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Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction..

Date: July 25, 2017 | Time: 2:51pm | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

The shoulder is a common area that is prone to injury due to the makeup of the freely movable joint which provides excessive ROM. There are many ways that you could injure your shoulder; any repetitive overhead arm use or unsupported reaching, such as painting, throwing, or even lifting objects out in front of your body, and shoveling snow. Sports have a huge impact on the shoulder due to the repetitive motions during practices and games. If there are.... <view entire article>

Pulse Wave Therapy (Pressure Wave Therapy)..

Date: July 25, 2017 | Time: 2:13pm | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

The body is always changing and adapting through our experiences in life. There are over 640 different muscles in the body made up of 3 types: visceral, skeletal, and cardiac. The skeletal muscles are the muscles that move our body and keep us in an upright position and are the main focus in this article. The muscles are surrounded by an intricate network of thin tissue called fascia. When we have sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or are undergoing repetitive.... <view entire article>

Do Chiropractors Get Hurt Too?..

Date: June 2, 2017 | Time: 9:46am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Being a chiropractor is a very physically demanding job; especially if you do more than just adjust, like soft tissue work, taping, etc. Not only are you moving and positioning people all day, but you also put yourself into awkward and unnatural positions to treat your patients. For example, if I am treating a patient for plantar fasciitis, you'll often times find me crouched on the floor with an instrument wedged under the patient's foot while they perform.... <view entire article>

spine 2525201The Importance of a Chiropractic Exam Part 1: The Neck..

Date: January 5, 2017 | Time: 8:47am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

When you visit a chiropractor for the first time, you will be put through a series of tests and activities to help determine the nature of your issue/injury. This process is called a chiropractic examination. It is a vital part of not only the diagnosis, but the treatment plan as well. The information the chiropractor can gather from the exam.... <view entire article>

Benefits of Probiotics..

Date: September 8, 2016 | Time: 9:09am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

What are probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms (like bacteria and yeast) that live in our intestines and help keep us healthy. You can boost the amount of probiotics in your gut by ingesting them through outside sources such as dairy products like yogurt and dietary supplements. When most people hear "bacteria" they think of germs or bad organisms, but believe it or not, your intestinal tract contains good bacteria or "flora" that help to.... <view entire article>

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy..

Date: July 21, 2016 | Time: 4:17pm | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF, is a passive modality used by several types of medical providers such as chiropractors, orthopedists, and athletic trainers to treat bone and soft tissue injuries. Our bodies are inherently made of energy...specifically electromagnetic energy. Therefore, each cell in our body reacts in its own way to electromagnetic energy. Disruption of this energy in cells leads to compromised cell metabolism which, in turn, leads to disease. PEMF therapy can.... <view entire article>

Beware of the Flip Flop..

Date: June 2, 2016 | Time: 8:06am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

As summertime approaches, more and more people gravitate toward the flip flop. If you're anything like me, these shoes are a must this time of year. Heck, I grew up in Texas and Arizona so I'm used to wearing flip flops year round. But these summertime staples are not all that great for your feet...or the rest of you for that matter.Toes: With just a small strip of fabric or rubber securing the foot, the toes.... <view entire article>

72ac34d2c60fed293701aea908ce2b075 Chiropractic Myths Busted...#tbt..

Date: May 26, 2016 | Time: 6:47am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Myth #1: Chiropractors are not real doctors.Chiropractors complete a 3-4 year graduate program where they receive a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Most chiropractic school terms are divided into trimesters or quarters rather than semesters which require chiropractic students to attend school year round, thus allowing students to graduate in less than 4 years. Recent comparisons show that chiropractic students log more classroom hours than medical students overall, as well as in several important areas of study, including anatomy,.... <view entire article>

3782194 f248The Most Important Muscle You've Never Heard Of...Part 5 - The Levator Scapulae..

Date: May 19, 2016 | Time: 7:57am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

The levator scapula, or as I will refer to it...levator scap, runs from the upper cervical spine (neck) to the scapula (shoulder blade). As you can imagine by the name, its main function is to elevate or lift the scapula. The plural of levator scapula is levator scapulae. So if you shrug one shoulder, you are activating the levator scapula. If you shrug both shoulders simultaneously, you are activating the levator scapulae. When the.... <view entire article>

piriformis sciatic yoga anatomyThe Most Important Muscle You've Never Heard Of...Part 4 - The Piriformis..

