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Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
June, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 06
Let's Talk about...Lunging
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Lunging was an essential movement for the survival of our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago — and it's still a very important movement for people to master today. It should be a staple in every client's strength, conditioning or rehabilitation program.The lunge is an exaggerated form of walking that involves longer, higher and multi-directional use of the gait pattern. Instead of taking a normal step (like when walking), the lunge involves a longer stride, higher knee drive and can be done in any direction (forward, backward, laterally and at an angle).
From an evolutionary perspective, lunging was probably most important when carrying large building materials (trees, stones, etc.) or game meats through the woods back to the village. The terrain 100,000 years ago was much different than today's nicely paved sidewalks, floors and roadways. It was unpredictable and at any moment could change from dry to wet, high to low, or even become impassable. When a person was carrying a heavy load on this kind of topography, the ability to stabilize the trunk, hips, knees and ankles over the base of support was critical — otherwise, a person could injure one or more of those body parts and be immobilized, and therefore, a prime target for a bear or other predator.
Today, the lunge is a primary movement for many everyday activities and sports, though probably not carrying rocks or meat. Going up and down stairs, hiking, throwing a ball and sprinting all involve components of the lunge pattern. Identifying dysfunctions in movements of the lunge can be helpful for understanding why individuals hurt themselves doing specific activities involving that movement. For instance, the inability to execute a lunge properly gives the trainer or therapist valuable information about an individual's overall flexibility, neural function and mechanical viability and should always be assessed before prescribing a rehabilitation or performance program.
Let me explain what we mean by mechanical viability. For example, if a client has difficulty maintaining an upright torso while lunging, two or more things could potentially be happening. First, the psoas, rectus femoris or rectus abdominis might not have the length, with the back leg extended, to allow the trunk to remain tall. Therefore, the trunk flexes to avoid excessive stretch or discomfort. Second, the extension-ability of the spine (i.e. the mechanical ability of each vertebral segment to extend) might be limited because of misuse, poor training habits or postural abnormalities, thereby prohibiting the client from maintaining an upright position. This condition is only noticeable with the back leg in extension or while transitioning from one leg to the next during a lunge. The first condition requires very specific stretches, the second very specific mobilization techniques. In some cases, both might be necessary.
When lunging, the front foot should be flat and as parallel as possible with the knee aligned over the second and third metatarsal. The back knee should gently touch the floor; the spine should be erect and in a neutral position with the trunk stacked nicely in the vertical plane. A standard lunge, along with variations and common faults, can be viewed in the video below, compliments of IMAPTraining.com.You can see the video at www.benbenjamin.com/lunge.
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