Sunday, July 7, 2019

41st Anniversary

Grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned and yet have to learn....
Celebrating life on the 41st Anniversary of my MVA- 18-wheeler vs Honda CB750 in Varberg, Sweden 🇸🇪 
It has taught me life is not always dandy, but the victories after overcoming are sweet. It isn’t always about finishing first!It is about learning to see value in pain, struggles, obstacles....
Knowing life is beautiful, regardless of how dim a snapshot might look. 
Thanks to God, I gained true purpose and gratitude🙏
I’m thankful for all the kind people along the way, that kept believing in me and have blessed me with their wonderful support along the way🙌
Adage to the words God whispered to me, when still recovering from my injuries: “What if you can learn this art (PhysicalTherapy) and give back to the world, what has been given to you.”




















Friday, March 29, 2019

Pain

Seek to learn from it, treat the cause rather than the symptoms. 
Ask for help.
Quick Fix will turn out to be a Myth!



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Disc Bulges don’t necessarily cause pain..

💥Disc Bulges💥
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☠️ Having a disc bulge is not a death sentence
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1) Disc Bulges can heal
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2) Disc Bulges are more prevalent as we age, many times in people with NO PAIN
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🤯Check out the chart in this graphic, which shows the percentage of people in different age groups who have disc bulges shown on MRI but do not suffer from pain or dysfunction
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📚 The review from which this data emerged looked at imaging studies between 1946 to 2014, reporting imaging findings for 3110 asymptomatic individuals (in addition to symptomatic individuals)
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💥Conclusions?
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💯 It looks as though disc bulges are more highly correlated with NORMAL AGING than with pathology/dysfunction
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📌And yes, there are times when a disc bulge may contribute to a person's pain experience, but many times this is not the case
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👨🏻As the authors of this study summarized:
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"Imaging findings of spine degeneration are present in high proportions of asymptomatic individuals, increasing with age. Many imaging-based degenerative features are likely part of normal aging and unassociated with pain. These imaging findings must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical condition."
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💯Credit to Physio Based Medicine for inspiring this post 🙏🏼.
📚 Brinjikji et al (2015), Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sencha Fukamushi



My first experience with this absolute delicious green tea, 
Sencha Fukamushi from @hibiki_an 🇯🇵
Ordered the “Lefty” Kyusu (teapot) and the tea-glass is an invention of my oldest brother Berry 🇸🇪. Berry has long studied diffident kinds of green and black tea from Japan, China and South-America. His unique tea-glass allows you to hold it without burning your hands. Essentially it is a two-part glass, fused together. This Sencha Fukamushi tea is a delight for the nose and taste buds alike. 
#hibikian #hibiki_an #senchagreentea #senchafukamushi #senchatea #kyusu #leftykyusu #japaneseteaceremony #japanesetea #japaneseteaware #vuijsters

Monday, December 31, 2018

Brain


The brain receives its arterial supply from two pairs of vessels, the vertebral arteries, and internal carotid arteries. These vessels are interconnected in the cranial cavity to form a cerebral arterial circle called a circle of Willis. The circle of Willis lies in the interpeduncular fossa at the base of the brain.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Neck and Shoulder Pain



NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN - LEVATOR SCAPULAE MUSCLE AND MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

The levator scapulae muscle resides at that back and side of the neck. Levator means to lift in Latin, so as the name implies, its goal is to lift the scapula. It comes up by tendinous slips from the transverse processes of the atlas and axis and from the posterior tubercles of the transverse processes of the third and fourth cervical vertebrae. It is embedded into the vertebral border of the scapula, amid the medial angle and the triangle smooth surface at the root of the spine.

Where do the levator scapulae muscle cause pain?
Levator scapulae muscle trigger points can lead to referred pain on the lateral side of the neck and in the shoulders as you can see on the red marked zones in the picture. You may feel burning between your shoulder blades after sitting at your computer without elbow support.

What causes elevator scapulae muscle pain?
▪️Stress ➡️Relax those shoulders!
▪️Head forward posture ➡️Remember to sit up straight, lower your shoulders and bring your head back!
▪️Holding a phone between your ear and shoulder ➡️Get a headset!
▪️Wrong training habits ➡️❌Shrugs!
▪️Bra straps that are too tight ➡️Have your bra fit by a person trained to get a good fit!
▪️Any position where your head is turned to one side ➡️Do you turn to see your computer screen?

For an evaluation and/or treatment please call our office: 337•264-6282

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving



Wishing everybody a safe and

Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 

I am so grateful for the confidence given by so many, to assist you with restoring your health and quality of life🙌

So very grateful for God, family and friends in my life🙏

Proud and thankful for living in this amazing country we call USA 🇺🇸 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Deep soft tissue mobilization and Trigger point release

Patient came in this morning with complaints of severe ‘icepick’ pain of his left upper back. Deep Soft Tissue Mobilization and Triggerpoint Release were administered to the inter-scapular muscles of the posterior aspect of the left shoulder girdle.
Patient reported a 65-70% improvement after treatment session, which made his (and my) Monday great again!!
Typically Ice/Heat treatment and Stretching Exercises are recommended for homework.
Photo credit: Gaywynn M Vuijsters

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Facebook Page = Main Page!


It has become a lot of work, trying to keep information up to date on so many different accounts....
I am focussing mostly on my Facebook account to keep you informed.
There you'll find most all information about my clinic.

