Pro Chiro https://prochiromt.com Just another WordPress site Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:17:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Bozeman Chiropractor Dr. Jon Wilhelm Successfully Works With Athletes at USA Gymnastics National Championships https://prochiromt.com/bozeman-chiropractor-dr-jon-wilhelm-successfully-works-with-athletes-at-usa-gymnastics-national-championships/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:17:44 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2454 Having access to a Sports Chiropractic expert can be extremely valuable to an amateur, professional or Olympic athlete who wants to perform optimally. In that spirit, Dr. Jon Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic has enthusiastically helped the team at the USA Gymnastics National Championships. August 18, 2019 Smart Coaches and competitive athletes trying to stay injury-free […]

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Having access to a Sports Chiropractic expert can be extremely valuable to an amateur, professional or Olympic athlete who wants to perform optimally. In that spirit, Dr. Jon Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic has enthusiastically helped the team at the USA Gymnastics National Championships.

August 18, 2019
Smart Coaches and competitive athletes trying to stay injury-free and recover as quickly as possible understand the value of Sports Chiropractic methods. Bozeman Chiropractor Dr. Jon Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic has become a favorite choice in this area for his deep experience and understanding athletic needs. This was recently highlighted at the 2019 USA Gymnastics National Championships where Dr. Wilhelm was very happy to be present working with these driven athletes, doing all he could to help them safely perform their best.

Dr Jon at USATF outdoor championships - Pro Chiro Bozeman, MT

“These are literally the finest gymnasts in the world, attempting some of the highest-level gymnastics ever seen,” commented Dr. Wilhelm. “It was truly special to be invited once again to work with USA Gymnastics at such an important event to these athletes. To me it was vital that each athlete receives competent and compassionate care in a safe and comfortable environment. I was part of a fantastic medical team that worked hard to deliver the finest level of professional care at the 2019 National Championships!”

The U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2019 took place in Kansas City, Missouri on August 8th to August 11th . It is considered the country’s most important national gymnastics competition.

Dr. Wilhelm has worked with a large number and diverse type of athletes, both in Montana and on the road with professional and Olympic athletes. His performance has won him several special invitations to help athletes, including USATF Track and Field National Championships, IBSF Bobsled Skeleton World Championships, FIG Gymnastics World Championships, The World Games, and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Dr Jon Wilhelm USATF athlete recovery center - Pro Chiro Bozeman, MT

Dr. Wilhelm practices at Pro Chiropractic, where he provides this same elite level of excellent service to his patients. Services offered at the Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana Pro Chiropractic offices include, Sports Chiropractic Treatment, Advanced Manual Therapy Approaches, Spinal and Extremity Adjustments, Hydro Massage Therapy, Pulse Wave Therapy, Dynamic Taping, Custom Foot Orthotics and much more.

 

 

New patients are always welcome to make an appointment and see how the Pro Chiropractic team can help.

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Chiropractic for Acid Reflux and Infant Colic https://prochiromt.com/chiropractic-care-for-acid-reflux-and-infant-colic-2/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:25:21 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2433 If you are reading this, chances are you’ve had an uncomfortable and inconsolable baby experiencing endless crying and straining without knowing why. As a mother or parent you are exhausted, frustrated that you don’t know how to help your infant, and are hopeless. I have heard this over and over again when talking to a […]

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If you are reading this, chances are you’ve had an uncomfortable and inconsolable baby experiencing endless crying and straining without knowing why. As a mother or parent you are exhausted, frustrated that you don’t know how to help your infant, and are hopeless. I have heard this over and over again when talking to a number of moms. I’m writing this today to reassure you that there is an answer to your questions I’ll explain what is causing your child to present with these symptoms.  

When there is an imbalance in the body one problem leads to another and will persist throughout the babies life

An example of this is babies can have latching difficulties show up as early as 2 weeks, gas pains around 4 weeks, followed by spitting up and uncomfortable at 8 weeks. Colicky and constipation will be apparent by 2-4 months. Most commonly your baby will be diagnosed with one of two things gastroesophageal reflux (GER) or colic. Presentation of a baby with digestion problems is spitting up frequently, constipation, or even silent reflux,, which is a “gurgling” and not actually spitting up. Colic is defined as crying for 3 hours straight for 3 days in a row, for 3 straight weeks. Commonly babies will be colicky in the be-witching hour 6-7pm to 9-10 pm. It is also common to see back arching, fist clenching, and excessive gas (flatus) when struggling with poor digestion and a colicky baby. Parents will be super frustrated with the constant stress and strain not only on their brand new baby, but it also puts irritation on the entire family.

According to the medical field an exact cause of colic is unknown, but I’m here to help you understand why babies present with colic and also discuss why acid reflux occurs and to provide you steps you can take to help not only relieve these symptoms, but help your infant thrive, not dampen the issue with medication. After reading this you will hopefully have more  answers to your questions and have a better understanding about why GER and colic occur. 

