Archive for June 2013

Back Pain – Why Cyclists Have Back Pain more Often Than Other Sports

I can’t stress the importance of a strong fit back if you fit into the overexercise category. What I mean by that is if your are a runner, cyclist, or a triathlete, you need to avoid back pain at all cost while training. This may seem like an obvious statement, but your back and spine provide the foundation for almost every activity you perform, and cycling is no exception. For the sake of this post I am going to just discuss the low back and back pain as it pertains to cycling. Unfortunately, back pain and low back problems are a frequent complaint of cyclists. Because of the bent-over position on a bike, your back muscles are constantly engaged. This stress can wreck havoc on your body if you’re not conditioned and trained to withstand the ongoing effort. In addition to withstanding the strain of your position, your back was also provided a solid base that enables you to generate power during pedaling. Your back muscles stabilize your spine and pelvis, allowing your legs to generate maximum power. The best strategy for healthy back is to be proactive, an condition yourself to avoid any problems before they rise. There are low back exercises described in previous blog post that you can perform to create a more stable low back.  Make sure you start slow and use lighter weights, when training in your early workouts. Take your time to build strength in your back, slowly and with correct form, this will pay dividends in the long run. When starting out slow, you may often think that the weight is too light. Be patient. The early workouts lays the foundation for your future training with heavier and heavier weights or and unfamiliar workout routines. Even if you think you can lift a particular amount of weight, you’ll often feel the effects a day or two after the workout. Remember, adaptation occurs during your rest days, so make sure that you let your muscles adequately recover. This includes not doing long rides the day after you do a back workout in the gym. More to come about the anatomy / musculature of the low back and ways to hip and low back muscle for a better warm up for cyclist in next weeks post.

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Active Release Technique and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or know what it is, you know how painful and limiting it can be. Carpal tunnel is one of the most common nerve conditions in the country, with estimates approximately 2% of the adult population in the United States suffer from the condition. Something you might not know it that soft-tissue treatments such as, Active Release Technique can help most people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome relieve pain and regain normal use of their forearms, wrists, hands, and fingers without having to have surgery. If you have noticed limited the use of your  hands and wrists, you may not need surgery to restore normal function. At Shepard Pain and Performance Care in Bloomington, IL, we help people with carpal tunnel every week. If you suffer from symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, contact us today to learn how we may be able to help. What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is what’s known as an entrapment neuropathy, which means a pinched nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed. The compressed nerve may produce pain, numbness, and if progressed long enough weakened hands. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include: ● Numbness or Tingling sensations in the hand or fingers. ● Pain that spreads from your wrist, up your arm, and to your shoulder. ● Weak hands, often displayed by a tendency to drop things.

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Active Release Technique – Dr. Shepard’s Explanation

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is a highly successful systematic approach to injuries of muscle, tendons, nerves and the surrounding soft tissues. Active Release Technique uses a medically patented massage technique to treat soft tissue adhesions with the aid of muscle specific movements to correctly identify the exact muscle, ligament, tendon, nerve, or fascia involved. A.R.T is a deep muscle therapy that relieves tension and promotes proper muscle motion, while reducing scar tissue formation, muscle imbalance, and nerve entrapments. Every A.R.T session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. A.R.T. providers uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The provider then treats the abnormal tissues by combining precisely directed tension and very specific patient movements. These treatment protocols are unique to A.R.T. and include over 500 specific moves. This simply means that Dr. Shepard can treat anywhere, from the muscles in the bottom of a patient’s foot to muscles inside the mouth, responsible for causing headaches and altered jaw mechanics, and everywhere in between. Dr. Shepard is full body certified and annually undergoes Active Release Technique recertification. The three most common mechanisms of injury are: Acute trauma Constant pressure Repetitive motion All three mechanisms play a part of the cumulative injury cycle. Soft tissue restrictions in the body change or adapt over time. These changes are predictable and can be felt by the doctor. Chronic or “older” injuries actually feel different from acute or “newer” ones. Active Release Technique has proven to be very effective for professional athletes and is widely used in professional sports such as the NFL, NBA, NHL, Ironman triathlons, professional volleyball, figure skating, and many more. Contact Dr. Shepard today to schedule an appointment and see if Active Release Technique may assist you in reaching your health goals!

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