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Lower-Crossed Syndrome: Implications for Movement + Treatment

Lower-Crossed Syndrome is a muscle imbalance pattern I frequently see in clients on a regular basis. Similar to Upper-Crossed Syndrome, there is a relationship between muscle groups where some become overdominant (facilitated) and others become weakened (inhibited). With Lower-Crossed Syndrome, this relationship occurs at the pelvis and surrounding musculature. Overdominant muscles groups include the rectus [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|Injury Prevention, Massage Therapy, Movement Integration, Self-Care|0 Comments

Tension Release Exercises (TRE)

Tension Release Exercises, or TRE for short, are exercises specifically designed to allow us to shake-off any underlying held tension. The premise is to pre-fatigue the muscular system in order to help us bypass the prefrontal cortex of our brain, which is where logic and reasoning reside, so the lower brain centers can release any [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|Exercise, Massage, Movement Integration, Self Stretches, Self-Care|0 Comments

Injury-Prevention for Long Distant Hikers: ALDHA-West Cascade Ruck Recap

This was my first time attending an ALDHA-West event and I was thrilled to share info on preventing overuse injuries using self-massage. I was able to highlight techniques used in my book Self-Massage for the Outdoors created as a practical guide to help those on the trail recover without tools such as foam rollers. Specific emphasis [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Hiking, Injury Prevention, Rucking, Self-Care, Self-Massage|0 Comments

Shin Splints- How to prevent and manage MTSS

Shin splints, technically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, describes pain upon the inside of the shin bone where the fascia pulls away from the bone during excessive exercise. Shin splints are common among athletes and soldiers, especially runners who are training for an event too quickly without adequate recovery. Shin splints are responsible for [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|Exercise, Injury Prevention, Massage Therapy, Self-Care|0 Comments

Movement of the Month- January 2018

Movement of the Month | January 2018 3 Ways to Train Your Core for Better Mobility Step 1 How does training your core help your mobility? In order to allow your joints and myofascia to release gaining more mobility, there must be stability present. Our center of mass, or core, is where we need to train [...]

Achilles Tendinopathy- What is it and how can we prevent it?

Achilles Tendinopathy describes an acute strain or rupture of the strongest and longest tendon in the human body, the Achilles Tendon. The Achilles tendon, also named the Calcaneal tendon, handles loads of up to 12.5 times bodyweight and is formed from the joining of two muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus. Both of these muscles act [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|Exercise, Injury Prevention, Massage Therapy, Self-Care|Comments Off on Achilles Tendinopathy- What is it and how can we prevent it?

Health Benefits of Walking

As I have progressed through my 20's into my 30's, I have found walking to be my favorite activity. Walking in the woods is even better with extended time in the backcountry my favorite activity. I used to consider myself a runner often logging 20+ miles per week, but a sudden knee injury took me [...]

By | January 16th, 2018|Exercise, Hiking, Injury Prevention, Movement Integration, Personal Training, Self-Care|Comments Off on Health Benefits of Walking

Essential Stability Exercises for Strength & Performance

With so much emphasis placed on mobility and flexibility, one can lose sight of the overall need to be able to activate and stabilize our structure under load with proper activation and alignment. Stability is key to preventing injury and performing well under physical stress. Our goal with training is an adaptation so we can [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|Exercise, Movement Integration, Personal Training, Self-Care|0 Comments

3 Steps to Unlock & Activate Your Glutes

3 Steps to Unlock & Activate Your Glutes Movement of the Month | November 2017 Everyone needs regular attention to unlock & activate your glutes. Why? We sit too much and don't activate enough. With too much time sitting, our glutes get stuck together, shortened in a tight position, then inhibited. When tissue gets sticky it's [...]

3 Steps to Unlock Your Hip Flexors | Movement of the Month | October 2017

3 Steps to Unlock Your Hip Flexors Movement of the Month | October 2017 The hip flexors consist of multiple muscle groups ranging from the psoas and iliacus to the glutes, adductors, quads, and sartorious. The following stretches will specifically target iliacus, psoas, and quads including surrounding fascial networks. Step 1             [...]