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Pain Relief Through Changing Nervous System Input with Neubie® at CHARM

Pain Relief Through Changing Nervous System Input – CHARM’s Exciting Therapy Approach

Pain is something we all experience from time to time, and pain relief can sometimes be elusive. One of the fundamental concepts within this article is the fact that the experience of pain is actually an output created by the brain. This may seem counterintuitive because when we are experiencing pain it certainly feels as …

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Scar Release Therapy Using Microcurrent Point Stimulation

Scar Release Therapy Using Microcurrent Point Stimulation: Release Your Hidden Barriers

In this article we will dive into how the skin and fascia, our protective barrier to the outside world, is key to the function of our nervous system, how scars can severely disrupt critical communication within this system, and how Scar Release Therapy using microcurrent point stimulation (MPS) can help release these hidden barriers and restore the flow of information throughout the body.

Achieve Better Balance

Achieve Better Balance by Training 3 Body Systems

Do you struggle to not wobble, feel dizzy or stay steady and if so, how can you achieve better balance? Balance is the ability of an individual to control their center of gravity in order to remain upright. It is context specific, meaning balance is influenced by the environment, the person, and the task. Every person should be able to recover their balance when faced with a sudden obstacle and be able to adapt to changing balance requirements.
Many people believe that good balance is simply something that comes naturally to us when we are young and declines as we age. In reality, good balance requires appropriate functioning of 3 different body systems and can be trained and improved. In older adults, balance becomes especially important to reduce the risk of falls and possible resulting injuries, such as hip fractures, concussions, and severe bruising.

How heavy your head is based on forward head posture

Forward Head Posture…Just How Heavy Is Your Head?

Your head is like a bowling ball – for an adult it usually weighs around 10-12 lbs. However, for every inch that your head sits forward, it increases the weight of the head by approximately 10 lbs. If your head sits forward 3 inches, the forces acting on your neck and upper back are significantly increased, as if the head weighed close to 42 lbs.

A “Neu” Wave In … Rehabilitation * Fitness * Performance

Back in 2012 when we decided to add the closed kinetic chain, body weight off-loading, suspension exercise method called Redcord Neurac to our Physical Therapy program here at CHARM, we filled an important gap that has successfully improved our patient outcomes. One of the many strengths of the Redcord Method is the ability to take …

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The Floor of your Core: What Does Pelvic Floor Health Look Like?

  When people think about their “core” they often focus solely on the abdominals. Functionally, the core consists of muscles that form the canister from your rib cage to your pelvis and surround the abdominal and pelvic organs. The top of the canister is the diaphragm, the front and sides are the abdominal muscles, the …

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Safer Lifting Mechanics

Lifting is a functional task in our daily lives. Most of us have heard the phrase “lift with your legs, not with your back”. I have heard one too many of my patients say – “my back went out when I was lifting.” Sometimes it’s their form and sometimes it’s their neuromuscular imbalances that predispose …

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The Myth of Perfect Posture: Why “sit up straight” doesn’t always work.

One of the most common questions I get from patients (especially those with desk jobs) is regarding posture:  How should I be standing/sitting to prevent pain? There is not an easy answer to this question.  As much as we think having perfect posture would spare us from pain, the truth is our bodies weren’t designed …

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The CHARM Difference

  It looks the New England Patriots are heading for another strong season. This may sound familiar, because they have been consistently winning year after year. I do not claim to be a Patriots fan, but I certainly admire their commitment to success. They have created a culture that fosters excellence. When evaluating this organization, …

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