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The New York Times – Bring On the Exercise, Hold the Painkillers

Over the weekend a fantastic article that speaks to a team of chiropractors like we have at the office appeared on my social feeds! On The New York Times Running Newsletter the following article was published about exercise and why some forms of NSAID’s and Painkillers and endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, and cyclists should think first before just dismissing the issue and reaching for ibuprofen or naproxen in most cases.

Taken directly from the article by Gretchen Reynolds:

Taking ibuprofen and related over-the-counter painkillers could have unintended and worrisome consequences for people who vigorously exercise. These popular medicines, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, work by suppressing inflammation. But according to two new studies, in the process they potentially may also overtax the kidneys during prolonged exercise and reduce muscles’ ability to recover afterward.

Direct Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/well/move/bring-on-the-exercise-hold-the-painkillers.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ru_20170707&nl=running&nl_art=1&nlid=80378830&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

NSAID use is especially widespread among athletes in strenuous endurance sports like marathon and ultramarathon running. By some estimates, as many as 75 percent of long-distance runners take ibuprofen or other NSAIDs before, during or after training and races.

Being a marathoner myself I cannot refute the fact that on occasion I do take the label dosage of ibuprofen but understand that in most cases this is a poor choice for dealing with a running issue.  While most outsiders think of our office as “just another chiropractic office” we also offer Active Release Technique, commonly referred to as “ART” and in sports like running, cycling, and swimming, we usually offer a huge amount of upside with treatment to all sorts of issues commonly encountered.  I have even broken myself to some extent to not use ibuprofen (advil) or naproxen (aleve), which at times is tough with very small injuries that often times only slow me down, but do not keep me from running and going to the gym.

Some other valuable links about “pills” and runners / endurance athletes to check out are the following!

The Pill Problem – The right drug can relieve pain and discomfort—or put you in a world of hurt.

Direct Link: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/what-runners-should-know-about-pain-medications

From the article written by Christie Ashwanden:

After winning a 24-hour track run in record time, Stephanie Ehret should have been celebrating. Instead, she was in a Phoenix emergency room, vomiting up a strange substance, which a doctor informed her was part of her digestive-tract lining. Feverish and nauseous, Ehret could barely move. “I’d never felt so bad,” she says. “I was pretty sure I was dying.”

A few hours later, doctors diagnosed the problem—rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal precursor to kidney failure. Though dehydration and overexertion contributed to Ehret’s condition, doctors told her that the 12 ibuprofen pills she’d taken during the 24-hour race had pushed her kidneys into the danger zone.

When used properly, over-the-counter pain medications can be a godsend. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can tame many pains. And non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen can reduce pain and swelling in the first few days following an acute injury like an ankle sprain. The trouble comes, doctors say, when people, like Ehret, misuse these drugs. “A couple of ibuprofens really helped, so I figured more was better,” Ehret says. Indeed, many runners treat anti-inflammatory drugs like “vitamin I,” says pharmacologist Joe Graedon, coauthor of The People’s Pharmacy book series. “They think, I’m putting my body through a lot, so I’ll just dose up on ibuprofen, without appreciating how potentially dangerous this drug can be.”

The Dangers Of Mixing Meds While Running

Direct Link:  https://houseofrunning.com/the-dangers-of-mixing-meds-and-running/

From the article written by Laurie Villarreal for House of Running –

I was at the start of the CPC half marathon last weekend when a runner said to me that she had just taken some ibuprofen for a headache. I immediately thought, “oh no, bad idea.” While ibuprofen might help with a headache or with post-race inflammation, it can be too risky to take before a running event. This is something that I never do. Before mixing medication with running, it’s quite important for you to know the risks as well.

Ibuprofen is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), which can be particularly risky for runners. NSAIDs also include the common drugs aspirin and naproxen, as well as many others. When taken before or during a run, it can cause harm to your kidneys, increase your blood pressure to risky levels, and put you at greater risk for hyponatremia. No matter the reason for taking an NSAID, it is not often worth the risk.

