I have rounded up and combined my favorite exercises that
address the most common deficient movement patterns and muscle
imbalances in golfers. This program is designed to do the following
(all of which I've proven using myself as a case study):
My Golf Workout Plan
Get as strong as possible with heavy weights and incorporate
functional movement/mobility and stability and golf specific
1. Incorporate Massive Strength
30 min workout (go one to the next, alternate upper body lower
30 min: Heavy Compound Exercises. 2 Sets 5 Reps. Max
Golf movements with weight and balance exercises and Nike golf
If you're into golf or treating golfers, I hope this helps.
Last week I got a pretty awesome text I wanted to share. It was
from my old high school golf teammate, Kim Donovan, who was an All
American on the Duke Women's Golf team. Kim said, "OK, I've decided
I'm going to make a push for the LPGA tour IF you get me out of
Seriously, best text ever. Why? It's been my childhood dream to
become a professional golfer and make the tour. My dad and I used
to always joke about moving to Florida when I made it and playing
golf all over the world. Fast forward: I didn't make it...as a
golfer...BUT, could I make it as a treating physician? Yes, I
believe I can.
TIP: You interested in treating golfers? At any level? Check out
Titleist Performance Institute Seminars.
Golf Seminars and Free Info: http://www.mytpi.com/
So what can chiropractors do for golfers?
Here's my thought process for a high level golfer who seeks both
pain elimination and increased performance... (After watching her
Initial Swing Evaluation: Searching for the Cause of Her
*Patient appears to lack anterior stability through the hitting
zone and into the follow-through that allows the lumbar spine to
hyperlordose and jam the facets. I also imagine there is some lack
of hip internal rotation causing the lumbar spine to get chewed up
into excess rotation through the swing causing pain and
*Initial Rehab and Functional Corrections will focus on 3
1. Core Stability: This will stabilize the excess movements
through the lumbar spine and reduce the risk for further injury and
progress treatment faster and hold treatment pain relief longer
through the round by building endurance.
2. Hip Mobility: Increasing hip internal rotation. (If
congenital antroverted hips, may need to flare out lead foot to get
3. Thoracic Mobility:
*Progression into performance once stability and endurance
have been established
All of these will improve with physical treatment as I work on
fixations, soft tissue adhesions, facial train hypertonicity, and
the rehab will improve her instability. I will also look to balance
her adrenal/thyroid axis for ligamentous integrity and inflammation
levels. Supplements, homeopathy and emotional work will be used on
an as-needed basis through physical exam, history and manual muscle
testing. Restoring normal breathing patterns, abdominal bracing,
and increasing intra-abdominal pressure with DNS and Triple Flexion
positions is definitely in order for lasting relief, stability and
Prognosis and Goals:
Well, that was just a window into my head on what I was thinking
while treating a Division 1 athlete and hopefully a professional
athlete soon! Chiropractic has a lot of incredible tools, my
friends! LEARN THEM! You can never have too many tricks in your
pocket for the tough patient that comes along.
Hope everyone had a great week. I thought I'd drop some random
city adventure tips as well as some school/career tips. When I was
going/got to school, I sought out people that gave great
perspectives and fun tips from the locals. Thought I would pass
them on. :)
Museums in Chicago
Do you have a Bank of America card? Did you know you can get
into any museum in Chicago for FREE the first weekend of every
month! Holy Toledo! The Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Science
and Industry are my FAVORITES. I was raised right by the
ocean and I love all things related to water, so Shedd was
extremely cool. This past weekend I ventured to the science and
industry museum. It's south of the city a couple miles and it's
loaded with visually intriguing displays and mind bending
Me in a mini tornado at the Museum of Science and
Fun tip: There is a parking lot not associated with the museum
right off Lake Shore Drive that is $5 instead of $20 that the
museum lot brings in. Winning.
Lastly, the Lincoln Park Zoo is fantastic and its FREEEE.
You can park there for 20 bucks or you can somehow get there
another way (cab, El, bike, it's too far to walk from the Metra). I
went there with my sister in August and the animals were great and
the views of the city were profile pic worthy!
Willis (Sears) Tower vs. Hancock Tower
So you want to see the big city views? The Willis (Sears)
Tower is $16 to go to the sky deck, which I've heard is pretty
awesome. An alternative you ask? The Hancock Tower.
