Tag: Restorative Exercise™

A Calf Stretch is a Calf Stretch…Or is it?

I posted a series of photos on my social media, photos showing various ways one could perform a calf stretch. In each of the photos there are several variables and variations. In each instance, even though your goal might be the same, the outcome might be different. My reason for posting them was to illustrate this fact, and that if you are doing one, you are not necessarily getting the benefits of the others (or indeed, the benefit you think you are getting). So let's start with the ob

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The Alignment REScue helps the Little RES Q!

People think of casts as a plaster casing that holds a bone and its associated joints in position, usually for the purpose of allowing a bone to heal if it's been broken. The idea is that if the bone is restricted in movement, the bones will have a chance to repair. So we have the idea that a cast is a good thing. But it's neither good nor bad, it's just a thing. A cast can be anything that restricts full movement or range of motion of a joint or muscle. For example, the orthotic that you put in

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Snack Homework part 2

Get your Snack Homework by clicking on my affiliate link HERE. As promised, here are the remaining 10 snacks with a brief description. Read about the first 12 here. A Balanced Approach to Hip Strength - have a chair handy and use either the seat or the chair back. Standing, squatting and one legged squats (hard), alternating with anterior shoulder work using yoga strap. A lesson in knee alignment in squat. Standing #4. Nice demo on Double Calf Stretch or forward bending. Listing with forwar

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Why Align?

The first time I see a new client, I assess their standing position, and try to bring their attention to the habits they currently have standing, sitting and walking. In some cases, that is enough information for that client to make changes to those habits that result in relief of symptoms. Although I am not a Doctor or a Physiotherapist, and cannot (and do not) claim to treat disease, the fact remains that a lot of people are seeking Restorative Exercise Specialists™ because there is gener

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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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