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4 Tips for Your Outdoor Workout

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

We all know as soon as the weather is no longer below freezing you will start to see people running outside all bundled up. As the spring and summer months approach everyone seems to be out versus being in the gym. It’s important to protect yourself all year round if you plan to be getting your sweat on outdoors!

  1. Eat Something

No matter if you workout first thing in the morning or after work it should not be on an empty stomach. Food is our fuel and if we do not have anything in our system then we are going to fatigue quickly and not be at our full potential. It can be a simple protein shake, RX bar, banana, or even a healthy nut mix. Something that can be taken easily around wherever you go.  If people push themselves too much they can become dizzy and even faint. It does not matter if the weather is 90 degrees out with sun or 53 degrees and overcast. Food is your friend!!

  1. Sunscreen

According to the American Cancer Society, “Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2018 are: about 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women) and about 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma  (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women). The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.”*

This is crazy!! But think about it. Do you put sunscreen on every day? Not just on your face but on your arms? Probably not. They have so many products available for facial sunscreen as well as body sunscreen that it should be part of you daily routine. Many moisturizers now have SPF 30 or more in their products. Again even in the dead of winter it is still advised to wear sunscreen against the sun’s UV rays.

  1. Hydration

On a good day people should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water. Half!! So now imagine exercising and all that work your body is doing. Your body needs to be replenished. I have seen some runners wear a running belt with small bottles of water on their backs. My husband likes to hold a small bottle that fits into his hand like a glove. When people go on hikes there are signs everywhere that say if you need to turn around once half of your water is gone. Not sure how much water you have had for the day? Easy! Use a reusable container such as a Blender Bottle because on the outside there are marks displaying the ounces. The normal size is 24 ounces. Fill that all the way to the top. Actually finish the whole thing before you fill up so you know for sure how much you have had. If you weight 100 lbs then everyday water intake should be 50 ounces. It is hard to get used to drinking all that water but your body will start to crave it after awhile. You and the bathroom will be best friends in the beginning but you will notice a change in energy, and how you generally overall feel with just drinking water.  Don’t forget on a hot day you may not be sweating due to the moisture evaporating off your body, this is the most important time to continue hydrating!

  1. Wearing an ID Bracelet

In 2016 there were over 6,000 reported accidents of pedestrians getting hit by vehicles. That was a 11% jump from previous years. This is crazy! If you are running or biking out by yourself and if you do not have ID on you, what happens if you are in an accident? Get a rode ID. I thought my husband was being too cautious with wearing his everywhere but when I almost got hit by a car while on a run I changed my tune. If you are going somewhere by yourself it is advised to at least tell someone where you are going in case of an emergency. Let them know the time you think you will done and let them know when your workout is completed. There have been plenty of stories of people going missing and no one knew they were even

What is on the Road ID?

Your name, the town and state you live in, three emergency contacts with their relation to you. Also if you have any allergies. If you wear a running belt or you have bag on your bike you can always put a state Id in there but hopefully if people are helping you they will think to look in the those places. Check out roadid.com to see if one will work for you.

 

With these quick tips you should be able to have a great and safe workout all year round. If you have any questions and would like to sit down for a FREE consultation with one of our doctors just give us a call at 847-362-4476 today! Mention this blog to get your own **FREE BLENDER BOTTLE to keep track of your daily water intake. Enjoy!

**While Supplies Last

*Cancer.org

 

Pelvic Bridge Vs. Pelvic Tilt

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

When a person comes into the office as either a new patient or as a wellness visit, I usually ask if they perform any type of exercise at home. Some answer no because they are too busy or do not have the equipment at home. Others will say that they go to the gym and the rest will say they try and work on exercising at home. My next question is if they know what a pelvic tilt is. If the person takes a yoga class or has had some sort of physical therapy in the past this is familiar to them. Some will go into a bridge position and rest give me a blank stare. This lead me to start thinking how many people are doing a bridge instead of a pelvic tilt.

