SPORTS MEDICINE & RECOVERY
Dr. Chris Hammond, D. C.
Holistic Family Health Care
Biography: Dr. Chris Hammond, D. C.
Chris Hammond enjoyed an idyllic Orange County childhood, exploring the hills of Laguna and playing in the sun-kissed waves on the coast below. An avid skateboarder with a busy mind, he was always more interested in experiencing life than reading about it on the pages of books. Despite this, he managed to graduate from El Toro High School in 1975, at which point he embarked on a life-journey filled with a varied list of occupations including, but not limited to: mechanic, landscaper, pool salesman, mortgage broker, bartender, actor. Chris seemed to find his niche as a stuntman, but after several injuries (which led him to discovering the benefits of chiropractic… as a result he avoided surgery) he decided to get serious, be responsible, and make a better life for himself.
And so, at the age of 27, he enrolled at Long Beach City College, after which he attended Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, earning his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1994. He worked under his mentor, Doug Hetrick, in Escondido for several months, refining techniques such as Applied Kinesiology, Vector Point, Neuro-Emotional Technique and Contact Reflex Analysis, before settling down in Huntington Beach to open his own practice, Balanced Chiropractic, in 1995.
Subsequent to establishing himself in Huntington Beach, he enjoyed serving the community as the chiropractor for a local high school, as well as a softball team. He has returned to his alma mater as a lecturer and has served as a mentor for many young chiropractors, especially those using Applied Kinesiology, allowing several to be interns in his own practice.
Dr. Chris enjoys an active life, pursuing activities such as golf, hiking, and water sports. Motivated and captivated by the magnificent puzzle of the human body, he is focused on his practice at all times, eagerly pursuing new ideas in through continuing education classes and seminars. After 17 years in practice, Dr. Chris is as committed to providing his patients with the highest standard of care as he was when his journey began.
Dr. Chris Hammond has been treating Athletes throughout his entire career and is the recommended Sports Medicine Doctor for CrossFit idoG Athletes. He is currently treating several of our Athletes and the Trainers at CrossFit idoG to improve their mobility, flexibility, treat injuries, recommend supplements and to enhance overall physical well being. Christopher Hammond, D.C. may be able to treat; back pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, sports injuries, and work-related injuries. These are just a few of the common types of treatments he provides. Each person is different and during your New Patient Exam Dr. Chris will thoroughly go through your areas of concern to address and treat accordingly.
Balanced Chiropractic is located at:
16168 Beach Blvd. Suite 135
Huntington Beach, Ca 92647
New Patient Exam – Normally $130.00 idoG Members are $65.00
Office Visit – $65.00
Massage – $70.00 for 50 minutes (Message Therapist on site at our facility)
Most PPO insurance accepted
For insurance coverage, please contact our offices
“You train hard; but you can’t neglect the recovery aspect of training”
I think we can all agree here; the normal state after a day or a week of CrossFit training is usually muscle damage that brings with it a host of symptoms including decreased range of motion, increased muscle soreness, muscle stiffness, muscle swelling, and decreased muscle force production. As your coach, I want to help you recover faster and be able to perform your next WOD (workout of the day) with great intensity and focus. So, I’m giving you a great resource list of 6 ways to attack muscle soreness. Please also note that your body recovers during sleep so as CrossFit Athletes we should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
1) Light Exercise During Recovery Days - As ironic as it may seem, research has shown that performing a few sets of light exercise with the sore and damaged muscles may decrease muscle soreness and increase force recovery . When using light exercise for recovery use about 50% of your maximal effort. THIS IS NOT A FULL BLOWN workout, the point is to recover.
2) Massage – Research has suggested that muscle soreness can be improved with regular massage therapy, however this modality does not appear to increase blood flow or force recovery.
3) Underwater Warm Jet Massage – One study showed that 20 minutes of underwater jet massage therapy 3x per week might help maintain performance capacity during intense training.
4) Muscle Compression - A few days of continual compression of damaged muscle tissue decreased markers of muscle damage and increased force recovery.
5) Cold Water Immersion – Although few studies have been done with cold water immersion, athletes have reported good results with immersion in cold water for 20 minutes during the recovery period.
6.) Contrast Therapy-Probably my favored recovery technique I took from Blair Morrison from anywherefit.com (a top male CrossFit athlete in the world)
5 rounds for completion
90 seconds cold submersion (50 F)
90 seconds hot submersion (100 F)
‘Here’s the scoop on contrast therapy… Some studies have shown significant fluctuations in blood flow during contrast therapy sessions—slowing down from hot to cold and vice versa when going from cold to hot. Additionally, when looking at blood marker changes – contrast therapy was shown to reduce creatine kinase (a marker of inflammation) and blood lactate concentration at a similar rate as active recovery. Very cool right? Finally, following exercise, contrast therapy was shown to decrease girth measurements, increase joint range of motion, and improve perceptions of soreness.’
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