Go to the 96th floor and there is an epic view that you can enjoy
almost equal to the Willis (Sears) Tower. All you have to do is
order a drink or appetizer and sit at a nice little table with
amazing views of the city. The cocktails are steep ($11-$15) but
just go for one drink and enjoy a unique experience in Chi
Adjusting at National
Just in case you didn't realize...you're going to be a
chiropractor. Chiropractic means "done with HANDS." Please, please,
PRACTICE adjusting and palpating. I am constantly surprised at how
many people let this critical piece of their education go. The ONLY
bad thing about National is you can get through the program without
being an exceptional adjustor. I understand they can't hold people
back and that students need to take it upon themselves to refine
and improve, but hey, let's get better with our hands, okay? Just
think about what the public expects of you: ADJUSTMENTS. At NUHS we
obviously learn A LOT more, but our basic toolset is the art of
Tip: Find upper classmen that can adjust everything and everyone
(you'll know who they are) and constantly pick their brains on how
they set up, thrust, practice, etc. Even consider asking them to
tutor you weekly. If you're going to spend money on tutoring for
all these academic classes why not pay someone to teach you how to
adjust? Which do you think will have a bigger payoff for your
Tip: Don't feel bad if it doesn't come naturally. It's hard. But
it's learnable! Also, do NOT let your ego prevent you from setting
up and adjusting people for fear they think you'll stink. Do it
anyway; it's better to mess up now with students than on your
Tip: Go to CLUBS. Go to Clubs. Go to Clubs. AK, Motion Palp, Sports
Rehab. Your face should be in there. Period.
Here's a shocker - LEARN IT. Across all the docs I've spoken
with, the overwhelming biggest thing they did to build a practice
was learn to effectively communicate and speak to people. You think
you'll just throw a sign of "chiropractor" up and they'll pour into
your office knowing everything you're capable of? Negative. Get out
there and constantly get used to being uncomfortable. How do you
know you're making progress? When you are terrified! That means
your pushing the envelope and expanding your bubble. How you do you
when you are moving forward? When you are less and less nervous
speaking in situations that used to scare you to death. Do it. Get
Tip: Toastmasters is a great organization to check out for local
public speaking practice around the country.
Tip: Always offer to present whatever class project you're
involved with. Little wins. Big leverage.
Since most of the time you have to wait until 6/7th trimester
for Dr. Solecki to review the TMJ and the treatments involved in
actually FIXING the TMJ, I figured I would give a brief
introduction from the seminars I've attended.
Did you know one study by Pennfield and Rasmussen found 35-40%
of all the motor nerves in the body are related to the TMJ--and
they concluded it was the MOST IMPORTANT JOINT IN THE BODY! Wow.
Maybe we should learn how to treat it, huh?
First: The TMJ is COMPENSATORY to the spine and the feet. If you
do a good job on the spine (especially C1/C0, fix SCM and upper
Trap) and the feet, most of the TMJ issues will clear up. Don't
believe me? Assess the jaw before and after a treatment. Guarantee
if you know what you're doing, it improves. Might not be perfect,
but that's for the next part :)
Put your fingers on each side of the temporomandibular
joint. Ask the patient to slowly open their jaw. Does it pop? Does
it click? Does it DEVIATE? If they can't get 3 knuckles of their
NON-dominant hand in their mouth, they have TMJ dysfunction. It
might not hurt, but when was the last time we chased pain? We
don't. We fix dysfunction. I've seen a girl who couldn't get 2
knuckles in her mouth with constant painful popping and after a
10-minute treatment, she could get 3.5 knuckles in with no more
popping upon opening and closing. That will get your patients
noticing! Measure before and after; the patients love not only
feeling better but also having PHYSICAL results they can see!
Muscles of Importance in Fixing TMJ
14 different divisions in total. Muscles move bones (duh! lol).
Fix the muscles and the joint will move accordingly. It's not
The jaw will DEVIATE AWAY FROM THE TIGHT EXTERNAL
The jaw will DEVIATE AWAY FROM THE TIGHT EXTERNAL PTYERGOID
The jaw will DEVIATE AWAY FROM THE TIGHT EXTERNAL PTYERGOID m.
It's that important to remember.
In other words, it deviates TOWARDS the WEAK external pterygoid
m. You might notice the orbit/eye is SMALLER on the side the jaw
deviates away from. Why? What does the external ptyergoid attach
to? Sphenoid. The tight muscle will 'tilt' the sphenoid and distort
the orbit. Don't believe me? Fix the jaw and usually the posterior
atlas on that side, and then reassess their eye. It works! (I fixed
it on my brother.) Time to get out the gloves! Get up in the
lateral pterygoid pocket and with your pinky finger 'swipe/strip'
the muscle quickly. It will be PAINFUL. This technique facially
flushes the tight pterygoid and will balance the external
ptyergoids and prevent deviation. MUSCLES MOVE BONES.
So, how do you figure out which of the other muscles are
screwing with the jaw mechanics?
Well, you could just guess and start stripping away. Ouch. Don't
try this. Believe me. It hurts.
Or you could use your tool of manual muscle testing.
So, have the patient sit on the edge of the table and test their
rectus femoris m. A strong muscle in the clear can be used as a
1. Have patient Bite Down and
Test strong indicator muscle. If strong, move on.
If the muscle weakens, we know there is a problem.
Check the Closing
Muscles of the TMJ. When you bite
down, you stimulate the periodontal ligament, which reflexively
inhibits the closing muscles to allow the opening of the jaw again.
If you have hypertonic closing muscles, you will mess with that
reflex and your TMJ range of motion. It's a beautiful reflex that
allows us to shovel food in after biting down. We take it for
granted. Closing muscles of the jaw: masseter, temporalis and
internal pterygoid. Recheck which muscle negates the previous
weakness. Facially flush those fibers.
