Hip Function & Low Back Pain in Runners

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Hip flexor by Dr. Matt Fontaine When it comes to running injuries, many think of foot, ankle or heel pain, shin splints, runner’s knee or ITB syndrome.  But poor hip mobility and function can lead to LOW BACK PAIN in runners and also cause runners to lose power and efficiency in their runs. Defining the [...]


Why Proper Warm Up Matters


Why Proper Warm Up Matters By Dr. Matt Fontaine Clinic Director for Potomac Physical Medicine Most of us lead hectic schedules day to day.  We often rush into workouts in the interest of saving time.  Triathletes are often quick to push off warm ups, especially on their runs.  They can ease in and warm up [...]


The Overhead Squat: The Exercise I Used to Hate

  By Dr. Matt Fontaine   As a sports physician with over 14 years in clinical practice, I have evaluated and treated my fair share of injuries.  One of the tools we use to screen athletes and patients as part of a thorough examination is the Functional Movement Screen™ .  This is a valuable screening tool that gives us [...]


10 Ways Stress is Sabotaging Your Workout


            The following is taken from an article on Mercola.com http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2014/11/07/10-ways-stress-affects-workouts.aspx?e_cid=20141107Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20141107Z1&et_cid=DM59456&et_rid=720474903   1.  Stress impairs your memory.  It slows down your processing.  This stress can slow you down mentally and physically, causing fatigue. 2.  Stress affects concentration.   High stress can negatively impact cognition, perception, and focus. 3.  Stress impairs motor [...]


What Can We Learn from Treating Elite Athletes?


  The Modern Laboratory of Human Movement by Dr. Matt Fontaine    “All Athletes and Weekend Warriors Have One Thing In Common… Soft Tissue Injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves”.   Sports and training have the potential to wear us down over time and lead to soft tissue injuries that result in muscle and joint [...]


The Top 3 Things Every Runner Should Do After Every Run

Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI, also known as RSI, CTD, CTS) have become a pandemic in sports, especially for endurance athletes like runners and triathletes.  This class of injuries and illnesses are the result from weeks, months or years of overuse of joints. Connective tissues in the body become sore and sometimes unusable from repeated exposure [...]


The Keys to Dealing with Swimmer’s Shoulder

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by Dr Matt Fontaine, DC With the rigorous training volume of competitive swimming, the body often suffers from accumulation of load that can result in a repetitive strain injury.  The repetitive motion is the cause of chronic irritation to soft tissue.   This irritation creates a friction and pressure, which eventually leads to small tears within [...]


Why We Need to Make Mobility a Primary Focus

by Dr. Matt Fontaine How we move directly impacts the quality of our life.  The following article discusses understanding Human Movement The basic tenet is this:  Moving poorly with load causes injury over time. Moving correctly requires physical intelligence.  Simply stated, we need to retrain our bodies to move the way we are naturally engineered [...]


Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of The Future

University of Arizona clinical medical professor Kenneth R. Pelletier in a book examines conventional medical treatments for roughly 300 to 400 common conditions. When they are not effective, evidence-based integrative medicine — which includes chiropractic, herbal medicine and meditation — can be a practical alternative, he says. Pelletier believes the future of health care will [...]


Why We Need Mobility Before Stability


by Dr. Matt Fontaine It is important to note that your overall treatment plan is an ‘all encompassing’ approach — not just an exercise video — not just therapy or exercises – it’s a multi-pronged approach. We use a combination of Manipulation, Manual Therapy (Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique, Dry Needling) to address restricted mobility of the joints [...]