Kids and Sports: How Much Is Too Much? | Psychology Today

Kids and sports: “Are kids being over-coached?”

I decided to do some research this morning, hence me sharing this article, after recently pondering that my 15-year old daughter is quite possibly doing too much lacrosse. I’m a big believer that there needs to be balance… And unfortunately, it seems her dad and I are slowly-but-surely losing sight of this. As with everything in life, balance is important!

Even though my daughter has not yet sustained any sports-related injuries, it blows my mind the amount of young clients I’ve seen in my office over the past eight years of practice. Many of them come to me now for maintenance, but most originally first came in for somewhat debilitating repetitive-use injuries (some straight up debilitating); usually affecting the hips, legs, low back, and/or shoulders.

“Kids’ sports have gotten out of control.”

As an example, a client of mine had to quit playing high school softball after exploratory surgery found a labrum tear. Without going into detail, her coach definitely over-coached her. It was my understanding she was expecting to get a scholarship for college, but that quickly became a pipe dream and it was devastating for her. So sad.

At 41, I simply do not remember this sort of thing being an issue during my childhood years. And at what point is enough enough?

Check out the source link below, and let’s try to remember…

“… maintaining a healthy body and a clear perspective is key. Encourage kids and teens to strive for balance.”

At any rate, I know it’s time for me to start setting limits for my teenager. Fingers crossed it all goes well!

As always, I hope you find this information informative!

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me

Source: Kids and Sports: How Much Is Too Much? | Psychology Today

New & Improved Website

Well, hello there… It has been a LONG time since I last published a post and thought the best way for me to hopefully get-back-at-it is to let you know that I have a new and improved website; along with a new domain name and e-mail address. I am finally “mobile” now, too. Yay, lol!

Even though I have several re-directs, my main URL is now www.pnmtcincy.com. I thought that was much more fitting than the www.endurorunner.com I have used for the past 10 years… Not personally much of an endurance runner, although I try on occassion, but that is a long story I am sure you can do without. Hehehe.

Anyway, that is all for now. Until next time…

P.S. Did I mention my new website is still a little Under Construction? 😉

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me

 

The Sciatic Nerve

I’ve had many clients come to me over the years requesting help with sciatic-type pain; either after having been diagnosed with “sciatica” or from assuming that it could be such. Unfortunately, it’s been made very clear to me that many people—the healthcare industry included—aren’t aware that discrepancies in certain muscles could mimic sciatica. I’m not at all saying that true sciatica couldn’t be the case, but my goal is to provide you with additional information to consider when it comes to the sciatic nerve, the muscles around it, and how PNMT can help you to become pain-free. First I’ll start off with the anatomy and then I’ll go into other details.

The sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body, is actually comprised of two nerves—tibial and common fibular (a.k.a. common peroneal)—which splits into two divisions, usually at the knee. Per Tortora & Derrickson (11th Edition), the nerve root origin is as follows…

  • Sciatic: L4, L5, S1, S2, S3
  • Tibial: L4, L5, S1, S2, S3
  • Common Fibular: L4, L5, S1, S2
    * (Click here for a dermatome chart: dermatome meaning the area of skin that provides sensory input to the central nervous system.)

As the sciatic nerve descends down the thigh, it sends branches to the hamstring muscles and the adductor magnus. At the knee, the distribution to additional muscles is as follows…

  • Tibial: Gastrocnemius, plantaris, soleus, popliteus, tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus, and flexor hallucis longus. It then divides into the medial plantar and lateral plantar branches:
    – Medial Plantar: Abductor hallucis, flexor digitorum brevis, and flexor hallucis brevis.
    – Lateral Plantar: Quadratus plantae, abductor digiti minimi, flexor digiti minimi brevis, three lateral lumbricals, dorsal interossei, plantar interossei, and adductor hallicus.
  • Common Fibular: Divides into the superficial fibular and deep fibular branches:
    – Superficial Fibular: Fibularis longus and fibularis brevis.
    – Deep Fibular: Tibialis anterior, extensor halluscis longus, fibularis tertius, extensor digitorum longus, and extensor digitorum brevis.

