Great Article (click here) from John Elder, Egoscue Nashville.
With the abdominals over strengthened, muscle and joint function and pain problems are on their way. This article makes so much sense.
My January 2012 Blog Post Article Degenerative Knees (Bone on Bone) Will Regenerate sure does attract a lot of readers and comments! I get the most inquiries about this article and problem.
If a person is serious and committed and will do WHATEVER it takes to get out of pain and has "stick to it-ness" then the chances of stopping any joint degeneration increases dramatically.
But when the rubber meets the road and it is time to take action which means taking real responsibility for a problem the owner created (unless the joint was severely and directly damaged in an accident), many people throw in the towel. Bone on bone joints don't just appear like a flu or an alien attack from outer space nor are they due to old age or genetics.
Some people don't want to have to work for it and or they don't want to pay out of pocket for it. Hey, real healing real rebalancing of the musculoskeletal system takes time and commitment, there is no ride to the top in the elevator, you have to take the stairs. There is no pill, juice, no magic ointment or vitamin. No shortcuts.
The best thing to do honestly is to stop and look at yourself in the mirror or in photos. Come in or email your photos to us. The muscles should have enough equal tension side to side and front to back to hold the joints and body in vertical and horizontal alignment. If your knee joint(s) are not pointing straight ahead and directly under your hip joint (in the crease of your leg NOT out to the side of the body) and they are not over your ankle joint - forget it. You have muscle imbalances which in most cases are correctable IF you want to do the work. No joint replacement surgery can make these muscular corrections.
The next best thing to do is to get busy rebalancing your muscles with The Egoscue Method. (Don't buy that new car yet, maybe put off the European vacation or cruise for a year.) Get the money, make the commitment and find a really good Egoscue Therapist with a solid track record and submerge yourself in the process and follow their instructions.
Pilates, yoga, strength stretch training, acupuncture and chiropractic does not focus on aligning the whole body, all joints, changing muscle memory because the patient and their muscles is a passive receiver. The gym equipment and personal training does nothing to bring the body back into the actual center of gravity to get all the joints and body functioning optimally with no friction.
Many clients we work with are astounded to learn that pelvic or hip or shoulder or knee or ankle movement, position, functions were never a focus of their therapy or efforts. (Many therapists and practitioners do not know or are not trained in proper BIOMECHANICS of the body and all joints. Even though Orthopedics doctors do have this training they are only concerned with the joint in pain and don't treat the body as an integrated unit and therefore miss the real cause of the dysfunction above or below the knee or bone on bone joint.)
If your pelvis and knees (shoulders or ankles) are rotated, the gym equipment is not designed to correct that. Put a crooked body in the gym machines, a stronger crooked body emerges.
Muscles get into patterns and oftentimes bad habits which few people understand, no one talks about or looks for. Over time muscle memory is established. Going to the gym, is just reinforcing the existing muscle memory patterns. The Egoscue Method establishes a new functional muscle memory OR I should say YOU ESTABLISH A NEW MUSCLE MEMORY using The Egoscue Method exercise based therapy.
Give us a call for an appointment or to discuss your situation. 772-559-1532.
It's encouraging to see "posture" making mainstream news.
This CBS story is just a reminder, bringing awareness to what position you are putting your skeleton, organs, muscles, joints in (not just your neck as the Orthopedic Surgeon focuses on) when using a smartphone repeatedly.
The surgeon in the video (inset within the article) makes bad posture (forward head) sound irreversible, and we know that is not true because it is reversible.
And he makes it sound like telling yourself to sit up straight will make it happen but we know that won't work. If the muscles have not been specifically educated to do anything different than what they habitually do, they will become very rigid and lock bones in detrimental positions and the spine in a "C" shape, with tailbone tucked under, butt muscles disengaged, friction and compressions will result.
It's just a waste of time trying to "sit up straight" because the muscle memory will simply not allow that because the muscles are locked into a pattern of being too tight or too loose- the muscle balance to hold the person correctly is gone. "Trying" changes very little.
