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The “Achille’s heel” can very often live up to its reputation as a vulnerable weak link, especially for athletes involved in repetitive loading movements such as running and jumping. Have you had pain or dysfunction in your foot, heel, lower leg or even moving up the kinetic chain to the knee or hip? Your Achille’s tendon may be part of the problem!

Achilles Heel Injury Descriptions

Here’s something to put it in perspective. According to Scott Douglas of Runner’s World, out of a group of 933 new runners, 254 met the definition of having a running injury during their first year. Of those injured runners, 12% had either Achilles tendinitis (tendonopathy) or a soleus injury, which is one of the three muscles that forms the Achilles tendon and will often lead to tendonopathy. To cite another specific example, individuals with a tight gastrocnemius muscle (1 of the other 3 muscles that become the Achilles tendon) are 3 times more likely to develop a running injury. Running isn’t the only sport that leads to overuse of Achilles tendon. Any sport involving explosive movements of the lower body can do so, such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, football, jumping and more.

The Achille’s tendon, or more properly named calcanel tendon, is a thick tendon made up of 3 muscles (4 muscle bellies) coming together. These are the “calf” muscles or properly termed triceps surae. The calcaneal tendon attaches at the calcaneus, or heel bone. The 3 muscles are gastrocnemius (medial and lateral muscle bellies), soleus and plantaris. Plantaris and gastrocnemius cross the knee joint and therefore are more susceptible to tightness or injury from repetitive knee stress. That repetitive stress coupled with predisposing tightness and static postures (desk job, prolonged sitting, deconditioning, etc.) can lead to a condition called Achille’s tendonopathy. This condition is also commonly called Achille’s tendinitis, but that nomenclature has changed because tendinitis refers to inflammation of the Achille’s tendon, which is an acute process. So yes, after an injury or an acute bout of exercise, you can have inflammation of the tendon and that would be called achille’s tendinitis. Tendonpathy refers to degeneration or chronic stress to the tendon and is what happens over time with repetitive overuse. However, even with normal stress, improper joint mobility and movements patterns can lead to repetitive stress to the tendon. This can be caused by previous injury and therefore adopted altered movement patterns. It can also be caused by shortness and tightness in the previously described calf muscles (triceps surae), an increased Q angle of hip and knee, or instability at the foot, ankle, knee and/or hip. Regardless of the cause, our job as chiropractors is improve the mobility of the areas that are tight and stiff, stabilize the areas that are weak or inactive, and give progressive loading exercises to strengthen and prevent the problem from coming back.

Achilles Heel Treatments

There are two types of Achille’s tendonopathy: insertional and mid-substance. As the name implies, insertional Achille’s tendonpathy refers to degeneration or overuse at the point where the tendon inserts on the calcaneus. Mid-substance Achille’s tendonopathy refers to degeneration or overuse in the middle area of the tendon, between where the muscles become the tendon and where the tendon inserts on the calcaneus. The only difference in treatment between the two is the location at which we do our soft tissue techniques and how we prescribe our loading and strengthening exercises.

Treatment in the office typically entails joint manipulation, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) and/or dry needling, DNS stabilization exercises and eccentric calf raises to be educated and done at home in between treatments. Joint manipulation is our best tool to immediately improve the motion in specific areas that aren’t moving. Where we manipulate/adjust is entirely dependent on our ability to palpate and determine what joints are stiff and which ones are not. With that said, typically with Achilles tendinitis we can expect stiffness in the mid-foot and posterior hip capsule, as well as specific areas in the spine that need to contribute to the overall movement pattern. When a joint or group of joints isn’t moving well, your brain is being quite literally robbed of that joint information and is unable to fully control the correct movement pattern. Joint manipulation is also our best tool, when appropriately applied, to create an almost immediate reduction in pain in certain areas. Check out our Pro Chiropractic YouTube channel for videos on joint manipulation and more.

IASTM involve soft tissue (muscle) treatment utilizing a metal instrument while the patient performs the painful movement. For example, moving the ankle up and down while treating the Achilles tendon. Utilizing movement of the tissue during treatment is more effective than without movement because its more applicable to real-life as we are moving around throughout the day. We want to remodel the tissue and bring blood flow to the area during the movement that is provoking it in the first place for two reasons: healing and prevention.

