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Every athlete knows the basics of how to improve their performance: practice and discipline. As important as those elements are, you may be overlooking therapeutic treatments that give your performance an extra boost. In our last blog, we explained two of our most instrumental treatments for athletes: our Six-Step Speed Prep and our Synergy Release Technique. However, that was simply the tip of the iceberg. Check out these additional procedures and techniques we use to help athletes stay at the top of their game.

muscles, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dry needling, AMIT therapy, ChiropractorDry Needling

Dry needling is a technique that is highly effective for reducing sore muscles. Ultra-thin needles are administered to access specific pressure points depending on where your soreness lies. This empowers you to keep up with an aggressive training regimen without letting sore muscles slow you down. In addition to soothing muscles, dry needling can also help improve the range of motion in your joints.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

It may sound futuristic, but hyperbaric oxygen therapy has long been a tool that athletes have used to maximize their performance. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you breathe in a more concentrated oxygen. That extra oxygen helps to reduce your levels of lactic acid: the natural substance that builds up in your muscles and makes them sore. In addition to revitalizing your muscles the hyperbaric oxygen therapy accelerates your healing process so that you can overcome injuries more quickly and get back to your sport of choice.

Class IV Laser Therapy

A class IV laser is a unique medical tool that has helped countless athletes perform better. It isn’t the traditional “destructive” laser you may envision. It uses infrared radiation and red light to activate certain processes within your body. Most notably, this laser therapy helps your body produce a natural chemical called ATP. ATP gives your muscles the energy they need in order function powerfully. In addition to boosting your ATP, the class IV laser promotes healing so you can recover from any injuries more quickly.

Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT)

While it is one of the newer techniques we offer, AMIT is already gaining a reputation for its success. With the advanced muscle integration technique, we use specialized strategies to identify seemingly small dysfunctions within specific muscles in your body. Correcting those dysfunctions allows us to help your body function better overall as a cohesive team of muscles and joints. With the impressive results we have seen, our providers at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute are proud to be among the few practitioners who are licensed to perform this technique.

Whether athletics is your career or your hobby, one factor unites all athletes: the spirit of competition. Our experienced team will customize a treatment plan specifically for your needs with the techniques above, along with our Six-Step Speed Prep and our Synergy Release Technique, can allow you to reap the rewards of all your training and hard work. To get started, schedule an appointment at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute today. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more athletic and sports wellness tips.

In the life of an athlete, everything makes a difference in your performance. A slight difference in your diet can weigh you down or upset your digestion in a way that throws you off your game. A minor injury can turn into a major one quickly because you’re pushing your body to its limits.

synergy release technique, six-step speed prep, injuries, athletic performance, chiropractorAt the same time, many athletes forget about one practice that can make a far more powerful difference in their performance: visiting a specialized chiropractor and sports medicine practitioner. At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute, our experienced, specialized providers can help your athletic performance in several ways.

Speed Prep

Training and getting yourself into optimal physical shape takes time. However, there are also things you can do to give yourself a last-minute performance boost before your next game or competition. This is the focus of the Six-Step Speed Prep our Synergy providers have developed. Within a 30-minute session, we use several strategies to put your muscles into peak performance mode. This will help to establish more balance and stability throughout your body so you can maintain control and perform at the top of your game.

Injury Prevention and Healing

Few factors will affect your athletic performance the way an injury will. Even a minor injury can lead to long-term damage if it doesn’t heal correctly. This is why our Synergy team developed our unique Synergy Release Technique. During this therapy, we assess your body for the types of small misalignments and irregularities that put you at risk for injuries.

In addition to lowering your risk for injuries by correcting those issues, we can also help your body heal from injuries more smoothly and more quickly. Our well-rounded providers have expertise in Synergy Release Therapy as well as chiropractic care, kinesiology taping, hyperbaric therapy, and other treatments. We use a customized combination of these techniques for each patient to get you back on your feet more quickly.

Synergy Sports Wellness Institute has a deep bench when it comes to giving you a leg up on the competition. Our Synergy Release Technique and our Six-Step Speed Prep have proven effective for professional athletes around the country. However, they’re merely the tip of the iceberg.

Stay tuned for the second part of our blog series about how Synergy Sports Wellness Center can help athletes like you perform at your best. In the meantime, schedule your sports wellness appointment today to get a thorough assessment and treatment plan. Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more sports wellness tips.