The best part about being a chiropractor who specializes in Active Release Technique here in South Jersey is that more than likely we can correct most running issues using hands on Myofascial Manipulation coupled with treatments like Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation and some NATURAL anti-inflammatories to keep you running, biking, swimming, cross fitting, ninjaing and more at a very high level!

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Haddon Heights FireCracker 5k – Fourth of July Race – Haddon Heights, NJ

Need a great little 5k to get your blood pumping the morning of the Fourth of July, look no further than the Haddon Heights FireCracker 5k.  This race has been going on for several years now and is always a local favorite with our patients and friends who like to run.  This race is a very big draw due to it’s proximity with Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, and Haddon Township, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can!  Online registration closes on SUNDAY JULY 2ND!

Run Sign Up Link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/HaddonHeights/FireCracker5k2?remMeAttempt=

Place
625 Station Ave
7th & West High St. (Hoff’s Park)
Haddon Heights, NJ US 08035

Description

Sponsored by the Haddon Heights Municipal Alliance.

New race morning Registration, Start, Finish, and Awards Ceremony location – Hoff’s Park (7th & W High St.)

Amenities
T-Shirts; Refreshments; Water Tables on Course; and Course Police Controlled.

Online Registration, Timing/Results, & Finish Line by L & M Computer Sports. www.LMSPORTS.com

Information
Questions? Bridgette Griffith (856) 655-5988

ONLINE Registration closes midnight Sunday night, July 2.

Race Day Info
July 4th 6:30am – 7:45am at Hoff’s Park (7th & West High St), Haddon Heights, NJ. “Rain or Shine”

Race Day entry fee: $25.

Flat, fast & mostly shaded – point to point. Ends at Hoff’s Park, which is also the parade finish. Course roads are police controlled.

Early Packet Pick-Up & Entry
July 3rd – Avoid race day lines, stop in Monday night 6pm to 7:30pm at the Haddon Heights Borough Hall, 625 Station Ave. Haddon Heights. Entry fee still $20. (Race Day $25.)

ONLINE Registration closes 10pm, Sunday, July 2.

Awards

1st Male & Female – $150. ea 2nd Male & Female – $100. ea 3rd Male & Female – $50. ea

Age Groups: Top 3 M & F in each of the following divisions: 14 & under; 15 – 19; 20 – 29; 30 – 34; 35 – 39; 40 – 44; 45 – 49; 50 – 59; 60 – 69; 70+

Special Award Divisions: Top 3 M & F Public Safety Personnel (Police/Fire/EMS/Federal LE); Top 3 M & F Military

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Pitman NJ Freedom Four Miler – July 4th 2017 – 8:30 AM

Looking for a great fourth of July race for actual day of Independence Day? The Pittman Freedom Four Miler is just the ticket and very well revered as a fast, local race that a lot of runners love year in and year out! What better way to get you July 4th celebrations started than by a nice run through historic and picturesque Pitman!

Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/PitmanFreedomFour/

Run Sign Up Link:  https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Pitman/PitmanFreedomFourMilerRun?remMeAttempt=

Place
110 S. BroadwayPitman, NJ 08071
Pitman, NJ US 08071
Description

The 36th Annual Pitman Freedom Four Mile Road Race
An Independence Day run through one of South Jersey’s most picturesque towns!

WHEN: 8:45AM – Tuesday, JULY 4, 2017 * Rain or Shine
Paper Registration Form: Printable version of registration form
WHERE: Start and Finish near Broadway Theatre, Broadway, Pitman NJ

COURSE: Challenging, accurately measured 4 miles through Pitman. Our race is now more accurately timed using chip timing with jbsportstiming.com.

This course is not certified with USATF:

ONLINE REGISTRATION close at 7pm on July 2, 2017: Cost will be $25.00 before July 2, 2017. Come out on July 3, 2017 to the Pitman Middle School Gym from 4pm -8pm last chance to save some money on registration price of $30. Day of Registration will be at Borough Hall from 7:00am to 8:15am. Race day price will be $35.

PACKET PICKUP: July 3, 2017 at the Pitman Middle School Gym from 4pm – 8pm.

T-SHIRTS: Each runner will receive a race performance shirt.

PRIZES: $100 – To the 1st Male & Female finisher. Prizes to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 plus. All age group will get there award mail to them. The only awards that will be giving out day of is the top overall winners.

