Monday, April 16, 2012

Mild Hyperbaric therapy, the Athletes best friend!

By: Dr. Terry Weyman

I was first introduced to the Mild Hyperbaric Chamber 8 years ago after I had shoulder surgery. I was told it would increase my healing time and get me back to water skiing earlier. I was skeptical, but I had nothing to lose. After being in the chamber for 45 min I was able to move my arm with out pain and was able to do simple rehab exercises! It blew me away. Recently, I hurt my ankle real bad and was told I would not walk for months. Again, I sought out a Chamber, still not fully understanding what it does, again the results were amazing and I was walking within weeks. After talking with other Sports Medicine Doctors and Friends of mine who work with Elite Athletes I decided to take the plunge and bring one to CSI. So far, the results have been astounding. What is a Mild Hyperbaric Chamber and what does it do? Hopefully this simple article answers some of your questions.

How Much O2 can the body absorb and how much am I really getting?

When you breathe, Oxygen attaches to red blood cells and is carried throughout the body to be used in every function your body performs. However, the amount of Oxygen your body receives is limited by the number and circulation of these cells. Sickness, Injury or disease can dramatically lower your Red Blood Cell count and restrict Oxygen delivery to vital organs. Since 90% of our biological energy comes from Oxygen and only 10% from food and water, proper O2 usage is important not only in healing but for performance as well.

Isn’t breathing enough?

Unfortunately, when we breathe we are not getting enough oxygen. Currently our atmospheric oxygen content is approximately 21%, when just a few hundred years ago the air concentration was as high as 35%. Although toxic gases and pollutants are causing the atmospheric oxygen decline, it is not the only cause of oxygen deficiency. Over processed foods are high in toxins and low in oxygen. Eating these foods forces the body to use large amounts of oxygen to eliminate the poisons. These foods include: white floor, sugar, alcohol. Coffee, colas, etc. Foods rich in oxygen supply are fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.

When you’re injured, your physical effort declines. Lack of exercise prevents the body from absorbing the oxygen needed to revitalize the systems. Not sleeping well prevents oxygen from regenerating the organs, cells, bone and muscles. Physical stress, caused by infections, surgery, injury and viruses, creates the need for the body to use more oxygen to fight and repair. Emotional stress also places strain on all major organs and systems of the body as well.

How can Mild Hyperbaric Help?

Mild Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses purified ambient air with high levels of oxygen and approximately 130% atmospheric pressure to allow Oxygen Absorption through out ALL the bodies’ fluids. Since your RBCs can only absorb so much O2, now O2 can be “pushed” into other fluids such as Plasma and CSF (cerebral spinal fluid). This is proven through “Henry;s law of Physics, where when liquid is put under pressure, it absorbs the surrounding gases”.

Unlike Oxygen Bars and other forms of Oxygen treatments, Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is the only way to infuse all the bodies fluids, including blood plasma, lymphatic fluids, and as said above, CSF. Now O2 can reach tissue which is inaccessible to red blood cells, enhance white blood cell function and promote the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. This dissolved Oxygen is more readily used by the tissue cells. That’s because Oxygen carried in fluid is immediately available to the body’s cells, while Oxygen in red blood cells requires energy to make it available. This results in increased infection control and a faster healing time.

Many of the defense mechanism in the human body are dependent on oxygen. A low level of Oxygen in the tissues reduces the healing time by reducing the effectiveness of the ingestion and killing of bacteria by the white blood cells. When a body is subjected to Hyperbaric Therapy, re-oxygenation of the tissue allows phagocytosis and other defense mechanisms of the body to operate more effectively. Bottom line, bring more O2 in, the system works more efficiently so that you heal faster and stronger.

Hyperbaric Medicine is not a “cure all”, but a tool. When this tool is used correctly it has demonstrated to dramatically increase immune capabilities, helps with post surgical repair, fractures, musculoskeletal injuries, fibromyalgia pain, fatigue recovery, post concussion symptoms to just name a few. The affects of Hyperbaric Therapy are cumulative, and show longer lasting benefits over multiple sessions. MRI changes have been seen in both brain and injury sites in as little as 10 hours of use.

For more information you can contact Westlake CSI at or schedule an apt by calling 805-371-0737

Thursday, April 5, 2012

3 areas you must address when injured!