Valued Patients,

Big changes are coming to Synergy, and we’re excited to share them with all of you, our valued community! We value transparency with our patients, so we want to keep you in the loop as we move forward.

As our two current locations continue to thrive, we are thrilled to announce that Synergy is in talks to open a new location as well in Marietta. In our 40+ years of practicing, we are proud of the advanced therapies that we offer, and we look forward to bringing access to these services to patients in the Marietta area.

In the meantime, our Buckhead and Alpharetta offices will stay on course with business as usual. You’ll still be able to receive the treatments you rely on from the team who knows you and your health through-and-though. We will continue to treat our growing family of patients in all of our focused areas:


  • Exemplary chiropractic and sports wellness care with new innovative and proven techniques
  • Advanced performance methods initially designed for professional athletes now made available to all patients
  • New cutting-edge strategies to treat TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries) and Concussions


We appreciate your enduring loyalty over the years. We could never continue our growth if it were not for our wonderful patients. Your healthcare is at the heart of all we do. We look forward to serving you in the future in Alpharetta, Buckhead, and soon, in Marietta.



Dr. Michael Hatrak, Dr. Andrew Potter, Dr. Michael Roura & the rest of the Synergy team!


Alpharetta, GA                                                                        Buckhead, GA                            

What is Fibromyalgia?

How Can Synergy Treat the Pain of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder in which you can experience musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue, sleeplessness and mood swings. This condition can appear after surgery, stressful situations or for no reason at all and is more common in women than men. Pain from fibromyalgia can result in tender points on the body. The most common points are the upper chest, the top of the hand, the elbow, kneecaps, hips and upper part of the shoulders.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

Research shows that some of the common causes are thought to be:

  • Psychological stress.
  • The condition can run in families.
  • Some infections and bacteria appear to increase the risk of getting fibromyalgia.
  • Physical or emotional trauma. Accidents, incidents such as the loss of a loved one and divorce can also trigger this condition.


However, your doctor will have to make a definitive diagnosis through a careful examination. Researchers have been unable to make a positive diagnosis using X-rays, laboratory tests or biological markers.

How can Synergy Sports Wellness Institute help treat my fibromyalgia?

We can use our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy along with other customized chiropractic treatments to treat fibromyalgia. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a noninvasive therapy which enhances the body’s healing process by breathing oxygen in a moderately pressurized chamber. When oxygen is given under pressure, it dissolves easier into the plasma (blood), making oxygen more readily available for our body’s use.

How can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and other customized chiropractic treatments help?

When the body experiences trauma or an injury, the body responds by becoming inflamed at the injury site and decreasing oxygen flow to the site. This can slow down the healing process. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will increase oxygen flow to the inflammation sites. Other therapies such as Micro-Current Therapy and Synergy Release Massage Therapy can also help inflammation.

How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and other customized chiropractic treatments work?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy uses a tube-shaped chamber that patients lie down in during each therapy session. Once the session starts, the patient will begin to safely breath in a higher concentration of oxygen. Since the air pressure in the chamber is also more concentrated than normal, their lungs will retain more oxygen. The bloodstream then carries the increased oxygen throughout the body to aid various conditions.

Micro-Current is a regenerative therapy that applies a small electric current to injured tissues. This current supports the natural current flow in the tissue, decreases inflammation and allows the cells in the traumatized area to regain their capacitance (ability to accept nutrients). Micro-Current has the ability to relieve pain and promote healing by increasing ATP (energy in cells) production.

Synergy Release Massage Therapy treats the soft tissue imbalances and asymmetries that are the root cause of the pain. Structural and muscular balance is the first step to regaining health. Once the balance has been established, then it’s time to treat the symptoms. The specific complaint is normally treated last after the primary cause is addressed.

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our focus is on identifying the cause of your pain and treating it directly. To treat each cause with the most successful method available, we offer a number of treatments and therapies. Contact Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today for an appointment or visit us online. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily Synergy updates.

Hip Pain can be due to a number of causes.  Hip pain on the inside of your hip or groin can be caused by a problem with the hip joint itself. However hip pain on the outer part of the hip is mostly likely caused by issues with the soft tissues, i.e. ligaments, tendons and muscles around the joint.

what can you do for hip pain, hip arthritis, hip pain treatment, chiropractor near me, sports medicine atlanta ga  There are a number of things that can cause hip pain, including bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis and injuries.

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursas or the fluid filled sacs that surround the joints and provide a cushion between the soft tissues and the bones. Recent trauma to the joint and overuse can lead to bursitis.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of the cords or tendons that connect your bones to your muscles. Long term wear and tear of the outer hip muscle can lead to tendonitis.

