The core of Dr. Rachel's beliefs lie in the ability to move often and to move well. Her focus is to assist the youngest of patients, especially infants and toddlers, to develop properly so that they can function optimally throughout life. Dr. Rachel is passionate about improving the scope of care available for the pregnant and postpartum women of the community through her integrative approach of chiropractic, rehab, and nutrition.

Dr. Rachel was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She was active in the figure skating community; competing and coaching private and group lessons for many years. Rachel attended Newman University and graduated with a bachelors degree in biology. She then moved to Kansas City to achieve her doctorate of chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College.

While attending Cleveland, Dr. Rachel focused on the study of advanced bio mechanics, rehabilitation training, and nutrition. During her time at Cleveland, she was active in the Motion Palpation Institute club, serving as vice president, as well as a class representative in the Student Council.

Dr. Rachel has returned to on-ice figure skating serving as a PSA and USFSA certified coach. She is now utilizing her advanced education to improve the quality of figure skating in the region. Dr. Rachel has created an integrative and effective off-ice training regime to improve the on-ice capabilities and knowledge of figure skaters.

Credentials and Certifications:
BS – Bachelor of Science in Biology 
DC – Doctorate of Chiropractic 
NBCE – National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I-IV & PT 
MPI – Motion Palpation Institute Referral List Certification 
ART – Active Release Technique 
MDT A – McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy low back certified 
DNS A & Advanced Skills – Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization 
FTMI– Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries certified 
FAKTR – Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation 
Graston – Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

Dr. Rachel Sparks

What ICTMJC Has Been Up to Lately

What ICTMJC Has Been Up to Lately
Wichita Running Company & ICTMJC

Startup Grind, Thursday @The Lux

If you haven’t heard, with the start of 2017, Wichita now has its own edition of Startup Grind,
powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is another Wichita community event, held
monthly, by and for the entrepreneurs of our city. January’s event was a huge success, with a turnout of
225 people! This month featured Brian Williamson, an entrepreneur in the world of pharmacy. The informal
format of the event was set up to resemble a fireside chat between two people. The audience
learned the process of Brian coming to be where he is now, including the many challenges and triumphs along
the way.

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Unconference Tech/Gaming Expo

Unconference Tech/Gaming Expo

Wichita's Gaming World

This past Saturday, Drs. Rachel and Keith attended a tech expo for gamers at WSU. Led by Wichita eSports, several hundred individuals attended to participate in tournaments involving games such as League of Legends and Super Smash Bros projected up on the big screens for all to watch. Also, there were computers grouped together in the corners of the room for other tournaments such as NHL 17. All of this is proof of the presence and support the gaming community possesses here in Wichita, Kansas. For those of you that think gaming is only a pastime, well-known individuals, such as Mark Cuban, are starting to financially invest in leagues so we are guessing that it is here to stay. Gaming involves strategy, brings a team of individuals together, and its potential for the future is looking bright. Teams from major universities, such as Kansas State, attended to participate and observe the active push to grow Wichita’s gaming community. Not to mention, Shocker Startup held a pitch competition during the event too!

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Knees & Disney©

Knees & Disney©
Poor Foot Alignment
NOT Knees In

Think of the knee as Cinderella. She was a victim of unfortunate circumstances and left to bear the burden put on her by her stepmother and step sisters. Cinderella does not deserve the grunt work, but as she has no other option, she miserably trudges on. Similarly, the knee is stuck between the hip, ankle and foot; picking up slack where they have left off. Think of this as the fairy godmother blog to save you from present or future knee dysfunction and pain.

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Ugh, Seasonal Allergies.

Ugh, Seasonal Allergies.
Wichita, KS Seasonal Allergy

As you can see below, if you suffer from seasonal allergies and live in the Wichita, KS area, you probably aren’t feeling 100%. Unfortunately, this area can be a hot zone for all different types of allergens and if that wasn’t bad enough, they can reappear more than once a year. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, affects all age groups. (Fun fact: rhinitis is irritation of the nose and rhinoceros means “nose horn;” in case you were curious!) Anyway, common symptoms include sneezing, congestion, itchy/watery eyes, and coughing. Typical treatment includes antihistamines, decongestants, and steroids.

