Posts Tagged ‘family chiropractic’

Golf Injuries and Active Release Techniques (ART)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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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


Children and Chiropractic Care

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

We often consider back, joint, and muscle pain to be an unwelcome, yet natural part of aging. Yet, for many children, chronic aches and pain due to sports injuries, congenital conditions such as scoliosis, or repetitive stress can be extremely problematic – even sometimes requiring professional treatment. When a child is in pain, the first reaction is often to call a pediatrician. However, a growing number of parents are incorporating chiropractic care into their children’s healthcare mix.

A child’s spine develops at a rapid pace for the first 10 years of life. Everyday activities such as carrying a heavy backpack loaded with textbooks, sitting for too long in front of the computer, or participating in sports can lead to misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can result in pain, poor posture, and some experts believe, can even lead to conditions such as headaches, sleep disorders, and hyperactivity.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care for children has increased by nearly 10% in the last two decades with more and more seeking alternatives to traditional approaches to treat soft tissue injuries or chronic pain. In fact, chiropractic care is now the second most common form of complementary or alternative medicine for children after natural supplements such as fish oil and herbs.

Chiropractic care can be introduced at any age. Of course, many parents ask if there are any real benefits of chiropractic care for a young child. However, when you consider how often a child falls while learning how to walk and injuries that occur during playtime, you can begin to consider the cumulative damage that occurs over time. Chiropractic care treats the misalignments that can begin as early as the first year of birth. In some cases, these misalignments can even be a result of birth trauma.

By no means is chiropractic care meant to take the place of traditional medicine. However, it can be a highly effective component to overall healthcare throughout childhood by effectively treating soft tissue injuries and chronic pain resulting from conditions such as scoliosis or cerebral palsy.

Are you interested in learning more about chiropractic care for your child? Call us today at 916-941-7508 for more information or to schedule a new patient exam.

Back to School and Chiropractic Family Care

Friday, August 12th, 2011

With summer now winding down, many of us with children are beginning to turn our attention to the upcoming school year. Along with getting the necessary school supplies, clothes, and shoes, it’s also a good time to reconnect with your children’s healthcare professionals. Of course, you should have readily available the contact details of your pediatrician and dentist. However, with school sports programs starting in the early fall, it’s also a smart idea to include the phone number of a chiropractor who specializes in family care.

School sports-related injuries have become increasingly common. This certainly includes broken bones due to contact sports such as football and basketball. However, soft tissue injuries affecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments are happening more frequently as children are increasingly participating in competitive sports, and at a younger age.

While some of these injuries will heal on their own by taking the RICE approach of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, others will be more serious requiring the care of a doctor with special training in these types of injuries.

Strains and sprains are the most common types of soft tissue injuries and commonly occur in active children who do sports or just play hard. They often happen due to ankle twisting or by a trip or fall. Symptoms are typically similar to those of a broken bone. If an injured area is significantly painful, bruised, or swollen, it is a good idea to seek medical assistance. In many cases, a splint or temporary cast can support and protect the injured area until it is healed.

Other times, follow-up care that includes specialized chiropractic treatments such as Active Release Technique (ART) can help separate, release, and stretch connective tissue to help restore the vascular and lymphatic circulation of the injured area. The goal is always to increase range of motion, strength, and flexibility while also eliminating pain and discomfort. These treatments can also help prevent re-injury.

Without a doubt, school sports can help children gain confidence and self- esteem, and also help promote long-term health and fitness. By taking a proactive approach when sports-related injuries occur, you can help your child heal quicker while also minimizing the chance of chronic or permanent injuries.