Friday, January 30, 2015

Tips for Tennis Players

In honor of the Australian Open, Podiatrist & Human Movement Specialist Dr. Emily Splichal shares some tips for tennis players.

Tune in today at 2pm (EST) to catch the match, but in the meantime here are Dr. Emily's words of advice:

Tennis Sneaker vs. Running Shoe
Footwear is designed for protection and to enhance function. Although not all sports require footwear (hence the barefoot running trend), in certain sports it provides a functional benefit.

Tennis is characterized by multi-directional movements requiring rapid deceleration, pivots and change of direction. This means a shoe must allow enough traction to help in slowing down, but not restrict the pivots or change in direction.

If you look at the bottom of a tennis shoe - You see that it is flat without the typical treads of a running shoe or hiking shoe.

Tennis shoes have begun to take shift towards a more minimal design which follows the trend in minimal running shoes. Studies have shown that we have faster foot control and ankle stability the stronger the small muscles are in the feet. With a direct correlation between strong feet and barefoot training and minimal shoes, tennis shoe design is following suit.

If you look at a running shoe (compared to a tennis shoe) this is designed knowing that running  is a primarily linear movement. The way the foot strikes the ground and pushes off is sagittal or linear.   The bottom of the shoe reflects this -

Barefoot Training for Tennis Players
Barefoot training for tennis players is very important - despite it being a shod sport. I like to apply what is called "barefoot before shod" which means activate and strengthen the foot (with the core) before putting on the shoes. This means a tennis play should warm up their body and wake up their nervous system (the nervous system controls all our movements) with 5 minutes of foot activation.

After training or playing tennis with shoes would come "foot recovery". I recommend standing on a golf ball or lacrosse ball (or whatever) for 5 minutes after physical activity. This will resent all the fascial tissue and relax the small muscles on the bottom of the foot.

Shoe Size
Wearing shoes a size smaller than your normal size is a perceived advantage because tennis has so many multi-directional movements which are stop & go. Every stop or change in direction will cause the foot to move around in the shoe. Wearing a smaller shoe will prevent this sliding around. The downside is of course you are putting excess pressure on the small digits of the foot and could cause hammertoes, corns, blisters.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Michael Clayton on The Meredith Vieira Show!

Tune in tomorrow Friday, January 30th to catch Michael Clayton on The Meredith Vieira Show! Here's some behind the scenes footage:

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Morphew @ Bustown Modern Listed on LA Racked

There's officially one more month left to do your red carpet style & vintage shopping with Morphew @ Bustown Modern! This week, shopping and style guide LA Racked has the pop-up featured on their site:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Morphew Featured on California Apparel News

California Apparel News stopped by Morphew @ Bustown Modern last week. The brand's CEO/Founder Bridgette Morphew and Creative Director Jason Lyon were on site- check out the link below!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dr. Emily Splichal: Heels For Every Woman

In case you missed it (or feel like watching it again), here's the clip of Dr. Emily Splichal on The Meredith Vieira Show last week:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dr. Darren Pollack Shares Tips with Good Housekeeping

Dr. Darren Pollack of DASHA starts the new year off by sharing more tips to readers! This time, he gives insight on how sleeping positions affect your back/spine on "The Essential Guide to Buying Bed Pillows".

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dr. Emily Splichal on The Meredith Vieira Show

Catch Dr. Emily Splichal this Friday 1/16 on The Meredith Vieira Show as she stops by to share some insight about wearing heels!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Morphew Launches Red Carpet Pop Up At Bustown Modern
First ever luxury vintage PopUp to be held exclusively at Bustown Modern

Los Angeles, CA-- January 8, 2015, New York based luxury vintage fashion brand Morphew has partnered with premier vintage boutique Bustown Modern to bring a collection of one-of-a-kind red carpet garments just in time for award season. The red carpet pop up shop will run January 7th through February 28, 2015 at 8166 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA between the hours of 11am-6pm, Monday through Saturday. A personal Morphew stylist will be available for house calls daily and private appointments on Sundays only.
Morphew's coterie of insiders from across the globe source the rarest and most inspired pieces from designs’ past. Everyone from Lenny Kravitz stylist, Jena Malone, Carrie Underwood's stylist, Nicole Richie and many more are privy to the vast vintage pioneer. Bustown Modern is a 20th Century Vintage + Designer Fashion boutique in Los Angeles, California. With an unfaltering reputation of top quality vintage, Bustown has been L.A.'s go-to source for the truly fashion obsessed since 2006. This collaboration is the first vintage pop-up of its kind, catering to red carpet season and Los Angeles' most elite shoppers.

The red carpet exclusive collection will feature classic and fashion forward pieces from Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Vionnet, Karl Lagerfeld, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Valentino and Malcom Starr to name a few, along with 1930's Old Hollywood, 1960's couture cocktail dresses and classic cuts from every decade. Prices will range from $700-$10,000.
To make an appointment with Morphew at Bustown, please call their NY office at (212) 564-4331. To learn more about Morphew please visit

Morphew Concept is an luxury online retail platform that has a coterie of insiders from across the globe whom source the rarest and most inspired pieces from designs’ past. Previously available exclusively to fashion designers and stylists, Morphewis now sharing its amazing collection with the world. Morphew'sfocus is inspiringstyle, glamour, and uniqueness of fashion, art, and lifestyle. Every beautiful piece that showcased has been specifically curated for the fashion forward thinkers.

Aracely Gomez

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Former BET Host Paigion Rocks Morphew

It's Finale Week at BET's 106 & Park! Former host of the show, Paigion, made a special appearance on Tuesday's show and she looked super FAB in a Morphew skirt.