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The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) recently reported on the role that chiropractors played in the Olympics. Dr. William Moreau, who holds a diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, (DACBSP®) was the Chief Medical Officer for Team USA in Rio. This is the same Dr. Moreau who was Dr. Mallen’s instructor for much of his coursework for his own diplomate (DACBSP®). Dr. Moreau is also Managing Director of Sports Medicine for the US Olympic Committee.
Athletes in Rio had access to a team of chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and massage therapists. Not only did athletes receive therapy for injuries and overuse, but more importantly they also benefited from guidance for prevention of injuries.
Chiropractors also diagnose, treat, and manage health challenges. They use several techniques to increase recovery time and optimize range of motion, strength and flexibility.
You may have noticed that Michael Phelps and other top swimmers had round spots on their shoulders and torsos. This is the visible sign of an ancient Chinese technique called cupping.
A recent blog post, by Gretchen Reynolds and Karen Crouse in the New York Times “Well” section reports on the few small studies on cupping. Science can’t say for sure why this seems to work, but it has been around for thousands of years. As there is no huge potential for any company to make great deal of money on this (the cups are inexpensive and widely available) more studies are not likely. However, it is believed that by drawing the skin up above the muscle layer, circulation of blood is increased. This is thought to reduce inflammation and speed the recovery of sore muscles. Look at the mark on Phelps’ shoulder from this Instagram post of his:
The same blog identifies one of four chiropractors that Michael Phelps trusts to work on him. Dr. Kevin Rindal, the chiropractor for the US Swim Team, is one of the chiropractors who supervises Phelp’s therapies.
Chiropractic has been part of the Olympics since 1976 in Montreal when the Aruban team used a chiropractor. Then in 1980, a chiropractor was named chairman of the USOC’s Division of Sports Medicine. Now, Chiropractic is established in sports medicine and chiropractors are prominent at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A team of chiropractors raveled to Rio. So, in a very real sense, the US can thank chiropractic for the success of this year’s games. Athletes couldn’t have done it without them.
Doctor, Cure Thyself – from Dr. Ed Mallen, DC
Instead of my usual column, I want to take this opportunity to introduce three exceptional new staff members.
First, I am quite pleased to announce one of our new chiropractic assistants/licensed massage therapists. Adriana Garcia. Adriana is highly skilled with soft tissue modalities and putting patients at ease before their adjustments.
We are also very lucky to have Diosenis Hernandez, also known as “D” working for us as a chiropractic assistant/licensed massage therapist. D graduated as a Medical Doctor (M.D.) from Havana, Cuba University in 1993 and worked as a Family Doctor Specialist. When she arrived in the U.S. she received her massage therapist license. She’s certified in lymphatic drainage massage, pregnancy massage, and sports massage. She’s incredibly knowledgeable as you can imagine, and I’m quite honored to have her on staff.
And for my final introduction which is actually a re-introduction for many of you, Helena Galvis worked for Mallen Chiropractic for many years, but she left when her second baby was born. She and her family moved to Columbia for the last six years, but they returned to the U.S. recently. I was thrilled that she agreed to work for me once again. She wants those of you who know her that’s she’s happy to be back and for those whom she hasn’t met yet, she’s looking forward to meeting you. Helena is our administrative assistant and also a chiropractic assistant.
I couldn’t be happier with the team I have at Mallen Chiropractic. At first glance, this column might not seem to have any connection to my own wellbeing, but look again. My tip: Surround yourself with quality people.
In honor of the Olympics here’s a special massage deal for you. 3 massages for $180 (savings of $30)
Valid through October 31, 2016. Call the office and mention Michael Phelps!