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Business Highlight – LYNX Barbell

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What is the name of your business and what is its function?

 

LYNX BARBELL – was founded in 2011 to be the go-to supplier of strength and conditioning equipment.  We manufacture top quality equipment and sell it for reasonable prices.  We also give back to our customer base by sponsoring athletes, events, and giving to certain causes.

 

How long have you been in Atlanta?

 

I grew up in Tyrone, GA but moved away for a few years.  I’ve been in the Atlanta area for a total of about 29 years.

What do you like most about Atlanta?

 

I love the sense of community and the pace of life.  It seems people are genuinely more friendly vs other places such as DC or New York.

What separates your business from the others and makes it the best?

 

Customer service is an aspect of business that most fail at.  Here at LYNX customer service is the up most important value.  It is what separates a smaller business from the large globo super corporate companies.

Who is your ideal client?

 

My ideal client is one that seeks out quality and customer service vs just the cheapest thing they can find.  Price shoppers will always find a deal somewhere on eBay or Amazon but the quality will lack and you can forget about customer service.  We are interested in helping our loyal customer base outfit their gyms no matter how big or small.

Is there something that people in the community do not know about your business that they should know?

 

LYNX BARBELL is a minority-owned small business.

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How Getting Injured Improved My Life

Have you ever taken a step back from what you were doing and gotten a different point of view that changed your life? Whether it’s relationships, work, or in my case, physical fitness. Many times these brief glimpses you may be blessed to receive in life are not chosen but forced on us. You may have a friend or mentor who is telling you the same thing over and over again until you finally see it. For me, it was an injury that made me step back and see things in a whole new light.

About five to six months ago, everything was going great. My chiropractic office in Sandy Springs was growing; my family was happy with our newest addition, my daughter Silde, slowly integrating herself into our lives; and my fitness was going good, or at least I thought it was. As a chiropractor I am constantly teaching my clients about the benefits of eating healthy and exercising, how your body needs proper nutrition, a routine of cardiovascular and strength training and regular chiropractic adjustments to live your life to the fullest! The question is, was I doing all of those things as well?

Several months ago, our staff members and I went on a team-building getaway. We went paddle boarding at Morgan Falls Overlook, which is a very beautiful lake if you are ever over that way. This was exciting for me because I had never been paddle boarding before. For all of you who are worried, it’s not that difficult once you stand up and get your balance. But really if you fall in anyway, it’s not bad because the cold river water is quite refreshing on a hot summer’s day. At one point we passed an area where you have the option of jumping off some cliff ledges into the water. I have done this before many times, at much higher heights throughout my entire life. It is something I love to do! I must have done something different this time — maybe it’s due to my age — but I didn’t stick the landing right at all! I left the team-building day overflowing with pride for our team and pain from my tailbone and lower back. Over the next month, I felt pain every time I sat down. This is where the real story begins.

For the next six to eight weeks after injuring my tailbone, I did not exercise at my favorite gym, CrossFit Perimeter. Over this time, I was getting adjusted three times a week and being very mindful of my body positioning while doing everything from adjusting to getting in and out of the car. I had been working out three to four times a week for nearly a year before I was injured and getting adjusted about once every other week. Not being able to work out anymore gave me a chance to reflect on the way I had been living my life while giving my body some time to heal.

The pain finally subsided enough for me to get back in the gym. I was nervous and anxious at the same time, kind of like when I first came in to the CrossFit gym a year earlier except this time it was not foreign to me; it just felt different. My first workout was painful and challenging. My body had gotten weak over the previous eight weeks of minimal exercise, but I felt great! Day after day, I began to regain my strength, but this time it came with a deep feeling of joy. This is when I realized that before I had gotten injured, I was taking certain things for granted, my health specifically. During my recovery, I was more diligent about getting adjusted. I was more observant of good posture, because bad posture hurt! And I really missed working out. Now my body was healed and my nerves more clear of stress than they had been for years previous.

