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What to expect: Rehabilitation
We’ve talked to you about soft tissue work and getting adjusted in the previous videos. This is where we do the rehabilitation and this is what makes us different is our focus on the rehab that comes with treatment. Some of the tools that we work with are exercise bands, these can be used for a lot of different movements, foam rollers, these are great at loosening up muscles and helping you get the motion you need, dowels, these can help cue the right muscles and movements, and kettlebells, which have a lot of different uses as well. Obviously, what you come into the office with will determine what will be used in your treatment plan. The reason for this is that when you get injured, you will very likely compensate movement in order to continue daily activities. It could be very small, but in the long run turn into a bigger problem. We will get you moving better with adjustments and then get you moving more in an “ideal” way to prevent further and future injury. We want to get you moving the best you can so this doesn’t keep happening. It is likely that you keep getting the same injury over and over again is because you are treating the symptoms and pain until they go away, but never addressing the cause of why it happened. This is what we focus on here. This gives you an idea of what to expect and that you will probably have some homework after coming in. Thanks for watching.
What to expect: Chiropractic Adjustment
This patient is coming in to get her neck and upper back worked on. She had been previously examined and ready for this treatment. She even states that it is not that bad. What I am looking for are areas of the spine, or other areas of the body if needed, that aren’t moving the way they should, tight muscles, or any other thing that is out of the norm. I recommend people take a breath in and out prior to the adjustment in order to help them relax their muscles, there are some tricks of the trade to help you relax at least for a split second. If the muscles don’t relax enough, it makes it very difficult to get the movement that is intended due to guarding. If you want to know what the popping sound is take a look at our explanation on our FAQ page. Treating the neck is commonly where people are concerned, and if so, there are alternative ways to achieve the same or similar result. The upper back adjustment is like a big hug and really can open up breathing and posture. If you have more questions, you are welcome to message or call us. Thanks for watching.
What to expect: Soft Tissue Work
Soft tissue work could include working on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. One of the techniques that I use is something sometimes referred to as Graston, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). There are a lot of different tools. I use this particular tool. It is a scraping tool. This tool can help bring in more blood flow and wake up the neurovascular system so that they will start moving better and healing quicker. When you have this done on an area that needs work, it usually is “bumpy” or “gritty” type feeling. These are some of the things, adhesions or scar tissue, in the soft tissue that aren’t right. This treatment is trying to break that up by getting the brain to become aware of the area and come back and try and reconfigure everything as well as bring in more blood flow to improve healing. Another soft tissue tool I use is a fancy massager. This tool helps with loosening up muscle so that adjustments are easier or to help you feel good in general. I also use my hands as well to stretch and loosen soft tissue. Thanks for watching and we will discuss more things to expect next time.
What to expect on your first visit – January 2018
I want to make you feel comfortable when you come into the office and how things are going to run. First thing will start with the paperwork needed to get you started. Also, we will go over your financial situation and if the insurance covers part of your visit or what to expect with costs of treatment. Next we will go into one of the treatment rooms and I will do a thorough examination of you and your condition with the back story of how things started. After that is done I will explain what I believe is going on what we can do to get you better and what to expect for timeline of healing. Now the good part is the treatment and getting to feeling and moving better with a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work, and/or exercise depending on the situation. We will also keep you informed that if we do not think this is the best option for you and your health, we will guide you to another professional that can better address your concerns. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to ask or call us. Hope this helps you feel more comfortable about coming in and hope to see you soon.
Ski/Snowboard Warm up- December 2017
Today coming to you on location from the Gondola at Heavenly Ski Resort. The health tip for you today is proper warm up. Skiers and snowboarders are notorious for maybe stretching at home, driving to resort, walking to lift, and taking an “easy” run and calling it a warm up. If you wanted to go for a long hard run would you just go for an “easy” run first? Not likely. You would do a few movements to get you ready before starting out slow. The same goes for skiing and snowboarding. Getting some turns in and a good thing to do is a little warm up. Today it was a gondola warm up, but I try to always do 3 things: squats, lunges, and balancing on one leg. Doing it on the gondola makes it a little more difficult because it moves and if you have a bunch of people in the same gondola as you it would make it difficult for space. Hope you liked the video and views from today and we’ll see you next time.
Cold Weather and Timing- December 2017
This one is about timing. As the winter season comes, there are a lot of things that you have to think about. You’ve got ice on the ground, ice on the car, and being just cold outside. A big thing that you can do is give yourself the time you need to do those things. Just like with any other exercise, cold muscles are likely to get hurt, same thing with cold weather. Try to work into activities slowly. Don’t just go running around quickly. One, you may slip and fall, which brings in another problem. Two, your muscles are more likely to get hurt if you are doing a lot of work in the cold weather right away. Take it easy to start with, ease into things like you would any other activity. That’s what I’ve got for you today. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.