TROPHIES: Top Pitman Male/Female

RACE DIRECTORS: Andy Fox, Allison Kostiuk, Eric Stanwood

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Science Says Running Helps You Live Longer – MapMyRun.com

Link to original study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28365296

Original Study Title: Running as a Key Lifestyle Medicine for Longevity.

Journal: Progressive Cardiovascular Disease

While the doctors here aren’t totally surprised to see an article like this one go online, we do like the idea that walking or running at a high level for around two hours of time weekly greatly help your heart stay in better shape which then adds years to your life!

From the Article written by Lara Rosenbaum:

The benefits of running are countless. Easy and obvious ones are improved cardiovascular health — including lower levels of cholesterol, better moods and increased bone density. And now there’s another major plus to regularly lacing up your sneakers and racking up some miles: a longer life.

THE LATEST STUDY

If you already love running, here’s another reason to dig it: A new study published in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, revealed that running may add about three years to your life, and reduce the risk of early mortality by up to 40%. “Running decreases many risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and it strengthens the heart more so than other forms of exercise given its ability to drive the heart rate up and keep it sustained at a high rate,” explains exercise physiologist and running coach, Jason Karp, PhD, author of “The Inner Runner.” “Running also increases aerobic power (VO2 max) more than other forms of cardio — and VO2 max is the single biggest indicator of a person’s aerobic fitness.”

Link to original article: http://blog.mapmyrun.com/science-says-running-helps-live-longer/?utm_source=mfp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=workouts20170603

Looking for our previous articles on running?  Please see below.

Running actually lowers inflammation in knee joints – Running may also slow the process that leads to osteoarthritis

Dr Craig’s favorite prehabilitation exercise – Monster Walk with Theraband

 

The Running Works Day Of Distance Wrap Up – Villanova University

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Dr Craig’s favorite prehabilitation exercise – Monster Walk with Theraband

I teach this exact exercise several times a day as well as a few variations almost on the daily since the basis of most of our patients are runners.  This exercise can never be done slowly enough, anyone can do this movement quickly but slow down and act like you have a hot cup of coffee in your hands.  Almost everyone does these exercises quickly and while there is nothing wrong with that, slower is almost always better.  Check out all the following videos on how to practice this excellent prehab movement for most runners struggling with “typical runner stuff”.

If you are a South Jersey runner struggling with pain and tenderness as we lead up to the big part of summer running season which is just ahead (Broad Street Run, Philly Rock N Roll Half, Chicago Marathon, Philly Half and Philly Marathon are all on the horizon) give us a call at 856.228.3100.

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The Running Works Day Of Distance Wrap Up – Villanova University

The RunningWorks Day Of Distance on March 17th was AWESOME!  If you are high school track or cross country coach you need to be at this event next year!  The speaker lineup was great and I didn’t even need an afternoon coffee to get through this event which almost never happens at a seminar being the father of two young children!  The event kicked off promptly at 8am with breakfast and small talk at the  Jake Nevin Field House at Villanova University.  At 9am the day promptly started with Marcus O’Sullivan greeting the seminar and talking about how important coaching is for young athletes.

At around 9:30am Steve Magness took over and discussed “The ART and science of coaching track athletes” and discussed many of his findings and experiences as the head distance track coach at the University of Houston as well as a private coach to several Olympians.  Steve’s professional coaching career involves athletes like Sara Hall, 3:56 miler Tommy Schmitz, 3:58 miler Jake Edwards and has served as a consultant to many Olympic runners and triathletes.  His website and books are available at the popular running website, ScienceOfRunning.com

Next up on the docket was Tom Schwartz discussing coaching techniques and Critical Velocity Training as it applies to Type 2A Muscle Fibers and some of the research he has been using using for runner training the past 20 years.  Some of Tom’s best insights were on knowing how long you can effectively kick for during a run based on the distance of your race versus the conditioning of the athlete.  The Tinman further explained some of his insights gained over a lifetime of training and coaching as well as being a featured contributor to TheRunZone.com

Lunch was served at noon with a lot of veggies and fruit which helps someone like me who at least attempts to eat healthy at seminars.  There was also some pretty awesome pizza because simply put, a running seminar full of runners, needs pizza.

