Picking the right shoe – Foot Alignment

Shoes are one of the most essential things in this world. We wear them every day. From boots, slippers, and sneakers we wear them all. We’ve even had our share of wearing shoes that are too big, small, and uncomfortable. You know what those shoes are? Bad shoes!

Bad shoes in general are BAD NEWS! We all heard the saying “The knee bone’s connected to the hip bone.” By wearing shoes that are too stiff, soft, high or short we are changing the placement of our feet. In time, the way we stand from our shoes can later affect our knees and cause it to cave in or out. Similarly, as your knees change so would your hips and back. As you keep, wearing the same bad pair of shoes your feet, knees, hips and back would eventually compensate for each other and cause muscular imbalances and PAIN!

So, you might be wondering how do I find good shoes? Well, don’t you worry because good shoes are not hard to find. Good shoes altogether keep your feet, knees, hips and back properly aligned and healthy. Plus, having the proper arch support from good shoes help distribute weight evenly and reduce the risk of injury. Below are some helpful guidelines on how to properly find good shoes. Now what are you waiting for? Go and show the world your new walk!

Signs of a Good Shoe:

Poor Quality

Good Quality

  • Heel should feel stable when you walk or run
  • Heel counter should not fold in
  • Shoe should bend in the toe box easily and not in
    the middle of the shoe, toe box bend should not
    be too stiff
  • NO outside heel give in outer heel counter
  • Heel height should be symmetrical
  • When walking you should be able to sense stability of the heel throughout the gait cycle.
  • You should also be able to feel arch support/contact as you step through and push off your big toe when walking or running.

*Example of what happens to the human body when one of our feet is overly turned in or out.

Foot Alignment

Farmington Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Care

Farmington’s Special K Fitness is not just a physical therapy clinic or a gym. We have a unique environment for our area in which we have a Chiropractor, Dr. Staci Noyes, with her practice in the same facility. Both the chiropractor and the physical therapist provide services for relief of pain, injuries and other medical conditions. Both use various approaches to provide successful treatment which can complement each other.
The chiropractor focuses on restoration of the joint function and motion, while the physical therapist addresses the surrounding soft tissues such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The physical therapist will also focus more on the progression of strengthening and rehab. Having Dr. Noyes in the same facility allows us to consult with her for proper alignment issues, and then we can better strengthen the areas to help with the patient’s pain relief and achieve the maximum benefits of therapy.
An added plus to the physical therapy and chiropractic care is that Special K Fitness also has a Licensed Massage Therapist who utilizes various techniques, such as, Trigger Point Treatment, Deep Tissue Massage, Structural Re-integration, Hot and Cold Stones, all of which help with the soft tissue issues of the patient.
Certain conditions such as scoliosis, herniated discs and chronic pain can receive maximum benefits of treatment from utilization of all three practitioners.
Our mission at Special K Fitness is to help maximize the outcome of the patient to their fullest potential, and we will utilize the appropriate resources that we have available in order to achieve that mission.

Take care of your heart

Heart disease and stroke affects all of our lives, but we can all play a role in ending it. Prevention starts with everyone. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking these steps.

  • Drive the initiative by challenging your family and friends to take the Million Hearts pledge at www.millionhearts.hhs.gov
  • Get up and get active by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
  • Know your ABCS:
  • Ask your doctor if you should take an Aspirin every day.
  • Find out if you have high Blood pressure or Cholesterol, and if you do, get effective treatment.
  • If you Smoke, get help to quit.
  • Make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans-fat

Your Spine is Never Too Old to Improve

Do you think your spine is too old to improve and that you have to live with your poor posture or chronic pain? Let me tell you there is a recipe to help you improve, but exercise, the right exercise, is the main ingredient and vitally important. I recently attended a course on The Aging Spine and this is a mantra by that speaker that really sums it all up:
The spine, bones and joints are the frame
Helping aging adults get stronger
Encourage and empower

Attaining improved strength with
Guidance and
Now as never before to
Get more functional everyday

New achievements
Exercise is so important!

Let me tell you that all of the models for the exercises and videos for the class ran from age 78 to 95 years old and were able to participate in these exercises. It just goes to show you that you are never too old.

Along with the exercises being very important, comes the right teacher. Physical therapists fall into that category with the expertise and knowledge required to help guide you through making changes in your spine and posture. Now the commitment is up to you!

