Philosophy

Movement is a central part of our uniqueness as individuals, affecting not only our physical but our emotional and spiritual outlook as well.  It is central to what we do and how we do it, how we live, how we relax, how we spend our time. Movement health is based on proper postural habits in everyday life.   With our modern lifestyle, spent mostly seated, we no longer use our bodies regularly in the way they were designed to function, and most of us need to re-learn how.  Even those who are active may have developed habits that limit their mobility.

The goal in rehabilitation is to recover optimal pain free functional movement and give you the awareness, skills, and confidence to prevent recurrence.  As a physical therapist I apply the principles of human movement sciences, including physics and physiology of all systems of the body to your  unique life requirements — work, recreation, or relaxation — throughout all stages of the lifespan.

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How can we prevent recurrence if we do not first identify and correct the habits that contribute to the problem? Since this is usually not possible in the clinic, I evaluate your movement habits in your home, your workplace and your recreation/exercise area. Once your habits of posture and movement are corrected and necessary modifications are made to your environment, we have completed half the battle.  I then will teach the essential skill of spinal and pelvic stabilization which requires not only proper coordination and the ability to recruit specific abdominal muscles, but also adequate flexibility of hamstrings and hip flexor muscle groups to allow the body to move freely, with the proper mechanics maintained upon the solid center of trunk and pelvis. The specific abdominal muscles required for dynamic pelvic stabilization are also our natural back and hernia brace, but only if we can use them when active. Through my research, I have developed a successful way to recruit these muscles in all activity.

Walking posture graphic showing muscle anatomy with active muscles in red and lengthening muscles in blue
“Marilyn got me to walking again.” - Laura S.

When the pelvis is controlled in a neutral position through all activity and the heart and head are lifted to their fullest height, correct mechanics of the body’s structure are restored.  The muscles and joints are able to function as they were designed and the internal organs can operate fully, with the structural support they need.

Postural habits begin in childhood.  If correct habits are taught and supported in the home, through imitation and common ergonomics, the entire family can enjoy healthy movement throughout their lives.   They can spread this knowledge into their communities — schools, churches, athletic activities — the cultural organizations of their life.

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