My Time with Tiger Woods and My Thoughts on Pain and Performance in Golf

My Time with Tiger Woods and My Thoughts on Pain and Performance in Golf

April 17, 2018|By Eric Owens|No Comments »

 

Back in 1996, I did a TV commercial for Buick with Tiger Woods where the two of us played table tennis. You can see it here. I had a great opportunity to talk to him about what it takes to be an elite performer in his sport. Recently, I began thinking how much I would have been able to help him with his back issues. From a performance perspective, I’ve come to the conclusion that a powerful drive and accurate putt require a high volume of muscle activation and fine motor control. Unfortunately, as muscle tissue gradually becomes tight and rigid, it loses the ability for explosive movements and fine-tuning, both of which are absolutely necessary for golf. Through wear and tear from repetitive motions during countless hours on the golf course, muscles gradually become stiff and hard, and they lose the ability to contract. As this process happens there are fewer numbers of muscle fibers being engaged. Therefore, when a specific part of a muscle is needed for explosive movements, that locked up portion of the muscle is unavailable. The result is far less power and explosiveness with golf drives, which means a golfer will not be able to hit the ball very hard without straining.

In the short game, when very small muscle groups are needed for fine motor control, those particular tight muscle fibers will be unavailable for use, so control will be lacking. There is no amount of practice that can overcome this, as more practice without addressing the tightness will just perpetuate the cycle. In addition, continued tightening of muscle fibers eventually leads to pain and dysfunction, resulting in conditions such as golfer’s elbow, low back pain, hip pain, shoulder pain and others. The most devastating scenario for a golfer is having to finish the season early or take a break during prime summer days because the pain is unbearable or the muscles too stiff to achieve optimal results. Imagine being Tiger and not being able to play when you most want to.

At Delos, by applying precise pressure to the tight fibers and breaking up this rigid tissue that is cemented with collagen, we enable golfers to gain access to previously unavailable muscle fibers. Consequently, they can drive with more explosiveness and utilize more of their own muscle tissue for each shot. When small muscle groups are needed for the most finely tuned put, every muscle fiber will be available for ultimate control. There would be dramatic improvements in every aspect of a golfer’s game simply because he is using and recruiting more of his own muscle. And nothing beats optimal performance on the golf course.

Delos Spotlight: Bernie Seidl

Delos Spotlight: Bernie Seidl

March 21, 2018|By admin|No Comments »

 

Delos Therapy has some amazing clients with extraordinary stories and we want to take the time to share their success with our therapy. Meet Bernie, a salesman suffering from lower back pain. Read his interview to find out his amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

BS: I trained at the gym next to Delos for years. For the longest time I actually thought it was a spa! Chase, a gym employee, referred me to Delos after I was explaining to him how much pain I was having in my lower back.

What issues brought you to Delos?

BS: I’ve been dealing with back pain my entire life. Because of a structural issue in my spine, one side of my body is actually shorter than the other. I found this out at a young age and had just accepted that pain would be a part of my life forever. Occasionally, I’d have flare ups that would put me down for a few days at a time, but again, I had accepted that this was just the way it was. Until a few months ago, it became the worst it’s ever been. I couldn’t even bend down to tie my shoes anymore. I noticed I was gritting my teeth to sit or stand. I didn’t want to become the “old guy” who is restricted by pain; I needed a solution.

What types of treatments did you try before coming to Delos?

BS: Over the years, I’ve tried it all. I would get massages to try and get blood flow to the painful areas. Since I knew it was a structural issue, I would see a chiro to try and realign my spine. Nothing ever gave me long term relief. When it started to get really bad a few months ago, I decided to have an MRI done. It showed there was a mass pushing on the nerves in my lower back that was affecting my left leg and causing intense pain. The orthopedic surgeon recommended steroid shots and possibly surgery. Wanting to avoid that at all costs, I took Chase up on his recommendation to try Delos.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