Dry Needling (DNS) Effective Alternative Treamtent

Dry needling is also an extremely effective method to remove any trigger points in the calf, hamstring and quadriceps muscles, as well as promoting blood flow to the Achilles tendon for healing. The process overall involves very little pain when done efficiently.

DNS exercises are the most powerful tool to neurologically improve movement patterns and prevent the injury from coming back. If you really want to get to the root of the problem and treat the cause, DNS is 100% the way to go. For time purposes I won’t go into depth on its origin, but check out my blog on being recognize as the most highly trained DNS provider in the state of MT (https://prochiromt.com/dns-bozeman-mt/). I use foot doming exercises and the DNS hanging exercise to active the deep intrinsic foot muscles, which allows for effective tripod stabilization of the foot and ankle.

The at-home loading and strengthening exercise is eccentric calf raising. Eccentric refers to a slow voluntarily controlled lengthening of the muscle and tendon followed by a quicker concentric shortening of the muscle and tendon. This is where it really matters between insertional and mid-substance Achilles tendonpathy. You need an elevated surface such as a step. You will have the involved leg’s toes up on the elevated surface and will perform eccentric calf raises from:

  • The level of the step for insertional tendonopathy
  • Below the level of the step for mid-substance tendonopathy

The eccentric calf raises are to be performed in such a manner that you take 3 seconds to lower down and 1 second to raise up – “down for 3, up for 1.” Loading the tendon in a controlled fashion is vital component to the treatment protocol for Achilles tendonopathy. I prescribed 3 sets of 15 eccentric calf raises per day. Stay tuned for more informational blogs and videos!

 

Sports Chiropractor in Bozeman Montana

Dr. Forrest Allen

Dr. Allen is accepting patients at the Pro Chiropractic locations in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.
Dr. Forrest Allen, DC, MS, CCSP®, CSCS®
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®
Pro Chiropractic
Bozeman and Belgrade, MT
(406) 219-2462 (Bozeman office)
(406) 388-9915 (Belgrade office)
Prochiromt.com

 

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The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy https://prochiromt.com/the-mckenzie-method-of-mechanical-diagnosis-and-therapy/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 18:38:47 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2855   Imagine you have the power to control your pain, stiffness and ability to do your work or daily activities. Imagine being able to use your own educated skills and resources when you gain knowledge and guidance from a Certified McKenzie provider.  The McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is both a diagnostic […]

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Imagine you have the power to control your pain, stiffness and ability to do your work or daily activities. Imagine being able to use your own educated skills and resources when you gain knowledge and guidance from a Certified McKenzie provider. 

The McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is both a diagnostic and treatment technique that utilizes end-range loading of the spine and extremities (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, etc.). End-range loading means moving the joint into a specific direction repetitively. The diagnostic protocol involves classification of the patient into one of four categories, depending on how the patient responds to the movement.

Disc Herniation or Disc Bulge Pain Relief

This method is most extraordinarily effective for discogenic pain as in the case with a disc herniation or disc bulge (most common in neck and lower back). It’s also great for other spinal conditions involving radiating symptoms such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasm and intermittent numbness in the hands or feet. In addition to spinal complaints, MDT is also very effective for extremity joint pain and radiating symptoms. These can include shoulder impingement, thoracic outlet syndrome, hip impingement, carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapments or injuries. The movements involved are also a great addition to other treatment methods such as joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy and DNS stabilization exercises.

Derangement is the most common classification and is characterized by a mechanical obstruction to movement into a specific direction and that results in centralization of symptoms with repeated end-range loading in that direction (directional preference). Centralization means that the symptoms move towards the spine, or the joint involved. For example, from the big toe to the knee, then to the hip and then to the low back. Centralization is typically accompanied by improvements in neurological findings such as strength and deep tendon reflexes. The treatment protocol goes hand-in-hand with the diagnostic protocol because the classification of the patient tells us what they need to do for treatment and for home-exercises: repeated end-range loading in their directional preference. The MDT philosophy stands for empowering the patient and creating self-efficacy through education and guidance from a McKenzie provider. 

Forrest Allen, DC, MS, CSCS, EP-C

Dr. Forrest Allen is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
(CCSP) at Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman and Belgrade. He
has taken the first 3 of 4 MDT courses and is actively
studying for the certification exam this fall.