Cause: Babies are brand new to this world and are very sensitive to environmental input.

I’m referring to the birthing process, because it’s where the most common injury to the upper neck, brain-stem, and spine occurs. It’s the first “kink” that occurs, and it sets the stage for the rest of their path for development. When a baby is born there is strain, tension, pulling and stress placed on the child’s head and neck during the birth process, it very commonly leads to something called a subluxation. I explain subluxation as being a misalignment in the spinal bones which is a fixation (“stuck”), and causes nerve interference/irritation. These components are present in a subluxation and lead to an imbalance in the overall function of a little baby. The greater the amount of intervention during the birth process (induction, forceps, vacuum, C-section, etc.), the greater the likelihood of a “significant” subluxation to the upper neck and brain stem area. 

Our brain is the circuit board that controls the entire body and visceral organs (figure below). In order for our brain to communicate and control the entire body a communication pathway and balance must be present in our nervous system. The nervous system is comprised of parasympathetic and the sympathetic system. The parasympathetic system controls our rest (sleep), relax (calm), healing (immune system), and digestion processes. While on the opposite end our sympathetic system is our excitatory, fight or flight, “go go” and gas pedal (tense and stimulated) system. An imbalance in our control center (brain and nervous system) will present as a decrease in function in our body and will show a symptom (reflux, colic, gas, very tense or excited etc) –>a sign of sympathetic overtone. A stressed sympathetic state can be from a physical, chemical, or emotional interference to our body’s normal functioning. When there is stress on the body inflammation builds up and throws our body “out of balance.” Our sympathetic (gas pedal) is in overdrive, while our parasympathetic (brake pedal) is turned off or slowed down. Figure 1 shows this process below. 

Vagas Nerve Connection

Here are some common  (not normal!!) problems and examples of the effects of someone in the sympathetic states with a gas pedal that’s on versus a parasympathetic state and the benefits of a brake pedal that’s allowing optimal functioning.

  • Colicky and stiffness vs. sleeping, calm, and relaxed
  • Gas pain, bloated, uncomfortable, and reflux vs. consistent and easy digestion
  • Lowered immunity, recurring ear infections, rashes, sickness and bronchitis etc. vs.healthy, and good immunity
  • Stunted growth and failure to thrive (energy going toward sympathetics) vs. adequate growth/development

So the next question to answer is what determines the gas or brake pedal?

The answer is….. our cranial nerve X, which is the vagus nerve. It is one of the most important nervous system pathways that connects our visceral organs and orchestrates our organ functioning. The vagus nerves exits out the brain-stem and is effected with upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. Vagal tone is our calming system of our nervous system and it coordinates the communication in our system. Vagus nerve is affected by 85% of births which causes a subluxation on the nerves that connects upper digestion and explains why chiropractic care has such a huge impact on babies parasympathetic system when the upper cervical region is adjusted.  A picture of the vagal exit and connections is seen in Figure 2 below.

Vagus Nerve - Pro Chiro Bozeman, MT

Our nervous system has the intelligence to adapt to stress, but if it’s overwhelmed with too much stress it can overwhelm the system and be out of balance. The 3 different stressors that affect our nervous system which were mentioned earlier are chemical, emotional, and physical stress.  Chemical stress in the human body can be lack of nutrients/poor formula, dairy/gluten sensitivity, dehydration, and toxins etc. A research study was done to measure the toxins in pregnancy and found that when the umbilical cord was dissected it contained >200 toxins built up through the entire pregnancy. There is also studies that have looked at the flora in the gut and found differences in babies with colic vs. babies who do not have colic. Emotional stress can disrupt our bodies optimal functioning as well and can transfer from the mother to the infant. Fear and anxiety during pregnancy can pre-wire the baby’s emotional state. Lastly, physical stress as we talked about earlier can be from in utero constraint and the birth canal (whether complicated or not) the the fist physical stressors that can cause havoc to the baby’s spine and spinal cord. Recent research reports that 85-95% of births have stress in upper cervical. Other physical constraints like car seats, and falls, and awkward sleeping positions are all examples of physical stresses on the body.

Other causes of colic and GER:

  • Milk/soy or protein intolerance
  • Immature nervous system
  • Developing lower esophageal sphincter (better developed by 3 months)
  • An immature digestive system (need breast milk and probiotics).

Other causes of colic and GERD - Pro Chiro bozeman, MT

Treatment: Most commonly Zantac is prescribed by pediatricians to “help relieve” the reflux symptom.

This will either cover up the problem temporarily or disrupt the individuals digestion  and entire gastric system. The reflux/colic (symptom) will be decreased temporarily and can return as another issue (ADHD, ear infections, etc.) later on in their life.

