David Kittner Youth Fitness Coach and Carolyn Zepf Sports Therapist Discuss Kids Injury Prevention

October 6, 2011

David Kittner Youth Fitness Coach and Carolyn Zepf Sports Therapist discuss kids fitness and injury prevention

Carolyn and David want to make sure your kids are injury free as they grow.

For more information visit http://www.lebertfitness.com

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For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy atinfo@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us athttp://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/sports-therapy.html

Carolyn Zepf
osteopathy (current study) & Certified Athletic Sports Therapist, Keynote & Professional Speaker

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David Kittner Youth Fitness Coach Introduction to Kids fitness

October 6, 2011

Carolyn Zepf  Sports Therapist and David Kittner Youth Fitness Coach at Lebert Fitness http://www.lebertfitness.com Discuss kids fitness and injury prevention

Carolyn and David want to make sure your kids are injury free as they grow.

For more information visit http://www.lebertfitness.com

Comment below

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy atinfo@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us athttp://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/sports-therapy.html

Carolyn Zepf
osteopathy (current study) & Certified Athletic Sports Therapist, Keynote & Professional Speaker


Carolyn Zepf Discusses Back pain “Where Did It Come From”!?!

August 31, 2011

Back pain is no new affliction to the human race.  Back pain can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and even further back to cave men.  In today’s society of long days of sitting, inactivity and fast food restaurants back pain has quickly become the number one most common complaint in our society today.

There are definite similarities between why we experience pain in our backs today as well in past history. Curtain things that would have caused back pain more commonly in times of the past would have been such things as; birth defects from deformed bones due to malnutrition, sickness or trauma.   Also afflictions such as tuberculosis of the spine, rickets and leprosy. At the time people did not have cures or medication for treatment, unfortunately it would have caused the person with any of these diseases to suffer without relief and to have a shortened life span.

Also in past human history our predecessor as a society had more physical demands placed upon them for there survival. The amount of physical strength and athleticism it took to stay alive was of the utmost importance.  Even though our predecessor would have been in better peak muscular strength and flexibility they would have still experience and suffered from aches and pains that we experience in our present today.  Disc pathologies, muscle strains, compressed nerve roots, ligament sprains, arthritis and narrowing of the openings in the bone of the vertebra that the spinal core and nerve root pass.

Unfortunately through in past centuries if you had back pain you would have had to live with that pain, causing decreased quality of life and even a shorter than average life expectancy because you had to fight to survive. Today we can seek out professional help to find a solution to our pain with great success rates and relief.

Keep an eye out for this upcoming series on our blog and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ultimatesporttherapy

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/sports-therapy.html

Carolyn Zepf
osteopathy (current study) & Certified Athletic Sports Therapist, Keynote & Professional Speaker


Carolyn Zepf Discusses What is Back Pain?

August 16, 2011

What is back pain?

Great question!  Most people have experienced an episode of back pain or will at one point in time in their life.  So what is back pain?

There are many things that can cause us to experience pain in the back area.  Your pain can be due to a disc irritation or protrusion, an entrapped or impinged nerve, misalignments in the spine and pelvis can cause the back area to become painful, muscle imbalances and soft tissue irritation can cause back pain.  Pressure or injury to ligaments, tendons and facets joints can cause back pain.

Ultimate Sports Therapy understands that a lot of people have questions in regards to experiencing or having friends or family go through back pain.   As a clinic we wish to educate and help people understand where their pain is coming from and how they can help themselves over come back pain.  Ultimate Sports Therapy will be doing a series of back pain related articles and videos on the history of back pain, the causes of back pain,  interviewing other professionals in the medical and rehab field on their knowledge and experience on back pain, as well as we will discuss ways to overcome and remain back pain free.

Keep an eye out for this upcoming series on our blog and YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ultimatesporttherapy

 

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/sports-therapy.html

Carolyn Zepf
osteopathy (current study) & Certified Athletic Sports Therapist, Keynote & Professional Speaker


Golfer’s Elbow

May 26, 2011


Golfer’s elbow is pain caused by inflammation on the inner side of your elbow, where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the inside of your elbow. The pain can be constant or intermittent, and often spreads into your forearm and wrist.

Golfer’s elbow also known as “medial epicondylitis” is similar to tennis elbow, but it occurs on the inside rather than the outside of your elbow. it is important to note that this disorder is not limited to golfers. Construction workers, office employees, and others who repeatedly use their wrists or clench their fingers also can develop golfer’s elbow.

The pain of golfer’s elbow doesn’t have to keep you off the course or away from your favorite activities. With proper attention and treatment, you can get back to doing the activities you love quite quickly.

The use of Osteopathic Techniques can quickly remove a large majority of strain in the muscles of the forearm and release the tension on the joint. This will steadily decrease the amount of inflammation that is causing the pain. The combination of ultrasound therapy and laser therapy are also commonly used to increase the healing potential of the tissues in cases of Golfer’s Elbow as well.

Of course, the patient with Golfer’s Elbow will be given home exercises and stretches, but the best home solution is to ice and rest the elbow. For more information, please feel free to contact us at Ultimate Sports Therapy.

