May 2010

The Interactive Healer 

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May 2010 

In This Issue
Dr. Tucker’s New E-Book Released!
Dr. Tucker on muscle imbalances
Balance Training

One-on-one training with Dr. Tucker!

1)What are your realistic goals? Add muscle? Reduce body fat?

2)How many days do you have to dedicate to training?
3)What timeframe can you commit to?
I will teach you what to do at home and write your  exercise program that can change every 4 – 8 weeks.


Get in shape this summer!

Dear Dr. Jeff,
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

This is the first edition of The Interactive Healer newsletter in 2010. I feel that there is so much current information related to diet, nutrition, exercise and health that I want to make this newsletter more frequent than just 4 times a year.

First, as a quick update, my year long teaching schedule has pretty much ended this month and will most likely resume in June 2010. Monthly one-day weekend rehab seminars are planned for doctors, personal trainers and physical therapists. The new location will be in Las Vegas. I’ve spent several nights trying to get control of enormous piles of messes, and I’m excited to share the latest information with you. 
Keep checking so I can keep you updated on important and valuable health information. I will try to do better with blog postings moving forward.


My private practice is going well and I continue to feel passionate and excited about creating quality lifestyles. I’m using new detox programs and weight loss programs and always looking for the best and fastest ways to help people get out of pain. 


This information needs to reach more people about whom you care, so keep watching for our e-mails and articles and forward them to as many friends and family as you wish.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to email Dr. Tucker at:

Posture and Mobility: Nine Steps to Assessing and Improving Your Health available – order now!

I am proud to announce the release of my e-book Posture and Mobility: Nine Steps to Assessing and Improving Your Health. Using self-assessment tests, you are guided through a progressive and safe format to increase your strength, range of motion, power and endurance. If you have been searching for a way to increase physical, optimal health, this book will help you.
Order directly from and have this professionally-bound book delivered to your door for $37.75 or download the book electronically for only $18.75.

Upcoming Seminars in 2010-11 Las Vegas

SPINE 1   (Lumbar)                                             June 26, 2010                                           
SPINE 2    (Cervical & TMJ)                                 August 28, 2010
SPINE 3    (Thoracic)                                          Jan 29, 2011
SPINE 4    (Spinal Assessments)                          March 19, 2011              

EXTREMITY 1   (Hips & Gluteals)                         July 24, 2010                                              
EXTREMITY 2   (Upper Extremity)                        Sept 25, 2010
EXTREMITY 3   (Knee & Osteoarthritis)                Feb 19, 2010
EXTREMITY 4   (Ankle, feet, balance, plyo)          April 2011 TBA
Elective 1   Functional Movement Screen                              Oct 23, 2010
Elective 2   Corrective Exercise/Performance Enhancement   Nov 20, 2010
Elective 3   Neuromobilization                                              May 2011 TBA
Elective 4   Core training & Bodyweight Exercises                 June 2011 TBA

Dr. Tucker on muscle imbalances

Pain related to muscular imbalance is the most common condition I see in my patients. Combinations of muscle weakness and tightness cause musculoskeletal pain. Inhibition refers to the inability of a muscle to contract fully on demand. This inhibition is a neurological response and manifests particularly at the extreme ranges of motion – when the muscle is contracted fully. Muscle inhibition is common in the neck, low back, and extremities.

The most difficult part of treatments are to the muscles that become inhibited, (restrained, blocked, or suppressed) because this requires patient compliance to perform exercise at home.
A muscle may have strength at the mid-range, but be very weak when moved into a shortened position; this creates instability at the joint.  When the body senses instability, other muscles tighten up as a form of protection. To improve these muscle and joint imbalances I expect my clients to perform the exercises that I prescribe as part of my treatments.
Inhibitied muscles usually generate hypertonicity/tight muscles in adjacent regions of the body (low back & hip, neck & shoulders)). In other words, the relationship between weak and tight muscles is reciprocal. Inhibition is frequently found in muscles resulting from injury, inflammation or pain and that inhibition or weakness leads to reciprocal facilitation of its antagonist(s) muscles.
When a muscle has been over-stressed or over-worked, the result is altered feedback from the nervous system.  This causes a reduced capability for the muscle to contract, from the instability through full physiological range.  The end result is an inability for the muscles to properly stabilize joints. This is a major point that I want you to understand. I teach you stability (strength) exercises to train the weakened muscles to hold the joints in place again.  
Again, please understand, hypertonicity in a muscle leads to blockage(s) or weaknesses in other muscles close by. Inhibited (weak) muscles are capable of spontaneous strengthening when the inhibitory reflex is identified and remedied (most commonly through joint or soft-tissue manipulation).
Muscle hypertonicity/tightness/spasm generates inhibition in surrounding regions of the body, and so spasm is treated first using the Deep Muscle Stimulator, warm laser, manipulation and deep soft tissue massage therapy.
The inhibited (weak) muscles are treated with exercise, rocker boards, wobble boards, and other tools. I prefer to teach clients bodyweight exercises, resistance band exercises, stability ball maneuvers and kettlebell training.
I pay a lot of attention to posture because the postural muscles tend to be short, tight and usually hypertonic. This is why some times I will teach you to stretch, and other times I will teach you to strengthen your muscles.  

Balance Training Part 1

My clients enjoy participation in their care that exercise therapy provides. My role as a rehab specialist is to write corrective exercise programs, teach clients how to perform the exercises and guide them into progressions that help eliminate pain. Additional therapeutic goals may include injury prevention, decreased body fat, increased lean muscle mass, increased strength, increased endurance, increased flexibility, and enhanced performance.

An important exercise therapy often overlooked by clinicians, is that prior to resistance training, balance training should be performed, because it has preconditioning effects on strength training. Our everyday clients face the challenges of keeping balance to perform activities such as playing with their children or grandchildren, walking on uneven surfaces or even taking a walk in their neighborhood.
‘New school’ exercise programs realize balance is a skill-related component of physical fitness. It is important to incorporate balance training in every client’s corrective exercise program as an integrated component to a comprehensive training regimen.
Balance can be influenced by many factors. As we age, our ability to balance or maintain postural control decreases. Watch seniors maneuver steps and stairs. Those who lack the ability to decelerate and control their center of gravity have a significant risk potential of a devastating fall. Prior injuries, especially after ankle sprains, ligamentous injuries to the knee, and low back pain can also decrease an individual’s ability to balance.
A joint dysfunction in the ankle, knee, shoulder, or low back can lead to muscle inhibition. An acute joint injury may cause joint swelling, which results in an interruption in the internal communication process of the body-sensory input from receptors such as articular, ligamentous, and muscular mechanoreceptors to the central nervous system. In turn, this changes our proprioceptive capabilities. When sensory input to the central nervous system is altered, our movement system may become imbalanced.
Repetitive recruitment of the wrong muscle fibers, in the same ROM/Plane of motion and at the same speed, creates tissue overload and eventual injury. Consequentially, this can lead to neuromuscular inefficiency, resulting in decreased balance and postural instability.
Recovery from injury needs to include repairing faulty movement patterns (alterations in stability) and correcting inefficient neuromuscular control. Through balance training,
the central nervous system can be exercised to change and improve a lack of joint stabilization that is causing functional instability.
Don’t forget to address balance as a component of a training program. Balance training may be used not only for reconditioning clients post injury, but also as a preventative measure to increase postural stability and reduce the chances of injury.


Feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and coworkers.  And please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments and suggestions. 
Please stay committed to your health, fitness and nutrition efforts.
Warm regards,

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

FirstLine Therapy

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