Hitch Fit Living Magazine Volume 5 - March/April 2016 - Page 61

You might be saying to yourself at this point, “this all sounds great, but I am a trainer myself” or “I do a ton of research on proper form and training, why would I need all this?” I’ll give you an example. I have a personal friend, who is also a talented trainer. He had injured his lower bicep while training and had pursued various avenues to heal this injury (time off, stretching, etc). I talked him into coming in for an assessment. We found that a small muscle underneath the bicep was tight due to a few trigger points and was therefore limiting his elbow range of motion. We dry needled it a few times and he has not had problems since. On the other end of the spectrum, I was lifting with my shoulder in a position that I knew wasn’t safe. The problem was, that I couldn’t see/feel that it wasn’t in the correct position until a trainer highlighted it. Point being, even if you know everything to do/not do you can still miss things or not realize they are occurring. This is why I suggest having “All Eyez on Me .” These different sets of eyes will be able to tease out the faults you are unaware of and instruct you on how to fix or avoid them. The trainer, the sports chiropractor and the nutritionist all complement each other very well. They all have a little bit of overlapping knowledge which helps them to communicate and coordinate together. They all also have a wealth of specific knowledge to benefit you in a variety of ways. Look for people who have continued to further their expertise; who haven’t stopped bettering themselves after they got their initial degree/certification. If you find the right people they will work together and they will also give you the tools to NOT need them 24/7 allowing you to manage on your own when they feel that you are ready. This will allow you to come to them from time to time to tweak things or quickly tackle an injury in the acute phase. Remember, All Eyez on Me to remain injury free! Dr. Thomas Cotter, DC Active Health Solutions Chiropractic and Rehab 8839 Roe Ave. Prairie Village, KS 66207 www.activehealthKC.com www.facebook.com/ activehealthsolutionskc Office: 913-341-1200 Fax: 913-341-1209 Cell: 913-787-2900