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So what’s the point of this story? If I did not get injured, I may have not have been reminded of the value of getting adjusted regularly, exercising with a purpose, and feeding your body what it needs to thrive! Empathy is one of the best qualities a doctor can have. It allows you to put yourself in your patient’s shoes and meet them where they are, suffering. Being reminded of the value of living what you preach has only made me a better chiropractor and person for my family and, most importantly, my community.

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How your discs are similar to jelly donuts

How Does Chiropractic Help Disc Function?

When I am doing a report of findings for a new client at our Chiropractic office in Sandy Springs, and I get to the point where I am explaining how vertebral disc function affects spinal health, my clients often have a deer in the headlights expression on their face.

I believe this is because no one has ever really explained to them what vertebral discs are and how they function. It is important because if you don’t know how spinal discs are meant to function then how will you understand the subsequent health consequences if they are not functioning correctly or how Chiropractic can aid in restoring and maintaining them.

First, it’s important to understand the structure. Your spinal column (the bones) serves three main purposes; 1) to protect the spinal cord like a set of armor 2) to be the foundation of the body 3) to allow motion in all planes. In order to accomplish this the spinal column was made so that it can move at each segment. From top to bottom there are 24 freely movable vertebra. Each pair of adjacent segments are separated by a disc. The vertebral disc’s primary purpose is to act as a shock absorber between adjacent vertebrae. Spinal discs also act as ligaments that hold the vertebrae of the spine together and as cartilaginous joints that allow for slight mobility in the spine. At birth, 80% of a disc is composed of water. That means that throughout life the vertebral discs need to stay well hydrated to ensure their hydrostatic pressure.

In order for our clients to understand what a disc looks like and how it functions, I tell them to picture a jelly donut with the jelly being the Nucleus Pulposus or soft center of your spinal discs. The jelly or Nucleus Pulposus has rings around it that are similar to the rings you would see in the stump of a tree that has been cut down. Their purpose is to hold the jelly in. When your spinal column is in the correct alignment, which is straight when looking from the front and having specific curvature when looking from the side, the center of gravity and axial load of your body is in the center of each spinal disc distributing the weight equally.

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The key to all of the information I have just provided is understanding how the vertebral disc functions. Just like every other cell in the human body the vertebral disc cells (proteoglycans) degenerate and need to be repaired and/or replaced. A little-known fact about the spine is that every one of us loses direct blood supply to our spinal discs by our late teens. The blood stream is the primary way our bodies deliver the essential building blocks for new cells. Without that direct blood supply the only way our vertebral discs get the water, amino acids and sugars they need is through a process called imbibition. I like to use a sponge as an example of how this works. When the discs are compressed, the waste products are pushed out of the disc. When the discs are decompressed or enlarge they suck in the amino acids, water, and sugars, they need to build new proteoglycans from the vertebral endplates above and below. This is where Chiropractic can help disc function. Two ways the vertebral discs do not get what they need from the endplates are; from lack of range of motion due to improper alignment and/or subluxation; and from arthritis forming on the endplates. Chiropractic adjustments are the only way of realigning the vertebra so they can function properly. Not only that, getting adjusted has been shown to reduce the process of arthritic endplate changes.

Without proper alignment and motion of the adjacent segments, a vertebral disc will degenerate. Once a disc degenerates its ability to function at 100% is compromised and leads to more degeneration which is a vicious negative feedback cycle.

I hope this brief explanation of how a disc works helped you understand a little more about the human spine. I don’t want to simply adjust our clients, it is our mission at Corrective Chiropractic – Sandy Springs to educate our clients and the community about how the body works so that we can help each and every one of them reach their optimal health.

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Chiropractic kept me running towards my dream!

Can I keep exercising once I start care?

A common question I hear from new clients at Corrective Chiropractic – Sandy Springs is, can I keep exercising once I start chiropractic care?

Depending on the individual that could mean doing CrossFit, running marathons, playing tennis or even taking walks at night with their husband or wife. Some of us use this as our getaway from the real world and using exercise as an opportunity to destress or spend time with our loved ones. So why would I want to take that away from them the ‘thing’ that makes them the happiest?

