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So You Think You Need to See a Chiropractor? Think Functional Training First

 

Some chiropractic adjustments can ease pain in the short-term. But for long-term relief of chronic pain, without becoming dependent on expensive treatments, focus on addressing muscle imbalance and dysfunction.

 

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More matters than just your spine. Photo by Joyce McCown on Unsplash

Maybe you've been seeing a chiropractor for the last few years to help treat chronic pain. Or maybe you just started up with one and he or she is telling you that you need to get adjusted once or...

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ATM Theory: Your Joint Pain May Actually be Muscle Pain

 

ATM = Always Think Muscles. When you’re trying to get to the root of your joint pain, don’t forget to assess muscle function around the joint. Chances are, this is where your challenge lies, and that functional training can help you overcome it. 

 

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Here’s a controversial statement: joint pain is really...

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Fixing Chronic Pain Flare-Ups when fixing dysfunctional muscles

 

For people with chronic pain, it's important to identify muscle dysfunction and imbalances. Fixing dysfunctional muscles and muscle imbalances can be an arduous process. It's a process that requires you to identify weaknesses and dysfunction and then do the right movements to build strength at every length. (You can learn how to identify muscle dysfunctions here and how to fix muscle imbalances here).

Whether you’re going through the process alone or with the help of a coach or therapist, one thing is almost guaranteed: you’re going to have moments of pain. You’ll have pain flare-ups.

You may have trouble moving around your home. You’ll wonder if what you’re doing is the...

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New technology for true health...

 

When a new technology arrives, we are focused on the problems it solves. The inventors and marketers see the benefits of their new product, but they aren't yet aware of the downsides.
 
We adopt these new technologies. We focus on the problems that the technology solves, and are blind for long periods to the downsides.
 
Sometimes we never become aware of the downsides.
 
Sometimes we become aware of the downsides only after it's too late to go back to the "old way."
 
And often, we completely forget what the "old way" was. What it felt like.
 
I look at the technologies that now allow you to track the length and quality of your sleep, your blood oxygen levels, your pulse, your...
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PRP injection or PAO for hip dysplasia: Erica's story

 

"I spent my Thanksgiving break in bed crying and researching surgery options..."

I want to share an important story with you today. Here's the background.

I've been coaching a young woman named Erica online for the last couple of months.

She has hip dysplasia. Doctors often claim that hip dysplasia is a guaranteed path to hip pain and arthritis. The only solution for hip pain from dysplasia, they say, is drastic surgery.

The other week, Erica was over-the-moon excited about what she'd accomplished in such a short period of time - especially because of what her well-renowned expert hip surgeon in Los Angeles told her.

Let's set the stage.

I am 30 years old and for my entire adult life I have been physically active...

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They are slandering your beautiful moving machine.

  

You are building a self-feeding, self-maintaining machine. 

You give it feedback mechanisms that enable it to regulate and meet its own needs. It senses when it needs to ingest fluids and solid matter in order to fuel further operation. After ingestion, observation, and analysis, it determines which solid matter and fluids are acceptable for future use as fuel. Solid matter and fluids that are unacceptable are ejected promptly and avoided. Any resulting damage is assessed and repaired quickly.

 

The machine senses when and how often it needs to power down so that it can run through a lengthy checklist of system fidelity checks and maintenance processes for its locomotive system, its external environment observation...

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Break Phone and Internet Addiction with these alternative activities

 

In a previous article, I talked about phone and internet addiction being a major contributor to my own history of chronic pain.

I addressed the ways in which constant compulsive phone and computer usage can lead to a heightened statute of stress - which can exacerbate pain and get you stuck in a loop of chronic pain. We also discussed simple steps to loosen the hold your phone has on you, and how to eventually break your phone addiction.

In today’s article, I want to address something that comes up when you’re trying to break your phone addiction. If you follow the advice I gave in the previous article, you’ll find you have a lot of time to fill. All those hours you would normally being spending on your...

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