More Gait Analysis

This gait analysis study I am particularly excited about. This runner was not in any pain when she presented to our office, she just felt like things were “off”. We were able to get to the cause and solution of the altered gait immediately and the corrections will go a long way to prevent future injuries. Have a look:

Pre/Post Gait Analysis With Voiceover

If you’re a biomechanics or anatomy nerd like myself, you’ll think this video is really cool. This is the format for which I conduct gait analysis studies in my office. Here I outline a bit what we’re looking for and more importantly, how we correct it. There is voiceover so be sure your sound is on. The measurements on the left are from before I made recommendations on corrective exercise and treatment. The measurements on the right were made after just two days of corrective exercise and one treatment. The results were significant.

Break Up Muscle Restrictions and Scar Tissue With Graston Technique

 

 

A muscle with restriction as a result of adhesion or scar tissue that has been laid down during injury or overuse can become very problematic. Think of the muscle as a rubber band. Much like a rubber band, a muscle must be able to stretch and shorten at will. Then think of adhesion and scar tissue as  knots that have been tied in the runner band. The rubber band is not able to stretch nearly as much with knots tied in it, compared to stretching a rubber with no knots. Our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia work in the exact same way. If these structures are restricted due to adhesion, they’re simply not going to work properly. Compensations and poor biomechanics take form which then makes us more susceptible to injury or re-injury.

A new technique using of specially designed stainless steel tools is changing the way clinicians treat these soft tissue dysfunction. Graston Technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break up adhesion that has developed from the overused and injured soft tissue. The technique allows the clinician to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 9,000 clinicians worldwide—including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.

Graston Technique is utilized at some 830 outpatient facilities and industrial on-sites, by more than 160 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 38 respected colleges and universities throughout the united States.

The following conditions respond very well to Graston Technique:

-Fascial Adhesions / Scar Tissue
-Nerve Entrapments
-Muscle Strains (Acute or Chronic)
-Iliotibial Band (ITB) Irritation / Syndrome
-Anterior / Posterior Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
-Tendinopathies
-Runner’s Knee / Patellar Tendinopathy
-Achilles Tendinosis
-Plantar Fasciitis
-Snapping Hip Syndromes
-Post-Ankle Sprain Muscle Dysfunction
-Post-Surgical Scar Tissue
-Superior Tibiofibular Joint Fixation

For more information on Graston Technique, contact Dr. Kyle Bowling of Kentucky Sports Chiropractic at (502) 594-8326 or email at KySportsDoc@gmail.com

What’s the blue tape?

One of the primary goals at Kentucky Sports Chiropractic is to not only get you better, but enable you to continue your active lifestyle WHILE getting better. One of the tools we use to help you do this is called Kinesio tape. You may remember our last summer Olympics where athletes in several sports wore the weird looking tape on their shoulders and knees. This was Kinesio tape.

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.

Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.

The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.

Dana, DCCF’s writer in residence blogs about her experience with Kinesio tape here.

-KB

Training for the Triple Crown or Mini? Make a foam roller or “The Stick” your best friend to avoid injury.

With the Louisville Triple Crown running series and Mini-marathon upon us, the very common overuse injuries that runners  experience are starting to rear their ugly heads. I’ve been seeing a lot of shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, patellofemoral pain (runner’s knee), and lower extremity muscle strains lately. What a lot of people don’t know is that these injuries can be prevented in a few simple ways.

First, let’s go over the anatomy of what’s going on when we have these issues. Overused muscles are the culprit for a lot of these conditions. A muscle becomes overused in three ways:

-Acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)

– Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)

– Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

So now the question is: “How do I keep these things from occurring?” One major key to this answer is to make a foam roller or “The Stick” part of your everyday warm-up and cool-down routine.

The foam roller (pictured above on the left) is a form of myofascial release that increases blood flow and oxygen to the treated area which will prepare the muscle for activity. Post-run, rolling will help flush out any inflammation that has occurred during activity and prevent adhesion or scar tissue from forming on overused tissue.

“The Stick” (pictured above on the right) works similarly to the foam roller and might be a little easier for transport and on-the-go treatment.

Taking 5 or 10 minutes a day to roll or stick your muscles will go a long way in preventing these very common overuse injuries.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comment section.

-KB

Dana’s 2nd blog post about Kentucky Sports Chiropractic

Dana McMahan, the Derby City CrossFit “writer in residence” has been hard at work transforming herself into a power lifter over the past few months. Under the guidance of the CrossFit coaches, she’s improved leaps and bounds and is preparing for her first weight lifting competition in two weeks.

I’ve had the privilege of working with Dana to improve and maintain both muscle and joint mobility that is necessary for optimal performance.

Read her 2nd blog post about her experience at Kentucky Sports Chiropractic here: The Pain That’s Worth It. (By Dana McMahan)