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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.

 

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.

Regardless if you’re an athlete or simply looking for a safe form of physical therapy, our Foam Rolling Therapy at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute is designed to provide a broad spectrum of health benefits. Our providers are firm believers in the capability of this treatment and our patients enjoy that it doesn’t require an extensive or invasive process to deliver immediate results. In the following, we’ll explain how Foam Rolling Therapy works and who can benefit from it.

sore muscle remediesThe importance of connective tissue health

The connective tissue that surrounds your muscles, bones, nerves and organs is largely responsible for holding you together. It’s one of the most important, but often neglected systems of the body. Much of the potential damage can occur unintentionally. Consistent stress and movement may cause pain, joint restriction, and prevent healthy muscle mechanics.

How Foam Rolling Therapy works

When the body is placed under consistent stress and strain, areas of knotted connective tissue or “trigger points” develop around muscles. They’re very painful and often affect other regions of the body that are connected by tissue. A common trigger point is the trapezius muscle that can cause neck or upper back discomfort and persistent headaches. Other types of muscle strain can occur during periods of physical exertion as well as bad posture.

Foam rolling is a type of myofascial release therapy that decreases this type of significant muscle tension. Before the therapy sessions begins, our licensed providers at Synergy Sports Wellness Institutewill complete a full diagnostic exam that will locate your specific trigger points and areas of concern.

The Benefits of Foam Rolling Therapy

Both athletes and nonathletes can enjoy the benefits of Foam Rolling Therapy. Even day-to-day stressors like prolonged sitting or standing can do damage to the body. People who undergo a treatment session can feel near-instant relief as their deep muscle tissue is loosened and smoothed. Foam Rolling can provide the following benefits:

  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced muscle fatigue
  • Quicken recovery
  • Ease muscle tension

If you are experiencing muscular pain or stress, call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ at 404-352-8900 and we can identify the trigger points and help you find long-lasting pain relief. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates about maintaining peak health and wellness.

Due to injury or many years of wear and tear, knees are prone to significant discomfort during certain exercises. At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ we want each of our patients to be able to live an active and fit lifestyle without chronic pain getting in the way. That’s why we’re covering ways to strengthen and treat different parts of your knee.

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Exercises to strengthen weak knees

Before any exercise, you should always warm up your body to avoid muscle strain or injury. The following is a list of activities that are high-impact and could make your knee issues worse. Make sure to take the process slowly and methodically to avoid further injury.

  • Stationary Bike (do not overextend leg while peddling)
  • Leg raises (no weight)
  • Leg Lifts (no weight)
  • Walking
  • Hamstring curls
  • Wall squatting
  • Band workouts
  • Leg press (no weight)

Never push yourself to the point of sharp pain or discomfort. It’s normal to have some soreness after exercises, but you should stop immediately if you experience any shooting pain.

Exercises to Avoid

If your knees aren’t in top shape, you should make sure to avoid high-impact exercises that can inflame muscle tissue and worsen pain symptoms. The following is a list of activities to avoid if your knees aren’t in good health.

  • •   Squats
  • •   Quick pivots
  • •   Soccer
  • •   Basketball
  • •   Skiing
  • •   Volleyball
  • •   Running

 

Exercising on hard surfaces can also be strenuous on the knees. So, if you are participating in high-intensity activity that involves knee movement, it’s better to do so on sand or grass.

Knee Conditions That Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ Can Effectively Treat

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, we are focused on providing effective injury prevention in addition to recovery treatment. Our Synergy Release Therapy is a multifaceted process designed to identify the root of your pain and then create a therapeutic solution to remedy the problem. Between our certified Synergy physicians, massage therapists and rehabilitation specialists, patients receive the best quality care at our facility.

For first time knee injuries we offer an array of techniques that are designed to help you heal faster and build up a defense against future damage. Seeking immediate treatment is crucial to a full recovery. If you wait too long, your body can build up scar tissue and make it more difficult to heal. Fortunately, Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ is equipped to handle long-term injuries with our specialized procedures. The following is a list of various knee conditions that we can successfully treat.

  • Osgood-schlatter disease
  • Muscle strains/tears
  • Patellar tendon injuries
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Patella tracking syndrome
  • Post-surgical knee recovery
  • Medial, lateral, or posterial knee pain
  • Cartilage/meniscus injuries

If you have any questions about your knee injury or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call us at 404.352.8900. Don’t forget to follow Synergy Sports Wellness Institute on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information about maintaining your peak health and wellness.

