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January 30th, 2014 Dr. Eric St. Pierre
Watch out world, they just arrived in Sochi! One week until Opening Ceremonies. ESP
ESP and ERIN PETERS, one week before the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Everyone in the office is wearing Bronco gear… except me! ESP
Patients often ask what the best exercise is for their life in general. Although I feel that a series of exercises to address a particular concern or condition is most ideal, I
Graston Technique is the contemporary form of the Ancient Chinese Medicine Therapy- Gua Sha, where the skin/soft tissue is “brushed” or “scraped” to break up injured, tight or deficient tissue. Graston Technique is often the work horse of my treatment protocol and is widely used within elite sports medicine circles. Michael Phelps credits Graston Technique for helping maintain and improve his recovery and healing.
There are a few main differences between the two therapies. The first being the type of instruments used. Gua Sha uses bone, wood, metal, stone or other material, where Graston Technique utilizes stainless steel instruments to perform the “scraping” aspect of the technique. Don’t be fooled by practitioners using other metal instruments or stating that they are performing “Graston”, because it’s not the same quality and they’re usually missing the boat on the function of the instruments and the technique. Another difference is the aggressiveness of the “scraping”. Although Graston Technique may occasionally utilize a more firm application of treatment, if physiologically appropriate, it generally consists of may different strokes, maneuvers and variations that are at a comfortable tolerance. For me, if you’re already in pain and I “crank” on you, you will often be upset and feel much worse after the treatment, so there is no reason I
Advanced Healing Techniques
Patients often wonder what the difference is between my practice and most other health care providers treating injury, pain or other physical complaints. The main difference between our style of “Physical Rehabilitation”, “Chiropractic” or “Sports Medicine” treatment is based on the unique techniques and strategies utilized, let alone I am surrounded by a team of medical providers, colleagues that compliment the services I offer. I am committed to first ensuring that you are in a manageable, active and efficient healing state. Most people assume that when they are injured, or hurt, that they are healing. They are probably correct, but they are not accurate. Depending upon the physical, emotional, physiologic factors and other stressors placed upon you, it is a sure bet that your healing process is somewhat sluggish, disoriented and simply slow. Oh, and just because you’re over 40 years old, you should still have a strong healing ability, no excuses.
One of the major factors that limit muscle, nerve, ligamentous and connective soft tissues healing, aside from the production of pain, is the amount and quality of blood flow reaching the injured cells. Blood carries oxygen, nutrients and other constituents necessary to promote energy production within a cell in order to heal. Poor blood supply at the cellular level = poor healing ability. Often, blood flow is limited to the soft tissue because of the “quality”, “shape” and “consistency” of the connective tissue enveloping it. Connective Tissue/Fascia is similar to “plastic wrap”, as it is thin and filmy, but if it gets thick it will become very restrictive to the muscle and limit blood flow, almost suffocating it. Connective Tissue/Fascia is also highly conductive and can encourage and potentiate the production of pain when thick or disorganized in its quality. If the layers are not layed down in linear, parallel patterns like grains of wood, then the tissue is weaker in terms of tensile strength, and must become thicker in order to support the physical stressors we place on our body. Ever wonder why your low back, shoulders and neck continue to be tight, achy and stiff, maybe feeling better for a short periord if someone massages you, adjusts you, strengthens or stretches you? These techniques are inferior in effectiveness because the central issue as to the quality (shape, layering and blood flow) of the tissue was never addressed, and your complaint will come back.
We are essentially “vaccum sealed” in connective tissue/facsia. It is the layer under your skin and laying over all off your muscles and wraps every muscle fiber. It’s what holds our body together, a tensile protective wrapping, and because of it’s eletro-conductive quality we feel that it may provide a super highway for your cells to communicate with each other and with your brain. Statistically, if the quality of the tissue is compromised then you will most likely develop an increased propensity to develop a pain syndrome, heal at a slower rate and essentially be encouraging a dysfunctional nervous system. You need treatment strategies that are more specific that the common conservative techniques utilized, and we haven’t even talked about invasive medical procedures. I utilize contemporary sports medicine techniques that have roots in Traditional Chinese medicine, but have been re-developed to support and work in harmony with our Modern Sports Medicine principles and healing strategies. The modern techniques of Dry Needling, Vacuum Cupping, Graston Technique and Therapeutic Exercise are based on neurophysiology principles, and not Traditional Chinese Medicine. We don’t have time to wait for healing or pain relief, and when combined with our physical rehabilitation strengthening and conditioning principles, we can produce an accelerated healing process. If we are able to apply these treatment strategies before an injury occurs, then you will see injury rates also decline in an active population.
Unlike most other conservative health care providers providing physical rehabilitation services, I am not going to assume you are healing well. Rather, I will promote a healing response and help manage your healing process while respecting your individual physiological state and meeting you where your needs are. You cannot truly rehabilitate an injury until you have soft tissue that is responsive. Otherwise, your treatment is simply a “bandaid”, a reality that dominates the health care industry. Function is better than strength. Quality in healing, tissue and movement is a necessity. Open your mind and give some of these treatment techniques a try. But, although my techniques can produce soreness, they should never hurt. Beware of practitioners being too aggressive.
Don’t bet against Denver in Bronco’s land, especially if you’re from New England. I had to wear this pink Wes Welker jersey the whole day… everyone in the office loved it. Dr. Michael Tracy DO definitely did!
Lafayette chiropractor Eric St. Pierre assists at Winter Olympics
Doctor to work as speed skating trainer in Vancouver
By Amy Bounds,
Camera Staff Writer
POSTED: 02/07/2010 10:28:54 PM MST | UPDATED: 4 YEARS AGO
Eric St. Pierre, a Lafayette chiropractic sports doctor, has helped speed skaters, weightlifters and other elite athletes recover from injuries and stay in top condition.
It’s that experience with five national teams, he said, that secured him a spot as one of five chiropractic doctors on the 47-member medical staff selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to support athletes at the Winter Olympics.
“This is just a dream come true,” he said. “It’s very exciting.”
He left Saturday for Vancouver, where he will work as a trainer for the short track speed skating team and assist with the general care for all 200 athletes in the Olympic Village. The Olympics officially open Friday and wrap up Feb. 28.
The 30-year-old St. Pierre heads up sports rehabilitation at Lafayette’s South Pointe Medical Center, a pain and physical rehabilitation clinic.
“This means so much to my practice,” he said.
Though it will be his first chance to attend the Olympics, he said he doesn’t expect to spend time enjoying the games.
“We will work a ton,” he said. “We’re there to help the athletes. You’re expected to be sleep deprived, overworked.”
He’s worked with the men and women’s short track speed skating team for the past five months and called both teams “very strong.”
Star Apolo Anton Ohno, the 27-year-old speed skater who has racked up five medals at the Winter Olympics, is joined by a roster of strong skaters, St. Pierre said.
“These teams are better than we’ve ever had,” he said. “We have mentally and physically strong athletes. We expect them to do well. We’ll be proud of them no matter what happens.”
In the Olympics, he said, nothing is a sure bet.
“Anything can happen, especially with the short track,” he said. “It’s a race. It’s so fast, so intense. You can get knocked down.”
As a chiropractor with a background in sports medicine, he said, he can help athletes recover from injuries and stay in top physical shape as they recover from the intense physical demands of their sports.
“The key to these athletes is their commitment to doing everything they can to be ready,” he said.
Along with the speed skating teams, St. Pierre has worked with the U.S. bobseld, water polo, weightlifting and volleyball teams.