Cara with client, Zakyia

Exercise Plans Side-tracked? Do Past Injuries Make Things Harder?

She wanted to get back to exercising for her health. How did BridgingĀ® help?

In the latest Bridging Insider video, we meet Zakiya whose exercise routine has been side-lined while caring for her son who has special needs.

She’s had two key physical traumas over the years and she wants to make sure she is in a good place to begin working out again. Read more

Cara helps John after hip replacement

Strength and Balance Off? Might Be More Aspects to Your Surgical Recovery!

Fatigue, strength, and balance concerns

In the latest Bridging Insider video we meet John who wants to get back into a healthier lifestyle after being side-lined over the past few years with a degenerated hip. A new hip got rid of the source of his pain, and he was ready to get moving again!

However, as he progressed through his recovery period, he noticed his balance could be better. Even more annoying was that his leg got weaker as the day progressed. He found that using walking sticks enabled outdoor activity, but they weren’t helping with the overall fatigue as much as he hoped.

As you’ll see in the video, Bridging was able to assess the after-effects of his hip surgery and put the specific gaps back together. Read more

Cara with client, Lisa

Checking Back In on Knee and Feet Issues

Yes, you have pain and mobility concerns that keep you from being as active as you’d like to be.

You keep searching for help, and would love things to be fixed immediately. In reality, most of the traditional approaches you may have tried ask you to come in 6, 18 or 30 times to get results.

That is not the case with BridgingĀ®. You see and feel changes each session, and your goals usually change from pain-related to activity-related.

Of course, this raises the question of, “How long do these changes really last?”

By posting follow-up videos of many of our guests we show how the changes from Bridging are indeed long-lasting, and how next steps become part of the process.

Have a look! Read more

Cara with client, Jae

Poor Balance: Was It Age or Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement surgery has changed so much over the years. With simpler approaches, the average age of for hip replacement is 65, making it a more common procedure.

The primary goal of the procedure is improved mobility and activity with less pain. However, sometimes there isn’t as much improvement as you’d hoped for.

At the BridgingĀ® Institute, we often find specific glitches in hip control can impact your overall confidence and ease of movement after recovery from the replacement. This leaves you frustrated.

And sometimes the issue relates to a prior injury or surgery, not the hip replacement! Read more

Cara with client, Cindy

Neck or Back Pain? Had Hip Replacement or Abdominal Surgery?

Wow! Did you know this about pain levels after hip replacement recovery?

“… your pain levels should slowly decrease to about 1 or 2 in 12 weeks after the hip replacement,” per Johns Hopkins recovery Q&A information.

I think most people expect to be completely out of pain 3 months later!

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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 (hhs.gov)

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?”

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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

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 BridgingĀ®, 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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medical consultation

Cancer Journey? Yes, There Are So Many Aspects to This

Cancer treatment support is a personal topic for me. This month marks 20 years since my son was diagnosed with leukemia at age 6.

During his 3+ years of treatment he endured 2 surgeries, 38 lumbar punctures, countless IV’s and hospital stays. He was messed up from treatment, and because of treatment.

I found out first hand the importance of mentally and physically supporting him during and after the process.

The BridgingĀ® support I was able to provide came in some years after his treatment and primarily addressed latent effects. He still has some concerns this many years later, but he is generally doing great! Read more

a family enjoys a walk

Recent, or Not So Recent, Surgery? And Recovery Isn’t Quite What You Expected?

A number of clients in the office recently have wanted help with pain or limited range of motion. We found these had a relationship to prior surgeries.

These surgeries included:

  • Abdominal structure repair
  • Cancer treatment
  • C-section
  • Dental
  • Hysterectomy
  • Wrist (following fracture)

In each case BridgingĀ® was able to help with pain, ease of motion, and more.

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