Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Dancers

As the chiropractor to the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, I focus on extremity adjusting in addition to spinal adjustments.

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People often ask me, "What is an extremity adjustment?" Extremity refers to the arms and legs, so when it comes to extremity adjusting, we are talking about adjusting the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, ankles, knees, hips, in addition to ribs and even TMJ. The importance of chiropractic care to the spine can not be understated, but it is also very important to evaluate the extremities.

When two bones come together (whether in the spine or extremities) they form a joint or articulation. The joint is surrounded by soft tissue which includes muscles, ligaments and tendons. When the bones become misaligned, stress is placed on the surrounding soft tissue. This can lead to weakness, fatigue and eventually injury and pain. By adjusting these joints and properly aligning them, the soft tissue becomes stronger and functions properly.

My proactive approach to care for dancers includes testing to identify weakened muscles and misaligned joints. I often detect problems before pain and injury occur. Extremity adjustments allow athletes to perform at a higher level and help to avoid injuries.

It is easy to see how important extremity adjustments are for high-level athletes like the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, their careers are dependent on their bodies performing at their best. What about you?  Whether you are a beginner dancer who is learning how to push your body to the next level, or a seasoned veteran  who is practicing for your next big production, extremity adjustments can make all the difference in the world. Here's what some of the professional dancers I have worked with have to say about how chiropractic helps them:

“Chiropractic helps to align and stabilize our bodies so we can perform better, and helps ensure a healthy future as dancers.” -- Alexei Tyukov, Principal, Colorado Ballet

"Chiropractic helps me as a ballet dancer because it keeps all of my joints and bones in line, and the work I do constantly challenges that--it challenges the alignment of my spine as well as the joints in my limbs. Chiropractic helps bring everything back to neutral so I can perform more fluidly and efficiently without pain." -- Sharon Wehner, Principal, Colorado Ballet

"Chiropractic care helps to alleviate those pains so you can focus on your job and your artistry and not have to worry as much about hurting yourself."  -- Brandon Freeman, Professional Dancer-Artist, Wonderbound

In addition to improving performance, ongoing chiropractic therapy offers several health and wellness benefits. These include:

  • Improve strength and flexibility

  • Improved posture

  • Increased range of motion

  • Improved immune system

  • Better focus and concentration

  • Reduction of migraines or severe headaches

  • Reduced risk of injury

  • Increased blood and oxygen flow throughout the body

  • Improved recovery rates after a sports injury

  • Reduction of pain

If you are a dancer and would like to learn more about how chiropractic can help you, stop in and talk to me--I love working with dancers of all levels and would be happy to tell you more.

Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Kids

People are often surprised to hear that I adjust children and infants. It makes perfect sense when you think about the birth process and how traumatic that can be, not to mention all the falling that children do as they are learning to crawl and walk. These natural processes can lead to problems later in life including poor posture, degenerative joint disease, muscle imbalance and various pain issues. 

I have taken extensive course work through and am proud to be a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (icpa4kids.org). I've seen first hand a hospital birth as well as a home birth and have  been adjusting both of my children since the day they were born to help provide them with a solid foundation for wellness. I have successfully helped children with sleep issues, behavioral problems, ear infections, colic, delayed walking and other developmental issues. I want to be clear in saying that chiropractic care is not the cure all for every problem, but if there is interference in the spine and nervous system it is essential that this interference be removed so the brain and body can function and be healthy.

Chiropractic for kids is gentle, safe, effective and essential for good health!

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Dr. Dave: Sourcing Pain Isn't as Simple as You Might Think

I recently had a new patient come into the office stating that she had pain in her mid back near her left shoulder blade. She had been to several chiropractors with minimal relief. After a thorough evaluation that included posture and muscle testing, it was determined that her left shoulder blade was higher than her right and that the left side of her pelvis was lower than her right side.

We decided that X-rays would be beneficial; what was revealed was a short left leg, which was causing her to lean to the right. This made it appear that she had a higher left shoulder blade. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, she was given a heel lift to place in her left shoe.  This helped to balance her pelvis and in turn her left shoulder blade pain was relieved.

I often find that the site of the pain is not the cause of the problem. Knee pain may be the result of a foot or hip problem and headaches might be a sign of neck misalignment. It is important to take a whole body approach when it comes to health.  

 

 

Dr. Dave: "Think hard--what's the most important organ in your body?"

Chiropractic: It's more than you think!

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I often ask my patients, "If you had to pick the most important organ in the body, what would it be?" A common response is the heart, liver or even the skin. I acknowledge that all of our organs are important and we were not made with too many body parts, but if I had to pick one it would be the brain. The brain is the master control center of the body, responsible for every function of the body and every cell tissue and organ. This is the most important concept and the foundation of chiropractic care. In order for the brain to communicate with the body it must send signals or information down the spinal cord, through the network of nerves and to the rest of the body parts. In order for a person to function at their best and be healthy, it is vital that the brain and body communicate without interference. This communication can be called many things: innate intelligence, life force, spirit or even electricity.

The point is, this is how your body works.

The typical spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. These bones can move and allow for motion and movement in the body. Often times, these bones can slightly shift out of alignment and put pressure on nerves that come off of the spinal cord--that's a problem. It can cause nerve interference and may have devastating effects on one's health. An example would be if a bone in the low back became displaced and caused interference to one of the nerves going down the leg. This might lead to pain or numbness down the leg which is known as sciatica. What if the nerves to the stomach or intestines were being interfered with? This could result in digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or even acid reflux. This is not to say that this is the only cause of these ailments, but nerve interference can cause dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, leading to poor health. Often times, these mis-alignments go unnoticed and without pain in the beginning, but much like a tooth ache the problem starts well before the pain is noticed.

Most people think chiropractic is all about curing neck and back pain. Yes, we have great success helping people with neck and back pain, but simply stated, chiropractic doesn't cure anything. The goal of chiropractic care is to remove interference from the spine and nervous system so your body can do the healing. Chiropractic is about giving your body an opportunity to heal and function the way it was meant to, allowing all of us to live healthier lives. Chiropractic is more than you think!