Cold Laser Rolfing for the Long Distance Runner

Posted in: Cold Laser Technology, Healthy Lifestyle, Rolfing, Science- Sep 19, 2012 No Comments

By Chris Hodel, BS, CSCS

I appreciate the “Running Addiction” I see in some of my clients. In order to successfully pound the pavement, treadmills, and trails, there are some important considerations that will lead directly to your performance and longevity.

As you probably already know, most injuries runners face are overuse injuries. The main principle here would be to increase the adaptability in the body. A body that can properly absorb shock is one that can minimize injury. Without adaptability, force is transmitted improperly through your tissues, which impairs function and the overuse injuries you are familiar with begin to set in. Some common overuse Running injuries are:

Plantar Fasciitis
Runners Knee (Patellofemoral Syndrome)
Patellar Tendonitis
Achilles Tendonitis
Pulled Hamstring
Chronic Calf tightness
Shin Splints

Lets take the common Plantar Fasciitis and look at this injury a little more closely.

First of all, if you rest any of these injuries, your symptoms will most likely improve. However, most Runners I see are not interested in resting. Sound like yourself? Usually I can talk them into scaling back a bit while healing takes place.

For treatment, we have to talk a bit of science. In all of these musculoskeletal conditions, your brain tells you the soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.) is injured and it’s right. The problem is where you focus your energy to heal the injury. Muscles are big dumb animals! They are told what to do and when to do it by highly sophisticated electrical wiring called nerves. We will think of these nerves like Garden Hoses. This is where we will focus our attention.

Nerves like muscles have specific properties about them that we need to honor in order for them to properly function. Probably most important is the nerve’s ability to slide and glide within its connective tissue surroundings.

For PF, the nerves that control the bottom of your foot and lower leg muscles come out of the spinal cord around your lower back. This is where the journey of the Garden Hose begins, and it ends clear down at the bottom of your foot. Those collections of nerves have to negotiate the tight spaces of your dynamic hip complex, down the “tight as a guitar sting” hamstrings, through the rock hard series of calf muscles, and finally around the heel and into the pounded foot.

This sounds like a tough enough journey under perfect conditions, however most of us have old injuries leading to a body that is compensating for restricted tissues.

When a client comes in with PF symptoms, I tell them we are first going to focus on treating the nerves. First we take a posture and movement analysis to see if other restrictions are present. There always will be.

Once on the treatment table, I will palpate the pathway of these restricted nerves causing the PF. This usually identifies tender areas where inflammation and scar tissue are present. One of the ways nerves become inflamed is an increase in their internal pressure. We can address this by stretching the nerve lengthwise to release it from its connective tissue surroundings. Remember nerves need to slide and glide along their pathway to ensure proper electrical communication to the muscles, organs, fascia, etc.

While the practitioner gently applies the mechanical forces to the tissue, the Cold Laser is applied to the area of the tissue to create a cellular event vital for healing. This event is the dramatic increase in cellular energy and cellular communication. Energy is necessary for the healing and communication helps ensure that healing is done properly to address why the injury happened in the first place.

An example of proper communication is most of us have had Hamstring injuries, and those same people usually have Glutes that are inhibited. Inhibited glutes will put a tremendous strain on the Hamstring group leading to overuse and injury. In most cases, a profound activation happens in the body when the energy of the Laser is applied to the weak area of the Nervous System. This area is usually in the brain or spine. In my experience, once the weakness is identified, the activation of the weak glute usually takes 30-60 seconds!

If we really simplify things here, we are addressing restricted nerve tissue to restore proper slide and glide. Secondly, we are up-regulating the Nervous System’s ability to properly stabilize a joint. These two objectives have such far-reaching benefits to the body going way beyond healing PF.

