Functional Mobility

Functional mobility involves safely and efficiently performing daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, and bending. It’s crucial for independence and quality of life, requiring strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

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Fighting Gravity as You Age: The Swiss Ball Super Stretch

I often write that I have a love-hate relationship with aging. On the one hand, an aging body is a fantastic instructor for anyone that does what I do. On the other hand, aging isn’t for sissies. Today I’d like to review a new Swiss ball super stretch I’ve been using that has made a…read more

Do You Have Back Pain When Getting Up from a Chair?

Back pain when getting up from a chair is a big problem that’s rarely talked about. In fact, I hear my patients with back pain complain about this issue many times a month. What’s up? Let’s dig in. Back Pain when Getting Up from a Chair When someone with low back pain has trouble getting…read more

Cardio or Weight Lifting To Lose or Maintain Weight?

You’ll hear and read all sorts of advice on whether you should lift heavy weights or do cardio to lose or keep off weight. In addition, the pendulum keeps swinging back and forth on this one. Back in the 80s and 90s it was aerobics and running. Then about a decade ago it was lifting…read more

Why Do My Toes Spread Apart When Walking?

On this page: The transverse metatarsal ligament Why toes spread apart when walking A patient with “mushy” forefoot How to treat your feet without surgery The front of your foot is critical for establishing a stable base of support for walking. So what happens when, instead, it’s a mushy mess? For example, if you have…read more

What Causes Tightness in the Side of the Neck?

On this page: Tight scalene muscles Scalenes compensating for other muscles Ways to treat tightness in the side of the neck I’ve already told you about my left upper trap; now meet my left scalene. When I lift too much, these muscles, which live on the side of the neck, get tight. Tight Scalene Muscles…read more

Why Do My Shoes Wear Out More Quickly on the Outside Heel?

On this page: Foot strike: pronation vs. supination How irritated back nerves can lead to supination How to treat foot supination I wear out shoes very quickly. In fact, I’ve worn down one pair of black dress shoes about 50% more on the heel on the outside, so I no longer wear them. Do you…read more

What We Can Learn from a Dead Walking Cat with No Brain

It’s Halloween time, which is a big deal in my house. My wife loves to decorate heavily, and we all get into it as we live in a neighborhood that gets hundreds of kids an hour. At a recent conference, I saw this great video of an old dead-cat experiment, and I thought it was…read more

Sitting and Sciatica Pain: How I Solved It With a Walk

On this page: What is sciatica? How are sitting and sciatica pain related? How does walking help sciatica pain? I’ve been at a medical conference lecturing all week, basically a sit fest. Despite trying to exercise every day and get up and move as much as feasible, my intermittent sciatica was singing last night at…read more
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