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Causes of Chronic Jaw Pain, Neck Pain or Headaches https://prochiromt.com/causes-of-chronic-jaw-pain-neck-pain-or-headaches/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:10:01 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2825 What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) Have you ever bitten into something and felt a sharp pain in your jaw, and/or been unable to fully open or close your jaw afterwards? Do you have chronic jaw pain, neck pain or headaches? It’s very likely that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is playing a role in this […]

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What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)

Have you ever bitten into something and felt a sharp pain in your jaw, and/or been unable to fully open or close your jaw afterwards? Do you have chronic jaw pain, neck pain or headaches? It’s very likely that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is playing a role in this dysfunction. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can be excruciatingly painful and debilitating and can become a chronic issue.

TMJD Treatment and Prevention

Let me explain how this happens and how to treat and also prevent it. I’ll start by saying that in the absence of an acute injury, clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth is the main cause of TMJD or TMD and is the worst possible thing for the prognosis. Clenching worsens the problem and can prevent recovery even during treatment, which emphasizes the importance of eliminating that habit (to be explained). Why do we clench our jaw? The three most common causes are stress, anxiety and when doing things with your hands (driving, cooking, cleaning, typing, etc.). Clenching your jaw should be thought of as similar to clenching your neck, because the muscles of your upper neck are closely associated with the muscles of your jaw. That is the reason why injury to the jaw or chronic clenching or gum-chewing (sorry gum-chewers) can also result in neck pain and/or headaches.

Inside the TMJ is a small cartilaginous disc that provides for cushion and fluid motion of the jaw when you open and close. Because the mandible or “jaw bone” is one single bone without a symphysis or joint in the middle, when there is dysfunction on one side, there ends up being dysfunction on the other side as well. There are 4 primary muscles that become short and tight with TMJD and TMD: temporalis, masseter, medial pterygoid and lateral pterygoid. When these muscles get tight, they put extra strain and torque on the TMJ itself. With short and tight jaw muscles, the opening and closing pattern of the jaw can be altered and cause displacement of the cartilaginous disc inside the TMJ. When that happens, the jaw becomes locked and prevents full opening and/or closing. So what do we do to fix it?!

Our job as chiropractors is to get you out of pain, teach you what’s causing the pain, and prevent it from coming back. That means we need to FIX THE FUNCTION. Simply put, get the muscles to relax and stay relaxed while treating the underlying habit of clenching, grinding or gum-chewing. Getting the patient to neurologically stop that habit is vital because it allows our treatment to progress without back-tracking and causing further dysfunction. Resting position of the jaw is the most effective way to prevent clenching throughout your day:

Lips together, teeth apart, tongue to the roof of your mouth
In the office, post-isometric relaxation (PIR) treatment of the jaw does a phenomenal job of lengthening the muscles and normalizing the gait pattern of the jaw. To aid to overall mobility, joint manipulation to key areas that get fixated such as the upper cervical region (C0-2) as well as the cervicothoracic junction (C6-T2) is important. In addition, specific DNS exercises (see other blogs and videos) add to the puzzle by enforcing muscle activation patterns and motor programs to keep the previously mentioned muscles relaxed. DNS is also important for activating deeper stabilization muscles of the neck and jaw, which are the deep neck flexors, mylohyoid and digastric muscles. Lastly, patient education on resting position of the jaw and the avoidance of clenching, grinding and gum-chewing outside of the office is extremely important. As you can see, each piece of the treatment protocol plays a role bigger than itself when combined with the other pieces. Each one on its own doesn’t do a fully effective job without the others. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Stay tuned for a video explanation of this content as well as plenty of other educational blogs and videos!

Dr. Allen is accepting patients at the Pro Chiropractic locations in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

Dr. Forrest Allen, DC, MS, CCSP®, CSCS®
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®

Pro Chiropractic
Bozeman and Belgrade, MT

(406) 219-2462 (Bozeman office)
(406) 388-9915 (Belgrade office)
Prochiromt.com

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Bozeman Shelter In Place Update – Pro Chiropractic Clinics OPEN https://prochiromt.com/stayhomeupdate/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:37:32 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2812 The Montana Stay At Home Directive specifically authorized Chiropractic as Essential Ancillary Health Care and encouraged continued Utilization of Health Care Services.

