It was Saturday, 3pm, watching some "Modern Family" with my
girlfriend Ashley and just relaxing after a long midterm week for
both of us. She had 6 tests and I had 5. Suddenly, her brother
walks into the room and declares he's going to Detroit and has 2
free tickets to the Red Wings/Blackhawks game! Ashley and I looked
at each other simultaneously and yelled, "We're in!"
Danny was almost caught off guard by how quick we spontaneously
made a decision to just drop what we were doing, get ready in less
than an hour, and drive 5 hours that night to Detroit. If there was
ever a time to say it, "YOLO!" You Only Live Once.
I had never been into the great (kidding ;) state of Michigan so
this was a great adventure for me if you know how much I love
bucket list items! When I lived in New Jersey when I was younger I
loved Steve Y and Brandon Shanahan (Red Wings) so I was even more
excited to see the Wings and Hawks play. In addition, the
Blackhawks were on a 21-game streak without a loss!
The three of us got to Danny's Gf's house just outside of
Detroit late Saturday night and went out for drinks with some of
their friends with some live music, which was a great time. There's
something hilarious and exhilarating about waking up on a
stranger's couch knowing you're about to have an awesome
The hockey game was a well-played, hard skating game that peaked
when the Blackhawks were down a goal on a power play with 2 minutes
left. A big shot from the point redirected right onto the stick of
the very skilled Patrick Kane who punched it in for an unlikely
game tying goal and shocked the rowdy Joe Louis Arena. The game, to
my pleasure, went into a shootout that once again featured the
brilliant hands of Patrick Kane who finished a dirty move that
catapulted the Blackhawks streak to 22 games without a loss in
To add to the shenanigans, Ashley and I even got interviewed
between periods for Comcast Sports Network! I'll try to find the
YouTube video for next week's post!
Have a Great Week!
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.
Hope everyone's week is off to a good start. The Patriots had a
nice win in overtime to start my week off on a good note. I forgot
to mention last Friday we had "Olympic style" Tri Games. Our tri
(6) won! The first time we've won since I've started! I think I
have like three 2nd place finishes, but our tri has never been able
to pull it out and win. Tri Games, for those that don't know, are
always a blast of fellow students and tris competing against each
other in flag football, kickball, dodgeball, or Olympics. With all
the studying we do here, it's nice to bond with other tris, get out
there and meet people, as well as declare rivalries.
This past Saturday, I attended a Gonstead Adjusting Seminar by
Dr. Solecki. Dr. Gonstead was a pioneer in our profession and was
obsessed with precision, force vectors, disc planes, and overall
"setting bones" as good as one could hope to do! The Gonstead
clinic in Wisconsin is notorious for getting UNBELIEVABLE patient
outcomes and results, which ultimately made me curious in learning
more about the technique. Many people don't know Gonstead was
actually an engineer before he became a chiropractor, so he knew a
little about physics and mechanics!
My only beef with this school is they don't teach Gonstead
adjusting here. In fact, they bash it from time to time. I probably
got into trouble writing this, but it is my job to write about
topics in chiropractic at this school for current and prospective
students! Nevertheless, I love being adjusted by Gonstead docs
because the adjustment feels "clean" and they are extremely
specific with it. You see, original chiropractic literally means
specific contact with a specific line of drive on a specific bone.
So, if you adjust the whole lumbar spine with a drop, yeah it feels
good for 10 minutes, but is that true chiropractic? Just food for
thought. I always encourage people to ask the question, "why I am
doing this?" I digress, don't be a hater. Love the profession that
we are in and embrace the eclectic diversity that it has to offer;
you just might find something you really enjoy you wouldn't have
been exposed to!
Another random musing I've been working on is a powerpoint
presentation on how to fix the TMJ that I plan on showing to some
fellow students that have inquired about it. It's an extremely
fascinating joint, and one that goes overlooked because many people
believe we just adjust the spine!
With all the stress building from midterms, I propose a mini
challenge: Try NOT to complain about anything for 3 days. I'm
taking the plunge as I write this! Why? Imagine how you'll feel and
how your interactions with people will differ if you didn't start
your conversations with:
It sounds corny, and it may not (and probably won't!) go like
that, but I'm just tired of negative people, so maybe this is a
projection of myself out into the world. But seriously people, keep
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.
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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.
The 4 Movements To Increase Your Driving Distance and
Reduce Your Pain
This past weekend, Motion Palpation Institute hosted a "master's
series" golf seminar on National's campus. I love golf. In fact, my
dream was to play on the PGA tour when I was younger. I've been
wishing MPI put on a golf seminar since my first trimester here
when it was brainstormed. It's safe to say I want to treat golfers
and "Adjusting Tiger Woods" is LITERALLY ON MY BUCKET LIST. I
The seminar was mainly taught by Drs.
Corey Campbell, Brett Winchester, and Todd Neider. Dr. Mark King,
president of Motion Palpation Institute, was also in attendance and
led the adjusting portion of the seminar.
During these master's seminars, they put together a bit more
"lecture" material than the customary "palpate and adjust routine"
of chiropractic seminars. Topics included published research on the
golf swing, muscles and biomechanics involved in the swing, as well
as a functional look at the whole kinematic system during a
In true "modern DC" style, we took a functional approach to
reducing a golfer's pain and injury risk, as well as blended
performance techniques to those that treated a higher level golfer.
For example, most people think of golfers coming in with back pain.
Of course, chiropractors are notoriously known for treating LBP as
our bread and butter. But, why do they have back pain? Why are
their lumbar facets jamming or muscles overfiring causing
nociceptive pain in the lumbar/SI/Sacral area?
The big take-aways from a functional approach to preventing pain
and improving performance in golfers are:
That's the 80/20 of the information we learned. If you could
assess, treat and improve the 4 listed movements, I guarantee you
reduce the amount of pain in your golfer patients and improve their
performance (distance, consistency, etc).
Happy Golfing! See you on the range!
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• Chiro Games
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