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Assessing Movement…The Utter Importance of Ankle Dorsiflexion

When assessing a patient who presents with lower extremity pathology, we tend to get fixated on the chief complaint.  A person complains of knee pain, and we look at the knee…they have right calf pain, we look at the calf.  A hip is tight/sore, we look at the hip.

The longer I practice and the more well-versed I get with movement assessments, a certain pattern of dysfunction seems to dominate over others.  Now, we know that no one condition is an absolute, but this one does play in significantly, and it will throw off your entire movement.

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The Paleo Diet Debunked…Really?

Elise Sole’s piece in Healthy Living on April 8, 2013 about ‘The Paleo Diet, Debunked’ is an interesting attack on a rather healthy lifestyle.  In fact, I’m not convinced she even understands what ‘debunk’ means.  What is she debunking…what claims does she think those on the Paleo diet make?  It always seems that people on the outside of something find it easy to attack that which they truly do not understand.   By definition, ‘debunk’ means to expose the falseness or hollowness of a myth, idea, or belief.  Okay, uh, what is false or hollow about the Paleo diet’s insistence on eating naturally and avoiding processed foods?…

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