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Resolving the causes and effects of back pain – Active Release – Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

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Resolving the causes and effects of back pain – Active Release Technique – Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

One of the most common injuries that ART® providers treat, indiscriminate of their work setting, is lower back pain. Accordingly, it’s no surprise that lower back pain is the most commonly recorded musculoskeletal disorder. In the United States alone, it is the culprit of $100-200 billion in medical expenses each year. 80% of the U.S. population is affected by back pain at some time in their life. The high prevalence of back pain has enabled us at Active Release Techniques® to spend a lot of time studying the causes and most effective treatment protocols for each individual cause.

Back pain results from a wide array of working circumstances including heavy or repetitive lifting, over-reaching working in an awkward posture, and remaining bent over or seated for too long, just to name a few. These tasks create scar tissue, which causes pain, weakness, and reduced range of motion. Because of the large variety of behaviors causing back pain, cases of back-related MSDs can be found in nearly any workplace setting, from offices to factories. Whether the activity causing the pain is sitting, reaching, or lifting, pain origination is frequently linked to doing any of these activities with an awkward posture. Additionally, as people age, their incidence of back pain rises as does the cost, which increases at a greater rate due to the increased time, medication, and procedures necessary for their recovery.

Sitting puts twice as much stress on your back as standing, and when you slouch that stress is compounded. Further, sitting in a slouched position over-stretches the ligaments in your back. Not only do sitting and slouching add stress, they also prevent nutrients from getting to the discs in your spine. Excessive sitting can also cause pain in your hips and pelvis because it tightens and shortens the tendons in that region, placing even more pressure on the lower back. Pain resulting from maintaining an awkward posture, such as crouching or bending for an extended period of time, is often caused by some variation on this same reasoning.

Back pain as a result of heavy or repetitive lifting is also frequently a function of lifting with an awkward or incorrect posture. The weight being lifted adds additional stress to the spine, and awkward posture exacerbates the issue by causing muscles, tendons, or ligaments to over-stretch or tear.

So many of the things we do every day can build up scar tissue over time and cause back pain. Luckily, ART® can help, not only to relieve your pain and release your scar tissue, but also, through our onsite wellness programs, suggest things that you can do to prevent that scar tissue from building up in the first place.

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Knee Pain – A common injury with many causes – Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

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ART® has a long history working with athletes of all kinds, and was actually developed when the founder, Dr. P. Michael Leahy was working with elite athletes to help them get back to peak performance more quickly. No matter the kind of athletic endeavor in which you partake, knee injuries are a common frustration that can be resolved with ART® In addition to being extremely prevalent, knee injuries can also be some of the most nagging, because they can take a long time to come back from, and can stop people from working out or training for weeks or months.

The knee must support body weight as well as flex and extend to generate the propulsive forces needed to move the body. To help the knee serve its very important function, it is surrounded by a complex group of muscles that must be strong, flexible, and coordinated enough to protect and stabilize the knee.

Knee injuries are so common because the knee is interconnected with other joints, namely the hip and the ankle, as a part of the kinetic chain. The knee is a hinge joint that is designed to move backward and forward, but the other joints in the kinetic chain, the hip and ankle, move front to back, side to side, and around in circles. Understanding how pain in one joint can come from elsewhere in the kinetic chain is an important part of how ART® providers diagnose a soft-tissue injury. Very often, knee pain is symptomatic of issues in the adjacent muscles or joints. If the hip or foot has even a minor issue such as over-tightness, weakness, muscle imbalance, or faulty alignment, it can overload the bones and ligaments in the knee, and places even more demand on the muscles around the knee as they try to keep it from moving from side to side or twisting.

When there is a problem anywhere in this kinetic chain, the knee is often the first place to develop pain, even if it is not the source of the problem. This is referred to as movement compensation. The forces generated by any athletic activity do not get properly distributed and they become focused at the knee. For this reason, when diagnosing knee pain, ART® providers know that they must examine the entire kinetic chain, and not just the knee and its surrounding muscles. Treatment that focuses on just the knee often results in re-injury because the root of the problem is not addressed.

Traditional treatments for knee pain often involve some combination of heat, ice, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, steroid injections, exercises, and sometimes even surgery. Many of these methods are ways to temporarily relax the muscles, and all of them deal exclusively with the knee and the muscles surrounding it. These treatments often take a long time to see significant results, and even then those results are temporary and the injury usually recurs. This is because the root of the problem has not been addressed, the entire kinetic chain has not been examined, and scar tissue has not been released.