Injuries can include hip dislocation, hip fracture, strains and sprains. Arthritis can include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ can treat your hip pain by using a number of customized treatments. We discuss a couple here, which are Synergy Release Technique and AMIT.

We’ve seen first-hand how many common injuries start with hip misalignment. Correcting this dysfunction helps balance the entire body and prevents many non-contact injuries from re-occurring. That’s the crux of the specialized Synergy Release Technique we use – identifying misalignments and irregularities that put extra stress on the body, resulting in pain and injuries over time, and then designing a treatment plan for each patient’s specific needs.

Synergy can also treat your hip pain using the Advanced Muscle Integration Technique-AMIT.  AMIT is a revolutionary treatment used to help relieve and treat common joint and muscle problems. Using AMIT, we identify the muscles that have become overloaded causing the body to shut down the muscles. This condition in turn can place additional stress on ligaments and joints, leading to more serious injury. Identifying these muscles, working to reactivate them, and then using strengthening exercises, can restore them to normal motion and relieve the stress on joints and ligaments.

Only a handful of doctors across the United States know the Synergy Release Technique and the Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, specifically designed to balance the hips, take pressure off the back, and balance the rest of the body. Both techniques are often combined with other treatments that we use.

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our focus is on identifying the cause of your pain and treating the cause directly. To treat each cause with the most successful method available, we offer a number of treatments and therapies. Call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today for an appointment or visit us online. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily Synergy updates.

Knee pain rarely goes away without treatment, and it isn’t always attributable to one incident. It’s most often the result of several causes or conditions over time.

minimize-knee-painFactors that may make knee pain worse:

  • Injuries to the structure of the knee can cause bleeding and swelling and can create a problem over time if not treated properly.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Overuse.
  • Infection.
  • Bad posture and form when doing physical activity.
  • Not warming up or cooling down before or after physical activity.
  • Improperly stretching the muscles.

Here is some information you can use to help reduce knee pain. Make sure to check with your current provider or chiropractor before you participate in the following:

  • Warm up before exercise. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings before and after exercise.
  • Try low-impact exercises. Instead of tennis or running, give swimming or bicycling a shot. Or mix low-impact exercises with high-impact exercises to give your knees a break.
  • Synergy Release Massage Therapy. By focusing on the root cause of pain in our patients, this technique helps to create long-term relief from knee pain. Synergy Release Massage Therapy first begins with SRT treatment, which relieves tissue from pre-stress. This allows us to then use advanced massage therapy and ease pain symptoms, quickening recovery and helping to prevent future injury.
  • Foam Rolling. Using this cylinder-shaped tube to release muscle tension and adhesion’s (knots) that form on the tissues. This is sometimes an easy solution to alleviate knee pain.
  • Lose weight. Being overweight is one of the most common causes of knee pain. For every pound you’re overweight your knee must absorb four (4) pounds of pressure every time you walk, run or climb stairs. If you lose just ten pounds, you will lose forty pounds of pressure from your knees! Not only will weight loss help with knee pain, it will make it easier to stay active benefiting your health overall.
  • Walk down hills. Running puts extra force on your knees. Instead of running down an incline, walk.
  • Stick to paved surfaces. Rough roads or pocked walkways may be hazardous to your knee’s health. Stick to smooth, paved surfaces like a track, walking arena or a treadmill.
  • Get support. Shoe inserts can help treat foot problems that may be contributing to your knee pain.
  • Replace your running shoes. This helps to ensure your knees have proper support and cushioning.
  • Eat healthy and hydrate. Start filling up your plate with vegetables and fruit first. For protein, eat more lean meats and fish like salmon. It is also a good idea to eat foods that are natural anti-inflammatories to help with knee pain. These foods include cinnamon, garlic, green tea, and ginger.


At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our focus is on identifying the root cause of your pain and treating the cause directly. To treat each cause with the most successful method available, we offer a number of treatments and therapies under one roof. Call Synergy today to make an appointment or visit us online for more information.

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. It can affect one or many joints. Arthritis mostly affects adults over 65, and more women than men, but it can impact anyone of any age, including children, teens and young adults. It also tends to be more common in people who are overweight.

massage-therapy-joint-pain-inflammationThere are more than 100 types of arthritis but most of us have heard of the two most common types: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).