Muscles will only do what they have been habitually doing and keep doing until they are strategically made to function differently-- what we have not made them do. This has nothing to do with the gym, or yoga or pilates or pool exercises even physical therapy. It is Biomechanics reconditioning of all joints and associated muscles in a specific way.
Sit on the front edge of your chair, tilt your pelvis down in the front creating a lumbar curve, this will move your head backward more over your shoulders and you will be more vertical.
If you can't create an arch in your lower back by tilting your pelvis down in front, or to create a lumbar arch you are lifting your sternum and leaning backward in substitution .....your muscles need to go back to school.
This surgeon may specialize in the neck but he is missing one important FACT. The body only works as a UNIT. He did not mention the lower back or pelvis or knees/legs etc. (And maybe the TV program didn't have time for all that.....ya right.) You can not separate what your neck is doing from ANY OTHER PART OF YOUR BODY---what position your spine is in or what position your legs and hips are in or knees or ankles, feet etc.
Although the media is talking more and more about the importance of proper body alignment and maintaining the original design positioning of the body, Orthopedics, "modern" and even "alternative" medicine is still missing the boat by treating the body as a pile of separate distinct parts not as a UNIT.
The next thing we'll be seeing are TV advertisements for a prescription pharmaceutical drug to correct your forward head position and how it is considered a disease that requires a "cure" by popping some pills.
Come in and let us evaluate your individual situation. 772-559-1532.
It's common knowledge that the world is round. Although a long time ago, many people thought the world was flat, the sea was filled with ship devouring monsters and you should stay away from the edge and precipice. Some people started to realize in fact the world is not flat and were a minority until it was determined the world is round.
Being educated in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and massage, interacting with the medical profession personally and professionally for many years, I realize I believed the body is a collection of distinctly separate parts, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones. I was trained and licensed to see and work with the body on a horizontal table. The body is resting, not moving and I am focused on one muscle group or section of the body at a time. All the anatomy books, some very famous, show individual muscles and parts and from a point of view of stillness, not movement.
Believing that the various parts of the body are distinct and separate is synonymous, on some level, to still believing the world is flat. We know the world is round. More and more successful medical practitioners and researchers have discovered that the body is inextricably interconnected AND functions as a UNIT. See Tom Myers ground breaking work www.anatomytrains.com. But the American Health Care System (Walter Cronkite said, it is neither healthy, caring nor a system) is chugging along based on the belief system that body parts and systems are islands unto themselves and function distinctly without interaction or influence by other parts and systems.
"Modern" medicine STILL treats the body as a bunch of separate unrelated parts. If you have knee pain you go to an Orthopedist. If you have foot pain you go to a Podiatrist. If you have headaches you go to a Neurologist. If you have stomach pain you go to a Gastroenterologist. If you have a kidney problem you go to a Nephrologist. If you have ear, nose or throat problems you go to a ENT doctor. If you have a heart problem you go to a Cardiologist. If you have a hormone problem you go to an Endocrinologist. If you have a allergy you go to an Allergist. If you have a skin problem you go to a Dermatologist. On and on and on.
People are using insurance to get medical help but many times, the help doesn't resolve anything and may even mask the problem so that the problem gets bigger and the root cause is unidentified. Could it be that underlying beliefs about how the body is organized and how it functions is not up to date? Absolutely, yes.
I discovered The Egoscue Method and saw the undisputed results in many others and in my self. This is a completely different and correct way to see and understand the human body. This led to my training as a Posture Alignment Therapist. It was quite an adjustment to understand, see and work with the body in motion, clothed, and as a whole integrated interdependent system. I realized this is why the efficacy of massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, orthopedics and many other interventions is limited because the modality is focusing on one part of the body.
The reason the posture alignment method for helping clients get out of pain is so successful is because it is a method based on the fact that the human body is comprised of various parts but those parts ARE interconnected and they function as a whole and in concert with each other. Therefore it is foolish to assume that because there is a symptom in one area that is also where the underlying root problem is.
