Feeling stressed out? Under strain, some people feel their shoulders tighten up, or maybe a slight twinge might be felt in their back taking out the trash. These twinges and tightening come as a result of trigger points, more commonly known as knots. Trigger points become a problem when a nerve misfires and as a result, the muscles fire and spasm, creating a shortening of muscle fibers and a dense knot.
It’s easy to picture the exuberance on a child’s face while jumping on a trampoline—but trampolines are not just for children. In fact a long-term, retired patient just walked into our office, mentioning the plethora of benefits she experienced as a result of using her trampoline. She explained the improvements in her balance, as well as not having any embarrassing side effects from sneezing and coughing (see below for discussion of organs of continence).
Everyone twists their ankle on occasion, some more than others, as around 2 million cases of ankle injury are reported each year in the United States. For athletes, ankle sprains make up 20% of all reported injuries1, and these are only the reported cases. But for most injuries, the question to follow is "What do I do? Ice it or apply heat? Should I not push it, maybe take off work?" Well, the answer to these questions can be found in M.I.C.E.
Everybody is having a ball with all the new models of yoga balls rolling out (no pun intended). Whether they are used in rolling chairs or for exercise, the yoga ball has displayed multiple uses, such as posture correction or balance training. For those on the recovery and injury prevention route, the BOSU ball is one of the unsung heroes in the gym developed at the turn of the century. You might not know the name, but by sight, the BOSU ball is a semi spherical yoga ball with a flat plastic platform top.
A great number of our patients utilize NSAIDS, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and others to help alleviate their pain. While we recommend addressing the cause of the pain—which Dr. Haggquist would be happy to assess and explore with you, we also realize that on the way, pain medicines can allow patients to deal with the pain until the root cause can be addressed.
Every four years, athletes representing their countries don their respective uniforms and flags. However, a different type of wearable accessory has gradually been making more and more frequent appearances on both the biggest stage in sports, and in everyday athletic use. Though it has been several months since the past Summer Olympics, kinesio tape can be found in almost any sporting goods store.
Following the tragedy at a nightclub in Orlando, the city’s mayor announced a waiver of privacy rules, enabling doctors to speak with victim’s families. However, some confusion arose because there were no federal rules to waive in the first place! The tragic events were followed by some misinterpretation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and just in case you might be confused as well, here are some clarifications.
We’ve all heard avid yogis exclaim the benefits of standing on their head, but some of us may need support to achieve these enticing benefits. One way to do this is by using an inversion table, which facilitates stretching muscles and ligaments in the back, reducing muscle spasm, relaxing muscles, and creating suction to draw protruded discs toward their center (1).
If you’re reading this article, it is likely that you are Vitamin D deficient, as the literature states greater than 60% of Americans have inadequate Vitamin D levels (Mitchell et al. 2012). Vitamin D is commonly known as the “bone vitamin” due to its necessity in absorbing Calcium. In addition to the human body’s natural manufacturing of Vitamin D, milk industries find Vitamin D so vital for Calcium absorption that they add it to every glass. However, recent studies have shown that Vitamin D is necessary for more than just healthy bones.
It is without a doubt that foam rollers have emerged in every corner of athletic training rooms and homes over the past decade. Providing what is known as self-myofascial release, these cylindrical companions allow individuals to “roll out” their muscles and connective tissue, known as fascia, whenever they please. However, as their popularity has increased, misunderstanding of our foam friends has increased as well. Here are a couple of do’s and don’ts when it comes to foam rolling.