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​​Chiropractor Michael Smith, DC  

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How do we design and execute a strategy to regain muscle health for decreasing pain, and improving activities of daily living performance and athletic performance? 

Designing a Strategy
Once the unhealthy muscles are identified a strategy or professional care plan is designed for progressing from unhealthy muscles (weak/tight/uncoordinated) to healthy muscles (strong/flexible/coordinated).  The design should be specific to that person’s unique need, whatever combination of muscle weakness, inflexibility, and incoordination imbalance is present within the body.  A professionally designed program (after a professional exam) is also aimed at safety and efficiency in progressing toward healthier muscles and improved activities of daily living, and improved sport performance (baseball, soccer, basketball, football, etc.).  It’s common for the novice to set about with a limited or general plan to “stabilize” their back or “core,” or train another body part and wind up with pain and injury because they really needed something more specific, and a whole lot safer.  A professionally designed strategy is specific from the start and progressed safely over time toward improved health, minimizing risk of injury and discomfort!

Performing or Executing the Plan
Not everybody starts at the same level of muscle health and not everyone progresses to better muscle health along the same path – and that’s where the professional training and experience comes into play…  Knowing where to start and how to specifically improve and progress, step by step over time safely and efficiently, is the key to success!

Executing and performing the exercise and muscle therapy procedures with professional guidance allows one to better know:

1) where to start and progress
2) how to exercise properly
3) what muscle therapies and movements are needed
4) what stretches
5) what strengthening exercises
6) what coordination exercises
7) in what order
8) in what progression
9) for safety and results
10) for injury prevention

The execution of the strategy is different for each person.  An injury can cause set-backs, frustration and failure without proper professional guidance.

Success and injury prevention during execution go hand in hand because tight muscles can loosen, weak muscles can strengthen, and uncoordinated muscles can become coordinated and work much better together over time with a professionally executed strategy!

Dr. Michael S. Smith, DC, DACRB, CSCS is a board certified Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (ACRB) and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and has been helping the sick and injured, and athletes of all ages improve their health, recover from injury, and recover from orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery since 1999.  Dr. Smith can be reached for professional assessment and care in both Dwight & Minooka Illinois at the Dwight Pain & Injury Center, Minooka Diagnostics & Rehabilitation, and at Chiro25,Ltd.

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Muscle Health & Wellness Part 3 of 3  (7/24/2017)

Muscle Health & Wellness Part 2 of 3  (7/18/2017)

Muscles, joints and the nervous system work together! We can talk about them as separate parts and look at pictures showing them as individual, but they function together as a team to perform movement during our daily activities and athletic endeavors. 

Why do we need healthy muscles?
Healthy muscles protect us!  Active, healthy lifestyles rely on healthy muscles.  When our muscles are tight, weak and just won’t work well together, it can be hard to get around (arise from a seated position, walk on un-level surfaces, get in and out of a vehicle, climb stairs, and stand and walk for long periods of time). Not only can our  muscle health limit our lifestyle and activities, it leaves us more susceptible to injuries of pulled/torn muscles (strains), stretched/torn joints (sprains), muscle spasms and even broken bones from twisted ankles and trips and falls.  The second leading cause of traumatic injury is from a fall (American College of Surgeons National Database).  Unhealthy muscles just don’t do a good job protecting us!

 What are healthy muscles?
Healthy muscles are strong, flexible and work well together!

Strong – able to shorten and generate strength and endurance to perform acts of lifting, pushing, pulling (etc.) and prevent injury.  Healthy muscles are strong and do not tire easily!

 Flexible – able to lengthen and stretch to allow for adequate movement during our daily activities, without tearing and injury.  Healthy muscles are flexible and prevent injuries (sprains, strains, and falls etc.).

Work Well Together – (also known as coordination) to stabilize our joints like dynamic guide wires so we can navigate through our daily activities without overloading our muscles, joints, ligaments and soft-tissues and causing pain or injury (tripping, falling, etc.).  Healthy muscles are coordinated and keep us agile and feeling young!

Some of us have good flexibility but lack good strength and control (coordination), while others may have good strength, but lack good flexibility and coordination.  Whatever the “imbalance” of muscle health, when our muscles don’t have a good combination of strength, flexibility, and coordination, we are limited and susceptible to injury. 

 How do we improve our muscle health?
Read Muscle Health & Wellness Part 2 next week!  

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Topics Coming Soon:

Exercise Safety & Injury (Yoga, CrossFitt, Weights, etc)

Fall Injury Prevention

Surviving the Seated Work Place

Lifting: Safety & Injury

Arthritis and its Advancement

Strong Back

A Stable Knee

Chronic Headache Causes: Muscle, Joints, Migraines, etc)

A Better Shoulder

Limber those Hips, Knees and Ankles

Living with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tennis/Golfers Elbow Pain Erasers

Why's and When's of Massage?

Got Sticky Rib Pain?

Muscle Pain, Stiffness and Trigger Points Advanced Care


and Many, Many more Topics about Health and Wellness from:

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Chiropractor Michael Smith 

Chiropractic Wellness & Weight Loss

Muscle Health & Wellness Part 1 of 3  (7/12/2017)


in Minooka, IL

Minooka Chiropractor - Channahon

Chiropractic, Massage & Weight Loss

139 W Wapella St  Minooka, IL  60447

(815)467-0656  M/W/F 12pm-6pm

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How do we improve our muscle health?
It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3…
Weak muscles need to be strengthened
Tight and inflexible muscles need to be stretched and trained to lengthen better
Muscles that don’t work well together need to be trained to work better together (coordination)

Simple enough, but there is a process of: identifying (exam), designing a strategy (care plan), and performing the plan (safely and effectively working through the plan over time).

Identify Unhealthy Muscles
Identifying the “muscle imbalance” (weak, tight, poor coordination) is best done by a professional with ample training and experience.  A professional examination will take the time to root out the weak muscles, tight muscles, and poor coordination that needs to be worked on for gaining better muscle health.  A practical, hands-on exam feeling for muscle tightness and weakness by trained and skilled hands that know what muscles have a tendency to weaken, and what muscles have a tendency to tighten.  Dr. Smith has the skill to safely and effectively check your muscle health for “muscle imbalances” that may be causing you pain and/or leaving you prone to injury.

 A professionally “trained eye” is used to examine how your muscles work together (good/fair/poor) in different areas of your body (neck, back, shoulder, hip, knees, ankles, feet) by having you perform specific movement patterns, observing those movements looking for abnormalities that may be causing pain and/or leaving you more likely to suffer an injury (during daily activities or sports performance).  The professionally “trained eye” with experience has the knowledge of how these different areas move properly as well as the professional knowledge of how these areas tend to move poorly and lose healthy coordination.  To the trained eye, these poor patterns of movement and how bad they have become are easily discovered… and you’d be surprised at how advanced and developed these abnormalities can be without you knowing it until someone points it out to you!  Evaluating coordination is something I enjoy.  It’s about watching different “movement patterns” for subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, changes or deviations from the normal movement to “crack the code” so to speak of “unhealthy muscle imbalance.”  With the code cracked we can design a strategy for how to fix the imbalance!

 How do we design and execute a strategy to regain muscle health for decreasing pain, and improving activities of daily living performance and athletic performance? 

Check out Muscle Health & Wellness Part 3 next week!

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