That is exactly why we do not run around chasing the symptom or only working with the area in pain. We know that any part of the body can become imbalanced and have a domino reactionary impact elsewhere. One joint and its corresponding surrounding musculature that doesn't work the way it is designed to work will, before long, malfunction. When that happens some other muscle or joint or part will have to assist the non-functioning one and then compensation patterns are set. Over time compensations become their own dysfunctions.
Another important fact that is greatly overlooked and people just don't know is joints have positional requirements. This means they must maintain certain positions in order to function optimally and without friction and degradation. Why would this idea be so foreign.....aren't organs positioned strategically in the body? Would it be ok to have the intestines above the stomach? The joints and bones must maintain their original positions they were designed to have for REALLY important reasons: to function fully without wear and tear.
A related and very important fact greatly overlooked is muscles have reciprocal length and tension requirements in order to keep the bones they move, in their original and optimal positions. Joints will be making funky movements they were not built to sustain over time when these length and tension requirements are modified, impaired and not corrected.
The various pairs of muscles will not have balanced tension then will become imbalanced. For example: if pectoral muscles (in the front of the shoulder) become too tight and rhomboids (in the back of the shoulder) become too weak, there is a great potential for a shoulder rotator cuff injury. If one quadratus lumborum (attaching ribs to pelvis) or latissimus dorsi (attaching pelvis to shoulder and shoulder blade) is too tight on one side of the torso the pelvis will hike up on that side and will cause the spine to tilt off center in the opposite direction. This makes vertebral discs ripe for bulges and things like scoliosis, shoulder joint, neck, jaw joint imminent. The body will pad with calcium creating a boney callus when there is friction and danger of nerves being pinched, creating stenosis, or produce any of the "itis" conditions to occur.
If there is pain and restriction in the shoulder, it is most likely the muscles of the hips and pelvis are weak and have allowed the pelvis to tuck under, flattening, turning off the butt muscles, flattening the lumbar curve/spine and forcing the shoulders to round and the head to move forward. "Modern" approaches will work for weeks, months or years focusing on the shoulder with no success chalking it up to old age or arthritis and NEVER looking below at the position of the loading bearing structures that the shoulders sit upon.
One reason why our new incoming clients have not gotten out of pain after joint replacements is because the medical community still believes the world is flat... the body is treated as if it is a pile of separate parts and those parts can remain mispositioned without any problems. In fact most people have never been told their joint or leg or pelvis or shoulder is out of position and told why that MUST be corrected. Working with one woman with severe knock knees, she said no doctor or physical therapist told her the knees were supposed to be stacked over the ankle and under the hip and not severely angled inward, glued to the other knee. Her hip muscles and upper back muscles were severely weak. She has spent enormous amounts of time and money and has had to live a very limited life.
However, many times joints are replaced but it is discovered after the surgery that that joint was not causing the pain since the pain still exists. As one of my recent clients said, "My knee still hurts even 12 months after the knee was replaced. I went for my 12 month appointment with the surgeon and told him. He said the surgery was successful but I have bursitis in that knee and he gave me bursitis exercises that did nothing."
The knee is a HINGE joint. The joints above and below it have rotational capabilities and hinge function. The joints above and below the knee (hip and ankle) can dictate the position of the knee (the knee should point straight forward like the headlights of your car). The knee is a victim or where the hip and ankle are directing it. If the hip muscles coordinating movement of the thigh bone are allowing the knee to point inward or are pulling it outward, there will be a detrimental rotation going through the knee joint. And most likely foot and ankle problems like plantar fasciitis, sprains, toe or foot pain will follow.
HEY!!! the KNEE is going to have a BIG problem with that scenario!! And this client in fact had a huge muscle imbalance in her low leg, ankle, hip and pelvic muscles which was wreaking havoc on her knee joint.
