SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

Are you someone with Spondylolisthesis? For the sake of this little article I will refer to “spondy”. As a Postural Therapist, I have worked with many who have this condition. Some were born with it and others due to a catastrophic event acquired it. The clients I have worked with seek my services because they are dead set again surgical intervention or drugs. They are proactive about daily exercises and movements that will help them stay pain free and keep active. Some of my clients are construction workers, athletes and others are people with low activity jobs. They all concur that movement, the right movement keeps them relatively pain free and happy.
When a new client comes in with this condition, I like to spend a lot of time learning about what brings the pain on, and what movements decreases pain or stops it.
Some qualities I have noticed about most Spondy people is winging in the shoulders and a forward lean when walking. What I like to do is teach their shoulders proper function and and decrease the forward lean. All of this is done with Postural Therapy.
Some clients come in with a lot of pain and have a difficult time standing for any length of time. Many times this is due to lack of muscle activation. Postural Therapy re-educates the nervous system and the muscles become more active, thus pain decreases.
After they start feeling better, we go into corrective exercise with helps hold the postural alignment (think of exercise as glue). Unless the client is active in a contact sport, many go on to do what they like.   

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ARE YOUR SHOULDERS CAUSING YOUR KNEE PAIN?

Well into my career in Postural Therapy I noticed that some of my clients weren’t getting the expected results. Studying their postural photos, I noticed those who had shoulder issues and poor upper body posture would lack the change needed to relieve, reduce and eliminate knee pain. Even if I discovered a dysfunctional pelvis and lower body (which always was the case) I still didn’t get the expected results. Looking at all the postural photos and functional tests I decided to look more out of the box. What I discovered was implementing shoulder postural corrections would immediately reduce knee pain, even before I started correcting their base of support, the pelvis. If you are someone who feels like you have done all the work, and still can’t dissolve and reduce knee pain, your shoulders may be the driving factor. I have observed through the years that poor shoulder position can drive neck pain, mid back pain, groin pain, hip pain, knee pain,  ankle pain and elbow pain. As one of my instructors always said the two most used joints in the human body are the jaw and the shoulders. Not everyone is shoulder driven, however like mentioned earlier, if you have tried many modalities, it might be time to explore what Postural Therapy can do for you to become pain and injury free.

Carolyn Vanzlow is a Postural Therapist Certified Through Egoscue Institute

For more information visit her website www.carolynvanzlow.com

What causes knee pain?

Have you ever stood up or gotten out of bed and thought to yourself  “I must have tweaked my knee”.

Now thinking back, did you do anything the day before to bring that on? More than likely, I bet you didn’t do anything to your knee. So what would cause this sudden onset of knee pain?

We sit, stand, walk around and our base of support is below the waist, it’s our pelvis. More than likely, you have rotated and perhaps on side is more anterior than the other. This means that when you place your foot down during movement, you may have more weight distributed on the front, back, or sides. Try this test; make sure you can grab something just in case you lose balance. Take your shoes off and close your eyes. This will work best with eyes closed. Wait until you can feel both feet individually. Now start with one foot and notice where the weight is. Is it on the heel, mid foot or toes? Perhaps a combination of both? Is the weight on the inside or outside of the foot? Now repeat the same test on the opposite foot. When you have completed this, determine whether or not one foot has more pressure on the floor. Meaning; it there more weight one one of the feet?

My guess is you will find a difference between the two sides. This demonstrates you have a compensation and that is why your knee hurts or feels painful.

This can be corrected through a series of 3-5 exercise in Postural Therapy. It also indicate there are weaknesses within the Gluteal muscles.

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Happy Healing’s, Carolyn

Regular Exercise Can Slow Ageing Process

Research has demonstrated undeniably that exercise does slow down the ageing process.

As Postural Therapist and Corrective Exercise Specialist, I have observed through the years that not only is this true, but it can be taken a whole new level.

As we age, joints begin to stiffen and wear. If you have poor posture (improper load joints) you will begin to notice small changes, aches, pains and lack of range of motion. It’s very disturbing to me when I hear people say “I’m just getting old, it’s normal”. There is nothing normal about lack of ability to move.

We can change this with daily postural exercises and strength training. If you can plan 20 minutes per day for postural work and 3 times per week strength training you are going to be amazed and thrilled with your results.

Clients describe the changes as “feeling more functional, looser and much stronger”.