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– Chiropractic is Essential Health Care –

Yesterday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced ‘Stay at Home’ directives beginning Saturday, March 28th in response to COVID-19 concerns.

The Directive specifically authorized Chiropractic as Essential Ancillary Health Care and encouraged continued Utilization of Health Care Services. In accordance with these Directives:

– We remain OPEN

– You MAY LEAVE YOUR HOME for your Chiropractic Appointments!

– We have screening procedures and sanitation protocols in place to minimizing risk of exposure in our clinics

– We kindly ask that all non-essential friends/family refrain of entering our offices. If you have a driver who brings you to our office, please have them wait in the vehicle.

Pro Chiropractic is continuing to do our best to follow CDC and Health department guidelines for office cleanliness and safety.

This is NOT the time to overload medical facilities, including medical clinics, urgent care facilities, and hospitals with musculoskeletal complaints like neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, hip pain and the like!

Pro Chiropractic is OPEN and well suited and ready to safely manage your musculoskeletal complaints

Again, under the Governor’s Directive, you MAY leave your home for your Chiropractic Appointment

Call us with your questions. Wash your hands! We will get through this together!

(406) 219-2462 Pro Chiro Bozeman
(406) 388-9915 Pro Chiro Belgrade

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Dr. Forrest Allen Achieves Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) Designation https://prochiromt.com/dr-forrest-allen-ccsp/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:17:40 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2807 Dr. Forrest Allen at Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman and Belgrade, MT recently passed the examination to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®. Sports chiropractors have done extra training to obtain the CCSP® (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician) certification, which requires post-graduate education in chiropractic sports medicine. This extra training consists of a minimum of 100 hours […]

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Dr. Forrest Allen at Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman and Belgrade, MT recently passed the examination to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician®.

Sports chiropractors have done extra training to obtain the CCSP® (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician) certification, which requires post-graduate education in chiropractic sports medicine. This extra training consists of a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education in the CCSP® program from an accredited chiropractic college, an Athletic Trainer Certification (ATC), a complete Masters of Science program in exercise and sport science or equivalent program from an accredited college, or a completed first year of a sports medicine residency program with an accredited college. Dr. Allen completed his training in the form of a dual masters degree in sports science and rehabilitation along with his doctorate in chiropractic at Logan University.

These well-trained sports chiropractors have a larger knowledge base in treating sports injuries and improving function in athletes. They can use multiple diagnostic and treatment tools to effectively manage and triage sport-specific athletes or activity-related injuries.

Dr. Allen’s functional triage approach to evaluation and management of such cases includes observing and feeling movement patterns, joints and soft tissue to determine the best route to take in treatment. In addition to joint manipulation, dry needling, IASTM and various other modalities (listed on prochiromt.com), Dr. Allen applies principles of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). DNS consists of protocols based on the teachings and treatment programs of Dr. Pavel Kolar and Dr. Karel Lewit, the father of manual medicine. The exercises and positions are derived from developmental kinesiology, the way we develop in the first year of life. By using these positions that the body has been in the past, and in fact developed through, we can essentially hit “control-alt-delete” on the brain and re-train movement patterns and joint stabilization. The goal is to put the body back in these developmental positions to optimize joint position and activate all the right muscles around those joints. There is also an emphasis on diaphragmatic respiration (“belly breathing”) and creating intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) for core and pelvic floor stability. Rather, these concepts are actually the building blocks for each of the developmental positions. We want to teach the brain how to activate the proper pattern of movement and stabilization. The addition of DNS exercises to previously described treatments is extremely powerful for the overall function of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.

Dr. Allen is accepting patients at the Pro Chiropractic locations in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

Sports Chiropractor in Bozeman Montana

Dr. Forrest Allen – Certified Sports Chiropractor

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Pro Chiropractic OPEN – COVID Update https://prochiromt.com/covid19-update/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:05:16 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2794 Hello Gallatin Valley Community, I am Dr. Jon Wilhelm.  My wife April and I own Pro Chiropractic and Pro Physio (PT).  We have clinics in Bozeman and Belgrade which are both locally owned and operated. We employ approximately 25 families; a great team of dedicated providers and staff, and have served the Gallatin Valley for […]

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Hello Gallatin Valley Community,

I am Dr. Jon Wilhelm.  My wife April and I own Pro Chiropractic and Pro Physio (PT).  We have clinics in Bozeman and Belgrade which are both locally owned and operated. We employ approximately 25 families; a great team of dedicated providers and staff, and have served the Gallatin Valley for 15 years now.  We know and have treated many of you over these years.  We love our community and that’s why I am writing today.

