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By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
July 30, 2014
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Core strength is a concept often talked about in health centers, gyms and yoga studios but what is it and why does it matter?

In human beings, the majority of movement originates from the lower part of the torso (the lumbar spine and abdomen).  This is the part of the body that tenses first and keeps the body balanced during running, lifting, twisting and other normal day-to-day movements.  Strength in this region is a basic building block from which to develop power in other areas of the body and is fundamental to maintaining good posture and spinal alignment.

Anatomically speaking, the core region of the body consists of the lower back, abdomen, pelvis and diaphragm.  The main muscle groups include the transversus abdominus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis and erector spinae.  It is these muscles that often need strengthening due to the fact that on a daily basis most of us are far less active than our ancestors who worked at more physically demanding jobs.

We’ve known about the importance of core strength for a long time.  Yoga and Pilates teachers, martial artists and qi gong practitioners all move from the same center of gravity and balance in the core region and view this area as the nexus of human power and energy.  They stress the importance of strengthening the core through breathing exercises and meditation as well as physical movement.  Since the core region of the body contains the diaphragm, ease of breathing is both a sign and result of good core strength.  Back pain, on the other hand, may well be a sign that core strength needs to be improved. 

For those who practice sports, proper alignment is particularly important to prevent injuries during physical exertion.  If the core muscles are not strong enough to support the spine during movement, then other muscle groups will be used to perform the action with a much greater risk of damage.  The rest of us also need to be conscious of our core strength since we all engage in strenuous action at various points in our lives (lifting boxes, running to catch a bus, playfully swinging a child, etc.). 

 While chiropractors are always willing to help patients in need of treatment, the ultimate goal of chiropractic care is for everyone to have the best possible spinal health.  Good core strength definitely contributes to that, whether you are otherwise healthy or have an ongoing postural problem.  If you want to improve your spinal health and posture and reduce your chance of injury, working on core strength through a balanced program of exercise is a very good, and inexpensive, way of going about it.

Dr. Kollias always suggest these simple yet very effective Back Exercises for strengthening the core muscles. Any questions regarding proper implementation should be directed to either himself or Dr. Karen Derr.

Cheers to core strengthening! 
 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

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By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
July 15, 2014
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 If your body has suffered trauma, your muscles remember! The body is a fascinating thing. There are certain “safety switches” that exist in our muscles as a manner of protection from injury. Our Central Nervous System (CNS) communicates with our muscles through sensory organs called muscle spindles which are found in our muscles (Proske, Candevia, 2009). When a muscle is stretched, the CNS communicates to the spindle cells which stimulate a reflexive response to contract in order to protect the muscle from being injured (Hammer, 2012).

 In the case of an accident or injury where trauma occurs to the muscle, the spindle cells lower their threshold for stretch before they will respond with a contraction. For instance, if a driver is struck by another driver on the left side of their vehicle, it is likely that the driver being struck will experience a force which causes their head to move violently to the right. When the impact causes the head to move to the right, the muscles on the left side of the neck will be stretched well beyond the normal capacity that the spindle cells would allow. Then, the CNS will send a message to those cells to pull back at a rapid pace in order to protect the body from any further damage. When this occurs, a new “stretch” threshold has been created for the spindle cells and adhesions between the muscle and fascia (fibrous tissue that wraps muscles and organs) occur (Hammer, 2012).

Following the accident, the driver generally attempts to go on with activities of daily living but may soon find that they are experiencing pain during activities where they never experienced pain before. Sometimes, even the act of holding ones head up can become a chore, let alone trying to go through the regular range of motion. At this point, the new threshold for the spindle cells has begun to take effect. Now, when the muscle that was over stretched begins to stretch throughout the course of daily activity, the CNS and muscle spindles are causing the muscle to contract. The adhesions between the muscle and the fascia are inhibiting normal communication between the spindle cells and the CNS. Generally, the muscles will end up in a continual state of tension or increased tonus. Being that muscles are what move our bones, this increased state of tension can make it difficult for an adjustment to take place and/or for the adjustment to hold.

 In order to restore the normal communication patterns of the CNS and muscle spindles, the massage therapist can work to break up the fascial adhesions. This process is like that of peeling the layers of an onion. Throughout each session, the therapist can work to break up the adhesions layer by layer. This process takes time, as it is important that the therapist work at a pace that the body is ready for. Remember, the spindle cells are now working at a lower threshold therefore, when the therapist stretches the muscles, they must do it slowly and carefully as to not push the new stretch threshold. During this time, the muscle spindles are being “retrained” regarding when to respond with a contractile response. With each session, the adhesions between the muscle and fascia can break apart. 

Once the adhesions are broken up, the therapist can work on any spasms that have occurred in the muscle in order to relax the state of tension it may be in (trigger point therapy). At this point, the therapist can begin active stretching with the patient in order to help increase range of motion without the muscle spindle and CNS causing the muscle to contract at the first sign of stretch. As this process happens, the muscles will begin to stay relaxed for longer periods of time following a massage and adjustment which will yield less pain. Additionally, the adjustments will begin to hold for a longer period of time. As the muscles return to their proper state of tonus, the patient can expect to see an increased range of motion, less muscle tension and therefore, less pain.

 When you are working with the body’s natural healing capabilities, consistency is key. It takes time to restore the body’s healthy state of equilibrium and regular maintenance can help to keep both the proper muscle tonus and vertebral alignment for optimal health.

 

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10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

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By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
July 02, 2014
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Sheldon Road Chiropractic and Massage Therapy is pleased to now offer this product to patients interested in targeting chronic pain with a warming/cooling gel. Do not hesitate to ask Dr Kollias or Dr. Derr if this is an appropriate option for you.

 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com