By: William M. Austin, DC, CCSP, CCRD During standing, walking, and running the lumbar spine and pelvis balance on the lower extremities. As shown in Fig. 1, leg or foot asymmetries send abnormal forces along the closed Kinetic/Kinematic Chain, interfering with spinal function.1 And interfering with spinal function can result in a number of bodily malfunctions.
Foot Levelers’ A-S-R program is more than just a catch phrase; it is a system of total body care for your patients. You determine the appropriate adjustments for your patients’ conditions, and Foot Levelers provides you with the tools you need to improve their overall health and well-being. A-S-R stands for “Adjust – Support –
By: Kathy Mills Chang “You can change the behavior in an entire organization, provided you treat training as a process rather than an event.” —Warren G. Bennis “Practice is the best of all instructors.” —Publilius Syrus The excitement of hiring a new employee brings the responsibility of training. One of the best ways to assure
By: Chris Akey, DC I get asked a lot of questions by my colleagues regarding Foot Levelers’ custom-made functional orthotics. For example, “How do the feet affect the back?” There is a definite mechanical component here, but I want to focus on a more vitalistic approach: prevention. If you have read any of my “Firm
Download PDF Now What’s the Connection? The body is an interconnected chain of segments, with its base in the feet. Pedal instability can contribute to observable postural distortions, such as forward head carriage, as far up the chain as the cervical spine. Examining and caring for any detectable foot conditions should be an integral part
Download PDF Plantar Fasciitis and His Nasty Apprentice, the Heel Spur Also known as “heel pain syndrome,” plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, resulting from a gradual degeneration of the plantar fascia or sudden trauma to the area. Patients may describe the sensation as a sharp stab or deep ache in
Download PDF Now By: Dr. Tim Kelly Bunions: Conservative Therapy for a Common Problem Bunions, characterized by a bony bump by the base of the big toe or first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ), or fifth metatarsophalangeal joint, are an extremely common foot deformity, especially among women.1 As many as 50% of women have bunions, compared to
Download PDF Now Inversion Sprain The most common type of ankle sprain is the inversion sprain. Upwards of 85% of ankle sprains are of the inversion variety. It occurs when the foot is forcefully inverted or rolled inward, while the foot/ankle is in some degree of plantar flexion, affecting the lateral aspect of the ankle.
Download PDF Now The ASR Program: Improving Foot and Ankle Alignment Pronation and supination are normal foot movements that occur during walking and running, but when they exceed normal ranges, the stability of the entire musculoskeletal complex is at risk. Excessive pronation hampers the body’s ability to stand, walk and run. Excessive supination makes the
Download PDF Now The knee forms a crucial link in the lower extremity chain, transferring ground-reaction forces to the hips and trunk. Research has shown that normal walking with hard leather shoe heels produces a .5 G impact at the skull.1 Forces that can be measured as far up as the skull obviously transmit significant
Download PDF Now We have all heard that the foot bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the hip bone, etc. This, in essence, is the lower extremity Kinetic Chain. The term “Kinetic Chain” originated in 1875 by Franz Reuleaux, a mechanical engineer and president of Berlin Royal Technical