Pro Chiropractic and Pro Physio have had a number of inquiries from patients and members of our community wondering if we are currently open with recent COVID-19 / Caronavirus shutdowns.

YES we are open!

And here is the how and why….

First, I want to reassure you that we are doing our very best to comply with local, state and federal COVID-19 regulations regarding sanitizing, safe distancing, patient screening and proper patient care.  Your temperature will be taken, you will be asked to wash your hands, and you will be treated in a sanitized environment.  If any red flag symptoms or elevated risk is perceived, you will not be seen and will be kindly rescheduled. We are happy to continue your appointment once you pass these additional screening protocols.

COVID-19 Pro Chiropractic Protocols:  https://prochiromt.com/covid-19-update/

Next, we sincerely appreciate our dedicated medical colleagues and chiropractic physicians and physical therapists have been identified nationally as integral support for this medical system, which is currently busy and in some cases overloaded screening and caring for the most sick and emergent cases.  By remaining open to manage somatic and musculoskeletal cases, including serious back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more, Pro Chiropractic and Pro Physio are working hard to ease the burden on medical doctor’s offices, urgent care facilities and the hospital system.

Offloading the additional stress on our medical facilities would be best for us ALL at this time. This will allow the supplies and staff to focus on the urgent and potentially life threatening viral infection.  If you have neck pain, back pain, sciatica, headaches, shoulder pain, hip pain, or pain related to a spinal disc issue, we are your best choice, especially during these times.

“we sincerely appreciate our dedicated medical colleagues and chiropractic physicians and physical therapists have been identified nationally as integral support for this medical system, which is currently busy and in some cases overloaded screening and caring for the most sick and emergent cases.”

We have updated our patient screening procedures to ensure we provide this necessary treatment and service to the Bozeman and Belgrade communities in the most responsible way.

If you have a painful physical complaint, please know that there are resources for you to be treated and cared for in the Gallatin Valley. We are here for you!

Especially now we also know finances may be tight so I want you to know that in most cases your health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid will cover your treatment, and in other cases we can work out personal arrangements.

If you have any questions or would like to know if you are a good candidate for our treatment and care at this time, please call us and we will walk through this together with you.

Kindly,

Dr. Jonathan and April Wilhelm

Pro Chiropractic (406) 219-2562  

Pro Physio (406) 388-9915

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Bozeman Chiropractor recognized as the Most Highly Trained DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) Provider in the State of Montana https://prochiromt.com/dns-bozeman-mt/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:35:12 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2782 For Immediate Release: Dr. Forrest Allen, Chiropractor at Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman, MT combines Spinal Adjustments with DNS Stability Rehabilitation Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization consists of protocols based on the teachings and treatment programs of Dr. Pavel Kolar and Dr. Karel Lewit, the father of manual medicine. The exercises and positions are derived from developmental kinesiology, […]

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For Immediate Release:

Dr. Forrest Allen, Chiropractor at Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman, MT combines Spinal Adjustments with DNS Stability Rehabilitation

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization consists of protocols based on the teachings and treatment programs of Dr. Pavel Kolar and Dr. Karel Lewit, the father of manual medicine. The exercises and positions are derived from developmental kinesiology, the way we develop in the first year of life. By using these positions that the body has been in the past, and in fact developed through, we can essentially hit “control-alt-delete” on the brain and re-train movement patterns and joint stabilization. The goal is to put the body back in these developmental positions to optimize joint position and activate all the right muscles around those joints. There is also an emphasis on diaphragmatic respiration (“belly breathing”) and creating intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) for core and pelvic floor stability. Rather, these concepts are actually the building blocks for each of the developmental positions. The goal is to teach the brain how to activate the proper stereotype of movement and stabilization. The combination of joint manipulation and DNS exercises is extremely powerful for the overall function of the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.

