Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: myths

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

Summary of Great Interview with Kieran O’Sullivan

I just listened to an excellent interview of physical therapist and back pain researcher Kieran O’Sullivan at the PhysioEdge blog. Kieran is part of the group at Pain.Ed, which also includes Peter O’Sullivan, who is, by the way, featured in a very cool video I discussed here. (In case you are wondering, there are several groupRead More

Do You Even Mobility?

A few months ago I came across a very informative video by Dom Mazetti, a distinguished professor of bro-science. In the video, Dom uses a flow chart and well-established principles of bro-logic to determine whether someone “even lifts.” If you haven’t already watched it, I highly recommend it. So why am I posting a video aboutRead More

Which Workout is Best?

Many of my clients want to know what is the best exercise program for them. So they will often ask me what I think about the relative merits of some particular system of exercise: pilates, or yoga, or kettlebells, or Feldenkrais, or barefoot running, or CrossFit, or free weights, etc. I certainly have opinions aboutRead More

Assessment of Pelvic Tilt

How do you know where your pelvis is at? Does it rotate or tilt forward/back, left/right, up/down? A new study suggests that if your only method of finding out involves palpation of bony landmarks on the pelvis, you will likely have no clue. In this study (full text available) the authors had the excellent ideaRead More

“Can You Feel that Knot?” Not!

I get this question all the time in my practice as Rolfer. It usually prompts me to start trying to correct some misconceptions. Here’s why. 1. Thinking about knots might increase threat First and foremost, there is good reason to believe that the way we think about the state of our body can affect ourRead More

The Trouble with MRIs (and my Brother)

A few weeks ago I went back East to visit family. One of the highlights of the trip was going to the U.S. Open with my brother Eric to watch some tennis. When we were growing up together we spent most of our summers playing tennis, and usually capped them off with a trip toRead More

Does Anterior Pelvic Tilt Cause Low Back Pain?

Question: What is anterior pelvic tilt? Answer: It means the front end of the pelvis tips forward and the back end hikes up. Question: Will that make my gut look bigger? Answer: Yes. Question: Is that why my low back hurts? Answer: Let’s check the internet… What Google Says An internet search for anterior pelvicRead More

Vitalism and Structuralism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

This post is a little philosophical, so I will apologize in advance and keep it mercifully short. There are many ideas in manual therapy. Some are good, some are not so good. The subject of this post is ideas that are very obviously not good, but for some reason attractive, even in the face ofRead More

Some Myths About “Toning”

A primary fitness goal for many people is to “tone” their muscles. This is a confusing word that is associated with some very large misconceptions about the way muscle responds to exercise. I am hardly the first to point out this problem, but it is so ubiquitous that I thought I should do my fairRead More