This is a simple, challenging and effective exercise I learned from my friend Josh Hostetler at Breakthrough.
Many of you are working from home now and are dealing with changes in chairs and workstations. This move would be great for you.
Watch the short video, let me know any questions, and build it into your routine!
Office Closed Dates
The office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Monday, July 6th.
The office will be open for extra, unusual hours on Thursday, July 2nd in the morning 8:30 am-12:30 pm in addition to the typical 2:30 pm-6:00 pm block. There are a few morning appointments left as of sending out this newsletter!
Michelle will be working in the morning on Tuesday, July 7th to help with scheduling and questions by phone, text, and email to prepare for our return to adjusting on Wednesday, July 8th.
The Fascial System and Visceral Manipulation
Physical Therapist Peter Dorsa wrote the following piece to explain one of his areas of focus. We are lucky to have him on the second floor of our building! Reach out for questions or appointment scheduling!
Fascia is the connective tissue in our body and has properties that contribute to our flexibility, as well as provide support. There are three primary elements that comprise the fascia - elastin, collagen and ground substance. Elastin and collagen are woven together in such a way that creates a continuous matrix. Between the collagen and elastin fibers is the ground substance which is a gel like substance. In the well hydrated state the ground substance keeps the collagen and elastin separate so the facia can function at the most optimal level. It's in this state that the fascia provides support while remaining pliable and flexible.
In the dehydrated state the the ground substance becomes more viscous losing the more watery elements. In a worst case scenario the ground substance can glue elastin and collagen together creating a fascial restriction. Over time these restrictions limit mobility and cause pain by putting a great deal of pressure on sensitive structures like nerves and blood vessels.
The fascia is a continuous system throughout our body. Despite being such a vast and comprehensive structure very little attention is paid to the fascia in general medicine, but its getting better. There are basically two types of fascia, myofascia - myo is root for muscle. The fascial matrix is integrated into the muscle structure and can easily be seen in the cross section of a muscle.
In the abdominal and pelvic cavities there are two types of fascia parietal peritoneum and visceral peritoneum both of which cover and support the organs. In the thoracic cavity the fascia is referred to as the pleura which covers the lungs and is further differentiated around the heart as the pericardium. Peritoneum, pleura or pericardium are all serous membranes and surround the respective organs. In skeletal muscle the fascia is very similar just integrated throughout the muscle.
In any of these structures, the fascia can develop a restriction which can inhibit motion and or cause pain. One tenet of myofascial or visceral therapy is to find the pain look elsewhere for the cause. It’s not enough to just treat symptoms but to treat the root cause.
As a manual physical therapist I have studied and treated many people using a fascial therapeutic model. In this context, I look and use my hands to identify restrictions in either the myofascial and visceral complex. Next month I will talk more about visceral manipulation (VM) and what a treatment session would be like. One example would be treatment of gastrointestinal issues using VM. Any inflammatory process can result in a decrease in intestinal function which can be detected and treated.
Organifi Green Juice and Immunity Available
We are pleased to now stock two new products at the office.
Organifi Green Juice contains 12 superfoods; spirulina, beet, mint, lemon, turmeric, chlorella, coconut water, matcha green tea, moringa, monk fruit, wheatgrass, ashwagandha. A 30 serving bottle sells for $56.
Organifi Immunity is a simple immunity-boosting superfood blend which can help fight the symptoms AND duration of colds and flus. This new formula combines the helpful nutrients you already know, like Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin D3, with revolutionary new discoveries, like Ultrasonic-Extracted Mushroom Beta Glucans. It’s tradition and modern science, combined. Individual serving powder packets are $3.75.
Easy to make and nutritious; these homemade popsicle options are sure to be a big hit on hot summer days.