Archive for the ‘Structural Integration’ Category

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5 Ways to Counteract Wearing High Heels

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We all know that wearing high heeled shoes can be detrimental to our physical health, even though they may help us to look glamorous!

Since we don’t want to take away your high heels if you really enjoy wearing them, we’d like to share what you can do to balance yourself out when you do.  You know, we’re all about giving you options for self-care!

Check out the original post by Greg Robins on Eric Cressey’s website:

http://ericcressey.com/5-ways-to-counteract-wearing-high-heels

 

 

 

1952 Video: “Posture Pals”

If you’re looking for a few laughs, here’s a classic Young America Films video on posture from 1952.  Not quite as useful as the 1953 Posture Video, but even more entertaining (thanks to Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffs). Look for a young Melissa Gilbert!

 

 

1953 Video on Posture

For your holiday amusement, here’s a classic Young America Films video on posture from 1953.  Rather cheesy, but there’s actually some good information in there.  Enjoy!

 

 

Five Reasons You Have Tight Hamstrings

On his blog, Eric Cressey writes:

“There might not be a more obnoxious and stubborn athletic injury than the hamstrings strain.  When it is really bad, it can bother you when you’re simply walking or sitting on it.  Then, when a hamstrings strain finally feels like it’s getting better, you build up to near your top speed with sprinting – and it starts barking at you again.  In other words, a pulled hamstrings is like a crazy, unpredictable mother-in-law; just when you think you’ve finally won her over, she brings you back down to Earth and reminds you how much more she liked your wife’s old boyfriend.

However, not all hamstrings pain cases are true strains; more commonly, they present as a feeling of “tight hamstrings.”  If one is going to effective prevent this discomfort, rehabilitate it, or train around it, it’s important to realize what is causing the hamstrings tightness in the first place.”

Why might we have tight hamstrings?

1. Protective Tension of the Hamstrings

2. Neural Tension

3. Truly Tight Hamstrings

4. Previous Hamstrings Strain

5. Acute Hamstrings Strain or Tendinosis

Learn about the five reasons on Cressey’s blog at http://www.ericcressey.com/5-reasons-tight-hamstrin

 

Heal Your Bunions

We’ve often worked with people to help decrease the torsion that occurs in feet creating bunions. However, the other half of the work is waking up the weakened muscles which stabilize and ground the big toe.

Check out the following video to learn two simple (though perhaps not easy) exercise to help with bunions!

Mary Bond shares more about bunions on her blog: http://healyourposture.com/

 

Minding Your Mitochondria

At TEDx Iowa City, Dr. Terry Wahls speaks of her own experience with multiple sclerosis (MS) and how she overcame this “incurable” disease.

We are reminded of the words of Hippocrates in 400BC, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Those words are just as true now as they were then . . . . perhaps even moreso.

 

Increasing Support for the Lightly Shod

An interesting blog article from the folks at Podiatry Today:

Do Running Shoes Still Need Heels?

by Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS

Has anyone ever pondered the fact that almost every shoe we put on our feet contains a “heel”? This is true whether it is a $200 motion control running shoe or simply a dress shoe that has the ¾-inch heel to accommodate our perfectly hemmed slacks. Let’s not leave out the eye catching high heels that we all tell our patients are biomechanically inappropriate.

Surprisingly, it’s not simply 1 ½-inch pumps that can be wreaking havoc for our patients’ feet. It may very well be the majority of shoes that most of us are wearing.

Is the heel still necessary, especially in a “running” shoe?

The running shoe has many origins but many agree that athletic shoes began with a canvas top and rubber soled shoe that became known as a sneaker when U.S. Rubber used the brand name Keds to sell the first sneakers in 1917.1 The next major milestone came in the 1970s when William Bowerman and Phil Knight created the Nike running shoe. These early shoes had little if any cushion and for the most part had a negligible heel.

Over the next 40 years, we have seen the height as well as the cushion gradually increase. These developments inadvertently made runners adopt a “heel to toe” gait or “heel strike” when running. Bowerman and W.E. Harris authored a primer entitled Jogging: A Physical Fitness Program for All Ages in 1967.2 In this very popular book, they noted the most efficient way to run should be landing or striking on the heel first. The authors specifically stated that forefoot striking is incorrect and not the proper way to land.

Bowerman and Harris had no scientific basis for this explanation. Several years later, they went on to create a running shoe that contained a cushioned heel. They speculated that in order to run faster, one should stride longer and that by striding longer, runners needed to land on their heels. This is one of the “primitive” reasons for the introduction of a cushioned heel. As far as increasing our speed or becoming an efficient runner, we now know from the work of Daniel and colleagues that longer strides are not as important as cadence.3

This heel height has been referred to as “drop,” the distance in height between the heel of the shoe and the forefoot. Today, traditional running shoes have an average drop of 12 mm with the heel being 24 mm and the forefoot being 12 mm. This design encourages an unnatural gait, resulting in the heel hitting the ground first and followed by a rapid “slapping” of the forefoot.

A literature search will yield numerous articles discussing running biomechanics but unfortunately, we have yet to see any hard evidence as to what is the proper way to run. The majority of Root’s theories about running biomechanics involved heel striking first.4 However, that is simply what they were — theories. I agree that his work and publications are magnificent, wonderful and have meant a lot for our profession. However, we cannot use this as evidence-based medicine to treat our patients’ disorders in every aspect.

