Why should exercise be one of the cornerstones of a successful care plan or rehab strategy? How do other providers approach this topic? What can we learn from each other to help our patients succeed? In our series ‘In the office with’ we want to get insights from successful practitioners of the ACA Sports Council on why and how exercise matters.This week we are excited to feature Dr. Carly Zuehlke, who will talk about her approach to exercise.
This week we are excited to feature Dr. Carly Zuehlke.
Dr. Carly Zuehlke is the current President of the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. She received both her Doctor of Chiropractic and Sports Science and Sports Rehabilitation Masters’ degrees from Logan College of Chiropractic University and holds the distinction as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner. She is the owner of Denver Sports and Family Chiropractic Center and works with athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to the Olympic level. She is the proud recipient of the Colorado Chiropractic Association’s 2017 Sports Chiropractor of the Year Award and 2014 Rising Star Award.
WebExercises: What is the typical patient you see?
Dr. Carly May Zuehlke: The typical patient in my office is the weekend warrior, who works hard and plays harder on the weekends. It’s the desk jockey who spends his/her weekends hiking, trail and road running, and climbing 14ers (mountains higher than 14,000 ft).
WebExercises: What are the top 3 conditions/dysfunctions that people seek help for?
Dr. Carly May Zuehlke: ITBand Syndrome, Plantar Fascitis, Low Back Pain
WebExercises: Why do you believe exercise is a critical component of your care?
Dr. Carly May Zuehlke: Exercise is the most important aspect of my care because it helps my patients get the most out of their sessions in my office. Once the muscle imbalances are corrected and the joints are moving properly, the exercises help to maintain the work that I’ve done and prevent reinjury.
WebExercises: What is your advice for everybody that wants to integrate exercises into their treatment plans?
Dr. Carly May Zuehlke: When prescribing an exercise, the patient must understand how the exercise is going to help them. In the office, I like to do before and after testing. For example, after doing a clamshell exercise the patient may have improvement with a single leg stand. In order to be successful and get patient compliance, the exercises must also fit into their busy lifestyle. My favorite recommendation is to leave their exercise bands on their desk to remind them to use it while on a phone call or during their lunch break.
WebExercises: Do you prescribe exercises patients can do at home? How important is that to achieve your desired outcomes?
Dr. Carly May Zuehlke: Yes, always. The exercises help to maintain our treatments and are a vital part of their program. I always check my patients’ movements at the start of our session and can tell when someone does their exercises because they move better and are stronger because of it.
WebExercises: What are your 3 go-to exercises, patients can do at home to prevent IT band syndrome?
Dr. Carly May Zuehlke:
1. Often times an ITBand syndrome will develop from hyperprontation of the foot combined with weakness in the glute med. The short foot exercise helps to strengthen the intrinsic musculature and provide support for the arch.
2. The Bulgarian split squat will work to strengthen the glute max and glute med, as well as the quad musculature. It’s also really sport specific for runners since it’s a single leg exercise.
3. The star reach exercise combines the principles of the previous two and incorporates balance.
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