Almost every time a client got out of pain (knee, sciatic, hip, ankle, neck, shoulder, back) it's because we helped the client learn how to retrain their specific muscles to hold the proper required alignment ELSEWHERE in the body. In other words the problem was elsewhere and not in the area with pain.
THE UNDERLYING IMPORTANT CONCEPT TO REMEMBER IS THERE EXISTS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT, AND COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO THE BODY AND TO RESOLVING PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION.
THIS APPROACH IS DIVORCED FROM OLD OUTDATED METHODOLOGY AND BELIEFS THAT THE BODY AND MUSCLES AND JOINTS ARE NOT INTERCONNECTED. (By the way lots of people are running around saying they know the body is connected. But they can't feel their body - very common- and therefore have no experience of it. Then they may be thinking the body doesn't really need that spinal disc or a nerve as their doctor has reassured them needs removal or fusion but never see the joints above and below are really out of position - a big red light that muscles are imbalanced. So they keep getting surgery for the same painful body part. And doctors keep doing the surgery. Over and over and over, surgery or shots etc.)
THE SUCCESSFUL METHOD WE USE IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE BODY IS INTERCONNECTED AND WE CAN SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVE PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION WHEN WE WORK FROM THIS IMPORTANT UNDERSTANDING - the body works as a UNIT.
Just do a simple experiment. Take a walk right now, just a short one. Walk anywhere, in your house or outside. Just for one or two minutes. As one foot and leg strikes the floor, what happens to your arms, or your shoulders or your head or your back. Don't those other parts move? They may move a lot or a little but they move.
IF you have had a knee replacement, walk and see if you can feel your ankle and hip and pelvis and shoulder move....at all. YES, correct. There is movement and there is potential for movement that is not optimal due to muscle imbalance, joint mis-positions and cascading affects.
The point is: as you move your lower or upper body there is movement elsewhere and hopefully everywhere. You are not a collection of unrelated, isolated parts. Move a foot and your neck or head will move. Lift an arm overhead, your pelvis and hips and legs will shift perhaps a lot or a little.
When walking, there is a small twisting movement in the center abdomen area. Your organs are getting a gentle wringing or massage! If this doesn't happen perhaps this can instigate constipation. All of your body and all organ systems are experiencing varying degrees of movement. Hunch forward for 2 or 4 or more hours regularly your muscles will remember they are supposed to position you that way and you will maintain that position. This hunched over position is compressing your internal organs.
Using common sense thinking, remembering that the world is round and the body IS totally interconnected and reliant on many other joints, muscles and systems will hopefully help guide your understanding of your body's cries for help and your decisions about what to do about your pain and dysfunction.
Call us for a consultation to discuss your individual situation. 772-559-1532
Our Functional Exercise Class incorporates The Egsoscue Method® exercises (also called E-Cises) requiring the body to move in all 3 planes of motion to restore or maintain integrity of the body's joint and structural design positions by synergistically engaging pairs of muscles, front to back and side to side. This returns the body's actual center of gravity to the center. (The Egoscus Method is grounded in the science of biomechanics, which analyzes the relationship between the structure, function and mechanics of the human body.) We always work within the limits of the individual body encouraging the fullest possible range of motion in the moment for what the body will allow. The E-Cises have a profound effect on the body and are amazingly simple yet sometimes shockingly difficult.
The exercises are taking all the loading bearing joints, pelvis and spine through their primary functions - the functions they were designed to perform.
A great deal of attention is focused on asymmetries in joint position, joint function and muscle engagement with the goal to make joints and muscles perform fully and engage symmetrically. If students are asked to repetitiously squeeze and release their butt muscles, then the goal is to make sure both right and left glute (hip extensor) muscles are engaging simultaneously, with the same amount of power and without compensations from other muscles.
People are often astounded to discover that what they thought would be easy and "normal" movements for their body are quite the opposite. This can illuminate why a hip or knee is in pain because the movement and/or position is dysfunctional. This is how students can make important connections between their joint mis-positions or misalignments and their pain. The instructor helps students understand what patterns of function and position joint should exist and to identify their patterns of compensation and/or dysfunction so corrections can be made or increased control can be used to keep the compensation from sneaking in.
