Chiropractic with Dr. Deppen

Dr. Drew Deppen is a chiropractor and is available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. See his bio below!

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.

Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person.

Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain. Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this timeframe, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.

 

Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

Open on Memorial Day!

From the desk of OMBE…

We are open for business on Memorial Day! There are just a few available appointments for…

OMBE Acupuncture

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture with Jessica Molleur

OMBE Chiropractic

 

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic care with Dr. Drew Deppen

Massage 1

 

 

 

 

 

Massage therapy with Nicole Trincia

OMBE Reformer Pilates

 

 

 

 

 

Private Pilates sessions with Ashley Piccinni

Have plans for the day but want to fit in a class?

OMBE Mat Pilates

 

 

 

 

Join us at the end of the day for a 7:30pm Pilates Mat class!

Visit our website and book online, email info@ombecenter.com or call 617.447.2222.

Marathon Monday has come and gone…

From the desk of OMBE…

Monday marked the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. We were excited to welcome the thousands of runners making their way to Boylston Street and, fun fact, 99% of runners completed the 26.2 trek from Hopkinton to Boston! We are proud to say that two of our very own – Dr. Drew Deppen and Kristen Lutz were part of that group.

We asked them before Monday if they were ready to go on 4.21.14 and this is what they had to say…

“Running for me has always been about making connections.  It’s always been a framework to build and nurture relationships.  Races really allow my family and friends to get together, share a common topic of conversation, and enjoy the day together.  As a result I’ve had many friends, and even patients take up running and then ask for guidance and advice.  Which only improves the connection.
So this years boston is no different.  I have family and friends participating as both athletes and spectators.  Plus the marathon training has given me the ability to connect with a city that is still new to me.  I’ve been able to meet great people in the Boston running community, and learn what Boston has to offer through my training.  The race is then a celebration for everyone.  The whole community.” ~ DREW

“I’m so ready!! I ran Boston 10 years ago and basically did everything wrong leading up to race day. I crossed the finish line but I was in really rough shape. This year, I had a lot of help including family, friends and colleagues right here at OMBE. I trained smarter, not harder. I ate healthy and took rest when I needed it. I’m also representing the Massage Therapy Foundation running for research team so I had more than just myself to think about. In just over 3 months, I raised $25,000 and counting! I was recently notified that I am one of the top 20 individual fundraisers for the entire charity runners field!!! That was an amazing surprise and will certainly fuel my motivation on Marathon Monday.” ~ KRISTEN

@kristenwlutz)
Visit her fundraising page here.

Why Taper when you can PEAK: Part 2

From the desk of Drew Deppen, DC…

Someone had a great question from my previous “Why Taper when you can PEAK? post. Click here the full blog. Here is my response.

Q. I’m intrigued is it just the name of the phase that you don’t like? Or is it the phase itself? What do you recommend in the Peak phase of training?

A. Thanks for your comment!

I don’t like the name. But also in general I’m not a huge fan of the drastic drop in mileage that most running programs have at the end of the season. This is also often accompanied with an increase in the intensity or speed training. This is a mistake. All of the sudden there is a drastic change in the training stimuli and this is not the time to be doing that. I like to stick with what has been working, and just increase the amount of recovery style workouts.

Specific recommendations will depend on the specific race. But in general many of the runs become more and more race like. Even during the last week of the marathon training the paces during focused workouts should be at marathon pace. Not faster. Train the brain!

 

Peak for a race.  Don’t taper off.


 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.

 

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Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.

 

Webster Technique Safety

From the desk of Dr. Drew Deppen, D.C…

 

Is the Webster technique safe for me and baby?

Webster Technique is extremely safe for both you and your baby during all stages of pregnancy.

 

What should I expect during a treatment session?

Expect to get evaluated for pelvic and sacral imbalances.  This will dictate any necessary treatments, including adjustments, and soft tissue release.

 

Does it hurt?

The majority of women who have had the Webster Technique performed, report no pain or discomfort at all. Occasionally, there might be some soreness in the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and joints similar to that of a massage.

