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What is Fascia?

Addressing the Fascia in Myofascial Release

Fascia – what exactly is it? Fascia is a fibrous web-like tissue that covers our muscles, nerves and organs. Remember the last time you ate an orange? The peel is synonymous with our skin. Our muscles, nerves and organs equate to the actual fruit. The white material that separates the different orange slices, that is our fascia.

Quite a bit of research has gone into this area as of late, and we are beginning to understand just how important this anatomical structure is to our physiological function. Fascia, it turns out, is highly responsible for maintaining the structure of our muscles, joints, tendons and bones. Just like these other tissues, fascia can also be injured. It can stretch, fold, wrinkle, and even tear. When this happens, fascia tends to heal as scar tissue. This scar tissue is less pliable than normal fascial tissues as it contains a criss-crossing of fibrous tissues. Myofascial release, specifically the Active Release Techniques that we perform at JH Backcountry Health, helps to realign those fibers returning the fascia tissue to its normal function.

What kind of issues can fascial adhesions cause?

  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Plantar fasciitis and other foot pains
  • Nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel
  • Limited mobility
  • Diminished athletic performance

So hop on our schedule to get these issues resolved!

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Best of Jackson Hole 2019 Alternative Medicine Practitioner

We thank you for your support! It is such an honor to make it on the Best of Jackson Hole list. Dr. Mark Menolascino and Kevin Meehan are some big names to follow! It is so exciting for us as we are just over a year into practice here.

So what does it mean to be an Alternative Medicine Practitioner?

For us, it means we do our best to help you heal so you can get out and do what you love. Chiropractic means “done by hand.” We use our hands to diagnose and to treat. We love working on shoulders, hips, knees, feet, gait patterns, and core conditioning as well as the normal chiropractic targets of back pain and headaches. Our goal to is find the cause of your pain and dysfunction and address it. We treat using muscle release techniques, adjustments, and therapies, then teach you exercises and stretches to you can maintain (and not have to visit us too often).

We also value the role of tradition medicine. If you need care that isn’t in our scope, we will recommend another medical professional. There are some great ones in this town.

And so you know, it is our favorite thing when we run into you on the slopes, out hiking, or dancing at Bluegrass Tuesday. It is always encouraging to see you living your life so fully. Keep enjoying!

Much love,
Dr. Laura and Dr. Tyler

Why do Chiropractors get called Quacks?

We admit that chiropractic had some rather quackish beginnings.  D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic in the late 19th century once said, “A subluxated vertebra… is the cause of 95 percent of all diseases… The other five percent is caused by displaced joints other than those of the vertebral column.”[1]

We definitely disagree with the quote above and rest-assured will never claim to be a cure-all.  To compare, Western medicine also had its share of questionable beliefs and practices.  Even in the 20th century doctors used arsenic and mercury to treat syphilis, and some prescribed radioactive juice [2] to stimulate the thyroid, adrenals and gonads.  We can all be thankful that both Western medicine and chiropractic have come a long way thanks to modern research and education.  Chiropractic is now a four-year doctorate program with four rounds of national boards in chiropractic and one in physiotherapy.  And while there are still philosophy-based chiropractors out there, the newer curriculums are focused on evidence-based practice, and this we are happy to be a part of!  Today, we start a series on what research shows to work.  Our first topic is the all-too-prevalent issue of low back pain. 

The Evidence for Chiropractic and Low Back Pain

Almost a fifth of US adults experience back pain in a given year [3]  and up to 80% in their lifetime.[4]
People have long been going to chiropractors for low-back pain and now we have the research to substantiate the practice.   Systematic reviews (reviews of years of research studies) show that chiropractic care decreases pain and disability both in the short-term and the long-term.[5]   A 2018 study found that chiropractic care in addition to traditional medicine was far more effective than medical treatment alone.[6] The results were statistically significant in favor the addition of chiropractic treatment showing reduced low-back pain intensity, reduced disability and increased satisfaction with care. Not a surprise!  The majority of low-back pain is mechanical, a result of an aberrant movement like shoveling heavy snow or from chronic posture or gait patterns.  Addressing the muscles and other soft tissue as well as the joint mechanics gets to the root of the problem, as opposed to masking it with painkillers. Our favorite way to work through the soft tissue- Active Release Techniques!

Why you need Vitamin D

Vitamin D is quite possibly one of the most important vitamins required for human health.  The best source of Vitamin D is direct sunlight exposure.  Other dietary sources include cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna.  Milk that is fortified with D (as well as milk products) supply a smaller amount of D.  It is recommended by nutrition experts that both children and adults consume between 800 – 1000 IU of vitamin D per day, especially in places direct sunlight exposure is limited (like Jackson, WY in during the winter months).  At JH Backcountry Health, we carefully select our supplements from reputable sources.  If you are in need of Vitamin D, we have your back!

Some important functions of Vitamin D:
  • Prevent bone fractures
  • Prevent falls in older people and osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes, especially in young people and in those living in high altitude
  • Protect against heart disease, including high blood pressure and heart failure
  • Reduce your risk for multiple sclerosis
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your lung function.