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OET News
August 2015

Welcome to OET News! I hope you have been getting outside and enjoying the outdoors as I have this summer. I've been enjoying trail races in beautiful Forest Park, running the Portland waterfront outside my clinic, hiking with my family, and playing at the playground with my kids. If you or anyone you know is unable to be active and enjoy their favorite activities, have them give me a call and schedule a free postural evaluation and consultation to discuss what they can do to become pain free. 

This months newsletter has an article called How You Stand Is How You Move, that explains that how people stand shows their muscle imbalances and is a preview of how they will move. Also featured is a very thought provoking article about what comes first: The Chicken or the Egg in Pain and Posture. And don't forget to find someone to join you in the Couples Strength Workout, you will get a great workout and have fun while doing it!
How You Stand Is How You Move
Standing posture predicts movement patterns.
I love it when I have a new or potential client and I've taken their posture photos we are evaluating their posture together. I might point out that they have shifted their right hip out to the side which shows they aren't loading both hips and have a hip disparity. They then say, "That's just the way I was standing" like they don't really have an imbalance they just "happened" to be standing in such an imbalanced way. At that point I usually point out that right that instant they are standing the exact same way. 

The way you stand on a regular basis is both a reflection of your muscle imbalances and a preview of how you will perform movement. Take this woman for example from an online exercise tutorial. She is doing her power pose before showing viewers how to perform a lunge. 

Many people including her might say "that's just how she was standing" with her right hip shifted laterally and rotated forward and not really a reflection of any posture and muscle imbalances in her body. I don't agree. I think how someone stands is always a reflection of their posture and muscle balance or imbalance.


The Chicken or the Egg in Pain and Posture
We all know pain and posture are interrelated but what came first, the chicken or the egg?
Arthritic joints, osteoporosis, scoliosis, disc herniations, and back spasms are common problems millions of Americans deal with every day. All these problems also have characteristic postures that go along with them and we assume that the osteoporosis is why the person is bend over in a rounded position and the arthritic knee is the reason why the leg is bowed so severely. 

But do we know that to be true? What if it was the other way around? What if the faulty postural alignment caused the knee to become arthritic or the spine to become osteoporotic? Continue reading.
Couples Strength Workout
Grab your partner, friend, or teammate and try this workout together.
This fun and challenging functional partner workout will improve your strength, mobility, balance, and posture. Try it today!

Your free 30 minute appointment includes discussion of your symptoms and goals, posture evaluation, functional testing, and gait analysis. We will then discuss the different therapy options that are available to help you reach your goals. 

Visit www.oregonexercisetherapy.com or call 971-279-2189 to schedule your FREE posture evaluation today. 
We believe that your chronic pain is not because of your age, genetics, past injuries, or activities you do. We believe your pain is because you have lost proper postural alignment. Correcting your posture will allow you to live the life you want to live and continue the activities you love to do, pain free! If you or anyone you know is suffering from chronic pain or injuries, encourage them to call me today - I'd be happy to help them. 

Sincerely,

 
Matt Whitehead
(971) 279 2189  
matt@oregonexercisetherapy.com

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