As a chiropractor it is my mission and passion to help individuals live their life to the fullest. Therefore, I start with babies in their first days, weeks, and months of life so they are not starting at a deficit, but at optimal communication and functioning in their beautiful new little bodies. Adjusting an infant is gentle and specific and is like putting sustained pressure on a stick of butter. Less is more with babies and horrible stress patterns haven’t been stuck in them as long so they will respond faster than an adult. If you are experiencing any colic, GER, or unusal symptoms with your infant or child we are super excited to hear from you and will help your child function optimally. Every child is different and one size does not fit all so a specific treatment plan and adjustment depends on what the child presents with. 

Infant Chiropractic - Dr Jenny Noordsman, Pro Chiro Bozeman, MTHelpful hints:

If you have an uncomfortable and inconsolable child are not able to get immediate treatment bouncing on a ball and oral stimulation is soothing because it disrupts the pain pathway in the baby. Also the vibration from car rides and mamaroos calm the nervous system and help disrupt the sympathetic overtone temporarily. If your baby is having gas pains, I have moms do clockwise circles with fingers on baby’s stomach and bicycles with legs to help relieve the tension.

 

 

 

Infant Chiropractic - Dr Jenny Noordsman, Pro Chiro Bozeman, MT

If you have any other questions or concerns please call and let us know otherwise we look forward to working with you and your family. Additional resources and information can be found at the International of Chiropractic pediatrics association (ICPA) website https://icpa4kids.com/research/

Always here to help,

Dr Jenny Noordmans

Pro Chiropractic 

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Dr. Jon Wilhelm Selected by USATF to Provide Sports Chiropractic Care at 2019 USA Track and Field National Championships https://prochiromt.com/dr-jon-wilhelm-selected-by-usatf-to-provide-sports-chiropractic-care-at-the-2019-usa-track-and-field-national-championships/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:46:49 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2418 Continuing his work with some of the world’s top athletes Dr. Jon Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic recently provided care at the 2019 USA Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines, IA July 24-29 at the invitation of the USATF. August 2, 2019 There’s no doubt having access to a professional sports chiropractor can help […]

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Continuing his work with some of the world’s top athletes Dr. Jon Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic recently provided care at the 2019 USA Track and Field National Championships in Des Moines, IA July 24-29 at the invitation of the USATF.

August 2, 2019

There’s no doubt having access to a professional sports chiropractor can help athletic performance and recovery. USA Track & Field (commonly called the USATF), along with nearly every other major sports body, fully believes this. In exciting recent news, the USATF selected Bozeman, Montana’s Dr. Jon Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic to provide his abilities in the service of their athletes at their major event the 2019 USA Track and Field National Championships held in Des Moines,IA. Dr. Wilhelm was present for the length of the competition from July 24 to July 29, delivering value to the top competitive athletes.

“I always appreciate being able to help athletes across a wide range of sports and sincerely thank the USATF for this opportunity,” commented Dr. Wilhelm. “I had a wonderful time helping these athlete achieve and hope to get to work with USATF athletes more often in the future.”

The USATF has existed since 1992, with a long and rich history (under previous names) that stretches all the way back to 1887. The organization holds competitions and Championship Events in Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Running, Race Walking and Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running. With such deep experience in all aspects of Track & Field and related sports, to see the organization working with Dr. Wilhelm and Pro Chiropractic is a true honor to the value Dr. Wilhelm bring to the table with his Sports Chiropractic skills and his resume of having collaborated with athletes, teams, and organizations all the way up the Olympic and Professional level.

For those in Montana, athletes and non-athletes alike, who would like to experience what Dr. Wilhelm and his team has to offer there is very good news.

Dr. Wilhelm is the owner and lead Chiropractor at Pro Chiropractic which has offices in Bozeman and Belgrade, MT. Pro Chiropractic provides a large catalog of treatments including the latest and best sports chiropractic treatments like Dry Needle Therapy, Graston IASTM, Fascial Manipulation, Cupping Therapy, Pressure Wave Therapy, and Active Taping techniques. Additionally family chiropractic treatments, injury recovery and the latest most advanced chiropractic methods are offered to patients of all types. In addition to Dr. Wilhelm, Pro Chiropractic is staffed by a team of top professionals with diverse experience and specialties who all hold the commitment to keeping the atmosphere in the two Gallatin Valley Chiropractic offices warm, caring and inviting. This has helped Pro Chiropractic build a remarkable reputation in their community that continues to grow every day.