We know that normal wear and tear causes OA (osteoarthritis), one of the most common forms of arthritis. An infection or injury to the joints can increase a natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. Your risk of developing OA may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.

Some of the common symptoms of OA are joint pain, stiffness, decrease in your range of motion, and redness of the skin around the joint. Many folks with arthritis have symptoms that feel worse in the morning.

Thankfully, Synergy can treat your OA with our Synergy Release Massage Therapy. Massage therapy is increasingly recognized as a legitimate, effective therapy for pain relief. The Massaging relaxes the muscles, tendons, and joints, and studies have shown it to affect long-standing pain issues. Massage therapy has been known to have a positive effect on conditions like neck pain, pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee, and lower-back pain. Massage also increases blood flow and lymph drainage to help flush inflammation out of the muscles and joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contrarily, RA (rheumatoid arthritis) is an autoimmune disorder. That means that your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. These attacks affect the synovium, a soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joints. RA can invade and destroy a joint, which can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint.

Symptoms for RA includes:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Anemia.
  • Slight fever.
  • Joint deformity (if left untreated with severe RA).

Synergy uses Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat your RA. Synergy uses this modality to treat athletes and people with ADD, joint pain, headaches and more. We use a tube-shaped Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber that patients lie down in during each therapy session. Once the session starts, the patient will begin to safely breath in a higher concentration of oxygen. Since the air pressure in the chamber is also more concentrated than normal, their lungs will retain more oxygen. The bloodstream then caries the increased oxygen throughout your body to aid various conditions.

Lessening the Effects of Arthritis

While there is no known cure for arthritis, you can make lifestyle changes to manage the condition.

  • Lose weight and keep a healthy diet. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and herbs to reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid or cut back eating a lot of meat, fried foods, processed foods, and dairy products.
  • Get more exercise. Regular exercise will keep your joints flexible. Swimming is often a good form of exercise for people with arthritis because it doesn’t put pressure on your joints in the same way that running, and walking do.
  • Get plenty of rest.

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our focus is on identifying the cause of your pain and treating the cause directly. To treat each cause with the most successful method available, we offer a number of treatments and therapies under one roof. Call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today for an appointment or visit us online. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily Synergy updates.

spine, back pain, backpack safety, chiropractor, injuriesOnce your kids are back in school with those nice shiny new backpacks, you want to make sure that you keep their spines healthy and happy all year long.  You may want to get them the latest model but to make sure it is the right one, keep these tips in mind:

  • It is lightweight and fits snugly against their body
  • It’s made of vinyl or canvas
  • Its two straps are wide and padded

Now that you have picked a good quality backpack, you want to ensure you pack it correctly. When packing it with school things follow these tips:

  • Place the heaviest items as close to the back as possible so they are close to their body
  • Do not pack bumpy and odd-shaped items against the body
  • Be sure that the weight of their backpack is less than 10% of their body weight. So, if your child weighs 100 pounds, the backpack should weigh no more than 10 pounds

Now that you’ve made sure their backpack is of a good quality and packed correctly, we want to make sure they are sitting correctly as they spend those long hours and days in the classroom. You’ve probably told your child to sit up straight many, many times. Well, the same thing applies in the classroom.

Slumping over the desk can put too much strain on kids’ necks, upper spine, and backs. This especially applies to kids who spend a lot of time on their smart devices, hunching over in an unhealthy posture. When children use these devices, they tend to tilt their heads and move their shoulders forward into a rounded position, which can lead to neck, upper back, shoulder, and arm pain.

Here are some tips for good sitting posture:

  • Keep feet flat on the floor
  • Hold shoulders in a relaxed position
  • Sit with back up against the back of their chair
  •  Ears should be kept over their shoulders and chin just slightly tucked
  • Hold any books at eye level

Even young children can experience the effects of poor posture and back pain, so it’s never too early for young children to learn lessons of good posture.

Our experienced chiropractic team at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ is here to help your entire family maintain healthy spines. If you have any questions or concerns, call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ at 404-352-8900 to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates about maintaining peak health and wellness.

Low back pain (LBP) is more than a minor discomfort. On top of the pain itself, the common condition could limit your activity level and cause you to miss work. Although 90% of folks with LBP are back to their old selves within a few months, the remaining 10% are at a high risk for developing chronic pain and disability. How do you make sure you aren’t among them?

While most of us respond to pain by resting, staying active can actually keep your chronic lower back pain symptoms to a minimum. The question is: what type of exercise is best for people with lower back pain?

