Athletes and Chiropractic

Certain joints & body regions are designed for stability, and others are designed for mobility—understanding the difference between the two, and knowing how to evaluate, rehabilitate, and provide functional strength those areas are what sets elite coaches, personal trainers, or manual care providers apart from the rest. Sports, like life, are dynamic activities that require us to constantly challenge our bodies to achieve something great. They aren’t played in one dimension, but rather force us to move in three dimensions at once and put strain on our bodies above and beyond what we otherwise would throughout our daily lives.  To excel at sports requires dedication, practice, and hard work, and also requires that your body be conditioned and functioning at 100% to allow you to maximize the benefits of that hard work.

Some of the most common injuries which sideline athletes and keep them from performing are often the result of overuse, repetitive motion, or those that are slow to heal. Injuries such as tendonitis, sprains & strains, and  over-exertion can cause extensive time lost throughout a season if not treated properly. Drs. Kleene and Weber recognize this pitfall and approach sports medicine with a new and emerging set of treatment protocols that allow them to treat your injuries and biomechanical defects efficiently and safely, and allow you to get back out onto the field faster. Active Release Technique (A.R.T) and Graston soft tissue treatments allow the doctors at Back In Line Family Chiropractic & Wellness to quickly treat your soft tissue injuries, allowing those tissues to heal naturally, and to progress towards strengthening and rehabilitative exercises. When this crucial step of treating the injured soft tissues is missed, and instead skipped for rehabilitative protocols before those tissues are ready, is when injuries become nagging and eat into your playing time.

In addition to A.R.T. and Graston treatments, Drs. Kleene & Weber offer kinesiology taping, which has a tremendous ability to stabilize and provide functional support to those injured tissues while they are healing. Dr. Weber also has a Master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, which provides him with the knowledge to understand when its time to progress to rehabilitative exercises; additionally, he understands how uninjured athletes can improve their performance by addressing fundamental flaws in their biomechnical movement patters that will improve performance on the field.

Sports Chiropractors are now common place amongst all professional medical staff because they fill a need within the athletic realm. Drs. Kleene and Weber have the educational credentials and have gone through the same training as those sports chiropractors employed by the professional teams around the world, but they live in your community, and want to help your athletes achieve their maximal potential.

Graston Technique LogoGraston Technique

Graston® is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization technique originally developed for athletes, but now commonly used for the general public.  The stainless steel instruments are specifically developed to assist clinicians in breaking down scar tissue and myofascial restrictions.  This technique is very useful in areas of chronic inflammation or soft tissue fibrosis. It is valuable in helping to decrease treatment time. Used with other therapies, including chiropractic adjustments, Graston has been very successful in treating the following: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis, Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, DeQuervain’s Syndrome, Non – Acute Bursitis, RSD, Achilles Tendinitis, Reduced ROM due to Scar Tissue, Neck / Back Pain, Plantar Fascitis, Heel Pain, Scars, Myofascial Pain, IT Band Syndrome, Patellar Tendinitis, Acute and Chronic Sprains/Strains.

Drs. Anderson, Kleene, Kennedy and Weber all use this technique.

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Acrive Release Technique (A.R.T.) is what makes us different than other healthcare offices. A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Many conditions treated in our office all have one important thing in common; they are often a result of overused muscles.  Dr. Weber Dr. Kennedy, and Dr. Kleene are trained and certified in this amazing technique.

Over-used muscles change in three important ways:

  • Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions)
  • Accumulation of small tears (repetitive motion)
  • Not getting enough oxygen (prolonged contraction)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause inflammation, reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may feel a deep ache, weakness or numbness and tingling.

Every A.R.T. session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The A.R.T. provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols—over 500 specific moves—are unique to A.R.T. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. A.R.T. is not a cookie-cutter approach.

These soft tissue conditions are treated by applying specific tension and pressure with precise patient movement. During treatment patients often report a slight burning sensation similar to that felt while lifting weights. They often describe it as a “hurts so good” feeling or “I can feel it working!”