For more information about chiropractic treatment, contact:
M. Todd Staker, DC
Ben Schemmel, DC
Trevor Williams, DC
STAKER CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
3550 NW Cary Parkway, #104
Cary, NC 27513
Telephone: (919) 460-1515
“When It Comes to Movement
The Mind Is a Perfect Cheater”
How we move is immensely revealing if you know how to read the signals. Every working day, Dr. Todd Staker and his colleagues, Dr. Ben Schemmel and Dr. Trevor Williams, tap into their skills, training, experience, and wisdom about the biomechanics of human movement on behalf of their patients—with consistently remarkable results.
|Patients of all ages and abilities come to doctors at Staker Chiropractic. Here Dr. Todd Staker works with international track star Bershawn Jackson, holder of an Olympic medal and many honors at St. Augustine University.|
“Diagnosing the real— rather than perceived —cause of a problem is of central concern in this practice,” Dr. Staker notes. “We do a posture analysis with every patient, observing walking, exercising, and sometimes jogging; and we study weight-bearing X-rays, along with a comprehensive biomechanical assessment.”
And, notes Dr. Schemmel, “the body is a great cheater in avoiding restrictions. It will often create too much motion in one location, seeking pain relief, which leads to hyper-mobility and instability which can set off a cascade of issues that need to be addressed.”
Some time ago, in the span of two days, a 55-year old, somewhat frail woman and a 285-pound college football lineman, both seeking relief from pain, presented their respective hurting limbs to the Cary practice.
As it turns out, their ailments had much in common.
“This woman had been to an orthopaedist and to a sports medicine doctor, and they were unable to find the source of her knee pain,” Dr. Schemmel notes. “I simply watched her walk up and down the hallway, and realized that her pelvis was shifting unnaturally.
“That was causing her quadriceps and her leg bone, the femur, to rotate in an irregular way that put intense pressure on her knee and also affected her balance. It’s the kind of pain that is nearly impossible to pick up with a regular knee exam, but it is revealed in the gait when a person walks—if you know what to look for.”
Notes Dr. Williams, “By way of further example, a husky football player came here because he had injured his oblique muscles in his abdomen while running. When he ran, he was straining and pulling his shoulder blade back in a way that indicated it was stuck to the muscle in that area. He was using muscles in his stomach to compensate, and exerted so much effort that he pulled his obliques. When we realized what was actually going on as he ran, it was a fairly direct process to go in and fix the problem—which we were able to do in three visits.”
Biomechanics of the Body
A soft-tissue protocol call Active Release Technique™ (ART) proved immensely useful in treating both of these patients, Dr. Staker observes, as it does for so many others. He was one of the first chiropractors in North Carolina to become certified in ART, more than a decade ago, and Dr. Schemmel and Dr. Williams also hold ART certification. Dr. Staker frequently notes that combining ART with standard chiropractic adjustments “proves to be the most effective treatment approach for the great majority of our patients.”
ART is a system of soft-tissue treatment methods that are highly effective in overcoming and preventing muscle-related problems, he explains. As he was studying ART some years ago, he also had the opportunity to work with an Olympic trainer and a number of Olympic athletes. “That is when I began to add comprehensive study and treatment of the biomechanics of the body with my soft-tissue work with ART, along with standard chiropractic care.”
He has, as well, been treating many of the players for the Carolina Hurricanes since the franchise moved to North Carolina years ago. “My work with these highly skilled professional athletes makes us even more effective in our every-day work with people who injure themselves in multiple ways, or who are in pain and are having trouble figuring out why they hurt,” Dr. Staker says.
“Biomechanically, the body functions as a machine—from the foot all the way up to the knee, to the hip, to the low back, all the way up the neck. That is true for the elite athlete, as well as for all the rest of us. My study and work over many years helps me understand what is going on in a different and important way with all of my patients. Our goal is always to treat the cause of discomfort, and not simply the symptoms.”
Dr. Staker’s work with world-class athletes and many thousands of “common man” patients has convinced him that, with rare exception, each of us “is going to experience back or neck or shoulder pain at some time in our lives. And when that occurs, inevitably something is biomechanically wrong. Perhaps you injured your back years ago, or picked up a box the wrong way. Now your back hurts, and when you compensate, seeking relief, the result is shoulder pain or neck pain.
“Finding the true cause of a patient’s pain, and correcting it, is our every day mission. It takes us on many different paths.”