This can be very difficult to swallow but pronation as described by Root becomes irrelevant when we describe forefoot striking as we see pronation occurring with the entire foot and then ending just as the heel touches the ground. His definition, although described as movement of the foot, focused on the motion of the subtalar joint.4 Pronation in this manner becomes an ideal shock absorber, utilizing the motion of the midtarsal joints as well as the subtalar joint.

Root’s evidence came from previous texts, examination of patients and cadavers to then create what he referred to as “normal values” for the given range of motions. Root never went on to produce any randomized trials or studies that could demonstrate that injury was more likely a result of not having the so-called “normal values.”

Ankle equinus is one specific pathology Root discussed that has become very important when discussing lower extremity injuries. Root described ankle equinus as the inability to obtain at least 10 degrees of dorsiflexion at the ankle joint.4 He also emphasized that when we assess the subtalar joint in a neutral position, the ankle joint should be at 0 degrees with respect to dorsiflexion and pronation. Root also noted that by having the ankle in a plantarflexed position, we see uncovering of the talar head and thus an increase in the propensity for the subtalar joint to become hypermobile.

Interestingly enough, what happens when we place our foot in a traditional running shoe? We plantarflex the ankle joint and function with our foot in ankle equinus. We spend so much time educating patients on the effects of ankle equinus and runners abandon it all within seconds by lacing up a traditional running shoe.

Editor’s note: Dr. Campitelli has disclosed that he is an unpaid Medical Advisor for Vibram USA.

References

1. Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sportacademy/hi/sa/athletics/features/newsid_3935000/3935703.stm.

2. Bowerman WJ, Harris WE. Jogging: a medically approved physical fitness program for all ages. Grossett and Dunlap, New York, 1967.

3. Daniels J.T. Daniels’ Running Formula, Second Edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, 2005.

4. Root ML, Orien WP, Weed JH. Normal and Abnormal Function of the Foot, Volume 2. Clinical Biomechanics Corp., Los Angeles, CA, 1977.

 

Dangerous Bill in TN Legislature

Bill Would Change Administrative Oversight of Tennessee State Massage Board

Sections 11 and 12 of House Bill 2387 and Senate Bill 2249, if passed, would move the Massage Licensure Board from Tennessee Department of Health to the Tennessee Department of Commerce.  On page 5 of the bill, Sections 11 and 12 would relocate Title 63-18, which is the Massage Licensure Act of 1995, from the Department of Health Related Boards (DHRB) to the Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI).

The Department of Health Related Boards currently oversees all health professions while the Department of Commerce and Insurance oversees other professional licensing programs such as: electricians, plumbers, and real estate agents.

Massage therapy is a health profession. The current administrative oversight of DHRB has worked since the state first began licensing massage therapists; there is no reason to change what is working. The massage licensure board is self-funded from license fees so the proposed move would not save tax dollars, streamline state government, or reduce duplication of efforts. In fact, a change in administrative oversight would require an application and process shift to conform to a new department. There has been no reason given as to why the sponsors of this bill feel an oversight change is even needed.

Therapeutic massage is a health profession—not a trade—and massage therapists are health care providers.  Since 1995, our profession has been striving continually—and successfully—for recognition within the medical community.  Many massage therapists now work in healthcare environments, i.e. offices of physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and dentists.  Many are employed in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.  Furthermore, the massage profession should continue to be regulated within the Health Department in order to best protect the public from unsafe massage therapists.

We, together with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Tennessee Massage Therapy Association (TMTA), massage therapists and healthcare professionals statewide, are opposed to this section of HB 2387.  We encourage other healthcare professionals, our clients and patients to contact the sponsor of the bill and their representatives to voice opposition to Sections 11 and 12 of HB 2387. Contact them by email or phone or both.

The sponsor of HB 2387 is Representative Gerald McCormick, he can be reached at 615-741-2548 or rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov.

The bill has been referred to the Government Operations committeeRep. Jim Cobb serves as chair, Rep. Barrett Rich is vice-chair, and Rep. Tony Shipley is committee secretary.  Committee members also include Representatives Barbara Cooper, Craig Fitzhugh, Steve Hall, Julia Hurley, Mike Kernell, Debra Maggart, Judd Matheny, Gerald McCormick, & Mike Turner.  The committee can be reached at 615-741-4866.

The same bill on the Senate side of the General Assembly is SB 2249, sponsored by Senator Norris and Senator Bell.

Senator Mark Norris, sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1967

Senator Mike Bell, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1946

Find your state legislator by going to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

Read the Senate bill here:  http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB2249.pdf or the House bill here:  http://www.abmp.com/downloads/2012_TN_HB2387.pdf.

To find your legislators contact info, go to:    http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/districtmaps/

 

Rolfing and Trauma Workshop

Paul & Amber are in chilly Vermont for a couple of weeks. . . .  Paul is participating in a workshop on “Rolfing and Trauma: Psychobiological Skills for Rolfers” taught by Lael Keen.  It promises to be an exciting class, focusing on how to recognize trauma as it is held in the body and learn how to support its release through touch and movement/manual techniques.

A founding member of the Brazilian Rolfing Association, Lael comes from a family of Rolfers and is an Advanced Level teacher of Somatic Experiencing.

We’re enjoying our stay at the Inn at Baldwin Creek in Bristol, VT.  If you’re ever in the area, make it a point to stay there.  It’s like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower!