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Decrease Neck Strain by using your Head

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Lisa Ann McCall of McCall Method decreases neck strain by using your head

Lisa Ann McCall of McCall Method Decreases Neck Strain by using your Head

Decrease Neck Strain by using your Head

HOW TO USE YOUR HEAD!

Your head weighs about 11 pounds. So it makes sense to balance your head over your spine for the most comfort. That 11 pound ball is with you everyday of your life … so let’s ‘balance’ it as comfortably as possible on top of your spine.    
Look at the woman in the photo and notice how she is simultaneously balancing a chair, a basket and a baby while walking down the road. Also look at the muscle development of her upper back. You can’t get that kind of back in a gym. That is a back built from using the body in a balanced way. 

Connection is the word I love to use when I am talking about the body and posture. Feeling the connection keeps us from thinking about what muscles are being used. Knowing what muscles you are using is not important….having the awareness of where your body is in space (as this woman in the photo) is the secret to having a healthy spine. It’s being strong and feeling comfortable moment by moment. The body already knows what muscles to use…all we have to do is slow down long enough to feel the connection, stack the bones, and let it balance itself!

Where your head sits or stacks on the spine makes a world of difference in how your spine feels. It actually can make you LOOK better as well. Take the stress and strain out of the spine by relaxing and stacking!

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Lisa Ann McCall of the McCall Method Decreases Shoulder and Neck Pain

Lisa Ann McCall of the McCall Method Decreases Shoulder and Neck Pain

LisaAnn explains how to use the McCall Method videos and book

LisaAnn explains how to use the McCall Method videos and book

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Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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Decrease Shoulder and Neck Pain

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Lisa Ann McCall of the McCall Method Decreases Shoulder and Neck Pain

Lisa Ann McCall of the McCall Method Decreases Shoulder and Neck Pain

Decrease Shoulder and Neck Pain

It’s a simple movement that can spark a new awareness about the tension you carry in your shoulders and neck. And once you understand and utilitize this move, you’ll feel that tension melt away. 

When the neck and chest work in unison, the tightness you feel in your shoulders and will loosen. Once that happens, everything moves more freely. That includes relaxing that all-too-familiar “forward head” position into a natural, relaxed position. Do it throughout your day and feel the tension release!

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Why Take The McCall Method On Line?

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Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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LET’S TALK ABOUT SITTING

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Lisa Ann McCall of The McCall Method says let’s talk about sitting!

LET’S TALK ABOUT SITTING

Let’s talk about sitting. Seems pretty easy. … just plop down, right? Or sit on one leg, sit and cross legs … maybe lean on a hip. We do it all the time in the car, desk, couch, bar, restaurant, dinner table or maybe the living room floor if we have kids.

Do we sit too much? Maybe. But that’s not my place to judge. But   HOW you sit is right up my alley. How aware are you when you sit? Why do you need to know how to sit well?  Because anything you do a lot affects your whole life.

Your body never stops changing. Change is the only constant, as many of you already know. When you don’t move a lot your body’s composition changes (weight gain, higher blood pressure, stress increases etc.) When you move less you lose your sense of HOW to move as well. This is called proprioception, which means “sense of self.” In your limbs, the proprioceptors are sensors that provide information about joint angle, muscle length and muscle tension.1 That allows you to know where your limbs are in space. Lacking this “sense of self” when you’re sitting can bring discomfort and breakdown to your joints.

Small changes in your sitting position can make BIG changes in how you feel. These small changes occur in your joints. There are sensory receptors throughout your joints and tissue that collect information. When our brain and spinal cord receive this information it sends the appropriate command to the muscles that create a “motor response” or movement.2  (You can read more about this in Chapter 7 of my book). If your joints don’t move well then your muscles can’t do their job efficiently. It’s all very tightly connected. So the smallest shift in your hips or your spine or in your legs can create a world of difference in how you feel when you sit. Too often, we feel tightness and discomfort in sitting. The tightness or discomfort you feel can mean your muscles could be stuck in a guarding or holding pattern. It’s the opposite of how your body is designed to be – relaxed, using as little work as possible, with your bones naturally balanced and not held in place with tense muscles.  

My Sitting Video along with the Hip and Knee Video show you HOW powerful sitting is for your body. They also illustrate how sitting in different places can usher in a whole new (and positive) experience for you.

So being a smart sitter in a society of sitting makes sense right? It’s the one constant you know you will be doing. So sitting does not have to be the next smoking. It can bring about greater flexibility, strength and an awareness which brings relaxation. Changing the way you sit takes SO LITTLE TIME, too. If you get sleepy when you sit, if you hurt when you sit, or if you are just not comfortable when you sit then CHANGE THE WAY YOU SIT!!!

I hope by the time you are done with me you are truly a smart ass in the most literal since of the word.  Don’t forget….have fun! Remember, ‘sit happens!’

1.(McCloskey 1978).

2. L.A. McCall, The McCall Body Balance Method, Simple Concepts for Ageless Movement, Brown Books ,Dallas Tx.,  2001 p. 183.

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Start with the FOUNDATIONAL VIDEOS and then any video that addresses the specific area you are having trouble with. Here is the link to get you started.

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Have Questions? Do You Want to Make An Appointment?
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Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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LET’S LOOK AT STRUCTURE

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LET’S LOOK AT STRUCTURE

 

LisaAnn McCall responds to an article published in The Washington Post on December 21st titled: 
“As Millennials flock to high-intensity workouts, hip pain follows” (see full article).

LET’S LOOK AT STRUCTURE

High intensity. Burst. Interval. 
This type of training is definitely “hot” right now and whenever that happens, injuries often follow. 
But what is the REAL CULPRIT in the breakdown of the hips of these millennials?
The previous article states the problem possibly lies in a combination of lack of flexibility, neuromuscular imbalances, form and/or high intensity workouts.

LET’S DIG A LITTLE DEEPER

Let’s look at FORM from the perspective of bones and how they are stacked. Form is often viewed as what muscles should be working. Addressing muscles before bones is getting the cart before the horse. We’re one step ahead of where we should start. We must address the whole skeleton, not just a simple adjustment of the hips and shoulders before lifting a weight. It’s much more detailed than that.

OK, back to the basics of physiology for a moment. There is an old saying that “structure governs function” which has shown to be true over the ages. So let’s start with this idea of “structure.”

If the structure is lined up with gravity (always bring gravity into the picture…. that’s very important) then the muscles can do their job stabilizing and moving the body well. So what is the correct structural alignment what makes up Optimal Posture?

Optimal Posture

Optimal posture is much more than standing, sitting or moving well. A different and more useful way to define it is: standing, sitting or lying with as little muscle activity as possible, then moving correctly to create a natural transfer of weight. Think of it as moving from Point A to Point B with the least amount of effort. 

Research consistently supports the theory when standing or sitting the least amount of work needed to maintain the upright position is the most ideal or optimal. For instance, whether you are stationary or moving, it should take the least amount of muscular activity to keep your bones in balance.1 Further, the less work the neuromuscular system must do in static positions, the better. In other words, the less your body has to work, the more the parts are in place. 2

LET’S BREAK IT ALL DOWN AND REBUILD IT

Imagine disassembling the skeleton and rebuilding the bones as children do with their Legos — stacking them up one at a time from the feet all the way up. We would stack the bones so the greatest amount of surface area would be in place with each bone with gravity so that it would stand strong. And the posture you would create would look much differently from the one promoted in the fitness/medical world. 

Without getting too technical, let’s just look at the woman carrying the load and way the woman is carrying the load on her head. Is she relaxed? Yes, look at her face. Is she stacking a lot of weight on her body yes? People do this naturally in many countries that do not rely on cars to get around and they do it all their lives well into old age.

Now let’s bring this concept into our reality. Looking at the picture from my book on page 61 as you can see the pelvic bone is more aligned with gravity and able to carry a load better when the pubic bone has a greater surface area to sit on. The greater the surface area to sit on, the fewer breakdowns occur. 

 


SITTING 

Your pubic bone is closer to the horizontal plane, which makes it an ideal bone to sit on. When you sit in the center of the basin (remember “pelvis” is the Latin word for basin), you allow your spine to balance your weight, allowing your muscles to perform a minimum amount of work. 

 

By tilting the pelvis backward (tucking the buttocks), the center of gravity shifts forward. Notice the forward position of my shoulders and head. And look how little bone I’m sitting on. 

 


Also much less “work” is needed by the muscles because with great “form” comes greater quality of movement. In sports like swimming or baseball, if the athlete has good form (they are moving their bones well) they are relaxed and they have great skill in their movement.

COMPARE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD

Research has shown that African women have low rates of hip fractures of the femoral head. They bend and stoop more than U.S. women. The African women walk carefully placing one foot in front of another, often balancing large parcels on their head. 3

So with greater balance, there’s less work and less improper stress on the joints and tissue. 

