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Lasting Effects from Injuries. Who is Easier to Help — Kids or Adults?

How is helping an injury different between kids and adults?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

We recently explored this question related to surgical recovery.

However, injuries are a more common event at all ages so let’s explore the differences between helping adults and children erase the after-effects of an injury. Read more

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Travel Travails: Overhead, Uh-oh!

Flying and bags overhead: A recipe for many an injury

Traveling this holiday season? Believe it or not, how you use the overhead space on a plane is essential to maximizing time with loved ones. There are so many ways that putting a bag overhead can lead to an injury which can ruin holiday plans.

Here are a few reminders of how to keep yourself safe: Read more