Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, get toned, lose inches, improve body composition, or simply increase your health and vitality, you may be wondering... what is the best way to accomplish my goals.Read More
Many golfers are playing with pain. I can help you with both. I have to admit, before I became a CHEK certified Golf Biomechanic and started playing the game myself, I didn't think much of the sport and certainly didn't consider it "athletic". Boy was I wrong.Read More
While there are several variables that factor into attaining, increasing, and maintaining health and vitality, what you eat is number one. Consuming food is something we do every single day of our life. At three meals per day, you will have consumed 1,095 meals per year. In just 5 years that is 5,475 meals.Read More
Lower back pain is an epidemic in our society today. If you don't have it, you know someone within an arm's reach that does. This painful problem is a result of several factors...poor posture, inflammation in the vertebral joints and sacroiliac joints , weakness in the muscles that create stabilization of the spine, pelvis, torso (core), and bad nutrition, just to name a few.Read More
Ten years. Wow does time fly. Reflecting back on the past ten years is very humbling for me. I remember how excited I was looking at my first location on Perkins road before signing the lease. I got to work painting that small 1,200 square foot studio that very day. I was the only employee, which means I was the head trainer, the janitor, the book keeper, head of advertising, and wore every other hat this small business needed.Read More
The first thing we do here at Trinity is a very thorough musculoskeletal evaluation that includes various orthopedic evaluations such as posture, muscular length tension, joint range of motion, measurement of spinal curves, movement screens, biomechanical screens, nutrition and lifestyle analysis and much moreRead More
One of the biggest reasons my team and I are so successful at rehabilitating our clientele with chronic pain is that we successfully identify the problem and map out a treatment strategy day oneRead More
So who are our clients? Well, we have Personal Training clients as well as clients who come to us who suffer from various chronic pain and injuries.Read More
“If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.” This line from Tony Robbins’ book Get the Edge is true on a number of levels. It is especially true for our 12-week transformation program. This program begins with your personal transformation session. It is during this time that we’ll discuss what your vision is.Read More
First off, this is a great question to ask yourself- “How do I know if I need a personal trainer?” You probably know a few of them and where you would get one. This may be some sort of rhetorical question but in posing it, surprisingly you get a variety of answers. I am asking you this question for the purpose of having a better understanding of your own body SO YOU CAN ACHIEVE THE RESULTS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
Of the people that claim to exercise regularly, the reasons for doing so vary. Group one says it makes them feel great. This is a legitimate answer because exercise naturally releases endorphins which do result in a status of “feeling good”. Group two people are motivated to exercise so that their body will look a particular, predetermined way or to achieve a particular size or weight. The third group uses a personal trainer in an accountability function. Their thought process is, “If I pay money and someone is expecting me, I will show up and complete the exercises.” Each of these group’s motivations are all totally reasonable.
In each of these cases, what a personal trainer is meant to do is show a person who doesn’t know the protocol of a gym and how to use individual pieces of equipment properly. They can also follow them around with their predetermined workout program and ensure they complete it.
This could work for you, IF, you are young and have had no injuries or limitations. Basically you are in perfect condition.
But, what if you don’t belong in that category? What if you have pains or limitations? This is of utmost importance to determine FIRST!
Executing exercises on equipment even with a personal trainer can exacerbate any preexisting injuries or instabilities. As obvious as it may seem, the problem behind the problem is that your body is going to compensate for that causing more and new problems to erupt. This is the theory and premise behind my facility- Trinity Holistic Health & Training, your body operates best when it is whole.
Here is an example...
Meet Jane. Jane would like to lose some weight and tone up. She also enjoys playing tennis but has some knee pain and occasional shoulder pain. Jane wants to exercise but doesn't know what she should be doing because she doesn't want to further injure her knee and shoulder. The last thing Jane needs to do is execute general exercises on machines. Machines isolate muscles and tremendously reduce the recruitment of key joint stabilizers and in many cases do not condition the stabilizers at all. Executing an exercise program with this approach will actually make Jane's knee and shoulder pain worse because she will be doing exercise that are just creating more inflammation and further damaging joint and connective tissue. This case is the same if you are driving a car that needs a front end alignment. It's going to wear out one tire quicker than the other three as well as negatively affect fuel economy. When you increase load on the car it just gets worse.
What happens now?
First we have to ask...Why does Jane have knee and shoulder pain in the first place? We need to know if there any structural imbalances that are contributing to these pains?
If we find that there are, how are we going to fix them? Jane needs to undergo a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation to identify her imbalances so that we can design a very specific corrective exercise program that will address the imbalances that are causing her pain. In other words, if you're not assessing, then you're guessing. This statement works in your checkbook, in your performance, and your health.
This is important because some movement patterns and exercise will actually make Jane's knee and shoulder pain worse. This is the last thing we want. Unfortunately a personal trainer not trained in kinesiology could unknowingly put Jane at that risk. We must identify what her imbalances are, so we can know how to design a program that is part of the solution and not part of the problem.
This is where my team and I come in. This is precisely what we do. We find the root cause of your pain, misalignment, imbalances, that are causing your performance obstacles and keeping you from your fitness goals. We do this through a comprehensive evaluation where your range of motion and body functionality is measured. This gives me exactly what I need to know to help Jane.
Here is the process that we will take Jane through. First we will do a thorough musculoskeletal and orthopedic evaluation. We will also analyze her nutrition. Once we have identified her imbalances we will design a very in depth program that will address Jane's imbalances. This program will include modalities such as soft tissue work, neuromuscular re-education, corrective stretches and corrective strengthening exercise executed with very specific set, reps, load, tempo, and rest intervals. End result....Jane does not have knee and shoulder pain, she accomplishes her esthetic goals and even increases her strength, power, stamina, and performance on the tennis court.
There is no cookie cutter program. We ALL have various structural, biochemical, hormonal, etc. imbalances that are affecting our physiology. There is no such thing as a bad exercise....Only improperly prescribed ones. If you're not assessing...you're guessing. We take the guess work out for you.
Have you ever felt like Jane? What would your life be like if you could experience this process? What would it be like if your pain was significantly reduced and began to experience life like you did in your younger years? I’m sure it would be totally amazing. You can’t put a price on it. I say those statements because that is the kind of things I hear from our clients that complete this program.
Do you want to experience this with a certain nagging problem that you have tried so many solutions for but still are experiencing the same status? It costs nothing to get a consultation with me. I can answer your questions. I can help you understand what is happening in your body. At that point you will be empowered to make the right decision for you. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOURS >>
written by Chris Wall
Is there a perfect workout for me to accomplish my goals????
Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, get toned, lose inches, improve body composition, or simply increase your health and vitality, you may be wondering...
What is the best way to accomplish my goals????
While there is certainly more than one variable necessary to accomplish reaching your goals, one of the variables is absolutely, without a doubt weight training.
First I want you to discover what is physiologically happening to you when you participate in resistance training. When you get a custom training program that includes exercise variables such as sets, reps, load, tempo, rest intervals, and recovery time, it is calculated by your specific goals for the next 2-8 weeks. These variables combined with following the overload principal (enough load or resistance providing a greater stress on the body than it is accustomed to) will start a series of physiological events.
When you weight train properly, you are intentionally creating damage to the muscle fibers due to the overload principal. This is a good thing! Adequate nutrition, a vital part of your program, will allow your body to begin to repair this damaged and strained muscle tissue.
It will repair the muscle to a better and stronger state, due to the bodies adaptation to being overloaded. This repair process takes the body roughly 48-72 hours after a training session.
Here is some good news: It requires a massive amount of caloric expenditure to do all of this repair. Think about it. Not only are you are burning calories during your 30-60 minute workout, but over the next 48-72 hours as well! That's a LOT of calories and metabolic work! Cardio training cannot even come close to the amount of calories your body will burn from the repair process of a single weight training session.
Consider what you are training your body to do with a weight training session versus a cardiovascular (walking, jogging, long distance running) session. In other words, most weight training sessions are going to be predominately anaerobic in nature, while cardiovascular training sessions are going to be predominately aerobic in nature.
Here is why this is important to you: Many people are unaware of how different exercise activities influence the metabolic rate differently. With aerobic / long steady pace cardiovascular exercise, such as jogging for distance, you are essentially training your body to be very fuel efficient like a Prius.
This is great if you are a tri-athlete or training for a marathon, but detrimental if your goal is weight loss and / or body composition improvement. The last thing you want when you're trying to increase your metabolic rate and improve body composition is a fuel efficient metabolism. To illustrate this better, I’m saying “You want a Ferrari not a Prius”.
While aerobic cardiovascular exercise will raise your metabolic rate while you're doing it, it will simply return to its regular rate when you're done. Over time you will train it to be more and more efficient, which is the opposite of what you want for body composition goals. Steady pace running / jogging is like putting the cruise control on while driving down the interstate, you're just going to get better fuel economy.
Conversely, continuing in my illustration, if you were to gun it for a bit then come to a stop, gun it again then come to a stop, and repeat this several times you would naturally burn more fuel in your car which is why your fuel economy decreases when driving in the city vs. the interstate. I love this analogy because your body works so similarly!
With anaerobic training such as weight training and sprint intervals such as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) which is performed by alternating intense sprints for 20-30 seconds followed by 1-2 minutes of recovery (walking) you are increasing the stress and strain on your body which will require additional recovery and repair, hence the increased caloric burn and increased metabolic rate for hours and even days to follow because of all of the cellular work needed to recover and repair tissue.
Here is the bottom line: if you want to improve your body composition....stay away from continuous steady pace aerobic cardiovascular exercise. A lifestyle that consists of healthy food, plenty of water, weight training, sprint intervals, rest and recovery is where you will have success with your goals of looking and feeling GREAT. If you would like help in designing a safe customized program specifically for you, my team and I would love to help! Just click here to schedule.
written by Chris Wall
February 2, 2016
One of the biggest reasons my team and I are so successful at rehabilitating our clientele with chronic pain is that we successfully identify the problem and map out a treatment strategy on day one!
Seems simple enough right? You would be surprised.
Literally 90% of the clients / patients that walk through my door have been suffering from chronic pain for years. Which means they have already been through the ringer: seeing multiple physicians, rehabilitation specialist, and undergone countless treatment modalities with little to no success.
So how is it that my team and I are able to reap success where others have failed?
Ever heard of the phrase, "You're doing it wrong!"? While I could (and maybe I will in the future) write a blog dedicated to the extremely long list of things wrong with most rehabilitation clinics, I'll address the two biggest problems here.
Unfortunately most rehabilitation professionals adopt the "treat the spot that hurts" model which fails to address the root cause that has created the symptoms of pain. This model will either produce a reduction of pain that last no longer than your walk to the parking lot, or none at all.
Even worse is the model that has you sitting in a clinic with a dozen other rehab goers being treated with rehabilitative exercise techniques as old as my high school cleats all while being supervised by someone who looks like they may still be in high school. And... if you're lucky, you might actually get to talk to the head therapist for about 45 seconds. The first model fails to identify the problem because they did not do a proper evaluation. The second model fails to identify the problem for the same reason, AND completely misses the mark with the strategy of rehabilitation execution.
I've seen these models fail over and over again my entire career.
So by now, you may be wondering what in the world is my secret, and how does my team and I do it the RIGHT way? Well, it all starts with our evaluation process. If you're not assessing....you're guessing! How else are you going to fix something if you have not first identified what is working right and what is not? Each one of our new clients / patients begins the process with an extensive musculoskeletal evaluation. This evaluation consist of an analysis of posture, spine biomechanics, sacroiliac joint mechanics, a multitude of joint ranges of motion, neurological function, muscle sequencing, and segmental spinal stabilization test just to name a FEW of the many orthopedic test we do. Our initial evaluation with a new client takes a minimum of two hours. Literally, every single client has said, "wow, no one has ever looked at all these things."
This methodology allows us to:
1.) Correctly identify the problem...not just the spot that hurts.
2.) Map out exactly how we are going to fix the problem(s).
If your thinking that this sounds completely logical, then you are 100% correct.
It is logical.
So why doesn't your current rehabilitative therapist do it this way? I'll save that one for when I write a blog on why your rehabilitation therapist is "doing it wrong". For now, I'd like to stick to how I can help you overcome your pain. My evaluation process allows me to identify the source of your pain and dysfunction, which has obviously been overlooked by everyone else you have seen, which is why you are still in pain.
Now, all I have to do is develop and execute the RIGHT rehabilitative strategy. This is actually the easy part. Why is it easy? Because I have, hands down, the best team of practitioners in the business. I can say this with so much confidence because we have successfully treated, trained and coached hundreds of people back to health whom are living a pain free lifestyle as I write this.
I've been in this industry over 16 years and started my company a decade ago and have built the reputation of being able to help those in chronic pain when no one else could. I did this by always putting my client / patient first, and I truly want you to get better. What drives me? To be able to help someone when no one else has been able to, and to be able to make life changing differences in people who have suffered living with chronic pain is what I thrive on.
Even if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would still be here for my clients because I love it that much. Nothing makes me happier than to have helped you become pain free and the honor of being called your friend. The good Lord has blessed me and my team with the skill set to help others and that is precisely what we do.
Now if you want to get in on this, you know what to do! Fill out this form and I'll contact you at your indicated time. I can't wait to meet you.
written by Chris Wall
One of the most commonly asked questions that I am approached with when someone is adamant about losing weight is....
“What's the best type of cardio for me to lose weight?”
It is a great question!
Most people misinterpret this challenge. There is a broad variation of ways to utilize your heart, lungs, arteries, blood, and veins. (Get a jumpstart for your fitness: free consultation) For instance - walking, running, biking, and using an elliptical are all cardio workouts, however, they lack one of the main components of being fit:
AKA: your abdominal muscles, hidden 6 pack, stomach, waist, or your core
Core strength is one of the most essential and beneficial attributes to have when losing weight. It is one of the most important assets in everyday activities, along with major health benefits. (Here’s one: having a healthy core can reduce the risk of multiple injuries!!)
Every movement pattern utilizes the core as its platform. It is important for the simplest of things such as bending over to pick up a pen off the floor, walking, or even standing still. Essentially, having a well built core leads to a better and healthier life. Believe it! (Show me how)
Properly building up your core strength improves balance, stability, and posture. It can also prevent injuries, back-pains, and even falling! The better your core strength is, the harder you will be able to push yourself without injury and the more calories you will burn during your cardio workouts AND EVERY SINGLE MOVE YOU MAKE ALL DAY.
Simply: With a strong core, you will be able to put in the physical work needed to increase metabolic rate and in turn burn the most calories which equals weight loss.
Once your core is strong enough to handle my FAVORITE cardio exercise which is "HIIT" High Intensity Interval Training...you'll be up-regulating your thyroid, increasing your metabolic rate, and losing weight in no time!
So the answer you were interested just became the answer you were hoping for- Your favorite cardio exercise or what I like to call your “Cardio of Choice” burns the most calories when you have a great or strong core.
Because of the unique nature of Trinity Holistic Health & Training compared to the dozens of “gyms” in the greater Baton Rouge area, we pay close attention to the proper execution of your program to insure you are getting a strong core. My philosophy of living a holistic lifestyle drove me to establish Trinity so that I can help you understand and incorporate it into your life as well. I know the benefits and pure joy of this lifestyle as well as walking it out with each of our clients. It is and has been truly rewarding.
Don’t you want to perfectly execute these exercise (claim a free consultation) so that you can avoid injury and get the maximum result for your effort?
4. MED BALL TWIST
5. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
6. PLANK VARIATIONS
10. EXERCISING AS A WHOLE!
You can meet with me or a member of my team to discus proper form and/or preexisting conditions that are holding you back from exercise and living a healthy pain free lifestyle by clicking here. Ask any of our members why they choose to train here. Most have a story about the problems they experienced that brought them here and also why they continue to train here. It’s an amazing atmosphere in here because of it.
We provide you with all the necessities of building a strong core. Our goal is to provide you with the RIGHT knowledge in order for you to lead a healthy life, and the confidence to get through everyday challenges.
Yours In True Health,
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written by Julian Kelty
It can be difficult to make great choices during the holiday season as we are constantly bombarded with all different types of food. Today more than 95% of all chronic disease and injury is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise. The holidays....
It can be difficult to make great choices during the holiday season as we are constantly bombarded with all different types of food.
Today more than 95% of all chronic disease and injury is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.
The holidays, business, and stress shouldn’t have to be the culprit of making right choices for your mental and physical health.
Use strategies that work for you so you can experience health and enjoy today and the season.
Many of our long time members started with strategies that are now habits. (You can start yours with one click) They have over come many illnesses or issues just by understanding what their body needed then providing that through their nutrition.
People come to me for a consultation with complaints that span the gamut. Some of those are being cold all the time or despite exercising regularly and eating well, cannot lose any weight. Others have injuries which require adjustments in the right nutrients to promote a faster healing. Lower back pain is a big one. There is a path which contains stretching, exercise, and the right nutrition that will bring relief to this symptom. Get your free consultation to see how nutrition affects what ails you. Until then……..
Grab these 4 easy tips as you are eating for this season.
Stick to whole foods. Easily digestible foods such as sweet potatoes and other well cooked root veggies and ripe fruits are a great place to start as they will not feed intestinal bacteria which tends to back up the liver.
Get good proteins. Deviled eggs are usually a great choice because it still contains the yolk. Turkey meat tends to be very high in tryptophan as well as Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which is inflammatory in large amounts. Soups that have beef stock or bone broth in them would help to balance out the amino acid ratios. PUFA can be very hard to avoid during the holiday season as it is in many common foods such as baked goods and dressings, so do your best to keep them to a minimum.
Stay hydrated. Alcohol consumption tends to be a little higher during parties and family gatherings, so make sure you also keep hydrated on water, and minimize the sodas and teas. A great thing to do is don’t over consume alcohol, never drink on an empty stomach, and always pair carbs and proteins to avoid blood sugar swings.
Avoid. If you know you have an intolerance to grains, such as breads and pastas, or any dairy it would be prudent to avoid them.
Embarking on a new venture to change your health (click here to start yours) is a large undertaking, make no doubt about it. We are reminded of the dedication and consistency it takes to create real change.
It does not surprise me that people seem to feel paralyzed during the holiday season. No matter if we like it or not, the “season” extends almost from Halloween through the New Year. With family events, work parties, as well as getting together with friends, it can take a toll on your goals of changing health. It never fails to hear people say they “fell off the wagon”.
What I can accomplish in a short time, is to arm you with nutrition facts to get you through one of the busiest, most stressful times of the year.
Making time for yourself ensures you will actually enjoy all the things you have been working so hard for. Find out, for FREE, how your nutrition and/or customized exercise program could alleviate your complaints about the way you feel, your energy level, nagging aches and pains, sleep, and many other issues. Claim your free consultation by filling out the form below.
What Is Holistic Health?
written by Chris Wall
People always ask me about our name. The word holistic is being thrown around
a lot now. I think it threatens the way most of the medical industry is being conducted,
honestly. Holistic is a...
People always ask me about our name. The word holistic is being thrown around a lot more now. I think it threatens the way most of the medical industry is being conducted, honestly.
Holistic is a word often misunderstood.
The word "holistic" simply means "whole".
Understanding a holistic health philosophy (get a free consultation) means you recognize that all of the body's systems are highly integrated. The health of one system (or lack thereof) has a direct affect on the function and health of the other systems of the body.
If an individual has a hormonal imbalance, this will have a direct affect on the endocrine system and the body's physiological function. It will have a direct effect on the central nervous system, which in turn has a direct effect on the digestive system, and so on.
Essentially it becomes a domino effect.
This is the core premises of our Holistic Lifestyle Coaching program in which we teach our clients "The 6 Irrefutable Components to Creating a Healthy Lifestyle". (Learn more for free) These components:
Each are vital to address for an individual to fully reach their potential of increased health and vitality. To put it simply- YOU FEEL GREAT!!! To do this we must have a healthy musculoskeletal system, nervous system, hormonal system, endocrine system, and optimal nutrition to support our physiology.
Each one of our clients go through very comprehensive evaluations of themusculoskeletal system, orthopedic test, nutritional analysis, and a myriad of other physiological evaluations to identify various imbalances in your specific physiology.
We seek to correct these imbalances to allow the body to return to optimal physiology and bio-mechanical function so that our clients can live a healthy lifestyle full of vitality, free of pain, dysfunction and chronic degenerative disease.
To make it simple and easy for our clients we perform these evaluations and execute each step of the program together. There is no guess work here.
Get started today by accepting a free consultation. You can begin your journey and it's easier than ever. Go here to claim yours. Your journey starts with one click.
Yours In Health,
PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME.....
written by Chris Wall
Many people ask me what we do at Trinity Holistic Health and Training. We are not just a physical therapy or personal training facility although we do offer both of those here. I am a corrective holistic exercise kinesiologist.
People want to know, what does that mean? Many people come in with a nagging pain or injury. Usually they have already seen a doctor and done physical therapy but still have the same pain that is preventing him or her from living their “normal” life. These people are moms, dads, athletes, recreational golfers or other hobby type sports.
Here, my team identifies structural and biomechanical imbalances through evaluations. From the evaluations, we correct these imbalances by various modalities such as corrective stretching, remedial exercise and manual therapy.
For instance, a client came to me with chronic lower back pain. For 10 years he has had no relief from physical therapy or doctors (like I said, by the time someone gets to me they have tried all conventional methods and have spent a great deal of money with no results or relief). Eventually, this on-going pain began to affect his everyday life; progressing to disabling his ability to play golf, and affecting his work and home life.
My evaluation discovered possible disc herniation, instability in his core (causing much of his pain), and various structural imbalances. I designed a corrective stretching program, planned his exercises according to his specific needs, and setup massage therapy visits. Immediately he started experiencing relief, and after he completed his program he was (and still is) pain free. He continues to workout, executing a new routine I have established for him. Finally having the relief of lower back pain, he is now able to lead a healthy life and improve his performance in golf.
Our facility is like no other in Baton Rouge! Rather than simply treat the symptoms of the bodily dysfunctions, we thoroughly evaluate our clients and design remedial programs that address the root cause of their pain and dysfunction. Our members love the passion that our team has towards helping them reach their goal of a more healthy, vital and stable pain free life.
Located next door to the Country Club of Louisiana, there is a large amount of golfers that come in to improve their skills, and are injured. Not taking their doctor's advice on taking the next step towards surgery, they play in pain and inevitably cause more damage. There has been countless of people that have come here, participated in our remedial exercise and therapy programs, and return playing pain free and a restored to having a full range of motion. I hear this statement over and over in here........" I never thought I could return to my pain free life." On several occasions, I’ve had people get overwhelmed because they have finally overcome the agonizing pain that has more than often limited them.
You can get your free consultation ($125 value) to discover how Trinity has answers to your long term problems with various issue such as sleeping, weight gain, back pain, head aches, etc. Claim yours here.
Also available are the following:
Physical therapy, personal training, corrective exercise, corrective stretching, pilates, yoga, massage therapy, nutritional and holistic lifestyle coaching, corporate wellness and small group training.
You can schedule your FREE CONSULTATION here
written by Chris Wall
Every golfer wants to improve their game. Many golfers are playing with pain.
I can help you with both.
I have to admit, before I became a CHEK certified Golf Biomechanic and started playing the game myself, I didn't think much of the sport and certainly didn't consider it "athletic".
Boy was I wrong!
I come from a background of playing sports like football and baseball. As a former collegiate baseball player, by the time I decide to give golf a try, I thought it would be a piece of cake hitting a little white ball lying still on the ground. After much humility, I realized this is one tough sport. As a kinesiologist whounderstands movement and the dynamic biomechanics involved in a golf swing, I found a great appreciation for the athleticism required to be successful at the sport. Consider this...Swinging your driver and long irons require about 90% of your peak muscle activity, which is equivalent to lifting a weight in the gym for a four rep max. Unfortunately, most golfers do not participate in any conditioning routines to prepare their body for golf's dynamic movements. Golfers must consider themselves athletes and train using programs scientifically designed to improve integration and synchronization of the whole body. Additionally, most golfers have significant structural imbalances which are restricting them from optimal swing mechanics. This becomes a huge problem when trying to create a consistent swing and leads to injury. I have worked with many swing coaches over the years with great success.
My job as a golf biomechanic is to identify and fix structural imbalances.
Once this is achieved, the swing coach can actually get the athlete in the positions needed to improve their golf swing. Without this approach, no amount of lessons will get you the results you are looking for because the lack of joint mobility, tight muscles, weak muscles, and altered biomechanics are restricting movement patterns.
Golfers, like all athletes should be evaluated to identify various musculoskeletal and structural imbalances. I find that virtually every golfer is playing with significant imbalances that negatively affects their biomechanics. Some of the most typical imbalances I see in golfers are things such as excessive kyphosis of the thoracic spine, shortening and tightening of anterior flexor muscles, such as the pec. minors, deep cervical flexors, scalenes, and SCM to name a few. In addition to various short tight muscles, many golfersalso have long week muscles such as the long cervical extensors, external shoulder rotators, thoracic extensors, rhomboids, and mid and low traps. These as well as many other musculoskeletal imbalances GREATLY alter spine biomechanics and create serious compensation and inevitably dysfunction and pain. This is a huge reason why amateur golfers are so inconsistent. When we cannot execute movement patterns do to restrictions in the joints and muscles because of imbalances, our body compensates by "finding another way". The problem with this is that you lose efficiency and power, much in the same way you do when driving a car that needs a front end alignment. And like a misaligned car that wears down one tire more than the other three, your joints, muscles and connective tissue break down from altered alignment, and fatigue from doing their job and the job of the muscles and joints they are compensating for. This leads to neuromuscular inefficient, improper motor neuron sequencing, fatigue and inevitably injury. Golf requires, flexibility, strength, power, coordination, joint mobility, and lots core stabilization.
"Just as you cannot expect to fire a canon from a canoe with any accuracy, you cannot expect to express the strength and power necessary for a long drive, medium iron shot, technical shot from the rough or chip shot with any accuracy if your body is unstable. You can't even putt consistently if you have the stability of a canoe. Before you can even entertain achieving your maximum range, accuracy and consistency on the golf course, you must develop the static or postural stability from which you may build strength and power. " - Paul Chek, international know strength & conditioning coach
Golfers are using their body to execute a golf swing that must be extremely precise, and repeatable to be successful. That my friend is hard enough to do when you have NO imbalances!
Factors in an Exercise Program that Improve Function
2 Maintenance of Center of Gravity
3 Generalized Motor Program Development
4 Selection of Open vs. Closed Chain Exercises
5 Promotion of Good Posture
If you are a golfer who is playing in pain or would like to improve your game, we would love to assist you in reaching your goals!
written by Chris Wall
As a Holistic Health Practitioner I've noticed there is a very big problem in our society today in regards to food and health...
Or lack thereof.
We live in a time in which we treat this for that. High blood pressure?...take this. High cholesterol?...take that. Headache?...take two of these. We treat symptoms with little and in most cases no regard as to what may be the cause of our symptoms in the first place.
Your headache is not a sign of an aspirin deficiency.
As long as pharmaceutical intervention is available, most people would rather just take the "seemingly" easy way out and swallow a pill. Of course this has its own consequences and ramifications with an already overloaded liver and a myriad of side effects. It amazes me to see the look of surprise and confusion on a person's face after being diagnosed with a chronic degenerative condition. "How did this happen?" Well...what did you expect?
According to world leading cell biologist, Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, less than 10%, of all disease is genetic. That means 90% of what happens to us is self inflicted. Read that again and let it sink in... If your check engine light comes on in your car, you wouldn't just unscrew the bulb would you? Of course you wouldn't, because that doesn't actually address the cause of the problem. Just like your check engine light, your headache is an "indicator light" letting you know there is something wrong and you need to address it.
While there are several variables that factor into attaining, increasing, and maintaining health and vitality, what you eat is number one. Consuming food is something we do every single day of our life. At three meals per day, you will have consumed 1,095 meals per year. In just 5 years that is 5,475 meals.
Have you ever considered the quality of those meals? If you had to put a percentage on it, what percent would you say actually had life giving nutrition in it? Ask yourself this question..."why do we eat food?" The answer as you well know is because it has nutrition in it. But what does our body "do" with this nutrition? Food is comprised of 3 macro-nutrients...protein, carbohydrates, and fat, and there are thousands of micro-nutrients, as well as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace minerals, etc.
Our body uses this nutrition to repair muscle tissue, supply the immune system with the vital resources it needs to fight bacteria and viruses as well as every other cellular process in the human body. Millions of cells die each second and new cells are made. What do you think these new cells are made from? You are what you eat my friend. Have you ever wondered why you're sick all the time, or why it takes so long to recover from injuries, or why you have low energy? What quality of fuel are you putting in your body to do all of this work? You can't put crap in your body full of food additives, preservatives and ingredients you can't even pronounce and expect to be healthy. To quote my mentor, Paul Chek..."You can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit." ;-)
Whether you are trying to attain health, lose weight, gain weight, overcome an illness, or increase athletic performance, what you put in your mouth is going to have a direct affect on whether you reach your goal.... or not. (Click Here To Let Us Help You) So what do you do about it? To start, you can apply these basic nutritional principles (courtesy of the CHEK Institute) :
- If it's white, don't eat it! The 3 white devils are white flour, white sugar and mild processed by pasteurization and homogenization. If you must use a dairy product and can't acquire raw dairy, always choose certified organic as your first choice. Additionally, those that are milk (lactose) sensitive should use full fat cream, which is very low in lactose and high in fat. You can also use a high quality yogurt, in which the lactose is predigested.
- Avoid any food made from any of the white devils!
- If you can't pronounce a word on the label, don't eat it...your liver won't like it!
- If it wasn't here 10,000 years ago, don't eat it!
- If it's sweet, but it's not freshly squeezed juice, it's sugar water! Don't drink it.
- The longer the shelf life, the more harmful it is likely to be to your body!
- Aside from good water, if you are eating a food that is clear - disease grow ever near! For example, clear apple juice, clear honey and clear hydrogenated oils are all garbage foods to be avoided.
- Choose produce that is certified organic
- Choose meats that are certified organic and grass fed.
- Always season foods and water with 100% unprocessed sea salt. The best is Celtic, followed by sea salt from New Zealand because heavy metal toxicity is lowest there.
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in pounds in ounces of water daily. For example, a 200 lb man needs to drink 100 oz. of water.
- Follow the 80 / 20 rule: If you live right 80% of the time, you can absorb the other 20%!
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March 3, 2016
written by Chris Wall
Lower back pain is an epidemic in our society today. If you don't have it, you know someone within arm's reach that does. This painful problem is a result of several factors.
This painful problem is a result of several factors...
1. poor posture
2. inflammation in the vertebral joints
3. inflammation in the sacroiliac joints
4. weakness in the muscles that create stabilization of the spine pelvis, torso (core), and bad nutrition, and possibly others
There are several variables that factor in to the "why" your back hurts.
The great news is that in most cases it can be fixed without surgical intervention.
In regards to structural alignment and how it relates to overall bio mechanical dysfunction, compensation, and pain: let's start with the following analogy: Say you have a vehicle that is supposed to get "X" fuel economy and is touted to have excellent performance. When the vehicle is new and everything is to the specifications of the manufacture, the vehicle performs like its designed to.
However, over time, all vehicles require various maintenance. What would happen if we neglected that maintenance? I'm sure you have driven a car that needs a front end alignment... While you certainly can still drive with this misalignment, it does have a negative effect on the vehicles fuel economy, performance and handling. As a consequence, because of the increased "work" and thereby power loss just to keep the vehicle going straight, you no longer have the fuel economy nor the performance the car is designed and capable of. Furthermore, it will wear down one tire, ball joint, and every other component on that side more than the other three due to the constant force that is pulling the car off center.
Inevitably, if this is not addressed and corrected, one would end up with a hefty repair cost replacing worn and damaged parts. Naturally one would rather take their vehicle to the mechanic to simply get a front end alignment and avoid such extensive repairs that are completely avoidable. The human body works in a very similar fashion. Unfortunately, when our misalignments are not addressed we not only experience decreased performance...we have dysfunction, inflammation, wear and tear, and inevitably...pain.
Not to mention; at least if you have to purchase new parts for your car, you can.
You only have one body.
While medical technology has allowed us to have certain "parts" replaced....they are never to the manufactures specifications, and certainly do not perform like the original.
Every joint has an optimal and "normal" range of motion. Every muscle has an optimal and "normal" length tension. The body is essentially comprised of a bunch of fulcrums and levers. When everything is where it is supposed to be by design, and the length tension of the muscles surrounding the joint are optimal...you have a very strong, stable, and dynamic machine. It is at a mechanical advantage, and is capable of doing really awesome things. It can lift, push and pull things. It can run, jump, and perform a myriad of athletic movements. When these joints are out of alignment and no longer possess the bio mechanical ability to move in their normal ranges of motion and the length tension of the muscles surrounding these joints are too tight or too long and weak, our machine is at a mechanical disadvantage and will experience inflammation, dysfunction, compensation, and pain. These principles can be applied to every single joint in the body and are part of the equation responsible for not only your back pain, but shoulder, knee, neck, foot pain, etc.
In addition to various misalignments throughout the musculoskeletal system, one of the biggest culprits of low back pain are significantly weak core muscles. The "core" muscles are made up of the following: Transversus Abdominus, Multifidus, Diaphragm, and the Pelvic Floor. Their job is to create segmental spinal stabilization (stabilization of each segment of the spine, ie. L4 vertebra on L5 vertebra, etc.) stabilization of the pelvis, as well as produce and regulate joint stiffness of the torso. In addition to creating this necessary stabilization of the spine, pelvis and torso, the inner unit / core, serves as a stable platform and foundation for the larger prime mover muscles to work off of. We are designed to be able to walk, jog, run, squat, lunge, bend, twist, push and pull things. To be able to do these things with efficiency, without pain, and to the amazing capacity the human body is designed for requires a strong core. To quote my mentor, Paul Chek...You can not fire a cannon from a canoe!
So how are these misalignments fixed? Much like you would take your vehicle in to a mechanic to assess what is out of alignment and have it corrected, I would advise an extensive musculoskeletal evaluation. At Trinity Holistic Health & Training, Inc., our practitioners do extensive evaluations that assess the entire musculoskeletal system and design corrective exercise programs that are tailored to the specific imbalances identified in our evaluations. We are a company comprised of physical therapist, corrective exercise kinesiologist, massage therapist, Pilates and yoga instructors.
-Chris J. Wall, BS, HHP
The following is a testimonial from one of our many clients whom we have helped with chronic low back pain:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the professionals at Trinity Holistic Health and Training for their guidance and inspiration. They have been instrumental in my multifaceted plan of recovery for a seriously herniated lumbar disk with hemorrhage on my spinal cord in which surgery was a very real prospect that I wanted to avoid at all cost.
I trusted them with this condition based on experience with their proven methods. I had previously referred my wife for strengthening work due to a diagnosed hip dysplasia condition that can easily lead to global hip replacement. Prior to working with Trinity she couldn't jog across the street to get the mail without pain. Now she is performing complex weight bearing resistance work, ballet workouts and yoga.
Now back to my condition. My disk pathology was so severe as to cause radicular hip joint pain which affected my gait. I was prepared for a minimum 2 year recovery that was cut in half with their techniques. We used a combination of holistic and western medicine approach to rehab this deficit. I received an in depth evaluation and then tailored monitored rehab sessions combined with a home routine that worked quite well with my thought process and lifestyle.
I have actually incorporated quite a number of the techniques into my medical practice for my own patients. This holistic well thought out approach to healing has been a Godsend to me and those who depend on me.
Kenneth Dunaway, PA-C
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