Protect Joints with Adjustable Treadmill Cushioning, Orthopedic Belts

While the fundamental function of exercise treadmills hasn’t changed for decades, the safety of the running surface has evolved tremendously. Chiropractic care encourages a healthy body, fitness level, and well-being. Good spinal health is the key to an active and robust life. Through the right equipment and proper techniques, you’ll be able to maintain your health and wellness.

Today, treadmills offer many benefits over outdoor running, including reduced impact on joints and bones. With numerous makes and models available, determining which treadmill to buy may feel overwhelming. To simplify the search, runners and walkers alike should first consider the running surface, and seek treadmills with adjustable decks and belt systems designed to absorb the impact of each step.

For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week. With winter approaching, running outside, swimming, and hiking may no longer be viable options for cardiovascular exercise. As a low-impact alternative, consider a treadmill equipped with adjustable cushioning and an orthopedic belt to reduce your risk of injury to the connective tissues in your hips, ankles and knees.

Adjustable Cushioning

An increasingly popular feature on residential treadmills called “adjustable cushioning” enables users to alter the amount of shock the deck absorbs, thereby changing the level of softness or firmness they feel.

In this design the front of the treadmill deck typically feels softer and provides maximum cushioning and absorption since this is where each foot strikes. Whereas, the back of the treadmill provides a firmer stable cushioning for pushing off with the back foot, and the middle area — commonly referred to as the “transition zone” — contains moderate cushioning.

The TRUE Fitness PS800 treadmill pictured above includes TRUE’s Soft System® which allows users to modify the firmness of the running belt for a tailored experience. Adjusting the impact on a scale of 1 to 8 (with 1 being the softest and 8 the hardest) provides the perfect impact levels for every person no matter the fitness level, injury level, or otherwise.

With adjustable cushioning, the treadmill deck can be personalized to each user’s fitness goals. For instance, if you are training to run outside on a hard surface like pavement, adjusting the treadmill’s deck to a harder scale will acclimate your body to the running surface. Likewise, a softer deck is easier on your joints while creating resistance — perfect for building up leg strength while recovering from injuries.

Orthopedic Belt

Treadmill workouts are even safer when adjustable cushioning is combined with an orthopedic belt. Thicker than conventional belts, orthopedic belts help to further absorb the shock of impact as each foot strikes the deck.

Orthopedic belts are easy to distinguish as they are noticeably thicker and typically have ribbed surfaces that provide better grip for running shoes while helping to absorb impact.  Many new treadmills come equipped with orthopedic belts, but you can always replace the belt on your existing treadmill so long as the rollers are at least 2.4” wide.

Thicker belts can cause wear on your treadmill’s roller bearings and drive system as they generate more heat.  However, many premium manufacturers have specifically designed orthopedic belts to “breathe,” allowing heat to dissipate, and are able to provide the advantages of an orthopedic belt without creating maintenance issues.  

Orthopedic belts take your comfort to the next level, and help make your treadmill workout even safer for your joints.  They are thicker than regular treadmill belts and designed to further reduce the amount of concussion when you walk or run.

Where to Purchase

When it comes to fitness equipment, cheaper is not always better as there are significant differences in the quality and reliability of products from different brands. While two treadmills may list the same features and look similar online, they’ll likely offer different warranties and feel very different in person. For this reason, it makes sense to put on your running shoes and actually test the treadmill deck and belt prior to purchasing.

Avoid infomercials and look for a fitness equipment store that has been in business for decades, while maintaining a strong track record of customer happiness.

Fitness Gallery, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, has remained dedicated to the art of good health, distributing the world’s finest fitness equipment since 1997. With over 30 different models of treadmills to choose from, Fitness Gallery has earned strong reputation by only working with premium manufacturers like TRUE Fitness and TuffStuff, and by offering excellent service (4.9 Star Google Customer Review Rating).

There’s nothing more important than your health, if you’re looking for a quality low-impact treadmill, then give us a call today.

Will Cupping Therapy Help Relieve Your Pain?

Cupping therapy has been around for thousands of years as a form of alternative medicine popular in Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. It recently gained attention following the 2016 Olympics when multiple athletes were seen with circular bruises all over their bodies. This had many people scratching their heads and wondering what cupping was all about.

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Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic has recently added cupping therapy to our list of services to help get you out of pain. Continue reading to learn more about how it works and see if cupping is right for you!

