Chiropractic for Cyclists

Chiropractic for Cyclists

A burning sensation in the shoulders, numbness of the arms and hands, and tightness in the neck are common sensations among both recreational and competitive cyclists. They might be easy to ignore at first, but if they come back again and again they can seriously interfere with both enjoyment and training progress. Upper and lower back problems are another common consequence of regular cycling. Can a chiropractor help with these problems?

Absolutely. In addition, chiropractors can help prevent injuries and even enhance speed, strength, and efficiency for healthy cyclists. Athletes of all kinds can find help with rehabilitation, maintenance, prevention, and treatment in the hands of a well-trained chiropractor.

Chiropractors have a unique set of skills to offer cyclists, in addition to their general musculoskeletal expertise. Both specific and general skills are critical to successful treatment of cyclists because everything in cycling is interconnected: the nerves, the muscles, and the joints. In fact, if your physician doesn't address all three of these issues at once, you are likely to continue to have the symptoms, pain, or injury without relief.

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What Does a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) Do?

What Does a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) Do?

A chiropractic clinical neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) is a member of a select group of chiropractors who have gone beyond general practice. A DACAN/DACNB specializes in the chiropractic treatment of conditions of the nervous system. In short these Chiropractors have a special certificate that involves the successful completion of a 3-year post-doctoral program. A DACAN/DACNB is something of a super-expert at treating the nervous system.  

So what does this mean to you as an average human looking to optimize your life?  We are so glad you asked...

A chiropractor, such as Longmont's very own Dr Jay and Christina Breitlow use techniques that involve an adjustment to the spine to improve the patient's overall health. In particular, he or she is trying to improve the relationship between the body's musculoskeletal and nervous systems by optimizing your structure - aka putting all bones in their proper place.

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5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

"Good posture" is more than an indication of whether you paid attention as a kid when your parents admonished you to "Stand up straighter" or "Don't slump your shoulders like that". Posture is the position in which you naturally hold your body when you are standing, sitting, and even lying down.

"Good posture" is what you do to maintain the correct alignment of your body parts.  This means you are supported by the right amounts of muscle tension against the pull of gravity. Most of us normally give no thought to our posture. Our muscles tend to "do it for us," without us even thinking about it.

The problem with this largely unconscious process is that over time our muscles can become weak or improperly trained to hold our bodies in less than an optimum position. This is bad-news-bears because proper posture helps us to keep our bones in correct alignment so that their supporting muscles are used correctly

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Want to Upgrade Your Running Routine? Try Cross-Country

Want to Upgrade Your Running Routine? Try Cross-Country

For many running enthusiasts, it is essential to keep improving the workout technique and to keep things interesting. One way of doing this is it to try out different surfaces such as the treadmill, the street, and the track. However, new information is coming to light about the best way to upgrade your running routine: running cross-country on a trail. Why is trail running so beneficial for runners?

* Running on trails is better for your body. A trail's surface is much more forgiving on your joints-the stress of impact is significantly mitigated, making the trail a better place to run, physiologically speaking. Many runners suffer from knee pain, shin splints, ITB syndrome, or other injuries caused by running on a hard surface that puts a lot of pressure on the joints. For these people, trail running can be a life-changer. Trail running is also purported to help prevent most forms of tendonitis (unless you suffer from Achilles tendonitis, in which case, running on a harder surface may actually be better for you).

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For High School Athletes, Sports-Related Back Pain Starts Early

For High School Athletes, Sports-Related Back Pain Starts Early

People often assume that lower back pain (LBP) is just a problem just for the elderly, or for middle-aged adults who have a history of physical wear and tear. But this is simply untrue. The fact is that over 31 million Americans live with lower back pain on a regular basis, and a great number of them are adolescents.

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Chiropractic Helps Reduce Golf Injuries and Improve Performance

Chiropractic Helps Reduce Golf Injuries and Improve Performance

Can chiropractic care improve your golf game? As a golfer, you may have pondered this very question-and now you're in luck. A recent Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) study showed that a combination of chiropractic care and stretching enables golfers to increase their drive distance by nearly 10%. PGA golfers such as Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington certainly believe this to be true, as they've incorporated chiropractic treatment into their training regimens for years.

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The Latest on High-Protein Diets

The Latest on High-Protein Diets

Fans of the Atkins Diet, the Paleo Diet, and the Dukan Diet, all of which revolve around eating large amounts of protein to lose or maintain weight, might be well-advised to reconsider their eating habits. While these diets have been found to be effective at helping people lose weight and normalize their blood-glucose levels when practiced for short periods of time, two new studies in the March 2014 edition of Cell Metabolism indicate that they might also shorten your life.

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Fewer Kids Participating in Team Sports: Why We Should Worry

Fewer Kids Participating in Team Sports: Why We Should Worry

Inactivity is one of the most dangerous health risks to Americans today. Adults are spending too many hours per day sitting at their desks at work, behind the wheels of their cars, and on their couches at night watching TV, playing video games, or chatting on computers; and it's literally killing us.

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A Guide to the Most Common Foot Ailments

A Guide to the Most Common Foot Ailments

Our feet affect the rest of our bodies in a number of significant ways. We depend on our feet for good balance in standing, walking and running. So it makes sense that problems with our feet can lead to problems with our backs, which ultimately degrades the health of our spines-and poor spine health can adversely affect the entire body. Foot problems are quite common, but, fortunately, most can usually be treated relatively easily.

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Chiropractic Care Offers Relief for Sports-Related Elbow Pain

Chiropractic Care Offers Relief for Sports-Related Elbow Pain

Elbow pain, whether caused by injury or repetitive stress (as in the case of "tennis elbow," aka lateral epicondylosis), is so common that it accounts for a large percentage of sports-related injuries. 40% of tennis players suffer from tennis elbow at some point in their lives. However, elbow pain is not limited to tennis players. In fact, 30% of laborers, such as those office employees and construction workers who perform repetitive handwork, also suffer from tennis elbow.

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What is a "Charley Horse?"

What is a "Charley Horse?"

"Charley horse" is a North American slang term for a painful muscle spasm. These muscle spasms are very common and may occur while exercising or when falling asleep. A charley horse occurs when the muscles of the calf or foot (and less often, the thigh, arms, hands, abdomen and rib cage) suddenly tighten up and "seize" or become hard to the touch. The condition can be very painful and may last anywhere from several seconds to over a day.

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