Archive for December 2012

Setting the Record Straight: Manipulation of the Neck IS Safe

THE LATEST RESEARCH …In a recent Cochrane review for mechanical neck disorders, manipulation made it into the highest level of evidence. No medical interventions achieved this level of evidence. CMT: safe and effective. Use of prescription drugs: much less safe and proven to be ineffective for managing spinal pain. In the Rand study, it was…

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The Magic Ladder to Resolving Muscle and Joint Pain

The Right Approach to Treatment Implemented at the Right Time makes all the difference…Fontaine The Triad above depicts the three essential components to optimal health: Structural, Chemical, Emotional. Structure refers to our musculoskeletal system and will be the focus of this article. A major key to corrective rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain syndromes is to retrain…

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Should We Always Stretch a Tight Muscle?

by Dr Matt Fontaine Using manual treatments like Active Release Techniques provides the physical medicine provider with invaluable tools for releasing scar tissue and tight muscles. However, when one identifies a tight restricted muscle, one should ask the question..Why is the muscle tight? Ensuring the Proper Rehab Sequence: Understanding Centration and the Body’s Support Structure…

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Top Three Injuries in Triathlon and Endurance Sports

What to Expect, How to Treat, and How to Prevent Runner’s Knee, Achilles Tendonitis and Swimmer’s Shoulder By Matt Fontaine, D.C., ART Our body is composed of a series of structural kinetic chains, whereas dysfunction or imbalance in one area can quickly lead to dysfunctions in other parts of the body. Pattern overload describes injury…

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The Top Ten Do’s and Don’ts In Strength Training

By Dr. Matt Fontaine I am often asked about this exercise or that. Is this safe or is that machine ok? The answers to these questions often depend on many variables. Can your body move properly during a specific movement with a specific lift or exercise. Do all the joints involved in that movement have…

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How to Do an Ice Bath Safely

Simple Guidelines for Post Race Ice Bath How and Why it Works The ice bath is great for recovery of microtrauma, small tears to the soft tissues that occur from training and overexertion. The ice bath causes constriction of blood vessels. As the body warms up after the ice bath, circulation increases again and flushes…

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The Quest for IM 70.3

A Half Ironman (or Half Iron-distance) Triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, finished off with a 13.1 mile run. This is a short introduction article in a series on triathlon training and competition. My purpose is to share some of the key topics in the sport of Triathlon from…

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