Archives for Dr. Abel Shaw

Thoracic Spine Mobility


Your thoracic spine starts just below your neck and continues to the level just above your belly button. It consists of 12 vertebrae and also articulates with all 12 sets of your ribs. Although everyone’s mechanics are different, for most people movement here is crucial. Continue reading “Thoracic Spine Mobility” »

Understanding Foot and Ankle Pain

In order to help control position and movement, there is an intricate system of muscles and ligaments associated with the foot and ankle. As we stand, walk, or run, it places a tremendous amount of pressure on the foot. This creates a tension on the tissues of the foot and ankle as they attempt to support the arch and stabilize the joints.
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Shoulder And Rotator Cuff Pain

The shoulder is capable of allowing the wide range of movements as a result of the way it is formed. Basically, the shoulder joint consist of the round surface of the upper arm, called the humerus, connected to the flat surface of the shoulder blade, or scapula. This allows for a large amount of motion, but also requires tremendous stability from the surrounding soft tissues.
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Ankle Sprains

The ankle joint forms the connection between the 2 bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula- and the talus bone on the top of the foot. Proper strength and mobility of this area is critical in many athletic activities as the ankle serves as both a pivot point, and as an energy transfer station between the body and the ground. For stability, the ankle relies on a complex system of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the ankle in all directions. The muscles, which begin high in the lower leg just below the knee, have long tendons that travel down across the ankle and attach into the heel and the foot. It is these muscles that must contract to protect and stabilize the foot and ankle. When there is adequate strength, flexibility, and balance of these muscles the chances of injury is greatly reduced.
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This is needed…but where?

I preach a lot about the importance of joint mobility and how it relates to our overall health. When we look at the body’s joints, some need more mobility than others There is a rehabilitation model known as the joint-by-joint approach. This model is straight-forward in that it looks at the body like a stack of joints. Do all of our joints need to be mobile? No. For every mobile joint, there is joint stability needed close by.
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Why is this so effective?

Manual therapy is hands on treatment for joints and soft tissues with the goal of restoring normal function. Methods categorized as manual therapy include joint manipulation and myofascial treatment such as Active Release Techniques, just to name a couple.
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