Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Author Archives: Todd Hargrove

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 andRead 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 seeRead 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 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