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Sports Chiropractic for the Cross-Country Runner https://prochiromt.com/sports-chiropractic-for-the-cross-country-runner/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:44:48 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2407 As much as we hate to acknowledge it, and although there is still plenty of summer-fun left to be had, back-to-school preparation has begun! One of the best parts about going back-to-school is fall sports! I don’t know about you but my favorite fall sport is cross-country, but I may be a little biased since […]

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As much as we hate to acknowledge it, and although there is still plenty of summer-fun left to be had, back-to-school preparation has begun! One of the best parts about going back-to-school is fall sports! I don’t know about you but my favorite fall sport is cross-country, but I may be a little biased since I ran cross-country and track in high school. Please hold back your “Run Forrest Run!” comments until the conclusion of this blog. Cross-country and long-distance running are very interesting sports because as good as running is for the body, it can also be very stressful on our joints overtime if the training program is progressed too quickly or if we have improper movement patterns. Some of the more common running injuries are as follows:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Hamstring strains
  • Quadriceps strain
  • Calf strain
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)
  • Groin pull
  • Low back pain

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, 15% had shin splints, 10% had patellofemoral pain (runner’s knee), 9% had a meniscus injury, 7% had Achilles tendinitis, and 5% had either plantar fasciitis or a soleus injury. Three-quarters of the injuries occurred during a given runner’s first 125 miles in the sport. To cite a specific example, individuals with a tight gastrocnemius muscle are 3 times more likely to develop metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis and metatarsal stress fractures. As far as recovery goes, those with calf strains were back to normal running in an average of 30 to 40 days, while those with shin splints needed an average of 72 days to fully recover. Plantar fasciitis was the peskiest of the common injuries, requiring an average of 159 days to get over. Chiropractic care can be very beneficial for managing and preventing these conditions,
especially with the goal of improving the function of the entire body and therefore preventing re-injury. When we refer to function, we mean improving movement patterns, joint stabilization, muscular activation and overall performance of the body throughout everyday activities and especially during physical activity.

What Do We Do?

In addition to spinal and extremity joint manipulation, chiropractors offer various soft tissue and rehabilitative treatments such as myofascial release, dry needling, Graston or FAKTR instrument-assisted work, kinesiology taping, pulse wave ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation, hydro-massage therapy, mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT), reflex locomotion and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS). Each of these modalities are a great supplement and/or primary treatment on their own. Here is a short explanation of the benefits of each:

  • Myofascial release: Myofascial release refers to many different types of soft tissue (muscle) therapies with the use of hands or sometimes a tool. One such technique is called Active Release Technique (ART), which is beneficial for shortened or tight muscles and has become very popular in the sports world as well as for the general population. I myself am certified in ART. The goal of any myofascial release is to break up adhesions in the muscles, increase range of motion and reduce pain.
  • Graston/FAKTR: Both Graston technique and FAKTR refer to the use of a metal instrument to break up adhesions in the muscles and increase range of motion, but also to promote blood flow to the area for healing and to re-start the inflammation process. Both are most beneficial when performed on the area during provocative movements. The idea is to provide the therapy in the movement that is most realistic to what is painful and what caused the dysfunction or injury.
  • Dry Needling: Dry needling has two main treatment uses: trigger points and blood flow for healing. With treatment of trigger points, we find “tight spots” in muscles that can contribute to pain and dysfunction. We then insert very thin needles into those trigger points and twist them slightly to wrap up the covering of the muscle. The process re-orients the covering of the muscle and results in the muscle relaxing and removal of the trigger point. For the goal of increasing blood flow with dry needling, we simply insert a certain amount of needles into the area that we want to increase blood flow. This process restarts the inflammatory process and brings a bunch of blood to the area for healing. Dry needling can result in slight soreness but nothing that should last more than a day or two. The process overall involves very little pain when done efficiently
  • Kinesiology Taping: With taping techniques, we can improve proprioception, swelling and provide support and bracing for functional movements. Proprioception is an awareness of where your body is in space, allowing for coordination of movements.
  • Hydromassage and Electrical Stimulation Therapy: Chiropractic massage therapy using the Hydrobed and HydroLounge is an effective way to relax and unwind tight muscles and tense joints before or after a chiropractic adjustment. Pro Chiropractic offers both the HydroBed and Hydro-lounge options for patients at the Bozeman and Belgrade Montana locations. Electrical stimulation therapy is a modality that provides controlled electrical activity to the muscles. The patient may feel some muscle twitching and “buzzing.” In combo with hydro massage therapy, it helps to further relax the muscles before or after treatment.
  • Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT): The McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy 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. 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. For example, from the big toe to the knee, then to the hip and then to the low back. 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. For cross-country runners, these exercises can especially be helpful by providing therapeutic movements for the lower back, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. These movements also work great for preventing re-injury and flare-ups.
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS): 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.
  • Reflex Locomotion: Reflex Locomotion was developed by Czech Pediatric Neurologist, Dr. Vaclav Vojta in the early 1950’s. Originally the techniques were designed to enhance motor development of the affected child. By stimulation of the exactly defined zones and specific positioning of the patient, the motor responses are activated. These responses are called global patterns. Muscles throughout the entire body are activated in a coordinated manner. Reflex Locomotion is actually where DNS developed its roots. Where DNS is based on developmental kinesiology and puts the body in positions that we progress through in the first year of life, reflex locomotion takes someone who is developing or has already developed abnormally and returns them to developmental movements through stimulation of specific points in specific positions by evoking motor responses. Those responses include coordinated movements of the trunk and extremities and are activated automatically, without conscious patient cooperation. The priority is to activate the dysfunctional muscles which aren’t entirely under his/her voluntary control but may play a key role in certain dysfunction. The goal is to passively activate muscles and make the brain aware of what movement patterns we are trying to evoke, which is an incredible segue into DNS.

Importance of Foot and Ankle Function

Most running injuries result from overload of certain joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Much of this stress, if not purely from too many miles put on too quickly, is due to improper movement patterns as a result of certain joints having restricted movement and other joints having too much motion. Each foot has 28 bones, 55 joints and a deep muscular system that controls stability of the leg. Improper activation of those deep muscles can predispose to injury. Also, each one of the 55 joints needs proper movement for your brain to know where your foot is in time and space. Without that awareness, the knee, hip and spine are being overworked to coordinate movements of the legs. Chiropractic care can help provide proper muscle activation, joint stabilization and mobility. Specifically, a study of a group of chronic ankle instability patients showed improved function after 4 weeks of short foot positioning during balance exercises aimed towards deep foot muscle activation.

 

Image result for dr forrest allen pro chiro bozeman mtDr. Forrest Allen is a Chiropractor at Pro Chiropractic in
Belgrade and Bozeman, MT. He is also a 2015 MSU graduate
and has an interest in treating athletes. If you or another
family member or friend are in cross-country, track or are a
recreational runner, give the office a call.
Bozeman 406-219-2462
Belgrade 406-388-9915

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The Role of a Sports Chiropractor on a Football Team https://prochiromt.com/the-role-of-a-sports-chiropractor-on-a-football-team/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:28:03 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2333 Every Fall, millions of young athletes take to the field to play one of America’s favorite games, football. Football is a game that teaches grit, grind, and teamwork, but, due to the collision nature of the sport there is a high incidence of injury. These injuries can range from concussion to minor sprains and strains. […]

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Every Fall, millions of young athletes take to the field to play one of America’s favorite games, football. Football is a game that teaches grit, grind, and teamwork, but, due to the collision nature of the sport there is a high incidence of injury. These injuries can range from concussion to minor sprains and strains. Due to the high rate of injury it is paramount that each football team has access to a team of medical providers to help them navigate injuries during the season. Unfortunately only about 42% of the teams across the country have access to athletic training services, so the responsibility of triaging and managing injuries falls on the coaches and parents. This provides a unique opportunity for a sports chiropractor, because they are uniquely trained to manage most all injuries that could occur on a football field. 

So what are the most common injuries? 

Based on data collected from the NCAA there are 8.1 injuries per 1000 athlete exposures. Basically an exposure is either a practice or a game so if there are 100 players on a team over the course of 10 practices or games you could expect about 8 injuries. 

  • Ligament sprains are the most common type of injury with the knee and the ankle leading the way
  • 50% of the injuries are to the lower limb
  • Concussions make up for 7.4% of injuries (NCAA data from 2004-2009)
  • Pre-Season has the highest rate of injury

How does a Sports Chiropractor fit into the team? 

Sports chiropractors are uniquely trained in diagnosing and treating most all sports injuries that could occur on a football field. Additionally, sports chiropractors are well trained in chain of referral should an athlete require additional medical or orthopedic evaluation and treatment. Sports chiropractors will typically offer a wide variety of treatments that include: 

  • Spinal Adjustment
  • Extremity Adjustment
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Graston, FAKTR) 
  • Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Taping of all types (kinesiotaping, athletic taping, etc…) 
  • Rehab Exercises
  • All types of physiotherapy modalities (Muscle stim, ultrasound, etc..)

These treatments and techniques aid the athlete in full recovery of their injury and return them to the field as quickly as possible.  Lastly, an important function of a sports chiropractor can be on the sideline of games. During the game it is the coach’s responsibility to coach the game and he shouldn’t be tasked with identifying potential injuries. This creates for an unsafe situation that can leave athletes vulnerable to serious risk of injury. A sports chiropractor can serve the function of an athletic trainer or assist an athletic trainer on the sideline of football games. Triage of injuries and real time play or no-play decisions should be made by a trained medical provider and is in the best interest of the athlete and their safety. 

What about Concussion? 