For example, in class when the exercises are performed students are cued to place their ankle, knee, hip joints in vertical alignment, keep their feet straight ahead, or when seated to tilt their pelvis downward in front putting an arch in the lower back, and ensure the shoulder joint is stacked over the hip joint. (The instructor may point out that a student's pelvis is not tilting forward to create the lumbar arch in sitting position but rather the sternum is lifting or upper back is leaning backwards in substitution for the pelvic-induced arch.) These "design" or start positions alone can create balanced muscle pairs and alignment allowing the greatest opportunity for joints and muscles to work with full function and synergy.
During each exercise students will be asked to notice what joint or muscle is not working fully or properly on one side like the opposite side. Or they will be asked to notice how much weight is distributed in each foot before a sequence of exercises is started and then notice how the weight is equalized after seemingly unrelated exercises.
The class focuses on the whole body. This is all about joint position and synergistic muscle balance. This class is quite different in that the emphasis is on the body working as a unit. No one muscle or area is more important to strengthen or use than any other. It's the component parts that once aligned properly they can perform their own jobs optimally to create an overall total functioning kinetic chain. Any one link that is weak or too strong will create a misalignment, center of gravity will shift, then compensations, dysfunctions, imbalance causing friction, wear and tear and injury will ultimately follow.
"Without exception, every time I leave this class I feel better than when I came in, usually exhausted and tired from the activities of the day. I am energized, loosened up, and feeling renewed strength both physically and mentally.
Exercises are tailored to fit your personal need with close supervision to assure you are doing the exercise in a way that will most benefit each individual and their need. - which prevents injury (usually I overstretch when I have attended yoga and end up hurting myself)"
"I love Catee’s class! Each time we meet with Catee she asks us if we have any specific areas of pain or concern. She designs each class with this in mind. I always leave class feeling balanced, pain free and more in alignment!! It helps me to watch other class members do an exercise… We help each other and have lots of good laughter and smiles… I get to review my menu and make sure I am doing each exercise correctly… I always look forward to this class.. Yoga just stretches… Catee pinpoints areas of pain or concern and targets each exercise accordingly."
Call us at 772-559-1532 to let us know if you will be attending class for the first time. The class is not a substitute for a private session. Your doctor must have cleared you for exercise. The class is for people who are not in pain which prevents movement and use of knees, hips, ankles, shoulders, spine and pelvis.
A woman came in to discuss her right knee pain. She had been to Physical Therapy and was told one of her legs was shorter than the other. The advice was that her thigh muscles had to be stretched and lengthened and her hamstrings and butt needed strengthening.
The Orthopedist said he wanted her to take Tramadol. She intuitively knew that the Tramadol would mask the pain and the problem would continue and worsen. She followed her friends recommendation to come to The POSTURE Clinic.
She had a history of left bunion surgery (twice) and plantar release surgery to release the right plantar fascia tendon. She had a "couple of sprained ankles", a Trip 'N Fall leaving her with a broken right wrist and left elbow at separate times. She has a Baker's Cyst on the right knee and had dislocated her Patella (knee cap) four times, and tore her meniscus 12 years ago.
She previously had right back pain, currently has right hip pain and right knee pain.
True to form, many professionals are trained to be concerned only with the symptom. At The POSTURE Clinic we work in the completely opposite way.
We know from successfully helping people get out of pain that SELDOM is the cause of the pain where the symptom is. Yes we are concerned with the symptom and health history but we know the various joints and component parts of the body are not islands unto themselves. They are inextricably linked and intertwined.