Dr. Allen believes that the principles of DNS rehab are the perfect compliment to the chiropractic adjustment.  “Chiropractic spinal adjustments open a neurological door of better movement patterns, and DNS is the missing piece many patients are looking for to walk through that door toward better long term movement and stability!”

He has completed the following trainings from the DNS Rehabilitation Prague School:

  • DNS A
  • DNS B
  • DNS C
  • DNS Exercise 1
  • DNS Exercise 2

Dr. Allen is accepting patients at the Pro Chiropractic locations in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

DNS Chiropractor in Bozeman Montana

Dr. Forrest Allen

Dr. Forrest Allen

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COVID-19 Protocols UPDATE https://prochiromt.com/covidprotocols/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:33:39 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2769 In light of Covid-19 best practices, Pro Chiropractic has chosen to enact the following protocols and alert our patients as follows: Notice To Our Patients: PLEASE READ…. Pro Chiropractic is still open, and to keep our patients, staff and community safe we are implementing the following: 1) We will continue practicing usual universal precautions. This […]

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In light of Covid-19 best practices, Pro Chiropractic has chosen to enact the following protocols and alert our patients as follows:

Notice To Our Patients:
PLEASE READ….

Pro Chiropractic is still open, and to keep our patients, staff and community safe we are implementing the following:

1) We will continue practicing usual universal precautions. This includes hand washing, sterilizing tables, headpieces, treatment tools, and equipment between patients per standard practice.

2) If you have flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, generalized muscle aches, or shortness of breath, we ask you to please reschedule your visit.

3) Please do not bring extra people to your appointment. If you have a driver, we kindly ask they remain in the vehicle through your appointment.

4) We will take your temperature before you are evaluated or treated. If you have a temperature > 100* F your appointment will be rescheduled.

5) We will have you wash your hands before you proceed to the treatment room.

6) Our staff is practicing social distancing when not in the office.

We care about you! Please stay safe and healthy. Thank you for understanding these additional precautions.

The Pro Chiropractic Team

03/17/2020

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Sports Chiropractic in Bozeman, Montana https://prochiromt.com/sports-chiropractic-in-bozeman-montana/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:36:04 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2715 If you are looking for an exceptional level of care in Bozeman, MT you need to seek out a sports chiropractor. It doesn’t matter what level of athlete you are, or if you aren’t an “athlete” at all, a sports chiropractor is uniquely trained to asses and rehabilitate a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. So, […]

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If you are looking for an exceptional level of care in Bozeman, MT you need to seek out a sports chiropractor. It doesn’t matter what level of athlete you are, or if you aren’t an “athlete” at all, a sports chiropractor is uniquely trained to asses and rehabilitate a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. So, what is a sports chiropractor and why are they different?
First of a certified sports chiropractor is just that, certified. There are two levels of certification through the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians and both require extensive training in the topics of sports injury, physical fitness, emergency medicine, and functional biomechanics (how the body moves). The CCSP (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician) requires 100 hours of post-doctoral course work and board exam. The DACBSP (Diplomat American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians) requires over 300 hours of post-doctoral coursework, 100 hours of on field experience, and extensive written and practical examinations.

What else sets sports chiropractors apart?

  • They possess specialized knowledge in the are of sports injury and physical fitness. This means that they are perfectly suited to help and athlete not only during the rehabilitation phase of an injury, but also play an integral role in optimizing sports performance.
  • They are experts in the how the body functions during movement. Whether you are an elite athlete are just need help with everyday activities, a sports chiropractor needs to be on your “team.”
  • They offer individualized care that extends far beyond “standard chiropractic.” With a vast understanding of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) a sports chiropractor will utilize cutting edge, evidence informed, methods designed for faster recovery, increased performance, and lasting results.
  • They are informed of the latest research and methodology in the field of sports medicine, rehabilitation, and performance. This allows them to seamlessly integrate with other sports medicine providers (physical therapy, athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, etc…)

On some level all of us are athletes in our own way. It doesn’t matter if you are setting world records or just trying unload your car after a big Costco run, you need a sports chiropractor on your team. Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman, Montana has 4 Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians (the most under one roof in the entire state!) Whatever your game is they are here to serve. You can get more information on sports chiropractic at acbsp.com, prochiromt.com or call Pro Chiropractic at 406-219-2462.

