Setting the Wheels in Motion

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When you set the wheels in motion, you get something started and that’s exactly what has happened this past week at motion Chiropractic.

November 1st was our opening day for the new clinic.  It’s been an exciting process getting to this point, and my vision for the clinic has only just begun!  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all who have been a part of this new beginning!  I extend my gratitude to all those who have supported the vision and those with the skills to bring the ideas into reality.  Careful planning has been a part of each stage, but it’s the collaborations that have brought the vitality to the clinic.  From the very start, this has been a place where working together brings the best results!

Creating an environment for optimum healing, rehabilitation, wellness, and functional performance has been the main goal.  Taking the time needed to diagnose, create personalized treatment plans, and address individual patient’s needs is at the core of my practice.

Research consistently shows the importance of motion in our daily lives.  Living an active lifestyle is a basic component of healthy living.  Correct functional movement is key to athletic performance at any level, and pain free movement through life.  This past week, we have only begun to set the wheels in motion.  Our opening is an invitation to everyone in the community “to get something started”!  Drop by and have a tour of the Clinic.  Let’s discuss what motion can do for your life!

D.I.Y Rehab

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Home Dmotion chiropractic exercise bandepot has created an extremely successful business model by promoting D.I.Y (do it yourself) home renovations.  It’s cost effective for the home owner and allows the store to offer much lower prices, yet sell at a much higher volume.

D.I.Y, it always looks so easy!  Step-by-step instructions, a quick demo or CD to take home and before you know it you’re a master brick layer, electrician or even plumber!  I congratulate those who are able to master renovation and home repair so easily.  Having just built out my clinic, I have such admiration and respect for those skilled craftsmen and trades that worked on the project.  Their results speak for themselves, from the bones up, this clinic is built for both function and performance!  To achieve professional results, I turned to the pros, they knew what they were doing and the clinic reflects it!

Of course there is a place for D.I. Y., but we need to be able to discern when it can be a benefit, and when it can do more damage than not!

D.I. Y rehab for an injury is one of those places where more damage than healing can occur.  This was the reason I included a rehab gym within my clinic.  There are numerous printouts, CD’s and Youtube  videos  available demonstrating  rehab exercises for many common injuries.  The majority of research has shown, however, that patients receive superior results with chiropractic treatment and SUPERVISED rehab exercise.

It begins with the proper diagnosis of your injury or dysfunction.  Chiropractors are uniquely trained to provide physical examinations, orthopedic testing and analysis of your health history to make the proper diagnosis.  Treatment plans are personalized and may include various adjustment techniques, soft tissue work, and often rehab exercise.  It’s most advantageous to have your Chiropractor show you the exercise, supervise you while you perform the exercise,  make sure you are performing it correctly with the proper biomechanics, and then reinforcing this learning with a print-out or video of the rehab exercise as required for home practice.  During the treatment phase of an injury, a patient often needs to be reminded of proper form, and requires monitoring to avoid further injury.  Rehab exercises done wrong can lead to further dysfunction and pain.

Rehab exercise does not require a lot of equipment.  At home exercise programs can be achieved with just a few products:

  1. Theraband elastic tubing (resistance rehab)
  2. Exercise Ball (core training and balance)
  3. Foam roller (helps relax tight muscles)
  4. Light weights (soup cans can often be used!)

In the clinical setting, the on-site gym is beneficial to achieving optimal results for the patient through supervised rehab in the early stages of healing.   At home rehab exercise can follow after proper understanding and form is achieved under the supervision of your Chiropractor.  It takes a little more time, but the results are worth it!

Kinesio Tape: Not Just for Olympic Athletes

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Another Olympics has come and gone and there are amazing images that will live on in our minds for years to come;  Team Canada’s Rosie MacLennan winning our first and only gold in Women’s Trampoline, the Men’s and Women’s eight Rowing silver medals, Brent Hayden’s bronze in the pool, Christine Girard’s bronze in weightlifting, Derek Drouin’s surprise bronze in high-jumping,  Women’s soccer heartbreak in the semi’s, and celebration of success in winning the bronze, American  Michael Phelps and Jamaican  Usain Bolt’s historic, record-breaking achievements, and of course the Queen parachuting into the stadium!!  Then there was that one colourful image that kept popping up in almost every sport, on almost every athlete (see photo above).  Some speculated that it was an attention getting form of body art; most hadn’t a clue what it was or why it was being used.  Like most athletic gear, it has function over fashion.  The idea that it appealed to some viewers as a fashion statement is amusing to those of us who have worked with and benefitted from this colourful tape known as Kinesio Tape.

Recently there was an article in the Vancouver Sun about the Kinesio Tape seen on athletes during the Olympics.  The article suggested some were skeptical about how effective Kinesio Tape was.  In truth, of the people interviewed for the article, only the two researchers who had limited data on the performance of the tape gave a skeptical view.  Clinicians working with athletes as well as the athletes themselves reported very favourable results from years of Kinesio Tape usage.  The suggestion by these2 researchers that there was limited evidence for the tape and that it might be working as a placebo was dismissed by the athletes themselves who have experienced the benefits of Kinesio Tapping.  When German Volleyball player, Sara Goller was asked why she used Kinesio Tape, and if it had anything to do with the colour, she replied “I don’t really mind the colour; it’s more about what it does.  It can release or put tension on a muscle, it depends on what you want.”  Function over fashion for these Olympic athletes!

From a clinical standpoint, I would suggest that the sheer numbers of high performance athletes in the world that report that the tape is helping to support or relieve pain from injuries, is evidence in itself.  The fine tuning of these athletes makes them ultra aware of their bodies and how they are functioning.  There is no place in elite competition for supports that provide no benefit.

Further research to establish exactly how and why Kinesio Tape helps and to what extent it can support healing and function, is always welcomed; however the fact that this research has not been completed does not equate with the tape having a lack of effect, nor is that evidence of a placebo.

Kinesio Tape is not new; it’s been around since the 70’s!  It was invented by one of Japan’s leading Chiropractors, Dr. Kenzo Kase.  It was designed to have a thickness similar to our epidermis, and as such, within a short time after application a person is almost unaware of its presence.  It’s hypoallergenic, and has polymer elastic properties that are woven in such a way that they allow it to be stretched up to 55-60%.  It’s long lasting (3-5days), and can even withstand repeated showering.  It’s virtually painless to remove.

Three common uses of this tape are:

1)  Structural support (allowing the athlete to perform with an injury through functional support)

2)  Proprioceptive (sensory) signaling to an area (example, back muscles for posture , tape acts as a reminder)

3)  Helps reduce swelling and bruising.

There is both art and science to Kinesio Taping.  A clinician must be trained in the art of Kinesio Taping application.  There are specific patterns and tensions for each application.  An understanding of function and physiology is the guiding principle.  The picture below is an image from a chiropractic clinic in the US that shows the result of taping using a fan shape to help with the reduction of edema.  You can see how the bruising follows the lines where the Kenisio Tape was applied.  The tape works by helping to lift the skin over the injured area which in turn aides the lymphatic drainage.

Kinesio Tape is not just for Olympic Athletes.  Kinesio Tape is another modality that clinicians can use on anyone who is suffering with an applicable injury.  In some cases it’s all that is needed to keep a person mobile and functioning while they heal.  In many cases it will allow an individual to continue with their sport, leisure and/or recreational activities without losing ground on their fitness and fun!

For those hoping to optimize their function after an injury, Kinesio tape may be an option to investigate.  And for those who are strictly looking for fashion over function, well, it’s less painful than a tattoo!