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October 2015

Welcome to the Oregon Exercise Therapy October Newsletter!

This month I have a great video and accompanying article about what high heels do to your feet and the rest of your body alignment and function - hint: it's not good! I also have an article explaining what carpal tunnel syndrome is and how to find the underlying cause and avoid surgery. The third article this month is about Consumer Reports and their list of 4 surgeries to avoid including knee surgery and spinal fusion. I explain what the true cause of knee problems is and why spinal fusion surgery can cause more problems than it fixes. Lastly, I have included a fun but hard workout video to help improve athleticism. Have a fun and pain free month!
What Your High Heels Are Doing To Your Feet
Elevating your heel creates a chain reaction up your entire body.
High heels do a lot more than make a fashion statement when you walk into a room. High heels create functional and alignment changes up and down your entire body and can lead to many types of problems and pain including: bunionshammer toes, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, back problems, knee pain, and nerve impingements.

Learn more by reading the entire article and watching the video here. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Relief
Your computer is not to blame.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is blamed on the excessive use of a computer keyboard or mouse, small hand-held tools, or repetitive flexing of the wrist such as assembly line work. Treatments typically focus on the wrist including surgery where doctors will cut the transverse carpal ligament. 

What we forget is that our bodies are designed to handle the demands of computer use and that the human body works as a unit - meaning the wrist is dependent on proper interaction and help from the elbow, shoulder, and upper back. Any therapy or surgery that focuses on the wrist is only treating the symptom and will not correct the underlying cause of the carpal tunnel pain. Learn how to treat the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome by reading more.

Surgeries To Avoid
Consumer Reports lists 4 surgeries to avoid.
We've seen articles that list the top surgeries to avoid before, but it's worth revisiting this latest list. Recently, The Washington Post published an article by Consumer Reports titled: "If your doctor says you need surgery, you may want to explore other options.

It listed four surgeries to avoid: knee surgery, carotid artery surgery, spinal fusion, and hysterectomy. Let's explore the two that have to do with posture and biomechanics: knee surgery and spinal fusion. Continue reading.
Quick Athletic Workout
Better posture and function means a better athlete.
Pete Egoscue designed and narrated workout from incorporates anaerobic power with strength, range of motion, and functional movements to help develop a more functional and balanced athlete. Doing this workout on a regular basis will help any athlete perform better whether their sport is football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, rowing, volleyball, swimming, or track and field. 

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 or call 971-279-2189 to schedule your FREE posture evaluation today. 
I believe that your chronic pain is not because of your age, genetics, past injuries, or activities you do. I 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. 


Matt Whitehead
(971) 279 2189  
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