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Welcome to the blog section of the website. This section is designed to educate our patients about what the research says about a host of topics on chiropractic care and rehabilitation therapy Taylorsville UT. The topics will vary and I would appreciate some feedback in the comments section regarding additional topics you  all would like to learn more about. At Camp4, we are all about investigating the research to inform us on how to best treat our patients. For additional questions call the clinic or leave a question.

How Relaxation Benefits Pain Management

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Relaxation is a great coping strategy for pain management. It reduces fear, anxiety, and emotional stress, all of which increase chronic pain symptoms. Relaxation is like any other “skill” in life. You need to practice it in different contexts to make sure your coping strategy is there when you really need it. Finding your quiet space to relax is only good when you’re in that quiet space, however that does little for you when your at work or around loud children. Don’t be afraid to move and don’t let fear manage your life. Here are some, but not limited to, general relaxation exercises:

1. Breathe deeply
2. Take a walk and be present in the moment
3. Decompress by adding heat to your neck or back
4. Get moving by doing a favorite workout
5. Take a bath
6. Be grateful

If some of these techniques don’t work, come in for a visit and we’d love to give you a plan to help you with pain management. Get educated now!

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Addressing Chronic Pain

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There is a recent (past decade) change in the rehabilitation of chronic musculoskeletal disorders all patients should be educated about, preferably on his/her first visit. In fact, it’s the single most important factor of patient education. That is why we have an hour long appointment for our new patients.  

The structural paradigm (short leg, disc bulge, subluxation, etc) is hopefully leaving soon as a primary accused source of chronic pain and is being replaced with an understanding to the neuroplastic changes that occur in the long term.  

A key topic to address is ‘Central Sensitization’ which is a condition of the nervous system that is associated with the development and maintenance of chronic pain.  If your therapist isn’t discussing ‘central sensitization’ with you, and you have a chronic pain complaint, ask them about it. If they act confused by your question, or have no response, that’s a good clue you need a new therapist.

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How much Water do I need per day?

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Does dehydration cause muscle cramps? What should be my daily intake?  These are common questions athletes are concerned about.

After doing some research investigation it turns out there is no good science to support any recommendation. It is essentially an argument with no science behind it. There is one good study that was done to show that dehydration DOES NOT cause muscle cramps in endurance athletes. It was the level of intensity that was shown to cause muscle cramps in endurance athletes, not dehydration

So, it’s probably not that big of a concern for everyone else either. People who buy into the 8×8 program usually are selling bottled water. That’s not surprising, but unfortunate. I like this quote by Dr. Timothy Noakes which states“ It is time for the American College of Sports Medicine to acknowledge that humans, like all other earthly creatures, do not need to be told how much to drink during exercise.”

So, drink when you feel thirsty and play hard the rest of the time!

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Our Newest Employee

We would like to welcome our new receptionist by introducing her to our patients.

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Jerusha Stucki is our newest member to our team at Camp4.  Her background comes from banquet catering and working in kitchens.  She loves to learn new recipes and share them as well (so feel free to strike up conversations about food). 

Jerusha has grown up in Utah county and currently living here in the Taylorsville area with her husband.  We have many projects for Jerusha to do and you will probably hear from her through our emails in the new future.  Come in for a visit to welcome her to our office!  Hope to hear from you soon.

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Chiropractors are knowledgeable about Nutrition and Dry Needling.

BYU ChiropractorA number of factors contribute to success in sport, and diet is a key component. At Camp4 Human performance Dr. Tyler Nelson and Dr. Laney Nelson are chiropractors that understand how much an athlete’s dietary requirements depend on several aspects, including the sport, the athlete’s goals, the environment, and practical issues. The importance of individualized dietary advice has been increasingly recognized, including day-to-day dietary advice and specific advice before, during, and after training and/or competition. At BYU, athletes use a range of dietary strategies to improve performance, with maximizing glycogen stores a key strategy for many. Carbohydrate intake during exercise maintains high levels of carbohydrate oxidation, prevents hypoglycemia, and has a positive effect on the central nervous system. Recent research has focused on athletes training with low carbohydrate availability to enhance metabolic adaptations, but whether this leads to an improvement in performance is unclear. The benefits of protein intake throughout the day following exercise are now well recognized. It was recently ascertained that ingestion pre and post exercise was the gold standard. Athletes should aim to maintain adequate levels of hydration, and they should minimize fluid losses during exercise to no more than 2% of their body weight. Supplement use is widespread in athletes, with recent interest in the beneficial effects of nitrate, beta-alanine, and vitamin D on performance. However, an unregulated supplement industry and inadvertent contamination of supplements with banned substances increases the risk of a positive doping result. Although the availability of nutrition information for athletes varies, athletes will benefit from the advice of a registered dietician or nutritionist. At Camp4 Human Performance we utilize a local nutrition store as our headquarters for adding information and supplementation to our clients interested in healing tendons and muscle tissue via dry needling. In order to adequately heal tendons you must have adequate nutrition to sustain the protein(collagen) proliferation brought on by dry needling and exercise rehab. This we understand and is very important for overall tissue health.
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Can Dry Needling help patients with Knee Arthritis?

