Monthly ArchiveAugust 2006

Uncategorized 14 Aug 2006 03:47 pm

What is Muscle Memory?

What is this thing bodybuilders and weightlifters refer to as muscle memory? Is it for real?

The following forum post addresses this common concern often raised by athletes when back pain, neck pain or a sports injury forces them to take a layoff from training.

Steven wrote:

Thanks for the advice Mitch and Ron, but I just have a few more questions. I do agree and think I might need to lay off working out for a while, but the thing is I really couldn’t afford to stop for more than a month. Because after that all my hard work would start to disappear pretty fast.

Longtime bodybuilder, Mitch responds with some good advice for this young athlete concerned over possibly losing strength and muscle mass during recovery…

Hi Steven,

I know you’re concerned about losing your hard-earned gains, but believe me, your fears are unfounded. I’ve been a bodybuilder for over 30 years and I’ve had to take many, many lay-offs for as long as 6 months or more at a time due to injuries and I’ve never had any trouble getting back to my previous strength levels within 3 to 4 weeks.

The reason for this is something most lifter’s call “muscle memory.” Once you train a muscle to a certain level it “remembers” and can return very quickly to that previous condition.

That’s not to say you could take 10 years off and expect to bounce back within a few months, but taking the time off you need to heal from this minor injury isn’t going to affect your long-term gains in any significant way.

On the other hand, the longer you put off allowing this injury a chance to recover the greater risk you’re taking with your entire athletic career. Do the smart thing and concentrate your efforts now on full recovery so you can get back to training at 100% that much sooner.

As far as your lower back is concerned, I doubt the neck problem has anything to do with it. I would think it would be the other way around. Your lower back problem could be contributing to your neck problem.

Good luck,

You can read the entire thread of this conversation as well as many more gems of wisdom from fellow rebuilders dealing with neck pain, sciatica, herniated discs and more in the Rebuilder’s Forum.

Be sure to check it out.

Chiropractic &Physical Therapy 04 Aug 2006 07:04 pm

Physical Therapist Warns Against Spinal Manipulation

The following are just a few excerpts I pulled from an article written by physical therapist, Paul Lee about the dangers of spinal manipulation particularly in relation to the cervical spine:

“Cervical manipulation, especially with rotation (the most commonly used method by chiropractors), should be considered a contraindicated technique.”

In light of the number of injuries (and deaths due to stroke) following chiropractic neck adjustments, medical professionals like Lee are urging their colleagues to pay closer attention to the patient’s recent treatment history when they present neck related symptoms. He further advises:

“All healthcare professions, including Emergency Room staff, must be alert to the possibility of injuries caused by spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). The patient’s medical history should include questions about possible spinal manipulation within the last 30 days, at the very least.”

He goes on to write:

“Physical Therapists should encourage patients with such injuries to report them to their own doctors. (I can’t be the only PT who has encountered patients with fractured spines, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, paralysis, stable fractures made unstable, severe sprains and strains, torn muscles, and unremitting headaches for years, all as a direct result of a specific chiropractic adjustment…”

There is a growing body of evidence that spinal manipulation can cause injury and even death especially when applied to the cervical spine. The medical profession is just beginning to understand and compile evidence about this very serious health risk to patients.

I strongly urge all medical professionals, chiropractors and anyone considering chiropractic treatment to carefully investigate all the facts surrounding this issue. A good place to start would be to read Paul Lee’s entire article, Risks Related to Manipulation of the Cervical Spine.

(Update added 10/11/2006)

Also, be sure to check out this latest article on the subject: How Chiropractic Damages Your Spine.

— Dean

Chiropractic 04 Aug 2006 06:58 pm

Open Letter to Life University Alumni

The following are excerpts from a letter to Life University graduates by Dr. Allen Botnick, DC concerning his ongoing efforts to prepare a legal defense on their behalf. (Added emphasis is mine.)


Dear Life University College of Chiropractic alumnus,

I have previously written that I am preparing a defense of student loans for Life graduates…

It is well known that Life University violated Council on Chiropractic accreditation requirements and that this led to their loss of accreditation in 2001…

The violations involved a scheme where Life University advertised to prospective students that they would be taught legitimate differential diagnosis…

The affected alumni were not trained to diagnose accurately, (instead were taught to) order excessive x-rays, delay necessary medical treatment and are commiting malpractice in many states…

While some outdated state laws, legal judgments and medical board opinions support chiropractic analysis for “subluxations” as a scope of practice, the practice is always unsafe and leads to poor outcomes in patient care

This scope of practice has no future. By not identifying which problems can legitimately be helped by treatment, individuals practicing this way commit insurance abuse through overutilization…

A serious effect of this overutilization is that it puts patients at risk for adverse effects such as joint sprains and strokes from unnecessary manipulation…

In order to avoid harming patients all chiropractors who do not (know) how to perform a differential diagnosis must surrender their licenses and stop practicing immediately. Failure to do this puts graduates at risk for individual charges of malpractice and insurance abuse…

In the case of Life University, the state law violations are breach of contract for not providing the differential diagnosis instuction and lack of properly qualified faculty, potential fraud and false advertising. Because you can not practice as a chiropractor with this training you may be entitled to claim a large amount of damages that could completely eliminate your student loans.

Best regards,
Allen Botnick DC
Life University College of Chiropractic
Magna Cum Laude, 1996.

The full text of Dr Botnick’s letter, which should be of particular interest to Life University graduates can be found at this Chirotalk forum post.

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