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The Psoas Muscle and its Global Relationships

There continues to be a a lot of discussion about strengthening the core muscles. In this article I will discuss functional relationships that will inhibit the core muscles from being strengthened. Due to dysfunctional movement/coordination patterns, even the best of core strengthening programs will not be successful unless these dysfunctional patterns are reprogrammed. My approach, […]

Cervical Dystonia/Torticollis

When I was researching standard treatment for cervical dystonia, mostly what I found was that there was no cure and the usual treatment is Botox injections. The Botox is generally injected into the “overworked” SCM and Splenius Capitus. This may provide some temporary relief of symptoms but certainly is no cure. What is not explored […]

Reactive Muscles and the Kinetic Chain

The concept of reactive muscles was introduced by David Walther in his book “Applied Kinesiology”. When two muscles are in relationships such as synergistic or antagonistic, one muscle has the ability to compensate for the other. Although the muscles may manually test strong or facilitated by themselves, in relationship one muscle may inhibit the other. […]

Ankle Sprains and the Kinetic Chain

An ankle sprain can be a fairly serious injury. Estimates for recovery range from three months to a year. We know that ligaments heal slowly and the tissue surrounding them must be strengthened in order to regain complete functionality. But what is often ignored is the effect of the unstable ankle on the rest of […]

The Kinetic Chain and its Therapeutic Application

We know the hip bone is connected to the thigh bone. Kinetic chains both closed and open have been understood and utilized by physical therapists, personal trainers, and orthopedists for many years. We are now gaining a greater appreciation of the fascia and its role in kinetic chains thanks largely to Tom Myers in his […]

NeuroKinetic Therapy for the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

With the widespread use of computers, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injuries (CTS/RSI) are quickly becoming one of the leading causes of workplace absenteeism in the United States. But computer operators are not the only ones affected with these maladies. Cashiers, hairdressers, massage therapists and countless other professionals can be seen wearing wrist braces […]

Repetitive Strain and the Elbow

The elbow is one of the areas of the body most subject to repetitive strain because of all the tendinous attachments. Not only do the flexor and extensor tendons attach there, but also the tendons of the finger flexor and extensor muscles, and the tendons of the muscles that produce pronation and supination. With all […]

Repetitive Strain and the Computer

Much has been written about the problems associated with the overuse of the computer. Computer professionals and enthusiasts often suffer from a particular combination of symptoms. First of all, because of the length of time in a seated position, compression of the lower back is common. Most people do not engage their deep abdominal muscles […]

How Do You Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

In the world of manual therapy there are an infinite variety of techniques and approaches to dysfunctional patterns. I have been engaged in a conversation with other manual therapists about how to treat plantar fasciitis. Some want to treat the symptoms by ice therapy, splint therapy, or ultrasound. I agree that these techniques are very […]

Do You Treat Symptoms or Causes Part Three

One of the areas of the body where emotional baggage powerfully interacts with the neuromuscular system is the jaw. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJD or TMJ, is said to be 90% emotionally based. Other causes include forceps delivery, malocclusion, poor orthodontia, and whiplash. Dentists treat TMJD with various techniques, such as night guards, […]