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Three Simple Bridging-based Movements to Calm You and Your Family

How are you faring in these strange times?

I’ve been using many tools to keep my composure — run, walk, journal, healthy cooking, and sleep. I’m also checking in with friends, family, and neighbors.

The one common calming activity that challenges me is meditation. When I stop, my mind doesn’t — it kicks into high gear with ideas galore, and they aren’t all pretty.

Instead, moving helps me stay calm and focused. The most fundamental movement for calming is rocking. (We rock babies, right?)

To help you and your family regroup in an active way, I’m sharing some short and simple videos using movement to promote calming of the nervous system.

Next week I’ll share a series of videos to help with breathing. Read more

peanuts

It’s Been a Peanutty Year — Celebrating 18! 🎂

Eighteen years on this journey

Reflections …

I could never have imagined where this journey helping people overcome their movement and developmental challenges would take me. Such a long way from my earlier career in engineering and power systems! Surprisingly, there are so many similarities. The power system principles and physics are my go-to when I need to think through some unusual movement relationships.

At Kinetic Konnections we are always learning and understanding more about the physics of the body. These learnings are reflected in the evolution of the Bridging Technique. Over the years there have been distinctive phases of insight, and this past year was yet another. Read more

child's clothing

Dear Mom … I Know I Should Wear Socks

Early life traumas surface in some unsuspecting ways

Clothing sensitivity

It makes parents crazy when their children only wear one type of shirt and pants, or refuse to wear underwear or anything on their feet.

The emotional or behavioral reactions spiral downward quickly. The level of stress in the entire family is palpable. From an external perspective, family and friends may question parenting skills. It’s often a no-win situation from every angle.

  • Children find they are misunderstood by society at large and the professionals who are supposed to be supporting them.
  • Their parents are frustrated because traditional resources have had minimal success, and they are beginning to feel like they are inadequate parents.

This is the first in a series of the stories illustrating the frustrations typical of many children and the parents we meet. Read more

broken leg

Did You Ever … Break a Leg?

Sometimes our clients tell it best …

A freak fall got this mom surgery and weeks off of her feet

A client who sees us annually for a tune-up let us know she had fallen before the holidays. The freak fall fractured her lower right leg (tibia) and left foot, requiring surgery to repair her leg.

She has been doing the recommended rehab to regain strength and mobility. Although getting stronger, she felt like her foot was disconnected and unstable. Her knee was weak, and her balance was a little scary. Her walker was a constant companion. Her physical therapist told her moving more will help; it wasn’t.

Once healed and cleared to bear weight on her leg, she made it into our office hobbling along with her walker. In that visit we were able to help her put stabilization skills back together. (Stabilization is a background layer of function that provides control.) Her recovery took a huge jump forward.

The following email updates from her were a great way to start the week! Read more

knee surgery

Post Procedure — Many Times Your Recovery Needs One More Step

You’ve done what you were supposed to do to take care of your medical or structural condition. You did the prehab and rehab, and still have pain, stiffness, or really odd sensations.

These keep you from sleeping, feeling your best, and functioning at your best.

Read how Bridging was able to help a variety of clients get more from their recovery. Read more

Achilles heel repair and healing

Post Procedure – Achilles Repaired, Ready to Compete?

 Medical Procedures: Adding Bridging® for a Full Recovery

“Wow! – now my leg feels light!
The tightness in my ankle is gone; it’s moving like it used to!
And my calf muscle has some strength again!”

Last March, the high school track star landed his long jump but couldn’t get back up without pain.

Off to the emergency room. Torn Achilles tendon on the left leg. Surgery was required for repair. After weeks of rehab, he was cleared to run again in July. His ankle and leg didn’t feel right, so some additional physical therapy was prescribed to strengthen the leg. He was discharged with no restrictions in October.

With track season around the corner, Mom wanted to make sure his leg and core function was the best it could be. They scheduled an appointment at Kinetic Konnections in January. They were amazed at how much just one session helped with strength and flexibility! (The photo above is what we found to begin with.)

Accidents happen to even the most conditioned athletes. See how Bridging® was able to help.

Connecting details, and matching up the big picture

One of the most basic Bridging concepts following a surgery is to use gentle movement to restore movement flow through the affected area. By gently matching up the movement and flow within the affected area, the circulation, communication, and coordination on both sides are able to quickly re-establish themselves.

During our assessment we noted a lack of fluent movement available in the entire leg with the torn Achilles. Hip movement for rotating and extending was especially limited. These movements are essential to both running and absorbing the force of landing a jump.

therapy after Achilles tendon surgery

Should the legs match?

Just standing, it is easy to see how alignment and weight distribution are not the same between his left and right feet. (Left had surgery.)

After the session, the entire set of feet, ankles, and calves look more symmetric, and ready for running.

 

 

therapy after Achilles tendon surgery

What about the core?

It was clear from the assessment, both visually and from a movement perspective, that his core was off center. This is likely due to compensations developed while on crutches and in a boot.

We began with re-centering movement in the core. Then we added the movement flow from the foot, ankle, and leg to his core.

Now his core can help with the run, take-off, and landing for the long jump. He even looks stronger!

 

Specific ways that Bridging speeds up your recovery

Some of the common issues you have after surgical injury repair and what the Bridging technique’s framework finds:

  • Odd pains at the ankle or hip. After your surgery, there are compensations just to get through a day while letting incisions heal. Although compensations typically occur at the hip and knee, a physical therapist’s prescription and protocols often limit their focus to just the foot and ankle. The Bridging assessment quickly surfaces areas of compensation and clears them.
  • Prior injury contributions. The track star had a prior lower back injury which was immobilized while healing. Because of this, the movement from his legs had a hard time connecting to his great core strength. This is an example of the importance of also looking at how the core interacts with the limbs, a fundamental assessment step in the Bridging process.
  • Restoring complex movement capability. The ankle and knee have to coordinate with a wide range of foot and hip and core movements. Bridging is able to easily sift through many of those quickly, to find specifics which are compromised and restore them.

All of your compensations, and the complete set of ankle, leg, and core functions are taken into account and addressed with the Bridging technique used by Kinetic Konnections.

Wondering if Bridging can help you?

When you have a medical procedure done, let Kinetic Konnections be your next stop. All invasive procedures have some impact to the fluency of movement in your body. The stress created often translates into pain or tightness for you.

Often in one or two sessions our use of the Bridging Technique’s gentle movements restores your movement in the impacted area. You feel better, and often the area looks better! Less swelling, better movement, better coloration, and faster overall recovery.

recovering from knee surgery

Post Procedure – Leg, Meet Your New Knee!

Medical Procedures: Adding Bridging for a full recovery

“Kinetic Konnections was different than my Physical Therapist. They looked at the bigger picture of how my knee had to work, including with the hip, foot, and other leg.”

Even with thorough planning, and pre-op exercises, the reality of post-surgical pain and discomfort is surprising to most people. One client recently opted to have a knee replaced when the bone-on-bone pain was regularly impacting her ability to get through her day.

She expected to be in pain and knew she would be up soon after surgery to help recovery. What she didn’t expect were the odd sensations around the entire knee, the tightness in her foot, and discomfort at the hip. Also, the pain medications messed with her sleep and digestion.

Three weeks after surgery her daughter brought her into the office. Big changes with that one session! The pain meds became a thing of the past. Sleep was better and she was soon walking without a cane. At the eight week surgical follow-up all the discharge milestones were met.

See how Bridging was able to help at various points along her recovery. Read more

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Post Procedure – After the Cast is Gone …

Medical Procedures: Setting a broken bone is a procedure too

Our client had been working out, finished, and was getting off the equipment when her pant leg got caught. Down she went. The good news was she caught the fall; the bad news — her wrist took the brunt of the impact and broke.

Injuries happen any time of the year, whether from sports, accidents or daily living. A common injury for both children and adults is a fracture. Often a cast is the choice to protect while healing.

In addition to the discomfort of the cast, common issues upon removal are muscle atrophy, inflexibility, poor control, and odd sensations of pulling and tightness. Read more

pain after hip surgery

Post Procedure – Hip Repair and Still in Pain

Medical Procedures: Add some Bridging for Additional Recovery

Injuries happen any time of the year, whether from sports, accidents or daily living. When the pain is bad enough, an MRI may show a tear. This type of injury generally needs some surgical help for repair.

We recently met a college athlete who still had pain in her hip almost a year after surgery. She diligently followed the usual recovery steps doing physical therapy for mobility and strengthening. Sometimes, however, even those efforts aren’t enough to fully restore your movement or reduce the pain.

Bridging takes a look at the injury from another perspective of movement, which often yields another insight and solution. After one session she left the office able to move without pain; what we found had little to do with the injury or the surgery. Read why. Read more

woman with varicose veins on a leg walking using trekking poles

Post Procedure – Old Veins Gone, New Veins Yikes!

Unexpected Post-procedure Outcomes

Medical Procedures: Add Some Bridging for Full Recovery

January is a time for medical procedures. Insurance plans kick-in with new options, and post-holiday downtime is a good time to take care of elective issues.

The trauma from procedures, even if elective, is enough to mess up your movement fundamentals. This often is experienced as discomfort, unexpected pain, delayed recovery, or decreased endurance. Often people don’t even realize how much the procedures have impacted them. Once Bridging returns the movement fundamentals to working order people are amazed at how much better they feel.

That was the case with one client who merely noted that her hips were tight when doing her usual workouts. Read more about what we found and how it was connected to a recent procedure! Read more