Dr. Keith's focus is to improve the movement-based care of Wichita, Kansas via a comprehensive, hands-on approach utilizing the best of chiropractic, rehabilitation, and soft tissue therapeutic services to produce the best outcomes in regard to health and performance. Dr. Keith is often seen in the Wichita community speaking at business events and teaching health and performance classes. Dr. Keith received his Bachelors degree in Health Science from the University of Missouri during which time he focused on athletic training. Following his undergraduate studies, he received his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC). During his time at CCC-KC, he served as the vice president of the Motion Palpation Institute Club, TA for the Motion Palpation Course, and guest speaker for the Rehab-2-Performance Club. Following graduation, he worked for F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, in the Kansas City area, successfully treating all ages and ranges of athleticism from young children, to professional athletes to senior citizens. My passion is geared toward helping active individuals stay active. The body is a dynamic interplay between stability and mobility. When this becomes altered pain develops. By looking at the body as a whole, in regards to movement, progress is catapulted compared to looking at the body's movement as isolated segments. ~Structure without function is a corpse. Function without structure is a ghost. Credentials and Certifications: DC - Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City BHS – Bachelor of Health Science NBCE - National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I-IV and Physical Therapy MPI – Motion Palpation Institute Referral List Certified ART - Active Release Techniques full body certified, Elite Provider Network FMS - Functional Movement Systems Certified SFMA - Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified MDT - Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy: McKenzie Methods A , Lumbar Spine (Low Back) DNS Part A, B & Exercise 1, 2, 3 – Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Technique - 1 of only 3 practitioners in Kansas FAKTR - Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries Certified
Dr. Keith Sparks

Stress Loading Patient Handout

Stress loading is use of active traction and compression exercises to produce stress in the extremity with minimal motion of the painful joints. Stress loading follows the basics of exercise physiology: Your body adapts in response to demands placed on it. Your response to pain has been changed, so now any stimulus is interpreted as a painful stimulus. Stressful exercise is needed to override what has become "abnormally normal" for that area. An overload is required to achieve a training effect and to break the pain cycle that you and your body are experiencing. This means you need to do something to overload your neural, vascular, sensorimotor, and musculoskeletal systems to break the existing pain patterns your body is feeling.

Continue reading
  38 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Overuse Pain Patient Handout

WHAT IS OVERUSE PAIN?

Overuse pain is one of the most common forms of musculoskeletal pain. Muscles and joints of the body do not receive proper blood flow or oxygen. The lack of oxygen allows acid and chemicals to build up in the muscles and joints, causing local tissue irritation and pain.

Continue reading
  30 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Top 4 Reasons Why I Should Seek Help from a Chiropractor

I am always asked “When should I come see you” or “When should I see a chiropractor”. These questions are not always clearly outlined by the chiropractic profession. If you ask 5 different chiropractors and you’ll probably get 5 different answers. For this blog, let us tackle “When should I see a chiropractor” based on my symptoms.

Continue reading
  60 Hits
  0 Comments
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. 

Continue reading
  553 Hits
  0 Comments
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.

Continue reading
  607 Hits
  0 Comments
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)

Continue reading
  553 Hits
  0 Comments
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.

Continue reading
  748 Hits
  0 Comments
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.

Continue reading
  1403 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

A Reflection on Dry Needling

A Reflection on Dry Needling

Recently I had the opportunity to attended two dry needling courses. I have been dry needling for several years now, however there were many things I took away beyond dry needling myofascial trigger points. Three key points I learned about include: different dry needling techniques, battle acupuncture, and cosmetic dry needling.

Continue reading
  1934 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

What Causes Pain to the Body: Understanding Pain Handout

What Causes Pain to the Body: Understanding Pain Handout

WHAT CAUSES PAIN TO THE BODY?

There are two, main mechanical (movement-based) pain causes: inflammation and tight soft tissue(s). The medical term for tight soft tissue is ischemia. Soft tissue is everything besides bone (ie hard tissue). The third category, highlighted in our overall overview of pain, is directed to the nerves – specifically the peripheral nerves. These are the nerves outside of your spine.

Continue reading
  1111 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Understanding Pain Handout: An Overview

Understanding Pain Handout: An Overview
Pain Grap 1

Pain is not always simple. It is easy to understand if we roll an ankle or break a bone what is causing the pain. However, pain is not always a cause and effect event. Pain can come from many different sources and may be simultaneously with other sources at the same time (as shown below). Individuals with multiple sources of pain are often dragged through the healthcare system with little results or given complicated diagnoses such as Fibromyalgia or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.

Continue reading
  1166 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Pain's Traffic Light Handout

Pain's Traffic Light Handout

Navigating through pain can be frustrating. This traffic light handout’s goal is to help you understand WHEN to perform your exercises based on your pain symptoms.

Continue reading
  1221 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Relaxation: Diaphragm Breathing Handout

Relaxation: Diaphragm Breathing Handout

BREATHING AND PAIN

When we have pain or become stressed we can develop a rapid or shallow breathing pattern. This breathing pattern can increase tension in the neck, chest, and shoulders. Overtime, this increased tension can lead to trigger point formations which can produce specific pain patterns.

Continue reading
  1035 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Nerve Pain Handout

Nerve Pain Handout

WHAT IS NERVE PAIN?

Nerve pain is typically thought of as radiating pain down the arms or legs with diagnosis such as Sciatica. This pain occurs via the peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. These nerves connect your brain and body to express danger. Anywhere along the path of these nerves a negative stimulus can cause symptoms.

