Clinician Chat: A Different Point of View

Q: You’ve mentioned that your treatment perspective is little different than some providers, can you explain how your point of view differs?

Synergy Therapist: Simply put I look at the body as a whole. Instead of focusing on the area in pain I look at how the body moves. Is it balanced? Where are the restrictions in the movement? Are there posture problems which would affect other parts of the body? This is different because traditionally providers only look at the affected area.  That means that the underlying issues (see a picture of the out-of-whack skeleton) may not be addressed.

pelvic tilt

Classic example: you come in with shoulder pain unless your underlying postural issues are addressed the shoulder pain may come back.

Q: Let’s just say a person came to you with shoulder pain, how would you start your evaluation?

Synergy Therapist: First I look at three basic things- how the person sits, stands and walks. Most people don’t know that you should sit the way you stand- with a natural “S” curve to your back. If you sit incorrectly (see a picture of cute kid) your body will have to compensate in other areas which will eventually affect the way you stand and walk. In a standing position, I can assess the symmetry of the body and trace patterns of dysfunction. Walking provides me insight into how the body moves against gravity. After all the body is designed to move so why not look at what it’s supposed to be doing?

Q: Why do you think this perspective is so rare?

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Poor posture puts your spine into a “C” shape instead of the naturally stronger “S” shape.

Synergy Therapist: People learn by comparing new information to things they’ve already learned. Sometimes the things we see don’t fit into the box and then we’re faced with a choice. Do we discard it as being impossible or do we take the chance and try to learn something new? Most past medical studies were done on cadavers, which is great for a start but it has a flaw… cadavers don’t move! Fortunately, there is research being done that focuses on how the body moves with living people. I am continually learning from the people I treat and from the research of others- the body is amazing and our understanding of it has just begun!

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Valve Exercises

Sphincter

1. DJ V
Valve (Duodenum/ Jejenum)
: DJ is left sided.

-Lying on back with knees bent, move knees 2” toward right.

-3 finger widths in an upward 45 degree diagonal on left is sphincter. Next put 3

fingers of right hand over that spot and help with left hand over right and push

inward toward spine and then move counterclockwise (CCW) ⅛”.

2. IC Valve (iliocecal Valve): IC is right sided.

-knees bent and move 2” left

-find the spot between belly button(BB) and corner of pelvis and draw a line. Go

⅓ of way from inside corner of pelvis up that line and that is the spot of the

-Now put 3 fingers on that spot. Push down and turn CCW ⅛”.

-Do 1 minute

-Do 3 times a week.

3. GES (gastroesophageal valve) is left sided between esophagus and stomach. (Do 3 times per week if you have digestive problems.)

-Find the “V” of bottom part of rib cage and put 3 fingers over it.

-Knees bent and move knees to right 2”

-Push 3 fingers downward toward spine and turn CCW for 1 minute.

4. Pyloric Valve (between stomach and intestines): is left sided.

-bend knees and move them 2”toward right.

-Find BB and go 4-5 finger widths directly upward toward head from the BB and

the valve is here.

-Put 3 fingers of the right hand over that spot and then put left hand over right to

help and push downward toward the spine and turn fingers CCW ⅛”.

-Do this for 1 minute.

 

Do these exercises 3 times a week. These areas could be flared up from certain foods. If you have pains do the exercise to clear it up.

 

  1. Sphincter of Oddi is a right sided valve.

-Lying on back with knees bent, move knees 2” toward left.

-3 finger widths in an upward 45 degree diagonal on right is the sphincter. Put the

pads of 3 fingers over that spot. (The sphincter is only the size of a dime or

nickel.)

-Next push inward toward spine and CCW ⅛”.

-Do this for 1 minute.

-Do up to 3 times a week for digestive problems or do if you have right shoulder

blade or upper traps pain.

 

6. Upper gastroesophageal(UES) can either be right or left sided. This is for acid reflux.

-You will move your knees 2” of opposite side of problem.

– Head on 1-2 pillows.