What could happen when the sciatic nerve is affected? Well, here’s what Tortora & Derrickson stated in their 11th Edition book…

Sciatic nerve injury, the most common form of back pain, is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Pain may extend from the buttock down the posterior and lateral aspect of the leg and the lateral aspect of the foot. It may be injured because of a herniated (slipped) disc, dislocated hip, osteoarthritis of the lumbosacral spine, pressure from the uterus during pregnancy, inflammation, irritation, or an improperly administered gluteal intramuscular injection.

To take it a step further and per my Precision Neural Mobilization training manual, a normal response from the sciatic nerve during a deep stretch, for example, could result in a sensation down the posterior thigh which may extend into the calf and foot. On the other hand, there are indications and causative factors that could result in abnormal responses. They are as follows…

Now back to some muscles and PNMT….

The gluteus minimuspiriformis, and hamstrings are a few muscles that can mimic sciatica. Trigger points (click here and here for previous posts on TrP’s—and please note that the muscles below, in bold, link to webpages that show TrP referral patterns) in the gluteus minimus can refer pain all the way down the side of the leg; usually stemming from the anterior fibers. TrP’s in the piriformis can send pain from the buttocks down the back of the thigh; however, the pain doesn’t go past the knee—it is also well known for its ability to entrap the sciatic nerve, so any tightness will produce sciatic symptoms. TrP’s in the hamstrings can also send pain down the back of the thigh. Travell reports that there are “rare” cases where the sciatic nerve is entrapped between two heads of the hamstring attachments on the ischial tuberosity; however, this study by Kari Saikku, Jarkko Vasenius, and Pekka Saar from the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland found that this sort of entrapment “is not extremely rare.”

At the end of the day, muscular discrepancies within the muscular-skeletal system can in fact mimic sciatic-type symptoms—and I want you to be aware of this, especially if you have tried every other option out there to no avail. There are more holistic and non-invasive approaches to treating pain and dysfunction, and PNMT is a prime example. By taking just a few measurements to see how a person’s body is aligned, a trained therapist can ascertain what muscles are pulling where, and treat the affected muscles to help the individual to become pain-free again.

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

As always, I hope you find this information informative… And more importantly, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me

 

Do You Clench And/Or Grind Your Teeth?

Back in June of this year, I wrote a post on TMD: Temporomandibular Disorder, specifying causes and symptoms related to temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction. This post will be about clenching and grinding, and the effects it can have on your jaw and teeth. Keep in mind that I am obviously not trained in dentistry, which is why I will publicize a top-notch dentist in my area; one that I have been going to for years, and refer my clients to when the need arises. More on him later though.

Clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, has caused some problems for me over the years. Not only has it seriously affected the musculature around my jaw, it has also given rise to non-natural contours and slight fracturing in my teeth.

Bruxism can be defined as either diurnal or nocturnal: diurnal is during the day, often stress related and easier to treat; nocturnal is at night, not under conscious control, which in turn can be a devastating habit causing great pain in the TMJ and also ruin the teeth.

Sleep bruxism often exerts remarkably powerful forces on teeth, gums, and joints. One estimate puts it at three times the forces generated during chewing (Castaneda, 1992, p. 46), while another puts it at ten times, powerful enough to crack a walnut. — Dr. Moti Nissani, 2000

According to the link directly above, Dr. Nissani also states that bruxism may lead to the following…

  • Sensitive, worn-out, decayed, fractured, loose, or missing teeth (McGuire and Nunn, 1996).
  • Broken down enamel, and in long-term bruxers, may reduce teeth to stumps.
  • Yellowish and softer dentin as opposed to white enamel cover.
  • The back teeth losing their cusps and natural contours; instead of appearing flat, they look as if they were worked over with a file or sandpaper.
  • Bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures.

