25 minutes | Jul 3rd 2020

Dr. Sean Plake with Elite OSM

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Kevin: Mixing it Up With The Fitness Community is a podcast created by Fit Mix that introduces you to local health and fitness individuals along with their stories.Kevin: Episode 14. Sean Plake with Elite OSM. In this episode, we get to hear about what makes Elite OSM special, Sean's experiences, and what the future holds.Sara: Hey, Sean, how are you doing today?Sean: Hey, I'm doing great.Sara: Thanks for joining us. Really appreciate it.Sean: Yeah, we thanks for having me.Sara: So. You work for Elite OSM. Tell us what Elite OSM is.Sean: So, Elite OSM. We have a number of great practitioners. We come from different backgrounds. Chiropractic care. Physical therapy. Nephropathy. Massage therapists. Yoga and personal training. So there's a team of us. We all are involved. We joined together and created that community and we can offer all of Albuquerque and treat whoever we can that is the need. So people that are feeling tight or in pain or have an injury. Anything that deems necessary for bodywork. We try to accommodate everything.Sara: And so there's like chiropractors and then you guys. So are you guys similar to a chiropractor or do you offer other services outside of typical chiropractor practice?Sean: Yes, we have adjustment only sessions to where if someone wants to just get their body realigned and adjusted, hey can come in and see us. And we can do that. But furthermore, what we are really known for is full service, like giving soft tissue work, cupping, Kinesio Taping. We have a hammer type of therapy that we do for realignment. We've tried to do as much as we can. All-inclusive in one session. So basically someone comes in to see us with an injury. Explain what's going on. And we just kind of dispatched from there how we need to treat it. And we have so many modalities that we can do. Dry Needling is another great modality. So we just try to add whatever we can and to help the person that way it is just not cookie cutter. You don't just come in and get this basic treatment or standard treatment that everyone gets. So every experiences is unique. And we there evaluate each person and give them the best experience and make sure that they're feeling good before they leave.Sara: Definitely. And are those all things that you yourself do. Do you specialize in a few of those techniques or whatever you'd like to call them.Sean: Yeah. Yeah. My background is personal training, massage therapy, and then Naprapathic medicine. So I kind of did that in order. Everyone has a different background. Dr. Hightower is the founder of Elite OSM and his background is chiropractic. But he really is leading the forefront on body work in general. And taught us all of these successful techniques that he's found that worked in his career. And so that was a big head start for everyone involved. And then different co-workers have different social specialties. So we have physical therapists that are really good at dry needling, massage therapists that are amazing at just hands-on bodywork. And then obviously, chiropractors can be great at adjustments. And Naprapathic is another form of wonderful adjustments. A little less forceful. We're considered soft tissue specialists. We can sort the fascia, make sure that everything's working really well along the spine and muscles. Yeah. So it just depends. Everyone that works with us has a different specialty or a different style. So no matter what. Whoever you see, whether it's a regular massage therapists. Most people have experience with that. Everyone has a different style. Just depends on what clicks with the person. And that's how you decide if a therapist works reading.Sara: Yeah, that's very cool. I think that's what sets you guys apart from others in the Albuquerque area. That you have this wide array of services and techniques and everything else that you can offer people. So maybe some place isn't working. They can try out you guys and you can see if any of your techniques work on them. Do you think that's like kind of what sets you guys apart from the rest?Sean: Yeah, we get that a lot. People will be seeing a physical therapy place for a while or they'll be coming off the surgery or they have a particular massage therapist that recommends us. We try to help and get to the root cause of the pain. So, yes, if someone's seeing a massage therapist, but they feel like they need to get adjusted, then they can come to us. Or they're not quite getting where they want to from physical therapy. Usually we're that place that gets the person to the next level. So if they're just recovering from a surgery or an injury and physical therapy, take some just that initial like 10, 20 percent. But they need to return to a sport or an activity that they love and they're really anxious to get back to running first day. We do whatever we can to make sure that happens. So we're all former athletes and competitors. We know how it is to not be able to.. or be told to not