Cupping therapy works by suctioning the skin upwards away from the muscular tissue and can either be left stationary on the skin or moved across multiple areas with the use of lotion or other type of emollient.

The aim of this technique is to promote blood flow to injured or fatigued muscles to accelerate the natural healing process of the body. This increase in blood flow to the cupped area creates what many people identify as a bruise, but in reality is more like a hickey.

Some studies suggest that cupping therapy plays a role in pain management as well, however the exact mechanism warrants further investigation and research. A likely scenario is that cupping therapy affects the superficial cutaneous nerves in the skin and disrupts the pain signals going to the brain, similar to when you bump your elbow and reactively start rubbing it to decrease the pain.

There are several different styles of cupping therapies including “wet cupping” and “dry cupping” which can be done using cups made of different materials such as glass, bamboo or silicone. Wet cupping involves creating a small puncture in the surface of the skin and applying a cup over it to suction blood out which is believed to remove toxins from the body.

At Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic, we use the less invasive dry cupping method using silicone cups where one or more cups is applied to the skin and either left stationary or slid around the skin to promote healing and decrease pain.

Cupping therapy is a great alternative to other soft tissue and manual therapies offered at our clinic. See what cupping can do for you and schedule an appointment with Dr. Caroon or Dr. Kelsall either online or call at 503-223-8719.

Acute Injury Care in Athletics

University of Western States
Fall Symposium 2015

Acute Injury Care In Athletics
Third in a series of articles from the UWS Symposium
by Pam Worthington

Has injury care gone Paleo? We are all very familiar with the acronym R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). The R.I.C.E. protocol was first proposed by Dr. Gabe Mirkin in his 1978 bestseller “Sportsmedicine Book”. Coaches, physicians, and lay people alike have followed his advice for decades. It has been accepted wisdom for years that Rest provided the body opportunity to heal. Ice was excellent at reducing inflammation and pain, and Compression and Elevation reduced swelling by expediting venous blood return to the heart.
But, times are changing. The R.I.C.E. protocol is being challenged. R.I.C.E was developed to control inflammation. The new thinking is that anything that reduces inflammation also delays healing. Healing requires inflammation.
For example, Rest has been shown to delay soft tissue healing, because immobilization decreases blood flow. As a result, ligaments, tendons and muscles lose mass and become weaker, fibroblasts don’t synthesize as much collagen, and joints lose range of motion. The use of Ice causes blood vessels near the injured tissue to constrict. This shuts off the flow of blood that brings healing cells, such as macrophages, to the injured area. Compression and Elevation also slow the recovery process by reducing blood flow to injured tissues.
M.E.A.T. to the rescue! M.E.A.T. is quickly becoming the new protocol. The acronym stands for: Movement, Exercise, Analgesics, Therapy. The theory is that encouraging blood flow to injured tissues, rather than restricting it, speeds healing. Passive movement can be used to start the healing process right away. Injured athletes can start with passive range of motion (MOVEMENT) and move to active range of motion/tissue loading (EXERCISE), as pain subsides and the acute injury stage has passed. Movement and Exercise increase blood flow, decrease adhesions and joint stiffness, increase collagen synthesis, encourage proper collagen alignment, and increase strength and proprioception.
ANALGESICS are good for controlling pain. However, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are not recommended. They have been shown to have a detrimental effect on healing, because they reduce inflammation. In fact, ice and NSAIDs used together are capable of completely shutting down the inflammatory process. Natural Analgesics and tylenol are recommended in the place of NSAIDS. Topical Analgesics with menthol are good choices for natural analgesics. Cryoderm, Biofreeze and Rock Sauce are some favorites.
THERAPY can include a variety of treatments: kinesiology taping, Spidertaping, manual lymph drainage, contrast therapy (alternating hot/cold), acupuncture and relieving trigger points in adjacent muscles.
So, which should you use? R.I.C.E. or M.E.A.T.? The broad thinking, in favor of M.E.A.T., is that increasing blood flow promotes healing. However, there is some argument as to whether M.E.A.T. should be applied to muscles, tendons and ligaments or just tissues that lack a good blood supply, like tendons and ligaments. For example, there can be a strong case made for the use of ice in the treatment of some conditions such as anterior compartment syndrome (injury to the anterior tibialis muscle of the lower leg). And, how does Dr. Mirkin weigh in on the latest findings? Dr. Mirkin states that ice remains very effective for reducing pain, but suggests using it sparingly, not more than 6 hours after acute injury and not for more than 10 minutes at a time.

