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Assessment and Problem Solving for the Foot and Ankle (Article and Video) by Lenny Parracino
The foot's two main responsibilities need to be appreciated to improve function – mobility and stability.

Assessment and Problem Solving for the Hip (Article and Video) by Lenny Parracino
The hip is a very powerful region of the human body – when it works well we appreciate its power. When it's restricted, we feel its loss of transformation and subsequent compensation.

Does it Hurt by Michael Boyle
If you have an injury and are wondering whether or not a certain exercise is appropriate, ask yourself a simple question. "Does it hurt?"

Foot Function & Fascial Lines Series

by Dr. Emily Splichal

Lateral Ankle Stability
Dr. Splichal explores the functional integration between the Lateral Line and the Deep Front Line – and how understanding this integration can improve rehab and training programs for those with lateral ankle instability.

Sesamoids, Short Foot & Stability
This article is dedicated to fascial integration with the sesamoid bones of the great toe joint – and how this influences our ability to engage foot intrinsics, build a strong foot foundation and stabilize the pelvis proximally during gait.

Big Toe Biomechanics: Beyond Dorsiflexion
This article focuses on an aspect of gait (or rather a joint) that is often overlooked and where biomechanics are often over-simplified – meet the great toe joint a.k.a. the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ).

Barefoot Training & Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
As a Podiatrist one area of diabetes which I encounter on a daily basis is diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Although DPN is often associated with those patients who have had diabetes for greater than 10 years, this is not always the case.

Fascial Lines & Power of Propulsion
This article takes a closer look at how the fascial lines truly influence foot function.

Beware of the Anterior Pelvic Tilt by Ryan Krane
The anterior pelvic tilt occurs when the hip flexor muscles (those muscles located in the upper thigh just below the abdomen on both sides) suddenly tighten up and become overactive.

Compartment Pressure – The Secret to Preventing Impact Injuries? by Emily Splichal
Dr. Splichal explores how our body – particularly the foot and lower leg – uses compartment pressure to efficiently transfer forces.

Cross Transfer and Bad Physical Therapy by Mike Boyle
Cross transfer is real. Want to get someone back from any injury really quick? Use the nervous system to your benefit and work the uninvolved side.

Great Toe Mobility: The Linchpin to Movement Longevity (Part 1 – Anatomy) by Dr. Emily Splichal
The seemingly simple process of hallux dorsiflexion during push-off is actually quite complex and if great toe mobility is compromised it can cause a slew of movement compensations and pain patterns.

Getting a Leg Up on Back Pain by Jason Soncrant
Looking at gross movement patterns like walking provides meaningful insight into how the lumbar spine works and its symbiotic relationship with the extremities. Thinking three dimensionally and looking beyond where it hurts for answers is crucial.

Knee Pain...a Real Pain in the Butt by Michael Silva
Knee pain is very common in female runners and can be due to all sorts of inadequacies throughout the knee, hip, foot, or ankle. Mike Silva discusses one common cause of knee pain seen in female runners...weak hips and buttocks.

Kyphosis Treatment by Deep Muscle Stimulator and Exercise by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker
Thoracic kyphosis associated with myofascial pain syndrome is a common clinical complaint. Dr. Tucker describes and discusses management of patients with thoracic kyphosis and associated myofasical pain syndrome using the Deep Muscle Stimulator device and exercise.

Low Back Pain: A Functional Perspective by Mike Clark
From a functional perspective, specialists must address the abnormal biomechanics (muscular and articular) and neuromuscular deficits that create excessive comprehensive, translational and shear forces throughout the lumbar spine that cause tissue overload and injury.

Mastering Your Craft: Soft Tissue Injury Treatment and Prevention by Robert "Skip" George
Whether you are a personal trainer, athletic trainer, physical therapist or sports doc, soft tissue injury and effective treatment strategies need to be in your "tool box" for optimal performance and injury prevention.

Maximizing Your Athlete's Recovery by Shad Forsythe
Professionals dealing with athletic performance primarily focus on training aspects, but many times recovery is an undervalued and overlooked means of preparation for athletes.

Our Professional "Puzzle"…Structure or Function? by Lenny Parracino
How often are we faced with a puzzling client/patient? Our traditional education and training can make us feel confident to simply follow a protocol for a particular structural-symptom. However, following symptom-based protocols can put you in a nasty cycle of "this-for-that" therapy or conditioning.

Prevent Hamstring Injuries By Correcting Muscle Imbalances and Strengthening the Core by Bill Parisi
Many non-contact musculoskeletal injuries are often attributed to muscle imbalances. Muscles in the body are designed to work in synergy to help stabilize joints to allow the extremities to move with great speed and power.

Rolling to a Speedy Recovery Post-Workout by Ryan Krane
The spikey ball or "Myo-Therapy Ball" is currently gaining popularity in fitness. It is used as part of myo-fascial release therapy, which refers to decreasing over-activity of muscles and joints, so it's good for targeting hard-to-massage parts.

Shoulder Pain and Weight Training: Understanding the Mechanics of a Complex Joint by Lisa Kearns
The shoulder is a very complex joint. It does not share the same bony stability that the knee or elbow has, therefore allowing it a great degree of movement. It is critical to understand how this joint works before helping people manage any dysfunction.

The Sound of Agony…But Not Defeat by Ryan Krane
Corrective Exercise Specialist Ryan Krane discusses how strengthening your core muscles in the front of your torso can help with back pain.

Survival of the Fittest: Chiropractic and the 21st Century by Robert "Skip" George
Chiropractic has had its share of challenges since Harvey Lillard received his first adjustment from D.D. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa back in 1895. We have survived early persecution with many of our profession's pioneers suffering time in jail, fighting for our right to practice in every state and surviving attempts to contain or eliminate us as a profession. As we move forward we face even more changes and challenges and the question begs: what is our vision for chiropractic heading into the 21st century?

Tight Hamstrings Causing Pain? Corrective Exercise Solutions by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker
The hamstrings, which flex the knee joint and extend the hips are vital in ensuring a normal range of joint movement. Short hamstrings are common, unfortunately, and the body compensates for this restriction by increasing motion in, and pressure on, the lumbar spine.

Understanding Chronic Knee Pain Part 1 – The 'Why' by Jennifer Lewis
The lack of success in controlling knee pain has led professionals to look elsewhere than just at the knee for the cause of the problem. Alignment and mechanics of the hip joint and femur can also be correlated as the primary cause of dysfunction leading to symptoms.

Understanding Chronic Knee Pain Part 2 – The 'What' by Jennifer Lewis
When there is a defect in the kinetic chain, or a lack of coordination between the lower extremity musculature, that is when injury will occur.

Understanding Sports Hernia Part 1 by Michael Boyle
Understanding sports hernia may mean understanding Adduction.

Understanding Sports Hernia Part 2 by Michael Boyle
Mike Boyle discusses prevention and rehabiliation of sports hernias.

Using Exercise to Manage Anxiety by Emma Darnley
There is no doubt that exercise plays an important role in rehabilitation following a physical injury or illness, but there is also growing evidence that working out can improve your mental wellness as well.

What is Over-pronation and How Can I Benefit from Preventing It? by Ryan Krane
Over-pronation occurs when the foot collapses too far inward stressing the plantar fascia (the area underneath the arch of the foot.) Normally, one pronates every time he/she walks, but excessive pronation is called over-pronation.

When to Progress, When to Regress by Sheri Walters
In physical therapy and performance training, success is all about progression and improvement. That's why it's so important how to know when it's time to progress an athlete to the next level – and, conversely, how to know when it's time to pull back and regress training.