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer


The Perfect Golf Swing

May 12, 2011

Ok duffers… this one’s for you.  Many of you watch your favorite player on the PGA Tour draw their club back effortlessly into the perfect position, perfectly on plane, and perfectly in balance, and many of you think to yourselves, “Yeah…That’s what my back swing looks like!” Then they swing at around 120mph, and finish in perfect follow through position, in perfect balance, and you say to yourself , “Yeah, that’s what my follow through position looks like!” Well, let me be the first to tell you…no it doesn’t!

“Well, why not?  How do you know that without watching me?” The simple explanation is that you are not flexible enough to get into that position in perfect balance.  Ever wonder why your back hurts the next day, and your knees are sore?  Without the flexibility to reach these positions, the joints of the low back, hips, knees and ankles become over stretched and strained.

I see people working on the plane so much these days, watching their club as it goes back and forth through the hitting zone, making sure their club stays fairly level with its starting position, and this is great.  But, I rarely see people with a video camera observing themselves.  Most people have a camera that takes video, and that’s all you need for a basic analysis, but you have to know what to look for.   Here are a few signs that you need to increase your flexibility…

1.  Head Movement.  If you watch yourself, and your head is moving behind the ball more than a few inches during your back swing, that means you are not rotating far enough, and you are compensating with “sway” for added power.

2.  Weak Top Position.  If you can not get your arms high enough to be in a high arc power position at the top of your back swing, or if the club is not reaching a parallel position, you are not flexible enough to get it there!

3.  Short Follow Through.  If you make a very short follow through, its a good sign you can’t get to a full follow through position, and

4.  Can’t hold the follow through position.  Even if you can make it to a solid follow through position, but can’t stay there in balance for more than a split second, You need more flexibility.

There are a few other issues like wrist and ankle flexibility that can affect the swing as well, but mostly it is the muscles of the torso, core, and lower back that need to be both flexible and strong.  If you see any of the above issues with your swing, or if you feel pain during your round or in the day or two after, feel free to gives us a call for an analysis.

Soon you’ll be looking like this…

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer


Ultimate Sports Therapy – Tools of the Trade: Visceral/Organ Treatment

April 18, 2011

Tools of the Trade: Visceral/Organ Treatment

I’ve mentioned in earlier writings that there are areas of the body quite far away from the symptom area that could be the cause of the symptoms.  One of the most common findings is that there is an organ such as the intestines or liver that is out of proper position causing joint pain.  Let me explain.

Everyone knows that each joint in the body has a specific range of motion.  The knee joint moves forward and back, the ankle makes circles, the jaw moves up and down, etc.  Each of these joints can only move so far though.  This is the “range” of motion.

What needs to be understood is that each organ, just like each joint, has a range of motion.  For example, the pancreas rolls forward and back, the lungs rotate outwards like cylinders, and the small intestines rotate left and right like the face of a clock.   Every single organ has a very specific movement because of the way it is attached to the body.  The ligaments that hold the organ in place also create the axis at which the organ can move.  Picture the handle of a pail.  Because of the way the handle attaches at both sides of the pail, it allows a swinging motion of the pail forward and back, similar to the knee joint.  Using that example, the liver has two ligament attachments on either side of it connecting it to the diaphragm called the “triangular ligaments”, so guess how the liver moves?  Exactly, just like the pail.  But, because there are also attachments from the liver to the stomach beside it, it also does a little side bending motion at the same time.  You can picture that, can’t you.

Now imagine if someone were playing a sport like hockey and were checked into the boards on their right side.  That liver would be taking a huge impact since it sits just inside the lower right rib cage.  The ligaments that hold the liver in place can be sprained and strained, just like any other ligaments.  The ligaments get very tight, and begin to hold the liver in the wrong position.  You can see where this is going.  This is where visceral/organ techniques come into play, and are literally life changing.  Correcting the position and movement of the organs dramatically effects how well the person is living.

Picture a car accident.  You don’t feel it at first, but the next few days are very painful, and sometimes you just never feel quite the same.  Picture the seat belt.  Picture the way it crosses your chest and across your abdomen.  Now, imagine the force on the lungs, heart, stomach, liver, intestines when you are in an accident.  Literally every organ receives some impact in a car accident.  Now, this is much better than no seat belt at all obviously.  But the seat belt can cause organs to be shifted out of place and visceral ligament to be sprained and strained.

Another example is a case of “hiatus hernia”.  This is when a piece of the upper stomach is caught in the diaphragm.  I can’t tell you how many successful cases of hiatus hernia I have treated using visceral techniques.  No more heart burn, no more indigestion, and best of all, no surgery!

The last example I will leave you with is one that still astounds even me.  You see, through my studies professors would tell us that by correcting the position of the organs, you will help the body to balance itself hormonally.  Many of the organs produce or synthesize hormones, so sure, this made sense, but I didn’t understand the amount of influence I could make until I stated using these techniques in my practice.  I have helped women with menopause by dramatically cutting down their hot flashes from 8-10 a day to 1-2 a day, I have helped extreme migraine cases where hormonal imbalance was the cause, and I have even helped women become pregnant who never thought they could by correcting the position and motion of the uterus and reproductive system.  This is by far the greatest gift Osteopathy has given me, and it has turned into a passion.

Simply put, Visceral Techniques are extremely safe and gentle, yet yield powerful results in every patient.  It is often the cause of joint pain, internal dis-ease, and hormonal imbalance.

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer


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