All posts by Cody Smolik

A story…

Years ago when I was dancing I had trouble keeping my right foot’s big toe lying flat on the floor. My teacher was very frustrated with me and I was very frustrated with this toe. What was wrong?

Fast forward many years later, working on many feet and other parts of the leg, and I came to realize that it wasn’t just my toe. The toe was the symptom. The cause was an injury years before when I was attempting to do an African dance routine. I shattered the pad of my big toe. Years later, scar tissue and tight musculature was hampering it’s ability to lie flat.

I see this on my clients at times. It’s part of getting the foot into a balanced state . This plus working up the leg, reopens this tissue so that the foot can lie down naturally and become efficient.

That’s all it is. No big dramatic thing, no need to berate yourself or your body. Realigning the foot and body on top of it, goes a l-o-n-g way to helping it recover it’s naturally effective shape.

ALZHEIMER’S FROM SLEEP DISORDERS

Alzheimer’s disease is a complex condition with many underlying causes – Dr Dale Bresden likens these factors to 36 holes in a roof – there’s no point in fixing just one. Sleeping disorders can play a big part in the development of Alzheimer’s, so it’s worthwhile exploring exactly why – and what you can do about it.

October 2nd is Global Airway Health Day. Airway-Centered Disorder, or ACD, is a structural and physiological condition of the mouth, jaw, nasal passages, tongue, or throat that involves an obstruction of the upper airways, which can affect breathing 24 hours a day – including and especially during sleep.

ACD is a “hidden” airway problem, and when not recognized, the expressions of the ACD are treated and the underlying disorder remains – to be expressed yet again in another form.

It is important to get screened for an Airway-centered disorder, and this screening quiz is a good place to start in addition to making an appointment at our office. We invite you to become an airway advocate, and champion the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of airway-related disorders.

from Dr. Michael Gelb of The Gelb Institute

Fall Sports! Maintenance!

Whether your child participates in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, field hockey, fencing, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, lacrosse and wrestling, you know they are going to be very active in it.  Practices are often and long. 

I have had kids come into my office who are injured BEFORE the season begins for them.  Or they have such long practices, with little down time to recuperate.

 

Many kids swear off sports because they find themselves in pain with no joy for the activity anymore.

 

There are obvious reasons:  poor stretching techniques, little or no warm ups, incorrect strength training, overwork, too little recuperation time between meets and long practices.

I believe the best way for your child to improve during their season and enjoy the sport is by correct body placement whether during stretching or strengthening and manual body work.  

Manual manipulation of the body, to soothe, align and balance is important. Structural body work aids in flexibility, pain management and building an awareness of the body.

Routine maintenance becomes important as the season evolves to keep the athlete in top form and injury free.

It seems like a lot to think about but so is learning different plays, formations and certain techniques associated with each sport.  Taking care of the athlete’s body is the number one priority in any sports activity.