Plantar Fasciitis/heel pain- October 2017
This one is about heel pain and plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is connective tissue that connects the heels to the toes on the bottom of the foot. You have muscles that come into it from the calf, the reason that this is important is because if you understand that the plantar fascia is connective tissue then you understand that connective tissue doesn’t respond the same way that muscles do. So one thing you can start with is stretching some of the muscles in the calf, different motions in the ankle to get them to loosen up is one part. Another part is getting the muscles of the foot to get stronger. A simple exercise is called a “short foot” exercise. You want to focus on 3 points of contact, the ball of the foot on the inside, on the outside, and at the heel. Pretend my hands are my feet, focusing on those 3 points of contact imagine you are trying to spread the floor with minimal actual movement of the foot, which should raise of the inside arch of the foot and feel like muscles are working in the foot without moving very much. This is trying to get the muscles in the foot to start working. So by strengthening the muscles in the foot and stretching the muscles in the calf, you are decreasing the tension on the plantar fascia. That is what I have for you today, we’ll see you next time.
Warm up tips- September 2017
Dr. Haworth bring you another health tip. This one is about warm up and the proper things you should do before activity. A lot of the times before are doing what’s called a static stretch, holding in one position for time. The research is saying it’s better to do a dynamic warm up. For example, arm circles for the shoulders and/or lunges to get the hips moving. It’s important to get motion and get in the full range of motion, in a controlled manner. Then at the end of practice or activity, go into more static stretching to let things loosen up while the muscles are warm. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time.
Backpack Health Tips- September 2017
This one is about backpack tips and back safety. With kids getting back into school, a couple things you want to watch out for. For one, what is the general weight of the backpack? You want to try and stay between 5-10% of the kids body weight. Two, being able to keep the backpack no more than 4 inches below the waistline. The reasoning behind that is you want to the weight up rather than being pulled back or having to lean forward to hold the weight, which will put more pressure on the shoulders and upper back and neck. If you have anymore questions check us out on Facebook for more health tips and stop by. Thanks for watching and see you next time.
Elbow Pain- August 2017
This one is about about elbow pain. You’ve got your “tennis elbow,” your “golfers elbow,” a lot of different elbow problems. The big thing that is happening here is that there is a lot of muscle attachments that are coming in at the elbow. The thing you can do is get those muscles to loosen up. Here is a little anatomy lesson. The inside, or medial, side of my elbow, this is where all the muscles that flex the hand and fingers attach to. So what you can do is flex the wrist, apply pressure to that side, and then slowly extend the wrist to get a good stretch. Same concept on the other side, or lateral side, but now these are the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. On this side, extend the wrist and put pressure on the outside of the arm, and slowly flex the wrist getting a good stretch on the outside of the elbow and forearm. The reasoning for the stretching is because you do a lot of work with flexing and extending the hand and fingers, and you do it over and over again as a repetitive injury. This tension will pull on the bone itself and then the bone feels like the painful area. Give that a shot, stretch out those muscles and get it moving. Thanks for watching.
Foot/Ankle Pain- August 2017
This one is about foot and ankle pain. A couple big issues are that when you don’t have the motion in the toes or the ankles, it is really common to have issues up the leg and into the back. And because so many of us have had issues with a common ankle sprain, we lose some of that motion unless we try and get it back, which makes us more prone to future injury. Here are a couple things you can to do, assess how you are doing and to help increase the motion in the ankle and toes. The first one is checking out the toe motion. You should have about a 90 degree angle at the big toe when squatting down is what you are aiming for. The second one is looking at the ankle. You want to keep your foot and heel flat on the ground and be able to push your knee towards the wall. You should have a couple inches between the wall and your toes and be about the same on both sides. If you move your foot back and your heel comes up when pushing the knee towards the wall, you have gone too far. So hopefully that can help you because if you can get the toes and ankle moving better and can help the whole body move and function better. Thanks for watching and see you next time.
Wrist Pain- August 2017
I’ve got another health tip for you. This one goes to those who work with their hands and wrist, for example mechanics, hair stylists, rock climbers, desk jobs, and computer workers. The big thing is that you use your hands a lot and there a lot of muscles in your forearms and hands that get overworked. What you need to do is every once in a while, 30 minutes to 1 hour, take a break. And a good thing that you can do is something like shown in the video. So try and get that motion in the wrists and the fingers, but the wrist especially because there are a lot of muscles in the forearm that come from the elbow and cross the wrist and that is what you are needing to stretch out. That’s what I’ve got for you today. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.
Knee Pain – July 2017
Dr. Darin Haworth here bringing you another health tip. Today I want to talk to you about knee pain. Most of the time with knee pain, unless it is a trauma, like a fall or a hit, the knee pain isn’t always coming from the knee. The big thing that you can figure out is what position that knee is in during whatever activity you are doing. A lot of the time the knee pain is coming from the hips are not able to hold the knees in a good position. This is what I tend to see (see drawing in video). The knees diving in as you run, jump, or squat down. This puts a lot of stress on the knee in a very awkward position, then is can cause some of that knee pain. So something you can do at home is, next time you are doing some of you exercise or squatting, anything like that, take a look at where your knees are and see if that is in a good position. If it is something like this, maybe strengthening the glutes a little bit more or getting more motion in the ankles and give that a shot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Have a good day and see you next time.
