Dr. Karen Bloch, DC, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES goes above and beyond your typical Chiropractor and Athletic Trainer. She is the owner of Bloch Chiropractic, Wellness and Sports Medicine which is a cutting edge performance center with two locations. She is also the co-owner, with Erika Figge, of Complete Koncepts, a business aimed at injury prevention and creating personalized programs for teams and athletes. Dr. Bloch has a passion for getting to the root of a problem and not only fixing it, but also preventing a reoccurrence.
An athlete at heart, it was during her time as a Division I basketball player that Dr. Bloch learned the importance of keeping her body functioning at peak performance while staying injury-free. That concept provided the backbone for Dr. Bloch’s current practice, which focuses on overall health and wellness of body and mind.
Utilizing her more than 16 years of experience, Dr. Bloch specializes not only in rehabilitation and return from injury, but also injury prevention and strengthening. Dr. Bloch spent 6 years as the athletic trainer for multiple sports at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was her expertise in helping an athlete’s body to work to its maximum potential that landed her on the Olympic Game’s Sports Medicine staff working as both an Athletic Trainer and Chiropractor.
Dr. Bloch worked with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Water Polo teams in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. Her impressive resume also includes working with athletes at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Bobsled World Cup in Germany, athletes from a variety of sports at the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) national training center, the Women’s Professional Softball League, and several NCAA Division I athletes to name a few.
Numerous organizations have recognized Dr. Bloch’s excellence in her field. Her awards include the Presidential Leadership, Student Affairs, Alumni Association and Dr. Lester McCoy Clinical Excellence Awards at Southern California University of Health and Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award for Western Illinois University, Danville Area Community College and Argenta-Oreana High School Hall of fame as well as numerous community accolades.
Dr. Bloch is proud to support the communities that she serves. She is an active member of the Aquatics Capital of America, which promotes water sports in Long Beach, CA. She is involved in the Long Beach Century Club supporting youth sports in schools and is a member of the Long Beach Business Networking group.
No matter your age or athletic ability, Dr. Bloch’s multi-faceted facility offers expert chiropractic care, percussion therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, laser therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, cryosauna, kinesio taping, sports clinics and individual training sessions for sports enhancement and injury prevention.
From the Olympic athlete to the weekend warrior, Dr. Bloch believes that everyone deserves to be treated like an Olympian. It is that core value that serves as the foundation on which her practice is built.
Dr. Bloch is now ART full body certified
What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to Providers?
Most healthcare providers use techniques of massage, trigger point, electrical modalities and ultrasound with varying degrees of specificity to treat soft tissue problems. These all provide reasonable results but there is a much better way.
ART is patented because it is different than anything else. This protects the public from healthcare providers who are willing to do it half way. To learn ART you must be serious enough to invest a great deal of time and effort to learn over 500 treatment moves or “protocols.” More important than that, you must be able to develop a very advanced “feel” for the tissues and their texture, tension and movement. You must come to understand and evaluate the movement of each tissue relative to the one next to it and as an absolute value unto itself. This is an anatomy class like no other.
The basic premise is simple, just not easy. Shorten the tissue, apply a contact tension and lengthen the tissue or make it slide relative to the adjacent tissue. It’s as simple as playing a piano and just as difficult. We will teach you to find every tissue by touch and to make fast permanent changes in them. We will practice every single treatment protocol with you. You work on the instructor and we work on you so that you can learn at a much faster rate.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
What is an ART treatment like?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.
What is the history of Active Release Techniques?
ART has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.
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