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How to find value in everything

Things will never go 100% as expected because nothing is ever 100% in our control. The true value of a journey is found in its imperfections. Each experience is a lesson, if you can allow yourself to see them that way. Success and failure can be based on arbitrary standards. But learning… and growing… those […]

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I hate school, but I love learning

For whatever reason, I’ve never liked school that much. I excelled in school all the way through high school. And while it was sort of nice to get a pat on the back for performance, I never really felt that proud about my accomplishments in school. When friends went on to graduate schools, law schools, […]

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How to consistently find motivation

  For example, I love the process of perfecting powerlifting technique/programming and nerding out about it. Every workout, I’m treating my body as a science experiment and pondering, “according to my current knowledge, if I lift (X) today, then hypothetically I will be able to lift (Y) in the future.” Or I may be treating […]

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Egoscue exercise spotlight: Wall drop

Any time I’ve ever given Wall Drop to a client, the client has instantly said, “Oh, this is a calf stretch!” And they’re right. It is a calf stretch, but there’s also a little more going on with the wall drop. For those who aren’t familiar with the wall drop, the exercise involves standing on […]

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Belief + persistence = success

It’s been almost ten years since a doctor told me that the pain in my knee was from old age and from using my knee too much. I was in my last year of college and had already been sitting on my butt for three years waiting for a shoulder injury and repetitive strain issues […]

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Egoscue exercise spotlight: Airbench

If you’ve read any of Pete Egoscue’s books, you’ve come across the dreaded Airbench. Those who haven’t read any Egoscue books know this as a “wall sit” or “punishment during gym class.” The airbench gets assigned to help even out rotations in your hips by encouraging symmetrical activation of some of the muscles that control […]

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How to make exercise a daily habit

For people who’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions like arthritis, exercise has become a commonly accepted and very important form of self-treatment that can reduce and relieve the body-wide nagging pain and fatigue. For those who have a couple aches here and there that slow them down in the morning, exercise […]

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Are you running a movement deficit?

Okay, let’s forget about all the talk of the U.S. government running huge budget deficits. Let’s talk about you. But let’s not talk about your budget deficits; let’s talk about your movement deficit. Simply put: every single day, you are making too many withdrawals from your good alignment and activation account and not enough deposits.

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How to get a good night’s sleep

If you’ve ever woken up feeling less rested than when you went to bed, this is a little experiment I did with myself in 2012. I most certainly did not invent this idea as I have seen plenty of iterations on it from many sources. I’m just going to keep it really simple. Here are […]

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Ergonomics and “chair disease”

A few days ago, I wrote briefly about ergonomics and how a good workstation still won’t negate your body’s need to move. This week, take a look at this article about the rise of “chair disease” and how even good ergonomics isn’t making a dent in the rise of neck pain and other sitting diseases. […]

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Trust yourself

Just a quick, quick note for a beautiful Saturday in San Diego. Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ~Dr. Benjamin Spock, M.D. That internal sense that something is going wrong in your body? Don’t ignore it. Address it.

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The inflammatory myth of tennis elbow

You probably know someone who’s complained about tennis elbow in the past. And their doctor probably mentioned epicondylitis or tendinitis. And if you’ve been alive long enough to hear “-itis” a few times, you know that that suffix means there’s inflammation, and you should ice the heck out of it.

Guess what? Research shows that tennis elbow ISN’T about inflammation. In fact, the pain from repetitive motions isn’t from inflammation at all! Whether it’s typing, tennis, or track and field…

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You do it to and for yourself

One of the oft-bemoaned facts in health care is that patients don’t do what’s good for them.  I had a conversation with a chiropractor a while ago who said part of why he doesn’t bother assigning homework to his patients for self-care is because they won’t do it anyway.  Doctors and PTs complain about their […]

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Swearing reduces pain

I wouldn’t call swearing a particularly great way to deal with pain in the long-run, but it’s apparently pretty good in the short term: A study by Keele University researchers found volunteers who cursed at will could endure pain nearly 50% longer than civil-tongued peers. They believe swearing helps us downplay being hurt in favour […]

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Solving pain means being stubborn

Pain is something I take very seriously. I have fought with repetitive strain injuries, joint weakness, sports injuries and seemingly inexplicable, crippling, and extremely tiring chronic pain of all kinds since I was 16 when an ocean wave did my back in. I know pain well, and I know that its causes are myriad! From my experiences with pain and my studies of various theories of pain, I can tell you three very important things. Here are the first two:

1. Pain happens for a reason.
2. You can beat it if you can figure out the reason.

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