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Heel Raises for Achilles Pain

July 31st, 2016 (No Comments)

Repetitive strain and stress injuries are some of the most common found in runners. Achilles heel pain can come from this overuse, it often effects other athletes as well. The repetitive stretching of the achilles tendon which happens with running, can be worsened by weak calf muscles. Strengthening the major calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) can help […]

Supine Glute Bridge for Back Pain

July 10th, 2016 (No Comments)

Over the past four years of practice, Dr. Brooks and I have taken the time to help inform/educate past patients, friends and colleagues through an online video series we’ve called Movement Monday. The goal of this series is to provide you with an increased knowledge of yourself, your body, and ways to eliminate any pain […]

5 Tips to Prevent Running Injuries

June 2nd, 2016 (No Comments)

In just a few days more than 8,000 runners will lineup to run the Dam to Dam with another 3,000 runners joining the event to do the 5K on June 4. This event is a benchmark for runners of all levels, in Des Moines, as it starts the unofficial running season so many have been […]

Neck Pain & Headaches – Suboccipital Muscles

August 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

The majority of cranial movement happens at the occiput (base of skull) and the top two segments of your cervical spine. This area can be put under lots of undue tension when subject to poor posture and anterior head carriage. When this area becomes stressed and “beat-up” from overuse, the base of your skull can become a very […]

Neck pain due to forward head position

August 2nd, 2015 (No Comments)

The cervical spine is designed to have a natural lordotic curve. However, many people develop a loss of this natural curve due to poor posture and bad head positioning throughout the day. When this loss of curve happens, stress is transferred to incorrect areas, which may lead to pain. Two of the muscles which play a […]

Runner’s Knee – Movement Monday

May 25th, 2015 (No Comments)

Runner’s knee. A diagnosis so common in runners, it got it’s own name.

Movement Monday – Shin Splints

May 11th, 2015 (No Comments)

At DSM Spine+Sport our mission is for our patients to get better faster. We strive to destroy pain and facilitate function as quickly as we can. We have no interest in making life long patients. Through the use of hands-on techniques we are able to destroy pain which allows our patients to live pain free. Movement Monday’s are a […]

Predictions for The CrossFit Open

February 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

Predicting the 2015 Workouts The CrossFit Open kicks off in two days! Over the next five weeks the CrossFit community will be obsessing over five individual workouts. The makeup of these five WOD’s has yet to be announced and is a mystery to most. Most CrossFitters are asking: What will the WOD consist of? I wonder which movements will […]

What to Expect from the 2015 CrossFit Open

February 23rd, 2015 (No Comments)

The 2015 CrossFit Open is quickly approaching. Somewhat surprisingly, there have been some changes made to this year’s format. Let’s look at what will know will be different in this year’s Open and how it will affect you. For those who don’t know, the Open is CrossFit’s first step to naming the fittest man and […]

Low Back Injuries in Competitive CrossFit

February 1st, 2015 (No Comments)

It’s that time of year again. The CrossFit community is gearing up for “the Open.” The CrossFit Games Open is a worldwide competition that takes place over a five week period.  Last year athletes from over 100 countries registered online to enter and complete a series of workouts. The workouts are timed, judged, and scored. […]