Muscle imbalance is a common problem for all of my patients. Most patients don’t even realise that muscle imbalance is what got them in trouble.
Muscle imbalance can be attributed to two changes in muscle function:
- A tightening of the muscles which provide movement e.g. hamstring
- The weakening the muscles that control movement/joint position e.g. the gluteals are the key stabiliser muscles around the hip joint
Changes in the function of these muscles cause muscle imbalance.
Normal movement is the key!
- The limited range of motion can affect movement and place greater stress on the joints- this can also lead to injury!
- The tightness in the muscle may inhibit the opposing muscle group through a process called reciprocal innervation.
- Weakening the muscles that control movement significantly affect their endurance. This means they may not be able to function for as long a period as you require.
My job is to pin point the factors affecting your pain and/or performance. I use the Functional Movement Screen and provide corrective exercise to reduce the chance of injury.
I do teach my clients that a temporary increase in symptoms is acceptable, as long as the distal symptoms do not remain worse as a result, or peripheralise.
The most therapeutic exercises (loads) will be those that can be self administered by the client 24 hours a day. These loading strategies may initially result in an INCREASE or NO WORSE response. A temporary increase in symptoms is not a sign to STOP a particular exercise (loading strategy). I suggest clients work at home with what I have taught them to explore the INCREASE or NO WORSE response. I often see clients return with a clear BETTER response a few days later.
For low back clients, I do like to start with attempts at achieving further extension in lying (press ups).
If you have any questions call me on my cell phone.
Why did you become a chiropractor? I knew I wanted to help people, and be involved in enhancing other peoples lives. I grew up in a household with an older brother that was a ‘druggie’ and my Mom was up and down with her weight using diet medications. I became afraid of drugs and interested in other health care methods. I was clear that I didn’t like blood and surgery. At the age of 19, when I was researching careers, I found out about Chiropractic and what they did. I tried Chiropractic for a neck injury and felt great relief. I also saw how much pleasure the doctors I met seemed to get from there careers, I wanted to be a part of this system of health care. I have learned that the art of good medicine is ‘fine tuning’ and working together with clients.
What is your mission or higher purpose in life? I want to provide the finest rehabilitation and performance methods, integrated into Chiropractic care to enhance clients lives. I love to see people enjoy and live to do the activities they want to do. I feel good guiding and helping clients get out of chronic pain, and improve there personal lives and relationships. People never know how healthy they can become until they try nutritional approaches and corrective exercise therapy.
What are the things you love most (or inspire you most) about being a chiropractor?
Our patients are us, just in pain, heavier and out of shape. But they definitely want what we have, methods to help them get out of pain. I love teaching functional exercise training and nutritional therapy to other doctors and my clients. I know I make a difference in reducing injuries and improving performance, whether it is in sports, relationships and attitudes, or clients work life. I am fortunate that I get to teach postgraduate courses in corrective exercise therapy, diet, and nutrition to other doctors around the Country.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.