These women who carry heavy loads on their heads their entire lives don’t seem to have hips breaking down….yet the hips of our young American population are breaking down before the age of 30. That’s a head scratcher, right???

MY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

I’ve seen this problem of hip pain for years (more than 25) as a physical therapist.  I have great results with helping people with this problem by relaxing and stacking the bones and guiding the body back into its natural alignment. The medical community and fitness experts claim  “good posture” results from tightening or pulling in the abdominal area and “dropping” the tailbone to protect the spine, creating “core stability.” This is MORE work and MORE strain on the hips and spine not less.  Remember the less your body has to work, the more the parts are in place.*
As we rely on computers and cars to keep our lives going, our bodies get left behind. We forget there IS an innate knowing and body wisdom about how to move. Let’s remember how strong, relaxed and upright we naturally are built and move our energy and focus in THAT direction.

References:
1. Brownstein and S. Bronner (eds.) Functional Movement in Orthopaedic & Sports and Physical Therapy: Evaluation, Treatment & Outcomes, ed. Churchill Livingstone Inc. New York, 1997, p.149. 
2. L.A. McCall, The McCall Body Balance Method, Simple Concepts for Ageless Movement, Brown Books ,Dallas Tx.,  2001 p. 43.
3. R. A. Bloow and H. Pogrund, “Humeral Cortical Thickness is Female Bantu “Its Relationship to the Incidence of Femoral Neck Fracture.” Skeletal Radiology (1982), 8:59-62.

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist  

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Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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February (1st Edition) 2017 Newsletter

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Lugging Luggage

As luggage gets pricier to check, heavy carry-ons have only gotten heavier. But there’s no need for you to be lifting weights before your next trip. You are built to carry heavy loads!  Just set your  structure in place and let the weight bring stability and strength to your spine.

LisaAnn McCall of The McCall Method
shows HOW to carry heavy bags and luggage

Lisa Ann McCall of The McCall Method shows HOW to carry heavy bags

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LisaAnn McCall puts on pants one leg at a time (and shows us how)

Lisa Ann McCall shows us how to avoid 'recliner guilt' while enjoying recliners

LisaAnn McCall shows us how to avoid ‘recliner guilt’ while enjoying recliner

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LisaAnn McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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McCall Method January 2016 Newsletter

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Climb The Stairs To Better Health! 

 

Instead of fighting the crowds of people at your health club during these first few weeks of ‘get in shape resolutions’ why don’t you ‘use’ something at your house to actually accomplish your resolution.

Don’t concentrate on the gym’s sweaty, overused Stairmaster, become the master of your own stairs.

Instead of cramming your head full of a thousand random thoughts, every time you come to your stairs, simply focus on that step in front of you. And then the next. 
And the next …

Who Needs a Gym?
Lisa Ann McCall of The McCall Method and Stairs!

Who Needs a Gym? Lisa Ann McCall of The McCall Method and Stairs!

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Sweeping and Shoveling the Snow

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LisaAnn McCall of The McCall Method shows us how to shovel!

LisaAnn McCall of The McCall Method shows us how to shovel!

Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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McCall Method December 2016 Newsletter

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This month more than others, it seems as if there is a little more sitting  than normal. Holiday parties. Concerts. Family dinners.
 
December’s short video looks at how you may be sitting now and why small changes could improve your entire body, not just your back and butt.
 
It’s fun to see beyond muscles and bones … and watch how we sit influences how we feel.
 
Don’t forget this Holiday Season to pause and enjoy the great gifts we all have in the small things in life.
 
See you next Year!

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Sitting

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Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes,physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain.
 
McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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McCall Method First News Letter

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Hello! I’m excited about sharing the McCall Method with you! If it’s been awhile since we worked together, this first newsletter will show you how I’m using today’s technology to overcome any geographic barriers that existed in the past.

Besides offering private one-on-one in-person sessions, I’m now bringing the McCall Method to you through on-line videos to purchase, both as a DIY (do it yourself) version or as an add-on to private sessions.
 
LisaAnn McCall

 

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NOW Available On-Line

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Lisa Ann McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  
 
During that time in private practice, she’s worked with professional athletes, physicians and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease and chronic pain.
 
McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting her private practice in 1991.  

 

LisaAnn McCall, Physical Therapist, Creator and Author of the The McCall Body Balance Method

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