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The 4 Basic Rules Of Movement Retraining article Aug 27, 2021

All month long we have been discussing movement patterns, why we have them, why they are important, how they can lead to pain, and the process we go through when re-learning movement. Today I will discuss the 4 principles of teaching yourself how to move differently. Training yourself to move in...

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How I Treated My Own Neck Pain This Weekend *low difficulty neck Aug 27, 2021

In this session, I demonstrate how to create new movement patterns by putting unlikely movements together. When you confuse your brain with unlikely combinations of movements it has no hose but to let o of old ways of moving that have caused pain and stress. Thankfully it worked for me. 

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The 4 Phases of Re-Learning How to Move article Aug 20, 2021

Nearly every movement you make is driven by an underlying movement pattern that you have developed over the course of your lifetime. These patterns develop to make movements easier to coordinate and protect you from perceived vulnerabilities. From time to time these patterns can cause certain...

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Regain Your Height Part 2: Stand Taller From Your Hips *low difficulty daily function hip posture Aug 20, 2021

In our last session, we explored standing taller by changing the position of your spine. Today we will build on that by examining how you use your hips when you are standing. Most people who lose height from the hips have no idea that it is happening.

In this session, we will perform a diagnostic...

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When Movement Patterns Lead To Pain article Aug 13, 2021

In my last post, I discussed the utility of movement patterns and how they help us navigate our lives. Today we’re going to talk about the dark side of movement patterns… when they lead to pain. I say that in jest because really there are no such things as good or bad ways to move....

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Regain Your Height Part 1: Elongating the spine *low difficulty daily function low back posture Aug 13, 2021

Do you feel like you're stooping forward a little more than you used to? Has your doctor told you you've "lost" a few inches? Well, you are not alone. Postural changes are a normal part of the aging process, but you can do something about it.

Join me in this session and explore a  movement...

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Smarter Sit to Stand *medium difficulty daily function knees Aug 08, 2021

Rising from sitting is a challenge for millions of people. Whether you struggle to rise easily or sit gently or have pain in the joint when you do it, there are a few simple steps you can take to feel better right away. 

In this video, we will discuss the 3 fundamental aspects of sit to...

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Happy Hips - Flexible hip joints and engaged muscles *medium difficulty hip low back Jul 28, 2021

In this session, you will learn a single movement progression that will improve hip mobility and muscle engagement of both hips at the same time. It is simple and efficient but still fairly challenging.   

I use this routine frequently with many of my patients with low back, hip, or...

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Understanding Movement Patterns article Jul 28, 2021

Take your finger and touch your nose. Go ahead, actually do it before you read further. A simple enough task. I’m sure it didn’t take much thought at all. While you didn’t think twice about how to accomplish it, you actually could have performed it in any number of ways. Why did...

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If arthritis doesn't heal, then how can I get better? article Jul 19, 2021

When it comes to healing not all parts of the body are equal. There are some tissues that heal fairly quickly like bones and skin and others very slowly or not at all, like nerves and cartilage. There are even some of the same tissues that have very different healing times. The medial collateral...

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Terrific Torso: Freeing Up The Mid-Back and Ribcage *medium difficulty low back neck Jul 16, 2021

Mid-back and ribcage mobility is a pretty good indicator of someone's general movement health. Today we are re-visiting methods to find hidden flexibility through this often neglected area.

The thoracic spine (mid-back) is made up of 12 vertebrae, each with a rib attached on either side. Of these...

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Powerful Posture - Learn to Sit Brilliantly *low difficulty daily function posture Jul 07, 2021

Sit up straight!!! How many times have you heard this or perhaps even said it to someone else who was all slouched over? Today we will learn to let go of the idea of straight "perfect" posture and learn to sit up strong.

Understanding how to utilize your skeleton for postural support is the key...

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Why You Have Good Days and Bad Days article Jun 30, 2021

Anyone who has been dealing with joint pain for a while knows that the pain they feel is not consistent. Some days can be downright unbearable and then other days pretty good. My patients often wrack their brains trying to figure out what they did to cause a bad day. They blame some activity they...

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Working Your Gluteus to its Maximus - Recorded Session *low difficulty hip Jun 24, 2021

In today's live session we worked on discovering how clear the connection is between your brain and your Gluteal (butt) muscles. We discussed how to make that connection stronger and then how to use it to find strength and stability in the hips. This is important to building a foundation for a...

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Arthritis Myth: You have arthritis because you are old article Jun 24, 2021

In my office, we frequently take students from local universities to give them exposure to real-life clinical cases to complement their academic education. I was recently having a discussion with my student about a patient who has moderate to severe arthritis in her right knee. I asked him why he...

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Do I need a Total Hip or Total Knee Replacement? article Jun 16, 2021

This is a question that I get asked with some regularity and like most answers, it depends. Deciding to undergo surgery is a huge and personal decision and depends on much more than just the condition of your joints. While these procedures are overwhelmingly safe and effective there are a number...

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Introducing Your Low Back and Pelvis - Recorded Session *low difficulty hip low back Jun 16, 2021

In today's live session we took a deep dive into becoming aware of habitual movement patterns in the low back and pelvis. A common source not only for low back pain but also knee, hip, and even neck and shoulder pain. 

If you missed this week's live session or just want to practice these...

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My MRI seems to show a lot of damage. Should I be worried? article Jun 01, 2021

You went for the MRI because some joint has been hurting. Perhaps you have worsening knee pain as you go downstairs or some pain running down your leg or maybe your shoulder hurts when you reach overhead. Whatever the reason, you opted for an MRI to “see what’s going on” with...

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Am I hurting myself by exercising? article May 13, 2021

Rarely does a day go by when I am not asked whether it's safe to exercises despite having arthritis. Like most things in healthcare, it is not such a cut and dry answer, but in most cases, the answer is YES, its not only safe but advisable. Many people and even some health care providers are...

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