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If you are someone who suffers from knee osteoarthritis the doctors at Camp4 Human Performance are here to help. Being the BYU team chiropractors, Dr. Nelson understands the biomechanics leading up to arthritis of the knee, and more importantly how to treat it with conservative therapies. It turns out that dry needling, discussed elsewhere on the website, is recommended by quite a few well established journals as a first exposure treatment for arthritis of the knee.

Dry needling can help stimulate blood flow to the knee which brings with it nutrients and hormones while reducing the leftover products that produce pain and further dysfunction. Alongside your dry needling therapy, nutritional supplementation is important for cartilage health, exercise prescription to control knee alignment, and an overall weight loss exercise substantially improve conservative outcomes. The great thing at Camp4 Human Performance is our relationship with other physicians around the valley, especially in Taylorsville UT, in case we need to co-manage your case with another one of our physicians.

In Taylorsville UT it is hard to find somewhere to go for honest advice regarding pain in the knee however the doctors at Camp4 Human Performance are sure they can get you the right information quickly so as to save you money and time. This clinic is all about getting patients what they need, when they need it. Call today to have our doctors look at your knees. 801-829-9500

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Get Help for your Active Life

Camp4 Human Performance is the go to resource for all of BYU’s athletic teams. As the foundation of the BYU chiropractor team, we’ve been helping the athletes at Brigham Young University keep themselves in the game both on the field, the court and the track for years.  Even if you’re not a member of one of the great sports teams at the university, we can help you maintain your active lifestyle with chiropractic care that keeps you moving on and off the field. Call us today at 801-829-9500 to schedule your appointment for helping your body stay healthy and give you the jumpstart you need to keep moving.

BYU Chiropractor
Camp4 Human Performance
1951 West 4700 South Suite 2
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
(801) 829-9500

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How to Choose a Chiropractor

BYU ChiropractorThe real trick to finding a BYU chiropractor is finding a professional that you can trust. A visit with a chiropractor requires extensive amounts of physical contact, and that can feel invasive when you don’t have the right chiropractor. When you feel like your personal space has been invaded then you get stressed, and that added stress will only tighten your muscles more and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. In order to get the most benefit out of your chiropractic appointment you need to find a chiropractor that you trust both medically and personally.

Finding a chiropractor that you can trust medically is a matter of choosing someone with a good reputation. Chiropractors are one of those types of medical professionals that people like to talk about. You can ask your friends and family about the chiropractors they have visited and find out whom they would recommend. These former patients might prefer a certain chiropractor because they have a masseuse on staff, or because the appointments are always short, or because they have the latest technology at their disposal, or simply because they solved a problem that no one else was able to solve. You can weigh these different benefits and determine which ones matter most to you in choosing a chiropractor.

Once you have established that your potential chiropractor has the medical qualifications that you are looking for, you need to find someone you are comfortable visiting. Locate a chiropractor who not only has an office that you feel comfortable being in, but a staff that you feel comfortable being around. Chiropractors must touch your skin and manipulate your body, and you don’t want to be touched by a chiropractor who makes you uncomfortable. It only takes one untoward comment or one inappropriate look to be permanently uncomfortable in a chiropractor’s office. The discomfort that comes when you don’t trust a BYU chiropractor makes your medical problem worse.

The best combination of medical skill and comfortable personalities comes from Dr. Laney Nelson and Dr. Tyler Nelson at Camp4 Human Performance. Together they have years of experience tending to sports injuries as the BYU chiropractor, and that experience is utilized to help you get better. At the same time they provide a friendly and comfortable environment where your own relaxation can add to the treatment they offer. They have a long history of not only helping their patients get well, but treating them with respect while they do so. Call (801) 829-9500 to find out more!

BYU chiropractor
Camp4 Human Performance
1951 West 4700 South Suite 2
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
(801) 829-9500

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How can a Sports Chiropractor benefit you?

BYU ChiropractorHow important is chiropractic care to athletes?  So important that most college and professional football, baseball and basketball programs have full-time chiropractic staff working with other medical professionals to care for their athletes.  At Camp4 Human Performance in Taylorsville, UT, our chiropractors, Dr. Laney Nelson and Dr. Tyler Nelson, work, not only with patients who have non-sports-related injuries, but with all of the athletic programs at Brigham Young University.  Why is a BYU chiropractor a great medical professional to have helping you?