-Right arm is bent at elbow and back of hand is propped on pillow.

-With left hand grab windpipe/esophagus area and gently pull downward toward

feet.

-Do this for 1 minute.

 

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Video of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow

CSF flow

Synergy Healthcare in Spokane, WA has physical therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. Our therapists are well trained in many different techniques including craniosacral therapy. Cranial work is based the the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain and spinal column. Check out this cool animation to get a better idea of how this fluid flows!

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Physical therapy perspective at Synergy Healthcare in Spokane, WA: Yoga

yoga

The Way Things Ought To BeWe believe that Yoga is an effective method of body movement that can help to maintain a healthy spine.  By keeping your muscles long and flexible, it places much less strain on your joints.  This will help maintain better posture through the aging process.

Now, do we expect you all to be able to turn yourselves into pretzels? Not likely, but it’s nice to have something to aspire to.  The old adage is true, if you don’t use it you loose it. So we believe that moving your body in very specific ways to maintain your flexibility is one of the most important things you can do for your body, your mind and your spirit.  Not to mention that you’ll have more energy to do other things in life that bring you joy.

I hate stretching!  Some people love it, but I actually hate it.  Yoga is not stretching for me, it is the process of following my breathing in and out and while I do that, I find a way to let go of tension that I am holding in a certain area of my body.  Muscle pain often occurs because of guarding and shortened muscles, yoga helps me to let that tension go and find balance in the system again.

Synergy Healthcare provides all the props you need for your Yoga practice.  Just show up in your comfortable clothing and enjoy!  Most students come at least one time per week and some practice additionally at home.

Synergy Healthcare offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy in Spokane Valley, WA. Our highly trained therapists are ready to get you back on track fast! We try to prepare helpful articles that can help enrich your life. Have a question you want answered? Email us at info@synergyspokane.com or call at 509-413-1630 for more information. Comment below or give us a shout-out on Facebook– we love to hear whats on your mind!


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Education for Better Health

Free Giant Macro Pencil and Pink Eraser Creative CommonsEducation of our patients is a standard practice at Synergy. Because they have the time to listen, our therapists are often able to learn quite a lot about their lives: their daily activities, exercise habits, and the level to which they understand and take care of their bodies. This in-depth knowledge allows us to provide exercise and stretching regimens that are customized to each patient’s abilities.   Also, we can educate them effectively about the nature of their injury or illness and how it impacts their lives. Our goal is not only to relieve their current pain complaint, but also to give them the knowledge and the physical awareness to prevent future injuries.

The philosophy of Synergy Healthcare is very comprehensive.  We believe that the whole person needs to be examined.  Diet, activities, hobbies, work, family support and stressors all impact ones physical well being.  Therefore, we believe in  one small step at a time rather than a complete overhaul.  Ever wondered why you can’t stay on a diet or exercise program?  Too many big steps and too much change too quickly.  We start with one or two things to change about your life style that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Try drinking more water.  Generally we don’t drink enough water.  There is a lot of controversy about how much to drink. Unless you have liver or kidney issues, we recommend working up to 1/2 your body weight in ounces. so,  if you weigh 150 pounds, you probably should consume 75 ounces of water. WHOA! that’s a lot but if you are working up to it then great!  More in this case is better.  I’ve only had to tell one person in all my years of practice to drink less water.  Again, if  you are on lots of medications or have a serious medical condition, you should consult your doctor.

But this would be one good small step to improving your health.  Less soda pop… more water, less coffee… more water,  and ditch the energy drinks and try this new found remedy for getting more energy…..it’s called sleep.

Synergy Healthcare offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy in Spokane Valley, WA. Our highly trained therapists are ready to get you back on track fast! We try to prepare helpful articles that can help enrich your life. Have a question you want answered? Email us at info@synergyspokane.com or call at 509-413-1630 for more information. Comment below or give us a shout-out on Facebook– we love to hear whats on your mind!

Happy drinking and napping!  Here’s to your health!

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