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New Research on Chronic Back Pain boulder back pain study healing chronic pain neruoplastic pain nociplastic pain pain reprocessing therapy the pain free athlete Jan 13, 2022

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain (CBP). However, the majority of those with CBP—85%, in fact—have not been diagnosed with a definitive structural cause for their pain. Instead, changes in the central nervous system, including the brain, are causing the pain. This...

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How to Fix Plantar Fasciitis foot pain gait gait mechanics heel pain plantar fasciitis the pain free athlete Dec 15, 2021

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation and tearing of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. There is a central and a lateral plantar fascia, as you can see in the image to the right. This fascia connects the toes to the heel. The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, which is...

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What to do When You Have a Pain Flare-up alan gordon fear of pain fear-avoidance model pain-fear cycle the pain free athlete the way out Nov 17, 2021

Pain flare-ups are no fun! How do I know? Because I’ve had plenty myself. Sometimes, flare-ups are understandable, such as when we increase an activity too quickly. For example, perhaps you pushed it a bit too far on your run, hiked a longer and steeper trail than usual, added too many...

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Tap Into Your Subconscious Mind to Heal affirmations limiting beliefs the pain free athlete unconscious unconscious mind Oct 14, 2021

Your subconscious mind directs the actions and behaviors that create the results you experience in your life. Interestingly, your subconscious is more powerful than your conscious mind. It comprises the majority of your mind capacity. As you can see in the iceberg image to the right, the...

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Membership Website Launching in October free trial membership online online courses pain free athlete pain free body posture fitness class the pain free athlete Sep 14, 2021

I am excited to announce the pre-launch of The Pain Free Athlete membership website. The site officially launches on October 1, 2021. The creation of this website is one of the benefits of Covid-19. A year and a half ago, I moved all of my in-person classes to Zoom. Then, I transitioned to...

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Athletic Toughness at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 olympics athletic injury simone biles the pain free athlete twisties yips Aug 10, 2021

American artistic gymnast Simone Biles displayed athletic toughness last week at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, chose not to compete in multiple events during the games due to mental concerns.

Ok. I get it. When you read this, you...

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Osteoarthritis: The Latest Research bioplacticity bioplastic cartilage cartilage damage chronic pain joint replacement knee osteoarthritis lorimer moseley research tasha stanton the pain free athlete Jul 28, 2021

“Osteoarthritis is not a ‘wear and tear’ disease of the joint.”

Thus says Tasha Stanton, associate professor and lead osteoarthritis researcher at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. I had the opportunity to listen to her presentation, “Re-thinking...

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Is Peer Pressure Prolonging Your Injury? athletic injury peer pressure re-injury sports-injury the pain free athlete Jun 01, 2021

Peer pressure, the influence a group or individual has on your behavior, can be positive or negative. When we view it in relation to activity and sport, peer pressure can drive us to do more than we might on our own. This is great if we are lacking motivation and need that extra push to get...

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A New Relationship with "Rehab Exercises" corrective exercises healing and injury posture therapy the pain free athlete therapy exercises May 25, 2021

I have a confession to make: I frequently struggle to do my “rehab exercises”! There you have it. I am a posture coach that can lack motivation to do the work she asks of her clients. So, do you think less of me now? Or, maybe you respect my honesty? Well, regardless of your view of...

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How to "Be Careful" and Excel After Injury healing an injury recover from injury sports injury the pain free athlete Apr 21, 2021
A client recently remarked to me that I probably have to "be careful" with my athletics since I have been injured and have had multiple joint surgeries. This blog is in answer to her statement.

If you Google the topic, the idea of being careful regarding pain and activity is obviously widespread....

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How to Reach to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain egoscue egoscue method elbow curls neck pain neck tension neck tightness reaching shoulder tightness tight traps Mar 09, 2021

As humans we are often reaching directly in front of our bodies to do tasks with our hands. For instance, we type and use a mouse on our computers; chop, cook and clean in the kitchen; text on our phones; eat our meals; and much, much more. But have you ever considered that how you reach for...

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COVID-19 Risk, Exercise and Immunity coronavirus covid-19 cycling endurance exercise immune function immune system immunity risk running walking Feb 10, 2021

 Why are so many athletes contracting COVID-19? This was the question my editor asked me a couple of weeks ago. In response, I explained that after exercising, our immunity is decreased. So, our risk of infection is greater following a workout. Consequently, if we are exposed to the...

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