 

Will I notice a change in baby’s position?

Some women do notice a change is baby position after treatments begin and some don’t.  It can be highly variable.  According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Webster Technique is successful 82% of the time.

 

How many sessions do I need to schedule?

There is no exact time frame as this can vary from patient to patient.  You give yourself the best opportunity for a change in position to occur with multiple treatment sessions.

 

Are there other benefits?

Yes, women often notice more freedom of movement, less pressure on the pelvis, and generally less discomfort.

 

Should I discuss this with my OB/midwife?

Of course.  We are happy to answer any questions your OB/midwife may have.

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult. Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Running Strength Training Programs

From the desk of Dr. Drew Deppen, DC…

As a chiropractor, strength coach, and running coach, I often get asked by fellow track and cross country coaches about setting up strength and conditioning programs with their athletes.  Most of the time coaches know they should implement this in to their routine, but they just don’t know how, or what they should implement.  So they ask me – Coach, could you come and give us a strength routine?

While I always enjoy doing this, it’s often a larger challenge than most people realize.  For starters – different athletes have different weaknesses.  These require slightly different routines.  So coming up with a few general exercises will sometimes leave some of your athletes wasting their time, at best.

Now, you say – Well don’t most runners have similar issues or weaknesses?  The answer is yes, and therefore, we can come up with some exercises that all programs should do.  These exercises should cover the most vital movements for running –

~ Ankle dorsiflexion

~ Belly breathing

~ Hip extension.

So my preference is to include the following exercises / drills in every program – Side bridge, ankle bounds / hops, heel shuffles, backwards walking, minarets, single leg squats and jumps, high knee’s, heel kicks, belly breathing, bear crawls.

There – I somewhat solved my first challenge.

The next challenge that most of us coaches (myself, often included) don’t integrate is PROGRESSION to the strength program.  We understand this for the running program, but often not for strength.  While it may be good to simply use strength training as a means to create and maintain balance in the stride and body; it would be even better if the program could also aid in specific performance benefits.

For instance – your 5K girl has trouble closing the last 400m.  How could strength training help here?  General strength prep is of course warranted, and as you then progress how about including some tuck jumps or box jumps, or jump rope after a tempo session?

Or

Your 10K guy can’t cover surges mid race.  Have a kettle bell nearby and have him do 10 swing sets during an interval workout.  These are ways to specifically challenge and work on weaknesses.

We also need to take in to account progression.  For a general prep phase we can do just about anything and it will be just fine in building fitness.  Let’s pick the dead lift.  It’s a great exercise, works the glutes, hips and spine.  During a championship phase the dead lift needs not be off the ground.  It can start off the ground in the general prep phase in order to get full hip ROM.  But as we get closer it should progress to a more mid-range flexion to full extension – off blocks or elevated up off the ground.

i.e. more similar to the running form.  The weight may change, as could the reps/set ratios.  All should mimic what you want your athlete to achieve.

This can of course be a challenge to coordinate for an entire team.  And because of this strength is often either left out, or just thrown in haphazardly.  For distance runners you can somewhat get away with it, but to constantly produce high class sprinters, that also peak when you want the to – it’s a vital component to the training program.  (And even distance runners, you’ll find, will benefit from having a strength program with progression and purpose!)

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult. Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Long Run Specificity

From the desk of Dr. Drew Deppen, DC…

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been talking a lot about Boston Marathon training lately.  A colleague who is also running the race said this:

“My husband and I are always wondering why we don’t, or aren’t supposed to run all our long runs at marathon race pace.  Why is this?  Why run our long runs slow?”

It’s a great question.  One that, even 2 years ago, would have never even been asked.

In my opinion there are a few reasons why every long run is not run at marathon race pace.  Before I go in to those reasons, I first want to clarify that – IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO RUN SOME LONG RUNS AT OR NEAR RACE PACE.

I’ll even say it again – PLEASE RUN LONG RUNS AT RACE PACE DURING TRAINING!

