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Lifting and Twisting

So…. We have had some snow in Flag. We put old Babs to the test. The snow plow moved this bank up onto the side walk, I cleared the whole thing, then had my Dad stand here for a photo opportunity. He made it out alive!! The lifting and twisting motion of removing this snow fall from our driveways and sidewalks brought many people in with acute back pain.

He moved a lot of snow. Before that he raised three kids, worked in the produce industry, beef industry, and back to produce. Dad is 64 years of age. He retired 2 years ago from a major grocery store in the mid-west, with no back pain!

When we go to the grocery store we pick up items in the produce department. I want you to think about this:

Stacks of potatoes- 10 lbs a bag.
Celery- boxes weigh around 40 lbs.
Carrots- boxes weigh around 40 lbs.
Apples- boxes weigh around 40 lbs. And are stacked high and long. 8-10 varieties.
Banana- boxes weigh around 60 lbs. Organic and non-organic.
Lettuce- boxes weigh around 40 lbs. Washed in freezing water. 4 varieties.
Oranges- boxes weigh around 40 lbs. And are stacked high and long.
Peanuts, Chard, Endive, Green Beans, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic, Grapefruit, Avocado, Peppers of all variety, Asparagus, Watermelon, Squash…..and on and on and on……

No back pain. That’s quite a work out everyday. Go back up and look at this guy’s posture. No Hunch, strong core, strong back, all as a result of many years of similar work to the snow lifting.

From Dalton’s Blog…….

Much controversy exists in the biomedical and rehabilitation community as to the preferred strategy for lifting. This may actually come as some surprise to many of you who believe that lifting with a flat or arched back (lordotic posture) is unequivocally the safer and more efficient way to lift objects from the ground.

Serge is a proponent of what is called the rounded back (kyphotic posture) lifting theory. At a Rolf Institute annual meeting presentation in the early 80’s, Serge argued that the back muscles are not strong enough to properly support the spine and that when lifting naturally (without being coached how to lift) people will round their backs relying on the posterior ligaments and lateral thoracolumbar fascia to support their spines. He insists that lifting with an arched back is dangerous, since contraction of the erector spinae muscles increases the compressive load on the spine.

In fact, a fundamental problem in spinal biomechanics is explaining why vertebrae and discs are not crushed during the lifting of even relatively small loads. This problem has been wrestled with by spinal experts for years.

Gracovetsky attempts to solve the problem by proposing a model of the spine where lifting occurs without great involvement of the back muscles. They argue that lifting with a rounded back (kyphotic lifting posture) is safer since this results in less contraction of the erector spinae (lower back) muscles.

He believes that to lift properly, we must rely on passive bracing of the posterior ligamentous system and the thoracolumbar fascia of the spine for support. They claim that this lifting posture/strategy is to be preferred, since it results in less spinal compression and less tendency for shear forces in the spine.

Gracovetsky argues that the lower back muscles are not located posterior enough to the spine to be able to exert very much extensor torque and that since the erectors are located very close and lateral to the spine, they were never intended to generate much power.

While I may not agree one hundred percent with this model, many people do seem to lift this way, and many never have acute low back pain……

Hope it helps……..and I hope we receive more snow!!

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Myoskeletal Calander 2008


Here we are, on the front end of another great year. 2008. Again this year I will be assisting Erik Dalton, PhD. and Kim Miller, with the Freedom From Pain Institute, in providing outstanding education to soft tissue practitioners, massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and sports therapists. The Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques platforms have proven to be the most accurate in assessment and correction that I have studied and used in my practice. I used to find it difficult to reproduce results from session to session. That was until I learned more of the accurate assessments, what to really look for when clients came in with specific dysfunctions and specific pain. Knowing what to look for has made all the difference. The second step is knowing what to do with said dysfunction.

Thinking “out side the box ” of typical massage therapy and using all of the soft tissue in the body to achieve results is the corner stone of the Myoskeletal Techniques. We, as massage therapists, are becoming increasingly aware of other inert tissues. Mechanoreceptors in the body give our brain information about the health of joints and healthy, or unhealthy, joint movement. This in turn can activate a response of many other receptors, nociceptors tell us about pain, chemoreceptors tell us about the bombardment of chemicals due to protective muscle guarding and so on….these are all conditions that the soft tissue community should begin to consider when treating people who are in pain. Food for thought.

And so here is our schedule. Hope to see you therapists there!

Feb. 29 – March 2, 2008
Tucson, Arizona Vacation/ Education Destination

Massage Therapy Advanced Neck, Sciatic and Rotator Cuff
24 CE hours

Day 1… Advanced Neck Routines: Dalton’s new head & neck workshop helps therapists determine if pain emanates from pinched nerves or irritated joint receptors. Enhance your palpation skills with this innovative approach for correcting complex conditions such as “chronic cricks”, whiplash, migraines, and facet/rib pain. Pain management therapists will love this skill enhancing presentation.

Day 2…Sciatic: Simplified “back spasm” recipe for torsioned spines, locked SI joints and adhesive hip capsules. Includes innovative side-lying deep tissue massage therapists techniques & assisted stretching routines…perfect for treating large or pregnant clients.

