Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Pain and Learning

What does chronic pain have to do with learning? Here’s a quick post with links and quotes from three new papers that help explain the role of associative learning in chronic pain. Because many of the quotes contain a bunch of fancy language, here’s a quick bit of background on the key concept – learning throughRead More

Highlights of 2014

Thanks for reading the blog this year everyone! Here is a brief review of highlights from 2014, followed by a preview of coming events in 2015. Highlight #1: My first book Without a doubt, publishing A Guide to Better Movement was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The book sold well and continuesRead More

The Science of Placebo

What does the word placebo mean? Does the placebo effect involve actual health benefits or just imagined benefits? Is placebo “mind over body” or “all in your head”? Is it unethical to provide a client with placebo treatments? And what about nocebos? In this article I’ll answer these questions and discuss some fascinating research byRead More

A Systems Perspective on Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a complex and confusing problem. Unlike acute pain, which is well correlated with injury, chronic pain is often unrelated to tissue damage. It might be driven by a wide variety of factors like sleep, mood, thoughts, or emotions. And chronic pain is connected with other health problems like obesity, anxiety, depression, or IBS. We can better understandRead More

10,000 Hours and Marathon Records

Could you break the word record for the marathon after just four years of serious training? Dennis Kimetto recently ran the marathon in 2:02:57, 26 seconds faster than anyone else in history. Here is some footage from his incredible run. Looks pretty much like some guy jogging right? Although he doesn’t appear to running that fast, heRead More

Thoughts on Trip to Spain

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Spain with family and friends. Before I went, I was telling people about it, and they all said “Wow, Spain, awesome!!” And then their expression would shift a little, and they would ask whether I was taking my two young kids. I would say yes, and then they wouldRead More

Does Bad Posture Cause Back Pain?

You have probably heard the claim that bad posture causes back pain, or that you should work on your posture to get rid of low back pain. You can find this claim all over the internet – from physical therapists, chiropractors and personal trainers. If you do a Google search for “posture and pain,” youRead More

Two New Interviews

I recently did two interviews that are now available for your listening pleasure. Here is a link to an interview podcast I did with Erin Goldman of Awakened Heart Yoga. Erin asked many great questions about the connection between movement and emotion, and the value of play in movement health. By the way, Erin alsoRead More

How to Sit with More Comfort

Do you experience tension, discomfort, and a pervasive feeling of overall yuckiness while sitting in your chair staring at the computer hour after hour? Let’s face it. You probably do. And you probably know that the best solution to this problem is to get out of your chair as often as possible and get moving. Your bodyRead More

Five Great New Titles for Blog Posts

I have a favor to ask my readers.* I am working on a new set of posts that I think will really drive some traffic to the site. Market research shows people just love to read about certain subjects, and I have put together some great new blog post titles addressing those subjects. But IRead More