knee pain

Your Child’s Knee Pain: Is There Something More to Check?

A child’s knee pain can be frustrating to you and to them!

Summer is a time when your child is both very active, and often, growing! When knee pain strikes it can be concerning and frustrating if it lingers. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • Your child awakens at night with knee pain. You massage, add some heat, and give some pain reliever. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.
  • Your child falls and seems to over-react to the pain at their knee.
  • Your child gets up the morning after sports practice or a long day outdoors and merely standing or walking causes extreme pain.

In any of these scenarios, the stress and associated pain can quickly change with Bridging®. Let’s dig in a little more to understand why. Read more

knee pain

Is Knee Pain and/or Arthritis a Concern?

A recent study from Baylor University discusses findings relating activity, osteoarthritis and knee pain. The study highlighted that walking helped prevent and reduce pain.

Although the study followed people over the age of 50, it shows that people who walk frequently had less pain at the outset. In other words, get moving!

In an effort to stay active, many of our clients find their joint pain is reduced as Bridging® resets the muscle relationships between your feet, legs and core.

Our goal is to help you stay active at every age! Read more

melting butter

Butter Melting … It’s the Sensation We Feel When Muscles Change

“What do you feel when the muscles change?”

Inquisitive clients have posed this question over recent weeks. My response?

To those of us doing Bridging®, the change feels like the muscles and movements soften and melt, similar to butter. The movement become easier for us, and for you!

Butter can have many states from hard to melted:

  • frozen solid
  • refrigerator hard
  • room temperature softness
  • a melted fluid

As your muscles begin to work together better they end up in the soft, easy to spread state. The work of each muscle becomes shared with a larger network so each individual muscle can relax, knowing it can work only when needed, and that it now has helpers.

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leg in a cast

Your Leg Was in a Cast. Still Painful, Weak, or Unsteady?

Over 2 million legs are fractured each year in the U.S.

The three most common types of leg fractures are:

  • Patella (knee cap)
  • Tibia/Fibula (lower leg)
  • Ankle

The most common cause of fractures is falling, or being hit, such as in sports injuries.

Foot injuries and fractures can result in a cast also.

You broke your foot or leg. Months later, it still feels unsteady, hurts or is weak. What else might be going on?

There are so many ways you might have ended up with a cast on your leg, usually from broken bones in your foot, ankle, lower leg, or upper leg.

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Girls playing soccer game

3 Benefits of Seasonal Tune-ups for Your Kids

Winter sports have wrapped up their season — hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming and basketball.

  • Did your athlete get injured, minor or major, during the past season?

Spring sports will be starting soon — softball, baseball, badminton, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and track.

  • Has your athlete grown? The seasonal transition can cause stress when layered on top of recent growth.

Between seasons is a great time to smooth out stress on their bodies from little injuries, wear and tear, and growing, putting them in great shape for spring activities!

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a fall in the snow

Slip and Fall? 😩 2 Aspects of Falling Where You Feel Off or Sleep Poorly

According to the CDC in 2017, approximately 1 million Americans are injured annually as the result of falling on ice and snow.

You were careful, but … down you went. 🙁

Nothing was broken, but you just don’t feel yourself. You might have gone to the urgent care to make sure all was ok. What else could be going on?

You naturally reacted to prevent the fall by turning and reaching. This ends up being part of why you don’t feel quite right, and you may also have trouble sleeping.

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broken arm bones

Fractured Arm is Healed. Still Painful or Weak?

Over 590,000 arms are fractured each year in the U.S.

The three most common types of arm fractures are:

  • distal radius
  • distal ulna
  • proximal humerus

The most common cause of fractures is falling, or being hit, such as in sports injuries.

The majority of forearm (radius, ulna) fractures occur in children under the age of 18, and adults over the age of 65.

broken arm

You fell and broke your arm. Now it feels weird, hurts or is weak. What else might be going on?

There are so many ways you might have broken your arm–falling on the ice, tripping while distracted, or something falling against you.

Usually, the arm is immobilized in a cast for several weeks. Once the cast comes off you expect to return to normal over the course of several weeks. Adults are often prescribed occupational therapy, even though children would benefit too.

We meet so many people who have had a broken arm! Sometimes the fracture was years ago, but still causes issues for you.

3 common issues related to broken arms

These are the most common lingering issues that we find post-arm fracture:

  1. Lack of strength
  2. Sensation of tightness
  3. Pain at the wrist, elbow or shoulder

If you’ve had any of these, you’ve likely tried chiropractic or occupational therapy, but with limited results. Time to try another approach.

