Dr. Glenn Hyman’s Blog

Ankle sprain / calf injury while training for the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

I had a patient call the office in a panic today.

She’s been training for her first marathon – the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. Today, during a 15-mile run she felt some calf and ankle pain.

“I found Dr. Hyman after doing a google search. Can he help?”

Well of course, the answer is yes. Using Active Release Technique here at Denver Chiropractic Center, I treat ankle and calf pain all of the time.

These issues usually arise from cumulative trauma – the normal damage that occurs from training. Basically, if an ankle and/or calf is unstable, forces are not  properly absorbed. This causes damage to soft tissues,scar tissue formation, and eventually painful dysfunction.

There are two ways to deal with this. 1. Call 303.300.0424 and make an appointment as soon as you notice symptoms. I have saved many a race at the last minute. Don’t let calf pain ruin your race.

2. Do some preventative stability work and prevent this from happening in the first place. I covered this in detail in my January 2010 patient newsletter. You can download it here:


(If Brett Favre had this information, he wouldn’t be dealing with ankle problems right now. If you know him, go ahead and forward. I like to see guys (almost) as old as me do well in the NFL!)

Anyway, we have plenty of time to get this racer to the start line. No worries.

Happy training!

Getting ready for next season

Well, after three seasons of training for Xterra triathlons by myself, I’ve decided I don’t really know what the hell I’m doing. So I’ve begged my friends at Mile High Multisport (www.milehighmultisport.com) to coach me.

Lucky for me, Pete and Kathy Alfino agreed. So Kathy Alfino is going to serve as my coach. I can’t describe how excited I am.

After 3 years of finishing at the back of the pack (yes, I know that finishing is an accomplishment) it’s time to start moving up. So I’ll keep you posted in the ol’ blog about my progress. I’m planning on training through the off season so I can get better. I’m going to keep swimming, biking, and running all winter long.

Kathy Alfino qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, and she’s one of the main reasons my family and I have decided to go out there for the big race. As an official ART Ironman Provider (one of 2 in Denver) I’m looking forward to working on the athletes on the Big Island.

How will Meredith and I survive a 6-hour flight with the boys (ages 5,3,1)? That’s a damn good question.

I’ve been doing a little lifting in the interlude here. Did the P90x Shoulders and Arms workout today. I went kind light on the weights as I’ve been incredibly busy at work. Thanks for reading!!

By the way- Happy 3rd birthday to Jason!

L to R- Zachary, Meredith, Jason, Me, Andrew

Getting ready for Xterra Lory

After none of the kids slept at the hotel in Breckenridge, I decided it would be better to get up at 4:45 AM on Sunday to drive to Fort Collins. This instead of staying at the Marriott in FC the night before. This is my last race of the season, so I’m looking forward to letting it all hang out, so to speak.

I actually hurt my foot at work, but screw it. I’m racing anyway. It’s always so odd to me when triathlon season comes to an end (at least for me).  All the prep that started January 2 seems like it started just a few weeks ago.Anyway, check back next week for a race report. Hopefully, I’ll have some pics.

After this, I’ll be getting ready for the Ironman World Championships in Kona (Big Island, Hawaii). No, not racing. I’ll be part of the Active Release team treating the athletes in the week leading up to the race. So plan on watching this blog between 10/2 and 10/9 for lots of photos.

Update- I made the foot much worse at the Rockies game with the family the night before the race. I was O-U-T on race day. Oh well. There’s always next year…

Easy fat loss by going gluten-free

I decided to get strict with the gluten free diet about 4 weeks ago. I simply cut all wheat out of my diet, like I’ve suggested to so many of my Natural Treatment Program patients. I dropped about 6 pounds of fat since then without doing anything else differently. Granted, I’m still training for the Xterra Lory triathlon, and still working with my Russian Kettlebells.

For the record, I give myself one cheat meal per week.

Many people misunderstand gluten. Gluten is a type of protein found in certain grains. For some reason, some people are not able to digest this protein. They lack an enzyme – called transglutaminase – that breaks down gluten. The deficiency of the enzyme usually correlates with the severity of symptoms. The less you make, the worse you feel.

Since lab testing for gluten intolerance is inaccurate, the simplest way to assess yourself is to stop eating gluten containing grains – primarily wheat, and avoid processed foods. After about 2 weeks, take note of how you feel. Many people drop fat without trying, improve thier digestion, sleep better, are less moody, etc.

I’ve tried going gluten-free before, but this is the most effort I’ve ever put into it, and I feel a difference. By the way, the blood test I had at my MD’s office said I had no problem with gluten. So who’s right?

Remembering Dr. Phil Bammer

I found out yesterday (8/9/10) that my friend & colleague Dr. Phil Bammer died suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday (8/7).

