290 – Medical Subluxation vs. Chiropractic Subluxation
The major difference between a Medical Subluxation and Chiropractic Subluxation is actually quite massive, not only by definition but by the treatment as well. Medical subluxation deals with a dislocation or displacement of the joint. One of the most common dislocations is seen in the shoulder. When a medical dislocation occurs there is often intense pain, swelling, as well as disruption of the two surfaces of the joint as well as to the soft tissue structures (such as the muscles and especially the ligaments). The primary goals of this dislocation is to rest it (usually immobilization) and then when the patient is out of pain, begin the process to stabilize the injury. Essentially, this is where rehabilitation and strengthening the joint come into play.
On the other hand, we have a Chiropractic Subluxation. While there are different words for this, the basic premise is that a Chiropractic Subluxation is a spinal segment that is has a reduced range of motion. This in turn can alter joint biomechanics, physiology, and can cause the body to have neural lesions (decreased neural stimulation). The decrease in motion can cause the body to compensate while the decreased neural activity can place pressure on a the nervous system which leads to dysfunction and Ill-health as the nerves that leave the spine also go to the muscles and organ systems. The way Chiropractors go about treating this is by applying a controlled force to help move the joint into a correct position.
Ep 289 – Fixing Jiu-Jitsu Rib Injuries (Part 2)
Fix Your Jiu-Jitsu Injuries
As many of you know I train jiu-jitsu often so I have personally and professionally dealt with a lot of these injuries. That being said, rib injuries in jiu-jitsu are very common and learning how to rehabilitate them properly can enhance your recovery from them.
In this part 2 episode, I go over stretching the ribs which helps to lengthen the ribcage, cartilage, and the muscles in between the ribs. Using a belt or a strap you can use this technique to help elongate the ribcage better. Keep in mind that this will also stretch the shoulders but if you are suffering from an acute or fairly recent rib injury, progressing to this stretch/exercise too soon may exacerbate the symptoms.
Ep 287 – Why an MRI & X-Ray May Not Help You (What They Don’t Tell You)
Ep 283 – Return To Training After An Injury (The RIGHT Way!)
Return to Activity After an Injury/Pain
Most people coming back from an injury and beginning to engage or re-engage in their activity/sport do so too quickly at too high of a level.
What I am really saying is that people jump back into it too quickly and therefore increase their risk of re-injury and reduced performance.
If you want to get back to health properly I use the 2 week rule of thumb/guideline. That is after you get injured and you want to get back to 100%, you must be at 100% for two weeks without any reoccurrence, pain, dysfunction!!!!
Example, you like to run but you have an ankle or knee injury. After some treatment, rest, rehab or whatever you are doing you decided to get back to running and if you are able to run for two weeks without any problems then you can return to full activity!
If on the other hand you make it into week 2 but there is a flare-up, exacerbation, and pain in the area then you must and should go back to day 1, week 1 and start all over. This method is a great way to know if you are truly 100% to compete at the level you need to and will mentally take away the “what if” from your mind!
Ep 282 – What To Do When Your Injury Is Not Healing?
What to Do When Your Injury Is Not Healing?
Oh Do I get this question a lot. First, if you are injured or in pain you are already too late. Pain and discomfort is a symptom of a problem that has been there and is often the very last sign. Its like your body has been in dysfunction for a while but now your body is crying for help (aka Pain).
If your injury is not healing there are a few steps your need to do.
- Seek a professional to help you with the treatment. There is a lot of research that shows the faster you seek care the better the outcomes. You do not want this injury to go chronic as it will lead to a longer treatment time, possible further complications and compensation of the body.
- If it is not healing fast enough you need to do something different. For example if you are stretching a lot, you also need to strengthen and vice versa. Have you given your injury the amount of a time and have you actually dedicated the time to exercise/rehab it?
- Is what you are doing helping it? If you are not doing the correct exercise and/or getting the results you want chances are it is not helping. Switch it up!
- Nutrition is the foundation for all our cells. Promoting better health by actually eating foods and an anti-inflammatory diet can and will help your body heal faster.