Chiropractic treatment has been around for over a century, but it is still met with skepticism by some people. At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, we have been able to help patients reach their full physical potential and wellness with chiropractic techniques. Therefore, we would like to dispel some of the common myths about chiropractic treatment.

back pain, chiropractor, treatment for joint pain, chiropractic benefits, chiropractic adjustmentsChiropractors don’t have medical training

To be a chiropractor, you must complete a science-focused undergraduate course load, earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, complete a residency, and then pass a state certification exam. All certified chiropractors have an extensive background in studying human anatomy & physiology, rehabilitation and other health systems. There is also a heavy emphasis on clinical training that creates the opportunity to perfect the delivery of quality patient-care.

Chiropractic techniques are just temporary fixes

The chiropractic techniques that we perform at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute are designed to help patients make physical improvements in as few sessions as possible. Some patients have injuries or conditions that are more significant, so relief can understandably take more than one appointment to accomplish.

One of the greatest benefits of Chiropractic medicine is that it doesn’t require medicine or surgical procedures. This allows patients to improve their health and wellness in a more natural way.

Only people with back pain can benefit from chiropractic treatment

A large quantity of people may need chiropractic treatment because of a back injury, but this only scratches the surface on its potential benefits. Since nerves pass from the spinal cord when delivering electrical signals to other areas of the body, proper spinal alignment is of vital importance. Therefore, if patients want to operate at their peak performance, specialized attention should be given to this area of the body.

The spine influences other bodily systems, so chiropractic treatment can solve much more than back pain. Our experienced team of chiropractors can help reduce the symptoms associated with pinched nerves, arthritis, joint pain, muscle strains, headaches, concussions and more.

Chiropractic medicine is dangerous

Patient-safety is the primary concern during any type of treatment. Our chiropractors at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ are experienced with safely helping people eliminate pain or prevent future injury through customized techniques and cutting-edge technology. Additionally, chiropractic medicine is a much safer pain management alternative than opioids or other chemical methods. The notion that it’s dangerous has become an outdated-myth because of the incredible results that have been safely attained by millions of patients each year.

Our whole team at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute is proud to have helped many patients with our chiropractic treatment over the years. If you have any questions about our treatment options, call our office at 404.352.8900. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on sports health and wellness

As essential as exercise is for your body, sometimes high impact activity can cause unintended damage to the body. One of the most common injuries caused by repeated movement is shin splints. It’s a painful and persistent condition that can make staying fit more difficult than it should be. At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our primary goal is to safely optimize your health and performance, so we’re sharing how you can prevent shin splints.

How to Prevent Shin SplintsWhat are shin splints?

As the name signifies, shin splints occur alongside your shin bone—between your knee cap and ankle. When you repeatedly place stress on your legs during exercise, significant inflammation and swelling in your tendons and muscle tissue can occur. If not treated or rested, this can last for a long period of time without relief.  Shin splints are a repetitive stress injury that only worsens if efforts aren’t taken to correct the issue.

Ways to prevent shin splints

With shin splints, it’s important to be strategic and intentional about the ways that you exercise. Knowing what to avoid in terms of physical activity can drastically decrease your symptoms. The following conditions put you at a higher risk of developing shin splints.

  • Long distance running on a hard surface
  • Incorrect form
  • Exercising on an uneven surface
  • Inadequate running shoes
  • Not stretching
  • Over-exercising
  • Consistent activity without proper rest in between sessions

If you start to experience noticeable pain in your shins after exercise, then you might be committing one of these common errors. To minimize your susceptibility to shin splints, make sure that you’re frequently stretching, taking rest days and using proper athletic equipment on surfaces that don’t cause high impact such as concrete and asphalt.

Treatment for shin splints

Our expert staff at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ can help you create an exercise regimen that is considerate of your shin splints, so you can greatly reduce your risk of injury. We value patient education because your wellness is only enhanced if good habits are routinely practiced outside of our office. During your session at our practice, we will show you the proper stretches and techniques, so you can sustain healthy exercise.

Furthermore, we provide Trigger Point Therapy, Kinesiology Taping and Rapid Release Therapy to decrease inflammation and scar tissue while also creating more efficient blood circulation. Our providers have worked with everyone from professional football players to just the occasional exercisers to help them reach their own peak physical performance.

If you would like schedule an appointment or ask any questions about our treatments call our office at 044.352.8900 today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information on sports health and wellness!

Many people start the day off with a fresh crack of the neck, back, or knuckles. It’s an action that may provide a sense of temporary relief or just a way to offset tension. Cracking joints has been the subject of much debate in the past, but in recent years there has been a lot of clinical study on the potential effects. Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ values the importance of safety in our patients and community. This topic has been very common among our patients, so we decided to answer the question: is cracking my joints bad for you?

