(515) 964-9966

Dr. Ole J. Olson, ATC

210 NE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA 50021

Sport Chirporactic

 

We Keep Runners Running!

  • Performance EnhancementPain Elimination(bulleted)
  • Exercise Guidance -- Extended Years  (bulleted) 
  • Specializing in Runners, Triathletes, Sports Participants
  • From elite athletes to recreational leagues or anyone who wants to stay active
  • Youth through high school, college,  and adult performance or recreational sports
  • Nearly every professional team includes Chiropractic treatments for players to enhance performance and extend their ability to play
  • Dr. Ole is specifically trained to work with sports injuries and performance enhancement; Certified Athletic Trainer; Athlete
  • One of a small number of practitioners in ART--Active Release Therapyin Iowa
  • Example of how we work: Plantar Fasciitis/Tendonitis—Treat the pain, but let’s find out what’s causing it in the first place and treat the source!    
    • Lack of flexibility
    • Strengthening needed
    • Unequal strength
    • Improper gait due to favoring one leg/foot based on injury or the above.  
  • Natural and organic supplements

Common Conditions Treated: 

  • Plantar Fasciitis (link to “foot pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis  (link to foot pain)
  • IT  Band Syndrome (link to “tendonitis) 
  • Gait Analysis

Athletes of all ages and in all sports put more strain on their bodies than the average person.  Proper training can help overcome sports injury and enhance performance, but at times the body needs additional help.  That’s where I come in for you.  

Professional sports teams recognize this and nearly all professional teams rely on chiropractic treatments to relieve injury, prolong careers and enhance overall performance.  While professionals put much more strain on their bodies, all athletes and active individuals can benefit from chiropractic adjustment for the same reasons.  

For sports chiropractic, I am still interested in relieving pain, but much more interested in determining the cause of the pain, along with providing therapies, exercise and fitness regimens to deal with the root causes of the issue.  Whether a one-time occurrence or a recurring injury you can’t seem to get past, my goal is to show you how to overcome the issues and extend your ability to participate and/or be competitive.  

For Example: Runners  

I work a lot with runners and triathletes.  Any sport that is based on repetitive actions can multiply a small issue into a larger one.  For example, running a mile accounts for around 1,500 to 2,000 steps, so a marathon is 39,300 to 53,400 steps!  Even a small alignment or uneven strength issue can turn into a big problem when multiplied by those numbers!  Running is a common sport adults enjoy past school years, meaning aging has an impact.  Triathletes include swimming and biking as well as running, which can be a good thing or bad depending on their bodies.  

If you want to perform at peak levels or if you simply want to stay off the injury list and be able to participate in sports for many years, come see us.  We can help.  

 

Active Release Therapy (ART)®

As one of a small number of practitioners of Active Release Therapy in the state, I can help improve your performance--going beyond chiropractic adjustment.  ART is a relatively new and extremely effective approach to treating soft tissue (muscle, ligaments, tendons) injuries and the resulting pain.  The technique is very popular with professional athletes such as the NFL, NHL, NBA.

 

Conditions

Therapies

 

CONDITIONS TREATED:  

Foot Pain – Ankle Pain 

Plantar fasciitis, Bunions, Metatarsalgia, Achilles Tendonitis

Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis are very common among the many runners we treat.  Because there is so much repetition in running, even a small amount of improper joint motion or alignment can turn into a problem and pain.  Please do not resort to a Cortisone injection right away; first come in and let’s fix the source of the problem so your foot or ankle can heal properly.

Proper function of the foot is very important to us at Optimal Health.  Improper joint motion and arch support in the foot can lead to a variety of foot, leg, knee and hip problems.  If the arch of the foot falls too far from its normal position (functional pes planus) then the plantar fascia (large ligament on the bottom of the foot) and foot joints, muscles and nerves may become inflamed and painful. Repetitive chronic loss of this arch may lead to a bony build up on the inside of the closest joint of the big toe (bunion) and may cause the big toe to flare outward (hallux valgus deformity). As the big toe flares outward it pushes against the other toes and crowds them. This may lead to irritation and swelling of the nerves between the toes (Morton's Neuroma). As the arch falls the leg (femur) rotates internally and causes a strain on the hip and low back and may lead to pain in those areas.

Our goal is to assess for underlying weaknesses that may be leading to the deficiency of the arch and contributing to your pain.  Once these muscles are identified, we will be using different methods of stimulation to “wake up” these muscles and retrain them back to optimal function.    

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the foot, ankle, or calf
  • Weakness/tingling in foot
  • Deformity of the joints of the foot

 

Healthy Living Tips For Foot Pain

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the foot and ankle with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to the associated joints, muscles and nerves.  It’s much quicker and easier to prevent or treat the first indication of pain than to wait until you have a bigger problem.  

Proper footwear or orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the knee, hip and back.  We offer professional grade custom orthotics made especially for athletes at a very affordable price.  

Home Exercises. Home strengthening and stretching exercises to stabilize the arch, foot and ankle—we’ll show you how to do home exercises that will help strengthen and heal the affected areas.  

Avoid. Do not go bare foot for long periods of time, without slowly building up the strength in your foot and ankle to be able to tolerate it. Do not wear non-supportive shoes such as flip flops. Do not wear tight and constricting shoes. Limit the use of high heels.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Bursitis – Hip Pain – Shoulder Pain

If you have been diagnosed with, or believe you have, bursitis, please contact our office immediately for a consult.  We have seen too many people suffer for long periods of time, or worse yet, have negative reactions to cortisone injections.  We can fix this quite easily by restoring proper function in the hip/shoulder.  If you do not have good stability in these areas, your body will compensate by tightening up “helper” muscles that then compress the bursa causing your issue.  Anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections can help temporarily with the pain, but do not remove the causative factor…that is where we come in!  

Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that provides padding between tendons and muscles or between a tendon/muscle and bone. The condition may be acute or chronic. Bursa assist movement and reduce friction between moving parts. Bursitis is most commonly caused by abnormal joint motion caused by tight muscles or restricted joints which exert pressure on the bursa which swells in response to the irritation. Bursitis is commonly seen in people over 40 years of age.  High risk activities include running, cycling, tennis, golf, skiing, throwing, and pitching.  Bursitis occurs most frequently in the shoulder and hip, but can also affect the knee, elbow, and Achilles tendon.

Our goal is to assess for underlying weaknesses that may be leading to the dysfunction of the hip or shoulder, contributing to your pain.  Once these muscles are identified, we will be using different methods of stimulation to “wake up” these muscles and retrain them back to optimal function.

Symptoms:

  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth over the affected joint
  • Limited range of motion

 

Healthy Living Tips For Bursitis.

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the involved joint with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to the associated muscles and nerves.

Practice proper posture, lifting and sitting ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing repetitive irritation to the bursa at work and play and minimizing future recurrences of past injuries.

Regular exercise. Gradual build up into a regular exercise routine.  Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.

Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet.

Proper footwear or orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the knee, hip and back.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Tendonitis – Knee Pain – Elbow Pain 

Epicondylitis, Golfer's / Tennis Elbow, Runner’s Knee, IT Band Syndrome, Patellofemoral Syndrome

Tendonitis (also called tendinitis) is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.  Repetitive or prolonged use of a joint can lead to shortening, weakness, and irritation of the muscles around a joint.  Pain may develop around the joint and become so severe that you are limited in your daily activities.  Tendonitis is more common in adults, but can affect children as well.  As with bursitis, activities that carry higher risk for tendonitis include running, cycling, tennis, golf, skiing, throwing, and pitching.  Tendonitis can occur anywhere in the body where a tendon connects a muscle to a bone. Tendonitis occurs most frequently in the knee and elbow, but can also occur in the Achilles tendon, thumb/hand, hip, and shoulder.

Our goal is to assess for underlying weaknesses or “stuck” joints around these areas that may be leading to the increased stress on the knee or elbow often leading to your pain.  Once these dysfunctional joints and muscles are identified, we will be using different methods of restore proper function of the joints and muscles and then retrain them back to optimal function.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in or around a joint
  • Weakness in or around a joint
  • Pain/weakness with activity
  • Pain lessens with activity

Healthy Living Tips For Tendonitis

 Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of your joints, muscles, and nerves through periodic treatments to minimize the stress put on them.

Home and Work Stretches and Exercises. We will work with you to identify and teach stretching and strengthening exercises to stabilize your joints and balance the musculature on either side of a joint.

Practice Proper Ergonomics. We will assess what activities cause the problem and educate you on how to correct motions that irritate the area.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Back Pain – Sciatica

We have all experienced it at some point.  Whether you have had a little twinge after a workout or run, or pain upon getting up out of bed, back pain is not something to take lightly.  At Optimal Health we focus a lot of attention in this area as this is where we have our most treasured area…our core!  Core IS NOT your abdominal muscles (“abs”) and is not fixed or strengthened by sit ups or crunches! “Core” is a complex combination of many muscles in the lower back and pelvic region.  Dr. Olson has trained extensively on core mechanics and correction and uses that knowledge to educate his patients, personal trainers, athletic trainers, and coaches about its importance.  

 Most back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative effect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause repetitive low level stress and imbalances on the spinal joints and associated musculature and eventually pain. This is why even the most active people often injure their back by just bending over to pick up a piece of paper. The spine was already compromised and just the simple act of bending was enough to set off the problem. When this occurs, the surrounding back muscles go into spasm to protect the stressed or injured tissues of the back.

Whether from working hard or playing hard, many people suffer from occasional or chronic low and mid back pain. For those who have taken a fall, been in a car accident or had some other type of traumatic injury the pain can be nearly impossible to tolerate. Sometimes the pain makes it difficult to work, impossible to sleep, and hard to function at all.

Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs below the knee.  Sciatica is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs but can also be present without any low back pain. The sciatic nerve can be irritated by pressure from a herniated or bulging disc or inflammation originating from an irritated disc. The sciatic nerve can also be compressed by the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities become almost impossible.

Our goal is to assess for underlying weaknesses and dysfunction in joints surrounding the lower back that may be leading to the pain you are experiencing.  Once these areas are identified, we will be using different methods to restore proper function and retrain them to sustain this new function.

Symptoms:

  • Pain, tenderness and stiffness in the back or between the shoulder blades
  • Pain that radiates into the buttocks, to the knee, or all the way into the foot
  • Difficulty standing straight or in one position for prolonged period of time
  • Weakness or leg fatigue when walking
  • Discomfort while sitting or going from sitting to standing

Healthy Living Tips For Back Pain

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the back with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.

Practice proper posture, lifting and sitting ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing back injuries at work and play and minimizing future recurrences of past injuries.

Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.

Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet.

Proper footwear or orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the hip and back.  Our custom orthotics have provided relief from back pain for many patients at an affordable price.  

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Neck Pain – Whiplash – Headaches 

The neck contains many delicate, pain sensitive muscles, nerves, joints and tendons commonly exposed to abuse and abnormal stresses. Incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries, poor posture, prolonged sitting at a computer or desk, and restricted joint motion are some of the more common factors in the development of neck problems.  At Optimal Health we look to find the underlying cause and remove it to minimize the reoccurrence of injury.

Within the neck lies the cervical spine, the upper most portion of the spinal column. The cervical spine is structurally and functionally unique from the other areas of the spinal column and is the most highly integrated neurologically making it a very important area that we want to keep working correctly!  

The cervical spine has many important functions which include providing support and mobility to the head and neck, providing essential information for the balance and coordination of the body, and protection for the upper spinal cord and associated spinal nerves. The upper muscles and joints of the cervical spine contain special mechanoreceptors which provide the brain with important information about balance and coordination. The highly flexible cervical spine is more vulnerable to injury.

The 1st through 3rd cervical nerves exiting from the cervical region are responsible for providing sensations to the head and face. When these nerves are irritated they will cause pain, headaches and/or numbness and tingling or burning in the head and face. The nerves from the mid and lower cervical spine combine to form the brachial plexus, a collection of nerves which controls strength and sensation to the arms. Irritation to these nerves can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms.

Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck that occurs from a sudden jerking or whipping motion of the head. This type of motion strains the muscles and the ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash often occurs during motor vehicle accidents, but can also occur during sporting activities where one is thrown or knocked to the ground suddenly.   The muscle and ligament injury results in significant scar tissue formation and limited motion.  It is very important to immediately begin the healing process by ensuring the cervical spine is back in proper alignment.  

Cervicogenic headaches refer to headaches which originate from tissues and structures in the cervical spine or neck region. The headache is generally a very constant, strong, yet dull pain. The most common location of pain is around the orbital (eye) region and upper neck area but may also include other areas of the face, head and neck.  This headache is often precipitated or aggravated by faulty movement patterns of the head and neck such as forward head posture or by acute trauma to the neck such as from a sports related injury.  The headache will typically last for one to three days and reoccur until properly treated.

Some causes of neck and head pain such as acute trauma as in a motor vehicle accident cannot be avoided. Other causes include poor sitting and lifting techniques, and poor posture especially at your work station. Optimal Health Family Chiropractic Center tries to address and modify or change these poor habits:

Some of the more common causes of neck pain include:

  • Incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
  • Lack of proper joint motion
  • Whiplash-type injuries
  • Improper workstation setup
  • Poor posture
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Excessive repetitive neck motions
  • Improper telephone techniques
  • Excessive mental stress
  • Physical inactivity

The first step in treating neck pain is to determine what has and is causing the neck pain. Once the causes and contributing factors are identified, a successful treatment plan can be structured to eliminate pain and achieve the goals of the patient. We will work to change any bad habits or postures that may be causing or aggravating the neck pain.

Neck Pain Prevention Tips

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the neck with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.

Practice proper posture, lifting and sitting ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing stress to the neck at work and play.

Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.

Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

THERAPIES USED BY DR. OLE:

Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Ole is also a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and has worked with numerous athletes and sports teams.  He sees athletes from Iowa State University, Drake University, Grand View University, and many of central Iowa’s high schools as well as many runners, triathletes, and weekend warriors.

Sports medicine specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to participating in sports and/or exercise, specifically the rotation or deformation of joints or muscles caused by engaging in such physical activities. Because of the competitive nature of sports, a primary focus of sports medicine is the rapid recovery of patients, which drives many innovations in the field. For more information please visit http://www.nata.org/athletic-training

Rehabilitation is a treatment designed to facilitate the process of recovery from injury to a normal condition as quickly as possible.  The purpose of rehabilitation is to restore some or all of the patient's physical capabilities that were lost due to an injury. “PLAYING THROUGH THE PAIN”: NOT A GOOD IDEA!  When we suffer a sports related injury, many of us try to continue on with our activities.  This “playing through the pain” begins to develop compensatory patterns and the longer we continue this, the deeper these compensatory patterns are engrained.  Rehabilitation includes the process of restoring compensatory patterns of dysfunction to more correct movement patterns.

A proper and adequate rehabilitation program can reverse many injuries acquired through activity that cannot be reversed by traditional medical care that focuses on symptoms alone!   We specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, joints, tissues, and the nervous system

Each rehabilitation program is tailored to the individual patient's needs and can include one or more modalities including: heat, cold, massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, exercises, and other techniques.  The goal is to relieve pain, improve mobility, improve strength and coordination, and restore normal daily functions.

Rehabilitation is used to increase the rate of healing and decrease the chance of re-injury.  Specific exercises are designed for you to help strengthen and correct your unique problem.  Strong, flexible and coordinated joints, muscles and nerves are essential to the proper functioning of the body. 

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART®) Treats Soft Tissue Injuries, Relieves Pain, And Restores Normal Tissue Function

Dr. Olson was central Iowa’s first certified provider of ART and has been certified since 2004.  He has taken numerous courses offered by ART and even works for their Elite Provider Network.  Dr. Ole utilizes ART on nearly every one of his patients as muscle and joint dysfunction go hand in hand.

ART® is a new and extremely effective approach to treating soft tissue injuries and the resulting pain. It is a patented method of treatment developed by Dr. Michael Leahy and is utilized by more than 3500 certified providers, including medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers worldwide. The technique is very popular with professional athletes and teams (NFL, NHL, NBA, etc.) and is used regularly by amateur and professional athletes alike, not only to help with rapid injury recovery, but also for improving their athletic performance. In recent years this method of treatment has begun to gain recognition among the general public as well, as more certified practitioners utilizing ART® have entered the healthcare arena.

Biomechanics and Physiology of Injury

Acute trauma or overuse, sometimes referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI, are generally the common causes of insult to the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, joint capsules, fascia, etc). Many of the routine daily activities performed at work or home or while playing sports can result in cumulative injuries to soft tissues. Some common examples of these activities/conditions are:

  • Running/Jogging (Shin Splints, Plantar Fascitis, Knee & Hip pain, Tendonitis)
  • Repetitive wrist/forearm flexion/extension/rotation (Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow)
  • Repetitive & prolonged shoulder rotation (Swimmer's Shoulder, Throwers, Rotator Cuff Tears)
  • Repetitive bending & lifting (Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Muscle Strain)
  • Poor Posture (Tension Headaches, Back pain, Neck pain, Arm & Leg pain)
  • All athletic activities can result in repetitive strain injuries (Tendonitis, Sprains/Strains, Bursitis, Myofascitis)
  • Many other conditions/complaints/injuries

These injuries will result in a series of physiological responses:

1. Inflammation
2. Repair
3. Remodeling
4. Maturation

The initial physiological response by the body is swelling or "Inflammation" in the affected area/tissue. During this phase the circulation and accumulation of fluids within the injured tissue is increased as the body begins to control the damage and remove irritants form the site of injury. The inflammation will lead to increased tension and internal pressure within the injured tissue and the surrounding structures.

In an attempt to heal the injury and stabilize the area, the body will begin the "Repair" process. Fibroblasts begin to create fibrous tissues. This generally consists of laying down of fibrotic scar tissue and adhesions in and around the injured structures. This scar tissue is generally a lower grade of tissue than the original one and is both functionally and structurally deficient, lacking elasticity and limiting proper circulation and function. As circulation is reduced, tissue hypoxia (decreased oxygen) develops.

During the final 2 phases of "Remodeling" and "Maturation" the body is simply attempting to organize and orient the newly formed fibers so as to restore the injured tissue closer to its natural state. Unfortunately, as miraculous as the body is, it does a poor job in tissue restoration. The final result is a tougher, less elastic, shortened and therefore weakened tissue, which causes restriction of motion between muscle layers as well as nerves. For the athlete, this means poorer performance and less than desirable results. For the general public and athlete both, this means pain and discomfort at the site of injury; or in the case of peripheral nerve entrapments which are commonly caused after such injuries, pain, numbness and tingling radiating into the arms or legs. The resulting pain typically will start a process of "compensatory change", which will begin affecting other tissues and structures in that kinetic chain.

How Can ART® Help?

ART® is a form of hands-on or "Manual Therapy". It is a method of locating and treating the injured/affected soft tissue so that the process of "Repair, Remodeling, and, Maturation" produces a better outcome in a shorter period of time. Clinical findings indicate that mechanical loading techniques such as ART® help produce increased wound healing ALONG the lines of the injured tissue. As a result the healed structure is not only stronger and more resistant to future injury, but it also has improved functionality.

According to the latest research, Immobilization or bracing which is commonly used after traumatic injuries results in a prolonged healing time as well as a weaker healed tissue. Contrary to the above approach, ART® combines both passive and active Range of Movement (ROM) in its treatment protocols. Its specific approach allows for differentiation between various structures, thereby allowing the practitioner to locate and treat the CORRECT structure. Combining the manual loading technique with the proper ROM and the specificity of locating and treating the correct anatomical structure allows for the break up of fibrotic tissues and their proper realignment during the healing cycle. ART® provides very specific treatment protocols for over 300 muscular injuries and 100 peripheral nerve entrapments as well as many tendonous and ligamentous injuries. This is what sets ART® apart from all other soft tissue techniques and has caused many world class athletes and athletic professionals to turn to this method of treatment for help.

What is ART® Performance Care?

Performance Care, (a combination of biomechanics, analysis, Active Release Techniques, and exercises), acts to improve an athlete's performance in his or her chosen sport.

We know that changes in the physiology of an athlete's body can have a tremendous impact upon the time and effort required to perform an activity.

A difference of just a few seconds improvement in an athlete's performance can mean the difference between a win or loss or the difference in a non-athlete of being injured or not.

Athletic training regimes, repetitive motions, (swimming, running, cycling), and overworked muscles all place a great deal of stress on an athlete's body. These stresses cause physiological changes that cannot be counter-acted by simple exercise regimes. They require physical manipulation of the tissues to remove the problem and return the person to optimal performance.

ART®, with its ability to remove restrictive adhesive tissue, can help improve performance in any sport, from skiing, weight lifting, and football, to running, cycling, golf, and swimming.

How does ART® Performance Care Differ from ART® Injury Care?

ART® Injury Care deals with known, existing, identifiable injuries to soft tissue. It's goal is to remove the cause of these injuries, and return the soft tissues to normal condition.

In contrast, ART® Performance Care is used to increase the performance of an individual, (speed, endurance, strength), by working with soft tissues to enhance their performance. Performance Care identifies unnoticed or hidden restrictions in the motion of the body, and removes these restrictions to restore full function to the soft tissues. Performance Care requires a good understanding of the biomechanics of the human body.

When to use Performance Care?

Much of the time, Performance Care will not be associated with pain, but more of an intuitive feeling that 'something is not correct' or just not being able to have a good, strong workout. A person knows his/her body best. If you are feeling that you're not achieving your optimal performance, then Performance Care may be beneficial.

What is an ART® treatment like?

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Why Active Release is Different?

Active Release is a highly successful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, nerves, and the surrounding soft tissues. Active Release is not massage, physiotherapy, or chiropractic care. While those procedures relieve muscle and motion dysfunction, they do not necessarily address the underlying problems caused by scar tissue formation. Active Release has proven to be especially valuable for athletes, from the professional to the beginner. Ninety percent of the time athletes with acute or long- standing muscular strain/sprain injuries experience complete recovery.

Understanding Soft Tissue Dysfunction

To understand soft tissue injury, you must comprehend the basic mechanism of cumulative injury. Cumulative trauma disorder is the major injury problem in the workforce and the general population in this country. Federal statistics show that C.T.D. now surpasses back pain. Past therapies such as massage, heat, cold, electrical stimulation, rest, exercise and surgery alone, have all fallen short to treat them effectively.

Symptoms of cumulative trauma disorders are sensations of tingling, burning, aching and weaknesses. When a muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve is damaged from trauma or overuse, the body will attempt to repair the damage with scar tissue. These scar tissue adhesions left untreated perpetuate the cumulative injury cycle and result in progressive loss of function and increased pain. Soft tissue dysfunction often leads to a loss of flexibility, strength, and range of motion. People often attribute these losses to "just getting old," but this is seldom the case.

Active Release separates, releases, and stretches the connective tissue adhesions, restores vascular and lymph circulation, and increases your range of motion, flexibility, and strength.

The treatments can be a bit uncomfortable, or even a little painful, but this pain is an important indicator that the problem has been located and signals that the treatments are correcting the injury. Patients often report that it "hurts so good."
Regardless of your activity level you can benefit from Active Release. From those who are victims of car accidents -- or even the proud weekend warrior -- Active Release has proven to be a fast, effective, non-invasive way to heal a wide variety of soft tissue injuries.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Chiropractic Joint Manipulation

At Optimal Health we utilize a variety of adjusting techniques to meet the individual needs of our patients.  We utilize diversified technique, Thompson drop (drop table), Activator Method, The Pro-ArthroStim Instrument adjusting tool, and extremity adjusting.   Dr. Olson utilizes motion palpation to assess for proper joint motion in every joint in the body. Various factors can contribute to abnormal or restricted joint motion. Acute trauma such as whiplash or sports injuries or repetitive abnormal stress from repetitive sporting activities stress the ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint.

Joint motion restrictions cause friction and increased stress on the normal joint function. This increased friction may cause inflammation, pain or just wear and tear of the joints.  This wear and tear is no small matter. Wear and tear can lead to degenerative changes such as osteoarthritis, a progressive breakdown of cartilage. This cartilage is a very thin layer inside the joint. Thus it becomes very important to remove stress from the joint in order to prevent complete degeneration of the cartilage.

Once a restricted joint has been located, a very specific force is exerted into the joint axis in order to restore the proper joint motion. This force or thrust is called a joint manipulation or adjustment. The thrust stimulates mechanoreceptors in the joint and produces a reflexive relief of pain and reduction in muscle spasm. Research has shown that stimulation of these mechanoreceptors sends signals to the brain which decreases pain signals and results in muscle relaxation. Once proper motion has been established through a combination of joint manipulation and Active Release Techniques, Dr. Olson will educate you on proper strengthening exercises for you to do at home to stabilize and strengthen the joint.

It is very important to restore joint function if you are experiencing pain and/or disability as a result of these joint restrictions, particularly if you have been experiencing repeated episodes of pain or disability. Repeated episodes often lead to chronic problems which affect the surrounding structures: joint capsules, ligaments, muscles, nerves, etc.

"The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food." - Hippocrates

Questions?

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Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance. The second technique helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day. It is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation.  Dr. Ole uses Kinesiology taping to help facilitate muscles that are not working properly as this tape allows the person to still participate in normal activities and it is not limiting.  Kinesio Tex Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including chiropractic, physiotherapy modalities, massage therapy, and rehabilitation to assist in the treatment of many different sports injuries. For more information about Kinesio taping and the many benefits go to www.kinesiotaping.com.  

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Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a full body assessment with the goal of finding asymmetrical and faulty movement patterns.  These faulty and asymmetric movement patterns are often the foundation for the aches and pains you experience on a daily basis.  FMS is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.  Many movement patterns we use as adults are from the basic movements we learned as infants.  Using this same mentality of function, we can go back and teach ourselves with the help of trained professionals to move properly again!

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http://www.functionalmovement.com/fms

 

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization & Sports Rehabilitation, Int J Sports Phys Ther. , 2013 Feb;8(1):62-73 http://www.rehabps.cz/data/DNS_IJSPT_paper.pdf

Dr. Olson has completed levels A & B as well as sport specific training and rehabilitation in DNS.  He utilizes this knowledge with many athletic patients as development of the core is critical in athletes and is a central theme for DNS rehabilitation. 

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is an exciting new rehabilitative approach based on developmental movement principles, which is rapidly gaining international popularity among health care providers, trainers, athletes and patients. Based upon the brilliant work of Professor Pavel Kolar at Charles University's Motol Hospital in Prague, DNS evolved in Central Europe's Czech Republic and is the culmination of the evolving clinical methods from the internationally renowned "Prague School" of Manual Medicine and Rehabilitation. For more information on this technique, see the Rehabilitation Prague School website: http://www.rehabps.com/REHABILITATION

 

DNS is designed to stimulate movement control centers in the brain in order to activate the body's "stabilizing system". This allows for improved body awareness, posture and respiration, improving the quality of specific and general exercises. DNS techniques stimulate the brain, which controls all muscles, and the muscles in turn move and protect all joints. DNS stabilizes the body by re-establishing the precise postures the child utilizes as it matures to crawl and upright itself in order to stand and walk. The method helps to restore the structural and postural alignment of the body's neuromuscular skeletal system by invoking a full body "global" motor pattern.

DNS is based upon the scientific clinical standard utilized by pediatric neurologists known as ontogenesis, which is the maturation of the human from conception to full maturation. Simply stated, ontogenesis is the process of growing up. A critical part of ontogenesis is developmental kinesiology, which is the way that humans gain control of their body movement as they mature. At birth, the newborn has no conscious body control. As the infant grows, he or she establishes the ability to control movement of body regions, known as Partial Motor Patterns. These patterns combine to establish Global Motor Patterns, which form the foundation of human movement. They are activated in the specific sequence of increasing complexity during the postural development in the first months of a child's life. Global motor patterns remain essential for control of posture and stability of the spine - the pivotal center of the entire locomotor system throughout the life of the individual.

The human locomotor system (the combines body systems that allow human to move, which make up about 75% of body weight) can lose its' optimal function through life, leading to compromised function, stabilization, postural, respiratory and movement. These compromises can lead to acute pain episodes or, worse, to lead to chronic recurrent pain syndromes. How does this occur? Causative factors can include poor posture, injury, deconditioning, emotional stress, and weight gain.

DNS therapy stimulates the patient's global motor patterns and, exploiting the plasticity (adaptability) of the brain, optimizes physiological connections to improve global (whole body) or local (ex/ shoulder, low back, knee, etc.) function. The spinal-joint manipulation, muscle relaxation and the soft tissue release procedures are all conducted in the postural positions of ideal movements of an infant (crawling and turning). In these positions of support the maximum spinal stability and optimal global joint positioning ("centration") of the entire body are achieved.

During DNS therapy, gentle pressure is applied to the body while the patient is positioned in specific, ideal positions that correspond to that of the infant during critical stages of development. This pressure stimulates a global motor reaction which minimizes muscle imbalances, relieves painful muscle spasms, improves spinal stability, and encourages postural awareness. Over time, through repetition of the customized DNS exercises (taught in the clinic & then continued independently at home), spinal stability becomes automatic.

The results achieved by DNS are superior to conventional rehabilitation methods, who tend to address the problem "locally". DNS therapy integrates increased brain stimulation with manipulation, mobilization, postural awareness, repiratory training, exercise, and education to achieve optimal global function.

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Custom-molded Orthotics

At Optimal Health we use only the very best professional grade custom orthotics.  Many companies offer orthotics and we have tested many of them ourselves.  Our orthotics are completely custom molded to your foot and cost a fraction compared to other places advertising and offering orthotics.  We charge $300 for the first pair and $200 for a second pair if wanted or needed.  The total for 2 pairs would still be half the cost of an off-the-shelf product from most  local foot and orthotic stores in the Des Moines area.  

Orthotics are a safe, non-invasive treatment for many foot, knee, hip and back problems. Low back and lower extremity conditions often stem from, (or are exacerbated by), poor foot biomechanics.  Our orthotics are custom made by using mold from a foam casting box, taking into account your body's individual needs. They can be built to fit a variety of shoe styles from running shoes to sandals, and hockey skates to high heels.  Orthotics are usually ready for you to pick up in 7-10 days from casting!  

The forces into your feet are one to three times your body weight when walking, and can be four to five times your body weight when running. Vertical leaping can boost these forces up to seven times your body weight. These instances do not even take into account damage sustained by your feet being stepped on, twisted, or just standing for long periods of time. As a result, misalignment and dysfunction of the twenty-six small bones of the foot is a very common problem.

Unfortunately, the problem is rarely limited to the foot itself. The reduced shock absorption and function alters the proper motion of the lower limbs, which in turn can destabilize pelvis and low back motions. Does this sound familiar? Feet are foundational to your overall health and coordination.

Most foot problems stem from overuse, poor shoe choices, and/or congenital anomalies. Most of these problems can be avoided or corrected by conservative care through correct shoe dynamics, foot adjustments, (realigning of the bones for normal function), foot orthotics, and/or specialized shoes. A natural approach to solving these problems of foot pain and dysfunction are becoming the treatment of choice. Many people can avoid, (or at least postpone), surgery by pursuing a conservative approach.

Often patients hear, "When your pain gets bad enough, I'll do surgery," from their doctor. Natural care takes a different approach and looks at the kinetic chain of events that starts at the ground and goes up the foot and leg and into the pelvis and low back, affecting the entire body's stability and function.

Pronation of the foot twists the whole leg internally and rocks the pelvis forward on the contact side and pulls the lumbar spine toward the contact leg. If the bones of the mid foot are locked in Pronation, (lowered arch), which is common, then the foot cannot fully Supinate, (lift the arch), and unload the rotation of the leg, pelvis and low back. This leads to knee, hip, and low back pain that becomes chronic and does not respond very well under care until this is corrected.

What usually isn't said is that these same kinetic chain motions, which are the result of faulty foot mechanics, create pain in the feet and altered weight bearing on the soles of the feet - changing their callous formations. This results in joint pain of the feet due to altered loading of fewer joint of the feet sharing the load while walking, running, or jumping. Decreased performance, (and disability), results from these pathomechanics.

An amazing fact about the foot is that it is one of the most muscularly imbalanced parts of your body. Think about it - when do you isolate muscles for exercise in your foot? Is there a series of foot machines at your health club? Do you put rubber bands around your toes and spread them apart to strengthen them? Is there a place where you dorsiflex your foot against resistance? Or do you, (like most people), just stuff your feet into some randomly selected shoes and expect them to take whatever abuse you throw at them? Though our feet are so spectacularly neglected, most people will tell you that, "If your feet hurt, your whole body hurts."

Manipulation of the feet is a highly skilled science and art that is taught at varying levels in the professions. The cutting edge doctor that treats the feet is quickly learning that restoring normal motions to the joints of the feet tremendously affects the patient's overall results.

By the age of forty, most people could benefit greatly from foot adjustments and orthotics due to accumulated stress and trauma to their feet and body. By the age of fifty, most people need some form of pain relief for the ache in their feet, knees, hips, and low back. The 'baby boomers' have arrived and many do not want to have surgery on any of these joints. Consequently, they are looking for alternative solutions.

The closer a foot control mechanism is made to your true normal foot, (each joint gliding through its normal range and directing shock correctly in its proper sequence), the more efficiently an orthotic can assist in that process. Shock is then attenuated and ligaments have a chance to adapt - just like a normal, youthful foot.

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Acupuncture

Dr. Ole has trained in acupuncture for 5 years now.  He has a 100 hr certification in acupuncture, as well as numerous courses in weight loss, muscle rehabilitation, and other conditions.

Whether you are a casual sports player, a weekend warrior, or someone who trains hard daily, acupuncture can be an extremely valuable tool for you.  Acupuncture assists both acute and chronic injury recovery, helps prevent future injuries, and enhances athletic performance and endurance.  Studies suggest the ancient Chinese therapy can increase circulation and range of motion and accelerate healing time due to its ability to balance the neurological and cardiovascular systems.  Some ways it helps with your injuries are:

1) Increased circulation helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling

2) Enhanced circulation brings in vital nutrients to tissues to help with the repair and recovery process

3) Enhanced circulation carries away damaged cells and cellular waste products from the injured site

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