BS: To be honest, I can’t believe the results I’ve had with Delos. I’ll be the first to admit that I was probably the biggest skeptic Eric has seen yet. Even after feeling some relief in my evaluation I wasn’t completely convinced. Eric wanted to see me multiple times a week which possibly meant with different staff. Being a salesman, I was sure he was trying to just sell me on his process and pass me off to someone else. Regardless of my skepticism, I had a big trip planned three weeks from my initial consult and needed relief. If I was going to do this, my goal was to be pain free by the time of my trip, so I scheduled my entire treatment plan in those three weeks. Not only was I pain free when I left, I remained pain free for 5 weeks! After a lifetime of pain, I was completely free to move and be comfortable for 5 whole weeks before I started noticing the old symptoms returning. I was amazed at the results. I was also amazed at Eric’s predictions that due to the nature of muscle tissue, my pain would eventually come back. Due to the structural misalignment of my spine, this was going to need more attention than just a few weeks of treatment.

Again, being a numbers guy, I needed to have all my ducks in a row before committing to a long term treatment option. I wanted all my doctors on the same page and following the same protocol. My surgeon was impressed by the results I was getting from Delos, so much so that he advised me to forego steroid injections and follow the Delos regime for the foreseeable future. Kate, one of my therapists, has been amazing in keeping records and providing me progress updates throughout my time at Delos. I now have complete faith in this process and have committed to a long term treatment plan to see just how far this pain free rabbit hole goes.

What would you say to someone who hasn’t tried Delos Therapy?

BS: How’s that working for you?? Pretty blunt question, but in reality, why haven’t you? Do the evaluation, talk to Eric and complete the treatment plan. Delos is really onto something here, compounding this therapy over a short amount of time yields results. It’s hard to argue now being on the pain free side of things. Don’t waste your time trying a few sessions, you’ll end up paying more in the long run, both monetarily and physically. I was a flight instructor for many years and I always told my students – it may seem like a lot up front, but the more time you put in between training, the more time in each session we spend catching up. It will take twice as long unless you really commit. Same principle applies here – invest in your health, commit to the plan, get real results.

Tell us something unique about you.

BS: I spent 30 years in the military, which is where I was first diagnosed with this issue. I was a flight instructor for many years and now spend my time as an avid traveler.

The Pliability Gap

The Pliability Gap

March 13, 2018|By William Hernandez|No Comments »

The Arnold Sports Festival is an event that features 18,000 athletes in over 70 sports, showcases performance enhancing products and services, and attracts fans dedicated to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The event was named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and it’s definitely a great, motivating experience.

I was instantly inspired to better myself, not only by becoming healthier, but also by growing professionally. The expo is full of people who continue to work harder and push the bar higher in their respective fields. My observation was that there isn’t an excuse not to strive for more.

My goal was to find out how many of these dedicated athletes are affected by tight muscle tissue and then to explain the benefits of having pliable muscles based on what I see as a Delos Therapist. What I found was that the elite bodybuilders didn’t have many problems with tension or tight tissues, and more surprisingly, this wasn’t because they were focused on recovery or self care to stay loose. They were doing almost nothing and didn’t have symptoms of tightness or pain that I regularly encounter.

On the other hand, the vast majority of amateur bodybuilders and athletes had a ton of tightness that restricted their mobility and performance. The group of tight individuals was dramatically larger than those who are on top of the performance charts. Although the genetic make-up of some of these individuals gave them an advantage, the most important factor was the efficiency of available muscle tissue. Those who were most pliable outperformed those who weren’t. Those who felt tightest needed to do more to maintain their muscles in order to reach higher levels. The pliability gap between those who are average and those who are great is very apparent.

After talking to many athletes it was clear that they hadn’t found the ideal solution to move beyond plateaus. Those who had pain, lacked range of motion and weren’t able to increase performance had tried similar methods to improve upon these shortcomings. The common answers to the question ‘what methods are you using to improve your performance?’ included foam rolling, using a lacrosse ball, massages, chiropractic, physical therapy, e-stem machines, ice baths, acupuncture, and trigger point therapy. In the end, all of these people needed something more. I was able to get them to understand why muscles need to be pliable and why Delos therapy, which stretches and softens their muscles with precise pressure, works so well.