Continue reading
  1234 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Stages of Healing Handout

Stages of Healing Handout

There are three stages of healing following an injury: inflammatory, proliferative, and remodel. Each phase of healing may take different amounts of time depending on the extent of the injury and tissue(s) injured. Recognizing which phase of healing you may be in is important for a speedy recovery. Be sure to ask your chiropractor about which phase of healing you are in during your journey to recovery.

Continue reading
  942 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Inflammatory Pain Handout

Inflammatory Pain Handout

WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?

After an injury, or flare-up of an existing issue, the body produces inflammation. Symptoms of inflammation may include: pain, swelling, redness, increased temperature, and loss of movement. When inflammation sets in, it usually is felt as an increase in 3 points on a 10-point scale, which lasts longer than a day. Once inflammation sets in, the body starts to heal. Pain is your body’s response to inflammation. Pain bring awareness to an area of the body to decrease the odds of re-injury during the early phase of healing.

Continue reading
  828 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

All Things Strained

All Things Strained

Strain to the body can be both good and bad. Like all things in life it’s a balancing act. Everyone has heard of a strain/sprain, or over-straining yourself. Usually strain is thought of as bad however strain can also be good. But how do we know when strain is good vs bad? To understand good vs bad strain, we need to understand how strain occurs. Strain to the body is caused in three ways: load, speed, duration.

Continue reading
  769 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

How to Program Stretches at Home: Part 2

How to Program Stretches at Home: Part 2

The whole moto of this approach is “too much of a good thing can be bad.” With each example, in Part 1, the person started to experience a decline in feeling better when performing more reps or more amount of time spent in a specific stretch. Let’s explain why.

Continue reading
  727 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

How to Program Stretches at Home: Part 1

How to Program Stretches at Home: Part 1
Rep Chart

It’s important to understand too much of a good thing can be bad. I often use the analogy,

Continue reading
  768 Hits
  0 Comments
Dr. Keith Sparks

Treating Disc Bulges

Treating Disc Bulges

Easiest truth, find a McKenzie or Mechanical Therapy & Diagnosis (MDT) healthcare provider. This will save you money, time, and frustration. If a clinic’s website does not list MDT than the doctors on staff do not understand MDT. MDT is one of the most botched techniques out there, much like A.R.T., and the growing rise in popularity with dry needling. In my opinion, McKenzie, is the number one conservative-based approach to treating symptoms commonly associated with disc pain and onto further physical therapeutic care and rehab. Sure there are other things that can help treat disc pain such as decompression and distraction machines, however they do not promote self-care which only increase costs to you and the entire healthcare system as a whole. 

Continue reading
  1151 Hits
  0 Comments

Have a Question?

Do you have a question about chiropractic care, fitness or nutrition?  We would love to hear from you, and we might even turn your question into our next blog post!

Ask a Question

Blog Topics

patriotic crawling #races childbearing Foam Rolling Lifting Pectoralis Muscles Conservative Care entrepreneur WichitaChiropractor Sitting Help allergies squat Hip Flexors #Running chiropractors wichita crossfit Handout Shoes WestWichitaChiropractor guest blog Healing gaming Headaches Wet Needling mental health running ShoeShopping stability Rhomboid Muscles Toe myths health WestWichita tag2 Movement Orthotics Healthcare Grand Opening Inner Thigh Latissimus Dorsi sara skiles Heel Pain Elbow Pain Running Squats Body Awareness knee health Pain Pain Management Gym #wholefoods healthcare SportsChiropractor Neurology DNS doula muscletherapy membership plan Feet Soft Tissue Therapy movement screen Self Help Exercise #hipstrength #RunningPain plantar fasciitis community home stretches Education Chiropractic Rolling Patterns Cupping Therapy awareness Wichita Myofascial Release Physical Therapy knee function Equipment GoTime How to reduce pain MRI functional chiropractor #bellybreathing bodyweight performance Massage #localbusiness FAQ knee pain #growingwichita Understanding Pain lifting #somethingsbrewingict Rehabilitation Cost Home Stretches development FootExercise esports ICTrunning foot pain rehabilitation Inflammation Squat #1millioncupsict Breathing Plateau Company Announcements stress Core Strength test parenting dairy free Shoulder Pain sports rhomboid muscles Fitness squats postpartum Lumbar Roll Mechanics Insurance Tension Disc Herniation Information Accupuncture Shoulder Glute Muscles Yoga Taping DryNeedling Membership Plan Mobility #FootPain Limitation #freemuscletherapy Mid-Back Pain race bodyawareness BeginningExercise Low Back Pain Myths treatment options weekend toe functionality Treatment Options Payment adjustment #localfarmers pain management Adjustment Conditioning tummytime Adductors elbow pain Acupuncture inflammation RunningShoes GroupTraining Nerve Pain disc herniation mechanics chiropractor 5K motorpatterns PlantarFasciitis foot complaint Functional Core Crossfit FoamRollingFriday Fitness Class #Wichita #HipPain Mobility Drill physical therapy Performance Top 5 ChiropracticOffice pregnancy knee joint ChiropracticPhysician BackPain Seek Chiropractor Stop Light Foot Pain Compression Sleeves Strain HamstringStrain culture kansas seminar ICT conditioning #deepsquat 1MillionCups Sitting Posture WSU Recovery #KneePain Dry Needling sport injuries orthotics Health Sprinting rollingpatterns 2018 chiropractic

Subscribe to Our Blog

Move HEALTHY.               Feel HEALTHY.              Live HEALTHY.