 

So what is a pelvic tilt? A pelvic tilt is an exercise comprised of very subtle spinal movements that strengthen the support muscles around the low back, particularly the abdominals. They are a good preliminary exercise for those seeking low back pain relief or to help improve your posture. They can be done lying on the floor or standing with the back to a wall. For performing them on your back, lie on your back with the knees bent and the soles of the feet on the floor. This is your Neutral Spine* with the natural curve of the lumbar spine causing the low back to be slightly elevated from the floor. On an exhale, gently rock your hips towards your face. Your butt will not actually leave the floor, but you will feel your low back press into the floor. You are essentially taking the curve out of the low back. Think of the pelvis as a bowl of water. When you do the pelvic tilt, the water would be spilling towards your belly. After a few seconds, inhale and return to your neutral position. Repeat this movement 5 to 20 times.

 

When working on pelvic tilts you are trying to achieve a *neutral spine. Neutral spine is the natural position of the spine when all 3 curves of the spine; cervical (neck), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower) are present and in good alignment. This is the strongest position for the spine when we are standing or sitting.

                      

Pelvic Tilt

Pelvic tilts are a basic exercise that needs to be mastered before challenging yourself with harder exercises. If keeping a pelvic tilt is difficult then performing harder exercises will cause discomfort and maybe even pain in the low back area. There is no rush into progressing with exercises. If a patient has acute low back pain, pelvic tilts are great for relieving tension in the back. Bridges would come later into the rehab protocol once the pelvic tilts technique is acquired.

 

 

Pelvic Bridge

A pelvic bridge is a great exercise that works on glutes, hamstrings, core muscles such as rectus abdominis and erector spinae. Bridges can be modified to increase the level of difficulty by adding a swiss ball, Bosu ball, single leg movement and other variations. At the beginning of a rehab routine we usually wait to perform any type of bridging for low back patients due to the possibility of the low back not responding well due to poor core strength. By going into a bridge, it is putting your back into extension and patients that come in with low back issues have a hard time with extension. Before going into a bridge I always make sure that the body is in a pelvic tilt so there is no extra tension in the low back. Lie face up on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Keep your arms at your side with your palms down or up. Lift your hips off the ground until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Squeeze those glutes hard and keep your abs drawn in so you do not overextend your back during the exercise. Hold for three to five seconds and then bring your hips back down to the floor. Repeat for two sets of ten reps. After a few days of trying bridges and there are no residual effects then we will progress with the exercise.

                        

If you would like to learn more about performing pelvic tilts and bridges, please call the office for a FREE CONSULTATION at 847-362-4476 with Dr. Jordan or Dr. Jade to see how we can help you!!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

It’s that time of year again – presents, stockings, sugar and spice! It’s also the time that we start making New Years resolutions. Why not combine the two?

This year I’ve decided that in lieu (or maybe in addition) to the random gift requests of bourbon, winter coats and a Go-Pro I’d add in some healthy alternatives.  Below is a list of my favorite healthy must haves. If someone in your life has a resolution to get healthier in 2018 maybe add something below to their stocking – or put them on your own list!

 

#1 – Vitamix

Anyone that’s heard me lecture or has attended one of our workshops knows how much I love the Vitamix! It’s a must have kitchen gadget because it replaces so many other tools. A blender, food processor, baby food maker, the list goes on! I use it every morning to make my protein shake and every evening to make baby food. I use it at least weekly to make recipes for lunch or dinner including fresh soups, egg “cups” and healthy salad dressings. I use it monthly to make fresh nut butters and even salsa!

I could go on and on but honestly they sell themselves. If you’re local to Chicago register for one of our upcoming Vitamix workshops.

 

#2 – Native Deodorant

This is Dr. Jade’s number one so of course it’s my number two. (The perks of being the older sibling!)  If you’re looking for a natural alternative to traditional deodorant – look no further. They pride themselves on the following: Made in the USA – They never test on animals, except humans. Aluminum Free – Native Deodorant fights odors and wetness, and is made without aluminium. Native Deodorant is made with ingredients you can pronounce, and is paraben-free. And how do you beat free shipping and returns? Trying it is practically risk free!