An ART® provider watches you move and examines the entire kinetic chain using tactile observation to feel the texture and tension of each muscle, and releases the scar tissue that sustains the injury with palpation. This assures that the root of the problem is addressed and keeps the injury from happening again. Best of all, ART® treatment delivers noticeable results in just one 15-minute treatment and can resolve the injury completely with just 5-10 treatments, so you can get back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

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Taking the pain off your shoulders with Active Release Technique – Dr Mark Kemenosh and Assoicates

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Pain in your shoulders can affect a wide range of activities. ART® providers treat cases of shoulder pain resulting from as little as working at your computer to participating in activities such as tennis, swimming, and golf. Shoulder pain is commonly slow to respond to traditional treatments, and if shoulder pain progresses, it can make simple tasks, such as reaching for things and sleeping, painful.

As with any type of injury, ART® first looks at the underlying cause of shoulder pain. The shoulder provides a great deal of motion for a single joint, and allows people to reach overhead, behind their bodies, across their chest, and to rotate their arms. The shoulder joint is comprised of the rounded end of the arm bone called the “humerus,” and the flat surface of the shoulder blade, known as the “scapula.” Because the shoulder is the joining of a flat and a round surface, it is a relatively loose joint, which is what enables it to provide such a wide range of motions. Stability and control of this motion is provided by the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers.

Shoulder injuries occur most often when significant stress or repetitive motion inhibit the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers from doing their job. Many people realize that sports such as tennis or golf can cause shoulder injuries easily. This is because these activities demand both a great deal of force from the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers, as their swinging motion requires the arm to reach far behind and in front of the body, and numerous repetitions of those motions.

What many people do not realize, is that shoulder injuries are often caused by the actions of their everyday lives. Any time you push, pull, lift, or carry anything with your arms, your shoulder muscles must contract to protect the shoulder. Even working at your computer requires a small ongoing contraction in the shoulder muscles. These may seem like small matters, but combined with the frequency with which many people complete these actions, these everyday activities can cause serious repetitive use injuries.

Inside the muscles and tendons, these motions cause small-scale muscle damages called microtrauma. If microtrauma is not able to heal, it can lead to the buildup of scar tissue also known as “adhesions.” Adhesions then contribute to the cumulative injury cycle, which can eventually lead to more serious injury, pain, and loss of function.

Traditional treatments for shoulder pain include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, steroid injections, stretching, exercises, and if these don’t succeed, surgery is recommended. If these methods are effective, they often must be done over a long period of time, and can be costly both monetarily and in the amount of time away from activities. Many of these methods are only able to treat the symptoms of shoulder pain and not the cause.

Active Release Techniques® locates the exact location of the adhesions and releases them, thus eliminating the underlying cause of the pain. To do this, the ART® provider will apply very specific pressure while you lengthen and stretch the tissue. Because of the hands-on nature of ART® treatment, as the provider releases the tissue in one area they are able to determine the overall health of the muscles and tissues in the area and provide the most comprehensive treatment possible.

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Running Works – Day Of Distance 2018 – Date Announced – Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8 AM – 4 PM

We know it’s early but we are charged up about keeping running alive and well in our region of South Jersey! All too often we hear running community members say if they would have only known about the Day Of Distance earlier they would have signed up! Well it’s on and the date is Friday, March 16, 2018 8 AM to 4 PM.  While we don’t have all the details just yet, we can tell you that the Running Works team has started to circulate a Facebook Event Page confirming the date, time, and the location, which is always, Villanova University.

Day Of Distance Facebook Invite Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1905653229751357/

So far the keynote speakers for 2018 will be Craig Virgin and Chris Fox.  We will post more info when we know about it!

Here are some pictures from the 2017 Running Works Day Of Distance –

Here are a few pictures of Dr. Mark Kemenosh speaking at the break out sessions of the 2016 Day of Distance on the benefits for Active Release when applied to cross country and track and field athletes!

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Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K Race Walk and Kids Race – HADDONFIELD, NJ –

Holy smokes, it’s almost time for Christmas, New Years and so much more! Where did 2017 go? Is Cross Country really already over? Well, I guess it’s time to plan for spring and there is no better way to break out of a winter time funk than to sign for up the Haddonfield Running Co Adrenaline 5k Run/Walk and Kids Races! Inside tip, we usually setup in the basement of the Running Co for a post race recovery room with the Training Room of Haddonfield Physical Therapy group!

Place

Haddonfield Memorial High School
Haddonfield, NJ US 08033

Race Description

The 13th Annual Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K Run will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018. The 5k starts at 9am in front of Haddonfield High School and is followed by a kids 1/4 mile and 100 meter races on the Haddonfield High School track.

