How to Get Hours of Long-Lasting DOMS Pain Relief in Less Than An Hour

May 25, 2017

For years, Biofreeze® topical analgesic has provided relief for patients with musculoskeletal pain included delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which is muscle soreness experienced 24-48 hours after strenuous or unaccustomed exercise. DOMS is caused by inflammation that produces swelling within muscle cells (It’s not the lactic acid, folks!). TRAC researcher Michael Rogers PhD, CSCS, head […]

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Kinesiology Taping in Clinical Populations: Does it Work? #TapeTuesday

May 23, 2017

I hear, “there’s not a lot of research on kinesiology tape” all the time, but let’s be clear; there is a LOT of research… in fact, there are over 350 published studies in journals! However, there is a lack of good research (valid and reliable results with little bias), and even less research on clinical […]

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Can Band Squats Improve Landing Kinematics in Volleyball Players?

May 19, 2017

Poor landing biomechanics are a primary mechanism of injury for ACL tears, as well as a significant risk factor for injury; particularly in female athletes. Specifically, medial collapse of the knee (“valgus”) is accompanied by hip adduction and internal rotation, which creates shear forces that can damage the ACL. Squatting with elastic resistance to improve […]

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Why Active Ankles Need Active Ankle

May 18, 2017

Ankle braces, including the Active Ankle® line, have historically been shown to reduce ankle injury. Obviously, athletes need the best of both worlds: full functional mobility with adequate biomechanical stabilization to prevent excessive ankle movement. When it comes to ankle injury prevention, every athlete has different needs: ranging from the sport and position they play to […]

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The Best Way to Make Pain Relief Stick

May 17, 2017

Kinesiology tape continues to be a popular method to attempt pain relief in rehabilitation and recovery. While it’s been shown effective for short-term pain relief, the mechanism behind the pain relief remains unclear… although it’s likely due to afferent input into the skin. Researchers at Sport and Spine Rehab in Washington DC evaluated the adhesive […]

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How to Choose Between Creme, Oil, Gel or Lotion for the Best Massage Therapy

May 12, 2017

While all massage therapy products serve the same basic purpose, each has a unique set of characteristics that can help you achieve different results. The product you use will vary based on individual use case and practice preference. Here’s how to choose: Important Characteristics Water-based vs. oil-based products Water-based Easier to wash Has longer shelf […]

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How to Choose the Best IASTM Tools to Invest In

May 11, 2017

The use of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) tools packs a massive punch in patient care and treatment capabilities… and potentially, your wallet. There’s no doubt that you can find cheap tools on the market if you’re ballin’ on a budget, but for those of you who can, investing in a durable set of […]

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The Surprising Reasons Integrated Clinics Dominate Sports Medicine

May 10, 2017

Why can’t we be friends? Chiropractic and physical therapy may be two different professions, but both play a huge role in maintaining the overall health of athletes. It’s true that there are some definite overlaps in job responsibilities, so it can seem unreasonable or unrealistic to bring both services under one roof. However, many professionals […]

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Why You Need to Forget Everything You Know About Myofascial Rolling

May 5, 2017

Foam rollers and roller massagers seem to be the hottest thing in rehab and recovery. As with most trendy tools, practical use has outpaced the research. Originally deemed as “myofascial release” (which was probably the wrong term to begin with!), people thought rolling was affecting the fascia and muscle. It’s likely that the new focus […]

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How to Treat and Actually Prevent Shin Splints

May 3, 2017

Shin splints: the mortal enemy of athletes and generally active people everywhere. This irritation and inflammation to the lower leg can bench even the strongest of runners, or at least slow them down as they try to push through the pain. If your patients come to you with shin splints, you might dive directly into […]

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