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Golf Injuries and Active Release Techniques (ART)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Golf Injuries_Lowrey Chiropractic

With summer now here, many of us are hitting the golf links for the first time in several months. While it’s the season for warmer temperatures, it’s also the season for golf injuries. Because golf is low impact and non-strenuous, many people assume that golfers don’t get injured. In fact, golf-related injuries are surprisingly common and most often the result of repetitive strain on muscles and other soft tissues.

Fortunately, there is a treatment technique that is helping golfers heal from the common aches and pain of repetitive injuries. It’s called Active Release Techniques (ART), and it’s enabling many individuals to return to the course sooner with decreased pain along with restored flexibility, balance, and stability.


Why Do Golf Injuries Happen?

During a typical round of golf or practice session, a player will take from 60 to over 100 swings. These swings can accumulate very quickly into the thousands quickly if you’re playing multiple rounds per week or practicing your swing at the driving range.

This repetitive swing motion places significant stress on joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles – even under the best of circumstances. However, a minor problem such as bad posture or lack of flexibility can cause the body to compensate for the problematic area. This is often referred to as “swing compensation.” Swing compensation can directly lead to strain on soft tissues and eventually cause injury. For example, a player who struggles with limited range in the hips will compensate by using excessive motion of the back or shoulders during a swing. This can not only affect the overall quality of the swing, it can lead to injuries of the hip, back, or shoulder.


Repetitive Strain Injuries

There is a tremendous amount of force that happens with each golf swing. And, over time, these continued bursts of energy channeled into a golf swing can cause strain on muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments.  When there is swing compensation, there is even more strain placed on these soft tissues. This strain causes micro-trauma which often initially feels like minor aches, pains, or tightness.

The body responds to these micro-traumas by producing scar tissue around the injured area. While scar tissue is your body’s way of healing itself, it can also build up and form adhesion’s affecting the function of muscles, the flow of blood, and the motion of joints. As scar tissue adhesion’s build up, swing compensation becomes more pronounced leading to a repetitive injury cycle that ultimately affects the long-term health and stability of the affected areas being compromised.


How Active Release Techniques (ART) Can Help

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a hands-on treatment method that has been shown to significantly address problems associated with golf injuries. It involves a practitioner first locating scar tissue adhesions that have built up around muscles and other soft tissues. Adhesions are then broken up through very specific pressure applied by hand. Normal tissue flexibility and movement is restored. And, swing compensation can be corrected.

The majority of golfers who try ART are amazed by the quick, effective results. Often, significant improvement is experienced in just four to six treatments when combined with chiropractic care, home stretching and strengthening exercises. This is why a growing number of professional golfers and other world-class athletes are using ART to treat and prevent injuries. If you are golfer who is experiencing aches, pains, or restricted movement, we encourage you to book an appointment to find out if ART is right for you.

Dr. Judd Lowrey, D.C. has extensive advanced training in Active Release Techniques, which is an effective treatment for repetitive strain injuries incurred from such activities as golfing, running, sitting at a desk, and just everyday life.

Find out if Dr. Lowrey can help you by calling our office today at (916) 941-7508 or visit


February Focus on Heart Health

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

February is the month for romantic cards, boxes of chocolates, and bouquets of roses. And, it’s also American Heart Month. While it’s ok to give your heart to someone you love, it’s also important to keep it healthy so that you can enjoy many more Valentine’s Days to come.

While the number of individuals being diagnosed with heart disease is steadily decreasing thanks to better detection and treatment of related conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes, heart disease remains America’s leading cause of death.

The good news is that there is much you can do to combat heart disease, even if you have a family history of the condition. By incorporating these healthy strategies into your daily life, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting heart disease. These same strategies will also help you feel and look your best for yourself – and for that special Valentine in your life.

Adopt a Heart Healthy Diet
Ok, for lovers of rich, calorie-laden food, this might sound scary, but it really isn’t. By just adding a few more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains into your daily diet and minimizing the saturated fats and sodium, you can cut your heart disease risk significantly. At lunch, substitute a fresh salad for the cheeseburger. Choose fresh fruit over ice cream for dessert. How about a warm bowl of oatmeal instead of grabbing for that doughnut? Making these simple choices can really make a difference!

Get Moving!
Your heart needs exercise just like any muscle. By raising your heart rate, even slightly, by walking, biking, swimming, or other type of exercise, you will build your heart’s strength. And the extra perks from exercise include weight loss, toned muscles, and better sleep. No, you don’t need to start training for a triathlon. Just 30 minutes on most days of the week is all that you need. But, once you start incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you’ll probably want to ramp it up because it does really make you feel great!

Stop Smoking
Smoking remains one of the biggest causes of heart disease and cancer. What’s really left to say about this? Smoking is terrible for your health and it’s just a bad habit. If you’re a smoker, make 2013 the year to stop for good.

 Be Proactive with Your Healthcare
Regular doctor’s visits are a must for checking cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and for possible heart irregularities. Schedule an appointment if it has been more than a year, and give yourself the gift of good health. Prevention saves lives, so take advantage of it!

Minimize Stress Levels
Stress can certainly be a big factor in the development of heart disease. Keeping it under control is a must! As part of a healthy lifestyle, stress reduction should be a focus. From balancing work and down-time to finding a few minutes each day to meditate or pray, there are many ways to keep stress at bay. Chiropractic care can definitely be an important component of overall stress reduction. Upper neck adjustments can help lower blood pressure and overall heart rate, and massage can instantly cut tension. Scheduling time on a regular basis for your own physical well-being is one of the best stress relievers available.

