Everyone wants a strong core and knows that it's important. What most people don't realize is that having "6-pack" or a flat stomach, doesn't necessarily equal strong. When I say "a strong core", I'm talking about muscles that can do their job. The abdominal muscles are meant to decompress the spine, support the organs, provide movement,… Continue reading 5 Steps to a Stronger Core
We recently moved to Nashville, and although this move was considerably easier than our last one, it still takes a toll. For most people moving and back pain go together. We've all been there: I think I can move that couch by myself....this box isn't THAT heavy....I don't need help.... Usually what follows next is a back… Continue reading How I Made it Through a Move Without Back Pain
You are going to love this! These are some of my favorite exercises for relieving shoulder and upper back tension that accumulates during the day. We do so many things with our arms: computer work, driving, studying, carrying babies, breastfeeding, yard work.... add misalignment, old injuries, weak muscles and stress to the mix and you have… Continue reading 10 Minutes to Tension & Pain Free Shoulders
Minimal or barefoot shoes have become increasingly popular in the last few years because of their health benefits. Vibram claims their shoes will strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improve range of motion, stimulate neural function, eliminate heel lift to align the spine, and allow the body to move naturally. Under the right conditions, minimal shoes… Continue reading 5 Steps to Safely Transition to Minimal Shoes
Pregnancy is another place we see the difference between posture and alignment. You all know the common pregnancy posture: pelvis and belly pushed forward with hands resting on the low back. It's normal to see this all around us, but it's not good alignment. Ideally, you would stand the same whether you are pregnant or… Continue reading How to Stand when you are Pregnant
Have you ever been told to “stand up straight!”? This phrase has children everywhere grumbling as a well meaning adult lectures on the importance of good posture. In my opinion, it's one of the most relevant examples of the difference between posture and alignment. The phrase has permeated the culture with its vague (subjective) recommendation for… Continue reading “Stand Up Straight!”
I've had many friends, family members and clients complain of sciatica lately, so I wanted to write a post for them. I wanted to start out by showing you the anatomy of the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve. You can see how a tight piriformis would agrivate the sciatic nerve. It's relatively rare, but in some people, the nerve… Continue reading Attention Sciatica Sufferers!