. Be smart and take a break from you injuries. Allow your body to heal itself. The circulatory system is designed to bring healing factors to the sight of injury and the lymphatic system to help remove all waste from the site. But with anything in life don’t over due anything. Along with RICE is it is important to a have moderate activity to allow the lymphatic system to function, collagen fibres to attach properly and circulatory to function.

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RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)

Chiropractic care in conjunction with RICE is an excellent adjunct for healing. After the healing process has taken place and all the RICE and chiropractic care from your preferred North Vancouver Chiropractor has taken place it may be time to focus on getting continued chiropractic treatments to restore alignment to the spine and increase range of motion to the affected joints. The rewards will be life changing. You will be able to engage in your favorite sport or activity again. Be calm and carry on as they say. Life is an amazing journey but do not forget to take a break.

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5 Reasons to take a break from your favorite Sport!

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Keep Calm and take a kitkat break

Just the heading of this blog post can cause shivers down the spine to many die-hard sports enthusiasts. Normally, we are bombarded with advice to get outside and get active. Yes, being active is an excellent way to improve cardiovascular health, build strength, endurance and increase the hormones that make us happy. But there are times where our bodies need a break. We can sometimes experience diminishing returns of health benefits from over doing activities. Whether you are taking your body to the edge or playing too many sports the answer may be simple, just take a break.

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The Type A Personality!

As a North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor, it is hard to explain to some patients and friends that their injury may benefit from rest. Persons that are Type-A have a hard time to consider this advice as they are programmed to always be on the go. Take a friend of mine for example who plays volleyball twice a week and suffers from low back and leg pain flair ups and limited shoulder range of motion. I have witnessed him have several major flair ups of back pain over the past several years. I had asked him if playing volleyball had consistently flared up his shoulder and back and his answer was yes. My advice to him was that he needed to take a break from group sports. Unfortunately, over the years he would not take my advice and continued pushing his body to the limit.

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The responsibility of being a North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor is educating patients on the power of the innate. Meaning the body has the power to heal itself when given the opportunity too!

Just recently, his back had given out. Severe back pain and right leg pain. He had an antalgic gait to the left. This time he was out of commission for three weeks and the problem had made him think more than he had before. An extremely successful business owner and avid sportsman my friend had for the first time decided to stay home and rest. Here was my opportunity to educate him on the affects of repetitive trauma from work and sports. He was adamant that I treat him, but I decided to prescribe rest. I had performed a physical examination, and concluded that he may have a possible disc bulge posteriorly to L5 Disc and S1 nerve. Without a MRI I could not 100 percent conclude that this was his diagnosis, as a MRI is the gold standard for diagnosing disc bulges.

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My friend had actually gone to a physiotherapist, registered massage therapist and shiatsu specialist. From all the information he had gathered he was concerned that he pulled a muscle. I educated him that when the inner soft material of the disc extrudes beyond the protective outer annulus a bulge occurs. Depending on the extent of the bulge symptoms will vary. Some people may experience low back pain, others low back pain and leg pain, and the last group may experience leg pain without back pain. But the third is usually consistent with a tear to the disc and not a bulge. Generally, a bulge in the back of the disc either left or right will put pressure on the DRG (dorsal root ganglion), which is a portion of the nerve exiting the spine and thus the DRG will like a mini computer send signals to the low back muscles to freeze up. Muscle Guarding is the result and is the body’s way of protecting the spinal column from further injury.

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The discs that sit between each vertebra are affected when load is applied to the spine. When intradiscal pressure is increased the disc contents in the middle push outward but the outer fibers contain all contents. When the outer fibers continuously are damaged increased pressure can allow the inner toothpaste like material to bulge out. This will cause physical and chemical damage to spinal nerves, and degenerative changes to discs and bones from the inflammatory factors. In my friends case he was jumping up and down on a hard surface playing volleyball and also twisting his back often. This increased load to the lower back caused an eventual bulge. Therefore, my advice to him was to allow the disc to heal. As the disc is hot and swollen it needs to be removed from any load like jumping or excessive standing. Laying on the back and putting the knees up with ice to the low back will help reduce inflammation and the size of the bulge. With rest my friend eventually got better and his low back pain subsided. He now has taken a long break from volleyball and he may want to engage in a less load bearing sport.

With messages from pharmaceuticals telling people to take a pain pill and continue rock jumping with a bad knee or training through the pain it is important we spread the message that pain is a sign our bodies need rest. Five great reasons to take a break might help us reflect on healing:

  1. Stopping repetitive motions that are affecting acute or chronic injuries
  2. Taking pressure off achy joints and discs to reduce compressive forces
  3. Allow your body to rest and cells to heal
  4. Taking time to Ice the injury
  5. Spend time meditating and using visualization to heal

My friend’s shoulder range of motion also improved and the nagging pain at full abduction. It is not my intention to promote inactivity but there are times when the cause of a problem is over exertion. As a North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor, I am extremely cautious when a patient presents with symptoms and positive orthopedic test for a disc bulge. The best treatment in this case would be Cox Flexion Decompression. Take a look at my chiropractic sciatica treatment page to learn more about the incredible benefits of cox flexion decompression for the low back disc condition.