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Functional Integrative Rehabilitation Education

PD and textured insoles

Silvrback blog imageIs it at all surprising that increasing afferent input (in this case: textured insoles) to one of the areas in the brain (parasaggital sulcus in the post central gyrus) from one of the structures that has the greatest cortical representation (ie the feet) can improve gait on folks that have a disorder with their basal ganglia (which provides . . .

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February 12, 2018

Proprioception and Needling

Get the most out of what you do!

 

When it comes to needling and exercise, proprioception is King.

What is proprioception? It is body position awareness; ie: knowing what your limbs are doing without having to look at them. We talk about this all the time in our seminars. Some studies use specific points, others general ones, but they boil down to "needling . . .

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February 06, 2018

The Calcaneo Cuboid Locking Mechanism

Needle those Peroneii!

The Calcaneo Cuboid Locking Mechanism

Do you know what this is? You should if you treat folks who walk or run!

 

It is the mechanism by which the tendon of the peroneus longus travels behind the lateral malleolus of the ankle, travels underfoot, around the cuboid to insert into the lateral aspect of the base of the 1st . . .

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January 29, 2018

What do you know about Ia afferents?

If you needle, you should know plenty...

 

This is a nice study looking at lateral gastroc activity and changing firing patterns with speed of movement. Great if you treat anyone or anything that walks...

 

Ia afferents

You remember them, large diameter afferent (sensory) fibers coming from muscle spindles and appraising the nervous system of vital . . .

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January 22, 2018

The SCM and Gait

We remember that we have 3 systems that keep us upright in the gravitational plane: The visual system, The vestibular system and the proprioceptive system. As we age, we seem to become more dependent upon the visual system to maintain stability of the head (which is largely under the purview of the vestibular system).  Older folks seem . . .

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January 12, 2018

More QT on the QP....

Needle, needle, needle....

You may have seen my last post on the QP. If not, see here. 

 "Thus, the tendon and tendinous slips of the FHL may distribute the load of the great toe to the second toe to the third or fourth toe in the forefoot, especially during toe-off. In addition, the main attachment of the QP to the tendinous slips of the FHL may provide . . .

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January 08, 2018

The QT on the QP

Quadratus Plantae

Possibly heard of, rarely implicated and not often treated, this is one muscle you should consider taking a look at. 

 

Silvrback blog imageThe quadratus plantae is generally considered to arise from two heads of differing and variable  fiber type composition, with the lateral head having slightly more Type 1 endurance fibers (1) The two . . .

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January 02, 2018

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