I coined the term #VitaminTexture in #WholeBodyBarefoot, in a section on how idiopathic toe walking was decreased with the introduction of texture (see the text in the pic and reference linked in my bio for more info). Many think #nutritiousmovement is an analogy, but it's not. Rather it's work stemming from my graduate work--that mechanical inputs function similarly to chemical compound inputs and that those compounds identified as "nutrients" (vitamins or minerals) are identified as such because there are associated diseases that arise in their absence. We don't know much about movement besides "we need it." If you went to a nutritionist and "eat more" was their recommendation you'd be like, "great. ANYTHING ELSE?" I say that we need to move beyond "move more" recommendations and start working with the understanding that every movement elicits a unique cellular response. Fitness is very (very very) general. It would be like "eat fats, carbs, and protein. End of story." Corrective exercise starts to get more specific--it's often checking to make sure that there aren't sedentary (think "starving") areas WITHIN an otherwise active body. Whole-body active is not that your whole body can get from point A to point B, but that your "movement diet" moves ALL OF YOUR CELLS. If this is all brand new info, I'll refer you to read Move Your DNA and Movement Matters. Until then, #movemore, #movemoreofyou, and start to pay attention to parts of you that move (and don't), the way you move through your environment (what's moved by your environment and what isn't) and your physical experiences. I'll be talking about all this at @paleofx (in Austin, TX) @ahsnz (in New Zealand), and the Ancestral Health Symposium (in Seattle) this year. See you there!
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  • nutritiousmovementI coined the term #VitaminTexture in #WholeBodyBarefoot, in a section on how idiopathic toe walking was decreased with the introduction of texture (see the text in the pic and reference linked in my bio for more info). Many think #nutritiousmovement is an analogy, but it's not. Rather it's work stemming from my graduate work--that mechanical inputs function similarly to chemical compound inputs and that those compounds identified as "nutrients" (vitamins or minerals) are identified as such because there are associated diseases that arise in their absence. We don't know much about movement besides "we need it." If you went to a nutritionist and "eat more" was their recommendation you'd be like, "great. ANYTHING ELSE?" I say that we need to move beyond "move more" recommendations and start working with the understanding that every movement elicits a unique cellular response. Fitness is very (very very) general. It would be like "eat fats, carbs, and protein. End of story." Corrective exercise starts to get more specific--it's often checking to make sure that there aren't sedentary (think "starving") areas WITHIN an otherwise active body. Whole-body active is not that your whole body can get from point A to point B, but that your "movement diet" moves ALL OF YOUR CELLS. If this is all brand new info, I'll refer you to read Move Your DNA and Movement Matters. Until then, #movemore, #movemoreofyou, and start to pay attention to parts of you that move (and don't), the way you move through your environment (what's moved by your environment and what isn't) and your physical experiences. I'll be talking about all this at @paleofx (in Austin, TX) @ahsnz (in New Zealand), and the Ancestral Health Symposium (in Seattle) this year. See you there!

  • batch25comicsGreat post. Summed it up perfectly
  • rachaelalbaneseWonderful! Love your book! 🙏💙
  • wellnesswagonLove this!!! I had a remarkable Egyptian mentor early in my career as a Peds PT who shared with me her special trick she taught parents of toe walkers.... with them sitting close to 90-90-90 (hip-knee-ankle) atop her leg and facing away from her, she would guide the child to extend the knee, DF the ankle and plant their heel atop an area of carpet/rug and go through knee flexion as the foot goes from a pseudo heel strike to toe off pattern~ thus providing a scratchy/tickle/itch sensation to the sole of the foot (& as she saw it, feedback to the columns of the spinal cords sensory reception~ DCML if I'm not mistaken)..... I was about 27 at the time and pleasantly surprised at how brilliantly this feedback "trick" worked. Very effective in combination with squats, jumping and landing low, active dorsiflexion activities, and the fun classic of stomping on bubble paper 🤙🏽
  • winchdaigDo you know if it is possible to get a Korean edition of WBB ( or any of your other books) here​ in the US? Just had a mini- fight with my mother in law who insisted there is no way heels can be bad for​ people! The usual aging problems are starting to slow her down and I would love for her to actually read your work...
  • angelabewicknutritionDamn, girl. I love your mind. 👏❤💃
  • ahsnz@samaroceanwolfciprian It is going to be amazing! The AHSNZ team is fizzing to have @nutritiousmovement @fitnessexplorer and a host of other movement gurus. Hopefully we will see you seeing Katy in Queenstown in October!
  • nutritiousmovement@winchdaig I have an extra copy, I think. Send your mailing address to info@nutritiousmovement.com and I'll see what I can get you/her!
  • winchdaig@nutritiousmovement you rock, thanks!!
  • whereisozzieI find in my peds PT practice that ITW is a combo platter of sensory (tactile-vestibular-proprioceptive and maybe even visual) and motor (low core tone, reduced central stability and/or hip strength, muscle imbalances etc) I love that you're calling attention to it and providing some good strategies but toe walking can lead to significant musculoskeletal compensations so I encourage parents to find a good peds therapist for help too!
  • michellerouthI have a theory that some of toe walking is a tactile sensitivity, and avoidance of tactile input to as much of the foot as possible while walking.
  • lmarburnsWhich of your books is best to get started with? Learning the basics, incorporating more movements and how to move, that kind of stuff...for a 30 something mom 😆
  • birthinggroundGolly I love your mind 😍
  • tree2006Love the analogy! 🙌🏼 thanks for sharing @nutritiousmovement, also a paeds PT here and toe walking is such a fascinating topic. @kellys_sakurajams I agree, would be awesome to collect minds together to talk nerdy 🤓
  • kellys_sakurajams@tree2006 yes!
  • fitnessexplorer@ahsnz @nutritiousmovement - so looking forward to this! #movementismedicine
  • queserasarahbWow. I wish I could tag EVERYONE I know in this post
  • awomanthinkingI was a toe-walker. This sounds like a better "solution" than what finally made me stop - I had a friend who was much taller than I who just kept pushing me down onto my heels.
  • kittyninjau2@nutritiousmovement What do you think of toe walking that has been attributed to other things like fetal alcohol syndrome? My little sister in law did this and her ped told my mother in that the only option is surgery at a later age. I sent her info and talked to her about finding other ways to help her, but the doc had convinced her. Sadly, she had the surgery (cut tendons) recently and THANKFULLY didn't have any major side effects...yet. Anyways, would this type of vitamin therapy have even have helped in her case?
  • riverecheverriaSo.... I've always thought, and this study makes me think even more, that toe walking is a symptom of the ground being too hard. I definitely notice in my own body that if I am in a house with concrete floors, for example, the heel strike is painful, and it makes me want to toe walk. I would include tile and hardwood as surfaces that are too hard. I like the idea of textile but I think it misses the point: that we are meant to be walking on softer, uneven terrain, and that softness in the ground acts as a shock absorber--when you remove the shock absorption from the ground, the impact of your heal stroke travels further into your body-- toe walking seems like a natural coping mechanism... and it may not even be problematic for the body, at least it's possible that it's less problematic then sending the shock wave of a concrete heal strike all the way up into your body
  • riverecheverriaNot textile, texture🐛
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