 A chiropractor who works with athletes has likely seen almost every kind of musculoskeletal and nervous system injury a human can sustain.  From back and neck injuries to pulled muscles, sprains and strains, the injuries incurred by athletes are the same kinds of injuries non-athletes can sustain through accidents or overuse of muscles and joints.  This knowledge and experience enables him to find the source of the pain or injury faster and to be more accurate in his diagnosis.

➤  A BYU chiropractor has more experience with different kinds of treatment options like Class IV laser therapy to reduce inflammation, vibration therapy for accelerated injury recovery, performance taping to aid in rehabilitation and pain reduction and nutritional counseling to help with weight loss and increasing energy and vitality.  Chiropractors who don’t work with athletes sometimes limit patients to just a few treatment options and are not as likely to know about cutting edge treatments and technologies.

➤  A chiropractor who works with athletes knows the importance of preventing injuries and re-injuries. He can counsel patients on how to avoid straining joints and muscles at work and in any other physical activities, including jogging and sports – as well as teaching them corrective exercises to prevent injuries.  He will also know how important ongoing adjustments and massage therapy are to maintaining physical balance that can prevent injuries from happening or recurring.

A BYU chiropractor must remain abreast of the latest research and treatment innovations in order keep the athletes he works with in top shape and to help them prevent injuries.  This expertise and commitment to continuing education can benefit you, too, even if you aren’t a top athlete.  If you’re experiencing pain from an accident, injury or for any other reason, choose Dr. Laney Nelson and Dr. Tyler Nelson for your treatment.  Dr. Laney Nelson has been part of the chiropractic team at BYU since the 1980s and was the first chiropractor to work for the university.  Dr. Tyler Nelson is also one of the chiropractors working with athletes at BYU.  To schedule an appointment, call us at Camp4 Human Performance at (801) 829-9500.

BYU Chiropractor
Camp4 Human Performance
1951 West 4700 South Suite 2
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
(801) 829-9500

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Improving College Athletics with a Chiropractor

 

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College athletes have a lot on their plates. They often feel stress and pressure coming from countless sources, including stress, physical exertion, and expectation from coaches and fans. How do they stay healthy, fit, and relaxed? They have a chiropractor, strength coaches, physical therapists, and doctors they work with around the clock.

Why Do College Athletes Need Chiropractors?

College athletes are prone to injuries and misalignments because of the intensity of their sports. Soccer players, cross country stars, and weightlifters alike all are susceptible to stiff and sore muscles. That is where having a chiropractor like Dr. Tyler Nelson and Dr. Laney Nelson come in.

Injuries

Sports injuries are not ideal by any means, but they are common. Having doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors nearby to call in these events is absolutely vital.  athletes and coaches know exactly who to call if injuries do occur.

Many injuries can be improved with proper chiropractic care. Adjusting and realigning displaced joints can help ease the pain. Some injuries require several chiropractic appointments, and others do not.

Aside from adjustments, chiropractors can also offer other therapies to injured athletes. These may include muscle stem therapy, massage therapy, acupressure, and other healing therapies.

Soreness or Stiffness

It is very common for athletes to be stiff or sore after a big game or training session. Back to back practices and competitive games can result in serious physical exertion, and sometimes exertion turns into stiff or sore muscles.

Massage Therapy

Most athletes get massages on a regular basis. Stress from life and from sports can all stay in the body. For some people, stress is all held in the neck and head. For others, it’s in the shoulders or back. Wherever a student athlete carries his or her stress, it can be alleviated with regular massage therapy sessions.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage can be incredibly healing for athletes. The massage therapist focuses an entire session on (usually 60-90 minutes) on a particular area of the athlete’s body.  For soccer players, it may be a deep tissue massage of the legs. For a volleyball player, it may be the neck, shoulders, and upper back areas. Deep tissue massage is beneficial in breaking up scar tissue and preventing further damage. It can be painful to massage injured areas, but it is also very healing.

Foam Rolling

Foam rollers are a popular tool used by most college athletes. Coaches, trainers, and even chiropractors may suggest athletes use a foam roller to decrease stiffness and ease tight and tense muscles. The roller can’t replace a massage, but it is a good for regular stretching. Student athletes may choose to use foam rollers at home or at the gym after a training session to loosen stiff muscles and decrease tension.

The benefit of having a chiropractor is that they are there to support the school’s student athletes. They keep them healthy and happy by providing expert healing therapies. These doctors have been working with student athletes for years, and they continue to help athletes in any way they can.

BYU chiropractor
Camp4 Human Performance
1951 West 4700 South Suite 2
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
(801) 829-9500

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