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Pregnancy, Birth, and Life Thereafter

Pregnancy, Birth, and Life Thereafter

One of my favorite rehabilitation approaches to practice and learn more about is DNS, or Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. Pavel Kolar of the Prague School, organized the DNS clinical protocols and has also recently published a book, Clinical Rehabilitation. I swear, every time I open this book my mind is exposed to something new, or a correlation is drawn between two things I never placed together. There is a chapter specifically dedicated to treatment rehab in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, from which this blog is sourced. Get ready for a crash course in all things childbirth!

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Sports-Related Injury Prevention

Sports-Related Injury Prevention

School is back in session! All the youngsters in Wichita and surrounding areas have made the trek back into the classroom, with their school supplies in hand. The start of the school year also signifies the start of fall sports: basketball, cross country, baseball, football, and many others. Often, increased sport activity leads to increased sports-related injury rates, but this does not have to be the case!

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Protect Your Mental Health in the Childbearing Year

Protect Your Mental Health in the Childbearing Year
Profession birth / postpartum doula provides education and support
Sara Skiles - Owner, Wichita Doula

Guest blog by Sara Skiles, owner of Wichita Doula:

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Stars & Stripes 5K

Stars & Stripes 5K


July 4th, 2016

The holiday weekend was a rainy one, to put it lightly. Some of that humidity hung around Monday morning, but that did not stop over 530 runners from participating in the 5K race. The course began inside Cessna Stadium and then ventured out around the Wichita State Campus. Many were festive in red, white and blue and everyone received a t-shirt and a finishers' medal.

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Tummy Time: Part Two

Tummy Time: Part Two
Poor Scapular Stability
Good Scapular Control

The Neck

Benefits

Humans are most comfortable with their eyes level with and on the horizon. When babies are lying on their tummies, they do not leave their foreheads on the ground to stare at the floor! Instead, each will upright the head in order to take in the world around him or her; this is precisely how the spinal curve of the neck begins to develop. Of course, infants will not be able to achieve full head uprighting at first, as this in itself is a 'skill' to develop. But even from a young age, the baby will look from side to side. Once a baby masters the ability to support the head, he or she easily will progress to a more difficult movement pattern - requiring head control - such as crawling or walking.

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Tummy Time

Tummy Time

Milestones

Many parents feel pressure from outside sources to rush their child through stages of development. They hear stories of how a friend’s kid walked at only 10 months old and wonder if their own baby is behind because they are not reaching the same milestones as quickly.

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ICT Food Circle Spotlight

ICT Food Circle Spotlight

If you look back at your last meal, do you know where your food came from? If the answer is 'no', you are not alone and Mikel Bowyer with ICT Food Circle wants to help the Wichita community change this status quo!

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Weekend Follow Up

This past weekend I was fortunate to attend a seminar hosted by another chiropractor in the Wichita area. The education was focused on better treating athletes, and weightlifters in particular, based on a technique named Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (for more information, stay turned for an upcoming blog OR come in and visit us so we can show you firsthand). The class consisted of chiropractors, personal trainers and strength coaches; it was great to see professionals from varying disciplines being able to work together.

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Weekend Happenings

Happy Friday Wichita!

