Chiropractic Health and Wellness Blog

Saratoga's Bum Problem

Some of you may be shocked to hear this news, but Saratoga has a bum problem. You can walk down Broadway on any given day and see bums everywhere. Turning Point Chiropractic is doing it’s part to help this crisis and the Spa State Park may be the missing link.

Wait a minute! You thought this was about the homeless issue didn’t you? I am talking about all the gluteus and piriformis pain people suffer from.

Saratoga is the epicenter of running in the capital district and possibly the state. The high school cross country teams are consistently at the top of state polls, there are road races every week and the Firecracker 4 is the largest road race in NY on the Fourth of July. There is no question how active of a community we are. So why the bum problems?

Most runners, whether training for the Lion’s Club Duathlon, Run for the Horses 5K,  or the Saratoga Half Marathon are running on public roads. These roads are paved with a “crown” that helps water drain away.

Road Running Pitch Crown

As a seasoned runner, you already know you are supposed to run against traffic. Running against traffic, on the crown, prevents the right and left leg from hitting the ground evenly. This makes the glutes, piriformis (a muscle that stabilizes leg rotation) and iliotibial tract (IT Band) contract unevenly and cause pain.

Hip Muscles

The muscles of the pelvis and hip surround the sciatic nerve often causing intense hip and leg pain.

Don’t be alarmed. There is an answer. The secret to Saratoga’s bum problem is the Spa State Park. The state park’s road were paved with less of a crown and the running trails have no crown at all. This allows runners to hit the ground with even force through both legs, reducing strain on the hips.

What if you’ve tried this already? Don’t worry, there is still hope. At Turning Point Chiropractic, Dr. Favro will assess running mechanics, muscle strength, range of motion and overall mobility. These tests will help diagnose a problem so a treatment plan can be created. Treatments often incorporate electric muscle stimulation, Active Release Techniques, exercises, chiropractic adjustments and other high-tech things to get you back on the road fast.

Saratoga does have a bum problem, but it is easily corrected and maintained. Call our office to set up a free consult with Dr. Favro. We’d love to hear about your bum!



Back Pain? Ride a Horse!

That’s right! If you are suffering from back pain, hopping on the back of a 1,200 pound animal may be just what you need.

In Saratoga Springs, we are most familiar with thoroughbred racing, but horses are found in much more of our society than you may realize. For example, the hunter/jumper world is considered by some to be the official kick-off to summer in Saratoga with shows starting in April across the street from the Main Track. These horse shows attract hundreds of rider and horses from around the world.

So why should you throw on some tight pants and tack up a pony?

Saratoga Horse Riding

Retired racehorse, Pokey’s Punch (now known as Revere) found a new career as a hunter/jumper with owner Kira Karbocus.

Posture: Riding a horse requires the rider to be in a very specific position in order to stay on the horse. This position just happens to be one that requires the lumbar spine to be in a good neutral position. Remember: too much bending forward or backward is what causes disc problems and inflammation. Staying in this position for long periods of time reinforces good posture.

Core Strength:  Unless your goal is to fall off the horse, you have to contract your core. Because you aren’t doing crunches or moving, this type of contraction is called isometric. Isometric contraction protects the lumbar spine and discs from moving too much or potentially causing harm.

Core Stability: Training with your feet firmly planted on the ground doesn’t do a whole lot unless your training to water your lawn or hold down the couch on a Saturday night. For those wild and crazy people who like to run or break a sweat, we train them in an unstable environment. This challenges the core and coordination so your back is protected when the footing isn’t optimal. Nothing gets more unbalanced than sitting on top of another living creature while they are trotting along.

Strength: Riding builds muscles you never knew you had and others that are seriously in need of attention. For example, holding the reins helps build shoulder re-tractors or upper back muscles (the ones that fight the shoulder protractors your building while your slouched and reading this post). This will help open the chest, increase lung volume and reduce the potential for headaches.

In summary, horseback riding can help with posture, strength, coordination and balance among other things.

The benefits of riding a horse are endless. We didn’t even touch upon the emotional aspects of being around these majestic creatures. Horses are used in prison systems and psychology programs for people dealing with anxiety and depression, among other things. If you get a chance, head to the Oklahoma Track some morning and watch the horses train while the sun is rising. You can also check out some of the area horse shows from April through June.

Now you’re probably wondering,  “What’s the number one injury we see in our office related to horses?” Right shoulder pain! To know why, ask Dr. Favro.

For more information about core stability, proper movement and preventing back pain, give us a call and set up a free consult. Until then, try to get yourself on the back of a horse so you can see what all the excitement is about!