Varus and Valgus

One of my favorite college courses was Medical Latin. I loved it because speaking Latin made me think of gods and goddesses, togas and baklava, and riding a moped after swimming the Mediterranean. Which, now that I think of it, are all Greek things actually. It turns out I love all Greek things and can’t wait until I move to my tiny Greek island/olive tree farm/alignment center. You’re all invited. Most anatomy/physiology…

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A Health Quiz

Just for fun, see how you do! Try it WITHOUT google-ing the answers, yo! Geez. 1. How many muscles flex the elbow (think bicep curl)? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 17 2. How many muscles make up the calf group (lower leg)? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 17 3. Which is a greater weight-bearing exercise, walking or running? a. Walking b. Running c. Walk-Run combo d. Jogging 4….

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A User’s Guide to Hamstrings

f you’re interested in reading more on ideas presented in the article below, I suggest reading Alignment Matters.  If you’d like movement instruction via video, start with Alignment Snacks: Quads and Hams. As promised (800 car-trip miles later), The Hamstring Blog. Some quick hamstring tidbits: 1.The “hamstrings” are really three separate muscles: Biceps femoris, semimembranosis, and the semitendinosis. 2. The hamstring group passes over both the hip and the knee joint, which…

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ABCs

Active. As in, vs. Passive. The thing that screws up your body the most is the insane quantity of time we spend with almost no electricity flowing through our muscles. Passive tissues are doing nothing for your structural integrity or your metabolism. E.g. Sitting in a chair=passive. Holding yourself in a chair position sans chair=Active. Baby sitting in a sling=Passive. Baby participating in its transportation by holding itself up and holding on=Active….

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