It’s important – as I’ve said in the past – to get a stimulus as close to the race as possible so that your body has an idea on how it will respond, and how to tolerate specific loads.

But not every long run should be race pace.  There are two main reasons for this.

1 – You’ll be over trained, and burn out.

2 – You really only have 6 (+/- 4) weeks to reach a peak for a specific race, and after you’ve reached it, you’ll likely get flat.

Let’s start with the first issue – OVERTRAINING. That leads into how to avoid flattening out.

The marathon is an intense event!  And it’s fast, which many novices don’t realize.  Your body takes a while to recover from the race.  So while you want to stimulate your body to tolerate and perform well for the race, you don’t want to do too much because you’ll break down.  So if you’re running long and fast runs, week after week, then you’ll show up stale to the starting line.

If we look at the super compensation model of training we are reminded that we actually improve from RECOVERING from hard training.  If we continually ramp up, up, up, then we will never benefit from the training stimulus.  Yet if we do some hard work and then recover we will increase our capacity to do work and manage fatigue.  This is training!

So we want some race like stimulus, but not too much. And not for too long.  This is something we see in track very often. Coaches who have their kids jump out early season and only run their one event often end up missing the championships.  Especially young runners.  They need a variety of stimuli in order to then narrow down the focus and peak.

If all they get is one race stimulus then their bodies stop adapting.  The same is true of the long run. You want enough race like stimulus to adapt, but not too much so that you plateau.

This balance can be difficult to find. Most often people don’t include enough race simulation in their programs.  But 2 long runs per month that are very challenging is likely plenty for most people.  Hell, even if you do just one per month and the other long runs are easy that would probably suffice without risking injury and getting flat.

and just an FYI- now is the time for those of you running Boston in 6 weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult. Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

The Helpful Side of Injuries…

There is one! I promise.

Quick – everyone who likes to be injured raise their hands………

{insert crickets noise here}

Wait – you mean people don’t like to be injured?

The 8 billion dollar low back pain epidemic in the U.S. would tend to agree with you.  No one likes to be injured.  Even people who are faking injures don’t like it.  It’s nasty stuff.

However…

There is a reason for them.  The challenge is finding that reason.  It can take searching through mounds of data and emotions to find the RELEVANT information.  This information then leads us out of injury with more information than we had going in.  What we do with that information is another story.

I evaluate people’s bodies every day.  And frankly – finding things that are imbalanced or askew is like finding HAY in a haystack.  Finding the relevant information (aka the NEEDLE in the haystack) is the challenge for me as a doctor, and as a patient.  I’m sure it is for you too.

Unfortunately for us, the data on injury predictability is not that great.  Really the only thing that can predict injury is fatigue.  When we are tired, we get injured more readily.

There are screens that have some ability to predict injury rate, but over time those screens don’t stand up like we’d like them to.  Plus there are people who completely fail the screens we have, yet never get injured.  And I had a patient who passed a screen with flying colors, yet had a thigh fracture at the same time!?!?

Why is this?

The answer could be as simple as – our weaknesses get exploited more when we are tired, and then the tissues are pushed further than their capacity which leads to injury.

or

The answer could be much more complex.

Likely it is.  Likely physical, emotional, and chemical influences all come together to play a role to determine when you are and are not injured.

But back to my original point here – what do we learn from our injuries?  There has to be something.

If we just pout and get angry and discouraged then we learn nothing.  We have to ask the right questions during this time and maybe even more so than when things are going well. Otherwise the time spent is for nothing.  We have to come to some kind of understanding about our bodies that we didn’t have before.  Then we are able to have more predictability, and consistency in training.

What is your body trying to tell you when it gets injured?

What caused the injury to begin with? (you may or may not get an answer to this one)

What does your body want you to learn from this experience?

How does your body need to adapt for the future?

These are all questions that need to be answered.  What other questions do you ask yourself when you get injured?  How do they help you deal with the effects of injury?

I recently had a run with a few injuries.  I had some shoulder issues, followed by a big toe problem, and then a rib problem.  And I rarely get injured (although it does happen to me too, I’m not superman.)

