Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Book Excerpt: Sensation Versus Perception

Since I’m in the process of writing a book, I don’t have much time to post. So here’s a little excerpt from the book. It’s about the distinction between sensation and perception. *     *     * Although the terms sensation and perception are often used interchangeably in everyday life, psychologists distinguish betweenRead More

Pain Science Confusion

In recent years, pain science has become far more widely known, and that is leading to some interesting conversation and also confusion in the fitness, massage and manual therapy communities. Lorimer Moseley and David Butler have been charismatic and influential teachers on this issue. A good example of their work is found in the popularRead More

The Complexity of Biomechanics

I really enjoy studying biomechanics. I find it totally fascinating to learn, for example, that a certain muscle is very well suited to stabilize a joint, but not to move it through a large range of motion; or that it is active in one movement but not another; or that it becomes atrophied in peopleRead More

Is Science Your Enemy?

Steven Pinker has a thought provoking article out this week called Science is Not Your Enemy. I hesitate to link it, because it discusses politics and religion, which are not the topics of this blog. So, fair warning and read at your own risk! But it had so many great thoughts on anti-science attitudes thatRead More

Part Two of Review of Geoffrey Bove Workshop on Pain, Nociception and Nerves

This is part two of my review of the workshop on Pain, Nociception and Nerves with Geoffrey Bove. Here is a link to the first part. In this part I will discuss what we learned about inflammation, fascia and trigger points. The role of inflammation Inflammation plays a huge role in nociception. And vice versa.Read More

Review of Geoffrey Bove Workshop on Pain, Nociception and Nerves: Part One

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop hosted by Geoffrey Bove on “Pain, Nociception and Nerves.” Geoff has forgotten more about these topics than most people will ever know, because he has conducted a great deal of the original research which contributes to our knowledge about these issues, particularly as it relatesRead More

Some Problems with Movement “Correction”

Moshe Feldenkrais said that to “correct is incorrect.” He was referring to efforts to correct someone’s movement patterns. Which is kind of a strange thing to say for a guy whose method was largely about making people’s movement more efficient. What did he mean and what does this say about efforts to correct movement? IRead More

I’m Writing a Book

I’ve been a little bit slow to post these days, and that is because I’m in the process of writing a book. Exciting! The book will synthesize and expand on many of the topics that I have written about on this blog. Namely, the art and science of how to move better and feel better, fromRead More

What is Your Movement Style?

Panjabi divided the motor control system for the spine into three distinct subsystems -  passive, active and neural. I like applying this idea to the whole body, partly because I find it an interesting way to distinguish different strategies for movement and posture, based on preferential use of one subsystem over the others. The passiveRead More

How Does Foam Rolling Work?

Foam rolling is very popular. Athletic trainers use it as a part of the warm-up. Physical therapists use it as part of their treatment strategy, often to improve extensibility of “short” tissues. There is very limited evidence about what benefit, if any, foam rolling confers. But there are at least a few studies showing thatRead More