The Diagnosis of Chronic Pain

The Diagnosis of Chronic Pain

The link between physical and emotional painWe all bring different histories to present time. ‘Our body keeps score,’ as Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk  says in his book on trauma. The medical model teaches us that pain and suffering are a result of disease or injury....
The Importance  of Vitamin D

The Importance of Vitamin D

Portland’s winter months are fast approaching. With the winter season comes shorter daylight hours and overcast skies that offer minimal sunshine. Decreased sunlight can have a larger ripple effect on us than we realize. Darker days may affect our mood (Seasonal...
The Benefits of Belly Breathing

The Benefits of Belly Breathing

Take a deep breath in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. When was the last time you thought about breathing? Perhaps in your last yoga or Pilates class? Maybe during physical therapy? Or maybe even…never? It’s an automatic thing after all. Breathing...
Foot strength and flexibility

Foot strength and flexibility

The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece; it has far more function then what we give it credit for. Our feet are almost identical to our hands in structure and should seemingly have similar dexterity. One of the major reasons we don’t have the same dexterity in...
Keep those wings down

Keep those wings down

With computer work being an unavoidable part of most of our daily lives, we are seeing an increasing number of patients with postural strain in the neck and upper back. These are also common areas to carry stress and tension from daily life. Pro tip: If you correct...