Date: May 12, 2016 | Time: 9:04am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

The piriformis muscle is a very important muscle that lies deep in your buttocks. Oftentimes, runners are affected by stress and injury to this muscle, but it can definitely be a problem for everyone. As seen in the picture above, it sits just on top of the sciatic nerve. In approximately 15% of people, the sciatic nerve actually travels right through the muscle!!! Could you imagine??? Anytime that muscle becomes inflamed or injured, pressure can.... <view entire article>

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Date: May 9, 2016 | Time: 1:32pm | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

The adductor group, or more commonly known as the "groin", is located on the inside of the upper thigh and consists of 5 muscles: pectineus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus and gracilis. The main function of this group pf muscles is to bring your leg closer to the midline of your body or cross one leg in front of the other. If that isn't cutting it for you, think "Thigh Master"! The Thigh Master works the.... <view entire article>

1986 10 111 what muscle right above the glutealThe Most Important Muscle You've Probably Never Heard Of...Part 2 - The Gluteus Medius..

Date: April 28, 2016 | Time: 8:05am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Ahhhh, the gluteus medius. Or as I will call it throughout this blog...the glute med! Unless you are a runner, ballet dancer or a yogi, you probably have never heard of this muscle. But it is a very important muscle in everyday activity. It is one of the three gluteus muscles, along with the gluteus maximus and minimus. The main function of the glute med is abduction of the hip. .... <view entire article>

Gastroc SoleusThe Most Important Muscle You've Probably Never Heard Of...Part 1 - The Soleus..

Date: April 21, 2016 | Time: 9:37am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Have you ever heard of a muscle called the soleus? Unless you're a doctor or a runner, you most likely haven't. The soleus is a muscle in the superficial posterior compartment of the lower leg. It lies just below the gastrocnemius (calf muscle). The tendon of the soleus muscle joins that of the gastrocnemius to form the Achilles tendon. The soleus aids the gastrocnemius in plantarflexion, or pointing the toe. These two.... <view entire article>

images4What is Fascia and Why is it Important? Part 2..

Date: April 14, 2016 | Time: 7:51am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Last week, we discussed what fascia is and why it is important in general. This week, we are going to talk about why it is important for athletes specifically. Of course, these things correlate to the non-athlete as well. To review...fascia is a fibrous connective tissue that is literally EVERYWHERE in the body. If you were to remove all tissues except fascia, you would still have a 3D model of your body. .... <view entire article>

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Date: April 7, 2016 | Time: 8:05am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Have you ever heard the word fascia? If you're an athlete, you may have. If you're not, you most likely haven't. If you're a Pro Chiropractic patient, you most certainly have! Fascia is one of the most ignored and misunderstood systems in the body...and it is also one of the most important. Fascia is EVERYWHERE!!! You can't escape it in the body. Believe it or not, it is one continuous structure from head.... <view entire article>

vitamindsupplementVitamin D Deficiency..

Date: March 24, 2016 | Time: 8:10am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Vitamin D is an important vitamin needed for a healthy life. It is very easy to get, but approximately 85% of people do not get the recommended daily value, thus leading to deficiency. Those who do not get enough sunlight, have a dairy allergy, or who are strictly vegan may be at risk of having vitamin D deficiency. This deficiency can have some scary consequences..... <view entire article>

KThe Importance of Potassium..

Date: March 17, 2016 | Time: 7:09am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Did you know that potassium is vital in the biochemistry of your body? It can help reduce sodium levels, regulate heart rate and function, avoid muscle tension and even lower blood pressure. High sodium (salt) diets and low potassium intake influences volume in the vascular system which can elevate blood pressure. Many doctors will recommend diuretics to offset the increase in sodium, but those medications can further drive potassium levels down...thus exacerbating the problem. The proper.... <view entire article>

imagesAre your Hips Aligned Properly? Part 2..

Date: March 10, 2016 | Time: 8:33am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

Last week, we discussed how to determine if you have misalignment of your hips. This week, we will talk about a few exercises to help strengthen the hip stabilizers. Maintaining a stable core and pelvis takes excess pressure off the low back which can relieve low back pain. Exercise 1: Pelvic TiltsPelvic tilt exercises can help strengthen not only the pelvic girdle, but the core muscles as well. Activating the core is essential in helping to.... <view entire article>

imagesAre Your Hips Aligned Properly?..

Date: March 3, 2016 | Time: 9:08am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

A common cause of low back pain, and even knee pain, is misalignment of the hips. What can cause that misalignment? Well, there are a few things actually. First, you could have a leg length difference. There are two types of leg length issues: anatomical and functional. An anatomical short leg cannot be changed. Your body just grew that way. Maybe you had an injury to a growth plate in your leg as.... <view entire article>

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Date: February 25, 2016 | Time: 9:34am | Posted By: Jonathan Wilhelm

I get asked this question quite often from my patients with back or neck pain, so I thought I would address it to the masses. It seems most people sleep on one side or the other, followed by a smaller group who sleep on their back, then by the smallest group who tend to sleep on their stomach. At least, that's what I have experienced with my group of patients. So which sleeping.... <view entire article>