Get Healthy Blog by the American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has created a new Consumer Education Blog    What you will find on this blog are articles about health in general from a Conservative Care  First Perspective (The care that we provide as Chiropractic Physicians)   and then at the bottom of each blog post is a link to have the reader [...]


Parent’s Role in Prevention of Sports Injury to Head & Neck


By Dr. Matt Fontaine   If parents can learn about the inherent risks of trauma to the head and neck, particularly in contact sports, and preventative measures, they can decrease the likelihood of head and neck trauma. This information originated from Dr. Kelly Roush who wrote the book Sports Concussion and Neck Trauma: Preventing Injury for Future [...]


STOP ICING: New Evidence says it impedes healing.

For decades, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Orthopedists, Chiropractors and other Sports Medicine Healthcare professionals have used ice to treat acute injuries from sprains/ strains to fractures and dislocations.  But a closer look back into basic science reveals that by icing we are actually blocking the body’s natural healing mechanisms.  Using ice immediately after an injury [...]


The Truth About Saturated Fat

This blog is excerpted from an article by Dr. David Seaman published in the Fall 2013 issue of the Virginia Voice, a publication of the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association A recent article published in the British Medical Journal states: “Now two thirds of people admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction really [...]


The Three Pillars to Resolve Your Muscle and Joint Pain


by Dr. Matt Fontaine Pillar 1. Soft Tissue Manual Therapy -This includes Active Release Techniques, Instrument assisted soft tissue release, manipulative therapy.  “Hands On” manual therapy is a must. Pillar 2.  Manipulation -Joint manipulation to the spine and extremities is vital to ensure proper joint mobility and optimal function of the nervous system. Pillar 3.  Corrective [...]


There is no such thing as cardio


By Dr. Matt Fontaine For decades many people have been on the long slow ride to nowhere.  Long hours of running on the treadmill or outdoors, long sessions on elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, cycling outdoors.  For many, these “cardio” sessions are a staple of their exercise regimen.  Many people believe that doing “cardio” sessions is [...]


Squatting to Relieve Low Back Pain

3rdworld squat

By Dr. Matt Fontaine In countries where people spend a great deal of time squatting on their heels with their feet flat, there is a much lower incidence of low back pain and degenerative disc disease.  The squatting posture separates the interspinous space between vertebrae.  Patients with an increased curvature of the lower back (hyperlordosis) [...]


Post Race Recovery


by Dr. Matt Fontaine Post Race Recovery: I will discuss why you need to hit the Athlete Post Race food tent and chow down. You need to replenish those glycogen stores and the body needs protein to start recovery. Don’t forget the beer. Ice Baths Really Do Work It sucks big time, but getting into [...]


Nutrition Needs During Training and Race Day Nutrition


by Dr. Matt Fontaine There are several great articles out on the web on nutrition for race day. I will just say, train with the food you choose beforehand. Get to know if your body can handle gels, if so, how many before getting nausea. Can you safely eat a Cliff bar on the bike? [...]


Learn How to Box Your Own Bike

by Dr. Matt Fontaine I decided to opt in to package my own bike. Thanks to a good friend who travels with his bike for races such as RAM I was in luck. He graciously lent me his bike case from TriAll3Sports. I was told the freight should be about $ 75 each way. When [...]