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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

Workshop on Back Mobility: July 12, 2015

Workshop on Back Mobility: July 12, 2015

On Sunday July 12, 2015 I will be teaching a three-hour class in Seattle aimed at mobilizing the back. It should be a fun and educational way to gain awareness about your back and how to get it moving with comfort. We will work on improving fundamental movement patterns like flexion, extension, rotation, side-bending and breathing.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

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

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

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

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

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

Two New Interviews

I recently did two interviews that are now available for your listening pleasure. Here is a link to an interview podcast I did with Erin Goldman of Awakened Heart Yoga. Erin asked many great questions about the connection between movement and emotion, and the value of play in movement health. By the way, Erin alsoRead More

Some Updates

Here’s a few quick updates. New Formats for A Guide to Better Movement My book is now available on Kindle and Nook. Are there are any other formats or markets you would like to see? Audio? iTunes? Anyone interested in videos of the lessons in the book? Podcasts I recently did a podcast with Justin GoodhartRead More