• Krasnov Helps Athletes at IAAF Jr. World Championships

    July 30, 2014 10:13 PM

    Sports and Chiropractic

    Dr. Michael Krasnov returned to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon July 22-27, 2014 to provide chiropractic services to the competing athletes. This is an international event for track and field athletes 19 years old or younger. In this year’s competition, there were 1600 athletes from 200 countries participating.

    Dr. Krasnov has been doing National or International championship level work since he worked with the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team. His advanced certifications, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) as well as certifications in various techniques that are applicable to treating athletes such as Active Release Technique (ART) are some of the reasons Dr. Krasnov continues to be invited to work at these prestigious events. In addition, his work experience demonstrates a level of excellence in sports chiropractic and his history with this and similar events speaks volumes.

    Dr. Krasnov likes challenging his skills by working on the world's greatest athletes. He shared, “To have someone come see you with a nagging problem, and then feel better once you’ve worked on them…and THEN go out and perform a lifetime best or even get a gold medal is very rewarding!” In fact, seeing the benefits of your work is often the reward since this type of work is volunteer based. Expenses may be covered but usually medical professionals are not paid.  In some cases, a team may hire a physician as their team chiropractor, but most medical professionals do these events for the experience and the reward.

    Some of the large teams bring their own physical therapists or massage therapist and even occasionally a Doctor of Chiropractic.  But many teams, especially those from small countries who might only be sending a few athletes do not take any type of health care personnel. Even for some of the larger countries like China, chiropractic work is new to them.

    “At an international event like this, I end up working on people who do not speak a single word of English. It is somewhat hard to get all the clinical information you might want such as, “What movement makes it hurt?”  But I get by with sign language, hand gestures and when they get up from the table, a thumbs up or a nodding of their head lets me know they feel better. While this will hardly solve the world’s political problems, it is nice to be able to exchange chiropractic service for a foreign athlete’s gratitude,” Krasnov explained.

    Dr. Krasnov told of a funny experience he had with a physiotherapist from the Ukraine.  The physiotherapist was observing Dr. Krasnov, later asking him about his work. He only spoke about 10 words of English so the communication was mainly through hand gestures.  When Dr. Krasnov presented his business card, the Ukrainian saw the name Krasnov (which has a Russian origin) followed by, “CCSP” which stands for Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.  At first glance, he mistakenly thought it read, “CCCP”, the former designation for the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian backed up and his expression changed from friendly to wary until Dr. Krasnov was able to point out that it said, “CCSP” not, “CCCP.”  Luckily, they were able to clear things up and return to exchanging techniques.

    He notes that he always learns something by being around the world's best sports chiropractors as well as great ATC's and physical therapists. “The patients in my practice will benefit from the honing of my skills and knowledge that occurs at these events,” Dr. Krasnov comments. He also enjoys the sense of camaraderie and fellowship in working with many of the same people over the years. Lastly, he believes most people like being a part of something bigger than themselves and providing services to these world class athletes is one way to achieve that.

    The IAAF World Junior Championships are held biennially and have been since 1986. To learn more about this organization and the events it sponsors, click here

    Posted by: Shawn Jackson
  • Mama Always Said, "Sit Up Straight!"

    July 23, 2014 12:24 PM

    I’m sure you remember your mother telling you to “Sit up straight!” at dinner or at your desk. While it probably felt like she was nagging and just “being mom,” she was trying to help you have a healthier, pain-free future. The loss of proper posture can cause many things including headaches, joint pain, back pain, and more.

    So, you may be wondering what you can do differently now that you find yourself slouching in front of your computer, desk, or TV. Here are a few tips to help be more conscious of your posture and begin correcting the issue.

    What kind of chair are you sitting in? When you are working at a desk, is your chair “ergonomically” designed for proper posture? In other words, is it comfortable and supportive? If not, talk to your boss about getting a chair that is better designed for you or get a lumbar support cushion to help support your lower back and create the proper sitting position.

    Stretch! Get up and stretch! Sitting still for long periods of time can cause you to feel tired and puts extra strain on your spine. Stretching gets your blood flowing again!

    Exercise! This does not necessarily mean you need to go to the gym for hours or take classes. There are simple exercises that can strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine so that they become stronger, making it less uncomfortable for you to sit at your desk.