By: Dr. Terry Weyman

What we know is that the body can heal fast or slow. Its up to each individual and their approach to their body and the healing process. The body does not care what we think, just how we act and how well we care for ourselves. The payback? Increased function and achieving your maximum output!

When looking at your health you must consider both the visible world (your surroundings and what you have control over) and the invisible world (what you ingest, absorb and breath in). Health depends on three functions to sustain pure function; biomechanics ,bioenergy and biochemistry. All must be evaluated, considered and treated in order for true healing to take place.

Biomechanical- To have an increase in physical performance we need energy efficient, strain-free movement. Since muscles attach to joints, a full assessment of joint motion and muscle balance must be done. Full body rehabilitation of the kinetic chain must be evaluated to find imbalances, which must be corrected through specific Chiropractic Adjustments. Nerves travel through both muscles and joints. Any form of compression can cause both pain and lack of function. Restoration of the biomechanics and surrounding neurophysiology will provide a strong foundation in order to facilitate the healing process. Once the tension is taken off the structure, complete evaluation of the bioenergy and biochemistry can be evaluated.

Bioenergy- For top performance from your body you need energy efficient, strain-free movement. The more flexible and balanced the living matrix is, the more readily it absorbs shocks and converts them into information rather than damage. Since the living body is a network of cells integrated with each other receiving both mechanical and energetic vibratory continuum, restriction in one part has both structural and energetic consequences for the entire organism. Each healthy cell membrane has an electrical charge of 70 milivolts (mv) while diseased cells such as cancer cells have a potential of 15 mv. The food we eat and the air we breathe is reduced to electrons for electron transport to create ATP (energy) and body repair. Things that decrease electrons in the body are old food, electric fields (cell phones, pagers, etc), dehydration and free radicals. Each molecule, cell tissue and organ has an ideal resonate frequency that coordinates it’s activities. By manipulating and balancing the vibratory circuits we are able to directly influence the body’s defense and repair mechanisms. The use of the Erchonia Laser will help to reestablish cellular communication thus increasing the healing time. The EB 305 is designed to restore the body’s energy, balance and restore the body’s pH.

Biochemistry- The chemical world has a dramatic effect on both the performance of our body as well as its ability to heal. This “world” involves the inflammatory cascade, debrid area, blood flow, connective tissue assembly and nutrient specificity. With any form of injuries (both acute or chronic) the body increases blood flow to the region with a migration of White Blood Cells. The cell permeability increases causing swelling, increased cellular debris and a decrease in pH thus slowing the healing time. The objective of treatment is to: 1. Control the inflammation, 2. Dissolve the injured tissue/dead blood (through the Cold laser, Ultrasound, H-Wave, Marc Pro), 3. Increase the nutrient delivery, and 4. Repair and create new tissue. The course of action needed to increase the healing time is to provide biochemical mediators in sufficient quantities and promote their delivery. At CSI, we use the Erchonia Cold Laser to decrease the congestion in the lymphatic system, the EB 305 to detoxify the body and normalize the pH, and pharmaceutical vitamins/mineral supplements to enhance biochemical stability and free radical reduction.

At CSI we want to get the Athlete back on the field as fast as possible and keep them at their peak. For more info go to our website at

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ten secrets to success!

By Dr. Terry Weyman

I found this while cleaning out my desk. These are the principles I used to start my practice and they still apply today. Thought I would share.

  1. HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive, think success not failure. Beware of Negative Environment

  2. DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them

  3. TAKE ACTON: Goals are nothing without action. Don't be afraid to get started now. Just do it

  4. NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school, read books, learn from others. Get training and keep acquiring skills. There is so much to learn, knowledge is power.

  5. BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up

  6. LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: get all the facts, all the input. Learn from mistakes and from the "other side"

  7. FOCUS YOUR TIME AND MONEY: Don't let other people or things distract you

  8. DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an Island. Learn to understand and to motivate others

  9. DON'T BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE; BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.

  10. BE HONEST AND DEPENDABLE; TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Otherwise, numbers 1-9 won't matter.

Dr. Terry Weyman is the clinic Director at Chiropractic Sports Institute in Westlake, California.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

By Amanda Knight

At CSI we now offer Pilate classes to those who are serious about getting fit and improving not only core strength but better body awareness. We have hired an amazing instructor who has been teaching this style of fitness for over 10 years. Prior to coming to CSI she worked with Professional Athletes at The Factory. Working with NFL greats as well as other athletes both during the season and off season to improve their game. One of the biggest questions I get is "what is the difference between Pilates and Yoga". I decided to post the question to our own Amanda Knight.

