Category Archives: Professional Perspective

Do you have Good Posture?

michele jangBy Michele S Jang, PT

How do you know if you have good posture? At Spirit Winds Physical Therapy we have an exercise that we call the “3 – S” posture drill.  Stand against the wall and feel what parts of your body touch the wall.  When you have good spinal alignment, three parts of your body will touch the wall.  These three body parts are what the “S’s” stand for.  They are your Sacrum, Shoulder blade(also known as your scapula) and lastly, your Skull.
In order to have your sacrum flush with the wall, it is important to engage your abdominal muscles and perform a slight posterior pelvic tilt as if tucking your coccyx or tailbone between your legs.
For most people, keeping our shoulder blades against the wall means rolling our shoulders backwards, gently squeezing the shoulder blades together and down. Continue reading Do you have Good Posture?

Time to Pick Up the Pace?

Nancy PuderOn The Market
By Nancy Puder

Are you a first time home-buyer or perhaps you want to re-enter the real estate market after renting the past few years?  Whatever your situation is,  it may be time to pick up the pace and take steps to move your plan along.
Most homes on the Central Coast have returned to “pre-bubble”  value.  As the job market becomes stronger and mortgage guidelines become more reasonable, more buying opportunities are available to those seeking homeownership.  This increase in demand will continue to push home prices upward. Continue reading Time to Pick Up the Pace?

Mortgage Credit Guidelines Easier

Nancy PuderOn The Market
By Nancy Puder

Mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) a  report issued by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes critical data generated by the mortgage industry.
This latest report indicates that the Mortgage Credit Availability Index increased in March by 2.3 percent showing yet another move forward in the healing of the housing market.  The loosening of mortgage credit guidelines is welcome news because more realistic guidelines are needed to bring into balance the “over-corrected” mortgage rules which emerged as a result of the crash of the mortgage market. Continue reading Mortgage Credit Guidelines Easier

Slap Consulting and Injured Workers

Betsey Nash bubble portraitOnly Human
By Betsey Nash, SPHR

No, I’m not kidding — there is a consulting group out there named “Slap.” I thought maybe someone had noticed that the longer I am in this business, the shorter my patience, and sent me a funny email, but no.
At a recent Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Workplace Prevention training for supervisors, I warned that slapping an employee was not a viable strategy, and then last week I got this email touting a webinar about the importance of developing a strong corporate culture delivered by the Slap Consulting Group. I hope they sell T-shirts.
Please do not slap your employees. (Just getting the record straight in case I run for office someday.) Continue reading Slap Consulting and Injured Workers

Keep your Back in Action

health club: women doing stretching and aerobics

By Michele S Jang, PT

Can you bend over and touch your toes without bending your knees? Did you know that the inability to do so can indicate your risk of developing back pain? If you can’t, you probably have tight hamstrings, which increases your risk of injury. Many of our daily duties that are sedentary, can precipitate tight muscles; such as, sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. A flexible core is critical to perform any recreational activity while reducing back strain. Many muscles that encourage a flexible back are actually in the hip and lower extremities. Here are a few stretches that you can perform daily to reduce your risk of developing back pain. Continue reading Keep your Back in Action