Yes, it is true, prolonged static stretching during your warm-up can decrease performance in your workout, decrease strength and perhaps leave you open to injury. Static stretching is the old, touch your toes stretch. Study's have found that active stretching and myofascial release is a more effective way to stretch.
A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows that myofascial release with a foam roller can dramatically increase your range of motion without any negative effects on strength. The study tested 11 well-trained men. Each man was tested for strength on something similar to a leg-extension machine. The men then foam rolled for two minutes on the quadriceps, seeking to put the entire body weight on the foam roller. After foam rolling, his strength was retested.
Researchers found that the foam rolling did not negatively impact strength. Some previous studies have shown that massage and prolonged stretching can reduce strength, so this was a surprise. Another surprise was how much extra range of motion resulted from the foam rolling. The average was 7-10 degrees of improved knee flexion, but some participants improved by up to 20 degrees.
Foam rolling smooths and lengthens your muscles, and breaks up adhesions and scar tissue. Another benefit is that it helps your muscles relax by activating the sensory receptors connecting your muscle fibers to your tendons. The net effect is better blood circulation, which in turn speeds workout recovery and boosts performance.
On our foam roller page is a video showing an example of how to use a foam roller. Please watch the video. If you hit a sore spot, hold it there for 15 to 30 seconds—you found a tight area that needs special attention. Yes, foam rolling can be painful, but you need only 5 to 10 minutes to reap the benefit. I prefer foam rolling post exercise, but you can roll both before and after for maximum benefit. This helps your muscles return to the proper length and recover even faster because it can prevent the buildup of scar tissue.
In my practice, I also like to use "The Stick" myofascial roller. This similarly helps to break of adhesions and create circulation in the muscles. The beauty of the stick is that you can stick it in your bag or suitcase and take it to work. The great thing about the foam roller is that you can add extra pressure by using your body weight. The combination of the two is the best!
We sell both products on our "shop our products" page. http://www.forwardmotion.net/shop-our-products.html
Yours in health, Dr. Kim Maziarz Carlucci
Body builders and fitness professionals have been using chiropractic in order to stay healthy and fit. Should you be getting adjusted....and why? In addition to serving athletes at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan, in 2010 Chiropractic was fully integrated in caring for athletes at the Olympic games. 77% of the NFL use chiropractic and have one on staff. Baseball pro 's like Mark Texiera use them all the time. Most professional teams employ chiropractors. Long term chiropractic advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger has used chiropractic long before it was in vogue. In the 1930's, Dr. Erle Painter, DC was Babe Ruth's chiropractor and worked on the NY Yankees.
Why is chiropractic so popular among athletes?
Chiropractic helps to improve and enhance athletic performance and Chiropractic helps keep athletes on the field and helps to prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.
Fifty athletes were divided into two groups. One group received chiropractic care while the control group did not receive care while the control group did not receive care. They were tested for agility, balance, power, speed and hand reaction time. After 12 weeks, the chiropractic group's improvement was 16.7% including a more then 30% improvement in reaction time! Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigations 1991;6(4):84-87
This is only one of many studies on chiropractic and sports enhancement.
Hey coach's, need a sports doctor for your team? Many doctors of chiropractic get involved with their local little league, neighborhood and school teams. Why not ask your chiropractor if he or she might be interested in providing chiropractic care to your athletes or sponsoring a team?
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC
Your joints are achy, you want to work out but do not want to take pain medications. What can you do?
Typically you want to hit achy joints from three angles.
First and Foremost: You must check the alignment of the joints in the extremities and in the spine. If the alignment is off, it places undo stress on different areas of your body creating wear and tear that can lead to degeneration and arthritis of the joint.
Secondly: You must reduce pro-inflammatory foods and chemicals in your body. Arthritis, injury and food intolerance are common culprits. Reduce inflammation causing foods like alcohol, sugars, trans-fats, margarine, canola, soy, corn, safflower, sunflower and peanut oils and foods like flours; while increasing anti-inflammatory foods such as starchy vegetables, dark leafy greens, berries and cold-water fish. Grass-fed beef is actually comparable to fish, while commodity beef is highly inflammatory. This relates to milk and butter as well, so grass-fed is always best. Stay with oils such as fish, coconut, egg yolks, avocados and nuts.
Thirdly: You must look for muscle knots, trigger points and facial blocks around the joints in question. Look for highly-irritable spots in the muscles. To release apply moderate pressure to the spot with your fingers, or massage the area for 10-30 seconds to release the muscles. Most patients I work with experience immediate reduction in join pain after easing the trigger points
Exercise is so important to any human being with any condition. The exercise for each individual person just needs to be taught properly. In my 16 years as a chiropractor, I have come across so many people who do not even know how to stretch, let alone exercise. In order to avoid injuries by either over stretching, or over strengthening the wrong muscles (yes you can over-strengthen) you must ask for help from a certified personal trainer. In our studio, we scan for muscular and structural imbalances and weakness and create an exercise plan for you based on what we find. Below are some of the benefits of movement and exercise. Enjoy.
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci DC
Done properly, exercise can "extend the healthy life span and push chronic diseases out toward the end" according to the director of Health Watch.
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