    Ask your chiropractor for more information on stretches, office ergonomics, and exercises when you see him or her next! Call one of our convenient locations throughout the Triangle. Chiropractic Partners can see you today!

    Posted by: Dr. Ira Rubin
  • Join us THIS Saturday, July 19th, for Family Field Day!

    July 15, 2014 01:16 PM

    Join the Office of Dr. Greg Baldy and Dr. Alan Houfek for a fun-filled morning with the whole family! This Saturday, July 19th, we are getting BACK IN ACTION! Get the whole family out of the house & into the fresh air for a morning of field day fun that will make you flashback to your school days! Enjoy a healthy breakfast & activities including kickball, hula hoop contests, & more! Mom & Dad get a free t-shirt & kids get a free backpack! We will have prizes from Marbles Kids Museum, Ben & Jerry's, NOFO at the Pig, & other kid-friendly local businesses!

    WHEN: Saturday, July 19th from 8am to 11am

    WHERE: North Hills Park Picnic Shelter & Baseball Field

    100 Chowan Circle, Raleigh, NC 27609

    WHY: We want to help you get your family off of the couch and back to playing outside! Join us for a family day of fun events including:

    - Watermelon Eating Contest

    - Hula Hoop Contest

    - Water Balloon Toss

    - Egg on a Spoon Contest

    - Kickball

    - Cornhole

    COST:  $10 per family

    All Donations go directly to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC's "Weekend Power Pack" Program. This program provides nutritious meals to children who are otherwise at risk of hunger over the weekends.

    This is NOT an invitation only event - Tell your friends!

    Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter page, and your email for updates and more information!

    Call us at (919) 787-8883 or visit our Facebook Event to RSVP so we can be sure to reserve your spot!

    Posted by: Dr. Greg Baldy
  • How to Relieve Headaches Naturally

    July 10, 2014 01:12 PM

    Dull aches, migraines, cluster headaches - there are many kinds of headaches. Unfortunately, many people just “suffer through” the discomfort of these headaches. There are many methods to help alleviate the discomfort you might experience during a migraine or headache.
    Lights Out!
    Lay down in a cool, dark room. Lights can often intensify the symptoms of a headache.
    Cold is Key!
    Put a cold cloth or an ice pack on your forehead or the back of your head. The cool feeling of the ice/cloth against your head can help relax the veins and muscles in your head and neck.
    Relax with a Bath!
    Get into a nice, warm bath and make sure your feet are in the warm/hot water. Place a cold cloth or ice pack on your forehead or against the back of your head. The contrasting temperatures have a relaxing effect. You can also add your favorite scented oil or bubble bath. Peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus are known to help with headache pain.
    Get Adjusted!
    If you have a headache and don’t feel like getting out of bed on the day of a chiropractic appointment, that is the actually the BEST time to come in. Headaches can often be caused by pressure in the sinuses or a spinal misalignment. Getting an adjustment when you have a headache can actually correct these issues and relieve the discomfort! 
    So, next time you have a headache, migraine, or any nagging “ache” in your head, call your local Chiropractic Partners. We can see you today!
    You can also read more tips on preventing and relieving headaches here.
    Posted by: Dr. Brian Ransone
  • Fruit and Vegetables - Do a Body Good!

    July 02, 2014 09:10 AM

    When you were a child, your parents probably told you that you have to drink your milk to keep your bones strong. Everyone has likely heard that drinking milk is good for your bones because of the calcium drinking milk will supply. While this is true, what many don't realize is that calcium isn't the only thing that keeps your bones strong. Getting the right amount of magnesium and potassium in your diet is very important to your bone density.

    Eating fruits and vegetables as part of your daily diet will help increase your bone mineral density. This is especially important for women, as they are more susceptible to bone loss as they age. Eating a healthy balance of protein and fruits and vegetables will keep your bones strong and help reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis as you age.

    Talk to your chiropractor about a healthy diet and proper nutrition the next time you get adjusted. A combination of regular spinal adjustments and proper diet will help you live a longer, healthier life! Read more about bone mineral density at http://toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=152. Call one of our locations today to set up an appointment to discuss your spinal and bone health with your chiropractor.

    Posted by: Dr. Aaron Rickelman