Cyclist, runners, and triathletes have all been told the benefits of strengthening our core. But having a strong core does not mean doing endless crunches, nor does it just mean a ripped 6 pack. Instead, when designing a core workout routine, it is important that the exercises you do are functional, target multiple muscles groups, and (like any training program) are progressive–we can’t expect to do the same thing over and over again and get different results.
Coaching & Training
You must change your preparation to change your results. We offer training programs for all ability levels. Let us help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Physical Therapy & Chiropractic
Health is paramount for performance. Our collaborative rehab team will get you pain-free and back to to full-speed. The path to optimal health begins here.
The connection between body and bicycle, bike fitting is essential for comfort and performance. Our bike fit process uses science, logic, and experience. Every detail is addressed.
Group Exercise Classes
We offer group training classes for cycling, triathlon, and strength training. Classes are small, fun, social, and a great way to get started. Come join us!
What’s Different About Sports Chiropractic?
When we build our rehab team to treat an injury, whether a sudden-onset, sports-related incident or a chronic problem, we typically pull together a physician, a physical therapist, and a specialist such as an orthopedist depending on the issue. Typically thought of as strictly treating back and neck pain, chiropractors are often the forgotten piece of the team.
What Makes Sports Chiropractic Unique?
Chiropractors get a bad rap as the “back crackers” or the “align the spine” guys. Traditional chiropractors focus on adjusting the spine to restore neurological function. Sports chiropractors, however, have specialized training in biomechanics, exercise science, and sports medicine. This approach focuses on the body’s movement and alignment holistically, looking at stability, tightness, and alignment throughout the body to get you back into activity faster and more successfully.
“The way I approach patient care is different from traditional chiropractors, and may seem very similar to how some physical therapists do. Adjusting is only a fraction of what I do with patient treatment.” Dr. Darren Smith, DC at UEFR
Misalignment in the body is often the source of pain for patients; whether the misalignment is from the incident itself, or a symptom brought on by a trauma. Sports chiropractors look at the body and a patient’s movement holistically, looking for “sticking points” that may be causing pain and movement issues.
“Chiropractors are trained thoroughly in the evaluation and treatment of the musculoskeletal system; as one of the most important body systems utilized by athletes, chiropractors naturally are an integral part of sports medicine.” Dr. Michael Palmer, DC at UEFR
Sports chiropractors utilize a variety of techniques to increase joint mobilization and release tightness in muscles to encourage correct alignment and movement in the body. Treatments include Active Release Technique, a deep-tissue treatment where the chiropractor applies specific pressure through a range of motion; instrument-assisted soft tissue release; and neuromuscular reeducation, teaching the “muscle firers” to function properly in addition to the traditional chiropractic methods of adjustment. Sport injuries involve a combination of muscle, tendon, ligament, and joints, and sports chiropractors address pain issues by holistically looking at the working patterns of these groups.
Meet the UEFR chiropractors
American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, Diplomate
Dr Smith is a 5-time Canadian National Paratriathlon Champion, PATCO/PanAm Champion, and has represented Canada twice at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Darren has been treating since 1998, and has been the team chiropractor for the Portland Rain Women’s Soccer Team, Team Land Rover-Obrea Cycling Team, the Portland Winterhawks, and Portland Timbers Soccer Club.
Masters in Sports and Exercise Science
Dr. Palmer began studying chiropractics when he discovered the plethora of noninvasive ways patients can be helped with chiropractic methods. He has assisted athletes at events such as the Blue Lake Triathlon, Pacific Crest Triathlon, and the Oregon Marathon.