In need of athletic injury care in Portand?
Call Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic at (503) 223-8719
or request an appointment here.

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping hip syndrome is characterized by a recurrent snapping/clicking of the hip that can be heard during activity. It can be heard during running, walking, stretching, or non­-weight bearing movements as well. It is more commonly seen in female athletes of all ages. There are four types, the most common types are from the iliotibial band catching on the greater trochanter, followed by the iliopsoas rolling over bony bumps (prominences). The second major cause is inflammation of the iliopsoas tendon where it attaches to the hip, similarly, the iliopsoas tendon may catch over a bony bump (iliopectineal eminence). The last two, rare causes include the biceps femoris tendon catching on the ischial tuberosity or due to a labral tear, loose body or sources within the joint. The iliotibial band that travels from the pelvis to the knee can snap over the greater trochanter, causing irritation/inflammation of the bursa (a bursa that reduces friction between the iliotibial band and the greater trochanter).

Risk factors predisposing an athlete may include muscular imbalances of the hips and/or pelvis, limited hip/pelvis movement, scar tissue overtraining or improper training. An inflamed snapping can be painful, limiting exercise and bringing activity to a halt, though it is not uncommon to have painless, recurrent snapping after the condition has resolved. It is best to address the condition immediately, preventing an inflammatory cycle which may lead to more scar tissue and prolonged healing times. Chiropractic and massage therapy are interventions commonly used for snapping hip. The chiropractors at Kelsall Chiropractic can diagnose, then treat this condition using chiropractic manipulation/adjustments, myofascial release, Graston treatment, cold laser, ultrasound, and manual therapies. Treatment will include a home exercise plan to correct muscular imbalance, stretching tight muscles, strengthening weak muscles, and correcting any functional concerns.

Call (503) 223-8719 for more information or to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online here.

Cupping Therapy & IASTM Techniques

This year, three of Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic’s licensed massage therapists selected to attend the University of Western States 2015 Homecoming and NW Symposium as part of their continued professional development:

Kari Asher
Pam Worthington, and
Amy Homsi

One of the subjects covered in this 2 day seminar was “Cupping and Instrument Assisted Fascial Release”.  The presenter for this class was Molly Verschingel, an LMT in Portland, OR for more than 20 years.

When fascia becomes thickened and has adhesions it affects our proprioception, reduces strength and mobility. Fascia can become stiffer/denser when it has received damage but also along lines of stress.  Both Cupping and Instrument Assisted Fascial Release are great additions for a massage therapist’s practice for a different, yet effective therapy for their clients.  It is effective in releasing restrictive fascia, connective tissue, and muscular tension.

Cupping Therapy

Traditional Cupping Therapy, a part of Chinese Medicine, has been practiced for thousands of years.  Cupping technique involves creating a vacuum, or suction, on the skin to gently draw the tissue upward into the cup, to mobilize blood flow in an order to promote healing. Cupping is believed by some to treat pain, decrease deep scar tissue in muscles and connective tissue, reduce swelling, stimulate activation of the lymphatic system, and can aide in detoxification. The cups can be left on for 5 to 15 minutes, or even dragged across the skin while suctioned in order to break down muscle fiber and adhesions. 

Usually treatments are not painful; however a red ring or sometimes dark circles may appear post-treatment. These marks are not dangerous and usually disappear within a few days. Plastic and glass cups are the most common materials used today, replacing the horn, pottery, bronze and bamboo cups used in earlier times.

When glass cups are used the suction in the cup is created by lighting a cotton ball soaked in 70% alcohol, quickly placing it inside cup and pulling out to remove the oxygen inside the cup.

Silicone cups are also now being used by some practitioners. These cups create suction with a simple push top and can be easier to use, more malleable for use over non-flat surfaces of the body and allow for a more exact amount of suction, thus it is believed creating less of the “bruising” markings.  Cupping can be a great complement to other techniques and modalities of bodywork.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)

In IASTM techniques, an instrument is initially used to detect scar tissue and adhesions by rubbing or scraping over the skin. Scar tissue limits range of motion and can cause pain, preventing patient from functioning as they did preinjury. After an area of restriction has been identified, the tool is then used to apply friction to the tissues, breaking down scar tissue, and creating a local inflammatory response. This inflammatory response increases blood flow in and around the area thus helping promote the healing process in the affected fascia and soft tissues.

