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
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Is Your Big Toe Limiting Your Running Speed?

Is Your Big Toe Limiting Your Running Speed?

Whole Body Influence

The big toe is often a forgotten and neglected component of the human body. Proper range of motion in the big toe is vital to creating stability as running speeds increase. Ideally, the big toe needs to dorsiflex (i.e. the toe bends toward the face) at least 45 degrees. However, as speeds increase from walking to running, 65 or more degrees of dorsiflexion is ideal. Lack of big toe range of motion can cause problems local to the foot such as plantar fasciitis,¹ and is even noted with over head athletes such as baseball pitchers and cricket bowlers.²

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The Functional Core

The Functional Core
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Core Hype

Over the past few years, the "core" has become a hot phrase in the fitness industry much the way the avocado has in the nutritional world. Catchy phrases such as 'core strength,' 'functional core,' or 'abdominal bracing' have all been thrown around haphazardly, with an inordinate number of core exercises to match.

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A Missing Link in Shoulder Stability & Function

A Missing Link in Shoulder Stability & Function



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Waiter Walks: A missing shoulder "Pre-hab" exercise

The waiter walk is a wonderful exercise to add to your upper body workout regiment, but I rarely see it utilized within the health & wellness community or at local gyms. As a strength coach, physical therapist, chiropractor, average gym goer, or anything-in-between, this exercise is a must add, especially if you are training for any overhead tasks.

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Suboccipital Headaches

Suboccipital Headaches

Headache Prevelance

Headaches are a common experience for many individuals. 50% of people will experience headaches in any given year, while 90% of individuals will report having a headache sometime within their life. Unless you are the lucky 10%, headaches can be a debilitating and often preventable experience through lifestyle and postural modifications. One common type, that I see here in our clinic at ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic, is suboccipital tension headaches.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Shoes

Getting the Most Out of Your Shoes
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Lacing for Performance

When looking at your shoes, have you ever wondered what the purpose of the nearest eyelet to your ankle is? Many individuals, using this eyelet, state they feel added support. In order to get the maximum amount of support, utilizing this eyelet, there is a specific lacing pattern called the “high 7-eyelet lacing pattern.” According to Hagen and Hennig (1), this pattern for tying your shoes, with a moderate amount of tension, significantly reduces pressure underneath the heel and outer forefoot, as well as reducing the loading rate and the velocity of pronation associated with walking and running. Depending on the running mechanics and strain experienced with walking or running, this technique may reduce the risk of related injuries. Below is a picture series to help guide you through lacing with the high 7-eyelet. 

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3 Strategies to Improve the Deep Squat

3 Strategies to Improve the Deep Squat
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Lately, I have overheard several individuals at the gym discussing their troubles with deep squatting: ranging from anterior hip pain, to knees caving in. Yes, I was eavesdropping, but kept my two cents to myself and decided to share it in this blog instead! There are 3 things I have found to hinder one’s deep squat potential: improper breathing strategies, not spending enough time in the “hole,” and lack of bodyweight exercises with the hips flexed greater than 90 degrees.

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The Short Leg

The Short Leg
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Have you ever been told you have a short leg? Has a family member or friend ever mentioned having a short leg? Chances are, the answer is yes. What does this really mean? Is there truly a “short leg”, commonly referred as a LLD or leg length discrepancy? What is considered a significant difference?

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Decreasing Running Pain: 3 Key Factors

Decreasing Running Pain: 3 Key Factors

With many New Years’ resolutions geared toward improving one’s overall health, many individuals will turn toward a classic fitness activity, running. Achieving higher levels of health and fitness can be fun, while also providing a sense of achievement for all ages and skill levels. However, pain and dysfunction may occur due to several factors including: poor mechanics, deconditioning, and foot structure.

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