<![CDATA[HEALTHROCK CHIROPRACTIC & SPORTS MEDICINE - Blog]]>Thu, 09 May 2024 16:00:18 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Join the Movement: A Winning Partnership between Atlanta Pickleball Alliance and HealthRock Chiropractic & Sports Medicine]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2024 19:07:19 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/join-the-movement-a-winning-partnership-between-atlanta-pickleball-alliance-and-healthrock-chiropractic-sports-medicine
Are you ready to elevate your pickleball experience and prioritize your well-being? Look no further! We're thrilled to share the exciting collaboration between the Atlanta Pickleball Alliance (APA) and HealthRock Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, spearheaded by our very own chiropractic sports physician in Alpharetta/Milton, GA.

Embracing the Pickleball SpiritAt HealthRock Chiropractic, we believe in fostering a community that celebrates health, sports, and the joy of living. With a passion for pickleball, we've partnered with APA to create an extraordinary space where enthusiasts like you can thrive and connect. Whether you're a seasoned player or just getting started, we invite you to be part of this dynamic community.

Elevate Your Pickleball Game
Are you looking to enhance your pickleball skills? HealthRock Chiropractic is more than just a healthcare destination; it's a hub for wellness and athletic excellence. Our chiropractic sports physician is dedicated to helping you perform at your best, both on and off the court. We provide personalized care to keep you in peak condition and ready to conquer every match.

Join the Movement: APA and HealthRock Chiropractic
This is more than a partnership; it's a movement. We're not just bringing pickleball and chiropractic care together; we're building a thriving community that supports your passion for both. Join us in creating memorable experiences, forging new connections, and reaching new heights in your pickleball journey.

How to Get Involved
Reaching out is easy! Connect with APA to stay updated on pickleball events, leagues, and gatherings. At HealthRock Chiropractic, our doors are open to everyone who seeks optimal health and athletic performance. Whether you're a pickleball enthusiast or a wellness advocate, we're here to support you.

Let's Grow Together
As a certified chiropractic sports physician and self-employed business owner, I understand the power of collaboration. In addition to this exciting partnership, I'm also passionate about helping fellow chiropractors thrive. If you're a chiropractor looking to enhance your clinic skills and make a positive impact, let's connect and explore the possibilities.

In the spirit of community, wellness, and pickleball joy, let's make 2024 a year of growth and connection. Reach out to APA and HealthRock Chiropractic & Sports Medicine today and embark on a journey to a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle.

About APA: 

Atlanta Pickleball Alliance club is a thriving community for pickleball enthusiasts in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. With nearly 100 dedicated members, ranging from 3 to 4.5 DUPR ratings, we are a diverse and active group committed to not only enjoying the game but also elevating each other’s skills. Beyond the thrill of competition, we take pride in promoting pickleball across our community. We host organized pickleball games, tournaments, and game improvement clinics, fostering an environment where players of all levels can thrive. Our community is more than just a club; it’s a supportive network where members come together to enhance their skills and share their love for the sport.
For more information, please visit APA website
<![CDATA[Veterans: advocating for chiropractic care]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2023 05:00:00 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/veterans-advocating-for-chiropractic-care
Did you know that chiropractic care is available to all eligible Veterans as part of the standard Medical Benefits Package? There are currently over 16 million military veterans in the U.S., many of whom experience musculoskeletal disorders, joint pain, headaches, and other health conditions resulting from their time in the service that can benefit from chiropractic treatment. 

Chiropractic care is associated with decreased use of opioids for chronic pain in Veterans.

 - U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Chiropractic services are available on-station at most local VA medical centers and some outpatient clinics or through a chiropractor participating in the Community Care Network.

To get started, veterans must speak with their Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a referral and pre-authorization for chiropractic care.

If the local VA has a chiropractor on site, veterans must first seek care with the local VA chiropractor. But if no timely appointments are available or distance is an issue, you can request to see another chiropractor through the VA Community Care Network (VACCN) and request a specific chiropractor or chiropractic office directly.

If there is no chiropractor on-site, veterans must insist on wanting a chiropractor to manage their care and that they do not want any further drugs. You must specify Chiropractic care and not Physical Therapy.

