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Corrective Phys-Ed

Corrective Phys-Ed identifies and corrects the musculoskeletal imbalances that can cause pathological dysfunction. Once biomechanics are "corrected," related pain symptoms usually resolve without the need for medical intervention.

Corrective Phys-Ed Program: $500

Corrective Phys-Ed includes a comprehensive assessment of your musculoskeletal structure and function and an individualized therapeutic protocol of exercises that you can do at home. The program includes three hours of personal instruction. Training sessions last 60-90 minutes, based on your needs.


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Resolve and Prevent Back Pain

Back pain can have any number of causes, including; acute injury, chronic musculoskeletal dysfunction, physical or psychological stress, physical degeneration, mineral imbalances, toxicity, and more. We use a combination of analysis techniques to determine the originating cause, then we develop a protocol to heal and resolve your pain. If you suffer from back pain and want to avoid the harmful effects of pain medications or the need for surgery, we can help.


Correcting musculoskeletal imbalances

We correct musculoskeletal imbalances by:

  1. Loosening muscles and tendons that are too tight.
  2. Tightening muscles and tendons that are too loose.
  3. Strengthening pathologic weakness.
Functional core
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Moving in the way that our bodies are genetically designed to move (safely and with the least amount of effort expended) requires a strong, functional "core." The body's core is composed of the muscles and tissues that support the internal organs and stabilize the head, spine, pelvis and shoulders. Functional core musculature prevents, reduces or eliminates pain and injuries to the neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees and ankles. Also, a functional core prevents degenerative joint problems which require corrective surgeries (hip surgeries, knee surgeries, back surgeries, etc.).

Core musculature allows us to stand upright and walk on two feet, also providing strength and stability for movement of the limbs. Weak, dysfunctional core muscles can result in:

  • Hip and shoulder tilts.
  • Loss of appropriate lumbar curve (swayback posture).
  • Forward head angles.
  • Functional breathing pattern disorders.
  • Other structural and functional imbalances
Breathing pattern disorders

Restrictions in core musculature function can cause breathing pattern disorders, often leading to respiratory alkalosis. Breathing pattern disorders are extremely common, especially affecting women. Symptoms may include:

  • muscular pain (particularly involving the thorax and neck area)
  • inefficient motor control
  • reduced core stability
  • tremors
  • tetany
  • feelings of anxiety
  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • dysphagia
  • epigastric pain
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • weight gain
  • parasthesia
  • palpitations
  • dizziness
  • disturbed vision
  • a variety of circulatory symptoms resulting from smooth muscle constriction.
Musculoskeletal imbalance

Your body's "core" is composed of muscles and tissues which stabilize the spine, pelvis, shoulders neck and head. These muscles provide the strength and stability needed for you to stand upright and control the movement of your limbs. Musculoskeletal imbalances result in:

  • faulty postures
  • joint malalignment
  • development of pathological, inefficient movement patterns

These factors cause overstrain and degeneration of joints, muscles and ligaments. A balanced musculoskeletal system prevents physical and mental fatigue because minimal energy expenditure is required to maintain proper posture. Musculoskeletal balance also prevents most common joint and limb pathologies (injuries, surgeries).

Core training and conditioning is commonly practiced by professional athletes to improve performance and prevent injury. But you don't have to be an elite athlete to benefit from exercises which strengthen your core. A strong functional core can resolve and prevent chronic pain and prevent the need for surgeries due to degenerative joint problems.

A balanced, strong core provides functional fitness, allowing you to perform all of the activities required for daily living and recreation with ease and grace.

Causes of muscle and joint pain

  • Sitting too much (dysfunctional core position)
  • Inability to move with the head balanced over a properly curved spine (poor core strength and muscle imbalances)
  • Repetitive movements of isolated body areas (from work or sports)
  • Traumatic injury
  • Degenerative disease
  • Genetic anomalies (such as structural scoliosis)

A strong core will prevent, reduce or eliminate:

  • shoulder pain
  • back pain
  • hip pain
  • knee and ankle pain
  • injuries
  • degenerative joint surgeries (e.g., hip and knee)
  • digestive disorders
  • weight gain, obesity and diabetes
  • respiratory disorders
Internal organs, postural-kyphosis, facia
Core musculature affects internal organ function

A strong, functional core provides benefits beyond pain and injury prevention. Core muscles provide necessary support to your internal organs, allowing them to function properly (or not). With a strong core, many common digestive ailments and respiratory disorders can be rectified or prevented altogether.

postural kyphosis

Postural kyphosis.

Postural-Kyphosis

We can prevent and correct many musculoskeletal pathologies, including postural-kyphosis, commonly referred to as "hunchback" or "dowager's hump," a condition of excessive curvature of the upper (thoracic) spine. Postural-kyphosis is most often the result of poor posture combined with a weak dysfunctional core.

Understanding Fascia

The importance of fascia to health is profound. Fascia is the connective tissue that separates, supports, contains and connects all organs and muscles. When stress is applied to the fascia, it shrinks or toughens, becoming more dense and fibrous.

In postural-kyphosis, physical stress is applied to the fascia by sitting or standing with the head in a forward position (i.e. not balanced over the spine). The physical stress causes a bowing of the back, or slouching posture. Holding the head in this off-balance position requires continual nerve and muscle activation. To conserve energy, the fascia responds to this physical stress by thickening and hardening around the imbalanced postural position. Over time, the hardened and thickened fascia builds to become an obvious hump, causing the spine to remodel into this dysfunctional, painful position. Symptoms of postural-kyphosis may include back or neck pain, fatigue, appearance of a rounded back, digestive problems, heart problems and respiratory difficulties. Severe cases cause great discomfort and disability.

Chronic imbalance in posture results in the build-up of dense, thick fascia. This build-up is necessary to efficiently support the imbalance without requiring continual nerve and muscle activation. As dense, fibrous tissue hardens within the fascia, fluid movement of joints and organs is restricted. Hardened fascia manifests as chronic stiffness, commonly experienced in aging. When bones are supported by fascia in a static position, stress on them is minimized or eliminated. Because bone strength is no longer required in this area, the body draws calcium from the bones causing osteoporosis. Correct musculoskeletal system balance keeps fascia and joints flexible, thus preventing chronic stiffness and osteoporosis.

For a deeper understanding of fascia

Download: The Effects of Acupuncture Needle Manipulation on Fascia