The key to finding the complete solution for feeling ‘right’ again is understanding how the immobilization turned off your muscle coordination, and how your body absorbed the forces during the original accident are keys to finding a lasting solution.

This analysis is fundamental within the Bridging® process and is described below.

What really happens to your arm when it breaks and while it’s healing?

In order to understand what happens to you, we need to think about how your forearm is supposed to function. Here are some key aspects to how the arm works well:

  • Strength: The hand and finger strength are derived from the muscle strength in the forearm via the tendon interconnections to the hand.
  • Flexibility and Mobility: The wrist should move in three ways — up/down, side to side, and turning up and down. This motion trickles up into the many muscles of the forearm.
  • Core Support: The elbow is a key connector of the forearm between the wrist and shoulder. Its job changes depending upon being flexed or straight. It really is like a gear box!

There are two parts to full recovery

Most orthopedic professionals look at movement of the wrist and elbow as the markers of being fully healed. We find there are two additional aspects to consider:

  1. The flow and multi-directional transitioning between each moving segment at the hand, wrist, and forearm.
  2. Restricted and jammed transitions at the elbow, shoulder, or core, related to the original force which broke the arm.

Interconnection is the key!

When your forearm is immobilized for several weeks, the biggest impact is the loss of the neuromuscular interconnections at the wrist and elbow. It’s a train wreck with several layers of subsequent affects.

  • Transitions: The muscles at the wrist and elbow lose much of their ability to transition in the intricate ways they were used to. They either go lax or stiffen up, so your wrist is either too stiff or too floppy.
  • Rotations: The forearm immobilization freezes the essential rotation of the radius which normally allows your hand movement to link to the shoulder and core. Besides coordination being impacted, strength is compromised.
  • Core Support: Force from landing on the arm skews the transition at the elbow and shoulder which can cause pain when doing normal activities.

About the three issues specifically

Let’s look at each of the three typical issues and break down how the Bridging® Technique uniquely helps you find relief:

  • Stiffness or limited range of motion: The interconnections of the wrist and elbow are easily restored by using the gentle Bridging® stretches to restore pairing of various muscle groups. Flex/extend, supinate/pronate, and lateral/medial deviations are individually restored.
  • Weakness: The wrist and forearm movements above are linked to the elbow, shoulder and core to restore strength and endurance.
  • Wrist, elbow or shoulder pain: Bridging® restores the correct relationships to muscles connecting across the wrist, elbow and shoulder allowing any torque or stress to disappear. By restoring the flow of movement in multiple directions, the transitions across joints are smooth and stress-free. Stress-free usually means pain-free!

More to your full recovery …

At The Bridging® Institute our clients are often surprised by how fast they improve. Uniquely, our approach goes back to early development as the secret.

Re-creating early layers of muscle and joint interconnections is the roadmap for sustainably resetting you or your child’s body after accidents, illness or growth. Bridging® rebuilds the original movement foundation; your daily activity reinforces the better function.

Wondering if Bridging® can help you or your child feel and function better after a broken bone? Fill out our intake form and we’ll get back to you with insights on how Bridging® can help. Virtual or in-office sessions are two options we offer to get you back to feeling your best.

car accident

Rear-Ended and You’re Ok, But Are You? 5 Common, Yet Hidden Issues

Nearly 2.5 million rear end collisions are reported in the United States every year and are responsible for 28% of all crashes – making this type of collision the most common type of crash.

You were rear-ended. You walked away, but don’t feel quite right.

Getting hit from behind at moderate to high speed is a big deal! You likely weren’t visibly hurt, but don’t feel quite right either.

We’ve seen quite a few people recently where a rear-end auto accident ends up being the primary factor impacting their movement and ability to feel calm.

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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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bike accident

Bike Falls: Are You Still Feeling the Effects?

Bike fall in your past?

When people come in with mystery pain, a common incident in their past is a bike fall. They often say, “I was fine, nothing was broken.”

However, nothing broken doesn’t mean the incident was without lasting consequences.

Often a bike fall, whether recent or a long time ago, is the cause of a rigid core which is creating stress at your hip or shoulder.

Our clients find after their Bridging session, the trauma is cleared, their core relaxes, and the pain or stiffness fade away.

Repeatedly, we hear the phrase “magic”! Read more