Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Does Your Workout Suck?

I spoke with a client yesterday about his resistance training program. It seemed like he had a solid plan and was making good progress. But I did disagree with one aspect of his approach, which was his workout motto: Working Out Sucks™. His motto is a reminder that he won’t achieve his goals without working… Read More

Inspiring Quotes on Why Movement Matters

Here’s a few cool quotes about movement that you may find inspiring or interesting. In the modern world we tend to value “higher” mental functions like reasoning and language over “lower” functions like motor control and body awareness. And therefore kids spend less time in recess, adults spend more time in office chairs looking at computers,… Read More

Audio Movement Lesson: Comfortable Sitting

Audio Movement Lesson: Comfortable Sitting

Many people have asked me to record some audio versions of the written movement lessons in my book: A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain. The book includes about 25 written movement lessons that are based on the Feldenkrais Method. Each lesson describes a series of… Read More

Pain and Memory

Louis Gifford said that learning about the biology of memory was very informative to his understanding of chronic pain. For example, he thought certain pains were like advertising jingles that get stuck in your head  – they’re annoying, don’t serve any purpose, and are hard to get rid of. Here are some other interesting connections between pain… Read More

Thoughts and Links on Back Pain

Thoughts and Links on Back Pain

I am going to try to start doing weekly posts that collect some quick thoughts and links from my regular reading. We’ll see how this goes. Here are some quick links and thoughts for stuff I read last week. 1. NPR talks posture, culture and back pain NPR recently ran an article called: Lost Posture:… Read More

A Systems Perspective on Motor Control, Part One

Dynamic systems theory (DST) is gaining influence in the world of movement rehab and performance as way to explain how motor learning is optimized. The basic premise is that movement behavior is the result of complex interactions between many different subsystems in the body, the task at hand, and the environment. Given this complexity, systems… Read More

Interview with Israel Halperin

I am very pleased to offer an interview with Israel Halperin, an athlete, trainer, and researcher with extensive knowledge about how to improve human performance. I have interacted with Israel over Facebook for quite a while, and really appreciate his expertise, open-mindedness, curiosity, and willingness to share information. I always find it interesting when people… Read More

Thoughts on San Diego Pain Summit

I just attended the San Diego Pain Summit, which was a three-day conference featuring many excellent speakers, including Lorimer Moseley as the headliner. I had a fantastic time. The speakers provided a ton of interesting info, and Rajam Roose did an amazing job organizing the event. The best part was meeting many interesting, compassionate and… Read More

How to Walk Without Muscles (Or a Brain)

Could a robot walk without motors to power the movement or computers to control it? Apparently so. Watch this eight-second video for proof. Via Noijam Here’s another cool video of a passive robot and his proud Papa, who can just barely deal with his nerdy excitement: h/t Sarah Young. It’s a bit shocking to see… Read More