Author Archives: Southern Oregon Sports and Spine

REPETITIVE STRESS FROM MUSCLES TO ROPES TO LEATHER

Repetitive stress also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) is the leading musculoskeletal injury problem in the workforce and general population. In fact, federal statistics show it has now even surpassed back pain. In general, CTD stems from overuse or repetitive motions that cause inflammation, pain, weakness, stiffness and decreased...

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Making lemonade out of a broken rib!

On the first day of my camping vacation, I fell backwards and broke my rib. Awful, ruined my vacation, and very painful. What did I learn? 1; gratitude. Be grateful for every step you take, every physical thing you do. Life is short, and stuff happens, unexpectedly, even if you...

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When In Doubt Refer It Out

As a sports chiropractor, I am often expected to “fix it” right there on the spot. While that often does happen, the opposite may also hold true. In fact, some of the best treatment I give is none…Wait…What??? That’s right – NONE. Chiropractic school is a 4-year post college degree...

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Kids and Chiropractic

Ever wonder if you should take your child to a pediatric chiropractor? If you were planting a tree, would you rather it grew straight, strong, and healthy the first time, or would you prefer to try to correct issues after it grew “crooked” for 20 years? The scenario is similar...

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WHEN STRETCHING DOESN’T WORK

You feel stiff and sore so you stretch. That should make you feel better right? If you can solve your pain or stiffness with stretching, then congratulations, you have applied the right “tool” to the problem. But what if the pain or stiffness does not go away with stretching? Then...

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To Bra or Not to Bra (or How To)

From the newly nursing mamas, to women who are increasing or decreasing body sizes, to women who are transitioning and binding their chests, and to the ones who simply decide, “Enough of that, I’m not wearing one anymore!” – bra choices vary. We women are all as different as there...

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Olympic Model of Medicine

I just returned from the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center helping Olympians prepare for their 2017 winter season. Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton and Ariel Skiing were hard at work getting ready to compete. While I was there I managed my fair share of aches and pains, as well as concussions and...

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Only 7 Years to My New Spine!

There is an old adage that in a time frame of seven years, you become an essentially new person because every cell in your body has replaced itself. This is something I used to ponder after I was first introduced to chiropractic care, and was freed of low back and...

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In Stiffness and In Health

I have felt stiffness, and I know you have too. What does it mean to feel stiff and/or sore? This is hard to fit in 450 words, so this will just be an overview. To understand stiffness, we must first understand the “stuff of stiffness”. Consider that you not only...

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Becoming an Olympic Doctor

Everyone can appreciate how much time and effort an athlete has to put in to make the Olympic team. But did you ever consider the support team/staff that helps make it happen? There are three main centers for Olympic training. These includes Chula Vista, Lake Placid and the flagship site...

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(Don’t!) Chew On This

Sometimes, as healers, it’s our personal health challenges that make us better doctors. My own low back troubles led me to chiropractic school so that I could help others avoid back surgery, just as I was helped.  This year, I have been gifted with the answer to a 10-year search...

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Get an Accurate Diagnosis

Want to solve your lower back pain? First, get an accurate diagnosis. This is my pet peeve. I see lots of people with chronic lower back pain, who have been to lots of previous practitioners. Most back pain sufferers do not get an accurate or useful diagnosis. Diagnosis guides treatment....

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Avoid Being a Crash Test Dummy!

Plenty of us have been there, and more of us will go there. Sitting there in your vehicle minding your own business until WHAM! You get hit from behind or perhaps from the front, or maybe even worse… With slippery winter weather upon us, motor vehicle collisions will increase. This...

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New You in this New Year

At the end of this year, will you be one year closer or one year farther away to your desired fitness level? Most people can list off three small daily choices that if they started today, would yield big changes towards being healthier and fitter in a short period of...

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How to Recover from Chronic Back Pain

We love helping people who have chronic spinal pain. Our approach is very different from both the medical and the typical chiropractic model. We’ll focus on what you can do. Stop Hurting Yourself! This is totally critical. Become aware of what movements irritate your back or neck. Stop doing them....

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Bust a Move

Most of us experience low back pain sooner or later. Studies show that most low back pain eventually goes away at least temporarily, but what happens when it keeps returning? It usually starts with improper movement, but can end in a variety of low back ailments. Watch a young child...

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Crossfit Parenting

As a mom of three, I know caring for your little ones and home-making can be overwhelming. Some days can feel like cross-fit competitions gone wild.  There’s the raucous noise, the acrobatics, the unpredictable outcomes, but without all the cash prizes.  Have you ever wrestled a squirming toddler into his...

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Solving Your Chronic Pain

by Marc Heller What do you want from your chiropractor, or from whomever you see for pain? Do you just want to be massaged or adjusted? As good as the soft tissue work is, as good as the adjustment is, does it change your long-term pain? Or does it just...

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Southern Oregon Sports and Spine

While chiropractors are certainly effective at helping free you of pain and getting you well, chiropractic care can also be about staying well.   I enjoy helping families – moms, dads, kids, and babies – grow strong and stay well so that they may focus on their lives.  The way...

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CAN SPORTS MEDICINE HELP ME?

by Matt Terreri, DC, CCSP   “Even though I’m not an athlete…?” This is a question I’m frequently asked, and the answer is YES! At least in the realm of sports chiropractic medicine and musculoskeletal injuries. Fifteen years ago I started working with athletes from the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÒ, and...

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Helping With The Bumps

Being pregnant is such a wonderful, different, ever-changing and sometimes scary and uncomfortable part of a woman’s life.  Working with pregnant women, and then one day their children, is a special privilege and gift.  Even years after being blessed with the first of my children, I still feel such appreciation...

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