• Receptor Testing in Pain & Performance Sessions
    In a pain and performance session to fully rehabilitate movement of injury Mychal test different sensations to see if the area of the body is fully functioning and to see what stimulus you can provide yourself at home to help speed up the rehab process. In the extremities the sensations from side to side should be the same. Example if I provide vibration stimulus to the thumb on one side, the other thumb should feel the same. It is important to check multiple receptors as each run to different spinal tracts and can affect pain and movement. The sensations that are easy to test are, light touch, pressure, vibration, temperature, and sharp vs dull. If any of the receptor’s tests have deficit side to side, it can also create motor output problems. Read more
  • Deep Tissue vs Firm Pressure--What's the difference?
    When it comes to choosing a massage technique, it can be overwhelming to navigate the various options available. Two popular choices often offered are deep tissue massage and firm pressure massage. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are significant differences between the two. Let's talk about these differences to help you make a more informed decision during your next appointment. Read more
  • Muscle Tone 101: What you should know!
    Muscle Tone 101 Muscles have two jobs; the two jobs are simple contract and relax. Often when there is pain or muscle weakness it’s because the body has developed trigger points Read more
  • Snow Removal 101: tips and tricks to an injury free snow season with Dr. Kenton Thoms
    Winter is here, and snow removal tasks, such as shoveling heavy snow or pushing a snowblower, can lead to injuries if not done correctly. When it comes to removing snow Read more
  • Fix your elbow pain with your bench press!
    There are many different kinds of tendinopathy at the elbow that can occur.  Inner elbow pain and outer elbow pain (medial epicondylitis or lateral epicondylitis) are other tendinopathies that often Read more
  • Prenatal Massage
    Did you know massage can help regulate hormones like oxytocin and serotonin? Research shows that massage can reduce stress hormones in your body and relax and loosen your muscles.  This is Read more
  • What We Love Wednesday
    Heading into the holiday season, we may find ourselves wanting to gift someone a home care product. Ames Spine and Sport has compiled a list of our favorite items and Read more
  • Battling Patellar Tendonitis: Prevention and Treatment
    Patellar tendonitis, commonly known as "jumper's knee," is a painful condition that affects the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). This injury is often seen in athletes, Read more
  • Understanding Sever's Disease: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention
    Understanding Sever's Disease: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention At our office, we understand the unique challenges that young athletes face, including injuries that can hinder their performance and enjoyment of sports. One Read more
  • MVP Packages!
    What is an MVP package? An MVP package essentially means that you pay for x number of massages/chiropractic/acupuncture visits at one time (ahead of time) that ultimately saves you a percentage Read more
  • Attention all Teachers! All Teachers Please Report to the Massage Room for your Scheduled Appointment.
    Teaching is a calling, not just a job. It is very easy to forget about self-care while you spend most of your day taking care of everyone else around you. Read more
  • Benefits of Massage Therapy for Office Workers or Students
    The modern workday or class schedule/homework time lasts an average of 8-9 hours. Most office or school settings offer little in the way of healthy mobility, stretching and physical activity. Read more
  • Basics to Balance Training
    Often people assume that when balance training they have to train on unlevel surfaces but if we are never in those situations then the body is becoming better on surfaces Read more
  • Chronic Pain and the Benefit of Massage
    Dealing with chronic pain can make one’s life extremely difficult. Chronic pain is referred to an injury that has prolonged longer than 6 months after recovering from the initial injury Read more
  • Benefits of Massage Therapy for Firefighters
    Firefighting takes its toll on your body in more ways than one. Everything from the weight of PPE, the tools and other accessories that are carried with you add to Read more
  • Self-Massage Tips and Tricks for your Workday: Professional or Student
    Much of our workforce is sitting at a computer up to 8-9 hours a day! Everything from poor posture to stress of deadlines gets to us daily. We can eliminate Read more