The afternoon was great, my first break out session was with Dr. Greg Biren of Rowan University who discussed “Fueling Athletes for Maximum Performance” in Villanova’s amazing Bartley Hall. Dr. Biren’s presentation was great and packed about as much basic athletic runner performance nutrition that you can pack into 59 and half minutes before needing to release us.  Dr. Biren keeps a wealth of basic runner information, primarily sourced around and related to nutrition at his personal website at Rowan University, http://users.rowan.edu/~biren/

My second break out session was lead by Dr. Dennis Whitesel who practices in Delaware.  Dr. Whitesel’s session was “When You Foot Hits the Ground Everything Changes” and the information discussed was great and focused on lower body bio-mechanics for runners.  Dr. Whitesel discussed many things and had several videos in his presentation of runners that he commonly sees.

 

Marcus O’Sullivan, Cricket Batz, and several others had an advanced coaching session and Q&A with the speakers which focused a lot on continuing the topic of influencing VO2 training and distance running training in general.

Flat out, this was one of the best seminars that I have attended in a few years.  If you are some how interested in running at a higher level, coaching athletes who are involved with running and need some refreshing points of view, this seminar was GREAT!

Twice in the past Dr. Mark Kemenosh has been a featured speaker at the day of distance discussing Active Release Technique and common runner injuries.  We hope that he gets invited back again, here are a few photos of the speaking he discussed during his last invite in 2015.

 

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Don’t forget! We will be in the basement of the Haddonfield Running Co after the Adrenaline Run 5k this Saturday!

Just a quick reminder that Dr’s Andrew Gross, Tim Legath, and Craig Evans will be hanging out after the Adrenaline Run in the basement of the Haddonfield Running Co, this Saturday (03/18/2017) helping out runners, talking about conditions and doing our part to help the running community of South Jersey.  The Training Room of Haddonfield will also be sharing space with us as well and sending at least two DPT’s (Doctors of Physical Therapy) who will most likely be Kiersten Langel and Matt Hinsey!  Upstairs Dave Welsh and his team will be offering discounts to race participants and talking about all things running!  You have to remember that this marks the 20th anniversary of the store (1997 — 2017) so you can be sure it will be a great time to pick up some running shoes or gear.

We plan on being in the basement of the running store from 9:40 – 11:30 and may possibly stay until noon depending on how long everyone hangs around to chitchat.

Facebook Adrenaline 5k Event Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/785611054929033/

Details:

The 12th Annual Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K Run will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017. 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 2017 running season with an adrenaline pumping race!!! This race is already sold out!

If you have questions for us, please shoot us a Contact Us email at the following link!
Here is another older blog post about the event with links for lots of videos pertaining to the Adrenaline 5k including a course preview with Dave and the gang!
In one other side note, be sure to be extra nice to the store owner Dave Welsh, he just turned 40 yesterday and we aren’t sure if it has truly set in just yet.
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We plan to set up in the basement of the Haddonfield Running Co after the Adrenaline 5k!

After the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k, Dr. Craig Evans, Dr. Tim Legath, and Dr. Andrew Gross will be set up to help with post race discomfort and talk about runner related injuries if you would like to meet with us!  We will be in the basement with the DPT’s from the The Training Room of Haddonfield, Cherry Hill and Washington Township.  Chiro’s and Physical Therapists under one roof!  We also hope to have a Sports Medicine Orthopedic hanging out as well to make sure the post race hang out session is as well rounded and beneficial for all as possible.

The Haddonfield Running Co was started in 1997, so this marks the 20th anniversary of the store and we are very excited to be a part of the event.  Come on out to the store after the race and have a look around!  The race is currently sold out and is always a very good time.  Check out the videos below from past years!

Links:

The Training Room Physical Therapy of South Jersey

The Haddonfield Running Co Facebook Page

Check out the videos of past races below!  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 18th, 2017!

 

 

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Calling all Philadelphia and South Jersey manual therapists! We are hosting SMART Tools with The Training Room!

Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates with the help of our good friends at The Training Room Physical Therapy group of South Jersey are proud to announce we are hosting the SMART Tools Level 1 IASTM certification at our shared facility in Washington Township aka Sewell, NJ.  We are putting the word out to everyone in manual medicine who would like to come out to feel welcome!  We plan to have DPT’s (Doctors of Physical Therapy), DC’s (Doctors of Chiropractic),  ATC’s (Athletic Trainers), and possibly more attending this event!  The course is a full two days and will be held on July 29th and 30th, a little down the road in the middle of summer!

SMART TOOLS – LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION – SEWELL, NJ

Date: Sat July 29 – Sun July 30, 2017

Time: 8am – 5pm (each day)

Venue: The Training Room of Washington Township (Inside Velocity Sports Performance)

309 Fries Mill Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080

This course lays the foundation for how to properly use the SMART Tools most effectively with respect to movement. The tools were made specifically for these technique protocols to produce superior patient outcomes compared to other IASTM technique. This is an evidence-based technique that stresses early loading exercises and kinesiology tape after SMART Tools treatment.

The goal of therapy is to provide an optimal environment for the healing, by either modifying physiologic responses to injury (e.g., inflammation, muscle spasms, pain) or enhancing components of the normal musculoskeletal function (e.g., increase range of motion, increased muscular strength). No single therapeutic approach in isolation will completely resolve an impairment of musculoskeletal function. Smart Tool Plus® represents an approach to soft tissue manipulation that uses five different stainless steel instruments to release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. SMART Tools are designed to be used in conjunction with a thorough medical evaluation, movement based examination and other modalities to help patients overcome injuries.

Therapeutic stretches and exercises (preferably eccentric exercises) are necessary to promote tissue lengthening and collagen fiber realignment, which help to prevent the released tissue from becoming restricted again.

The primary objective of the Level 1 Certification course is to develop an understanding of the STP and how to apply it into the full spectrum of the musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, students will be able to:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the STP Instruments, STP treatments and potential effects and benefits.
Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of IASTM.
Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential reactivity to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse).
Develop skill and competence in the STP application of the IASTM to the major regions of the spine and extremities.

Treatment effects of IASTM

  • Breakup abnormal densities in tissue
  • Stimulate nervous system
  • Reinitiate first-stage healing in the body via proliferation
  • SMART Tools IASTM techniques aim to treat the following Tissue Extensibility Dysfunctions

(TEDS):

  • Scarring & Fibrosis
  • Facial Tension & Densification
  • Neural Tension
  • Muscle Shortening
  • Neurologic Restriction
  • Trigger Points

This isn’t Gua Sha, nor is this another general IASTM course. This is a movement-based IASTM course unlike anything currently offered. Our training course addresses the neurological component, as well as the physiological component of the IASTM and corrective exercises in ways other courses do not.

This course is designed for clinicians that either have never used tools or have been using tools for years. Each will come away with new, innovative material.

So if you want faster patient outcomes, quicker recovery time, improved clinician ergonomics to save your hands, and last but not least, no patient bruising, then register for a course today and add a powerful technique to your toolbox… no pun intended.

Need more info?  Ready to register?

LINK:  http://www.smarttoolsplus.com/product/level-1-sewell-nj

 

 

Need more info?  Ready to register?

LINK:  http://www.smarttoolsplus.com/product/level-1-sewell-nj

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The Lucky Run – Sewell NJ – SUN MARCH 12 2017 – South Jersey 5k Race

LINK:  https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Sewell/TheLuckyRun2017

Place:
The Village Pub
139 Egg Harbor Road
Sewell, NJ US 08080

Description:
Get Lucky at The Lucky Run and After Party at The Village Pub in Sewell.

Features Include:

Chip Timed 5K Race with Instant Results
Awards for Overall Winners and Age Group Winners
Post Run Party Includes 1 Guinness Beer (or Domestic) and Irish Grub!
Enjoy Irish Classics
Door Prizes and Trivia
Best Dressed Competition
Listen to Live Bag Pipes on the Course!
Free Downloadable Photos

LINK:  https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Sewell/TheLuckyRun2017

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