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Effects of Massage Therapy For Athletes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jan 17, 2017 2:37:02 PM

Massage therapy has gone from a perceived luxury to a useful and even crucial part of treating ailments from the hospital to the training room. Until the past 10 years, there wasn't conclusive evidence that massage really does have a positive effect on athletes.  However, thanks to new studies and some backing by reputable sources, the benefits of massage are being taken seriously.  And those benefits are not just for the pros.  They’re extended to anyone who participates in a regular exercise program.

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Topics: massage, athletes

Bringing Massage Therapy Into the Training Room

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Jan 16, 2017 2:11:02 PM

How soon until my player is back?...  We have a big game this weekend and could really use our best player… This could really affect our season… 

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Topics: massage therapy, training room

Six Elements of an Effecient Locker Room

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jan 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether you're running a health club or an athletic facility for a professional team, good locker room design can help contribute to the health and happiness of your members. 
Designing locker rooms that are asethetically pleasing, yet functional can help create a better experience for all members. This blog highlights the crucial features each locker room should have to function properly and safely.

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Topics: Locker Room Design, Locker Rooms, Locker

Fluid Motion Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Dr. Jerad Bludorn, DC on Dec 14, 2016 9:08:59 AM

As practitioners, it’s hard to imagine the daunting task a patient goes through of swinging your feet out of bed and looking forward to the day knowing your first 10-20 steps are going to be excruciating due to plantar fasciitis pain in the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a very debilitating issue for patients. It can be a very frustrating condition because many home remedies and suggestions from practitioners may not be all that helpful. Let’s touch on 5 tips for practitioners to address the function of why a patient’s pain is in the foot using a fluid motion approach.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, fmst tools

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Athletic Edge on Dec 1, 2016 3:40:52 PM

Plantar fasciitis: a condition in which weight-bearing stress irritates and inflames the tough connective tissues along the bottom of the foot. Like stated by Mary Biancalana in our blog post titled  Plantar Fasciitis? Maybe Not, So Don't Ice It!, most often, when pain is felt in the bottom of the foot, it is instantly diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. Since it is important to get an accurate diagnosis, it is important to correctly diagnose plantar fasciitis before treating. So, have you been properly diagnosed? Let's learn more and how to treat plantar fasciitis!

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

Too Busy to Workout? Whole Body Vibration Has That Solved

Posted by Christian H. Reichardt, DC, CCSP on Nov 29, 2016 9:44:27 AM

Most people already know that they should be working out. But for many, the task is simply overwhelming. Their lives are already too busy. 

Research on cardiovascular exercise has shown that short bursts exercise routines effectively improves our heart health. When exercising on the Whole Body Vibration unit in the advanced settings, many users experience an increased heart rate and they start perspiring quickly. 

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Topics: Whole Body Vibration, wbv

Digging Into Trigger Points

Posted by Steve Jurch, A.T.C., L.M.T on Nov 21, 2016 3:49:11 PM

The Question

“What’s that knot and why does it hurt so much when you press on it?”  If you spend any time doing soft tissue work, you have inevitably heard this come out your client’s mouth.  When looking at the body and its sources of dysfunction, muscle tissue is the main target for the wear and tear of daily activity.  Our skeletal muscles account for nearly 50% of our body weight and depending on how you divide them out, consist of 200 paired muscles.  That’s 400 muscles, any of which can develop those “knots” or trigger points and cause significant pain and dysfunction throughout the body. 

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Topics: trigger points

Roll Out to Ease Those Aching Muscles

Posted by Athletic Edge on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

According to an article on ESPNW.com, athletes should consider incorporating self-myofascial release using self-care tools both pre- and post-workout. Why? It's an easy way to improve blood flow and increase range of motion throughout the body, enhancing performance. 

We all know how good a massage feels after an intense workout or a week of training, but not all of us have a personal masseuse on call. Instead, many athletes are taking things into their own hands.

From weekend warriors to professionals, athletes are using foam rollers, lacrosse balls and massage sticks to work out the kinks in their muscles themselves. It's a practice called self-myofascial release.

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More Chiropractic Care? Professional Athletes Say Yes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Nov 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

More professional teams who are interested in improving overall health and maintaining peak performance are turning to chiropractic care. That's according to experts at the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, who spoke recently to the Washington Nationals baseball team. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Soft Tissue Tools, Professional Athletes, Chiropractic, Performance

How Whole Body Vibration Exercise Can Help You

Posted by Christian H. Reichardt, DC, CCSP on Oct 26, 2016 4:12:34 PM

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active. In conjunction with the NIH Go4Life campaign we at Pivotal Health Solutions are promoting exercise for all people, particularly the aging population. 

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is the perfect tool for many people who have experienced pain, discomfort or simply are uneasy or not knowledgeable about exercising. It is a fast, effective, safe and easy to learn way of getting back into working out!

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Topics: Whole Body Vibration

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