So, make this month dedicated to the heart your best month yet. Start incorporating these strategies into your daily life, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!

Want to learn more about how chiropractic can help relieve stress in your life and improve your overall well-being? Schedule a new patient exam today by calling 916-941-7508.


Dr. Judd Lowrey, D.C.  |  Lowrey Chiropractic  | El Dorado Hills & Folsom Chiropractor

(916) 941-7508



Overcoming Office Back Pain

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

How many hours do you spend sitting at a desk?  Is your desk job killing you?  OK, it may not be killing you, but have you considered that it may be the cause of your back pain? Work-related back pain is one of the most common occupational disorders in the US, affecting four out of five Americans at some point in their life. Sounds silly, but something as innocent as sitting at your desk all day puts you at a great risk for back pain or injury.

While sitting can damage your back in a variety of ways; the main cause of back pain caused by sitting stems from your back being pulled out of its natural position.  Who would have thought that something as standard as a piece of furniture can cause so much anguish for so many?  And sometimes, even having the right (ergonomic) chair and perfect posture can’t help alleviate the pain that your desk job has already caused.

Guidelines for medical practitioners state that chiropractic spinal manipulation can help back pain, especially if carried out within the first six weeks of when symptoms appear.  The longer you have been in pain, the longer it may take to improve with treatment.

Sitting for long periods of time can also be a contributing factor to sciatic back pain.   Sciatica symptoms can include pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. Generally, the pain is caused by the compression of one of the five spinal nerves that gives rise to each sciatic nerve. Because of this, chiropractic can be an extremely effective method at treating the symptoms and cause of sciatica.  In fact, a recent study showed that among patients with severe sciatica requiring hospitalization, 91% were able to return to work full-time after receiving chiropractic treatment.

Don’t think that work related injuries stop at the chair.  Take a closer look at your desk. How about that keyboard you are typing on and that mouse that is attached to your hand 80% of the day?  Are you experiencing frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand or your fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is very common in today’s workplace, usually caused by overuse and repetitive wrist movements like typing and moving the mouse.  What you might not realize is that you can and should see a chiropractor for help!

Typically, the chiropractic treatment for a repetitive stress injury like carpal tunnel syndrome includes manipulation of the affected wrist and elbow, as well as manipulation of the upper spine. A spinal manipulation involves applying controlled pressure to a joint. The chiropractor may also advise the patient to rest the affected arm, apply cold to reduce inflammation, perform appropriate exercises, or wear a splint or brace to immobilize the area.

Additionally, Dr. Judd Lowrey, D.C. at Lowrey Chiropractic is a specialist in soft tissue treatments including Graston Technique and Active Release Technique (ART). ART is a highly successful non-invasive hands-on treatment that restores proper function to soft tissues, in the process eliminating symptoms of pain, numbness, weakness, and decreased range of motion. Active Release Techniques is a proven effective treatment for common injuries due to prolonged sitting, including Sciatica and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The reality is that the office is where most of us spend the majority of their day.  Thus, it is important to pay attention to your surroundings.  Not only your loud cubical mate, but your chair, mouse, headphones and keyboard can all cause you grief.  If you are experiencing pain on a daily basis, make sure to pay a visit to your chiropractor for some relief!

Call Lowrey Chiropractic, El Dorado Hills Chiropractor at (916) 941-7508 today or visit us online at to find out how chiropractic care can help you.

Dr.Judd Lowrey,D.C. |  Lowrey Chiropractic  | El Dorado Hills & Folsom Chiropractor

(916) 941-7508

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pain Caused from Backpacks

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

children and chiropractic_ backpack safety

Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Loaded with binders, textbooks, and now even laptops, children’s backpacks are often tripping the scales at over 30lbs. Lugging this amount of weight can certainly lead to significant back, shoulder, and neck injuries.

Here are few helpful tips:

  • Backpacks should not weigh more than 10 percent of body weight. With a heavier backpack, children tend to bend forward to support the extra weight.
  • Wear both shoulder straps is key! Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side.
  • Backpack should hang less than four inches below waistline.
  • Choose a backpack with individualized compartments to redistribute weight effectively.
  • Wide, padded and adjustable straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.

Did You Know?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Did you know..

80% of people suffer from back pain

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year.

As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. However, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as lifting a bag of groceries, or picking something up off the floor can cause a low back injury.

Consumer reports rated chiropractic care number one for the treatment of low back pain for a simple reason – “it works”. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. Chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine.  All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.

Here is the Piriformis Stretch for you to try out.  It helps to remove tension off lower back, correct hip imbalance, restore function, and increases flexibility, improves joint range of motion, and improves circulation.

1. Begin lying on back.
2. Cross one leg over other, placing ankle on opposite thigh above knee.
3. Grasp uncrossed leg under thigh and gently pull toward chest.Piriformis Stretch
4. A stretch in hip of crossed leg should be felt. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 repetitions for 3 sets.
5. Alternate sides
Check out our next post with more back exercises to help strengthen your back.

Dr. Judd Lowrey, D.C. | Lowrey Chiropractic | El Dorado Hills & Folsom Chiropractor

(916) 941-7508