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Bicycling Feet, Meet Your Power Player, Pedaling Legs

“Foot pain is experienced by 17% to 42% of the adult population. It is disabling in nearly half of these cases and can impair mood, behavior, risk of falls, self-care ability and quality of life.”

Understanding the nature and mechanism of foot pain. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (2009) Read more

Post-surgical Recovery Incomplete? See How BridgingĀ® Helped this Hockey Player

ā€œAn estimated 12 million individuals between the ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury annually, which leads to 20 million lost days of school and approximately $33 billion in health care costs.ā€

Common Sports Injuries: Incidence and Average Charges | ASPE (

Post Surgery: Will I ever be back to normal?

This is a regular topic I write about because it seems to be so common. You had an injury, accident or medical procedure which required surgery.

For your recovery you:

  • Rested
  • Diligently did your therapy exercises
  • Wondered “When will I be back to normal?”

Shoulder surgery still not fully recovered

Our YouTube guest this week also had that thought. Will is an active college student, who had shoulder surgery 5 years ago related to accumulated stress from playing hockey.

When we met, he was still bothered by “Charlie-horse” type pain at night, stiffness in the morning, limitations when working out, and pain when doing too much. He also had a hard time activating the correct muscles in his arms when working out.

At the end of session, he commented that his physical therapy never included anything related to what we found that played a role in his body’s continued stress. Those exercises were focused solely on his shoulder.

A month after his BridgingĀ® session

A month later, Will reports that his shoulder and arm are pain-free and feeling good. He doesn’t feel like he has to be so careful with his shoulder even as he’s restarted hockey practice and weight lifting.

In addition, he realized that his workouts feel better because the “mind-muscle” connection he struggled with is now happening. (This was not working due to the injury and surgical disruptions.) He can now feel the activation in the correct muscles!

Take a look to see what else played a role in limiting his recovery.

Let’s use the BridgingĀ® framework to breakdown Will’s shoulder issue

development chartTo help understand why an injury is not recovering as expected we look to the past for additional clues. A prior injury often provides insights to how, where, and how long the body has been compensating.

In Will’s case there really wasn’t a specific injury, but instead, a long pattern of repetitive trauma from hockey playing. This, and his age, are the reasons his session results were so quick — no underlying early life compensation patterns!

Curious … did you have surgery and still are still waiting to get back to normal?Here are some past BLOG posts about post-surgical recovery:

working on hamstring

Runner’s Hamstring Has Him Sidelined. Why?

Runner hamstrung over hamstring issue

Our YouTube guest this week had a weird running injury which wasn’t getting better with rest and the usual stretching. The pain limited his ability to get through the day, to enjoy summer, and let off his work stress via exercise!

The best comment came after we finished and took off microphones. He exclaimed, “I can put my shoes on without pain!” The hamstring pain had truly impacted every little part of his daily life.

Take a look to see how we solved part of the mystery pain. Read more

Why Is the “WHEN” So Important to Helping us Help You?

Check out this diagram (click to enlarge)

development chart

“When?” is one of the most important pieces of information we consider

You have pain, balance, coordination concerns, or anxiety. As part of our process of getting you back on track physically or developmentally, we want to know what happened and when in order to understand how your micromovements got off-track. This is where the best clues are!

Many other professionals are trained to focus “what’s bothering you.” If it’s your knee you may have been given exercises to strengthen muscles around the knee, tape, and maybe a massage. Focusing on the symptoms rather than the cause is often not enough. Read more

Cara with new mom

Is a New Mom’s Childbirth Trauma Linked to Anxiety and Sports Performance Challenges?

Anxiety and trauma resulting from childbirth, especially for C-section moms

In a prior BLOG post I shared how the diaphragm, breathing, and lower body interconnections are all related, and most importantly, impact anxiety.

One of the most common reasons we find for moms to feel anxious, as well as reluctant to restart activity, relates to postpartum recovery, especially when a C-section was involved. There are specific reasons why your body just isn’t putting itself back together after a C-section. Something to do with cutting through seven (yes, 7!) layers to get to the baby??

Take a look at our newest BridgingĀ® Insider YouTube video featuring Kira. She was still impacted from her childbirth and C-section experience. You will also see what changed following some BridgingĀ® support. Read more

Bobrov detail

Anxiety, Breathing, and Lower Body Traumas?

This illustration of breathing is so cool!

I follow Slava Bobrov on Twitter for his amazing visualizations of the body and cells. Last week he shared this animation of breathing. I was in heaven! Read more

Cara with Michael

Anxiety a Concern? How Activity Helps

Trying to get back into working out? ps – It also helps to calm anxiety!

Do you have a goal of getting back into working out after two years of COVID-related inactivity? Is the ‘getting started’ part hard? Many excuses come to mind — busy schedule, too hot, too cold. In reality, these can all be overcome with a little effort.

So, what else might be holding you back? Maybe it’s something physical, not mental.

At the BridgingĀ® Institute, we often find our clients who have a hard time getting started coincidently have bodies that are stuck and hard to move. Once the muscles between the core and limbs interact more fluently, these clients automatically begin adding in more activity to their day.

The amazing side benefit of adding activity is relief from anxiety. Here’s why … Read more

Cara gets Bridging treatment

And Then Life Happens! Injured When Running

Keeping you active at every age to support your best physical, mental and cognitive health is our goal at The BridgingĀ® Institute.

You want to stay active, yet life can hand you challenge after challenge. Staying active is really about how we pick ourselves up and keep going when things in life happen. Often a little help is just what’s needed to get back on track.

An oops happened to me recently. Here’s more of the story … Read more

Cara works with a client

Old Knee Injury? See the Crazy Ways It Can Impact You

Wanting to stay active, but …

Sometimes you are doing your best to get into healthier habits yet your body doesn’t want to cooperate. Often we assign the sensations to being out of shape, needing to try harder, or being more consistent. Sometimes there is something basic, yet overlooked. Here’s an example.
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back to school

Back to School Time: Is Your Child Ready?

School begins soon. Is your child positioned to do their best?

  • Are you and your child excited about the new school year or dreading it?
  • Do you hope each year will be the year things click into place for your child to excel?
  • Did you have a tough time with school, so you give your child a pass thinking they must be ‘just like you’?

This year can be different!

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