Direct from Dr. Jade: “Over the years I have tried almost every natural deodorant out there and was yet to find one that worked.  I stumbled upon Native and thought it would be like all the others.  What I got was a cute package, with an inspirational quote and a deodorant that smelled great and worked all day regardless of having a hard workout or day with patients. My favorite scents so far are coconut & vanilla as well as lavender & rose.

 

#3 BeautyCounter

If you’re not familiar with this makeup and skincare line you’re missing out. They put together a Never List™ The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that we never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and since it’s porous it absorbs whatever you put on it. According to the Huffington Post “The average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every single day without even knowing. And 60 percent of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies”. My resolution this year is to eliminate some of those chemicals to I’ve switched my makeup routine to BeautyCounter and I’m loving it.

 

#4 Thrive Market Membership

Who would have thought that we’d go from growing our own organic produce to sitting down at our electronic device to order it and have products shipped to our house? I have to confess I’m a relatively new member but I think they’re onto something here. I promised to bring dessert to Thanksgiving – I decided on a gluten free, dairy free cheesecake. A few of the supplies I needed were not found at my local Whole Foods so I stumbled upon Thrive Market. Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.They have a small annual membership fee but their goal is for you to save 25-50% on your products compared to a traditional retailer. They offer free shipping on orders over $49 and you can find some great natural, raw, vegan products. You can even find beauty products and items for pets!

 

#5. A Vegetable Spiralizer

I have to confess – I do not currently own one of these but it is at the top of my Christmas List. Being Italian it might be innate but sometimes I have a craving for pasta. I’ve tried gluten free varieties but I don’t want to replace the gluten with random chemicals so I’m going the more natural route – if I can fake my brain into it! I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash with marinara so I thought I’d expand my vegetable spaghetti options. 

According to the website The Spruce, “The Best Overall Spiralizer of 2017” is The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, but it appears to me to have quite a few parts and a large storage container. The Spruce also ranked The KitchenAid Spiralizer up there in the top so I might stick with that since I already have the kitchenaid it will be easy to add a few attachments to my pantry. If you’re not ambitious enough right now to jump into this at home run to your local market – I’ve seen a few carrying already spiralized vegetables from beets to carrots to zucchini. Mix up your meals a little and feed your gut some healthy fiber and a dose of healthy instruction for your cells.

 

#6. Think Dirty, Water App, and Insight Timer

So a few things we recommend to all patients is to be aware of their toxic burden, take time to meditate or be grateful as well as drink copious amounts of water. The above FREE apps will help you do just that! The Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options. The Water Drink Reminder app is the easiest way to track exactly how much you’re drinking as well as a mini reminder to drink (or record your intake) of water. It was voted the best of 2016 App, Top Trending App and Best Self-Improvement App selected by Google Play. Obviously we have great taste!! And the best part – the reminder sound is like a little gurgling faucet (you’ll have to download to enjoy!). Finally the insight timer. I am by no means a master of meditation but I’m trying to learn. I’ve installed the Insight Timer on my phone and appreciate the ease of use. Upon signing in the screen shows how many other people are meditating “right now” – am I the only one that pictures Deepak and Oprah in the classic meditation pose when they see this?

 

#7. Salutogenic Life Bergamot

As of September 2017 the Number Two Prescribed Drug in the U.S. was Atorvastatin (Lipitor). It is a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol. Prior to its release as a generic atorvastatin in 2011, it was considered the top drug by sales for most of the previous decade. Meaning if you the reader on not on it – I guarantee you know someone that is. Statins are not without some serious side effects – they decrease hormones (20% decrease in testosterone). They affect mood, how the brain processes information as well as cause polyneuropathy (weakness, numbness, burning pain in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body). Studies have shown an 86% increase in diabetes with statin use. So are you looking to improve your cholesterol without a drug and these scary side effects? Have you looked into Bergamot? Salutogenic Life has an amazing Bergamot product that helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels as well as provides antioxidant and inflammatory balancing properties to help preserve coronary arteries.

