Practical Science on Movement and Pain

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

Review of Greg Lehman Workshop: Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science

A couple weekends ago I attended a new workshop by Greg Lehman on Reconciling Pain Science with Biomechanics. Long story short, this is one of the best workshops I have attended and I think every movement therapist should go. (Quick disclaimer – I spoke at the conference. But that was probably the worst part.) Short story longer,… 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

New Class on Developmental Movements: February 17 – March 24

Who wants to attend a fun movement class? I am teaching a series of six classes that focus on developmental movements like breathing, rolling, squatting, and crawling. The classes are based on the Feldenkrais Method, and the concepts set forth in my book. That means the movements will be slow, mindful, non-threatening, curious, exploratory, fun,… Read More

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 through… Read 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 continues… Read More