December 13, 2016
In our practice we see a major spike in joint specific complaints when the weather gets nasty. It would be great if we could all winter in the Bahamas, but for many, dealing with cold damp weather is part of the reality of living here in Maryland.
July 6, 2016
Structural Elements™ was founded in 2006 by Douglas Bertram, L.Ac, MTCM. Douglas started working as a massage therapist in 1995 with a focus on treating athletic injuries. He practiced for several years in Boulder, CO before pursuing a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine....
June 27, 2016
The story behind the Structural Elements™ logo is foundational to our approach. The full logo is a representation of a Tensegrity Model; tensional integrity or floating compression. In architecture this is seen as a balance of compression and tension elements...
June 16, 2016
Who doesn't have tight hamstring muscles? Why are some people constantly injured and others seem to tolerate just about anything? Many patients ask, “should I be stretching more”, and our answer is often surprising.
June 14, 2016
As a father my proudest moments were the births of my children. My wife did all the work, yet I still take most of the credit. I am fortunate to have two spectacular teenage sons and they bring real meaning to my life. Watching them set goals, no matter how small, and achieve them is a wonderful...
May 10, 2016
At Structural Elements™ we believe the body thrives on efficiency. Anytime an athlete's body is “out-of-alignment”, there is a compromise to performance. We see several patients a week who come to us because they are in pain, but by this time they have already been compromising...
April 27, 2016
Children bring love, happiness, and countless gifts to our lives. There is no deeper bond than the bond between a mother and her child. However, with the commitment to nurture another human being from infancy to adulthood comes a significant amount of stress.
April 25, 2016
The most common question we get is “What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling”?
March 17, 2016
For many private practices, the "out of network" model couldn’t come at better time. With rising business costs, coupled with decreasing reimbursement rates and low per-visit rates; it has been harder for insurance-based practices to survive. Health care providers are drowning in paperwork, as...
February 29, 2016
Viscoelasticity is the name of the game for preventing soft tissue injury. This term refers to the degree of elasticity or stretch the soft tissue can handle. If muscles, tendons and ligaments are flexible and have the ability to adapt to stress, they are far less likely to tear or inflame from...