A concussion can be a very scary and confusing injury. Proper management of these injuries is of supreme importance. A few states are lagging behind, but in most states a sports chiropractor can diagnose, treat, and make return to play decisions in the event of a concussion. Sports chiropractors have extensive training in the diagnosis and proper management of concussions and are perfectly positioned to apply necessary treatment and make return to play decisions in the event of a concussion. The American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians has provider concussion registry at acbsp.org.  

In conclusion, sports chiropractors can provide an integral role before, during, and after a football season. Most injuries that occur are musculoskeletal in nature and there is no one better at managing these injuries than a sports chiro. 

Pro Chiropractic has three certified sports chiropractors that work tirelessly with our local sports community to provide excellent care and service. To learn more about what a sports chiropractor does visit www.prochiromt.com or visit our YouTube channel to view many of the treatments mentioned in this article. 

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Migraine Headaches and Chiropractic https://prochiromt.com/migraine-headaches-and-chiropractic/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:24:14 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2330 I’ve heard it said, “my head hurt so bad that it had to be a migraine.” People often mistake a bad headache as a Migraine headache but not all bad headaches are necessarily Migraines. Migraine headaches come in a variety of types and intensities. While it is true that some migraine pain can be quite […]

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I’ve heard it said, “my head hurt so bad that it had to be a migraine.” People often mistake a bad headache as a Migraine headache but not all bad headaches are necessarily Migraines. Migraine headaches come in a variety of types and intensities. While it is true that some migraine pain can be quite intense, other migraine headaches present with little to no discomfort.
A Migraine Headache is a neurological condition that usually has a hormonal component to it. The most common presentations are the “Common Migraine and the Classic Migraine.”

The Common Migraine is often characterized by pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head.

The pain is often aggravated by physical activity and associated with nausea and vomiting.

The Classic Migraine is similar in symptoms as the common migraine but is preceded by an Aura.

An Aura is a sensory disturbance that often includes visual and olfactory input such as unusual sights and smells. In addition, a person suffering with a classic migraine may also have numbness and tingling on one side of their body and an inability to speak clearly.

How can chiropractic care help?

Most headaches, including migraines, have an upper cervical component to them. Misalignment of the upper cervical region can cause abnormal pressure on the spinal column and spinal nerves, which can contribute to the neurological condition
known as the migraine headache. By adjusting the misaligned spinal segments, inflammation is reduced and joint mobility is restored, normal articulation is achieved and a reduction of nerve pressure is accomplished. Often this will reduce or even relieve the headache symptoms. It is possible to have headache symptoms and no spinal interference at all. It has been my experience that most headache suffers have either an individual spinal

segment misalignment or a loss of the normal cervical curvature. The first step to determine if you have spinal misalignment or structure loss is to evaluate your spinal thoroughly with examination and spinal x-rays. Exact structure loss can be determined and measured then the proper course of treatment can be implemented for the alleviation of symptoms and the correction of your structure.

If you suffer from headache pain or migraines, you owe it to yourself to try Chiropractic care. The doctors at Pro Chiropractic can help determine your headache type as well as its causes and then provide you with the help you need for your headache pain.

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Advanced Graston Technique Soft Tissue Training for Dr. Shea Stark https://prochiromt.com/advanced-graston-technique-training-for-dr-shea-stark/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 03:21:09 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pro Chiropractic Sports Chiropractor Dr. Shea Stark Completes Phase 2 Advanced Graston Technique Training The Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes for acute and chronic conditions such as Achilles Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel, Adhesive Capsulitis, IT Band Syndrome, Lumbar Strain and Plantar Fasciitis. Bozeman, Montana, August 19, 2019, […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pro Chiropractic Sports Chiropractor Dr. Shea Stark Completes
Phase 2 Advanced Graston Technique Training

The Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve faster and better outcomes
for acute and chronic conditions such as Achilles Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel,
Adhesive Capsulitis, IT Band Syndrome, Lumbar Strain and Plantar Fasciitis.

Bozeman, Montana, August 19, 2019, Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman, Montana, was pleased to announce that Dr. Shea Stark was traveling to complete Phase 2 of Graston Technique Training. The Graston Technique® Instruments enhance Dr. Stark’s ability to detect soft tissue fascial adhesions and restrictions, and have been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better
outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions. The M2 advanced course will emphasize Graston Technique ® (GT) therapy examination and treatment approach for musculoskeletal dysfunction/mechanical pain that can be applied in all patient cases.

Clinicians will learn to select and implement the most efficient and effective GT therapy interventions, while restoring function and alleviating pain. The goal of this course is to advance the clinician's skills in the successful management of musculoskeletal dysfunction using Graston Technique ® therapy and movement. Components of the GT therapy examination will include movement loss, lesion localization and resistive testing. Preventative/corrective exercises to augment the GT therapy intervention will be discussed.

