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Dr. Keith Sparks

ICT MUSCLE & JOINT CLINIC'S FUTURE

Corona-lockdown How will your gym experience go?

The Novel Coronavirus has changed the game for many across all industries. It is both frustrating (for more reasons than anyone can possible outline) and exciting. We often find adversity to be negative, but it also gives us an opportunity for re-evaluating desires and goals. When we started ICT Muscle and Joint Clinic here in Wichita, we knew we wanted to become more than a standard chiropractic clinic. We wanted to offer chiropractic adjustments, soft-tissue treatments, and physical therapy type services all under one roof, within one visit, to produce superior results. However, we have not shared more than this. We want more. With the addition of our Westside location run by Dr. Sam Reals, we set out to create a hybrid office between chiropractic care and a gym atmosphere. 

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Dr. Sam Reals

Maintenance Care?...It's Fitness!

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"Maintenance care” is a moniker used in the chiropractic profession to get patients to be proactive about their health and bodies by scheduling visits in advance even though they are not currently in pain. The thought in doing so would be to mitigate the likelihood of future injuries/presenting in pain by addressing issues prior to them getting to that point. 

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Dr. Tyler Panko

Clinic Insights from our Intern Riley

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My name is Riley Dreher and I was blessed with the opportunity to complete 500 total hours of shadowing at ICT Muscle and Joint Clinic through Wichita State University. This internship was my final project to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. I have been accepted into Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kansas where I will begin attending school next January. During my time here at ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic, I was able to develop, study, and seek further knowledge of what I can offer to the future chiropractic world and what ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic has to future patients.

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Dr. Tyler Panko

WHY WE TREAT EVERYONE LIKE AN ATHLETE: CLINICIAN APPROACH

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The ICTMJC Mindset

If you knew Patrick Mahomes was going to come to the presentation you were doing, how much more would you prepare, wanting to give the best presentation of your life? Maybe you could care less, but you get the point. The majority of people would automatically prepare like an over-caffeinated-mad-man to make sure the presentation was top notch. But what if we treated everyone like that? What if we were fully present and brought our “A” game with everybody? What if we went that extra mile no matter who was in front of us? This is the mindset we at ICT Muscle & Joint want to have. Nobody is more important than anyone else. Everybody deserves that world-class-athlete-treatment.

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Dr. Tyler Panko

WHY WE TREAT EVERYONE LIKE AN ATHLETE: OVERVIEW

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Happy New Year Wichitans! Hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season. With the new year comes reflecting on goals and resolutions to make 2020 the best year yet. Keeping that in mind, we wanted to roll out a new series describing a concept that is near and dear to us at ICT Muscle & Joint and our goals for patient care: Treating Everyone Like an Athlete.

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Dr. Sam Reals

Part 2 to Better Managing Stress

Part 2 to Better Managing Stress Life is stressful...how can we manage it best?

In this two part blog series, we discuss how the key to becoming less "stressed" is actually incorporating daily habits that allow you to handle life's difficult situations better.

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Dr. Sam Reals

In a World of Being “Too Stressed,” the Key is Stressing Yourself More

In a World of Being “Too Stressed,” the Key is Stressing Yourself More Exercise is one stressor we will discuss

I know what you’re thinking already…what is up with this title!?

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Dr. Sam Reals

Hamstring Injuries and the Best Exercise You're Not Doing For Them

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As we are in the thick of the fall sports season, one of the most common injuries for athletes is a hamstring strain. Although how injuries occur are a multi-factorial event, there are exercises we can program to help reduce the likelihood of this injury by building resiliency, strength and mobility. 

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Dr. Tyler Panko

Bad Posture: Does it Lead to Pain?

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In today's technology age, most people spend a lot of time sitting at desk looking at a computer, or looking down at their phone. There is nothing wrong with this posture. I'll say it again, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS POSTURE. I wrote this while sitting in that position. However, because of this position and how gravity works, our postural muscles work as our anti-gravity muscles. Without them, we would technically face-plant on our computers and phones ????‍♂️. 

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Dr. Tyler Panko

Tyler Panko, Wichita's Newest Chiropractor

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Dr. Sam Reals

Home Mobility to Stay Pain-Free!

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Pain often comes on insidiously. You may think it’s no certain cause, but a lot of it can come down to self-care habits. I often tell patients that pain is usually stars aligning with a lot of variables that all added up to finally having the tissue “give out” and sending off a painful signal(s) to the brain: physical inactivity, lack of quality nutrition, constant strain or posture, poor sleep habits, insufficient water intake, etc. This isn’t always the case of course, but a combination of these can definitely be main factors of why you’re in the state you’re in.

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Dr. Keith Sparks

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

Depending on who you ask, you may hear how similar or how different these two service therapies are. However, Dry Needling and Acupuncture have both, similarities and differences.

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Dr. Keith Sparks

Risks Associated with Dry Needling

Potential Adverse (Unwanted) Risks:

punctured lung
vasovagal response – feeling lightheaded or flushed
muscle soreness
• fatigue
• bruising
• pain during insertion
fainting – typically occurs in individuals who have had prior issues with needles (i.e. giving blood)

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Dr. Keith Sparks

Different Styles of Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy can be categorized into three, main, different styles: Hot Cupping, Wet Cupping, and Dry Cupping. One style may have an advantage over another depending on the situation. However, our doctors at ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic largely use different Dry Cupping strategies to treat pain when Cupping Therapy is appropriate.

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Dr. Sam Reals

Maximize Your Runs!

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You should be highlighting these areas if you wish to maximize your runs! Let’s dive in…

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Dr. Sam Reals

Running: Strike Patterns and Shoewear Advice

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Since we are on the theme of running lately, let’s dive into some running topics and tips going into this summer for your runs and races!

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Dr. Sam Reals

4 Exercises to Prevent Running Pain



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Dry Needling Vs Acupuncture

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We are often asked:

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Dr. Sam Reals

Dr. Reals first blog!

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Greetings Wichitans!

I am Dr. Reals and wanted to introduce myself as the new doctor at ICT Muscle and Joint Clinic. I am ecstatic to be back home and working with Drs. Keith and Rachel and I thought I would use this opportunity to familiarize those that may not know much about me!

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Dr. Keith Sparks

FAQ: Dry Needling

FAQ: Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling Therapy?

Dry needling involves inserting a thin, filament needle into a pain point, known as a trigger point, to release tension and promote healing. Trigger points are often thought of as knots in a muscle.

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