By 40 or 50 years of age, most bruxers . . . have worn their teeth to the degree that extensive tooth restorations must be performed. — Christensen, 1999

Now back to the AWESOME dentist I briefly mentioned at the beginning of my post. Dr. Alex M. Della Bella has been my dentist for 10+ years; helping me with anything from shaping my somewhat jagged-edged front teeth to making an occlusal guard for the clenching and grinding. In addition to me treating my own “adaptively shortened” jaw muscles intra-orally to help with TMD related pain (I’m trained in that), I can’t express enough how much an occlusal guard has helped me in preventing further damage to my pearly whites—those coming to fruition via the ZOOM! In-Office Whitening process.

Dr. Alex Della Bella: The official dentist to the Cincinnati Red’s

If you live in Cincinnati, Ohio—or the surrounding areas—and feel you suffer from bruxism, I highly recommend you contact Dr. Della Bella’s office at 513.793.1977 for support in getting things under control. You can also request an appointment directly through this link. If you’re looking for other dentistry services, Dr. Della Bella also specializes in the following…

  • Cosmetic Dentistry – Tooth Bonding, Porcelain Veneers, Whitening, Tooth Jewelry, ZOOM! In-Office Whitening
  • Restorative Dentistry – Crowns, Partial Crowns, Tooth Colored Resin Restorations
  • Preventative Dentistry – Athletic Mouthguard, Fluoride, Fluoride Varnish, Occlusal Guard, Oral Hygiene Instruction, Routine Maintenance, Sealants, Velscope Oral Cancer Examination
  • Sports Dentistry – Athletic Mouthguard, Injury Management Card, Pro Football Program, Traumatic Injury Management, Under Armour Performance Mouthwear
  • Sleep Disorder Management – Tap Appliance, Somnomed Appliance
  • Reconstructive Dentistry – Fixed Replacement of Missing Teeth (Bridges), Full and Partial Removable Dentures, Implants
  • Orthodontics – Invisalign
  • Periodontal Therapy – Arestin, Oraqix, Scaling and Root Planing, Soft Tissue Management

In closing, between Dr. Della Bella’s 25+ years in the dental field, and mine—hmmm… only about five years ;-)—in advanced soft tissue therapy for TMJ pain and dysfunction, I feel we make a great team in helping people manage their pain and dysfunction related to TMD. Here’s what he has to say…

Temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction is best handled in a very conservative manner by competent, experienced professionals.  When an experienced dentist teams up with an experienced therapist, like Nicole, the level of success attained is usually enhanced because the problem can be addressed using various, conservative methods.

As always, I hope you find this information informative!

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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain free!”™ ~ Me

Temporary Relief From Sinus Pressure

I came down with a sinus infection and bronchitis this past Thursday and felt awful all weekend; never fails during this time of the year. Anyway, I had some serious sinus pressure that about killed me, figuratively speaking. I very rarely take prescription or over-the-counter medication, other than my inhaler as needed, and had absolutely no interest in popping anti-inflammatories this time around.

So, how did I temporarily relieve myself from killer sinus pressure? Well, by using Olbas Aromatherapy Massage Oil and Inhalant.

© Olbas Herbal Remedies.

This stuff is GREAT, and it has more uses than one! A lot of my clients like me to rub this in areas that have been bothersome prior to their session; I’ve put some on a tissue and hung it from the face cradle when clients get “stuffy” in the prone position (on their stomach); and, in my case, I literally rubbed some underneath and slightly inside my nostrils… Hahaha! (The bottle warning states that this is for “external use only” so this post in no way, shape, or form means that it’s safe to put inside the nostrils… I’m only giving my experience… And so far, nothing bad has happened from doing so.)

Needless to say, my sinus pressure went away in less than two minutes; however, keep in mind that I had to reapply a few times throughout the day because it was only temporary, but to me, that beats taking medicine I don’t feel comfortable with.

In case you were wondering about the ingredients, it is made in Switzerland using the following essential oils…

Hooray for temporary relief from sinus pressure thanks to Olbas Aromatherapy Massage Oil and Inhalant. 🙂

As always, I hope you find this information informative!