Keep moving. My kid doesn’t stop moving. She is over here, over there, she wants to climb on something (frankly everything). She is moving. We need to move more. We shouldn’t become slave to our computers, phones, TVs, shackled to them like elephants to a pole. Get up, move around, pace the floor, change the position your in, go for a hike, take the stairs, do jumping jacks.
Remember your squat and deadlift positions. When she wants to investigate something on the ground (like a cute little bug), she squats. When she wants to move something heavy (like trying to be helpful moving bag of groceries), she hip hinges or deadlifts it. As adults, I think we have forgotten this and try to squat heavy things like a friend’s couch. And so many of us have deserted the deadlift (hip hinge) completely both in the gym and every day life. Even worse some of us have substituted lumbar flexion for hip hinging. (This is a whole soap box that’s to come.)
Appreciate full range of motion, stretch (move). Every morning when she wakes up she stretches, extends backwards, raises her arms high above her head, make her legs super straight, twists herself around, arms back up again, she is just all over the place. Which, lets be honest is no different than your dog or cat when they wake in the morning. We should move our bodies, appreciate the motion you have, maybe work towards gaining back motion we have lost.
Try new things with regards to movement (you know I wasn’t talking about food, she’s 4, be real). Its constant, “I want to bounce on that,” “can I climb that,” “can I walk on that,” “watch me jump.” Months ago she was at SCI with me and wanted to walk on the 2×4. Have at it kiddo! It was interesting that she did so playfully; she didn’t get upset if she fell off. A direct contrast to the adults that walk on the 2×4 in the office, uneasy about trying, super upset when they fall off. (It’s literally a 2×4 on the ground; “falling” isn’t far.) Be willing to try something new or something that you haven’t done in awhile.
Learn that it’s ok to ask for help. It’s taken awhile, but I think (at least for now) she understands trying, really trying and then if she can’t figure something out or do something, ask for help. Maybe it’s getting to the first branch of a tree, maybe its using “Mr. Pencil,” or opening a snack. It’s ok to ask for help. And so just with your movement, lack of movement, or stubborn shoulder, knee, or hip pain. It’s ok to ask for help, that’s what we’re here for.
Last year, a friend referred me to Dr. Linkhorn's office in Smyrna. I have now visited their office for two different mobility issues and cannot say enough about how their method of treatment has changed how I see chiropractic/mobility care. I have experience with two other practices that have "maintenance plans" and did not find ongoing relief in the years that I was on the plans. Dr. Linkhorn is not about that life. If you do the homework, there will not be the need for constant visits. Her team provided me with exercises to strengthen weak areas. I always left empowered to do the work to ensure that I am stronger on the other side of the injury. Her whole team is amazing. If you have a mobility issue or pain and want to finally kick it to the curb, visit them! You will not regret it. :)
Dr. Linkhorn and staff are wonderful! Not only do they use a variety of techniques and tools they suggested books to help me understand the root causes. Never insisted on a plan or multiple trips like other places. Highly recommend!
I am so happy I tried Sports Chiropractic Institute. This is the first time I have gone to a chiropractor, I was always a bit nervous. They listened to me, I had soreness in my lower back, after 4 visits with Dr. Linkhorn and doing the exercises she showed me, my back is so much better!! I continue to do the exercises to keep it that way.I just took my first kettleball class, set to my current ability level. Focused on form and learning the right movements. Will go back for more classes.
I have been seeing Dr Linkhorn for the last year. What started my search was for prevention of injury as I was starting the journey to a 70.3 IronMan. I really liked that this team really listened to me and what I needed. I have been lucky and when I come in for treatment, it usually takes less than 5 visits along with at home exercises for improvement or complete elimination of pain. I also use the massage services and just started some kettlebell classes. This place has it all!!
Dr. Linkhorn and her team of specialists are amazing. They work so hard to help their patients get well. Unlike a lot of doctors the goal here is to minimize the number of follow up visits and get you healthy as quickly as possible. That should be true everywhere, but you will certainly feel it here.