Walking vs. Strenuous Exercise

lower-back-painConsidering how common lower back pain is, this question has been studied time and time again. Most notably, several studies have examined patients with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) and compared walking to a rigorous exercise program. Short-term and long-term follow-ups all showed that a simple routine of walking regularly was just as effective as a more intensive program of other exercises. In fact, people who walked regularly experienced less pain along with fewer activity and movement limitations.

What You Can Do About Lower Back Pain

If you want to keep your back pain to a minimum the first thing you can do is strap on a pair of comfortable shoes and hit the sidewalks. As an added bonus, exercising by walking can improve your metabolism and help you control your weight while also boosting your mood. For those who aren’t frequent flyers at the gym, it’s also a less intimidating and less injury-prone workout program than lifting weights.

Along with a walking program, there are plenty of other ways you can improve your lower back pain. Start by adding specific stretches to your daily routine. One stretch that focuses on your lower back is laying on your back and pulling one knee toward your chest. Hold it there for 30 seconds before repeating with the other knee. Another option is to lay on your back with both your knees bent at your chest. There are many other stretches you can incorporate into your daily routine. One of our Synergy experts can assist you in finding ones that suit your needs.

Besides walking and stretching, you need to take a close look at the way you sit. Poor posture is a common cause of lower back pain, especially if you work at a desk. When you sit, your knees should be at a 90-degree angle and your back should be against the back of your chair. Also, you should not hunch over computer when you sit as this position will put additional strain on the lower back.

Most importantly, though, you need to find the reason your back is in pain. Our experienced chiropractic team at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ can examine your back, find the root of the problem, and help you explore your options for relief. If you are experiencing low back pain, call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ at 404-352-8900 to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates about maintaining peak health and wellness.

Is weightlifting safe for adolescents?

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No. Well, yes. Okay maybe…in the right situations. That is about as clear as it gets concerning the growing epidemic of adolescent injuries from weightlifting and competitive sports.

There is no disputing the facts that plague childhood athletics. A study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that the more specialized an athlete is in one or two sports, the more likely they are to get an injury. However, few studies have linked injuries from any specific sport to progressive problems in the spine—until now.

Is adolescent weightlifting harmful?

Parents and coaches are always looking for a competitive edge, and strength gains can help fill that role. What are the risks and benefits of youth resistance training, though? Many studies highlight the risks of improper weight training. Incorrect lifting technique, lack of proper training, and advancing weights too quickly are commonplace. These mistakes coupled with the fact that kids’ and adolescents’ growth plates are still open and developing may lead to a higher rate of injury and long-term damage.

A new study in the journal PLOS ONE studied twelve adolescent powerlifters, and the conclusions were dramatic. At the start of the study, two of the adolescents had abnormalities in the lumbar bones of their back. Two years later, that number had jumped to eight. Finally, three years into the study, eleven of the twelve adolescents had lumbar abnormalities. The scariest part is that most of these teens wouldn’t have known about the problem because only three of them had lower back pain.

These findings leave very little room for dispute. Results confirm that competitive weightlifting as an adolescent, leads to long-term degeneration in the lumbar spine. Our team at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute sees similar scenarios daily.

Young athletes are affecting their long-term health with repetitive movements and a lack of rest. Baseball players with “little league elbow,” dancers with bunions, runners with shin splints, and basketball players with “jumper’s knee” are all too common.  Year-round, sport-specific competitive athletes live in a cycle that doesn’t give their bodies the opportunities for resting and rebuilding that they need.

How much activity is too much?

There is no clear answer to the question of how much activity is too much, and it probably depends on the sport. We do know that the 12 weightlifters in the study above trained extensively: about two hours per day for an average of five days per week, and 500 hours per year. Clearly, from the results of this study, that amount of weightlifting is too much for a developing spine.

Teens are getting more and more focused on the sports they’re most passionate about, and we may not be able to stop that. However, there is a way to keep the damage to a minimum: rest.

Sports participation and resistance training are designed to stress the body and rebuild the tissue in a therapeutic way. The body needs rest in order to do that rebuilding, though. Without rest, an athlete’s body is continually breaking down tissue without the ability to rebuild it.

As providers, we are only one piece of the puzzle. Our goal is to work with our patients to not only treat the conditions they already have but also to make the changes that prevent those problems from getting worse.

If you are concerned about the effects of weightlifting on your young athlete, call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ at 404-352-8900. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates about maintaining peak health and wellness.