Proprioception: What is it? Ways to improve it!


When I see new clients, they often define themselves as clumsy. Being clumsy is just something that is commonplace and thought of as a trait. However, being clumsy can mean that you need to build your proprioception.

Proprioception is how your body perceives the surrounding environment and how your body moves in said environment. Basically, it’s the ability of your body to gauge how to maneuver around a stick in your path, or how to go up and down steps.

If you are less aware of the environment surrounding you, then you lack proprioception. But, can you build up the proprioception you have currently? Of course!!

Many corrective exercise workouts are actually geared towards building proprioception. Whether it be using a stabilization technique, performing a task with your eyes closed, or jumping, you can actually improve how you perceive your environment.

While I myself have been known to consider myself as clumsy, I now try to incorporate all sorts of exercises to improve my own proprioception. Look for my videos about ankle stability and lower leg mobility if you want to start improving your own proprioception!!

For more content and instructional videos, check out my future blog posts and our app!

Low back pain and foam rolling


So many people suffer from low back pain on a daily basis. Also, so many people focus on the lower back muscles as the culprit, but have you ever considered there could be other reasons? (WARNING: Please do not foam roll your lower back muscles)

One of the biggest reasons for low back pain is muscle imbalances. Maybe your quads dominate your daily movement, or maybe your hamstrings dominate. Maybe your lats are too tight. Maybe you sit at a desk for most of your day and your hip flexors are constantly shortened.

People tend to live in a constant state of unbalanced muscles and don’t realize this until there is a problem. Low back pain is a huge problem and it is one that can be gradually improved with a little daily maintenance.

The main spots to foam roll if you have low back pain really are dependent on your own imbalances. Each individual moves throughout their day differently. We compensate for muscle imbalances in various ways.

If you want to see some good spots for foam rolling to help with low back pain, check out my videos!

Hint: Some places to try foam rolling for low back pain are- Lats, Hip flexors, Hamstrings, piriformis/glutes (The piriformis is a muscle that is often tight and rests right on top of the sciatic nerve. If you are suffering from shooting pain due to this pinching, you can try this foam rolling technique).

Postural Distortion

Megan Hanriot CPT CES PES NWC

As a corrective exercise specialist, the very first assessment I give new clients helps me to determine how they move in their day to day environment and through this, their postural distortion patterns. Postural distortion patterns are defined as predictive patterns of muscle imbalance.

There are three common distortion patterns, pronation distortion, lower cross syndrome, and upper cross syndrome. Each of these patterns can either be exhibited by themselves, or people can have multiple at the same time.

With pronation distortion, the main issues are lower leg muscle imbalances and foot pronation, or flattening of the foot. Pronation distortion affects the ankles as well as the knees. In order to combat this, I have clients perform balancing exercises to challenge their leg muscles and ankle/knee stability.

With lower cross, you can see an exaggerated sway in your lower back, which tends to lead to low back pain. Here, clients benefit from learning stabilizing exercises and dynamic movements that encompass the thighs, glutes, and core. Many individuals with lower cross tend to spend more time sitting and less time on their feet, so it’s important to introduce walking as a regular daily activity.

Upper cross is characterized by a forward head and rounded shoulders. Special strengthening exercises can help to build up the muscles in your upper back to help pull your shoulders and head back in place.

Corrective exercise is about building and creating a stronger and more balanced body, but remember that before we strengthen our weak muscles, we lengthen the tight muscles. Keep on the lookout for my corrective exercise videos and remember to check my blog for more information on building a stronger you!

Corrective Exercise

Megan Hanriot CPT CES PES NWC
What exactly is corrective exercise? According to NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), corrective exercise is a technique that leverages an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.

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Ability, Mobility, Stability: The Value of Perspective

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.

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
Body proportions
Tonicity of tissue
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.

Foam Rolling: Life Saver or Torture Device?

Megan Hanriot

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.

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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