Pro Chiropractic is happy to have Dr. Stark as part of their exclusive team of Sports Chiropractic Physicians . Each team member has displayed the desire to keep striving to improve their knowledge base and clinical acumen. She is certified in FAKTR, RockTape, FTMI (Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). She is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and recently completed her EMT certification. This kind of dedication to advanced training is what sets Pro Chiropractic apart. People travel from far away to avail themselves of cutting edge therapeutic techniques and the most highly trained and certified practitioners in the field. As part of the team of physicians at Pro Chiropractic, Dr. Stark practices alongside Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm, Dr. William Bradley, Dr. Jennie Noordmans, Dr. Jeff Feenstra, and Dr. Forrest Allen in providing compassionate chiropractic care to Bozeman, Montana area residents.

Pro Chiropractic has a very clear Mission Statement: “To offer the latest and best chiropractic diagnostics and treatments, the most highly trained and competent chiropractic physicians, and a genuinely caring staff to serve all patients.”

Please visit the website for more info: Pro Chiropractic
Pro Chiropractic Inc.
Bozeman, Montana

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Sports Chiropractic Care for Volleyball Injuries https://prochiromt.com/chiropractic-care-for-volleyball-injuries/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 03:00:03 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2320 Volleyball is a growing sport in the United States. It is no longer just a women’s sport that is played indoors. With the increasing popularity in beach volleyball and the men’s game, both indoor and outdoor, more people are flocking to the sport. As with all sports, the risk of injury is present and with […]

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Volleyball is a growing sport in the United States. It is no longer just a women’s sport that is
played indoors. With the increasing popularity in beach volleyball and the men’s game, both
indoor and outdoor, more people are flocking to the sport.

As with all sports, the risk of injury is present and with volleyball, injuries are common with joints
and muscles throughout the body. Chiropractic care, especially when provided by a sports
chiropractor, is beneficial for volleyball players because it can address both acute (new) and
chronic (old) injuries to all areas of the body.

Did you know that most volleyball injuries result from overuse? An overuse injury in sport is an
injury to a joint or muscle resulting from repetitive trauma. In volleyball, overuse injuries are
common in the knees and ankles from jumping and in the shoulder from attacking and serving.
Chiropractic care is a great resource for treating overuse injuries because not only can the
musculature be addressed, but the joints can be as well. Proper joint alignment from
chiropractic adjustments in the spine and extremities maintains the biomechanic integrity of the
body which reduces impact forces in the joints. Soft tissue treatments such as instrument
assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), dry needling and cupping can help resolve overuse
injuries by providing a controlled re-injury to the tissues bringing more blood flow into the
affected area thus promoting healing.

Common overuse injuries in volleyball:

• Patellar tendinitis (knee): 80%
• Shoulder: 8-20%
• Low back: 10-14%

Acute injuries can also occur while playing volleyball.

These are new injuries and are often
more severe than chronic/overuse injuries. Seeking evaluation and treatment from a sports
chiropractor as soon as possible following an acute injury is imperative to recovery time. Take
an ankle sprain for example. Research shows that adjusting the joints of the ankle and foot as
soon as possible following an ankle sprain will reduce recovery time by several days which
allows for quicker return to play. Treatment of acute injuries should not be taken lightly by the
athlete, coaches or parents. If acute injuries remain untreated or are not treated properly, they
can become a chronic issue that may impact performance.

Common acute injuries in volleyball:

• Ankle: 15-60%
• Knee: 15%
• Finger: 10%

Injuries are par for the course for most athletes. How they are managed and treated can mean
the difference between excelling in sport or being plagued by re-injury. Chiropractic care can
address all musculoskeletal injuries, whether acute or chronic, and help return an athlete to play
faster and better than before.

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Dr Jonathan Wilhelm Provides Sports Chiro Services at 2019 CSIT World Sports Games in Tortosa Spain https://prochiromt.com/dr-jonathan-wilhelm-to-provide-services-at-csit-world-sports-games-in-toronto/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 02:59:09 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=2305 The post Dr Jonathan Wilhelm Provides Sports Chiro Services at 2019 CSIT World Sports Games in Tortosa Spain appeared first on Pro Chiro.

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Bozeman, Montana Sports Chiropractor – Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm

Invited To Provide Sports Medicine Services For The

International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) at

The CSIT World Sports Games in Tortosa, Spain 2019

Pro Chiropractic’s Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm one

of only a handful of chiropractors who specialize in sports

medicine that receive such an invitation.

BOZEMAN, MONTANA, July 22, 2019, Amateur athletes from the United States and around the world recently gathered for the 2019 CSIT World Sports Games. This prestigious sports event was held July 2-7, 2019. This year there was a plethora of Official Championships that attracted the best in in several sports categories. Amateur champions from the following sports were competing for medals and titles: Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Mini-Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Fistball, Handball, Dancing, Beach Tennis, Karate, Pétanque, Wrestling, Judo, and Swimming.