So I need to ask myself why.  I’m sure I’m not giving myself enough recovery, and I’m also sure that I’m not giving enough credence to the fact that I have a lot on my plate in my personal life.  I’ve taken on a lot of changes.  They need to settle down before my body is ready to be pushed full throttle.

Or maybe I need to stop eating a toilet bowl full of ice cream before bed? :)

I hope that’s not the problem!

 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult. Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Why Taper When You Can PEAK?

From the desk of Drew Deppen, DC…

I’ve helped many athletes prepare for marathons and many of them come to me the last week and say,

“Ready to taper coach!”

immediately corrected their vocabulary.  I can not stand this term.  It’s one of those things that kinda drives me nuts.  More so even, than ‘carb loading.’

The reason –

It’s a performance killer.

Words are powerful.  Chose them wisely.

 

What comes to mind when you think of a ‘taper phase‘?

I think of someone sitting on the beach sipping a cocktail and ‘enjoying’ their fitness.  I think of a bell curve, or even someone who does not finish a sentence.  No one wants to have their season look like a bell curve.

 

Now

 

What comes to mind when you think of a ‘peak phase‘?

I think of a mountain top.  I think of the height of an investment where you’re ready to cash out.  I think of the time when FOCUS is most important.

You don’t remember the guy who made it  within 100 m of Mt. Everest do you?  But you probably have heard of Sr. Edmund Hillary. (OK, maybe not)

 

Peak for a race.  Don’t taper off.

 

 

 

 

Drew Deppen, D.C.
Licensed Chiropractor

As your Boston Back Bay Chiropractor, Dr. Deppen takes pride in the diversity of his practice.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic medalists to the everyday active person, ‬ Dr. Deppen’s Boston practice uses the most current evidence-based treatment protocols.  He has a deep interest in Rehabilitation strategies, Vojta Therapy or Dynamic Neuromusclar Stabilization, McKenzie Method Protocol, Active Release Technique, Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Kinesiology.  Dr. Deppen is also the only Chiropractor in Boston Back Bay with McKenzie certification credentials.  Additionally, Dr. Deppen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a USA
Track and Field Certified Coach.  Research has proven that both chiropractic manipulation and exercise are the gold standard for spine pain.  Dr. Deppen’s combination of Chiropractic, McKenzie Method, and Strength Coach experience is a powerful combination for patients.

Dr. Deppen grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  As a young athlete, Dr. Deppen was fortunate enough to work with a local chiropractor for many years while in high school.  From there, Drew went to Eckerd College, graduating with Honors with a degree in Biology and Chemisty.  While at Eckerd, Dr. Deppen played volleyball and captained the team under Coach Dexter Rodgers, a former silver medalist.

Dr. Deppen then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated magna cum laude.   Palmer is the oldest and most prestigious chiropractic school in the world.  While at Palmer, Dr. Deppen developed a love for endurance sports: running, cycling, and triathlons.  Since then, Dr. Deppen has completed multiple Ironman events, and every distance from a 10K through 100-mile road races.

As a way to couple Dr. Deppen’s love of running and desire to help out in the community, he started coaching and working with a local high school while in Chicago.  He had the pleasure to coach high school athletes in both Cross Country and Track and Field for three years and in this time frame, helped coach and develop three NCAA Division I and four NCAA Division III athletes, as well as six Illinois All-State athletes.

During this same time, Dr. Deppen also worked with many beginner and amateur runners, both high school age and adults looking to participate in road running.  Often times, Dr. Deppen’s patients have asked him to help them learn how to run or train for a marathon.  Some of Dr. Deppen’s most memorable moments from running lie in this arena: helping others find the love and joy of running and chiropractic to change their lives.

Dr. Deppen truly values the integrative approach offered at OMBE Integrative Health Center.  He has seen how multiple disciplines together can create a unique approach to health and overall wellness.  He looks forward to answering any questions you may have for him about chiropractic in a complimentary consult.