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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.

Most people associate sports medicine with professional athletes, but at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ in Atlanta we are proud to be able to help patients of all ability and activity levels. Even though we are well known for helping to improve the performance of some of the world’s most elite athletes, fewer are aware that we treat some of the most common complaints as well. For example, many of our patients are all too familiar with the sharp, wrenching pain of “throwing your back out.” Even relatively innocuous activity, like gardening or shoveling or just bending over to pick up a pencil, can potentially send a patient to the floor in agony. Why does this happen? What are we really saying when we talk about “throwing the back out?” Proper treatment begins with a deeper understanding of the back and spine in order to evaluate what is really going on.

throwing-your-back-outThe spine is the central support for the entire body. It bears the weight of the head, torso, and arms while allowing the body to move and bend in almost any direction. The adult spinal column itself is composed of 26 separate bones, called vertebrae, which surround and protect a central spinal cord that connects the brain to all of the various nerves in the body. These individual vertebrae are stacked on top of one another and are separated by elastic disks of tissue that act as shock absorbers. Back pain can be caused by a number of different issues, including muscle spasm or strain. However, what we commonly call “throwing the back out” is most likely the result of one of these disks becoming pinched or displaced.

The individual disks between the vertebrae are not unlike pieces of candy with hard outer shells and creamy centers. The outer portion, or annulus, which is firmly attached to the vertebrae both above and below the disk, is made up of a network of tough, crosshatched fibers that allow it to hold its shape. Inside this shell is the nucleus pulposis, a soft, gelatin-like filling that provides cushioning while evenly supporting the weight of the body. As we grow older, time and stress can cause small cracks or tears to develop in the outer ring. If one of these tears grows large enough, the disk can rupture, allowing the inner filling to squeeze out. This is called a herniated disk. The escaping material presses against the spinal nerves, causing intense pain or even numbness and weakness in the lower extremities. A herniated disk can be caused by a sudden load or violent jerk, but is more often the result of a slow accumulation of minor injuries over time, so the onset of pain can be sudden and unexpected.

In some extreme cases, spinal surgery may be necessary in order to repair a herniated disk. However, about 80% of patients can find relief without surgery, by pursuing a conservative treatment regimen consisting of rest, pain and anti-inflammatory medication, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic therapy. Our proprietary Synergy ™ Release Technique goes beyond simple manipulation by incorporating advanced therapeutic massage, stretching, and muscle activation techniques to restore balance to the body and achieve real, long-term results.

Back pain is a serious issue and needs to be carefully evaluated and diagnosed. At the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our unique evaluation process uses a variety of metrics to analyze and diagnose the underlying biomechanical causes of a patient’s concern so that we can determine the treatment approach that is right for you. If you would like more information about the various services that we offer, or would like to schedule an appointment with any of our chiropractors or massage therapists, please contact us today. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for the latest news and information sports medicine and chiropractic care in Atlanta.

The chiropractors and massage therapists at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ have a tremendous amount of experience treating sports-related injuries, and we all know that no injury is more likely to fill an athlete with dread than an ACL tear.  While there are many different injuries that affect the knees or legs, an ACL injury can be devastating, especially when they happen to children.  Unfortunately, there is mounting evidence that the prevalence of ACL injuries has risen dramatically among younger athletes over the past several years.  Approximately 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States every year, and an increasing percentage of those injuries are suffered by children between the ages of eight and fifteen.

Are More Teens Getting ACL Injuries

Ligaments are bands of flexible and fibrous tissue that connect bones or cartilage together, usually at a joint.  As one of the four main ligaments in the knee joint, the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is vital for maintaining stability and promoting proper coordination during movement.  The knee joint routinely transfers the entire body’s weight, and is subjected to extreme shearing forces when athletes pivot, sidestep, land awkwardly after a jump, or receive a direct blow during a collision.  When too much stress is placed on the knee, patients may hear or feel the characteristic “pop” that often signals an ACL injury. The knee may swell, feel unstable, and become too painful to bear weight.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that the risk of an ACL injury generally increases sharply as children reach adolescence, particularly among girls between 12 and 13 years of age and among boys between 14 and 15 years of age.  The largest number of ACL injuries is reported among female athletes aged 15 to 20.  Among high school and college athletes females have two to six times higher ACL injury rates than males in similar sports.  It is possible to reduce your risk of ACL injury by taking some relatively simple precautions, including PNF stretching, building strength in the legs and core, and by learning proper techniques for jumping and landing.  However, once a partial tear does occur, patients generally need to undergo extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy for several months. A full or complete tear usually needs to be fixed surgically in order to restore proper function, and may require a significantly longer period of physical therapy.

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, we help patients of all ages who are recovering after ACL tears with a variety of different advanced treatment techniques.  One of the techniques that we use is our hyperbaric chamber with the micro-current.  By increasing oxygen flow to the injured area, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can accelerate the healing process and potentially cut your recovery time in half.

Everybody has to deal with injuries sooner or later, and no matter what your age or activity level might be, the expert chiropractors and massage therapists at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute are here to help.  If you would like to learn more about the many different services we offer, please give us a call to schedule a chiropractic or rehabilitation appointment, and be sure to follow us on social media for the latest news and updates.