The Death of KT Tape

The Death of KT Tape

FINALLY KT TAPE IS BEING LAID TO REST!!

I hope you kept your receipts!!! We’ve been talking about KT tape and how dangerous/useless it is for years. KT Tape became popular after the 2012 Olympics.  Now it’s being sued for false claims!

KT Tape Lawsuit

I invite you all to read, but if you don’t have time here are some highlights from the link above:

“…”KT Health has used deceptive claims regarding the purported benefits of KT tape to charge a premium approximately ten times the price of traditional athletic tape…”

“…the athletic tape was deceptively marketed as being able to effectively treat sports-related injuries…”

The company will remove the following label claims: “it will keep you pain free,” “prevents injury” and “provides 24-hour pain relief per application.” The kinesiology tape packaging will also include a large, bold disclaimer to inform consumers that the athletic tape is “not clinically proven for all injuries.”

KT Tape is a product we have never used or recommended and will never recommend! We have written about the dangers of it on multiple occasions (feel free to click and read here and here).  Providers and patients, a like, are getting smarter.  Unfortunately there are still some providers out there more interested in financial gain than patient outcomes.

If you or someone you know is using this product, or seeing a provider that uses this product, stop it and find a provider that is focused on a real diagnosis and treatment!

At Thrive Spine and Sport we continue to pursue clinical excellence, finding your diagnosis, and providing the correct treatment path whether it is in our office or not!  We look forward to providing you and your loved ones with the highest quality conservative care possible!

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Cedar Rapids Low Back Pain Assessment And Solution

Low back pain will affect 4 out 5 people at some point in their life.  That is a VERY BIG DEAL!

Adhesion is the most common, most misdiagnosed, and mistreated condition in the human body.  Adhesion, when present, will cause limited range of motion, decreased flexibility, pain, and speed up degeneration of the body!  Adhesion builds up from repetitive motion (like running/exercise), prolonged position (like sitting at a desk), or trauma (think car accident).  If left untreated, this condition can lead to disc injuries, muscle tears, and early onset arthritis.  Adhesion, is also, a VERY BIG DEAL and must be treated by an expert!

So how can you tell if you have adhesion?  Fortunately, there are some simple tests that you can try at home that can help you identify adhesion as a problem. Recently, we made a video using some of the same tests we use in our office to identify adhesion.  Simply click below, try the test, and see how you do!

Did the tests go well for you?  If so, try this simple exercise below that can help significantly strengthen your hamstrings and reduce stress and strain in your low back.  If after 2 weeks, you passed the tests but the exercise is not helping, call our office for help.  Adhesion may not be your problem but we can help to identify the problem and get you to where you need to be!

 

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The doctors at Thrive Spine and Sport are experts at finding and fixing adhesion!  Currently, they are 2 of only 4 providers in the state of Iowa certified through Integrative Diagnosis – the most advanced conservative health care system – for the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion.  If you or someone you know is suffering with constant neck and upper back pain, call our office today at 319-423-0925 or schedule an appointment by clicking here.

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Cedar Rapids IA Sports Chiropractor Discusses Muscle Adhesion

Cedar Rapids IA Sports Chiropractor Discusses Muscle Adhesion

Muscle Adhesion is one of the most common, most misdiagnosed, and mistreated conditions in the human body.  Fortunately, with expert treatment, adhesion can be reduced and eliminated, leaving you pain free!

Watch this short clip to find out more about muscle adhesion, how you get it, and how it can be fixed.

Think this could be you?  Call our office at 319-423-0925 or request an appointment below!

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Cedar Rapids Chiropractor Provides Neck Pain Treatment

Cedar Rapids Chiropractor Provides Neck Pain Treatment

Take a look at this 4 minute video that shows a typical visit at Thrive Spine and Sport.  Upper cervical flexion is vital to a healthy neck!  You must have 40 degrees of motion through the upper cervical spine.

Our patient for today, was found to have adhesion in the muscles of her neck and started with 30 degrees of upper cervical flexion and ended with 36 degrees of motion.  That is a 20% improvement in function in just under 2 total minutes of treatment!  Removing adhesion in the muscles at the base of the skull provides sustained benefit and neck pain relief.  Adhesion is the most common, most misdiagnosed, yet easily reversible condition in the human body!

