Category - ~Spine

Blog posts about back structure and function

Baby Moves

Babies (DVD): Culture has a profound influence on the developmental trajectory of infants. Although somewhat obvious, it is highly educational to observe how setting and attitudes define the opportunities for growing children. The documentary...

Sleeping on Your Side

I often encounter clients who complain of hip pain when sleeping on their sides. This pain usually occurs in the region between the top of the leg and the hip bone ( Greater Trochanter and Illiac Creest). There are small, powerful muscles in...

Headaches

Here is an interesting poster put out by Mt Saini Hospital on Headaches. It is interesting to note that they are now acknowledging that Manual Therapy manipulations are effective at managing headaches. However, the way Touch Therapy is...

The Cranial Bones Move

The controversy about whether the bones of the skull move relative to each other has absorbed more hours of discussion in the lives of Cranial Therapists than perhaps any other subject. From the perspective of Allopaths (standard American...

Neck and Shoulder Issues

Four legged animals have it easy. As they walk along, their ribs hang off of their spine like clothes on a clothes line, the weight of their torso helping to stretch out the joints and ligaments of their spines. Even our ape like ancestors, who...

Undulation

Background Moving around has always been at the top of every evolutionary “got to have” checklist. From Jellyfish to fish of all stripes, to land animals to us, improvements in locomotion confer survival advantage. It is challenging...

Manual Therapy

When I started studying Deep Tissue Bodywork in 1983 the common perception in the U.S. was that it was not possible for therapeutic change to manifest through touch. Even Acupuncture at that time was commonly considered akin to witchcraft. Talk...

Cranial Joint Function

There are eight bones which together comprise our cranial vault. Often it is written in the U.S. (1) that by the age of 25 these bones have fused and that the skull has thus become in essence one large bone.  This description is thought based...

Tensegrity

Definition: An independent structure made from discontinuous compressional members connected by tensional members. This mechanical concept was introduced by Kenneth Snellson and promoted by R. Buckminster Fuller in the mid 20th century...

Wearing Pumps

If I could design a shoe with a 3" heel that looked great and made women look great that didn't trash their feet and wreck their postural dynamics - I would be rich. Here are some design considerations:

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