"Yoga uses a series of postures or exercises to create flexiblity, increase mind body awareness, focuses on relaxation and breathing techniques. Yoga, is taught primarily in large group classes on a mat. The movements flow from one to the next, using static stretching to increase flexibility. Pilates uses different apparatus (called a Reformer) and mat exercises to create total body strength and flexibility. Pilates focuses on dynamic stretching, with concentration and control.

Like Yoga, Pilates also creates mind body awareness and fluid movments. Yet, unlike Yoga, Pilates also uses resistance or lack of resistance to increse mobility and create stability thoughout the body. Yoga is also used as a form of meditation, while Pilates creates a balance between relaxation and work, learning to release unnecessary tention when needed."

Due to the intensity and goal of not only increasing body awareness, core strength and flexibility but also reduce injuries Amanda will only see 3 clients at a time. "more than 3 and the instructor can not truly watch the client and monitor their success. More than 3 and the class gets "watered down" and individual care is lost".

Pilates is a work out and the hour goes by fast. If you want to get stronger, more agile and reduce the risk of injury, stop by and talk to Amanda. Only the serious athlete need apply.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Barriers to your golf game!!!

By: Dr. Amir Mahmud D.C., C.C.S.P.

I am going to take you all through a series of 4 blogs, exploring the different barriers that can affect your performance in a golf game. Whether you are a beginner, amateur or a professional you can benefit from these tips. So lets jump right into it. Here are the 4 key barriers that will hinder your performance in golf.

1. Flexibility
2. Postural Instability
3. Swing mechanics
4. Environmental/Mental performance

We are going to focus on flexibility today!!!

Did you know that lack of golf specific flexibility can put you at a risk of getting injured? When we talk about inflexibility we are talking more than just muscle tightness. Inflexibility includes muscle tightness, ligament and tendon restriction, and fascial restriction. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding them togather. It works the same way a surround wrap works when you wrap your sandwhiches. When the fascia in your body tightens up it can pull various structures in your body in different ways and compress them up to 2000 pounds per square inch.

Now that we have a general view of what can tighen up in your body, lets get more specific on various structures and body parts that we need to focus on in order to prevent injures and improve our golf game.

Leg Adductors: Generally speaking there are 3 adductor muscles in your body. Adductor Brevis, Longus and Magnus. Your adductor muscles are activated as you transition from the top of your backswing to the start of your downswing. If your adductors are too tight you will rotate too quickly and this generally means you will come over the top of the ball.

Hamstrings: The hamstrings are compsed of 3 muscles: Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus, and Biceps Femoris. Due to its attachment, a tight hamstring can alter your lumbar spine and pelvic motion. As a result of this you will have less motion in your spine and that directly relates to decreased club head speed.

Calfs: The calfs are composed of 2 muscles: Gastrocnemius and Soleus. When these muscles are tight there is tendency to move the torso up and down during a swing. ( Golf professionals refer to this as an inbality to maintain a consistent “spine angle”). Due to the tight calf muscles you also have a tendency to “toe up” during the back swing.

Chest and Shoulder: Tightness in your chest and shoulder can restrict you from extending your forward arm to climb past 9:00 on the vertical plane line during the back swing.

Paraspinal muscles: These groups of muscles are responsible for lateral bending and rotation of the spine.

• Lateral bending is essential for maintaining the extended arm parallel to the plane line. If you can’t laterally bend, your torso will move up and down as you swing your club.
• Spinal rotation is essential for generating club head speed. The higher your club head speed, the farther the ball will go. You need to be able to rotate your spine equally in both directions.

Psoas: This muscle is your primary hip flexor. When it is too tight it will initiate the quadriceps muscles during walking. As a result it will fatigue them much faster. A tight Psoas muscle can also affect your pelvic and lumbar motion due to its attachments.

Now that you know which muscles tend to get tight, the next step is to know which muscles are weak and need to be strengthened. That will be the topic of our next blog. If you are interested in having your posture and swing evaluated for biomechanical faults contact me and I will gladly walk you through the process.

Dr. Amir Mahmud is a Sports Chiropractors at Chiropractic Sports Institute. He is an expert at evaluating and treatment of golf injuries. If you are interested in having your swing evaluated call Dr. Amir at the Westlake office (805) 371-0737 and he will gladly help you out.