The 5K race is USATF certified, and serves as the MidAtlantic 5K Championship. This event is sponsored by the RunningCo. of Haddonfield. Kick off the 2018 running season with an adrenaline pumping race!

Team Challenges

Note: No Race Day Team Registration.

Corporate Team Registration allows an organization to pay for their employees and families. Click on Corporate Team and Create New Team.

Competitive teams will still be the same:

3 to a team to score, no maximum. Awards to top 2 teams in each of the following categories:

– High School Club Team (Male and Female)

– Family Team

– Corporate Team

Packet Pickup

March 14-16 from 10AM – 7PM at RunningCo. of Haddonfield, 121 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

Race Day Packet Pickup at Haddonfield High School starting at 7AM.

Directions

From the Ben Franklin Bridge, take Rt. 30 East. Follow signs for “Cherry Hill”. After ramp, take Route 70 East about 3 miles to Route 41 exit to Haddonfield, continue straight. After the second traffic light, Park Ave., Haddonfield High School is on your right. Follow signs for parking.

From Rt. 295, take Exit 32 – Haddonfield/Gibbsboro. At the end of the exit ramp, turn onto Route 561 West (Haddonfield/Berlin Road) towards Haddonfield. Travel straight on Route 561 for about 3 or 4 miles, make a right onto Kings Highway, Haddonfield High School is on your left. Follow signs for parking.

Cash Prizes

Top 5 Overall Male and Female Runners:

1st – $400
2nd – $250
3rd – $150
4th – $100
5th – $50

Top 3 Overall Masters Male and Female

1st – $100
2nd – $75
3rd – $50

Awards

Finishers medals for all runners. Wait til you see the 13 year design!!! St Pats Special!!!!

Awards to Top 3 Male and Females in the following Age Groups: Under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

Link to SIGN UP — https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Haddonfield/HaddonfieldAdrenaline5K

Hosted by the Running Co of South Jersey – Haddonfield, Moorestown, Mullica Hill, and Medford

Link to SIGN UP — https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Haddonfield/HaddonfieldAdrenaline5K

Pics from years gone by and a short jaunt down memory lane of the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k – All photos are thumbnails! Click on them to see more detail!

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Mount Laurel NJ Office Open House – November 18th, 2017 from Noon – 4 PM with Framework Pilates

While the details are not 100% set in stone just yet, we will be hosting an open house for our Mount Laurel office in about 30 days!

Date:  November 18th, 2017

Time:  Noon to 4 PM

Address:  3131 New Jersey 38 #11B, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054 (Upstairs! Above Flowers by Elizabeth!)

Phone Number:  (856) 228-3100

We are doing our best to make sure that we have an RSVP set up on Event Brite by this weekend!

We know for sure that we must start at noon because Dr. Mark always attends the Cross Country Meet Of Champions at Holmdel, NJ and Dr. Craig has friends, family and patients running in the Rothman 8k and Philly Half Marathon that morning!  LuluLemon will be hosting a trunk show, food and drinks will be available, and we will be giving away Pilates lessons!

The main host of this event will be Framework Pilates which you can see more info about their techniques at http://frameworkbodies.com/

Framework Pilates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frameworkbodies/

We will update this post the moment we have more information and link to RSVP at Event Brite!

 

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The 22nd Annual Cross Country Cherokee Challenge – Cherokee High School – Marlton NJ

We will be attending and setting up once again this year at the Cherokee Challenge kick off race of South Jersey! We had so much fun sweating it out last year that we couldn’t say no to coming back again this year. We will be just to the right of the Running Co of South Jersey.

This unusual meet, sponsored by Nike and The Running Company of South Jersey, with its shorter racing distances, class scoring, and unique coed team scoring, provides a great, low-key opportunity for runners to begin the competitive season, and we hope you “take the Challenge” this year!

Link to NJ Mile Split:  http://nj.milesplit.com/meets/283039/info#.WZxXJ1GGPIU

Link to Cherokee Challenge Main Website: http://www.ccctf.com/ch_chal_main.html

2016 Girls Cherokee Challenge Alyssa Aldridge Takes 2nd in Junior Race: http://nj.milesplit.com/videos/154640

2016 Cherokee Challenge by Running Works Pics: http://nj.milesplit.com/photos/pro/32040

We hope to see you at Cherokee High School on September 9, 2017 which is just a few weeks away, enjoy the rest of your summer and keep training hard, September and October will be here before you know it!

