Well done to everyone who raced this past weekend at the Perth Trail Series: Summer Series - Snakes 'n' Ladders. It was a tough course, but most competitors completed to the course unscathed and in good time. Rowney Chiropractic was there providing free treatment at the event to all competitors and volunteer staff.
Dr Adam Rowney (Chiropractor & Sports Scientist) would like to remind everyone who is interested in participating in these events about the importance or adequate conditioning, the importance of proper hydration (especially if the race is on a hot day), and would recommend everyone competing in trail running events perform some basic "pre-hab" ankle stability exercises to reduce your risk of ankle sprains on the loose, steep terrain.
Once again well done to all the competitors and volunteers who made it a great event!
See you on the trails!
This weekend I took part in a race called the Eagle and Child organised as part of the Perth Trail Series. It was a 22km trail run (+/- 600m elevation change) held in John Forrest National Park in Western Australia. This is the first trail run I have taken part in this year and I absolutely loved it. I entered the race with only minimal training and with a cold, so was happy to finish with a time of 2hrs 31minutes.
The race started at the front of the Tavern and followed the Eagle View hiking trail for most of the run, plus a slight couple of km extra loop. The course contained some fairly technical sections, which were even more challenging due to the wet weather, and had a great mix of single trail and fire-road's. Due to the course heading almost straight away into single trail it caused a few hold ups for those further back in the pack near the start of the race. However, everyone seemed to self-seed rather well which meant that it didn't really matter to those who were held up (they seemed to quite enjoy the easy start).
As usual the race was really well run and had a fantastic atmosphere, I really can't pick any major faults with these Perth Trail Series runs. They are well organised, provided excellent supplies at the aid stations, fantastic spot prizes at the end, and overall have a friendly, inviting atmosphere. If you are looking for something a little more interesting and challenging than road running you should check out their runs.
For more information about these trail runs head to Perth Trail Series (www.perthtrailseries.com).
They are also about to start weekly runs, so get in touch if you are interested.
The fantastic photo's below are from Paparazzi on the run & some other race volunteers.
Research Summary: The effect of sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial [Hoskins W. (2010)]
This article can be found at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/11/64
This study looked at whether the addition of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention protocol to the current best practice management could prevent and reduce weeks missed due to the occurrence of lower-limb injuries, including hamstring strains in semi-elite AFL players. Compared with other body contact football codes, AFL has the highest rates of non-contact soft tissue injuries with an incident rate of 35% per season at the elite national level.
Two Victorian Football League (VFL) clubs partook in the study during the 2005 season with a total of 59 participants. The players at each club were randomized into two groups, a control group (n=30) and an intervention group (n=29). Both groups received what is currently considered the best practice medical, paramedical and sports science management; including medication, manipulative physiotherapy, massage, strength & conditioning and rehabilitation by club staff. All treatment from club staff was independently administered without restriction to type or number of treatments. The intervention group also received a sports chiropractic approach administered by a single practitioner (including chiropractic/HVLA manipulation and soft-tissue therapies). Each athlete in the treatment group received varied treatment and scheduling as determined by the chiropractor.
The intervention group had a statistically significant reduction in risk or primary lower limb muscle strain injury (3.6% in the intervention group and 27.6% in control group). The intervention group missed 4 matches with a lower limb muscle strain and the control group missed 21 matches. Although there was no statistically significant reduction in knee or hamstring injuries, rates were overall lower in the intervention group. Treatment was predominantly directed at non-local factors and areas, supporting previous evidence that several non-local factors may contribute to lower-limb injury occurrence.
Some care does need to be taken in interpreting these results as 2 of the initial 4 teams withdrawing prior to the study starting means that the required subject numbers were no met. Due to hesitation by the clubs a non-blinded study design was utilised, which means that a placebo effect cannot be ruled out. Since the date of publishing the study has also been retracted from the journal due to issues with the original ethics approval of this study.
Overall there appears the be a trend in the reduction of lower limb injuries with the addition of preventative sports chiropractic intervention to the current best practice multidisciplinary medical, paramedical and sports science management. There also appeared to be a reduction in low-back injuries and complains in the intervention group.
Hoskins W., Pollard H. “The effect of sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial”. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. (2010); 11:64. accessed 17/06/15 from: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/11/64
On Wednesday night I (Dr Adam Rowney) was privileged to receive an award at Murdoch University from Chiropractic Education Australia Ltd. It was awarded for, best clinical excellence and judgement demonstrated by a final year Chiropractic student.
I wanted to say a special thankyou to Chiropractic Education Australia Ltd for sponsoring the award, and for their continual support of Chiropractic education at Murdoch University. I very much appreciate the award and will continue to strive for excellence in my everyday practice and continual education.
This past weekend myself (Dr Adam Rowney) had a trip to Melbourne for the Fitness & Health Expo. The Fitness & Health Expo is a chance for the public and members of the fitness & health industry to see the latest in available services and products.
