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Shoulder Pain – USA Water Polo Chiropractor Dr. Kyle Knox

By: Dr. Kyle Knox, Sports Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA and owner of Synergy Health Chiropractic If you are a swimmer, or have ever taken up the sport in the past, you know that occasional shoulder pain comes with the territory. I can remember the events that led me into specializing with shoulders. Triathlons had become a passion of mine during the 4th quarter of Chiropractic school. Swimming had never been my strong suit, so I took lessons, and like a lot of new triathletes over-trained. Well I started to have pain right on the top and in front of my shoulder. Right away I thought there was a rotator cuff tear or something seriously wrong. I stopped swimming and stressed about the pain in my shoulder because of the field of work I was getting into. The sports Chiropractor I was seeing at the time was also taking care of a lot of triathletes in the San Jose area. He diagnosed me with bicipital tendonosis. In my mind I thought “how can my shoulder be hurting if it is coming from the bicept?” He adjusted my mid back, neck, and then continued to work on the muscles into the shoulder. I was amazed at how fast I had recovered within three visits and started to ask the questions. This led me into a focus of sports chiropractic, and eventually a position of head Chiropractor for USA Water Polo. I wanted to share this with you because the hardest thing for an athlete sometimes is taking the time to recover or find out the WHY for pain. Shoulders are...

Fatigue – Tip of the week

Weakness is described as the loss of strength or ability to contract a muscle and requires more effort to carry out daily tasks. Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, or lack of energy. If you are feeling any of the two symptoms, they should not be ignored and no it is usually not due to a lack of coffee in the morning. Although there are a few serious health concerns that can relate to the weakness or fatigue, most of the time a simple lifestyle change can fix the problem. Here is a simple list of common deficiencies that will lead to fatigue: Hydration Exercise Stress Lack of sleep Daily nutrients This is in no way a complete list. Having said that take a simple test I have made down below. See where you fall and be honest with yourself. A. Hydration How many glasses of water do you drink per day? B. Exercise How many days a week do you work out? (at least 30 minutes) C. Stress Out of 10, where would you rate your stress level on a daily basis? D. Sleep On an average, how many hours a night do you sleep? E. Nutrition How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? (average) GRADE YOUR TEST! (A+B+D+E) – (C) = Your health score Goal Score (8 + 5 + 8 + 7) – (3) = 25 References: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/weakness-and-fatigue-topic-overview http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-full-story/ http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283 http://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/...

Monday Morning Quick Tip #1 – Posture Alarm Clock

By: Dr. Kyle Knox, Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA Posture Alarm Clock Setting up your posture alarm clock. If you are on the computer more than one hour a day, set up your posture alarm clock. Every 45 minutes get up out of your chair, stretch your arms to the sky and do a little stretch for posture. This will only take 2-5 minutes and it is amazing how different you will feel towards the end of the day.  Check out Dr. Kyle’s daily rolling routine.  Click Here Only perform stretches that you are comfortable doing. If you are dealing with any issues or injuries, consult a Chiropractor before performing the...

Do kids have headaches?

By: Dr. Kyle Knox – Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA – Headaches Have you ever asked your children if their head hurts or have headaches during the week? It has become very common that a young athlete comes into my door for shoulder, neck, back, or hip pain and through my exam a good majority of them have regular headaches.  Think about having a headache while trying to learn something new in school. Reasons for headaches can range from tension, birth trauma, nutrition, head trauma (concussion), neurological, circulation and the list goes on.  I wanted to focus on kids today because headaches are common, but are not talked about.  With the increasing time in front of homework, video games, texting, facebook, etc.  Tension in the upper back and neck is created from the poor posture and headaches are created from the imbalance in neck muscles.  You can do something about this.  With Re-alignment of the spine and daily posture stretching, the body will NATURALLY decrease overall tension.  Have your child checked today and lets create a healthier tomorrow. Call (818)...

Iliotibial Band (ITB) and You.

In the past few years I have encountered a lot of athletes with the same story.  “Doc my knee hurts right here on the outside of my knee.  I think I am getting arthritis or something.”  Most of the time they are a serious runner, biker, or triathlete working hard in their sport.  The truth is there is much more to the situation than meets the eye.   The ITB or iliotibial band by definition is “a longitudinal fibrous reinforcement of the fascia lata. It is attached to the anterolateral iliac tubercle portion of the external lip of the iliac crest and to the lateral condyle of the tibia” (wikipedia).  Put a little more simply it is a piece of strong connective tissue that runs from the hip bone down to the outside knee bone.  The real purpose of that tissue is to support the knee in different positions.  As the knee is extended, it helps support the front of the knee joint.  As the knee bends past 30 degrees it supports the back of the knee joint as a stabilizer.  Now because the knee is constantly moving through this range of motion with sports the irritation begins to build over the knee bone or femur and pain is felt.  Now for the curve ball.  What is causing the tightening of the ITB? Because the ITB is just a connective tissue and is not a muscle it cannot be the culprit in tightening.  Through research and experience, I have found the ITB is tightened for a few different reasons.   First I always look to the pelvis and alignment.  When...