Additional Cherokee Challenge Info

Race Schedule

9:00AM Middle School Girls
9:20 Middle School Boys
9:40 Frosh Girls
10:00 Frosh Boys
10:20 Soph Girls
10:40 Soph Boys
11:00 Junior Girls
11:20 Junior Boys
11:40 Senior Girls
12:00 Senior Boys.

2 Miles for all High School Events
1.5 Miles for all Middle School Events

Records

HS Boys — Shawn Wilson Cherokee 2012 9:26
HS Girls — Jillian Smith Southern 2008 10:41
MS Boys — Max Adams Cinnaminson 2013 7:28
MS Boys — Derek Gess Haddonfield 2014 7:28
MS Girls — Briana Gess Haddonfield 2012 7:38

Running Co of South Jersey: http://runningco.com/

Running Works: https://runningworks.com/

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Atrophy of gluteus maximus among women with a history of chronic low back pain

Saw a nice article recently post from our neighbors over at Department of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 3 Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Article Title: Atrophy of gluteus maximus among women with a history of chronic low back pain

Methods:  For this case-control study, we analyzed medical history and pelvic computed tomography (CT) scans for 36 female patients with a history of chronic LBP, and 32 female patients without a history of LBP. Muscle cross-sectional area of gluteus maximus was measured from axial CT scans using OsiriX MD software, then was normalized to patient height, and used to compare the two groups. The number of back pain-related medical visits was also correlated with gluteus maximus cross-sectional area.

Conclusions: This research demonstrated a previously only minimally explored relationship between gluteus maximus cross-sectional area and LBP in women. Further research is indicated in individuals with varying age, sex, and LBP diagnoses.

Direct Link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0177008

Take away ideas from this study in a nut shell:  

This research confirmed Thomas Jefferson’s Physical Therapy Researchers hypothesis that Glute Max atrophy would be greater in individuals with chronic LBP. Further research is indicated on Glute Max CSA in individuals with varying age, sex, and LBP diagnoses. Research on the potential impact of exercise interventions targeting GM in individuals with chronic LBP is also indicated.

If you are struggling with low back pain, we can almost always help! We combine chiropractic, active release, home exercise programs and much more to the treatment of all types of back pain. Give us a call at 856.228.3100 for more information or send us an email a the link below!

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Injured Redskins turn to chiropractor to recover quickly – Richmond Times

Earlier this month a great article went up on the Richmond Times about how Washington Redskins players were turning to Chiropractic Medicine to return to the field quicker. We love great information about Chiropractic, Active Release Technique, and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue work! The best part of the story is that the Chiropractor helped him with his Achilles injuries, just like we do at our office here in South Jersey. We do a lot more than just low back pain and neck pain, check out the article below for more info.

Link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1RIqXi4TG5cJ:www.richmond.com/redskins-xtra/injured-redskins-turn-to-chiropractor-to-recover-quickly/article_a72268f8-3bac-598e-94b3-dda2761f5310.html&num=1&hl=en&gl=us&strip=0&vwsrc=0

From the article:

Running back Mack Brown watched Josh Doctson’s college film this offseason, seeing clips of his teammate toe tapping in the end zone, high pointing passes and running crisp routes rolled into five-minute YouTube videos.

Doctson tried TheraBands to fix his Achilles injury, he tried stretching it and none of it helped reclaim his health. Brown knew what Doctson could do for the Redskins’ offense this season, so he recommended Doctson see Dr. Craig, a chiropractor in the Ashburn area who Brown visits for body maintenance.

“I knew he really was in pain. I was like, ‘You really need to go to this doctor to get your body worked on,’” Brown said. “You get Doctson at 100 percent, he’s a problem for the league, one of the best receivers in the league. We need to get him back healthy.”

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The Washington Township (Sewell) Office has changed locations – Now at 601 Hollydell Drive

In a whirlwind week of changes, we also had to change up our Washington Township (Sewell) New Jersey office recently to keep up with our good friends at The Training Room Physical Therapy!  We are now located inside of Webb Fitness and MMA at 601 Hollydell Drive, Washington Township, NJ 08080 (aka The Hollydell Ice Arena).

We know are in the same group of businesses as

Webb Fitness and MMA (Formerly UFC Gym of Washington Township) – https://www.facebook.com/webbfitnessandmma/

Hollydell Ice Arena – http://www.hollydell.com/

The Training Room of Washington Township (Sewell) – https://thetrainingroompt.com/locations/sewell-nj/

Please contact our main office with any questions at 856.228.3100 OR use the Contact Us form below!

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