The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) invited only 22 certified professional sports chiropractors from around the world, including Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm of Pro Chiropractic Bozeman to provide Chiropractic Sports Medicine services at this event. The rigors of these competitions require onsite chiropractic sports physicians on stand-by, ready to step in and prevent or manage sports injuries, and to provide performance therapy to athletes competing. Dr. Wilhelm spent many years acquiring advanced certifications in the field of Sports Chiropractic, including the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP®) and International Certified Sports Chiropractor (ICSC) distinctions. These credentials and an impressive acumen of professional sports medicine work around the globe, including the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018, Bobsled Skeleton World Championships, and Artistic Gymnastics World Championships is what separates him from other chiropractors leading to this appointment. Dr. Wilhelm is recognized for his sports medicine achievements, and the degree of care that he can provide to the competitors. He was recently awarded the prestigious honor of Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council.

His hard work and dedication to helping athletes achieve speak for themselves, and more impressive is the sense of thankfulness and pride he displays in being selected out of the amount of chiropractic physicians being considered. When recently interviewed about the appointment to the CSIT World Sport Games, Dr. Wilhelm replied, “It is an honor to represent FICS and the field of sports chiropractic at the WSG 2019! Helping athletes achieve is my life’s work and passion, and I am extremely grateful for the support of my family, staff and community to allow me to volunteer my time and travel to work this important event. I hope my work will represent them all well.”

Dr. Wilhelm’s upcoming sports medicine assignments include USA Track and Field National Championships July 2019, and USA Gymnastics National Championships August 2019.

Please visit the website for more info: Pro Chiropractic

Media Contact:

Attn: Adriana Norris

Pro Chiropractic PC

Bozeman, Montana

406.388.9915

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What Pain Should I Expect After a Car Accident? https://prochiromt.com/what-pain-should-i-expect-after-a-car-accident/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 18:20:26 +0000 https://prochiromt.com/?p=1969 Car accidents can be a very scary and frustrating event. Not only do you now have to deal with emotional stress and getting your car fixed, but often there can be a lot of pain after a car accident. Pain or soreness after a car accident is very common and typically doesn’t even appear for […]

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Car accidents can be a very scary and frustrating event. Not only do you now have to deal with emotional stress and getting your car fixed, but often there can be a lot of pain after a car accident. Pain or soreness after a car accident is very common and typically doesn’t even appear for days or weeks following the accident. When we are in a car accident there is a lot of excitement (not in a fun way) and adrenaline flowing. This means that you typically will think you “feel ok”, but it is very important to seek the attention of a healthcare professional that is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of injury
and is prepared to offer high quality treatment when necessary so you can get back to life.

What About Minor Accidents?

Did you know that the damage threshold for the cervical spine (neck) in a car accident is between 2-5
mph depending on the health and size of the individual in the accident? This means that even if there is
no damage to the car you still may have significant injuries. Another important thing to remember is
that most vehicles are equipped with special “crush points” that are designed to buckle in an accident.
This actually dissipates the forces of the accident around the occupants. The problem is, with slow
speed accidents these “crush points” do not buckle and the forces go through the occupants. Sure, your
vehicle is ok, but you still may be significantly injured.

What Type of Pain Should I Look Out For?

Pain after a car accident can manifest in many ways. Most commonly I see patients with complaints of
neck pain, headaches, upper back pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, hip pain, and even numbness
and tingling in the arms or legs. Again, this pain may not present itself for days or even weeks, so it is
important to work with a trained health care provider during this time. The source of the pain following
a car accident can vary, but very commonly is coming from soft tissue injury. The forces that are exerted
on your body during a motor vehicle accident are significant; so, our muscles, tendons, and ligaments
become injured. These types of injuries can be very complex and healing time is very different than
other sprain/strain injuries. One of the things I tell my patients is that the pain they are feeling will
typically peak 48 to 72 hours following the car accident and then will fluctuate over a period of 2 to 4
weeks. In many cases full resolution of pain following a car accident can take months or even years.

What Should I do After I’ve Been in an Accident?

The most important thing to do following a car accident is seek the attention of a health care
professional that has the experience and expertise to manage the complex nature of injuries following a
car accident. Doctors of Chiropractic are uniquely equipped to manage injuries following a car accident.
A highly trained chiropractor will be able to evaluate and diagnose your injuries, anticipate the
progression of those injuries, and put together a coordinated care plan that should include chiropractic
care, physiotherapy modalities, specific soft tissue treatments, massage therapy, and physical therapy.

The doctors at Pro Chiropractic are highly trained and have the cutting-edge tools available to provide
you with the most comprehensive care plan and get you back to life as quickly as possible. If you or a
loved one has been in a car accident, please do not hesitate to call our office for a consultation. Pro
Chiropractic-Bozeman 406-219-2462, Pro Chiropractic-Belgrade 406-388-9915.

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