feet

Foot Surgery and Still Have Pain, Swelling, or Balance Concerns?

Facts about feet issues and surgeries

Bunions affect approximately 25-30% of adults.

Most common foot surgeries are to address:

  • bunions
  • hammer toes
  • tendon release
  • neuroma
  • metatarsal repair

Feet still hurting after surgery?

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baby feet

Feet Pain? How Does Understanding Early Development Help You Feel Better?

Fun facts about feet

Feet have no bones at birth!

The bones are still forming, and what we think of as bones is actually cartilage. The bones form later in the first year, which is why shoes aren’t recommended at this early age.

200,000 nerve endings!

You have so many nerves and types of sensory receptors in your feet. This is why sock seams and grains of sand can feel so annoying!

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babies

We’ve Been Working with Babies! What We’ve Learned …

Happy New Year!

Sharing some reflections …

The most amazing part of 2021 began in late January with a text from a friend.

“Can you help my friend’s baby?”

Helping one newborn led to helping several, which we followed developmentally over the past year. The experience has been both insightful and inspirational. Watching weekly and monthly changes with these little ones was like seeing the developmental chart come to life.

The whole experience has been a vivid reminder of the power of the Bridging® framework, which is rooted in early movement development. This essential foundation matters for everyone — at every age.

Here’s more about the babies …

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relaxing by the fire

Sharing Something to Help You to Calm and Sleep

What a year it’s been!

Thank you for trusting us to help with your pain, anxiety, balance, coordination, or your child’s development and behavior.

Whether in the office, virtually, or through an online course, we are honored to have helped improve your quality of life.

2021 saw big changes!

  • We started the year as Kinetic Konnections and migrated into The Bridging® Institute.
  • New online programs and courses launched, allowing more people to take advantage of Bridging® benefits.

Stay tuned to see what we have been working on for next year!

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cat and dog sleeping

Sleep … the Magic Elixir of CALM

Finding more calm has been a frequent theme for us this year. Even so, sometimes we forget the obvious.

Sleep is 25-33% of our day, and it has a huge impact of our ability to stay level-headed. It’s a big deal. In fact the sleep industry is a $30B industry!

Some reminders about the physical and mental importance of sleep:

  • Sleep is essential for muscle healing
  • Sleep is essential for brain health
  • Sleep is recently implicated with dementia

For more on many aspects of sleep, check out this resource.

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shell heart in the sand

Asking For Your Help … to Spread the Word!

You and your family know first-hand how much Bridging® has helped —

  • put your pain in the past,
  • keep a parent vibrant with improved balance and mobility,
  • keep family peace with a calm and regulated child, or
  • catch your little one up with developmental milestones.

We are grateful for the opportunities to keep you and your family thriving and want to ask if you can share the word. The more people who know about Bridging®, the more people who can get help. Read more

holding hands

Connecting Hands Brings Us Together in So Many Ways!

Hands … the bond of a simple grasp

Grasping — what a connection!

As we greet each other in person after so many months, or years, a grasp of the hands is so deeply connecting.

Even more than a hug or kiss, the hands connect us in ways felt but unseen. The skin contact and pressure allow you both to connect in many subtle, yet significant ways. Read more

hands

Hands + Age = Arthritis? No!

Arthritic hands: what else may be the cause?

As the weather gets cooler it seems that our adult joints get stiffer.

We tend to blame our age or the cold, but reduced activity is likely the cause.

There are many studies that show movement is the most effective way to lower pain and improve function, without negative side effects.

Hands are no exception. As fingers swell and stiffen many people look to steroid creams or injections for help. These provide relief, but are not a long term solution.

Here’s another perspective on arthritis, and how Bridging® can help restore your hand function and strength. Read more

fidget toys

Fidget Toys: Helpful or Annoying?

As we shift to spending more time indoors, little things like fidgety fingers become more pronounced and, likely, more annoying.

Sensory fidgets and stress balls can be found everywhere in many shapes, colors, and sizes.

But what do these gadgets really do? And do they even help?

This time I’m not turning to research because I was able to find only one (1!) study on the effectiveness of these gadgets, and it said there was no measurable benefit.

Even so … I’m betting there is more to fidget toys than marketing.

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women jogging

Walking for Calming? Yes!!!

The past 18 months have been stressful in ever-changing ways.

How have you managed to keep yourself pulled together mentally and emotionally?

I found myself walking or running outdoors. Everyday, and often 2-3 times a day.

Anytime I feel a little edgy or unfocused I throw on some shoes and head outside. 15 minutes is usually enough, but an hour can be amazing!

To learn that neuroscience research shows there is something to this correlation was AMAZING!

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