Dr. Lowell Weiner is board certified Dentist practicing through National Intergrated Health Associates. His interests and studies in Holistic health started in 1969, when he first became interested in how jaw and tooth problems affected swallowing, snoring, breathing, the sinuses and the rest of the body’s total compensating mechanisms from head to toe. Dr Weiner has served either as a consultant, faculty or staff at various universities in the area. He has limited his practice to sleep apnea and dental sleep issues, cranio mandibular dysfunction. He has served as an expert witness and is frequently asked to give second opinions for unusual complex dental medical treatments. The educational and treatment areas on which Dr. Weiner has placed special emphasis are sleep apnea, snoring, the infection and integration of the teeth, head, neck and shoulder with the rest of the body, both as a cause and result of acute and chronic problems.
Outside of work, Dr. Weiner started a fencing club at the University of Maryland and he enjoys cooking.
Reshma and Miriam dedicated time to help others in their professional development in January and February. Reshma taught a nearly full day webinar to physical therapists of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) February 4th. The topic was Muscle Energy Technique (MET), an osteopathic manipulation technique where the action of a muscle is used to improve joint range of motion and the ability of muscle to fire. Reshma and Miriam started their study about and using MET in the 1990’s at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine CME. Reshma is one of a hand full of primary health providers in the world for the WTA!
Miriam also spent February 4th teaching for Sex Therapy U at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in downtown Washington, DC. The topic was Women, Sex and Therapy: Ongoing Sexual Pleasure and Couples Interventions for Healing – Treating Pelvic Floor Issues with PT and Sex Therapy. She presented various issues that affect pelvic floor and sexual function and how physical therapy can help those dysfunctions. The students got to practice breathing into the pelvic floor, and using racquet balls to roll out muscular trigger points in the legs and back and tips to help their patients understand pelvic floor function. They also learned ways to help their clients experience and explore communication through touch.
The staff of Restore Motion is planning to offer a pelvic floor and manual therapy continuing education course for Physical Therapy CEUs in the near future – “watch this space.”
People don’t think of their internal organs, or viscera, much within the context of physical therapy, however visceral mobility is vital for comfortable and smooth functional mobility. Our viscera are protected by the ribcage and muscular abdominal wall. They are held in place by a system of ligaments and are contained within a fluid filled sack called the peritoneum. The viscera need to be able to slide and glide over each other to allow movement of the diaphragm during breathing. When we inhale, the powerful diaphragm muscle moves down. The liver, stomach and other organs need to slide down out of the way when the diaphragm descends to allow the lungs to fill with air. When we exhale, the diaphragm and internal organs slide back up. Restoring, or improving, visceral mobility is important for normal body function. If the viscera loose mobility because of disease, inflammation or postural restriction, the result can be pain, decreased functional mobility or decreased organ function. Luckily, manual therapy to restore visceral mobility is comfortable and effective. Think about visceral mobility next time you reach to pick something up off of the floor. If your organs couldn’t slide and glide over each other, you wouldn’t be able to bend to reach the floor or breathe easily.