Sports Therapy

As an athlete you take your body to heights and limits that otherwise would not be reached. During your physical activities your body is placed under a desirable controlled stress, it is however inevitable that uncontrolled stress is as well applied. Uncontrolled stress can lead to a wide array of problems ranging from fractures, subluxation, compressions of disc, sprains/strains and spasms of certain muscles. As an athlete having participated in many sports, Dr. Khanjian has gained the self-experience and the chiropractic services needed to get you up and running. Equipped with the tools and techniques for extremity and spinal adjusting, a full rehab facility and the supplemental guidance in support for energy, muscle growth and tissue repair. Our clinic is ready to address your injuries, muscular defiencie and overall performance allowing you to have the utmost biomechanical advantage your body has always intended you to have.

Functional Assessment

Our musculoskeletal body is composed of muscles that are stimulated upon neurological response to create harmony with kinetic motion. These rhythmic movements in which we take for granted are very complex. A single phase in the running or waking gait can involve multiple muscles required to operate synergistically, while an opposing set of muscles operate antagonistically to create balance. The muscles of our body can be further classified into two major categories, postural and phasic muscles. Although originally believed that histology separated the two groups of muscles, we now understand the difference is more enzymatic. In essence, postural muscles are designed to work longer without fatigue, while phasic muscles provide quick burst of movement with an increasing fatigue factor. Phasic and postural muscles have different responsibilities with the demands of the body.

Postural Muscles
  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • (Upper) Trapezius
  • Levator scapulae
  • Flexors of the Upper extremity
  • Quadratus Lumborum
  • Erector spinae
  • Iliopsoas
  • Tensor fascia latae
  • Rectus femoris
  • Adductors
  • Hamstring
  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus
  • Tibialis posterior
  • Pectorals
Phasic Muscles
  • Extensor muscles of the upper extremity
  • Inf. And Middle Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Serratus Anterior
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • oblique’s
  • Gluteal Muscles
  • Vasti muscles
  • Tibialis anterior
  • Peroneal muscles
  • Deep neck flexors

Unfortunately, as we age muscular pathology occurs within our musculoskeletal system. Without proper exercise and training postural muscles tend to become tight and short, while phasic muscles tend to atrophy and become weak. This imbalance in our system begins the onset of functional muscular pathology. Synergistic muscles no longer collaborate in creating a specific movement. This malfunction causes one of the muscles or groups of muscles to compensate more than its designated share. This occurrence may cause the inhibited muscle or group of muscles to atrophy and loose tone, while the over compensating muscle or muscles to hypertrophy, spasm and or formulate knots/trigger points. As our muscles atrophy, become tighter or weaker, our musculoskeletal system becomes in danger of sustaining its normal dynamics in the musculoskeletal functional kinetic chain. It therefore becomes imperative that we exercise our phasic muscles to sustain strength and tone, while stretching our postural muscle to counter balance its tendency to shorten.

In helping you isolate muscular pathologies, Dr. Khanjian will perform a postural and a functional assessment test. The postural assessment test is utilized to visually detect muscles, which have undergone instability, atrophy, hypertrophy or hypertonicity. The functional assessment test is utilized to detect faulty movement patterns you may have developed due to muscular pathology. With the collected data our clinic will designate specific exercises and stretches to re-train muscles that have been inhibited, atrophied or overworked in helping you restore normal muscular kinetic function, strength and tone.