Phil was a good friend of mine. The kind of buddy who understood a foul-mouthed guy from New Jersey like me. He was definitely a person whose professional opinion I valued and a person in my life that I will miss.

Last time I saw Phil we were flying back from Vegas in May after teaching an ART seminar. He somehow talked the Frontier lady into moving me up to the front of the plane next to him. We had a couple of beers which he insisted on buying. We made vague plans to get together and practice ART protocols so we could keep getting better.

We shook hands after we got out of the airport, and that was it.

I knew him as the kind of person who would drop everything to help a buddy, a great ART instructor who cared about whether each person he worked with learned what he was teaching, and a person who always had something funny to say. I’ve been hearing stories from his patients about Phil going out of his way to make sure a patient knew how to lift weight correctly, and Phil travelling to the Pepsi center to treat an injured high school wrestler. None of us can believe that he’s gone. Teaching for Active Release (we were both instructors who taught together frequently) will never be the same.

Phil, my friend, you will be missed.


 Me, Mike Leahy, Faye Jones, and Phil in 2002

If you’d like add your thought about Dr. Bammer to this post, please go ahead and type them up and email them to me at [email protected] . If you’d be kind enough to sign your name, I’ll be happy to add your thought here – Glenn

Return of the Kettlebell (2011)

Update – Dragondoor says I’d have to start back at Level 1, which I think is ridiculous. So I’m not sure I’m going to bother recertfiying with them. Have the swing, clean, snatch, press, get up, and squat changed so much that I need to pay $1800 to re-learn them?

Original post:

I’ve decided that I am going to renew my kettlebell certification next year in at the RKC . The requirements are kids of tough. 100 snatches with the 53 pound kettlebell in 5 minutes. Clean and press the kettlebell closest to 1/2 of my bodyweight (the 88lb bell). A strict pullup with a 53 pounder hanging on my foot. Double kb jerks with two 53 pounders. Sounds like fun! April, 2011: plenty of time to train.

I’m skipping Xterra Indian Peaks this weekend to attend a Selective Functional Movement Assesment workshop. This will help me do an even better job helping all of you.

Insurance we accept

We currently accept and are in-network with the following insurance companies:

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  • United Healthcare & their subsidiaries
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Xterra Beaver Creek 2010

Me - happy to have beaten Dave
Me – happy to have beaten Dave 😉

Xterra Beaver Creek (sport course for me) was this weekend. I hung out with and raced with my buddy Dave Kupernik and his friend Tom.

Dave and I have a little buddy rivalry developing, and even though we’re friends, we made no secret of the fact we were gunning for each other. By the way, Dave is the BEST realtor I know and can be reached at www.davekupernik.com.

For me, the weekend started by packing up the family (Meredith and all 3 boys) and heading up to the Westin in Avon. Packet pick up and the usual Friday night Beaver Creek festivities followed. Took my older two sons – Andrew (5) and Jason (almost 3) to the hottub for some late night swimming.

For some reason, I couldn’t sleep friday night, tossing and turning. I got about 4 hours of sleep and was up bright and early to set up my transition areas.

The swim was in Nottingham lake in Avon, about 2 blocks from the hotel. Start time was around 8:30.  When the gun went off, I wished Dave & Tom luck and hit the water. The lake was warm, about 68 degrees & I swam at 16:47.

Off to the bike course I went. Even though it’s just a 9 mile course, there was about 2200 feet of climbing. It’s pretty much all suffering for the first 3 or 4 miles, then a fast and moderately rocky downhill. I finished the bike in 1:45:51.

The run seems like just as much climbing as the bike (really only 600 feet). I got lost on the course last year, but there was a dude to direct us at that spot this year. I was slow on the run, managing to cover the 3 miles in 41:26 (really, it’s a lot of uphill).

Total time 2:50:12.2. That’s 22 minutes faster than last year. I’m not trying to imply that I’m good at this, but I am getting better. Dave finished only 5 minutes behind me after giving up 13 minutes on the swim. He’s a stronger biker and runner than I am, so I have to keep working on that swim. He’s going to be back with a vengenance in 2011. Anyway, after the race, it was back to the westin for some fun with the family at the pool. That hotel is awesome, and I highly recommend it.

Getting ready for the Creek

Xterra Beaver Creek is this Saturday & I’m gearing up. I’m pretty sure I can knock a bunch of time off of last year, so we’ll see.

I may try to get out for an easy ride today. We’ll see

Training July 13, 2010

Still kind of beat up from the ass kicking I took up at WInter Park. So I went for a slow 5-mile run just to get everything moving. Nothing seems to hurt during the run, so that’s a good thing.