I was fortunate to recently attend the SF Giants first annual Sports Conference at AT&T Park! In attendance with me were my colleagues and partners in crime Chiropractor Derik Anderson of San Rafael, and PT Ann Ongerth. We spent two jam-packed days learning about overhead sports, rehab and other nerdy things that doctors love to talk about, from the best minds in the field. I believe I was one of only three chiropractors in a sea of hundreds of physical therapists and athletic trainers! I learned a lot and am jazzed to work with more athletes as a consequence. Perhaps one of the most exciting things for me was that our break-out sessions were in the home dugout and training rooms! I’m not a big base ball fan, but it was still pretty exciting to be that close to the 2014 World Series winners!
Last week in LA, at the beautiful Torrance office of Beach Cities Orthopedics, I completed my Certification in a new system of treatment called FAKTR. This stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. It is not a technique, but rather an approach to working with the fascial system in restoring function.
We were very fortunate to be taught by the creator of this system, Dr. Tom Haye (pictured above), who is very involved with the Fascial Congress, and who has very systematically backed up every part of this system with cutting edge research.
FAKTR allows for the use of a wide variety of soft tissue techniques including Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM – Many of you have seen these new myofascial tools in my treatment room) and Active Release Techniques (ART). It incorporates function and treatment in motion while simultaneously utilizing various forms of rehabilitation. The results so far are very promising, and I am excited to share this with you!