Who is LisaAnn McCall

Who is LisaAnn McCall

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What is The McCall Method?

The McCall Method heals people through their own everyday movements. It draws upon your body’s own inner wisdom to feel good.

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The Journey to McCall Method

LisaAnn McCall is a physical therapist with 27+ years’ experience in orthopedic dysfunction.  During her 24+ years’ in private practice, she worked with professional athletes, physicians, and surgeons, as well as patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease, and chronic pain. McCall worked three years as a physical therapist in clinical settings before starting a private practice in 1991.

McCall was one of Texas’ top female triathletes when she realized she couldn’t stay healthy and injury-free without addressing the whole body. It was during McCall’s personal journey that she noticed the frequent gap between clinic-based therapy and real life.

McCall’s experience and curiosity forced her to face some uncomfortable questions with regards to modern day “therapy”:

  • What are we really focusing on for our patients?
  • If insurance doesn’t cover therapy costs, will patients still come?
  • If you take all the bells and whistles (equipment) away, what’s left?
  • Have we segregated the body from the person?

It was only later that McCall learned that by treating the body as it was designed –in an integrated fashion was it feasible to combine the science, art, and skill of movement.

As a result, her focus and therapy shifted to a whole body approach which was the inception of the McCall Method. McCall began observing and interviewing people of agrarian societies and combining those observations with in-depth scientific research.

The McCall Method concept further developed and is now incorporated into her physical therapy practice as well as her personal life.

In June 2001, McCall released her book “The McCall Body Balance Method, Simple Concepts for Ageless Movement.” In it, she details the holistic and scientifically researched method for alleviating pain and becoming comfortable in everyday movements. The exercises described in the book are not separate activities from normal everyday activities but are natural components of all movements such as standing, sitting, bending, turning, lying and walking. Such movements are the foundation of more complex moves such as a golf swing, swim stroke or running stride.

McCall holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas School of Allied Health and Science, a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and Masters studies in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Texas. In addition, McCall enjoys boxing, jump roping, hiking and Nordic skiing.

History of McCall Method

The beginnings of the McCall Method, in a way, date back to those first days humans stood upright and began to walk. More than 20 years ago, when I was trying to unify my yoga teaching and our daily movements, I read about how people in different global cultures enjoyed moving and working through their days without pain in their joints or muscles. The author, Angie Thusius, had been introduced to this ability to move and work without pain in different international communities by Noel Perez.

For years, Perez researched how men and women from different ethnic backgrounds walked, carried heavy loads and moved through their lives without pain. Thusius developed the Kentro Body Balance guidelines from Perez’s research.

With my knowledge and experience as a physical therapist with more than 20 years experience, along with the work of Thusius and Perez, I developed the McCall Method. We all agree on one fundamental: how Western civilization defines “correct posture” and ways to move is often much different than in other global cultures. These ethnic and indigenous groups lead lives that demand an excessive amount of manual labor, yet they do it with comfort, strength and ease. Looking for examples of this movement closer to home? Just watch the way children play and move through their days, especially before they start attending school. We can learn so much from their natural movement in their early years before adults begin teaching them “correct postures.”

Media Coverage

LisaAnn McCall has been seen by millions of Americans with her appearances on numerous television shows on network and local affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. She’s also been invited on several radio programs and the McCall Method has been the focus of several articles in The Dallas Morning News, as well as other newspapers.

“One of the problems in today’s society is we want a quick fix. But for the long term what you really want is a balanced body. Over the next 15 years, I predict we’ll see more of core balance technique. Each generation of orthopedic surgeons is learning new techniques. Let’s face it: one of the hardest things for any of us to do is accept new ways of thinking,”

-Dr. James Montgomery, clinical associate professor of orthopedics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and former head physician for the U.S. Olympic Team. (Source: The Dallas Morning News, “Lisa McCall’s Balancing Is No Act”)

 

Fox News Highlights LisaAnn McCall and Barefoot Walking

McCall has been featured and syndicated across a broad range of media outlets:

    • Prevention Magazine “Try this 30-second posture makeover” from LisaAnn McCall physical therapist and author of The McCall Body Balance Method.
    • Fox News McCall’s Body Balance Featured Nationally
    • Competitor Magazine Wogging and the McCall Method
    • OrthoKinetic Review – A Balanced Approach “Restoring muscle coordination needs to be the first step in returning muscle strength. Up to now, exercise for low back pain has been typified by indirect approaches like walking, yoga, sit-ups, and weight training.”
    • D Magazine – Increase Your Mobility “Anyone is a candidate [for Body Balance]. An amazing thing that I have learned is that joints don’t know how old they are. An arthritic joint can be retrained to move correctly even if the condition has lasted for years or the client is elderly. With these methods there is always some degree of positive change.”

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