A History Lesson

My son and I were recently studying the Revolutionary War and the events leading up to it. We read about the Stamp Act, the Townshend Act, the Quartering Act, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. After studying these events he asked me why. Why did these things happen? I told him because the King of England wanted a …

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 …

Mechanics are to Structural Engineers as…

I feel a need to clear the air a bit. In previous blogs I have written about how doctors, although highly educated in surgical procedures, physiology, and pharmacology, are not educated in certain aspects of human motion and pain management. This is not a slam on the medical profession but merely an observation. Full body biomechanics and kinematic sequencing (how …

Posture: Chicken or the Egg

There is a direct correlation between emotions and the quality of posture. When someone is feeling depressed, they hold a much different posture than a person who is completely elated. But which came first, the posture or the emotion? Could changing one cause a change in the other? It turns out that it is hard to separate the two. Try …

A New Normal

Some friends came to town a couple of weeks ago, and when they saw my kids, they couldn’t get over how much they had grown. We made the typical nodding response of agreement, but then it got me thinking. Why don’t we make the same exclamatory remark every time we see our kids? I mean they are constantly growing. Obviously, …

Just Hang Out

How long has it been since you climbed a jungle gym or swung from the monkey bars? Hopefully, it was just yesterday or in the past week. Aside from it being a fun thing to do it can really have great benefits. Unfortunately for most people the only time they find themselves reaching overhead is when they are putting groceries …

Physical Education: A Modern Contradiction

Did you know that in some public schools P.E. (Physical Education) is not required at every grade level but could be considered an elective? With childhood obesity at an all-time high, you might find the lack of importance placed upon PE participation as one of the root causes. However, when you look at what the PE programs are attempting to …

The Importance of Being Cleanest

Gyms can be ideal environments for things to grow, and I do not mean just muscles. Germs and bacteria can thrive in exercise areas and locker rooms. It is important that where you exercise is cleaned on a regular basis. This does not mean just vacuuming or mopping floors but disinfecting the items people touch on a regular basis. Would …

The Fault in our Scars

Scars have the potential to cause trouble somewhere down the road. Not always but sometimes. To better understand how this might be, consider the function of our skin. What is it’s primary purpose? It is the largest organ of the body and plays a critical role in our survival. It is part of our immune system. Simply put, it keeps …

What We Do and Why We Love It

A hairstylist at a neighboring salon came to see me recently because of chronic right shoulder pain. It was just a little nagging sort of thing for the past few years, but lately, the pain grew to be too much. She couldn’t lift her arm higher than a few inches. Reaching back behind her, like reaching for a purse in …