Key Muscle Activation during Brush Knee includes: thoracic and lumbar rotators, deltoid muscle, rotator cuff, and obliques. Balance and Coordination Benefits include: postural control, anterior/lateral/diagonal patterns, gait weight shift, midline crossing movement, dynamic stability, single leg balance, step accuracy, center of gravity transfer, and rhythmic motor control.
Key Muscle Activation during Parting the Wild Horse's Mane includes: thoracic and lumbar rotators, deltoid muscle, and obliques. Balance and Coordination Benefits include: postural control, anterior/lateral/diagonal planes, gait weight shift, midline crossing movement, dynamic stability, single leg balance, step accuracy, center of gravity transfer, and rhythmic motor control.
Tai Chi walking provides rhythmic motor control, center of gravity transfer, step accuracy, single leg balance, dynamic stability, and postural control.
Key muscle activation during Cloud Hands include: cervical, thoracic and lumbar rotators, mid and lower trapezius, infraspinatus and teres minor (rotator cuff muscles), all heads of the deltoid, abdominal obliques, quadriceps, and gluteus medius. Balance and coordination benefits when adding side stepping to Cloud Hands include: dynamic stability, postural control, lateral plane, hemi lateral movement, midline crossing movement, and lateral stability.
Whether you're suffering from arthritis, tendonitis, or nerve irritation in your hands and wrists, Shallyn's can help you get to the root of your symptoms effectively and efficiently to get you back to doing your household to-do's with better ease.
Yes, I can help, but it's going to take definite team work to resolve. Let's get started!
Remember to practice your principles: body (postural alignment), breath (listen to my verbal cues on where to inhale and where to exhale), and vision (your eyes' gaze should follow your hands in this one). This move is helpful for healing the vestibular system, increasing leg strength, improving bone density, and inducing range of motion through your spine, shoulders and legs...just to mention a few. Mindfulness focused motion will help lower your heart rate, blood pressure, increase vital energy, and promote more efficient healing of your entire system.
Here's to better health!
Finding and training your Transverse Abdominis and Lumbar Multifidus using a standard blood pressure (BP) cuff
Having general challenges with core stability? Having low back pain that other health care practitioners have been unable to help you resolve? Check out some of Shallyn's Physical Therapy and Wellness Services favorite non-weight bearing core favorites with bio feedback using a standard (non-digital) BP cuff.
Aced those and still having issues or seeing positive results and want more? Call Shallyn's Physical Therapy and Wellness Services at (719) 219-5865 to schedule your next appointment toward healthier living!
*Don't forget to check out Shallyn's earlier blog post on resolving low back pain.
2 new Gestures for Shallyn's Physical Therapy and Wellness Services' QiGong and Tai Chi class at Perfect Fit Wellness Center: Seated Tai Chi Parting the Wild Horse's Mane and Brush Knee
Parting the Wild Horse's Mane
You have probably heard how posture is important. Alignment during exercise/movement is key to not hurting. And, you've probably heard that breathing is pretty important too. Did you know that you take a breath 22,000 times per day? Did you know that 70% of detoxing our bodies is through respiration? Did you know that research supports that vital breath capacity (the maximum amount of air a person can expel from the lungs after a maximum inhalation) is a better predictor of longevity than cholesterol level, blood sugar level and whether or not you have a history of smoking? Did you know that the single best exercise to fight personal or familial history of cardiovascular disease is to breathe diaphragmatically? Did you know that cancer flourishes in an oxygen deprived state? So, how do you breathe to maximize your health?
Focus on your exhale. Blow out all of your air (as if cooling off a spoonful of hot soup) and then let inhalation occur naturally (it will automatically come from the diaphragm and thus clear the stale air from the lowest parts of your lungs. You might cough...that's ok. Start with doing this 3x per day. Work up from there. Soon you'll be building your vital breath capacity, and improving your longevity. You'll be fighting cardiovascular disease and cancer, just to name 2 biggies. You'll be lowering heart rate. You'll be reducing stress. You'll be shifting to the parasympathetic nervous system...and allowing your body to heal; the only nervous system state you can be in to allow healing. Be thankful for your lungs and visualize healthy, joyful living.
Now that is mindful movement!!!
*For further experience/information on mindful movement through Shallyn's Physical Therapy and Wellness Services: Currently Rehabilitation QiGong and Tai Chi classes at Perfect Fit Wellness Center in Peyton and summer classes starting in June in Black Forest. May 8th, Dr. Shallyn will be presenting to the Falcon Senior Group at the Patriot School on Enhancing Balance with Rehabilitation QiGong and Tai Chi. June 1, Dr. Shallyn is hosting a continuing education class on mindful movement for PTs/OTs at Regis University in Denver.
Tidbits from your physical therapist.