Whatever it may be, their “why” is the reason they started care to begin with and avoiding those aches in order to get back to their daily routine at 100%. The joy of doing what they want to do actually helps with the progress of care because of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and serotonin that are released into the body while staying active. I always want our clients to stay active, as long as their body is functioning in a way that won’t cause any further damage, that is key. As long as they will not make their problem worse then I am 100% supportive of them being active and moving.

Instead of me telling you about working out and moving while under chiropractic care, here is a review from one of our clients who recently qualified for the Boston Marathon and someone you can see running through the streets of Atlanta:

” I hurt my back doing a deadlift at the gym (and after visits to a Sports Massage therapist she told me due to the swelling that I would likely need to take some time off).  In December, I made the decision to reach out to Adam… and asked him if there was anything he thought he could do to help and that’s when we went to work…  I remember asking him how much time he thought I was going to have to take off – and I remember him telling me “no time” – he would work with me to get me healthy again.”  – Erin Varano

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This client is a passionate runner that recently completed the Boston marathon with a personal best time of 3:25:53. Beating her previous best by over seven minutes!

I will always take the clients health and ability to recover into consideration, but the reason they are seeing me is to enjoy their life to the fullest, so I want them to get back to their regular lifestyle as soon as possible. 

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Testimonial Tuesday

Every Tuesday at Corrective Chiropractic – Sandy Springs we like to highlight one of our wonderful patients. This week we have chosen Pam Handler. Pam has been a pleasure to work with, always keeps her scheduled visits and is committed to living her life to it’s fullest potential! In our office we pride ourselves in giving each and every person who comes to us for Chiropractic care the best possible experience every time they walk through our doors!

“My experience with Dr. Adam has been very different from the other chiropractors I have used in the past.  There are many chiropractors in Atlanta, just like realtors and lenders they are everywhere but when you find someone who treats you like you’re special and they do everything in their power to help your life be better, then you’ve hit the jackpot.  Dr. Adam is the real deal, he’s genuine, caring, authentic, truthful, doesn’t try to sell you supplements and magic potions.  He is someone you can trust and know that what he does for you is always going to be in your best interest.”

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How many days a week should I work out?

Take a break Sandy Springs!

I was talking to one of my clients at Corrective Chiropractic – Sandy Springs the other day, an elite level CrossFit athlete, about the value of rest days in your weekly workout regimen. He told me that rest days make him feel weak. Especially the day after words and that he felt like he didn’t get anything accomplished on the days that he rested. He explained that now, for example, on “rest days” he only does back squats, double unders, works on his heavy cleans and runs five miles.CFV

That is not a rest day! Scheduling days off or “rest days” is essential to allow your body to heal, strengthen and regenerate. The truth is, by taking days off and allowing your mind and body to rest you will increase your ability to become stronger and fit. By not taking “rest days” you run the risk of burning yourself out physically and mentally and possibly injuring yourself. In that case, you wouldn’t have the choice to rest or not, so why don’t you just do it to begin with and save yourself the trouble.

For all of you work out junkies out there! Here are some of the benefits of having rest days and depending on fitness level how long you should be resting for.

Resting Helps Prevent InjuryLike I mentioned earlier if you decide not to have rest days you run the risk of injuring yourself, but why? Overuse is a term that is sometimes forgotten when you are trying to reach your goals. Your muscles, ligaments, joints and organs need a break every once and a while. When certain areas of your body are not functioning at 100% that leads to compensation. When a muscle, ligament or joint is pushed past it’s ability to compensate you have injuries.

Your Mind Plays Tricks on YouEven though you may feel weaker after a rest day it actually takes almost two weeks of non-activity for your performance level to start decreasing. That first day back after even one week may feel awful but you will see that your ability is exactly where you left off.

Staggering is KeyJust the simple fact that people stagger their workouts so they are not working the same muscles day after day proves the fact that muscles need rest. It is a fact that while lifting weights you are essentially tearing muscle fibers. It is the repairing and rebuilding of those muscle fibers that occurs during periods of rest that allow them to   increase in strength and durability.