Watch this short video over our neck pain treatment.  If you or someone you know is struggling to find relief from neck pain, we encourage you to call our office today at 319-423-0925 or check out our website at www.thrivespineandsport.com.  Many of the patients at our office have tried numerous providers before finding relief in our office.  Our doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion using the Integrative Diagnosis and treatment system, the most advanced conservative health care system in the world!

Concussions

Over the last few years, around this time of year, concussions have become a major topic of interest.  More and more research is coming to light about just how dangerous concussions really are.  While much of the focus has been done to better diagnose and prevent concussions (which needs to happen), very little has been done in the advancement of treatment.

Rest remains the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion, but what happens when symptoms remain even after weeks and months of rest?

Concussions are a brain injury.  Currently, there are 8 factors used to diagnose concussions.  In order to be diagnosed with a concussion, you only need to experience 3 out of the 8 factors.  Headaches, dizziness, changes in mood, sleep, concentration, personality, irritability, not managing stress, are all on the list.  Surprisingly, neck pain didn’t make the list!

As mentioned previously, concussions are a brain injury, but you can’t get a brain injury without neck (cervical) trauma.  Alarmingly, the spine is rarely evaluated!  What should, and needs to happen, is to find out how much influence the cervical trauma is playing in post-concussive symptoms.  While neck symptoms don’t need to be present, presence of neck pain and symptoms will delay recovery from concussion injuries.

The suboccipital muscles are a group of 6 muscles that attach to the top of the skull and neck.  Some of these muscles attach directly to the spinal cord. These are the most commonly injured structures with any neck and head trauma. Injury to these muscles can directly cause and increase concussion symptoms.  As a result of trauma to the head and neck, adhesion is most likely to appear in these muscles.

As a consequence, adhesion decreases flexibility and pain.  Adhesion in the suboccipital muscles can cause a variety of symptoms including, headaches and neck pain. It can be easily fixed by an expert trained to diagnose and treat this injury.  The only way to know if you have adhesion present is to be evaluated by one of these experts.

Concussions are always individual and each person recovers at a different pace.  If you have recently had, or been struggling with post-concussive symptoms it is vital to know how much of your injury is due to the brain, and how much is due to the cervical trauma!

While most of the recovery and treatment of concussions need to be focused around rest and managing activities, those that still suffer with symptoms weeks and months after need other solutions!  Otherwise, these symptoms can persist years down the road.  Concussions are always multifactorial, changes in diet and psychiatry may also help, but negating to treat the musculoskeletal component of the injury can be a huge mistake!

You owe it to yourself to explore all avenues of treatment to fully recover from injury and prevent long term damage!

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Integrative Diagnosis providers are musculoskeletal experts trained in the evaluation and treatment of neck pain and injury.  If you are fortunate enough to have an Integrative Diagnosis provider in your area, they can help with the recovery and treatment of concussions.  Use this link to find a provider near you => PROVIDERS

If you live in or around the Cedar Rapids area, let the experts at Thrive Spine and Sport help!  If you or someone you know are struggling to recover from a concussion we encourage you to call our office today at 319-423-0925 or schedule an appointment at www.thrivespineandsport.com/appointment-request/.

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5 Must Have Movements For Pain Free Running!

Let’s face the facts.  Runners are one of the most injured group of athletes.  Some studies suggest, as much as 70% of runners this year will suffer an injury that will either limit the runner’s   mileage,or stop them from running completely! The complications of running arise primarily from overuse.

Now I don’t want to paint a picture that running is bad for you, because it isn’t!  There are tremendous health benefits to running.  The problem is that most runners like to push their limits – often coming very close – several times a week.  This is where injuries start.

Runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, sound familiar?  These are all examples of overuse injuries.  These don’t develop after one run but after miles and miles of pounding the pavement.  Generally, the problem isn’t that we run too much, so much as these, are often the result of biomechanical imbalances and deficits which lead to added stress on muscles, joints, and other tissues.

None of us want to stop running or have pain.  Wouldn’t it be nice to know what is causing our current pain and problems?  Or better yet, wouldn’t be nice to know if we were at risk for a specific injury? Fortunately we do have these things!  Below are 5 at-home assessments that can test and assess for some of the most common running injuries!

Ankle Dorsiflexion

Ankle dorsiflexion may be the most important assessment for a runner.  The feet and ankles are our foundation!  Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and eventually stress fractures can all be caused by limited dorsiflexion.

To test this start by standing arm’s length away from a wall.  Place one foot close to the wall with the big toe touching the wall.  Place a ruler along the lateral foot.  While keeping the heel on the ground, bring the knee to the wall.  Continue to slide the foot back and bring the knee to wall until you can no longer get the knee to touch the wall without the heel coming off the floor.  Normal range is 5-6” and anything short of this makes you more likely for any running injury!

Clean Ankle Dorsiflexion
Clean Ankle Dorsiflexion

Knee Flexion

Reduced knee flexion directly leads to one of the most frequent injuries for runners – Runners knee.

To try this assessment, stand upright. Grab and pull an ankle until the heel comes into contact with the glute on the same side as the ankle.  Anything short of pulling the ankle to the glute is placing you at higher risk for Runners knee.

Positive Knee Flexion (Heel Short of Glutes)

Hip Flexion

While the hips are not given the label of the most commonly injured sites for a runner, a lack of hip flexion can lead to bursitis, IT band syndrome, muscle/labrum tears, and other problems downstream of the hips.

To test hip flexion, start by lying flat on the floor with the legs straight in front of you.  Try to bring the knee to the chest while keeping the opposing leg flat.  The front of the thigh should be flat against the chest.  Test the other side the same way.  Any pinching in through the front of hip, in the groin, or lateral hip is also a positive test and putting you at risk for injury.

Hip Flexion Test
Hip Flexion Test

Hip Extension

Hip Extension is another assessment that has a direct role in stride length.  Limited hip extension shortens the stride.  When putting in the final kick to finish our race, we can’t be held back!  By altering our stride, hip extension can cause any issue in the low back, hips, or knees directly.

To test this assessment is a little trickier and may require a partner. Start by getting into a lunge position.  Lean as far forward as you can on the hip while staying upright. There should be no forward lean!  Place a ruler under your back leg – this is the side we are assessing.   Then find your ASIS – it is the bony part in the front of your hip.  Place a level or a plumb line directly against the ASIS, directly over the ruler.  Where the plumb line or level hits the ruler is your measurement.  Note symptoms as well. Test both sides. Normal range of motion is 11-13” for most people although it can get much more.  Pain with this movement, inability to stay upright, or any measurement short of 11” is a positive test.

Hip Extension (Measure from under the back leg)

Toe Touch

The toe touch is an “all-inclusive” assessment.  The toe touch is one of the most basic, functional movements anyone who is an active runner should have.  Inability to touch the toes, shows reduced mobility in the low back and hips putting you at more risk of any injury, including low back pain.

Hopefully, you found all these assessments to be in normal range, but I’m guessing a few of you out there found some tests that were a little short or painful.

So why don’t you have the mobility?  The two most common reasons these movements are restricted are due to adhesion and joint shape issues.

Adhesion is a buildup of scar tissue through overuse in the soft tissue like muscles, ligaments, or around nerves. This is the most common dysfunction in the human body, but also the most commonly misdiagnosed condition.  The good news is that it can be easily fixed by a professional trained to diagnose and treat it! When present adhesion restricts range of motion, decreases strength, and causes pain.

Joint shape issues are either genetic or degenerative.  This is not nearly as common as adhesion is, and degenerative joints are often the result of years of bad soft tissue, use, and abuse.

So what can you do?

If you find yourself falling short in some of these assessments but were pain free, start a routine of some stretching and mobility. Stretch and foam roll the restricted areas daily to try to get within normal range.

If you currently find yourself in pain, or any of the assessments painful, it’s too late! You need to seek out a healthcare professional to get examined.  Find one that is trained to break up adhesion and properly evaluate these movements.  If you chose to continue to run with these restricted movements and pain, it is not a matter of if, but when, more significant injury will happen!

If you live in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and struggling with any of these tests, call our office today at 319-423-0925!  At Thrive Spine and Sport we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of overuse injuries caused by adhesion.

Pain and injuries are a part of running, just like any other sport, but that shouldn’t be the reason they stop you!

 

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