to be able to do what you love. Just so many doctors do that. There just like, all right, over your ankles messed up, so you should stop running. Obviously, that person's like, "running away. So I need to keep running." They seek out whatever doctor they can to to help them. And then typically we're the ones that are able to helped them get to that point because we know how important it is. And especially with athletics. So and that's the whole reason that we're located inside of Jackson Wink MMA Academy. Over time, we helped so many fighters get to the point to where they're just they're not pulling out fights because that happens often. If anyone is used to UFC or MMA in general, so many fighters pull out last minute. Since we started helping the Jackson Wink Academy, we've had a great success on making sure these fighters can go when they ready. That's how they make their living so if they can't fight then they don't make money. So we have to make sure that they're ready to go.Sara: That was going to be my next question, because you guys are most known for working with all of these top athletes at Jackson Wink. Plus celebrities who just happen to be in Albuquerque, like filming movies or making a stop here along the way, some where and I guess they see Beau's probably Instagram page or something and they stop by. But more so it's about like you said, keeping these fighters healthy. But also, you know, your average person who enjoys running or like in my case or I know you guys work with a lot of CrossFitters. Making sure that we're able to keep doing our crazy workouts everyday.Sean: Yea Absolutely. So many different athletes that come by. It's really cool to be in such an amazing gym like it's world renowned. So many fighters just come for their camps. They can stay there. There's dorms in the building. So it's like such an amazing facility that Mike Winklejohn and Greg Jackson have created. Yeah. It's just really awesome that so many fighters can stay there. And actors like recently, Steve-O just came to hang out with Jon Jones. They're doing a little project for Albuquerque. It's called The Care Project. And they're just keeping the streets good and helping the homeless and making sure that people aren't vandalizing. So this is a really cool project. Yea. Steve-O just came so that's cool. One of the major celebrities that's been by and then so many other actors and NFL players, NBA players, they all come by and just check out the gym. Whoever is into mixed martial arts. It's a great place to visit. There's like a celebrity wall and stuff that people signed. Really awesome that we have that here in Albuquerque since especially since there's no other professional sports and it's just such a hot spot for MMA in general. It's just really great to be a part of it all.Sara: I don't know if you're allowed to say, but have you worked with any celebrity? Our athletes.Sean: Yeah, absolutely. I won't mention too many names, but yeah. Since the movie industry has gotten pretty big here, we've had a lot of different actors. We've had a few bands and singers that have come by. So they come on tour and they're like, One in particular, had hurt his ankle and he had a concert the same night and he's about to cancel it. And he came by. They reached out to us. Yeah, we can treat him. And so we treated his ankle, made it for better use, and we'll get on stage and continue with his concert. So it's pretty awesome to have that kind of recognition and celebrities like that that seek us out.Sara: What's your favorite part about your job or working with Elite OSM or both?Sean: I have lots of favorites. There's so many things that are amazing about my work and what I do. The biggest thing for sure is just seeing the satisfaction of someone feeling much better. The satisfaction of relief from an injury that they've had for a long time. Or even if accute. Like if they have a competition coming up or race and they're just like bummed out because the doctor said they're not gonna be able to do it and then come by. It's two weeks from now. We can work this out. We'll make sure that you're able to run this race or do this competition type of thing. So just seeing the satisfaction of people that are desiring some kind of outcome and we just try to do whatever we can to reach out for them. And it's just amazing when someone comes in like that. Or if they've been in pain for six months to a year. Three years. And all of a sudden you're able to make even like a 10 or 20 percent difference that they just didn't have any hope for. It's such an amazing feeling. Yeah. Every case is unique too. Everyday is really fun for me. I never get bored with what I do because it's different. I've always seeing different personalities, dealing with different injuries, different tension. Like, every case is so unique that it's just really fun to be around and it just keeps me on my toes. I just never, ever get bored. So everyday flies by. Yesterday I had like 10 hour workday and it
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