Tag: gait

5 Tips to Better Hiking

Tree roots create a natural staircase I went for my first difficult hike after breaking my ankle in July '18. And I noticed some interesting things that I might never have known had I not had this injury. I think it's worth a blog post, because regardless of whether you've ever broken or sprained your ankle, many people are deficient in ankle dorsiflexion* and/or weak in the feet and hips and can use these tips to keep hiking safe and satisfying. *Ankle dorsiflexion is when you bring the

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Balance for Walking

Balance is sometimes defined as “standing still” - i.e., can you balance on one foot? But can you balance walking? How can you tell if you can balance while walking? You are currently walking without falling over I presume. So how do you know if your balanced is compromised? Walking is a one-legged activity; the heel of the front leg lands, and then the leg in the back is lifted and the centre of mass is transferred forward over the leg on the ground until it becomes the back leg and

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REPORT: Gait Assessment and Optimization Workshop with Tom Myers Nov.’16

I attended a workshop with Tom Myers, well known author/anatomist/Rolfer last week with two of my colleagues and about 47 others in downtown Toronto. I've done workshops with him before, in NYC in 2010. Since that time, as most of you know, I've changed tack (sailing reference!) from teaching Pilates to teaching Restorative Exercise. Since I've been immersed in the RE paradigm for 4+ years, I wasn't sure how working with Tom again would translate to my new approach. To be honest, I was thinking

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Footprints in the Snow

Today I went out to clear some of the fresh snow that fell yesterday and found this:  So let's call this guy "The Mailman." The Mailman has a decidedly turned out foot position. Let's see what happens when he continues down the walk. (click on the image to get a better look) You can see that this is not just on the stairs but on level ground. The heels land almost directly in front of each other, as if he is walking with his heels on a narrow balance beam, with his toes sticking off the e

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