Here are three specific types of IASTM technique, each with their own unique tool(s).

  • Gua Sha is a part of traditional Chinese Medicine that uses small, hand-held tools made of stone, jade or animal horn. Some practitioners use plastic or ceramic tools.  The tool is used to scrape the skin producing a light bruising. It is believed that Gua Sha releases unhealthy, or toxic, elements from injured areas and the scraping stimulates blood flow and healing.
  • Graston Technique is a registered technique, requiring certification to perform under this name, which uses stainless steel tools formed in six sizes and shapes that allow the practitioner to rub across the client’s fascia and muscular tissue to identify injury areas and provide treatment.
  • Fascial Abrasion Technique (FAT) uses a specially designed instrument known as the Fascial Abrasion Technique tool which has a contoured shape used to break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.

IASTM tools can be used to treat painful conditions resulting from injury or overuse disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, cervical and lumbar strain, iliotibial band syndrome, rotator cuff tendinosis, and tennis and golfers elbow.

Dr. Weber and Dr. Kelsall are both Certified Graston Practitioners, both having great success over the years offering this modality/technique to their patients. Request an appointment online or call (503) 223-8719.

The Advantages of Cold Laser Treatments

Suffering from back, neck and other types of pain can be excruciating.
A chiropractor in Tempe recently blogged about a study that found roughly 75 to 85 percent of people have experienced back pain. Unfortunately for many, finding non-invasive treatment options is difficult.

With cold laser treatment, there is a way for some pain sufferers to receive the pain reduction and relief that they’re searching for. This therapy option is growing in popularity because:

– It is a non-invasive procedure
– It does not require medications
– It allows for faster recovery
– Studies have shown it does not produce any serious side effects when performed properly

Unfortunately, cold laser treatment isn’t for everyone — it is ideal for those with certain types of pain.

There are other treatment options used for pain relief or pain reduction, but many patients choose cold laser therapy because it doesn’t require surgery or medications. The procedure can be performed as a standalone treatment or it can be used in combination with other types of therapies.

A Cutting-Edge Solution

In the medical community, cold laser is seen as a cutting-edge option for those who would like non-invasive treatment without sacrificing optimal results. To learn whether your condition can be successfully treated with this procedure, you’ll need to consult with a properly trained chiropractor.

At Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic, you will find a highly trained Portland chiropractor capable of using cold laser therapy to treat your pain. Schedule an appointment today to find out which treatment options are ideal for you.

Governor’s Park Chiropractic, a Denver chiropractor, offers cold laser treatments to Colorado patients.

Contact a local chiropractor trained in cold laser therapy today for a new pain reduction and relief option!

Is it Time for a New Mattress or Pillow?

How Do You Choose a Mattress?

In the previous blog I listed a number of reasons why your body may be telling you it’s time for a new mattress or pillow. There are numerous other reasons to start fresh with a mattress or pillow, and hopefully the following information will help lead you in the right direction when making your decision.

I recently went to “The Mattress Lot”, locally owned and operated in NE Portland, and visited with the owners and employees to better understand the topic from the industry standpoint. The Mattress Lot has a selection of pillows in many varieties and mattresses locally made in the NW to match most individual’s needs. Your decision for a pillow or mattress should depend on; body type, sleeping position (side, back, front), and complaints of current mattress/pillow.There are 3 choices in mattress material type:

-Memory foam
-Latex
-Coils

Tempurpedic originally made memory foam popular but now there are multiple manufacturers with gel-infused, temperature-neutral, and varying densities. Latex is the only all-natural material (less toxic compounds), depending if it is 100% all natural rubber, or synthetic rubber. Latex tends to be more rigid, and “pushes back”. Coil mattresses are the most common type with springs within the layers. To complicate matters there are latex & foam hybrid or coil & foam/latex mattresses layered in each material. It is highly recommended that you try all 3 types, as each have a very different feel. Each mattress type may have a life span of 5-15 years, though it is important to understand that your body is not the same body it was even 5 years ago. As your body changes, and aging occurs it may alter preferences and needs in mattresses and/or pillows.