Don’t RedlineWhat repairs your body after all the micro trauma from lifting weights, your immune system! Your immune system also has another very important function, keeping you healthy. Without proper rest your immune system gets overworked and will not be able to repair all of the damage you are doing to yourself by exercising. This leads to exceeding the capacity of a certain muscle group and/or compensation which both end in injury.

How often you should rest and the duration of the rest period depends on several factors. Your age, fitness level, severity of the workout, routine, and history of injury. I work with high level athletes that need very little time to rest. This does not mean that they are impervious to injury though. These athletes are pushing their bodies to the limit and the amount of recovery work that they need to sustain this high level is sometimes two to three times more than the actual time spent working out.

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What are complements to Chiropractic?

What Can I Do At Home While Seeing the Chiropractor?

One of the most common questions I get on a regular basis is people asking me things they can do at home to achieve maximum results. Many of our clients range from CEOs and construction workers to professional athletes, pregnant moms, and the list could go on forever.

Even though each person is unique in their goals and what they are striving for, many of the at-home movements will be the same to achieve better results.

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One of my favorite yoga poses is doing cat-cow to accentuate my spinal curves and open up my spine. In Sandy Springs, there are lots of great yoga studios to teach yoga, which I highly recommend, and this pose is usually a staple. Our two favorites studios in Sandy Springs are Thunderbolt Power Yoga and Infinity Yoga, which are both unique to themselves and offer excellent classes.

For cat, as you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling.


For cow, as you inhale you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling.

2) Foam Roller

An easy and “good pain” tool to incorporate would be to foam roll your back while crossing your arms. Crossing the arms takes the slack out of your back and works out any knots and helps to release tension in the soft tissue. This is especially good if your lower back has been bothering you and you foam roll the paraspinal muscles, which are the big muscles along your lower back. If you have neck tension then rolling around your shoulder blade and even above in the trapezius are going to be great areas to remove tension. 

Thanks to Infinity Yoga for the wonderful pictures!

3 Phases of Chirpractic

Breaking Down the 3 Phases of Chiropractic

3 Phases of ChiropracticPicture walking onto a construction site, and the contractor shows up with no blueprints or plans. He says he is going to show up every day, view the progress thus far, and make all decisions on what to do as he goes. Is that a fool-proof plan that will lead to successful results? Unfortunately, it is not.

Before even lifting one hammer, the contractor should explain in detail the different stages of construction, what to expect during each stage, and when you should expect the job to be completed.

Chiropractic care is, and should be, the same way. Your Chiropractor should have a plan for your care and explain the three phases in detail, so you can fully understand what to expect during each phase and where you are throughout the process.

Phase 1: Crisis (Relief) Care

Most people begin in this phase, unless they have been under care for a significant amount of time or if their spinal structure is in excellent condition. The primary objective of Phase 1 is to eliminate pain and have patients function as they did before the pain started. First, a thorough examination is done to reveal the areas of spinal dysfunction. Then, a care plan is created with two objectives in mind: eliminate or reduce discomfort/dysfunction and stabilize your condition in the shortest time possible. Each plan is personalized depending on the presenting condition of the patient. Phase 1 typically takes 4-6 weeks and is confirmed through objective testing.

Phase 2: Corrective (Rehabilitative) Care

This phase is centered on maintaining the progress that has been made in the relief phase while also strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. With the areas of stress in the spine diminishing, it is important to give the body the time it needs to adapt all of the surrounding structures and tissues to their position of optimal function. The frequency of visits reduces during Phase 2 because the body is starting to hold the adjustments longer and is becoming more stable. This phase typically lasts 6-8 weeks depending on the patient’s progress.

Phase 3: Wellness Care

Wellness is the third and final stage of Chiropractic care. This phase is meant to maintain your improved health and spinal function while also preventing the return of any condition we have corrected throughout this adjusting process. At this point – depending on a person’s goals- specific suggestions can be made to take a patient’s health to the next level, such as on the topics of fitness, mindfulness, and nutrition. Please understand that if during this process you suffer an injury or setback, you may need to begin with Crisis Care initially to support your body, and that is perfectly okay. The good news is that your body has gone through this process in the past, so it will be ready to move through the phases more quickly!