Shake Things Up with Vestibular Training

Balance training can be more than just balancing on one leg or standing on a wobble board. It can involve training other elements of how we maintain our balance. There are three systems of the body that we use to keep ourselves from falling over: visual, vestibular, and proprioception. Vision gives the most feedback of the three. We use our …

Thoughts About Orthotics

I often get asked to share my opinion about orthotics. You know, that hard shell that people pay hundreds of dollars for and get from a podiatrist which slide into their shoes to build up their arches. They are encouraged to wear them all the time and are told that the devices should end all their troubles. The orthotics will …

The Eyes Have It!

Did you know that the only living tissue of the body exposed to the world are your eyes? Your hair, fingernails, toenails, and outer layer of skin are no longer living. With the exception of your eyes, all living tissue is protected by a barrier of dead cells. The eyes do so much for us it is hard to list …

Preventing ACL Tears

One of the more common injuries to the knee is tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL connects the top front portion of the tibia (shin bone) to the bottom rear part of the femur (thigh bone). Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bone to bone. Compared to muscles, ligaments stretch very little and do not …

Cool Relationships

            The joints of the body have cool relationships with each other. When you study the skeletal structure, you can see many interesting similarities. There are roughly the same number of bones in the hands, feet, and spine. The skull protects the brain, similar to the rib cage protecting the heart and lungs, and the pelvis protecting the digestive and …

Case of the Broken Heart

I recently wrote a blog titled, “Posture: Chicken or the Egg.” The basic premise was how posture could dictate a person’s emotional state and vice versa. The simple act of lifting one’s chest could help lift a person’s spirit. Allowing the chest to drop could also encourage depression. Unfortunately, this concept seemed to be confirmed when a onetime client passed …

When One Joint Closes Another Opens

Movement is an amazing thing we are all capable of doing. Watch any “People are Awesome” video on YouTube, and you will be stunned at what the human form is able to do. Or watch any high-level athlete perform and notice how easy they make everything appear. When the body is highly conditioned and balanced, it is easier to perform …

Unlocking the Body

We have recently added a new course in our studio. We call it “Unlocking the Body.” It is our answer to what others would call a pain management or stretch class. We prefer not to use titles like pain management because that infers you have to live with pain; something we are not so readily willing to accept. Pain is …

To Be or Not To Be…In Pain, That is the Question!

The concept of “Pain Management” seems absurd when you stop and consider it. Why would you want to manage something you would rather not have at all? What if we were to change the phrase to “Pain Elimination” or “Pain Negation”? Why are so many people resolved to the idea that they just have to live with pain? Could it …

Defrosting a Frozen Shoulder

The weeks that followed were filled with pain and immobility. Although his knee slowly recovered from the wrenching, his shoulder did not. He found he could not lift his arm more than a couple of inches away from his body without tremendous pain. He had spent the next few months resting his shoulder and seeing doctors, getting x-rays and MRI’s. …

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