Please click on the Facebook Badge listed on the right side of this page and become enlightened. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Foam Rolling

FOAM ROLLING
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Great post from EMBRK Lifestyle.
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💡 The amount of time I've seen some people spend on a foam roller (way too long), you would think their workout split is push/pull/foam roll. Let's dive into what foam rolling does, what it does not do, how it works and how we can optimize our results.
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🔹Foam rolling does(based on research):
-Increase range of motion (albeit for a short time <10 minutes)
-Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) when foam rolling post-workout
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🔹Foam rolling does not (based on research):
-Break adhesions or knots in your fascia (takes over 9000N of force to influence fascia 1%, amateur boxers can punch on average roughly 2500N to give you an idea of how much force that requires)
-Increase muscle performance (it does not decrease it either)
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🔹Mechanism of how foam rolling works (mainly theoretical, still needs more research):
-If we are not breaking knots or adhesions then how do we get new range of motion? It kind of works like a massage in the sense that we believe the foam rolling is decreasing neurological tone in the muscle. If we decrease the tone then we can have better tissue extensibility (limited).
-The 'massage' that foam roll gives may also help improve blood flow which is why it may help prevent DOMS (yet to be researched on a physiological level).
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🔹 Optimizing our foam rolling routine (based on research):
-Used in conjunction with static/dynamic stretching and loading yielded longer results
-4x30 seconds had the same amount of ROM benefits as 2x10 seconds, so stop rolling yourself like a pasta
-You should not spend more than a couple of minutes (<5 minutes) foam rolling before and after workouts IF you want to use it as a tool
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📚Cheatham SW, et al. The effects of self-myofascial release using a foam roll or roller massager on joint range of motion, muscle recovery, and performance: a systematic review. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2015.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Owner's Manual for Life on Earth

When you were born, you didn't come with an owner's manual;
These guidelines make life work better.
You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's the only thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.
You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "Life on Planet Earth."
Every person or incident is the Universal Teacher.
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation.
“Failures" are as much a part of the process as "success."
A lesson is repeated until learned. It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it -- then you can go on to the next lesson.
If you don't learn easy lessons, they get harder. External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state. When you clear inner obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is how the universe gets your attention.
You will know you've learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.
"There" is no better than "here." When your "there" becomes a "here" you will simply obtain another "there" that again looks better than "here."
Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.
Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas; you do the painting. Take charge of your life --or someone else will.
You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines what energies, experiences, and people you attract -- therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have. There are no victims, only students.
There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing doesn't help. Judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your best.
Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as we mature, we trust our hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written. You know more than you have heard or read or been told. All you need to do is to look, listen, and trust.
You will forget all this.
You can remember any time you wish.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Your Brain Loves The Gym


"Think about the brain like a muscle. The more you're working out, the bigger and stronger your hippo-campus and prefrontal cortex gets. ⠀

🔹Why is that important? Because the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus are the two areas that are most susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases and normal cognitive decline in aging. So with increased exercise over your lifetime,you're not going to cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but what you're going to do is you're going to create the strongest, biggest hippocampus and prefrontal cortex so it takes longer for these diseases to actually have an effect.⠀

🔹You can think of exercise, therefore, as a supercharged 401K for your brain, and it's even better, because it's free.⠀

Working with Katie Platt

 Great working with Katie, restoring her knee\leg to full function. 
We’re closing in on max improvement soon...
Grateful for the opportunity to help and having a new found friend in our circle! 
You can learn more about Katie’s way of helping others Little Creek Yoga and The Camellia House!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Spenii-Rhomboid-Serratus Sling

So often I get questioned of “how come my neck hurts on the right, yet my shoulder hurts on the left (vv)...
This picture illustrates the:
“Splenii-Rhomboid-Serratus-Sling”
It shows what muscle groups can be involved in ‘compensating’ while one or the other site can be the Origin of Pain. 
Hence it is best to treat not only the original site of pain, but also the surrounding muscle groups. 

Please call our office 337.264-6282 for any more info, or to schedule an evaluation\treatment. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Reduce risk of Arthritis

CARTILAGE HEALTH
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Of our major synovial (freely movable) joints, the knee and hip are most affected by osteoarthritis (OA). Although the exact cause of OA is unknown and probably varies somewhat from person to person, factors such as advanced age and mechanical ⚙️injury to a joint are associated with the development of OA.
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As the condition progresses, articular cartilage begins to soften and demonstrate fibrillations (shown here). At the same time, the underlying bone may hypertrophy due to having to accommodate extra stress as the cartilage matrix becomes disrupted.
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So, what can you do to help maintain cartilage health 🤷🏼‍♂️? There are a few things and they revolve around loading the cartilage appropriately in order to help optimize nutrient delivery to this tissue.
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✅First and foremost, excessive stress (increased weight/height ratio, excessive exercise without sufficient rest 🛌, etc) have been associated with early cartilage breakdown.
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✅On the flip side, inadequate loading of cartilage (sedentary lifestyle) and not using a joint through it's full range of motion may impair nutrient 🍗delivery.
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Cartilage, unlike many other tissues, does not have a pump to deliver nutrients, so it relies on a special type of diffusion called imbibition.  You can think of your articular cartilage like a sponge and in order for water, synovial fluid and nutrients to move in and out, the sponge must be squished (loaded) and then unloaded so that absorption can occur. This is why loading a joint appropriately throughout the day (this might mean losing a little weight or modifying your exercise 🏋🏼program) and using our joints through a full range of motion are so important for maintaining cartilage health long-term.
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📚Roos EM, et al. Positive effects of moderate exercise on glycosaminoglycan content in knee cartilage: a four-month, randomized, controlled trial in patients at risk of osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2005.

📚Bricca A, et al. Impact of a daily exercise dose on knee joint cartilage - a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in healthy animals. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2017.