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1 MILLION CUPS

1 MILLION CUPS

"Caffenating an Entrepreneurial Nation"*

In their own words, "1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee."*

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Whole30 Follow-Up

Whole30 Follow-Up


     While on the Whole 30, we were not allowed to eat dairy products, grains (not even pseudo-ones), legumes, alcohol, or added sugar. The first time Keith & I visited the grocery store came as a bit of a shocker. It seems EVERYTHING has some form of sugar added to it, especially: milk, yogurt, bbq sauce, salad dressings, and all things “fat-free”. However, subsequent trips have gotten much easier by staying on the perimeter of the store; do not even tempt yourself with the products in the middle aisles. Confession: we should buy stock in the chicken they sell at Costco; that, along with eggs, onions, garlic, & herbs are pantry must-haves!
     The biggest adjustment for me was setting aside time to assemble a menu of meals for the week. After I made those decisions, food preparation involved cutting up vegetables along with a protein, and then throwing them on the stove or in the oven. I must say, I did not cut myself while meal prepping, but I could not wash sharp objects without letting them slice a finger! And speaking of dishes, currently, my biggest sense of accomplishment is having them washed before going to bed.
     My expectations were surpassed with our frequency of eating out. During the 30 days, we went out a total of one time; that’s right, ONCE. We had family in town and after working on business tasks, my appetite set in pretty hard. This meal was the hardest couple hours of the whole month; every dish in the restaurant smelled delicious! I ordered a salad and was pleasantly surprised with how much I like balsamic vinegar and the feeling of victory for choosing to stick with the program!
     Overall, I am impressed with how well The Whole30 Program went for us. I do not mean to downplay the effort and time we put into our diets, but the return on our investment was so far over and above that. Something I unintentionally gained from this, is an obsession with mixed nuts. I was upset to find out that the nut mix we had contains peanut oil and was a no-go during the program, so we made our own instead. I was excited to see that my new craving was not all bad for me, even though it might not be completely 'in line' with the preferences of the program. According to Science Daily, ‘nut consumption is associated with a decreased risk of certain types of cancer’.​* Who does not want to hear that?!
     Below, I have listed a few of Keith and my favorite recipes, along with a handful of our non-scale victories. Also, I have linked The Whole30 Program website and also places you can buy the The Whole30 book or It Starts With Food, which contains the details of the science upon which the program is based. I could blab for much longer about the ins and outs of what we have experienced throughout the last 30 days, but I will refrain. My hope is that you have caught some of the excitement I have displayed because of the new diet that will enhance my daily life and my ability to give 100% to my patients!

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30 Whole Days

30 Whole Days

     30 Whole Days of eating food, doesn’t sound too difficult does it? Well, Keith and I decided to take on this challenge last month. Up to this point, we had made an effort to eat well (most days) and keep up with the latest in food education. Through that research, we came across this diet,The Whole30 Program,” mentioned by many different authors whom we greatly respect. 
     Now, diet may seem like a scary word, but do not let it be. Diet commonly comes with a negative connotation, involving words such as: counting calories and restriction; not to mention, all those gimmicky pills. With this shoved in our faces daily, why would anyone ever want to start a diet? Certainly doesn’t sound enjoyable to me! Instead, diet should be associated with the habits & choices we make regarding the food we consume, throughout our daily lives. Diet is what you & I decide to sustain or nourish our bodies with and it is life-long! It illustrates a good and necessary aspect of life.
     There are countless plans and recipes to choose from when looking to change your eating habits. We chose The Whole30 because it is an elimination diet (there is that scary word again); but let me explain. We probably know someone who is lactose-intolerant, allergic to peanuts, or has Celiac disease right? These individuals are unable to process certain food ingredients. If they do ingest that component, the body reacts, usually by means of inflammation, and the person is made aware by means of an upset stomach, skin rash, or even trouble breathing. But, tangible reactions are not always felt, and seemingly healthy people may be unaware of the damage being done beneath the surface. For instance, generalized joint pain seems to have become a more frequent complaint among patients recently. People may chalk this up to a consequence of aging, but at 40 years old, you should not be limited in your daily life because all of your joints ache with no obvious cause. This system-wide pain is a 'hidden' symptom of that person’s dietary choices because it is not something directly associated with the food they eat.
     Remember the word 'elimination' from earlier? Well, in the case of The Whole30, this word is good because it aims to cleanse your system of all the potential irritants you consume and then allow you to be made aware of which particular foods may be causing those undesirable symptoms. The daily headaches you experience, difficulty sleeping at night, or the constipation you’ve always dealt with are not things you just have to accept.
     This diet has had difficult days, yes, but the difficulty level depends on your mental outlook too. That is why you are encouraged to create goals before beginning the program. My goals going into the 30 days were: 1) to have more energy, 2) to learn new recipes, and 3) to eat out less frequently. Stay tuned for results, favorite recipes and the advice I have upon finishing!

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ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic’s Grand Opening!

ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic’s Grand Opening!
Doctors Keith and Rachel

We are proud, honored, and excited to announce ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic will officially be open Monday, February 1st 2016! 

ABOUT US

Our mission is to empower our patients and community by maximizing their quality of life through: education, corrective exercises, nutritional advice, and soft tissue therapies. We take an active, hands-on approach focusing on the treatment and elimination of the root cause of your pain and/or physical limitations. We specialize in musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries including all forms of: back, foot, knee, hip, shoulder, and neck pain.

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