Ask the Expert - John P. O’Connor III, Velocity Chiropractic
A graduate of Life University in Marietta, Georgia, Dr. John O’Connor became a chiropractor after recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Having dealt personally with not being able to move to his body’s potential, he fully understands and relates to his patients’ frustrations. It is the goal of Velocity Chiropractic & Sports Rehab, which Dr. O’Connor owns, to get his patients up and moving as quickly as possible. The NEW state-of-the-art facility has the latest equipment and a top-notch team of licensed Physical & Occupational Therapists. Treatment services offered include spinal and postural screenings, chiropractic care, physical & occupational therapy, corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling and massage therapy.
Dr. O’Connor has recently opened Underground Revolution with his business partners Dr. Jessica L. Horowitz and Alyssa Jaronko, offering fun and effective small group training along with targeted counseling on exercise and nutrition throughout the clients’ journey to better health.
Is pushing oneself to ‘feel the burn’ and exercising every day possibly overdoing it?
Feeling the burn – that’s a great place to be! But as with all aspects of our lives, we need to maintain a healthy balance. Overtraining is an easy trap to fall into. Most people become consumed with their “go to exercise,” i.e. spin class, group exercise and cross fi t programs. I love them all, but I think we all run into a few bad habits. A typical conversation I have with my athletic injury population starts around repetitive training patterns. Eliminating the recovery day due to time constraints is especially prevalent when we are discussing the “aging athlete” population. Having a balanced attack will preserve your fitness calendar and maximize your personal results. I recommend to my patients a 3-5 day per week fitness schedule with cardio as a mandatory component, also included in this weekly program a mixture of strength and flexibility work.
What are some of the most common injuries and conditions affecting the spine and musculoskeletal system?
Some of the more common injuries of the spine are vertebral disc injuries, sciatica and muscle sprain/strains. All of these injuries vary in severity and can present with unique symptoms including cramping, muscle soreness, burning pain, tingling and numbness or weakness to a part of the body such as a hand or foot. I encourage all exercise enthusiasts to be mindful of training their core region (spine/trunk/abdominal/glute areas) and maintaining optimum flexibility. Many of these injuries can be avoided by being aware of your personal limits.
Is there a way to stay fit with an existing injury?
Having an existing injury may change how you approach your training regimen but not stop you from being active. Knowing your limitations and listening to your body is key. Avoid exercise positions that cause immediate symptoms and make sure to notify your fitness coach (if applicable) of any preexisting conditions. I strongly recommend a comprehensive warm up and cool down to be parts of your weekly program. When asked this question, I make a point to stress that prevention is far better than reaction when approaching your fitness routine.
Are there any tips you can share about keeping children healthy during summer sports activities?
One of my key points I like to emphasize when it comes to youth training and sports is to make sure the kids are properly hydrated. Make sure that they are drinking plenty of water or other electrolyte infused recovery drinks. Avoiding soda and candy is always a good start to prevent cramping and accelerated dehydration. As the summer months are upon us, we need to make hydration a part of the practice/game process! Make it fun by scheduling water breaks around games to reward the kids & teach them about the importance of fluid consumption. Being prepared at sporting events and having healthy snacks, such as sliced oranges & watermelon, are a great way to offer your young athlete a fast and effective energy boost to remain focused, have fun and be ready to compete!