Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Highlights of 2013

256px-HighlightsThanks for reading the blog this year everyone! Here is a brief look back at some highlights.

1. Writing a book

Almost done! Hopefully this will be in final form by March 2014. This has been a very interesting and educational experience. I am very proud about the results at this point and very excited to see it in print. Here is a post describing the contents.

2. Barefoot Running, Squatting Like a Baby and Pygmy Feet

This was a fun post that brought together lots of “natural experiments.” YouTube is an incredible source of data on movement that can support or contradict many popular theories.

3. Assessment of Pelvic Tilt

Why did this post receive so many views? I think people appreciate hearing reasons not to worry about which way their pelvis is tilting.

4. How Does Foam Rolling Work?

Another very popular post that was recently linked by Bret Contreras. I am starting to see more articles on foam rolling that include some disclaimer about it not necessarily being about the fascia. Its encouraging to see more curiosity about the mechanisms behind this popular intervention. 

5. Some Pitfalls of Movement Correction

About the downsides of pathologizing movement patterns and creating nocebos.

6. The Complexity of Biomechanics

Some reminders that we need to stay humble about the extent of our knowledge.

7. Pain Science Confusion

Does nociception matter? Is pain all in your head? Yes and no of course!

Have a Happy New Year everyone. Good luck with your movement in 2014.

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7 Responses to Highlights of 2013

  1. darius says:

    Dude, you rock.

  2. A wonderful blog. I agree with it and always wonder why people like you and I stick our necks out so far and so often.

  3. Tim Sobie says:

    Todd,

    Great to make your acquaintance in 2013! I look forward to your book and continued blog.

    Could you remind us of your speaking event in Vancouver B.C. in an upcoming blog?

  4. Todd Hargrove says:

    Thanks for the kind words everyone, I appreciate it.

    Tim, I will be doing a post with reminders on the Pain Conf. Until then, click on the Pain Conf icon in the sidebar to get details and register.

  5. carl says:

    Hi Todd,

    I will certainly be looking forward to your book and further blogs. I am due to start my Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) in March 2014 at Sydney University so will hopefully have time to contribute to your posts. Neuroscience rocks!

  6. Sally says:

    I have only just found your site but extremely happy to find it. I am looking into visualisation of exercise for those unable to exercise.

    For me this follows over 7 years of suffering from ME, going from someone who was not an athlete at all but loved running each and every day, walking miles with my dogs, free weights at the gym 3 times a week etc.

    ME has a catch to it. Any exertion, even tiny, physically, mentally or emotionally has payback in what is known as post exertional malaise (PEM). It is absolutely nuts but true.

    After 3 years of not trying anything new I decided on Qi Gong as being something I heard others had tried – but maybe they had CFS or were in a less extreme level of illness. I did this sitting down on a 1-1 with the instructor. Small movements over 30 minutes – literally moving my nose in the shape of a 10 pence piece – so nothing too extreme. This was last Thursday and I am now in the throes of a mini relapse and massively regret even trying Qi Gong. Once the relapse has passed I will change my mind but this may go on for a week or two and the various symptoms are horrendous and all consuming.

    I stopped working at the start of this year having been on a roller coaster ride of not really coping and so this year have started a multi faceted approach via nutrition, the mind via mindfulness but also looking at physically how I can help my body. I am hoping by this approach to give my body the platform by which it stands the best chance to get better.

    I had heard from somewhere about visualisation of exercise / movement and am fascinated and hopeful that there maybe benefits for those who are not able to exercise for whatever reasons. I will trawl your writings but glad to have found you.

    Sally

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