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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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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.

 

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