There are three main aspects to the expo:
I want to start by saying a massive well done to my friend Claire who was competing for her first time in the INBA Figure fitness competition. I think the best way to describe figure fitness that it is a half way point between bikini modelling and bodybuilding. It requires hours of training, preparation and dedication to get to the figure that they get on the stage; so well done.
The main point of the expo however is to demonstrate the latest and greatest to the industry professionals and to the public. There is some great advice and displays there, with my favourite being the VIVObarefoot shoes. I think these are some of the best barefoot shoes available, they have a wide range and are well constructed as a genuine barefoot shoe. (If you have further questions about barefoot shoes feel free to contact myself; or checkout the VIVObarefoot website)
However, the majority of the time I watched as many companies and so called "experts" pushed products and advice that as far as I'm concerned, are of no benefit or even detrimental to someone's health. This included certain supplements, nutritional weight-loss advice, types of exercise & equipment. Some of which just doesn't make physiological sense & some that have even been shown in multiple high quality studies to be on no benefit or even detrimental to someone's performance that were being pushed as the latest and greatest. So just as a warning, please think about what you are buying into when someone is selling you a product or giving advice. If it doesn't make sense or your are unsure, research it yourself or contact a health professional that you trust and ask them about it.
I wanted to say a quick congratulations to all the runners who participated in the Perth Trail Series 50km Truth or Consequences & 25km Half Truth race this past Easter weekend Saturday. A special well done goes to those who completed their first Ultra-Marathon!
For those of you who aren't runners, a race longer than a 42km marathon such as this 50km race is classified as an ultra-marathon. Talking to the runners crossing the line, the course consisting of +/- 1680m elevation change was well deserving of the name.
I was there helping with free treatments to those involved. It was a fairly early start with a 6:20am setup and finishing up at 5:00pm. I helped out with rub-downs, soft-tissue work, adjustments, taping & advice. Overall I had a great time helping out.
Well done & I'll see you out on the trails ;)
P.S. If you are interested in trail running I highly recommend the Perth Trail Series runs (www.perthtrailseries.com). A massive amount of effort put into making these runs fun for trail runners of all abilities.
Today marks the first day that Rowney Chiropractic has opened it's doors for treatment in Cockburn at Edge Fitness. This is a great facility with a cheerleading academy & personal training studio. This enables a clean transition from first phase management, all the way through to sports specific training with the ability to demonstrate exercises and progressions in a gym, home or sports environment.
Rowney Chiropractic is located up the stairs to the left as you enter the building. If you would like further information, feel free to contact me or book an appointment online.
Also treating at Reynolds Chiropractic
If the clinic at Edge Fitness in Cockburn is a little out of your way or the idea of tackling a flight of stairs is an issue, I also treat at Reynolds Chiropractic in Applecross. Bookings for Reynolds Chiropractic can be done by calling (08) 6162 9288.
Research Summary: Effect of Chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes [Sandell J. (2008)]
This article can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2682941/pdf/main.pdf
This study was a prospective, randomized, controlled experimental pilot study. During this study 17 healthy, young (17-20yr old) male, middle distance (800-1500m) runners were recruited from local athletic associations. There were randomised into two groups; one group received chiropractic treatment (for a 3-week period) and the other was a control group (no treatment provided).
The treatment group received one treatment per week for 3 weeks, consisting of HVLA manipulation (High Velocity, Low Amplitude manipulation; AKA a Chiropractic adjustment) mainly to the sacroiliac joints and hip joint, but also to other areas deemed by the treating clinician to have a loss of motion.
Pre and post-trial measurements were recorded by a blinded chiropractor (chiropractor who didn't know which group the participant was in) of hip extension, and running speed/acceleration over a 30m distance. Results showed a clinically significant increase in hip extension in the treatment group over the control group. They also showed a slight increase in running velocity of the treatment group, however the difference between the groups was not deemed clinically significant. The researchers concluded that the results of the study implied that chiropractic treatment can enhance hip extension in individuals with hip extension restrictions.
This appears to be a well-executed study; however it is only a pilot study, which means they only used low number of participants (n=17). This makes it is difficult to draw solid conclusions from this particular study but does provide grounds for more in rigorous studies in the future.
Sandell J., Palmgren P., Bjomdahl L. "Effect of chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes". Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2008); 7, 39-47. accessed 26/02/15 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2682941/pdf/main.pdf
Down the bottom of each article I will provide links to all available open-source research that will been discussed in each article.
Over the coming weeks and months I will be discussing the growing body of evidence that suggests that Chiropractic care may play a role in enhancing an athletes sports performance, as well as possibly lowering their likelihood of suffering certain types of injuries. It is still an area of limited research, of which more needs to be completed, however the current studies conducted are showing favourable outcomes with chiropractic care.
I plan on providing summaries of each some of the previous research performed in this area; as well as keeping you updated on any of the emerging evidence. If you would like to stay updated please subscribe to my monthly newsletter. In the newsletter I will be providing links to any new blog posts and keep you up to date with what is happening at Rowney Chiropractic.
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