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Pain then radiates from this point throughout the surrounding soft tisse, causing myofascial pain and muscular dysfunction. Often this pain is referred to other parts of the body, even disparate parts which may seem entirely unconnected to the epicenter, which means that a physical examination is necessary to determine the origin of the pain. There are two types of trigger points: latent and active. It may surprise you to learn that we are often walking around with several latent trigger points; it is only when they become active that they start to cause pain and dysfunction. Trigger points in athletes most often occur in the following muscles:
Because they cause pain in other parts of the body, a primary goal of our practic at Community Chiropracitc & Acupuncture is to locate and deactivate trigger points using acupuncture. How does this work? Read on.
Even though acupuncture has been around for millenia, its practical applications are more relevant than ever. As sports medicine evolves, it is starting to incorporate more of the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy into its arsenal, chiefly the ideas of injury prevention, balance of the body and mind, and natural healing. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we combine Western knowledge of the musculoskeletal system with the healing philosophy of acupuncture to keep athletes ahead of the game.
Stop what you are doing and engage your postural muscles! If you are sitting, try this:
In this position, you look confident, your spinal muscles are engaged and keeping you upright which is working to prevent pain, and you are breathing your best. Chances are, however, that after five minutes, you will be back to slumping over your computer, or slouching in your chair, or leaning against some odd object. And that's not your fault! It's human nature. But it is something that we need to address if we are going to keep you looking your best, and feeling young and free of pain.
...it may be worth asking yourself if you really need them. The use of non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and Advil, is widespread in the athletic world because they offer short-term pain relief that allows athletes to ignore the aches and pains that accumulate naturally throughout training. The first problem is that by ignoring this pain, you are leaving yourself open to the risk of over-training syndrome, in which you push past the point of no return, causing actual injury to your body. The question is: are you using NSAIDS to treat the pain of an acute injury, or simply to override the natural aches and pains of breakdown and repair that are part of muscle building and conditioning?
Take baseball, golf and tennis, three sports where power gives you a competitive edge. While it appears at first that strong arms would make all the difference, sports mechanics show that the majority of power is generated by the hips. Therefore, effective movement of the hips is a necessity for athletes looking to generate optimal power. Chiropractic offers a range of natural modalities for improving hip mobility and mechanics, allowing you to become a more effective athlete.
What is postural transitioning?
Postural transitions are the small movements you make when you change positions. Simply put, changing from posture to another involves movements, however small, that engage certain muscles and encourage blood circulation. Without these movements, the body is left stagnant and this is a problem from many perspectives. From a practicioner of chiropractic and acupuncture medicine, these are the areas we are most concerned about: