Thursday, April 29, 2010

Treat yourself like a pro!

By. Dr. Terry Weyman

Western Medicine or Eastern Medicine, Primary or "alternative medicine", these are topics I hear all the time yet, do they make sense? Why can't we all just get along! Before we start with this topic, I ask you to put on your logical thinking cap. According to Dr. Spencer Baron, Author of "Secrets of the Game" "Up until the eighteenth century, the health-care world viewed the body as a fully functioning and integrated organism. Homeopathy, a therapeutic model designed to treat the Whole patient, was the widespread treatment of choice. This model contends that disorder and disease are expressed as a complex "collision" of events that result in physical, as well as emotional and /or mental, symptoms. Then along the path, came along theories, backed by both political and financial power that suggested we are not complex organisms that are integrated and work together but a complex group of individual parts that must be looked at closely and treated individually". Does this make sense? In everyday life you are told to say "YES" to this question. However, in the world of Professional Sports you are encouraged to say "NO"!

To see the big picture you must realize one BIG difference between you and the professional athlete. A professional athlete is a commodity; they make money for the team owner, the team staff, their sponsors, advertisers, agents, Doctors and trainers. As a commodity the interest to keep them on the "field" is financial. While they are playing, they are making people money. When they are hurt, they are costing people money. The goal is to make money, so they use whatever it takes to keep the player playing. With current law the use of illegal drugs, though still out there, are getting less used and out of the box "tricks" are getting used more and more. You and I, we don't make OTHER people money when we are sick, so, the goal to heal fast is low. Stay sicker longer, you make Doctors, trainers, therapists, Pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and your insurance company money. Is the goal then to heal you fast?

I ask you to start looking at your health differently. To learn the concepts I will teach you in the coming weeks you need to change your mental status first, if you truly want to increase your wellness, happiness and increase your athletic performance. In this "economy" you can't afford not to. Our current treat-the-symptoms- not-the-cause mentality has cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills- and untold months of potential wellness. Who is in charge of YOUR health, YOU, the Government or your insurance company? You can only take care of yourself IF your insurance company covers it? You only eat, or take care of your car if SOMEONE ELSE says it’s ok? Look at how you are spending your money and who is in charge of YOU. Your health is your most important asset, more than your house or car. You are the best person to make decisions about your life, your body, and your health, but only IF you are well informed about your choices, your body, and the possibilities available to you for self-care and healing. In the coming weeks and months we will explore these questions and answers. Share this with everyone and let’s make some changes. Sign up today at to start getting Tidbits and learn how YOU can take charge of your health and increase your athletic performance.

Chiropractic Sports Institute located in Westlake and Moorpark California.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Get the most out of your bike ride!!!

By. Dr. Amir Mahmud

With the Tour de California coming to town (Final stage in Westlake half a mile from our Westlake office) we were recently asked to give a lecture at Conejo Valley Cycling (CVC) club on the topics of proper hydration, nutrition, warming up, stretching and cooling down. Since most of the members were very interested on the warm up, stretching, cooling down part of the lecture I decided to dedicate this blog on how to properly warm up, stretch and cool down in order to avoid sports related injuries.

So, why should we warm up and stretch prior to exercising? Did you know that a proper warm up and stretching routine can improve an athlete’s performance by as much as 15%?

Here are some guidelines to follow in order to take full advantage of your body and maximize your workout experience.

• Always warm up prior to stretching &/or exercising
o Warming up increases the blood flow to your muscles, ligaments and tendons
o At least 3 to 5 min of mild cardiovascular training is recommended to warm up sufficiently

Examples of a good warm up prior to ride include:

• Getting on your trainer and ride for 20 min prior to your race
• Jump rope for 10-15 min
• Fast walk to the point of sweating
• Slow bike ride to the point of sweating
• Slow jog to the point of sweating

Once you have warmed up you can begin your stretch routine. Remember in order to increase your performance by 15% you have to make stretching part of your daily routine. Proper stretching includes 3 different aspects. Frequency, Intensity, and duration.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these topics.

• Frequency refers to how often you do your stretches. It is recommended to stretch at least 1-2 times daily.
• Intensity refers to how hard you stretch. For example when you are doing a set of 10 repetitions of hamstring stretch you want to ease your way into the stretch. The first 2-4 repetitions should be held at the initial phase of muscle contraction. The next few repetitions push the muscle a bit farther into the stretch. By the 8-10 repetition you can push the muscle farther and farther. Make sure you breathe in order to have proper oxygen supply for the muscles. It is very important to remember to avoid the “No pain, No gain” theory. This can actually lead to injuries.
• Duration refers to how long you hold each stretch. It is recommended to hold each stretch a minimum of 10 seconds and in order to get the full benefits of the stretch, hold for 60 seconds

Once you have finished your ride/exercise it is important to cool down properly. When you cool down properly you can decrease sports specific injuries, cut down on lactic acid build up in your muscles, reduce overuse, and prevent post race stiffness. A proper cool down will allow the heart rate and respiration rates to decrease gradually, placing less stress on body systems than if the activity is abruptly stopped.

The biggest complaint I hear is "I don't have time to do all of this, or, I never use to do all of this". The answer to the first, is you don't have time NOT too, and the answer to the second is, your getting older, you body has gotten away with mistakes for years and it won't last much longer. To properly take care of your body you have always had to do all of this, remember, just because you haven't, does not mean you shouldn't.

I hope these general guidelines help you get the most out of your ride. If you have any questions or want to know specific stretches feel free to contact me and I will gladly go over them with you. Till next time, have a fun and safe ride. Dr. Amir can be reached at CSI Westlake, 2277 Townsgate Road, ste 101, Westlake Village, Ca 91361. 805.371.0737 or visit us on the web at

Dr. Amir Mahmud is one of the Sports Chiropractors at Chiropractic Sports Institute in Westlake Village. He has been a treating Doctor on the sidelines of many sports and as successfully treated many Professional and top amateur athletes for years. Dr. Terry Weyman, the CEO of CSI, has been named the Medical Director of the final stage of the Tour de California.