As always speak with your functional medicine physician before starting any supplements and DO NOT stop any prescription drugs unless under the supervision of your physician.

 

#8. Konjac Sponge

Originally designed for baby’s skin the konjac sponge is what you should be using to achieve and maintain beautiful skin – both face and body. They are proud to carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols as signs of our commitment to producing natural, cruelty free skin care. All the sponges are tested for authenticity and purity, “We created the original Konjac Sponges with pure Konjac fibre and nourishing mineral-rich extracts. Deeply cleanse, exfoliate and refine your skin for a radiant complexion. Gentle enough for sensitive skin and babies, our velvety Konjac Sponges are the ultimate tool in natural, effective skincare.”

I haven’t tried this one but came across it while researching healthy alternatives to current loofa’s and sponges. It aligned with my goals to decrease the toxic load I experience daily so it looks perfect for my list.

 

9. Fitness Tracker

We’ve all heard the saying, “what gets measured-gets done”. Or does it? Some of us like the simple accountability of a device on our wrist and others need the specific steps and miles we’ve completed. Either way finding a fitness tracker that works for your lifestyle. After some extensive research (my facebook friends!) we’re at a stalemate for the best fitness tracker. Some like the fitbit, others the garmin. The important thing to note is does it make you change your behavior? Are you parking a little further away from the door? Are you taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Are you competitive with your friends and sharing your results? If the answer is yes then it’s doing its job.

 

#10. Gym Membership

Since we have readers from all over the country I didn’t want to pigeon hole this one but you get the idea. Join a gym! We have a family membership and workout individually as well as spend our weekends at our local facility. Since I recently registered for the Chicago Marathon I will be spending much more time there! Find a friend and sign up together-accountability is key. It doesn’t have to be a full fledged gym, buy a few classes to Soul Cycle or Core Power Yoga (my two personal favorites). Attend a few free classes around town and find out what you like – yoga, spin, weights, HIIT, or pilates to name a few. Commit to a race – maybe a local 5k for a charity you support. I’m running the marathon for the Chicago Chapter of the ALS association.  I remember my first race – I ran to support a girlfriend that had quit smoking. We walked more than we ran but we finished together and it lit a fire in me to enjoy the sport. Prior to that I always said I would run unless I was being chased by a bear or running after Bradley Cooper. I guess I changed my tune. Beyond just joining make sure you schedule time to use your membership. I add my workouts to my google calendar and prioritize them. If you need suggestions please reach out to us – we’re happy to connect you with some amazing facilities we trust and would recommend.

 

I hope the above suggestions inspired you to get out and be healthy. Change one thing each day to improve your health. Park further away from the door, carry your groceries instead of pushing a cart, write down 3 things each night that you’re grateful for, add in one different or unique vegetable each day. Life is about creating new sustainable habits – make sure they’re good ones! If you enjoyed our list please share it with someone you love – if not please send us your suggestions for our next shopping guide! Happy Holidays!

 

Oh Cramp! I Got a Spasm!

by Kaity Mclenithan, ATC

Differences Between Muscles Cramps, Spasms, and Soreness

Who has ever woken up in the middle of the night with the dreaded charlie horse cramp in their calf?? We have all heard about it but have you ever wondered why it happens? Listed below are the differences between a muscle cramp, muscle spasm and muscle soreness and how to help deal with and prevent them.

A muscle cramp is an involuntary muscle contraction. Meaning that the muscles fires without your control, and usually lasts for a short period of time.  There are many possible causes for muscles cramps such as: dehydration, electrolyte loss/imbalance, loss of sodium, low levels of magnesium, muscle fatigue, and lack of oxygen.

A muscle spasm is a reflex to something else that is going on in the body or trauma. There are two types of spasms that can take place: clonic and tonic. Clonic is an involuntary contraction that alternates between contraction and relaxation. Tonic is a hard, constant muscle contraction that lasts for a span of time. Muscle spasms can also cause muscle strains.