Here are a few tips from The Mattress Lot:

-Dress comfortably when trying mattresses.
-Try various pillow combinations with different mattresses.
-Don’t be pressured by sales. Many major manufacturers or stores work on commission. Take your time!
-Compare the extremes of soft/firm and materials latex/foam/coils.
-Test mattress comfort in all positions (side, back, front).
-Spend several minutes on your final three favorites.
-Go home and “sleep on it” for a night, then make your decision the next day
-Stay away from the extremely firm or soft mattress unless you are certain (the most common reason for customer returns or exchanges).

If you feel it is time for a new mattress or pillow ask your Chiropractic physician for some advice with respect to individual needs. The appropriate choice may alleviate unneeded stress on current injuries and allow for speedy healing.

16% off all supplements, pillows, new patient appointments!

We have turned *16*! It’s been 16 years since Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic started in 1997. In celebration, and as a special thank you to all of our patients, we would like to offer you:

  • *16%* off all supplements and medical supplies through October 16th. This includes pillows, physio balls, foam rollers, lumbar supports, Melt (hand/foot) ball kits, etc.
  • A free 60 minute massage gift certificate to the first *16* people who refer a new patient (ie; family or friend) to the clinic before October 16th.
  • *16%* off all new patient initial office visits (includes exam and treatment) scheduled before October 16th.

We appreciate our patients!

Sincerely,

All of us at Kelsall Chiropractic Clinic

Assistance With Back Pain Through Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care focuses on treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. These disorders affect the general health of a person, with pain being most felt in the back, neck, joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Patients have seen significant back pain relief after only one treatment, though typically, a treatment plan is drawn up that best suits the symptoms and the specific issues of a patient.

Back Pain in Portland

At Kelsall Chiropractic, Dr. Kelsall and her staff use a variety of techniques to treat back pain in Portland. They include:

-Manual manipulation for gentle, but effective adjustments
-Deep-tissue, injury specific massage that induces muscle relaxation prior to chiropractic treatment
-Leander table to rhythmically assist in opening joints and relaxing soft tissues
-Ultrasound to calm muscle spasms and decrease inflammation
-Therapeutic exercises that help rehabilitate and strengthen
-IntelliSkin for posture correction (learn more about why Kelsall Chiropractic is your ideal chiropractor for posture correction)
-Cold Laser Light Therapy to reduce inflammation, muscle spasm, and increase tissue healing
-Graston Technique to reduce scar tissue and chronically spasmed muscles

Back Pain TreatmentDr. Karen Kelsall has been practicing the healing art and science of chiropractic to help her patients since 1997. She has used the techniques listed above to address and alleviate all forms of back pain, as well as the treatment of headaches and neck pain, when patients have come to her after other techniques have failed to help them feel better. Contact Kelsall Chiropractic at 503-223-8719 to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care.

Dr. Anthony Weber Will Be Joining Kelsall Chiropractic In August!

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Portland ChiropracticDr. Anthony Weber is an Oregon native chiropractic physician from the Portland area. He has a Bachelors of Science with emphasis in Pre-therapy from Oregon State University. Anthony completed his 17-year wrestling career at OSU competing nationally and internationally. After college he traveled throughout Central and South America, residing one year in Ecuador where he volunteered for the Red Cross as a physical therapist assistant. He has a passion for culture, having traveled to 17 different countries, most recently backpacking through SE Asia with his wife. His background in physical therapy, Division I athletics, and fluency in Spanish make him well-rounded for many different patient needs. He achieved his Doctorate in Chiropractic at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Weber believes in a full-body approach to chiropractic care, in an attempt to treat all of the roots of a problem instead of focusing on one area. Actively listening and keeping an open mind enables him to care for his patients in a thorough and consistent manner. Whether treating sports injuries, extremities, postural aches, or any number of conditions, his approach combines manual adjusting, low-force muscle relaxation techniques, soft tissue therapy, home-care rehab, and nutritional support. Treatments are focused on assisting the patient to achieve individualized goals and perform at an optimal level.

Anthony has a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and promoting his mantra of “everything in moderation.” His favorite hobbies include Oregon’s plethora of outdoor activities such as fly fishing, hiking, camping, biking, running, snowboarding, gardening and traveling. Dr. Weber spent the previous year as a vacation relief chiropractor covering for various clinics throughout Oregon. He found his match at Kelsall Chiropractic in Portland, due to their holistic approach encompassing injury prevention and intentional healing, as well as a multidimensional patient base.