Ability, Mobility, Stability: The Value of Perspective


Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
10.19..2020

Having recently visited my favorite local Physical Therapist, Jason with Vital 6 Pain Solutions and Physical Therapy, I wanted to share a few gems from our conversations. I spend hours obsessing over the correlation between physical and psychological. So, naturally, with another professional that’s exactly what we discuss. Specifically, we began digging into the effects of choosing athletic sports or even workout styles that tend to aggravate pre existing imbalances or put the person at greater risk of injury.

To highlight this, some studies have been conducted to show correlations between things like core stability and a variety of movements. It concluded, “There appears to be a link between a core stability test and athletic performance tests. Ideally, specific performance tests will be able to better define and to examine relationships to core stability. Future studies should also seek to determine if there are specific sub-categories of core stability which are most important to allow for optimal training and performance for individual sports.”

So, as we discussed the variety of needs for different athletes, the idea arose that screening an individual while young to determine some specific sports which would be optimal for their individual physical makeup could potentially allow people to intelligently make decisions for themselves or for their children. What would be some assessments included for this screening?

Signs of hypermobility or hypomobility
Height
Weight
Body proportions
Tonicity of tissue
Imbalances
Pre Existing conditions
Personality or emotional demeanor
Exposure to specific sports and movement patterns

Of course, this can be expanded upon, but imagine creating a way to start athletic activities at any age with the confidence that you are doing activities that are optimal for your body and decreasing risks of injury at the same time. If you want to begin that process, we recommend Jason highly! Of course, we will be here along the way, as well, ready to help with recovery and maintenance.

Collaboration Means Pain Mitigation

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
10.13.2020

We’ve all been told, “Teamwork makes the dream work!” However, how does that apply to your wellness and healthcare?

Sometimes, as professionals we get so focused on our own success and impact in our community. However, rather than vying for business or clientele, what would happen if we each communicated with other outstanding healthcare professionals to work towards common goals? How many more people could be positively affected if, as collaboration researcher Thomas Stallkamp noted, “(we) gang up on the problem, rather than each other.”?

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Foam Rolling: Life Saver or Torture Device?

Megan Hanriot
NASM CPT, NASM PES, NASM CES

How often have you heard how great foam rolling is for you? And after trying it, I’m sure you found yourself wondering why.
First, what exactly is foam rolling? It’s a form of self myofascial release, or SMR for short.
Recently, one of the biggest and most interesting subjects of research in the fitness industry is fascia and it’s purpose. Fascia is under your skin and it’s a connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and internal organs.

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Complementary Medicine: Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.
10.6.2020

We often discuss imbalances within posture and structure with our clientele, and then usually we give you information for one of our trusted partners. As clients experience pain relief, they will ask, “So, how do I stop this from happening again?” As we are all unique with individual needs and complaints, there is no “one size fits all” answer. However, we do work very closely with other professionals who have helped us on our personal journeys to remain pain-free.

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