Day 3…Rotator Cuff Corrections: New approaches for fixing impingement syndromes and frozen shoulders are introduced in this combined soft tissue and joint mobilization presentation. Dalton’s unique joint capsule, ligament, bursa, and myofascial mobilization techniques will enhance your assessment, palpation and treatment skills. A must take seminar for all sports therapists! This three-day Myoskeletal Alignment Certification workshop compliments all forms of manual therapy.

To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com


March28-30, 2008

New Orleans, LA. Education- Party on the Bayou

Myoskeletal Alignment for Neck, Back and Hip Pain
24 CE hours


Day 1… Neck Pain: Dalton’s very popular “Dirty Dozen” pain-bustin’ techniques help massage therapists assess and correct neck “cricks”, dowager’s humps, TOS, pinched nerves, scoliosis, rib pain and more.

Day 2…Back Pain: Simplified “back spasm” recipe for torsioned spines, locked SI joints and adhesive hip capsules. Includes innovative side-lying techniques & assisted stretching routines…perfect for treating large or pregnant clients.

Day 3…Hip Pain: Learn simple myoskeletal pelvic balancing techniques that focus on eliminating joint/ ligament pain originating at the lumbo-sacral junction. Since the SI joint can become stuck “crooked” in ten positions between the innominates, pain management therapists must be armed with effective tools to fix this common complaint….Incorporate these on Monday morning and watch your practice grow.
This three-day Myoskeletal Alignment workshop compliments all forms of manual therapy.


To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com



Don’t Miss This!

Dalton’s 6th Annual Costa Rica Retreat

2008 Pain Management in Paradise

Dual Workshops with Erik Dalton and Aaron Mattes-Creator of Active Isolated Stretching

Click the Link to see Brochure!!


June 6-8, 2008

Dallas, Texas Vacation while you learn…

at the world famous Cooper Clinic- Guest Lodge Hotel & Spa

Advanced Neck, Sciatic, and Rotator Cuff Pain
24 CE hours

Day 1… Advanced Neck Routines Workshop: Dalton’s new head & neck techniques help therapists determine if pain emanates from pinched nerves or irritated joint receptors. Enhance your palpation skills with this innovative approach for correcting complex conditions such as ‘chronic cricks’, whiplash, migraines, and facet/rib pain.


Day 2…Sciatic Pain: Simplified “back spasm” recipe for torsioned spines, locked SI joints and adhesive hip capsules. Includes innovative side-lying deep tissue massage therapy techniques & assisted stretching routines…perfect for treating large or pregnant clients.


Day 3…Rotator Cuff Corrections: New approaches for fixing impingement syndromes and frozen shoulders are introduced in this combined soft tissue and joint mobilization presentation. Dalton’s unique joint capsule, ligament, bursa, and myofascial mobilization techniques will enhance your assessment, palpation and treatment skills. This Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment Certification workshop was designed for structural integrators, pain-management, and sports therapists.


A must take workshop event for all sports therapists!

To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com



July18-20

Salt Lake City, Utah

Education-Relaxation Destination

Holiday Inn- Airport West
24 CE hours

Dirty-Dozen Neck, Low Back and Shoulder Routines

Day 1… Neck Pain: Dalton’s very popular Dirty-Dozen techniques help therapists assess and correct neck ‘cricks’, dowager’s humps, TOS, pinched nerves, scoliosis, rib pain and more.

Day 2…Low Back Fix: Simplified “back spasm” recipes for torsioned spines, locked SI joints and adhesive hip capsules. Includes innovative side-lying deep tissue technique & assisted stretching routines…perfect for treating large or pregnant clients.

Day 3…Shoulder Pain: New approaches for fixing impingement syndromes and frozen shoulders are introduced in this soft tissue joint mobilization presentation. Dalton’s unique joint capsule, ligament, bursa, and myofascial mobilization techniques enhance assessment, palpation and treatment skills for all forms of manual therapy.


To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com



Aug. 22-24

Kansas City, Missouri

Barbecue and Blues with Erik Dalton

Holiday Inn KCI & Expo Center
24 CE hours


Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment for Sciatic, Pelvic, and Cervical Pain

This newly-added advanced class explores hidden causes of back, butt and leg pain including SI joint dysfunction. New assessment routines based on research presented at the First Fascial Conference at Harvard will look at Ascending Syndromes…pain originating in the feet and legs that affect pelvic balance and Descending Syndromes…pain originating in the head and neck creating scoliotic strain patterns that refer into the arms and thorax.

Participants will learn exciting new Myoskeletal approaches for treating soft-tissue conditions such as ligament failure, joint capsule adhesions and myofibroblast pain. A must–take class for all structural integrators, pain management and sports therapists!


To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com



October 17-19

Atlanta, Georgia
Myoskeletal Alignment: Neck, Sciatic and Leg Pain
24 CE hours


To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com



November 14-16

Baltimore, MD
Myoskeletal Alignment: Neck, Sciatic and Leg Pain
24 CE hours

To register call Michael at 800-766-1942 or register at www.takemyregistration.com

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