Shoulder Pain/Position – July 2017
Dr. Darin Haworth bringing you another health tip. This one is about shoulder pain and positioning. A big problem that I see is that people come in and have this rounded shoulder position. The problem with that is that we are constantly on our computers or cell phones. We are always in that position which can pintch down on the front of the shoulder and stretches out a lot of the muscles on the back of the shoulder, rotator cuff muscles. What that can lead to is shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff tears. One of the easy things that you can do is get those shoulder to move back. As those shoulders move back, it gets the shoulder in a better position and you aren’t stretching and pinching as many things and is more likely to be a healthier joint because the shoulder should be able to move a whole bunch. The next time you are sitting at a computer, working on your cell phone, or even working out at the gym, before you get into that rounded position or every once in a while, take a break and get those shoulder back. This can get things to move a lot better and even decrease some of the shoulder pain you may be having with just the position itself. Thanks for watching and see you next time.
Headaches- June 2017
Today we are talking to you about headaches. There are plenty different types of headaches, some are treated differently. Here are a couple things that you can do. First, come into a chiropractor and get adjusted. That really helps with a lot of different types of headaches. Another thing is getting really tight right in the back of the neck, just below where your skull drops off, and a great little exercise is giving yourself a double chin. You should notice it stretches out the muscles in the back of the neck. Which is really good for a lot of headaches. That’s what I’ve got for you today. Thanks for watching.
Low Back Pain- June 2017
This one is about low back pain. Statistics say that 4 out of 5 people will experience back pain some point in their life. If you’ve already been there, you know it can be debilitating. So one thing that you can do that is pretty simple is try what we call a directional preference. Sometimes bending forward, leaning back, or side to side, any of those. If you hold that position, in some cases, that alone can decrease some of the symptoms and help you get on your way. There is obviously a lot more to it then just that, but that is something you can try that’s pretty simple and hopefully that can help you out. Thanks and we’ll see you next time.
Exercise Intent- June 2017
This health tip is about exercise. This one is pretty simple. What is your intent when you exercise? Are you trying to get stronger, more mobility, more motion, or are you trying to build some stability around the joint. It really depends on that answer to that question on how you are going to train. You should focus on that and push towards that goal. Thanks for watching.
Posture- June 2017
Dr. Darin Haworth from Summit to Shore Chiropractic bringing you some more health tips. Today I’m going to be talking about posture. I always tell this to patients, “there is no such thing as perfect posture.” It’s a matter of movement that is going to be the best bet for you. The hunching over, not great. The sitting completely straight up, not great. As you keep moving back and forth, that’s going to be a lot better for you than sitting in one or the other. Thanks for watching. Share this with your friends and get people feeling and moving better.
Wellness- May 2017
Today I’m talking to you about wellness and what does that actual mean. So basically with our bodies, we need to keep ourselves moving and moving well. It’s like a car, every few thousand miles you take your car in and get the oil changed. Does it function poorly? Not necessarily, but you do it anyways because it is an easy fix to make sure things are running well. Same concept for chiropractic care to make sure you body is moving right and doing the things they should. Plus it makes things easier that if something comes up, you can get out of pain and get moving better a lot quicker. Thanks for watching and see you next time.
Why Chiropractic- May 2017
This time for a health tip, I am answering the question of “why should I see a chiropractor”. I’ll give you a couple reasons real quick. 1. It’s cost effective when you compare it to a hospital bill. 2. There are little to no side effects. And the fact that you aren’t taking medication kind of shows that. 3. I like to try and find the solution to the problem and treating the source of the problem, vs. just the symptoms. Different approach than some chiropractors and some medical doctors, but it is trying to get you moving better and feeling better. That’s what I’ve got for you today.
Nutrition and Kyani- May 2017
Hi, I’m Dr. Darin Haworth with Summit to Shore Chiropractic bringing you another health tip. This one is about nutrition. You should know that good nutrition makes a difference in how you feel and function. Getting good nutrition can make a big difference in how you are doing. I’ve started taking a new supplement, it’s called Kyani. Its loaded with fruits and vegetables and plenty of other things, but those are some of the main ingredients to help with cardiovascular health, help with energy levels, decrease inflammation, and many more. The best part is that it is real food that you are taking. If you have any questions about it, let me know. So eat healthy and feel better. That’s what I’ve got for you today. I hope you enjoyed the video. Make sure you share this with friends, like it, I appreciate it. Let me know if you have any other feedback. Have a good day.
Seasons Changing- April 2017
Hi, I’m Dr. Darin Haworth with Summit to Shore Chiropractic. I’m here to bring you some health tips. The one we have right now is as the season is changing, with that, activities are changing. So, needing to be able to adapt to new activities, the biggest thing that you can do is ease into those activities. You don’t want to just push yourself and go right off the bat. With that, you’re more likely to get injured or have some severe soreness. And that is something that easing into will help make go away or not make it as bad. That’s what I’ve got for you today.