Muscle soreness is pain caused by overexertion from physical activity. This most commonly happens when people try something new in their exercise routine/new activity or try a new class.  Unfortunately, the older people get the more often this tends to happen. There are two types of soreness acute and delayed-onset.

Acute muscle soreness happens when the muscle is fatigued.  This can happen during or directly after exercise. Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs 24 to 48 hours after exercise, and usually subsides 3-4 days later.  DOMS can be characterized by increased muscle tension, stiffness and the muscle being resistant to stretching. Possible causes of this can be small tears in the muscle and disruption of the connective tissue of muscle tendon fibers.

 

How To Prevent DOMS

  1. Start with an exercise routine of moderate activity and intensity, and then gradually increasing activity and intensity.
  2. Stay Hydrated. It is imperative to drink water throughout the day, and not just pre and post workout.  Your body will thank you.
  3. Be consistent with your stretching, foam rolling and lacrosse ball.  These increase blood flow to your muscles, decrease knots and trigger points and help prevent lactic acid build up.
  4. Add Branch Chain Amino Acids during and after your workout.  BCAA’s are great to add to your water bottle to improve athletic performance, aid in muscle recovery as well as help preserve lean muscle mass.
  5. Supplement with Magnesium.  Magnesium will help with leg cramps as well as soreness.

 

Making sure you are not depleted in certain minerals such as magnesium and potassium is important as mentioned above. Even with all of the foods we consume throughout the day we still may need a little help. Magnesium helps to relax the muscles and decrease the risk of them cramping as well as other health benefits including relieving constipation! If the muscle seems to not want to relax then you may find other techniques such as massage therapy or graston therapy may help.

If you are having muscle issues and is not sure what can be done, call the office for your FREE consultation at 847-362-4476. Mention this blog to receive 15% off a foam roller or Tiger Tail and also 20% off our magnesium or BCAA supplement today!

Muscle of the Month : IT Band

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC
Now that running season is upon us, it is that time again where our local runners are flocking in the door to get treatment on their legs. The infamous Iliotibial band (IT Band) is working overtime and it needs some help!!

What is iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome?

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS or IT Band Syndrome) is an overuse injury of the connective tissues that are located on the lateral or outer part of thigh and knee. It causes pain and tenderness in those areas, especially just above the knee joint.  Iliotibial band syndrome is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and bicyclists.

How Does This Muscle Work?

The iliotibial tract is classified as a deep fascia of the body, surrounding and connecting the muscles of the body to surrounding tissues. Like all other deep fascia, it is made almost exclusively of dense regular connective tissue. Dense regular connective tissue is a form of fibrous connective tissue that is extremely strong, tough, and avascular. It is made almost exclusively of collagen fibers and fibroblast cells, which produce collagen. Collagen is the strongest protein found in nature and is one of the strongest structures in the entire human body. The collagen fibers are arranged in a regular pattern of straight lines, giving the iliotibial tract incredible strength in the direction in which muscle force is applied to it and considerably less strength in other directions.

Functionally, the iliotibial tract extends the tensor fascia latae muscle into the lower thigh and leg, allowing it to function as an abductor, medial rotator and flexor of the thigh. It also allows the tensor fascia latae and gluteus maximus muscles to support the extension of the knee while standing, walking, running and biking.

What Can Cause IT Band Symptoms?

Iliotibial band inflammation is an overuse syndrome that occurs most often in long-distance runners, bicyclists, and other athletes who repeatedly squat. The iliotibial band syndrome may be the result of a combination of issues, including poor training habits, poor flexibility of muscle, and other mechanical imbalances in the body, especially involving the low back, pelvis, hips, and knees

What Can I do to treat the IT band??

Treatment can get started as soon as you notice any discomfort.