Benefits of Physical Therapy at Special K Fitness

Whether you have been injured, will or have undergone surgery or are trying to manage a painful physical ailment, physical therapy is the appropriate and most beneficial solution for rehabilitation. When you participate in physical therapy you work with a Physical Therapist who is a trained professional specializing in remediation of impairments and promotion of increased mobility.

Your physical therapist works closely with your health care professionals to create a therapeutic plan customized to your specific needs in order to achieve the maximum benefit. This therapeutic plan will allow physical rehabilitation at a pace that provides a reduction in pain and an increase in functional mobility producing long-term results.

There are two kinds of physical therapy, passive and active. Both types of physical therapy can be used individually or in conjunction with one another depending on patients needs.

Active Therapy requires the patient to play an active role in the therapy such as:

  • Strength Training Exercises
  • Pain Relieving Exercises
  • Stretch and T oning Exercises
  • Low-Impact Aerobic Exercise

Passive Therapy doesn’t require patient engagement, examples include:

  • Heat or Ice Packs
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation
  • Manual Therapy/Therapeutic Massage
  • Ultrasound

Studies have shown that patients that participate in physical therapy on a regular basis can achieve a full recovery. In addition, physical therapy aids in the patient’s overall health.

Some of the benefits of physical therapy are:

  • Reduced stiffness in joints and muscles
  • Increased muscle strength
  • The body heals faster
  • Reduces or eliminates pain
  • Restores and maximizes function and mobility
  • Realigns joints and muscles
  • Improves motion and flexibility
  • Reduces the risk of future injuries
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Reduces recovery time from injuries and surgery
  • Pre-operative physical therapy helps facilitate an easier and quicker rehab outcome following surgical interventions

At Special K Fitness, our goal is to help you return to an active, healthy life as quickly as possible. Our experience physical therapists are here to assist you every step of the way to an improved quality of life.

Why Special K is the Gym for You

Exercising is an essential part of maintaining good health. When exercising regularly you receive many benefits such weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight and improving your mobility, flexibly, posture, strength and energy level. Exercising is the easy part; finding the right place to exercise is the hard part. There are many gyms to choose from in the Farmington, NM area. So how do you select the right gym for you? Well, there are several factors to take into consideration when selecting a gym….

  • Does the gym have a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere?
  • Does the gym have expert staff on hand for assistance?
  • Is the facility clean and the equipment well maintained?
  • Does the gym provide professional equipment?
  • Is the gym located in a convenient location?
  • Are you required to sign a contract?
  • Does the gym provide discounts?
  • Does the gym have fitness programs to help you reach your goals?

Our goal at Special K Fitness is to offer our community with the education and training needed to live a healthier lifestyle. We offer a warm welcome to everyone that visits our facility that is conveniently located on the corner of 30th St and Butler Ave. Because Special K Fitness is a wellness center devoted to the wellness of our clients we offer gym memberships that includes:

  • Month to month memberships with no contracts
  • Full access to our professional equipment that includes cardio and weight machines, free weights, Therabands, Theraballs, and Bosu Balls
  • Trained and friendly staff to assist you
  • Customized fitness and nutrition plans based on your fitness needs.
  • An expert personal trainer dedicated to help you reach your fitness goals
  • Senior Discounts
  • On and off site consultation and training

No matter what your fitness level is or what your fitness goals are, Special K Fitness can help you. We help you at all ages and stages of life allowing you live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Special K – More Than Pampering

There are few, if any, who have not experienced stress…for most, it is a daily occurrence. Experts estimate that up to 90% of disease is stress related or that stress contributes to the presence of disease. While most view massage therapy as an indulgent, infrequent activity, studies have shown that it can be a powerful asset in any healthcare regime.

During a massage, specific physiological and chemical changes, combine throughout the body with profound effects. Studies related to the benefits of massage therapy reveal that it can lower blood pressure, reduce pain and boost the immune system. Following are a few additional benefits research has uncovered:

  • Arthritis sufferers note less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show greater pulmonary function & increased air flow
  • Burn patients report reduced pain, itching and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients display lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety and stress hormones
  • Stimulates lymph flow (the body’s natural defense system) which enhances the body’s immunity
  • Promotes tissue regeneration reducing scar tissue
  • Improves circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissue and organs

Research continues to illustrate the enormous benefits of touch, body work and massage therapy. A massage is good for you anytime, but if you increase the frequency you increase the benefits. Budgeting time and money for regularly scheduled massage therapy is truly an investment in your health and well being.

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