The October Pain Free Report from Performance Health Center

Oregon’s M.D. Governor Understands Chiropractic

For over 2 decades, the effectiveness, the cost-effectiveness and the safety of chiropractic care has been well known and has been recommended multiple times as a solution to our out-of- control health care costs. One of the first groundbreaking reports was published in1993, and funded by the Ministry of Health in Ontario, Canada. , It was the entitled, A Study to Examine the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain, and it stated there would be “highly significant cost savings if more management of LBP was transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Evidence from Canada and other countries suggests potential saving of hundreds of millions annually.” This study recommended that chiropractors become the gatekeeper for back pain in Canada!
There have been many well researched and published studies since then all reaching similar conclusions; that chiropractic care besides being safe and effective also saves money. The politics of health care has slowed the implementation of all these studies and government inquires, until now.
Governor Kitzhaber, M.D., of Oregon just signed a Proclamation making October 2014, Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month! The fact that this proclamation was signed is huge, but even more amazing are the statements made in the Proclamation. Which include:(Continue Here)

To Roll Or Not To Roll Your IT Band

When learning how to foam roll, what is the first area one is usually taught/shown how to roll? The IT band. The IT band is a tendon that originates on the outside of the upper hip, and inserts around the outside of the knee (just under the skin on the outside of the leg). What if I were to tell you that it may be more beneficial to roll the muscle group next to your IT band? The muscle group would be the quads, more specifically, the vastus lateralis (outside quad muscle). A large portion of this quad muscle lies underneath the IT band and can provide more relief than rolling directly on to the IT band. Many people do not realize this, but the IT band is not an actual muscle, but more tendon like. When rolling on the IT band, there is not much release of tension in this tissue, therefore the trick is to release tension of the surrounding musculature, such as the TFL and gluteus medius muscle. These muscle also tense the IT band at times. Being a more tendonous structure, the IT band can eventually become adhered or stuck to the vastus lateralis, TFL, and gluteus medius muscle. (Continue Here)

FALL: Time for a Change

The recent changing color of the leaves and the drop in temperature reminds us, fall is here, and it is a great time to change some things in your usual weekly and daily routine.

For exercisers- the days are getting shorter and the temperature colder, and with that a change makes sense.  Many cyclists switch to running, or move indoors for stationary cycling or other cross training options: elliptical, treadmill, stair climbers, rowing ergo-meters, or strength training options.  Running takes less time (shorter days), and is easier to stay warm than cycling, but be sure to gradually switch to running as it takes time for your body to adapt to the impact of running.  October is an ideal time to run on trails before all of the leaves fall- which then makes seeing rocks and roots difficult.

Varying your exercise routine is good for both your mind and your body as it helps prevent muscle imbalances, overuse injuries, and even mental burnout.  Swimming or any water exercise (water aerobics- water running, etc.) is another great “cross training” option for runners, cyclists, cross fit athletes, or anyone looking to add variety and balance to their exercise routine.

The Aquatic Exercise Association reports that you can expect to burn 400 to 500 calories per hour when exercising in the water.

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What Makes Us Different?

We are specialists in getting people out of pain and on with their lives without drugs or surgery. We encourage and motivate our patients to stay healthy with wellness care which keeps them feeling good, maintains their mobility and finds and corrects health problems before they become symptomatic.  This attention slows the damaging effects of aging such as arthritis. We offer the best chiropractic care available, we tell it like it is, and we treat our patients as if they were family. We use a multidisciplinary approach and help our patients achieve their health care goals as quickly as possible.

Dr. Thomas Ball                               

Bernadette Lehman, Massage Therapist
Dr. Victoria VanNederynen

Dr. Brad Weiss



Testimonials of the Month!






Congratulations Dr. V for Completing Your 4th Ironman!!!


Congratulations Bernadette
For Being Honored at the American Massage Therapy Association's National Convention on 9/17/14 with a 25 Year Pin.

         With Dr. Oz



PHC Workshop Series:
RSVP Required

Introduction to Foam Rolling
with Dr. Ball

Tuesday, October 7 @ 6:30 PM
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Introduction to Core Conditioning with Dr. Ball
Tuesday, October 21 @ 6:30 PM
(For More Info Click Here)



Upcoming  Events:

We are Sponsors at the following run / walk events.   We will be providing pre and post race stretching and Kinesio Taping, (and adjustments for our patients)!!!

October 19- John Tanner Memorial 5k Walk / Run
(a Fund Raiser for Batten Disease),
Wayland Town Hall, 11 AM Start

November 2- 11th Annual GFRC Busa Bushwhack Trail Race, 5 and 10 Mile Trail Run, (Help Rich Busa celebrate his 85th Birthday- and he's still running Trail Marathons!!!)  Brophy School, Framingham, 9 AM Start 


Self Care Section of Website Just Updated!!!

We have added videos of all Core Conditioning Exercises From Dr. Ball's with 3 unique work-outs.  Here's the Link: Core Conditioning Videos

We are adding another 20+ videos to the Self-Care Tab in the next few please keep checking the site!

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