We also know that the body has positional requirements. The knee joint is shaped and designed to hinge the upper leg (femur) directly over the low leg (tibia/fibula). The knee is not designed to rotate or swivel. But the joints above the knee and below the knee are designed to rotate and to also move forward and back so the knee can work without friction and pain. Muscle balance must exist for the muscles to engage properly to move the upper leg, hip, ankle, low leg keeping the structures mobile, functional and stable. As muscles learn bad habits and start compensating, the joint they operate becomes mispositioned then proper function, and stability or flexibility are impaired and modified. The poor little knee joint is a victim of what else is happening or not happening elsewhere.
During her first session I mentioned that the only decisive way to determine a leg length difference is to X-ray both legs and measure each femur bones. Otherwise without an X-ray, the length difference is likely muscles of the hip/pelvis that have an imbalance of length and tension.
I did a brief functional test. I had her walk across the room and report her pain level. Then I asked her to clasp her hands, put them behind her head, pull her elbows back and take the same walk as before. She reported in 20 seconds that her knee pain (originally a 7-8 on the pain scale) felt less. Did I do anything to the knee?? Absolutely not. Then what happened?
I used common sense. I know that if the rest of her body is out of position with muscle imbalances that any correction or slight positive repositioning of another body part will change her center of gravity and the other parts of her body including her war torn knee would improve it's position and the pain would improve. Try the functional test and see what part of your body might reposition. Everyone's compensations and imbalances are unique so your experience may be different than this client. (This is all the more reason to come for an evaluation so we can assess your individual issues and posture.)
Imagine, 2 bunion surgeries, 2 plantar fascia procedures-1 was a surgery, numerous ankle, elbow, wrist injuries, a Baker's cyst behind the right knee, 4 dislocations of the right knee and a torn meniscus of the right knee......Why does this keep happening over and over and over?? Because her right thigh is too tight and her butt and hamstrings too loose?
Good luck with that incomplete approach since the Physical Therapist was only looking at the upper leg and hip. He/she completely ignored the upper body and other joints, pelvic position and spinal position and function. This woman has all those other parts and joints but they were being completely overlooked as if they have no bearing on the knee.
Answer: the other parts of her body are out of position which deeply alters her center of gravity creating imbalances, compensations and dysfunctions throughout. Years of friction, wear and tear and problem after problem, many compensations and dysfunctions ensue until a POSTURE alignment therapist trained in the Egoscue Method crosses paths with this person. At that point, the clients sees and understands there are FAR more imbalances that exist in her body and her muscles have to be retrained to create the correct biomechanics and motor pathways so her muscles can engage properly throughout her whole body. This will restore symmetry and PROPER function and Center of Gravity restored will enable the joints and her whole body to function without pain, compensation and restriction.
Come in for an evaluation and we'll see if we can help you. We love what we do and we are really good at it. We don't advertise. All of our business is generated by referral. Call for an appointment today 772-559-1532.
A large percentage of clients we work with come to us in chronic pain. Their lives have become very limited and very unenjoyable due to chronic pain. When asked what their goals are for undertaking the Posture Alignment Program they say, not surprisingly say, "to get out of pain."
This is understandable to say the least. But many times clients don't understand that getting out of pain is only half the battle and just a part of the process.
Getting to a place of enormous pain in most cases takes place over time, a long period of time. Think of the timeline of when your pain started and then what events started years before that. Was there a car accident, a sports related accident, years of playing one-sided sports or doing one-sided activity, sitting at a desk for 30 years, any physical injury or surgery. This is a short list of the things that set up compensations in the body where you stopped using a body part for a period of time and overused another body part. Therein begins the problem, years and years ago. That is the beginning of the time line and by the time there is actual pain that can not be ignored, it is late in the timeline. Pain is the end of the process since the problem is at it's most severe state.
Spondylolisthesis, Stenosis, Herniations, torn Meniscus/Cartilage/Tendons etc. etc. etc. are not created in the body quickly. These problems are the result of friction and wear and tear in the body from long standing muscle imbalances, faulty muscle engagement, and poor biomechanics.