  1. Icing the area for up to 20 minutes a day a few times a day can help decrease the inflammation.
  2. Using either a Foam Roller, Tiger Tail, or lacrosse ball to work on getting those collagen fibers to relax.   You will want to focus on all muscles of the lower body as most times IT Band Syndrome is caused from issues which stem from the Glutes and hip flexors.  Using any one of these items may not be comfortable in the beginning of treatment and it will take some time to get used to. Over time, the discomfort will go away.
  1. It is important to have regular adjustments to make sure that the low back and hips are in alignment.  
  2. Manual therapy performed such as Graston or working with one of our massage therapists may break up tissue adhesions restricting the bodies ability to heal.
  3. Stretches and specific exercises can be added to your routine at home taught by one our licensed athletic trainers.

If you are not sure if you have IT band syndrome, just give us a call at 847-362-4476 and we can get you ready for the 2017 running season. If you mention this blog you also can get either the Foam roller or Tiger Tail for 15% off!!

Why You Should Foam Roll

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Why Should You Use a Foam Roller?

This is one of the many questions we get asked during our rehab time with patients. Many people do not know what a foam roller is and how it will even help them. They think it is just another one of our torture devices we use on people.

Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This is something you can do at home without having to come into the office. This method can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane, or your own hands. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

This can have a wide range of benefits for the everyday gym-goer or someone who who works out at home. Benefits of using the foam roller will be increased blood flow throughout the body, better movement and increased range of motion. These benefits can decrease the chance of injury and decrease recovery time after a workout. A decreased recovery time means more training sessions per week/month and results can come quicker. Increased circulation is huge for recovery and to improve greater range of motion.

This can be done before or after a workout is performed. In the beginning the areas you use the foam roller will have some discomfort but the more you work on it the muscles will loosen up and your body will get used to it. There is no wrong way to use the foam roller except if you are using improper form. So if you are not sure don’t be afraid to ask because we would rather have you ask us questions then go home and aggravate the muscle.  Important areas to foam roll are all of them!!! From your calves to your middle back then foam roller can be used to work out those knots.  Here are some ways to use a foam roller.

So the next time you see a foam roller don’t be afraid of it!! Embrace it and it will be your new best friend!!

 

Size Does Matter

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be – Anonymous

It might be helpful if we were all engineers when it came to our food.  We are exposed to supersized and packaged foods that are often double, triple or even quadruple the size we should be eating!  It is no wonder that according to the CDC, over one-third of the adult U.S. population is obese and the obesity rate in children has tripled since 1980!

When it comes to food, we need to remember we are fueling our bodies, not just feeding them.  Most cravings are learned, meaning you aren’t born to crave sugar or fast food.  When you cut down on these items, the cravings for them will lessen.

 Let’s take a closer look on serving sizes and how to make it easier to determine how much to eat!

Food Item

Comparable Item

Meat – 3 oz

Deck of Cards

Cheese – 1 oz

1 Cube, 1.5 slice

Fruit/Vegetable

Size of your fist

Pasta

Scoop of ice cream

Rice

Cupcake Wrapper

Bagel

 Hockey Puck

Almost all available food items are bigger then they should be.  Bagels are nearly double the size and so are meats.  If you measure your food out for a few meals you will start to get the hang of how much you should be eating.  Here are a few tips on how to maintain proper portions!

  1. Use smaller plates at home. You will be less tempted to fill the entire thing!
  2. Don’t go back for seconds!
  3. Freeze or refrigerate leftovers in premeasured amounts. When you decide to reheat, the work is already done for you!
  4. Never eat out of the bag. You are more likely to eat 3 or more servings if you snack directly from the container.
  5. Ask for half or smaller portions when eating out.
  6. Most restaurants serve double or triple servings. Ask for a to-go box right away and put half the food away.
  7. “One should eat to live, not live to eat.” Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV.  Remember that quote the next time you sit down to eat.  Think about what your cells, brain and heart need to function.  Do you really need that second serving?

Athletic Trainers vs. Personal Trainers

by Kaity Mclenithan, ATC

We often get questions regarding what exactly is an athletic trainer, and how they differ from a personal trainer or a physical therapist.  We have two Certified Athletic Trainers at our office that perform your daily rehab exercises including, but not limited to manual therapy, graston therapy and exercises.  Below we have broken down information regarding an Athletic Trainer vs. a Personal Trainer.

ATHLETIC TRAINER

An athletic trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. ATs meets qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc., and adhere to the requirements of a state licensing board. ATs practice under the direction of a physician and are members of a health care profession recognized by the American Medical Association.

Requirements:

  • Must obtain, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in athletic training
  • Must pass a comprehensive exam to earn the ATC credential
  • Must keep their knowledge and skills current by participating in continuing education
  • Must adhere to standards of professional practice set by one national certifying agency and to a national code of ethics

Daily Duties:

– Provide physical medicine and rehabilitation services

– Prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries (acute and chronic)

– Coordinate care with physicians and other health-care professionals

– Work in schools, colleges, professional sports, clinics, hospitals, corporations, industry, military, performing arts

PERSONAL TRAINER

A personal trainer develops, monitors and changes an individual’s specific exercise program in a fitness or sports setting; some personal trainers also make nutrition recommendations. Personal trainers can earn credentials through a number of agencies and can work as fitness trainers without formal instruction or certification.

Requirements:

  • May or may not have higher education in health sciences
  • May or may not be required to obtain certification or state licensing
  • May or may not participate in continuing education
  • May become certified by any one of numerous organizations that set varying education and practice requirements

Daily Duties:

– Assess fitness needs and design appropriate exercise regimens

– Work with clients to achieve fitness goals

– Help educate the public on the importance of physical activity

– Work in health clubs, wellness centers and other locations where fitness activities take place

Athletic trainers and personal trainers are both necessary in their own ways.  We refer to personal trainers to take our patients to the next level once they have successfully graduated from rehabilitative care.

If you have any questions regarding athletic training, or are looking for a referral to a trusted personal trainer do not hesitate to contact us!

 

http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/AT-Not-Trainer.pdf

Body Sculpting Magic Wand?

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

Non-invasive body sculpting or contouring as it is often called is gaining heavy traction in the marketplace. There are multiple options from cold laser to freezing the fat to radio waves. We’ve done our best to scour the internet to get you details on some current options. This list highlights the top contenders but we recommend that you still research what is best for you. It’s always recommended to complete a complimentary consultation so that you can determine the best treatment for your specific needs and goals. You should always be assessed by a physician to see if you are a candidate for any body sculpting procedure. 

When researching body sculpting options we found it best to compare pricing, side effects and results. Being from a conservative background, side effects and possible complications are rated very highly in my book. We’ve had personal encounters with individuals with irreversible damage to their body from certain techniques so please do your research. Make sure your consultation is with a qualified physician and also interview people who have had the procedure done. Be realistic in your expectations and recognize that any body sculpting procedure is not meant to be a substitute for a healthy diet, exercise and self love.  Use it as a kick-start to maintain or boost your healthy habits.

 

SonoBello:

Be aware when pricing this out that their advertised prices are STARTING AT $1,295 per body area with a minimum of three areas treated. This means your ACTUAL STARTING PRICE is $3,885 minimum. There may also be a fee added for surgery. Depending on the area being treated it appears they use a combination of three techniques. Localized anesthetic is used and micro-liposuction is performed (yes, the aggressive cannula style) as well as radio frequency and magnetic pulses. The final technique shrinks fat cells and reduces the appearance of cellulite. This appears to be the most invasive of the current body sculpting options on the market.

The side effects to be aware of are the same as those with any surgical procedure. Those at most risk are probably those drawn to this type of procedure; overweight, high blood pressure, and female. Side effects reported online range from blood clots to keloid scaring to death.  TriSculpt™ Body Contouring may not be suited for individuals with: uncontrolled diabetes, liver problems, blood disorders, kidney problems, heart problems, history of keloid scarring, a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 40.