There may come a time when you do not agree with your PCP about the care that you are or will be receiving.  Should this occur, discuss your concerns with your provider. If you still have concerns, ask to speak with your provider's supervisor or the Chief of the Service. If your concern is still unresolved, please contact the Patient Advocate who can assist you, if appropriate, in filing an appeal for a review of your concern.

Veterans can also go to my HealtheVet to make requests or get help in accessing care.

Once your referral and authorization have been provided, you can begin your chiropractic care with the VACCN chiropractor you requested.
<![CDATA[top 5 benefits of considering wellness self-care through chiropractic and massage therapy]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2023 19:47:46 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/top-5-benefits-of-considering-wellness-self-care-through-chiropractic-and-massage-therapyHave you ever pondered the increasing appeal of chiropractors and massage therapists in the realm of wellness care? The allure is embedded in the diverse array of benefits, extending from injury prevention to the alleviation of aches and pains. Yet, it's crucial to note that these advantages aren't a universal fit; the key to unlocking their full potential lies in comprehending how chiropractic and massage therapy uniquely address individual needs and conditions. Before brushing off these wellness marvels as mere trends, take a deep dive into the intricacies of personalized care. It's an opportune moment to explore why a myriad of individuals is forging their journey to well-being, guided by the bespoke advantages of chiropractic and massage therapy. Here, we present what we believe are the top 5 benefits you should seriously consider incorporating into your wellness care.

  1. Pain Relief and Management:
    • Both chiropractic care and massage therapy are highly effective in alleviating various types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can address misalignments in the spine, while massage therapy targets muscle tension, providing a comprehensive approach to pain relief.
  2. Stress Reduction and Relaxation:
    • Massage therapy is renowned for its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress. It helps release endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals, and lowers the levels of stress hormones. Chiropractic adjustments can also contribute to stress reduction by improving the overall function of the nervous system.
  3. Improved Range of Motion and Flexibility:
    • Chiropractic care enhances joint mobility and overall musculoskeletal function by correcting misalignments. Massage therapy complements this by lengthening and releasing tension in muscles, promoting better flexibility and range of motion. This combination is particularly beneficial for athletes and those with active lifestyles.
  4. Enhanced Posture and Body Mechanics:
    • Chiropractic adjustments can correct postural issues by aligning the spine and improving overall body mechanics. Massage therapy supports this by releasing tight muscles that may be contributing to poor posture. Improved posture not only reduces pain but also enhances the body's efficiency in daily activities.
  5. Prevention of Injuries and Maintenance of Wellness:
    • Regular chiropractic care and massage therapy can play a key role in preventing injuries. Chiropractors can identify and address potential issues before they become major problems, and massage therapy helps maintain the health of muscles and soft tissues. This proactive approach contributes to overall wellness and can be especially beneficial for individuals engaged in physically demanding activities.
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<![CDATA[Love pickleball, not elbow pain Part I]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2023 14:57:34 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/love-pickleball-not-elbow-pain-part-iThe weather is getting beautiful again, we started to see an increasing elbow pain case in our office recently. If you are currently battling with elbow pain or muscle tightness around your elbow joint, and individuals who regularly enjoy a couple of rounds of pickleball matches (tennis and golf lovers, do we need to say more?) You might want to try this test on your own when you can: 
Take right elbow pain for an example, try following tests to see what are some possible causes of your elbow pain. (The following self-tests do not substitute any medical evaluations in your doctor’s clinic; for proper diagnosis and treatment plan, please refer to your health providers)

First, use your left hand to grab hold of your right forearm just about an inch down from your right elbow, while you apply pressure squeezing your forearm, move your wrist up and down to see if your elbow pain will subside or decrease. 

Second, repeat the same procedure mentioned above. Instead of moving your right wrist up and down, try opening and closing your right hand this time if there are any changes in your elbow or forearm pain. Third, if neither of two previous tests reduces your elbow pain, you may want to check in with your doctor to make sure any other underlying issues that might cause elbow pain (for example, stress or avulsion fractures, biceps/triceps strain, or upper arm involvement or other related referral pain etc.) If any of these tests does reduce your elbow pain, you will know that your elbow pain is very likely due to your forearm region muscle groups imbalance. 
Most elbow pain can be treated and managed with conservative care which includes strengthening and stretching different muscle groups in your arms. Try this forearm stretching at home video HERE