Pain is the end point in this process. Pain from Spondylolisthesis, Stenosis, Arthritis, and most all other diagnoses or surgeries or problems as explained above, is the final stage of a multistage process of physical degradation. This degradation is caused mostly from environmental circumstances that set up muscle inactivity and weakness or hyper tension which make muscle pairs become imbalanced. The mechanics of how muscles engage, which ones are getting recruited the way they should and when they should, is compromised. Strengthening activities do little good to correct the imbalances without specific biomechanics retraining.
At The Posture Clinic we are working first and foremost to get clients out of pain as soon as possible. But the process really does not end there. You see there was a long history of physical issues and injuries and environmental circumstances building up and piling up before the client gets to the point of pain or extreme pain. Therefore all those prior muscle and joint imbalances and dysfunctions need to be resolved or improved. This is where clients drop out of the process because they think since the pain is gone they are home free. Not so.
Most clients are not home free because there is more work to be done to get the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, pelvis and spine functioning fully and CORRECTLY again. We are happy clients jump for joy when they are out of pain; we're joyfully jumping right along side of them.
The analogy that paints a good picture is this: if your house is on fire you want to put out the fire. But after the fire is out you have to rebuild the house- the whole house not just the kitchen or den. You gotta rebuild the whole house.
Call us at 772-559-1532 to discuss your individual situation. We're trained in biomechanics and can show you where you've developed dysfunctional muscle and joint function and alignment.
From Dale Favier's article in Reader's Digest March 2014. Dale Favier is a massage and health blogger.:
A massage therapist has seen a lot of people and…. This is What Bodies Look Like
Let's start here with what nobody looks like: Nobody looks like the people in magazines or movies. Not even models. Nobody. Lean people have a kind of rawboned, unfinished look about them that is very appealing. But they don't have plump round breasts and plump round behinds. If you have plump round breasts and a plump round behind, you have a plump round belly and plump round thighs as well. That's how it works. (And that's very appealing too.)
Women have cellulite. All of them.
It's dimply and cute. It's not a defect. It's not a health problem.
Men have silly buttocks. Especially if most of your clients are women, you come to male buttocks, and you say, What, this is it? They're kind of scrawny, and the tissue is lumpy because it's unpadded; you have to dial back the pressure, or they'll yelp.
Everybody on a massage table is beautiful. There are really no exceptions to this rule.
At that first long sigh, at that first thought that "I can stop hanging on now, I'm safe," a luminosity, a glow, begins. Within a few minutes, the whole body is radiant with it. It suffuses the room. It suffuses the massage therapist too.
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Got a bum knee? Got an ankle that is weak, wobbly undependable? Got a shoulder that can't operate fully-doesn't allow you to lift it to or above shoulder height? Maybe it's frozen. Got a hip that is too tight or painful or just plain weak?
You only have FOUR primary LOAD BEARING joints on each side that hold the weight of your entire body. A right and left ankle joint, knee joint, hip and shoulder joint.
Do you weigh 100 or 150 or 185 or 210? All that weight is held by your muscles (tendons/ligaments) and bones and PRIMARILY by your 8 load bearing joints.
If you have ONE joint, JUST ONE, that does not move well or you avoid using it fully for whatever reason, you have 25% LESS function on that side of your body.
If you have TWO joints, TWO that do not function completely or at all due to pain, restriction etc, then you guessed it, you have 50% LESS function on that side of your body.
25% is a lot, but 50% is a lot for your body to manage and cope with. Got more than two problematic joints?
Don't mess around. Find the REAL underlying cause of the problem and the real solution ASAP. Remember, stenosis is a callous, arthritis is merely the result of irritation and friction, swelling like a Baker's Cyst or edema is the body's way of trying to save itself. You are a survival machine but you can't ignore these issues thinking it stops there. Stenosis is a symptom not a root cause. Same with swelling, inflammation etc.
Call us for a Consultation to see your posture photos and gait video. We help you see where all the imbalances are and you'll be amazed like most people what you see and learn. Check it out, call us today: 772-559-1532.
Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.