If you would like to learn more about Cold Laser Rolfing offered by 212˚ Wellness, feel free to contact me directly and I would be happy to make some time for you. 970.744.9034

Rolfers® looking to implement the Erchonia Cold Laser…

Posted in: Miscellaneous- Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

Dr. Jeff Spencer and myself at the Advanced Clinical Mastery of the Cold Laser in Denver, Colorado

Tour d’ Laser

March 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM – March 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Standard Process of Northern California 1960 N. Loop Rd. Almeda, CA
*This event requires registration:

Tour d’ Laser: Clinical Mastery of the Low-Level Laser Laser Healthcare™ You will learn full-spectrum evidenced based clinically proven evaluation and treatment methodologies combining Erchonia low-level laser techniques without countless hours of rote memorization. Each topic is presented and workshopped for quick, easy, non-disruptive implementation into your practice. Who should attend this seminar? Any health care provider interested in or using Erchonia cold laser technology wanting to know the why and what to do to treat every patient that walks through the door with confidence and extraordinary clinical outcomes using cold laser technology. Here’s what others have to say about Dr. Spencer’s laser seminars. • “I can use the laser as soon as it arrives” • “Jeff Spencer raises the bar and made me realize every chiropractor is not the same —today’s chiropractor needs an Erchonia laser” • “Dr. Spencer is a Master Teacher” • “Jeff Spencer is by far the best speaker ever!” • “If you judge by the number of people in and out his room at the Tour the most valuable man on our team may have been our chiropractor Jeff Spencer” Lance Armstrong, from his book Every Second Counts”

Zerona Receives FDA-Approval!

Posted in: Cold Laser Technology, Community, Healthy Lifestyle, Latest Health News, Science, Weight Release- Oct 11, 2011 2 Comments

Zerona LipoLaser™ has been granted FDA market clearance. Current and prospective clients of 212˚ Wellness can now feel even more confident using the Zerona method for minimizing difficult fatty tissue.

Erchonia Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer in low-level laser technology, has recently been granted market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the non-invasive body contouring device, the Zerona™. The Zerona is the first non-invasive aesthetic device to receive FDA market clearance in the U.S. for circumferential reduction of the waist, hips, and thighs.

The Zerona emits a low-level, or cold, output energy that generates no thermal effect on the body’s tissue eliminating any risk to the patient. Zerona has been clinically proven to target fat cells causing their immediate collapse thereby significantly reducing body volume. Through a natural process of fat removal, the laser-released fat is safely removed and broken down, providing patients with a truly non-invasive procedure without side effects or downtime.

…”Rolfing Makes a Return”

Posted in: Community, Healthy Lifestyle, Latest Health News, Rolfing, Science- Oct 11, 2011 2 Comments

There’s a whole new generation of Rolfing practitioners..


Rolfing – deep massage of the connective tissue that surrounds all the muscles and organs – first become popular in the late 1960s, but it’s been experiencing a comeback.

Rolfing’s premise is that trauma to the body and the everyday effects of gravity cause connective tissues to shift out of place, resulting in aches and pains. Practitioners stretch and apply pressure to the connective tissue to restore alignment in the body.

“It’s not for wimps. If you want a gentle, feel-good massage, this is not it,” said Joyce Samples, a 54-year-old from Brentwood, Tenn., who had been experiencing chronic back and arm pain before turning to the procedure with a reputation for pain. “It’s very intense, but I immediately feel better afterward.”

Mary Alice Felder, a structural integration practitioner, attributes its resurgence to aging baby boomers who are open to trying alternative therapies.

“They are feeling the effects of aging,” Felder said. “They wake up feeling stiff. Their bodies can’t do what they used to, and Rolfing can help with that.”

Rolfer Randy Mack, who has been practicing for 31 years, said he’s been seeing an influx of young clients. “There’s this whole new generation giving it a try,” he said, adding that many of them are athletes looking to improve performance or people suffering from chronic pain.

There’s a whole new generation of Rolfing practitioners as well. For years, Mack was the only Rolfer in the Nashville area. Now there are at least six.

Back in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Rolfing adherents emphasized its supposed emotional benefits. The belief was that people’s muscles held pent-up and repressed emotions and that Rolfing could release them. Mack said screaming and crying were common, even encouraged, during sessions.

These days the focus is almost solely on the physical benefits of the practice. Rolfing is said to help correct everything from body aches to restricted mobility to poor posture.

However, Mack said he still believes rolfing promotes emotional well-being through benefits such as improved posture.

“When people are standing up straight, they become more confident, more cheerful,” he said.

Sessions typically last 1½ hours and can cost $130 or more. It’s recommended that people undergo 10 sessions for maximum benefit. However, most rolfers offer “fix-it work” that will target trouble spots in a single session.

Despite Rolfing’s painful reputation, Felder said people can get good outcomes without experiencing excruciating pain.

“My goal is to give people the best possible results with the least amount of discomfort,” she said.