The way we move significantly influences how we feel each day, what we can do and the quality of our life. Dr. Matthew Bird, WIN Chiropractor, helps education his patients each day so they can understand their unique anatomy, and how to move effectively to avoid injuries and to maximize their strength and wellbeing. He says, we never stop learning, so we shouldn’t give up on understanding and bettering our movement patterns. Read Dr. Bird’s article to learn hist three main tips for optimal movements and why everyone needs to ensure they’re moving well!Read More
There is a great importance in the function and stability of the shoulder. Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, WIN Chiropractor, shares and insightful article on the benefits to ensuring shoulder health.Read More
When you think of Chiropractic and you think just spinal adjustments, think again when considering one of our Chiropractic Team Members at WIN Health Solutions. Dr. Ernie Bagnulo reviews how he and the Chiropractors at WIN have broken down the classical notions of Chiropractic and go above and beyond each day to offer a vast number of different treatment options that are always individualized to each patient. You may be surprised to learn that these many great treatment options don’t involve spinal adjustments!Read More
How do you handle change, differences of opinion or claims that counter your lifestyle? WIN Chiropractor, Dr. Matthew Bird, takes note from the changing seasons and applies this to how change of thought in life can have life changing effects.Read More
There is a balance between staying active and our go-go-go lifestyle and resting! We can feel the effects the winter season has on us, but making time to rest and recharge during can do a body good during the cold months of the year, and is just what the doctor ordered! Dr. Nicholas Slowinski’s recent article looks at the importance of downtime. Many of us don’t get enough of it, but he looks at how an enjoyed activity of relaxation can have health benefits!Read More
Dr. Matthew Bird, reflects as he reaches a milestone of being 10 years since graduating as a Chiropractor from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and shares how he feels about his journey through the last decade.Read More
Did you know your gluteal muscles protect you from back issues and so much more? Dr. Nicholas Slowinski has created a helpful video to strengthen gluteal activation along with an insightful article on the subject.Read More
Drawing from his years of experience with acupuncture in clinic, and training health professionals to use this therapy, Dr. Ernie Bagnulo discusses the way acupuncture works and the benefit of it.Read More
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Matthew Bird, Chiropractor
In a previous post, I discussed the two fundamental approaches to treatment, Duct Tape and WD 40, which people require when dealing with nagging musculoskeletal ailments.
At WIN Health Solutions Niagara, these two approaches for treating commonly observed ailments are easily assessed by one of our manual therapists. These particular complaints refer to structural properties of the body, which I will refer to as the hardware systems of health.
The hardware items include your...
- Joint capsules
These items can be easily understood when discussing where the pain is coming from when there is an injury.
What if there wasn’t a single event that caused pain? What if the pain suddenly appeared for no apparent reason?
These pain syndromes tend to be very frustrating for the patient and generally lead to significant worry regarding how to deal with the pain.
Let’s look at an example.
Let’s say we have a runner who has been running on a “good” training program revolving around duration, intensity, and frequency. The training program has been going well for about two months but, suddenly, the runner has knee pain.
First, we check in with a WIN Niagara Falls Chiropractic Doctor for an evaluation. :)
The runner seems to have all the “hardware” in place with no signs of true weakness or inflammation. Overall, isolated mobility of the ankle, the knee and the hip seem to be good, indicating that the hardware appears to be intact.
So why is the runner in pain?
An assessment of the site shows some deficits in squat mechanics and lunge patterns. However, the runner has no pain during testing.
In this example, the runner’s hardware systems have adapted to a glitch in the software system designed to control their very function.
Sure, individual components work but, as a whole, there is a problem.
The software system I am speaking of is the motor pattern control unit of mobility and there is definitely a “bug” in the system.
Because of this “bug”, the hardware is insufficient at coordinating movement patterns from segment to segment resulting in pain perceived to be strictly a hardware issue.
Thus, the hardware is insufficient to take the loads of training either in duration, intensity, or frequency. This is called maladaptation and has probably been going on for years prior to the injury or before the runner even became a runner.
We are all aware that general pain onset when starting a new program is normal as the hardware adapts, but the question then arises:
Have you properly addressed movement issues before starting your program?
Have you optimally developed a motor planning skill set to allow the hardware system to truly gain strength and endurance?
Your hardware training of tissue development requires software updating to truly define and maintain hardware integrity.
Software development (changing your motor skills) does not require heavy weight training or long endurance bouts of exercise. It requires a commitment to truly understanding how your muscles move your joints in a defined movement sequence. Not in isolation, but in multi-segmental movement patterns ie: multiple body parts at the same time.
A WIN Health Niagara Falls Chiropractic Doctor can help you identify these faulty patterns of movement, help move those “stuck” spots and show you how to stabilize those “loose” spots. It all begins with the housing of the nervous system, your spine, and how well you control its postural demands. It will ultimately come down to how committed you are at recognizing and addressing your own limitations to prevent hardware failures. To create a smoothly functioning system for your musculoskeletal health visit, visit us at WIN Health Solutions Niagara.
By WIN Contributor: Lora D., WIN Receptionist
Dr. Matthew Bird, or as we affectionately call him, Dr. Matt, completed his undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. He received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic after attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. His years of exceptional work was recognized when he recently received a Niagara This Week Readers Choice Award.
Dr. Matt has a great enthusiasm and love of his work because it helps people everyday feel better. His treatments incorporate a variety of different techniques such as soft tissue work, chiropractic manipulation and adjustments, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Shockwave, Trigenics, Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) as well as other various types of hands on therapy.
He continues to better his work by consistently taking continuing education courses to broaden his knowledge base. He also enjoys keeping up with the latest research and news regarding Chiropractic, musculoskeletal health and health in general.
Combining his expertise, therapeutic approach and observation of the latest health news helps him reach his professional goal, which is to help his patients be able to lead pain free, healthy lives.
There are many things that Dr. Matt enjoys in his off hours. He leads a very healthy lifestyle. He is a super volleyball player, (so he says…lol) I’m sure his height has something to do with that!! ;) Dr. Matt also enjoys snowboarding, beach volleyball, pilates, yoga, and weight training.
He's also sure to have fun with his growing family. With his beautiful wife, Erika, and adorable 18 month old son, Carter, they make sure to enjoy quality time together. The WIN Team is excitedly looking forward to their next big moment in the coming Spring as they await the newest addition to their family... a new baby for The Birds!
Dr. Matt is a natural at work-life balance, and we know he will continue to inspire his patients, and the WIN Team, with this as his family grows.
If you are seeking a knowledgable Chiropractor who uses an evidence based, cutting edge chiropractic approach, Dr. Matthew Bird at WIN Health Solutions Niagara will give you great options to address your muscle and/or joint related concerns, in addition to many related health concerns like headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, sciatica and sports injuries.