Is Cracking My Joints Bad for You

What makes the cracking sound?

The cracking sound is a result of joints being pulled apart, which relieves pressure between them and creates a bubble of synovial fluid. The swift change in pressure in a joint resizes the bubble and creates an audible sound.

Accidental vs. intentional joint cracking

There needs to be a distinction between accidental and intentional joint cracking. Many individuals accidentally experience cracking sounds when they are either repeating a movement or quickly changing position. There is very common and typically little cause for concern. We recommend that you thoroughly stretch before repetitive activity to ease the joint pressure and surrounding muscles. However, if cracking occurs in the same spot or there are signs of swelling, tenderness and pain, then there could be a real medical issue that deserves attention.

Through extensive studies over decades, many research groups have arrived at the conclusion that intentionally cracking joints is relatively benign. Nevertheless, self-administered joint cracking may result in unintentional injury if not done correctly with chiropractic techniques. If joints are forcedly cracked, it’s possible pinch nerves and strain may occur in the surrounding muscles.

Does cracking joints give people arthritis?

There has been a long-standing belief that cracking joints increases a person’s chance for developing arthritis. Studies have yet to show a correlation between the two, despite this commonly held thought.

So, is it safe to crack my body?

There isn’t a simple answer to this question. As mentioned earlier, cracking joints is relatively harmless, but there is always a risk of injury. If you’re insistent upon cracking your body, take caution with the amount of force that you apply to your joints, nerves and muscles. Over time, you may create overstretching of the ligaments and cause laxity to the surrounding areas. If you feel the need to constantly crack or pop your joints, it may be in your best interest to get evaluated so you don’t create instability.

Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ can provide expert treatment solutions for areas where joints are sore or rigid. Our certified doctors and trainers work with patients of all ages to optimize the body’s performance and maintain peak health standards. If you have additional questions about cracking joints or our treatment options, contact us at 404.352.8900. To receive more tips and information about how to maximize your health and wellness, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

 

At some point or another, we have all experienced that familiar “pins-and-needles” feeling that signals a hand or a foot is “falling asleep.”  Few people, however, take the time to ask themselves what this really means.  In most cases, this feeling is the result of a “pinched nerve.” Although a pinched nerve is usually only a mild annoyance that can be massaged away, it can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious problem.  If you are experiencing the numbness, pain, or weakness that can result from a pinched nerve it may be a good idea to come in to the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ so we can assess the cause of your discomfort.  Our Certified Synergy doctors will be able to give you a complete diagnosis and perform therapeutic techniques that can prevent further damage and may even help keep the issue from recurring in the future.

Pins and Needles What to Do about Pinched Nerves

Most of the pinched nerves that we deal with at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ are the result of repetitive stress injuries.  When we repeat even small motions over and over again, the repeated stress can cause microscopic tears in muscles, tendons, and ligaments, causing the affected tissues to become swollen.  This inflammation effectively squeezes the nerves against nearby bones, resulting in conditions like tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome.   Pinched nerves are also very common in the neck and back, where spinal nerves travel through narrow spaces between the individual vertebrae.  Flat, round “cushions” called intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers between each vertebra in your spine.  As we age and these disks wear out, the distance between the vertebrae shrinks, pinching the nerves between them.  This condition, called a herniated disk, may cause neck or low back pain, depending upon where the nerves are being compressed.  In some cases it may even cause pain that radiates from the neck into the shoulder and arm (cervical radiculopathy) or pain that radiates into the leg and foot (lumbar radiculopathy or sciatic nerve pain).

Regardless of the location involved, compressed nerves are typically best dealt with using massage and chiropractic adjustment. In many cases, our Synergy trained chiropractors and massage therapists will use specifically targeted techniques, like trigger point therapy or foam rolling, depending on the needs of the patient.  These therapies not only help improve circulation while reducing inflammation, but also help bring the muscles and bones into proper alignment, potentially relieving the pressure on the nerves.

If left untreated, the damage from a pinched nerve may cause long-lasting problems, and the earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you’ll find relief.  If you are concerned that you may have a pinched nerve, or if you are interested in discussing any of the other conditions that we can treat, please contact us today at (404) 352-8900.  When you come in for a consultation, our Synergy™ trained chiropractors and massage therapists can work with you to find the ideal treatment approach for your injury.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media for the latest news and information about sports medicine and chiropractic care in Atlanta.