For other treatment options, always check with your health providers for appropriate management.
<![CDATA[Treating your elbow pain]]>Thu, 18 Mar 2021 01:50:22 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/rethink-aging-presentation-note]]><![CDATA[Don't try to fit in someone else's shoes]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2021 18:09:01 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/dont-try-to-fit-in-someone-elses-shoesPicture
Compared to 10 years ago, the running world has evolved so much that we could hardly keep up with the speed of running shoe technologies. When it comes to choosing the "right" pair of running shoes that are perfect for you, there are a couple of factors that one needs to consider in order to take advantage of nowadays running technologies instead of unnecessary injuries from improper use of running shoes.

Super cushion or almost barefoot? 

Anyone who runs and watches at running races may have noticed that super cushioned running shoes have become overwhelmingly popular among runners, almost every other person you talk to about running shoes would rave about how amazing these cushy shoes make them feel while running. However, a research study (Pollard, Christine D et al. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine in 2018) shows genuine concerns of increased risk of injuries from running with maximalist, thickly cushioned mid-sole shoes compared to average neutral running shoes. The study indicates that “Runners exhibited increased impact forces and loading rate when running in a maximal versus neutral shoe. Because increases in these variables have been associated with an increased risk of running-related injuries, runners who are new to running in a maximal shoe may be at an increased risk of injury...” 

Do you remember those five-toe shoes?  Minimalist running/barefoot running shoes are having more unresolved mysteries on risks of injuries when it comes to recommendations for runners. Not all runners are born equal in terms of foot strike patterns, one large cohort study on world elite running competitors’ strike patterns in 2007, Japanese researchers found “that 75% of the runners were rear-foot strikers, 24% were mid-foot strikers, and only 1.4% struck with their forefeet.” But it would have been different if they’d all barefoot run at that time. “with the knee as the most common injury site, followed by the lower leg, the foot, and the upper leg*.” It is a good idea to use shoes in areas that are prone to hazards such as glasses or dog excrement. Contact surfaces, for instance, concrete pavement may require more protection to your feet that minimalist shoes/barefoot may not be able to provide; however, running on grass, trails or sandy beach may provide your foot more benefits such as (an increased external vertical loading rate, an earlier impact peak, greater tibial acceleration, flatter foot placement at initial contact, and 4-5% less oxygen consumption. Too much barefoot running can lead to overuse syndromes, repetitive joint breakdown, and osteoarthritis; when people develop symptoms, they compensate, which causes knee injuries, hip injuries, or lower back issues. Barefoot running for elite groups that could do it with less injury may be ok, but that most people shouldn’t run barefoot too much. 
Keep it balanced; It is in all of us when there is something new, we all want to try it. According to Kevin Kirby, DPM, assistant clinical professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland. “Other than that, the people I’d recommend it for would not be beginners, but rather those who are already running 60 or 70 miles a week and who want to vary it, give their legs a break, go on the golf course and do some intervals barefoot.”People who’ve made the transition to barefoot running most easily are those who grew up walking around barefoot.** 

*Van Gent RN, Siem D, van Middelkoop M, et al. Incidence and determinants of lowerextremity running injuries in long distance runners: a systematic review. Br J Sports Med 2007;41(8):469-480.
**Groner-The truth about barefoot running Nov. 2010

<![CDATA[Our Office Health and Safety Measures]]>Mon, 02 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://healthrockchiro.com/blogs/our-office-health-and-safety-measures
Thank you for choosing HealthRock Chiropractic & Sports Medicine as your healthcare provider. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during these challenging times.

As we navigate through this pandemic, we understand that changes to your normal office routine may be disruptive. However, please know that your safety and health remain our top priorities.

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we strongly recommend wearing face coverings/masks during your visit. We are committed to maintaining a clean and safe environment by following strict cleaning procedures specific to healthcare facilities. This includes disinfecting treatment tables between patients, wiping down all equipment frequently throughout the day, circulating treatment room air through high-quality HEPA/UV air filters, and providing hand disinfectant in both treatment rooms and common areas.

We remain dedicated to providing the same high level of care that you have come to expect from our team. As we continue to fight against this virus and return to the new "normal," we want you to know that our commitment to your health and safety remains unwavering.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.