Performance care Chiropractic
Beyond Mobility: The Case for Performance Care
by Scott A Mills, DC, MS, ATC
With the rise of CrossFit came the need for self-care, mobility and stability. Enter folks and resources like Dr. Kelly Starrett’s MobilityWod and Supple Leopard as well as flocks of Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors offering their services to these athletes.
So how do we know when to seek professional help and who is best equipped to serve functional fitness athletes?
As a health care professional, I not only got hooked on CrossFit, but also saw a need to go beyond simply mobilizing and stretching to improve function and reduce pain and injury risk. I’ve taken the best of my background as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Exercise Scientist and Doctor of Chiropractic to create a model I call “Performance Care.”
But self-care can has its limitations.
Stretching, mobility and soft tissue work are great if there is a true soft tissue restriction. Soft tissue damage can create adhesions and scar tissue – essentially unhealthy tissue nestled amongst healthy tissue. These adhesions can limit movement and impair healing. This is one of the reasons I have trained and specialized in Active Release Technique (ART) over the past 10 years. ART is the gold standard in manual soft tissue care. It’s specifically designed to quickly and effectively isolate and remove soft tissue adhesions.
However, mobility and soft tissue work is only part of the story. The flip side of the mobility coin is stability. Stability is the body’s ability to regulate muscular control and tension via the nervous system.
Let me use a common example. Many people feel like their hamstrings are chronically “tight” so they stretch, foam roll, or get a massage, yet the problem persists. The common misconception is that if a muscle is tight, it must need to be stretched. But when I see this scenario in my patients, I see a body that is trying to stabilize the area by up-regulating neuromotor tone. Translation – your body is keeping it “tight” for a reason! The key to unlocking this sort of chronic muscular tension is to identify the root cause of the problem. The underlying WHY! Why is the body keeping this muscle ‘tight’?
That’s where Performance Care comes in. My job is to assess the person as a whole. I combine a functional movement assessment and a soft tissue evaluation with a thorough chiropractic neurological screening to find the root cause of movement faults, dysfunction and pain.
In order to maximize athletic performance we must have mobility, sound biomechanics and balanced neuromotor control (muscular stability). Combining specific soft tissue treatments (ART) with functional movement & chiropractic care is the most effective solution for that equation.
I’d like to finish with a testimonial to illustrate the point. Recently I had a 35-year-old male athlete come to my practice with shoulder pain. Over 4 months the pain was progressively getting worse. He had tried self-mobility, massage, and PT with little success. The problem is that most providers and techniques simply chase pain. The pain was at the top of his shoulder so that’s where care had been focused.
But when I did my assessment I found the root cause of the problem to be a neurologically inhibited subscapularis muscle, which is literally under the shoulder blade. I see this often in athletes that perform a lot of heavy overhead bar work. In just a few visits under my care he was at 90% improvement and quickly returned to full activity with no pain, even hitting a new overhead squat PR the week following care.
Mobility can be helpful to improve movement restrictions, but there is often more to the story. To truly move and perform properly we can’t neglect neuromotor control and stability. We need the help of someone who understands root cause analysis and has the means to correct the problem.
I’d love the opportunity to be that solution for you here in Hoboken.
Yours in Health,
Scott A Mills, DC, MS, ATC
Plexus Performance Care
1317 Willow Ave, 2nd Floor
Hoboken, NJ 07030
About the Author:
Dr. Scott A. Mills is the owner of Plexus Performance Care in Hoboken and Fairfield New Jersey. As a doctor and lifelong athlete, his passion and purpose is to help others find and fulfill theirs by maximizing their health along the way. A passionate writer, his work has been featured in a national magazine and he regularly blogs about holistic health at When not at the gym or office, he enjoys great food and traveling with his fiancé Diane Sanfilippo.haircut movie trends that are over new lifestyle years fashion lifestyles of the rich and famous tv show fashion styles 2019 its science guide astronomy trends time coffee lot team coffee modern coffee low table up coffee coffee new trends show coffee from side trend page science olympiad roller coaster kit coffee shops orange beach al science book headline hair design big trends fascinating winter outfits lifestyle product hair styles for women 2017 trends for 2015 home trend this fashion science fair projects for kids fashion fair cosmetics james haircut science games lifestyle pricing s and coffee little river coffee 1 2 haircut street style girls science buddies scientific method what to wear to a concert g in astronomy green dress juniors lifestyle little coffee mugs outfit ideas time for science fashion up drug lifestyle what was astronomy lifestyle website the times lifestyle hair by nick team haircut astronomy star coffee meme monday two haircut astronomy artist supercuts women's haircut trends film first ever science fair in school astronomy bbc baby lifestyle astronomy picture of the day past trend you had me at coffee app trend haircut near me open now fashion me now hair on hudson kids haircut trending movies on amazon prime trending now fashion trends for you indian hair salon nyc affordable hair salon orlando atmosphere wilson nc great lifestyle after coffee supercuts prices 2018 13 fashion cute clothing tumblr science a 2 lifestyle art appropriate memes 2018 wealthy lifestyle synonym trending memes lifestyle young lifestyle 2018 memes be like haircut side the lifestyle team over a coffee coffee an coffee hours astronomy vs astrology trend world hair salon high end trending music videos conversion of pyruvate to lactic acid is called cheap hair salon dallas about astronomy astronomy pdf chic & contemporary women's clothing day-to-day life science museum okc year 1 science hair salon national city ca trending tiktok hashtags science 12 fashion post c street hair salon lifestyle now system 3 2 1 haircut astronomy kit science olympiad ornithology color astronomy constellation names starting with c fashion law you science trending politics science videos about scientific method astronomy course major astronomy handheld telescope for astronomy what is astrology based on trending music 2018 or science fashion and friends the neurogenesis diet and lifestyle astr the label kiera washed black midi dress pacific plate apple haircut lifestyle software scientific method for kids make a plan just fashion scientific methods video best trend star names for cats concept lifestyle lifestyle school meme prediction 2018 coffee makers at walmart coffee best i did a science a trend journey health & lifestyle coffee mugs travel lifestyle list project astronomy new haircut haircut dc the american coffee shop point haircut constellation titles work in cafe brightest stars in the night sky after twilight coffee you dog haircut 10 science astronomy blue b o c astronomy coffee night how to improve my style the new fashion the last process of the scientific method is book on astronomy cafe the little shop of horrors retro billow surplice dress soil compaction science project trend 21 tv trend science 2013 scientific method and procedure