Ambassador’s Corner: Dynamic Sports Medicine

By Nikki Zahka – July 1, 2022
Brian Fitzsimmons

Hey AFM readers! My name is Nikki Zahka, and I’m one of the newest AFM Ambassadors. This month we are highlighting a health and wellness spot close to my heart that was founded with a vision to transform the traditional concept of chiropractic care. Dynamic Sports Medicine makes advanced sports medicine treatments and technologies, which are typically only available to professional athletes, more convenient, friendly and affordable for your everyday athlete (or active person).

This Ambassador’s Corner is dedicated to I Live Here I Give Here. This organization supports more than 750 local nonprofit organizations and has produced year-round programs and activities that facilitate engagement among the Austin community. It also empowers not only individuals but also companies, nonprofits and foundations to grow in their generosity by contributing to making their communities more equitable for all.

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Now, onto the recap!

Dynamic Sports Medicine personally changed my life. At the beginning of the pandemic, I started running the trails when all the gyms closed down. I’ve never been a great runner and looking back, it was not smart going zero to 100 really quick on unsteady grounds. 

Fast forward two months, and I found myself pushing through the pain to complete any sort of workouts, walks or just standing too long. I pushed myself into getting a stress fracture on my right foot and had no idea what to do about it. Fitness and working out are my life. It’s my passion, my stress relief and a part of my job. 

Luckily, I got a recommendation to reach out to Dynamic Sports Medicine and got connected with Dr. Sam Lacroix. I have had chiropractic work done for years and seen and felt the benefits, but these guys take it to a whole new level! A chiropractic adjustment is just a tiny piece of the puzzle for your visits here. 

During your first visit, you will fill out a form and have a consultation with your doctor to understand what is going on in your body and try to identify the root causes. You will go through an adjustment based on what’s going on that day with additional bodywork — this can look like anything from stretching and soft tissue treatments to dry needling or cupping, which takes approximately 15 minutes.

You will then go to the large recovery room for the rest of your visit. Based on your specific needs, Dynamic Sports Medicine has what seems to be an infinite number of modalities available to get you back to doing what you love. Spinal decompression, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, red light therapy, EPAT/radial shockwave therapy, compression boots, Graston Technique therapy, Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy — the list goes on and on. And the session always ends with a massage.

Nikki at recovery place.

After months of struggling in pain, trying to work through it and feeling like my foot will never heal, Dynamic Sports Medicine took care of me, both in the office and helping me get the additional tests and expertise I needed from their network. Trust me, they know their stuff… just ask Austin FC, the U.S. Olympic Swim Team or any of the other professional and D1 collegiate athletes that chose the Dynamic Sports Medicine team to keep them on their best game. 

With my injury, I was visiting Dynamic Sports Medicine one to two times a week for treatments. Since I’ve healed my injury, I now visit every other week (or as needed) for a routine adjustment and maintenance, and I’m able to focus on stiffness and pains that I carry just from being active (anyone else have an extremely tight back/neck from being at their desk all day?!). Although the modalities I need have changed, the typical flow of the visit is relatively the same. A consult with Dr. Sam, about 15 minutes with him getting adjusted, doing some bodywork and cupping, then going to the floor for additional work like decompression, PEMF and finally, a massage. I’ve seen a tremendous difference in my overall mobility, experienced less back pain working and in workouts, and have been able to perform at my best for a longer period of time.

Whether you have an injury or are just someone who loves to stay active, the team at Dynamic Sports can get you back to where you want to be. Or, better yet, support you in staying there long-term. Go see what they’re about and book your consultation!

 
 

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