The athletes who received therapy from me were amazed at how quickly the therapy worked and how much looser they felt. The excitement they expressed when they realized that this is what they have been looking for to solve their issues with pain and performance was overwhelming. Some started to tell their friends to try it out, others brought in their trainers so that I can explain to them what I was doing, and others wanted to know if I can travel to provide therapy. It was a great experience and a great opportunity to educate people about muscle pliability. I plan on doing it again next year.

Olympian Or Not, Pliability Is Key

Olympian Or Not, Pliability Is Key

February 12, 2018|By Eric Owens|No Comments »

I wonder how many elite athletes never made it to the Olympics this year due to injury. Imagine training for a moment that only comes every four years and getting injured right before that moment. Injuries due to overuse are very common before and during the Olympic games. The intense repetitive use of muscle tissue during training causes muscle fibers to become tight, rigid and less pliable over time, making them prone to injury. In looking at recent articles about Olympic athletes and recovery, what most physicians and trainers recommend that athletes do to try to keep muscles healthy is stretch, get massages, foam roll, rest, pay close attention to diet and hydration and many other things. While all these are important, one component of staying healthy that doesn’t get enough attention, if any, is achieving and maintaining muscle pliability. Even if this concept is top of mind, the way to get there with traditional options lacks effectiveness.

How come pliability isn’t at the forefront? If a muscle is not pliable, it’s more prone to exhaustion and injury. When we were kids, we could jump out of bed and participate in obscene amounts of physical activity without hurting the next day, but as we age, we feel like we need much more time to warm up and recover. Do you ever wonder why? The answer is pliability. Why does an athlete need much more warm-up and recovery later in his career? What makes some athletes less agile, less powerful, less flexible and less explosive? What makes an athlete slow down overtime, get injured and have to retire? We believe the answer to all of these questions is the lack of pliability.

To be able to tell if a muscle is unhealthy, all you have to do is touch it. Is it soft and pliable or is it hard and full of knots? When an athlete loses pliability, there is no amount of stretching, foam rolling or massaging that will recover it. We know this because everyone we see in our clinic stretches and foam rolls and their muscles still feel hard and rigid in areas that are hurting or slowing down their progress. Despite all their efforts, these athletes are much slower and less explosive, have less fine motor control and ultimately their performance is greatly diminished.

What we do at Delos is get rid of this rigidity with direct, precise pressure at all angles of a muscle to force the tight fibers to stretch apart. As the fibers stretch apart, the muscle becomes more pliable and usable. When muscles are pliable, a person can perform at any age and fitness level with the same capacity and energy as when they were children.

Delos Spotlight: Lisa Woodward

Delos Spotlight: Lisa Woodward

January 30, 2018|By admin|No Comments »

 

Delos Therapy has some amazing clients with extraordinary stories and we want to take the time to share their success with our therapy. Meet Lisa, an active individual suffering from chronic knee pain. Read her interview to find out her amazing transformation since starting Delos.

How did you hear about Delos?

LW: I discovered Delos when I started going to Shred415 in Hinsdale.

What issues brought you to Delos?

LW: I’d been struggling with constant knee pain for years. I decided to give Delos a try because at this point, I had nothing to lose.

What types of treatments did you try before coming to Delos?

LW: At first I tried to struggle through the knee pain, but it just wouldn’t go away. I woke up one day and could barely walk. I decided it was time to see an orthopedic. He told me I had patella tendinitis and referred me to his PT. I put the time in with PT and saw no results. I just decided to live with the pain that would flare up from time to time. Basically I was told to just swear off any kind of running and jumping. My knee even hurt while and after wearing heels. It also hurt just laying in bed. At this point, I was just living with chronic pain.

What improvements have you made since starting Delos Therapy?

LW: Since starting at Delos Therapy I can run again pain free. I never thought this would happen. I can now run 4-5 days a week and faster than ever! I have no more pain while sleeping, walking, running or wearing heels. My life has been changed!

What would you say to someone who hasn’t tried Delos Therapy?

LW: I would tell you to give it a try. I never thought I would see the results I have seen. I thought maybe it would help with the pain at night. Little did I know that my pain would completely go away. It was worth every single minute of time I had to take out of my busy day 3 times a week for 4 weeks to finally be pain free! I can’t believe the results!

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