All Posts by Brett Stefan, DC

Westerville Rotary’s Veteran’s Day 5K

Out in the community again! As Veteran’s Day was this Friday, their celebration was carried all weekend as it should be. The Westerville Rotary hosted their annual 5K Walk & Run and Central Ohio Spine and Joint was invited as the race’s injury prevention and treatment tent. Dr. Stefan, accompanied by his chiropractic assistant, Riggins, was able to move about the race festivities on a more supportive note this go ’round. The morning was much colder than we are used to yet and most of our runners moved from car to race and back to car. As we know, running in cold weather is new to us right now so please be sure to take care of yourself with a proper warm up and stretching routine. What did not go unnoticed was the beautiful sunrise on the water and the presence of Red, White and Blue everywhere from flags to hats to shorts to even a full body suit by one spirited runner! This is always a great event and hosted at a great location for a wonderful cause. We always encourage proper exercise at COSJ but doing it for this reason makes it that much easier.

We look forward to help and support at this event next year and if there are any events you think we would like to help out at as well, please let us know!

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Health Fairs in the Community

What a great event we got to be a part of last week! Friendship Village Columbus (FVC) hosted a Staff Wellness Fair for their employees and were kind enough to invite us to join. Dr. Stefan along with manual therapist, Dave Vanscoy, were able to enjoy time with the staff members discussing strategies to take care of their bodies over the long haul with easy tips in wellness care. Mr. Vanscoy was displaying his skills nonstop, as he was giving complimentary massages to the staff. Let’s just say his wait time was a bit longer than the flu shot line! FVC had so many great vendors, small businesses and healthcare professionals and doctors there to educate their staff members on the importance of health in order to perform optimally. We are excited to support the staff members in every way possible and look forward to the many events we can be a part of at the beautiful Friendship Village Columbus community.

If your community or corporation have any health fairs coming up and you want us to join, just let us know and we would be happy to come out and give some complimentary care!

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Trigger Point Dry Needling for Pain Management

Do you ever feel those spots at the base of your neck or between your shoulder blades that when you press on them it feels like your pushing a “button of Pain”?  This is what would be described in the medical field as a Trigger Point. These spots first had a name put to them by the medical doctor of President John F. Kennedy, her name was Janet Travell. She and her colleague, Dr. David Simon, would go on to write the textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Trigger Points are formed when a muscle is over-worked or not working in the efficient manner it should be. When this happens, the nervous system tells the muscle to stay locked up until all things are back in place to work the right way, enter Trigger Point Dry Needling(TPDN).  Trigger Point dry needling is a therapy used on the muscle to allow for rapid reset and recovery. The procedure is quick, effective and painless and one we perform right here in our office in Columbus, OH. This procedure can be applied to all muscles and more specifically is used commonly for issues like low back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain and knee pain. Here are a few quotes from conclusions from very recent research literature:

  1. “…results of this study showed one session of TPDN targeting active Trigger Points appears to reduce hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and irritability of the motor endplate. TPDN seems effective at improving symptoms and deactivating active myofascial Trigger Points…”
  2. “Dry needling reduces pain and changes myofascial Trigger Point status. Change in Trigger Point status is associated with a statistically and clinically significant reduction in pain. Reduction of pain is associated with improved mood, function, and level of disability.”
  3. “Based on the best current available evidence (Grade A), we recommend dry needling, compared to sham or placebo, for decreasing pain immediately after treatment…”

As shown in the literature, TPDN is shown to be an effective procedure and one that can be a crucial part of a treatment plan to help speed up the process of recovery. Interested in trying dry needling? Contact our office at 614-392-2732 to get scheduled with one of our highly trained physicians.