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Chiropractic Care for Migraines https://prochiromt.com/chiropractic-care-for-migraines/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 17:20:25 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2703 The post Chiropractic Care for Migraines appeared first on Pro Chiro.

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Many different patients come into the office complaining of migraines and/or headaches on a daily basis. Commonly, many of these patients are students, work on computers, spend a lot of time looking down. The prevalence of migraines has been increasing and I want to help
decrease their effects and help people understand why they are experiencing them. 

What Is a Migraine?

It is pressure and a recurrent throbbing headache in the head that typically affects one side of the head (but it can affect both sides) and can be often accompanied by nausea, disturbed vision, and/or hearing. You may experience an aura, but an
individual can still have a migraine without an aura as well. Migraines are usually debilitating and can interfere with you reading, focusing, doing homework, exercising, and even make your eyes and head sensitive to light.

Now the golden question is what causes migraines? There are many different triggers in our lives that can cause them, but no matter the cause ultimately a migraine is a warning sign that there is an imbalance in the body. Your environment, past experiences, or traumas can
play a huge role in the tension, fascial adhesions or subluxations present in the body. A migraine is a result of physical, chemical, or emotional stress or interference in the bodies normal function. In our office we look at the physical problem, the misalignment of the neck bones, that can be a source of your migraines. One reason that “text neck,” computer work, looking down, or studying causes neck pain and/or headaches is due to the constant stress that looking down puts on your neck muscles and cervical spine. Getting into a car accident is also another factor that can cause stress on the neck and disrupt the alignment of the upper cervical and start causing someone to start experiencing migraines/headaches.

The brain lacks pain receptors, but with the structural and muscle imbalance there can be inflammation and irritation of the nerves at the base of the skull and the trigeminal cranial nerve can be irritated and cause the throbbing pain on one side of the head/face.

What Can You Do If You Have a Migraine?

Using an over the counter medication may decrease the symptom short term, but won’t take care of the actual problem. If you are getting recurring headaches and migraines that is a good indicator that there is underlying reason for your pain. Consider getting checked for an upper cervical subluxation (misalignment) at your local chiropractor. The misalignment could be causing an increase in your intracranial pressure causing🡪 migraine. The intracranial pressure is controlled by the nerves, muscles, and bone structure at the base of the skull (an example of this is pictured above), There are small intricate muscles at the base of the skull that tighten up when there is a misalignment in the neck and put pressure on the nerves at the base of the skull that wrap up and around the head.

At Pro Chiropractic we help individuals release the physical tension that is put on the body by correcting upper neck misalignments and the muscle trigger points (possible fascial adhesion) that are also a common factor in causing migraines. We also take pride in helping people decrease the frequency and amplitude of their migraines through specific chiropractic analysis and care. If you are suffering from migraines let us know and we would like to eliminate your migraines and headaches all together. In our office we can also evaluate the structure and function of your spine through our thermography scans and digital x-rays if deemed necessary.  If you have any further questions or concerns about the headaches or migraines you are experiencing don’t hesitate to ask for help. We are here to help get you back on your feet, enjoying the beautiful Gallatin County and all the beauty it has to offer.

There are a number of other factors that can/may trigger migraines, including:

  • Hormonal changes in women. Fluctuations in estrogen seem to trigger headaches in many women. Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a major drop in estrogen.
  • Foods. Aged cheeses, salty foods and processed foods may trigger migraines. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger attacks.
  • Food additives. The sweetener aspartame and the preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG), found in many foods, may trigger migraines.
  • Drinks. Alcohol, especially wine, and highly caffeinated beverages may trigger migraines.
  • Stress. Stress at work or school can cause migraines.
  • Sensory stimuli. Bright lights and sun glare can induce migraines, as can loud sounds. Strong smells — including perfume, paint thinner, secondhand smoke and others — can trigger migraines in some people.
  • Changes in wake-sleep pattern. Missing sleep or getting too much sleep may trigger migraines in some people, as can jet lag.
  • Physical factors. Intense physical exertion, playing sports, accidents, or injuries may provoke migraines.
  • Changes in the environment. A change of weather or barometric pressure can prompt a migraine.
  • Medications. Oral contraceptives and vasodilators, such as nitroglycerin, can aggravate migraines.

 

Dr. Jenny Vine Pro Chiropractic, Bozeman, MT

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