Dominic Volunteers at the Kidney March

September 8, 2014

On the 5th and 6th of September, Dominic Young RMT had the opportunity to volunteer his massage therapy skills at the Kidney Foundation’s 5th annual Kidney March. This year, 300 marchers walked 100 km over three days through Alberta’s K-Country and Foothills region. Each marcher had committed to raising a minimum of $2200 in the fight against kidney disease. This year’s march raised over $650000!

Dominic and other volunteer massage therapists provided 20-minute on-site massages to marchers as they arrived at their camp at the end of their first and second days of walking. Approximately 150 marchers per day received massage treatments! Dominic looks forward to volunteering at the Kidney March in 2015 as well.

Conditions Profile: Tennis Elbow

September 2, 2014

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the wrist extensors. Pain is felt either at rest, while gripping, twisting, lifting, or when extending the wrist. It can be caused by racket sports, or strenuous everyday activities that involve twisting the forearm repetitively. Tennis elbow is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 30 and 60, and is equally common between men and women. Micro tears in the extensor muscles near their insertion is the underlying cause of pain, and the tears can take over a year to heal without treatment.

Treatment Options:
There are a variety of treatment options for tennis elbow. On the chiropractic side, Active Release Techniques, Graston, and IMS (needling) are often enough to fix tennis elbow within a couple of weeks. For cases where that therapy falls short of completely resolving the issue, Shockwave Therapy has also been shown to effectively treat tennis elbow.

Physiotherapy is another effective avenue for tennis elbow sufferers. Manual therapy combined with specific stretching and strengthening protocols can be of great benefit in resolving tough cases. As with the chiropractic course of treatment, Shockwave can also be helpful.

Calgary Marathon

July 15, 2014

Coach Hill Chiropractic & Sports Therapy was pleased to be the exclusive sports therapy clinic for the Calgary Marathon! Dr. Kate Hawkins and Dr. Mike Belding provided Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique to athletes of all levels.

As regular participants in the Calgary Half Marathon, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Belding know of the stress and fatigue that the body can go through during a run. They hope to volunteer treatment again next year!!

Summer Hydration

July 7, 2014

In the summer months, it is especially important to stay hydrated. We can sometimes get away with under-hydrating in winter months, but the summer magnifies our water deficits. We sweat more, and are generally more active during the summer months, which makes hydration not only important but mandatory. Dehydration during hot summer activities can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death if not dealt with properly.
You should always drink between 1 and 2 liters of water a day, and in summer months 2 liters a day is ideal. Aside from the more serious risks like heat stroke, dehydration can lead to many other symptoms. Headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, and dizziness are just some of the symptoms associated with insufficient water intake.
When you are out this summer, remember to stay hydrated, and take steps to avoid excessive heating by wearing a hat and breathable clothing.

Chiropractic Care and Injury Prevention

June 16, 2014

An Australian Rules football league recently added chiropractic services to its healthcare team. The chiropractic services were only provided for one of the teams, however, to determine whether its inclusion would influence injury rates.

The most common injuries in Australian Rules football are lower limb injuries, with the majority being hamstring strains. Despite advancements in training and conditioning protocols, hamstring injury rates have remained consistent for decades. Over a full season, one team was given chiropractic care in addition to their strength and conditioning programs and physiotherapy, while another team received only the traditional strength and conditioning with physiotherapy. Players on the team with access to a chiropractor had a 4% rate of hamstring injuries and lower limb muscle strains for the entire season. In contrast, the team that did not have a chiropractor had 17% of their players experience a hamstring injury during the season, and 28% had a lower limb muscle strain. The study demonstrated that chiropractic care can be crucial in preventing sports injuries.

Golf Injuries: Common But Preventable

June 1, 2014

At first glance, golf may not appear to be a dangerous sport, but its effects on your body can be as severe as many full contact activities. The majority of golfers experience pain and stiffness at some point in their season, with less experienced golfers more prone to serious injury. Over 80% of golf injuries are caused by overuse. Golfers with improper biomechanics are at a greater risk for injury, as wear and tear on joints and tissues becomes magnified. A chiropractor can identify biomechanical deficits that may make you susceptible to injury, and has the tools to treat the resulting pain or stiffness that can accompany these deficits.

Only 17% of golf injuries are caused by a single event, meaning that the remaining 83% of injuries are a result of overuse. Playing with improper mechanics may not cause damage over a single round of golf, but the average golfer plays 37 rounds per season. Over this type of volume, small flaws in mechanics can become problematic, wearing on joints and tissues that forced to compensate for an abnormal stance or swing. The low back, elbows, and wrists are under significant stress during a golf swing, and are the areas most likely to break down over time.

Low back pain is a common complaint among golfers. In many instances, this can be the result of undue stress placed on the low back from flawed biomechanics. Flat feet, for example, cause internal rotation at the hips, which may decrease low back stability. Weak glutes or lumbar paraspinal muscles may not have enough endurance for a full round of golf, at which point the load placed on your low back falls entirely on your joints, discs, and ligaments. These structures cannot endure as much strain as the muscles, and can easily become injured.

There are a variety of treatments that can reduce pain and stiffness and help improve your range of motion, and in turn, your swing. Biomechanical issues can be the result of tight or tender muscles. Muscular adhesions that can reduce your range of motion can be treated with Active Release Technique, Graston, or intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Loosening up the shoulder capsule and rotator cuff, for example, can help ensure a more fluid swing.

Specific strengthening exercises from a physiotherapist can also be used help increase endurance in the low back, glutes, and other areas that are stressed during a round of golf, and adjustments can be used to restore full range of motion in the lumbar spine. Whether you are experiencing pain or not, it’s a good idea to get assessed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist to ensure that your form will not lead to issues down the road.