 

CoolScuplting:

CoolSculpting, a device approved by the FDA, reduces fat by freezing (cryolipolysis) while part of your skin is held under vacuum by an applicator. About 20% of the fat cells freeze and are reabsorbed by the body in each treatment. Multiple treatments may be required depending on desired results. Your skin is not affected.

Side effects of this treatment can include freezer burn, scaring, hyper-pigmentation and pain. Upon weight gain you may see fat in areas that were not previously treated. Cool Sculpting does not reduce the appearance of cellulite. Fat cells killed during the procedure are permanently removed. The sensations noted during treatment may include intense cold, pulling, tugging, and mild pinching. You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. 

The size of the area treated determines the price. We have two friends who both did their lower abdomen. One used the small applicator and the price was around $700, the other used the larger applicator and the price was around $1,300 per treatment.

The CoolSculpting treatment works best for people whose BMI is “normal”, or less than 25. They recommend at least two treatments per area for best results.  If your BMI is between 25 and 30, they suggest 2 to 3 treatments.

 

Zerona:

We found the best body sculpting option to offer in our Wellness Clinic in the Chicago Suburbs to be Zerona. Zerona is the first FDA Approved non-invasive body contouring procedure to effectively remove excess fat without the negative side effects associated with surgical methods. The fat empties out of a temporary pore created in the fat cell by the laser. Once empty the cell shrinks. Your body then disposes of the fat through bowel movements or the fat enters the lymphatic system and is utilized as extra energy! (Who couldn’t use more of that?)

Unlike other “non-invasive” body contouring procedures; the Zerona Cold Laser does not rely on heating tissue which can cause discomfort and permanent damage. Zerona clients can return to their activities immediately. There are absolutely zero risk of tissue damage or side effects.

During the Zerona procedure the client lays on a massage table while the 5 lasers simultaneously pass over the treatment area. Typical treatments last from 20-40 minutes. No sensation is detected, most of our clients sleep, others surf the web and catch up on work! The treatment protocol is once per week for six weeks. Depending on the desired results multiple series of sessions may be suggested.

A series of 6 sessions generally runs about $1,250. Two main categories of those excluded from treatment are pregnant women and those breastfeeding. BMI is used as a good guideline for the number of treatments necessary to see desired results. 20-30 BMI will probably be satisfied with 1 series of 6 sessions. 30-35 BMI will probably require 9-12 sessions. A BMI of 35-40 will likely require 2 series of 6 sessions.

It’s an exciting time when it comes to health! Consumers are more aware of what they put in their body. They exercise smarter and now even have a magic wand to fix those hard to reach areas. We’d love to hear your experiences and comments below. Please reach out if we can answer any questions about the above procedures!

 

Weight Loss Vs. Fat Loss

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Determine Your Body Fat Percentage

Body fat percentage is simply the percentage of fat that your body contains. For your body to function properly it is essential that your body contains a certain amount of fat. Body fat helps regulate your body temperature, it cushions and insulates organs and is the main form of the body’s energy storage. It is important for everyone to have a healthy amount of body fat.

When people say they want to lose weight it is implied that they want to lose fat.

Calculating your body fat percentage is a better way to determine what your weight loss goals should be and if they are realistic. Rather than just stepping on a scale and deciding how much weight you want to lose, it is better to determine your body fat percentage and achieve a healthy range. So before you decide you need to lose 20 pounds, first remember that your body weight consists of lean body mass and body fat.

The amount of body fat that you do or do not have can be potentially dangerous to your health. Carrying too much body fat can increase your risk of developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Too little body fat deprives your body of stored energy, protection of your organs and can potentially cause your body to enter a state of catabolism, which is when your body begins to use muscle protein as fuel.

Healthy Body Fat Percentage Range

AGE (Years) HEALTHY RANGE OF BODY FAT FOR FEMALES HEALTHY RANGE OF BODY FAT FOR MALES
18 – 39 21 – 33% 8 – 20%
40 – 59 23 – 34% 11 – 22%
60 – 79 24 – 36% 13 – 25%