2. Then Deviate the Jaw to a
Side and Test a strong indicator
muscle. If strong on both deviations, move on. If weakens on one
deviation, Check the Ipsilateral
fibers of temporalis muscle (check anterior, middle
and posterior fibers) or Contralateral internal
pterygoid. Facially flush to balance the muscles on either
side of the mandible. Tip: bring gloves because you need to go into
the mouth to fix the pterygoid muscles. Make sure you know what
you're doing because it's not comfortable!
3. Next, Protrude the
Jaw forward, test a strong indicator. If
strong, move on. If weakens, check the external pterygoids. It's
the pterygoid that the jaw deviates away from upon opening (during
your initial assessment you note this). Strip it out with a pinky
finger with one quick swipe.
4. Then Retrude the jaw backward and
test. If strong, move on. If weak, check the DEEP fibers of
Masseter and the posterior division of temporalis m. Facially
Hopefully your patient doesn't want to punch you in the face
after all the facial flushing!
Reassess their jaw by asking them to slowly open and close. Put
3 knuckles in. Listen for pops. If you did it right, they should
have a look of shock on their face because it will be working
correctly for the first time in a while. :)
And that's how you fix 85% of TMJs in 10 minutes. There are a
few more steps for advanced cases but I don't have the room. If
your TMJ has been bothering you, come find me on campus. I need
some more practice!
Keep Smiling Big!
I hope everyone has gotten into the swing of things with classes
picking up speed and a brand new trimester fully underway! Part of
me is extremely excited and part of me is extremely anxious because
I'm back on the full track (26 credits) again.
What is AK? (Applied Kinesiology)
I attended the first seminar of the trimester. Dr. Timothy Francis
came into town and taught the first of seven AK seminars we will be
attending until August to sit for the certification test. I've only
met one genius in my life thus far. This doc was the second. From
9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m straight (Sat. and Sun.) we covered so
much information! We learned to fix:
It was enlightening to see how it all tied in. In my opinion, at
school, we are given a lot of tools--some useful, others not.
However, one glaring 'deficiency' is putting it all together for a
patient in an efficient and REPEATABLE system. This comes with
experience and a lot of practice. I believe this is why the Motion
Palpation Institute has had a lot of success and popularity. It is
a wonderful system for chiros.
The draw for me to AK has not only been that it works better
than anything I've ever tried (and I've tried A LOT of things), but
it is also a logical system of finding the ROOT cause of the
patient's problems and treating them on a 'WHOLE'-istic basis. This
includes 3 parts--structural, chemical, emotional--often depicted
in an equilateral triangle with structural being the base.
As chiropractors we LOVE and are very competent at the
structural part of our patients. Some more enlightened docs will
dabble into nutrition (anti-inflammatory diet, herbs,
supplements, etc.) realizing that it is crucial to the success of
their patients' long-term health and disease prevention. The one
glaring problem is how we don't address the emotional component of
human health or the energetic (acupuncture and homeopathy).
Normally, we are just told to 'avoid stress' and 'deal with
emotions'. Huh? We live in a GO, GO, GO society. If you live out in
the woods by yourself, you may be able to 'avoid stress' but almost
everywhere and everything has stress in our modern lifestyles.
Don't think emotions play a role in our lives? How about the bunny
study? Two groups of identical bunnies were given the same diet,
same living conditions. One group was petted every day and the
other group was ignored. The ignored group developed heart disease
and died MUCH earlier. The petted group died old, with no
So, should we just pet each other every day? NO! Ha ha. We do
have to address all three aspects of human health though!
With Applied Kinesiology, you use manual muscle testing as
a window into figuring out where to adjust, when to adjust, what is
primary, what nutrition they need and how much, as well as deal
with emotions that make certain conditions unfixable when not
Ask yourself this: If you've needed the 'same' adjustment for
weeks, months, years, are you really treating the root cause of the
patient's problems? The answer is no. Motion palpating and
restoring joint motion is important. MUSCLES MOVE BONES. Period. So
you need to treat the muscle imbalances, too. If you can't fix the
muscular imbalances, you will never stabilize the spine. Also
consider Viscerosomatic reflexes have influences on certain muscles
This area of functional neurology has been around for 50 years
and the pioneering work was actually started by the allopathic
profession, but was eventually adopted into Applied Kinesiology and
chiropractic by George Goodheart, DC, in the 1960s. Therefore, if
you're not treating the patient internally (proper diet, nutrition,
supplements), then the correlated muscles may never function the
way you want them to, therefore leading to imbalances and chronic
fixations in the spine that we as chiropractors palpate and adjust
continually year after year.
Dr. Goodheart used to say, "I know the answer, but I don't know
the right question." How true is that? AK helps you ask the right
Applied Kinesiology isn't perfect, as nothing in life ever is,
but it's pretty darn close. If you've ever met me, you know I want
as many TOOLS in my treatment toolbox as possible so every patient
that walks in my door I can fix as fast as possible.
Peace out cub scouts,
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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