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Beat Your Pain Using the Biopsychosocial Model biomedical model biopsychosocial model chronic pain healing chronic pain pain free body pain neuroscience pain psychology pain relief pain science the pain free athlete Jan 21, 2021

 Pain is: 

“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage.”

This updated definition of pain was provided by The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) last summer (July...

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My Experience with the Wim Hof Method alkaline breath holding cold shower cold therepy health healthy ice bath immune system meditation ph the pain free athlete tummo wim hof method Dec 08, 2020

 I hate being cold! And I get anxious when holding my breath. So, naturally, I chose to take up a daily practice that includes both of these things, right? But of course . . . I embrace challenges. I don't like that I have fear and apprehension about the cold and breath holding. When I...

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The Connection Between Neck Pain and Breathing brething exercise dysfunctional breathing muscles of breathing neck pain neck pain with inhale pain with inhalation shoulder pain shoulder pain with inhale strength breathing muscles the pain free athlete Nov 18, 2020

Although the diaphragm and intercostals are the primary muscles of inspiration, several neck muscles play an accessory role in bringing air into the body. Furthermore, when these primary muscles of inhalation are not working optimally, or you are breathing heavily while exercising at a high...

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Are you injury-prone? athletic injury recover from fall sports-injury the pain free athlete Oct 27, 2020

Some people seem to get hurt--a lot. Why? In general, these people blame their injuries on being clumsy, rushing, not paying attention, or just bad luck. As an example, I recently received this email from a client: “Last weekend I fell on my left hip on Saturday while weeding and then...

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Sciatica: 3 Exercises to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain anterior pelvic tilt anterior pelvis back pain egoscue method glute pain hip pain leg pain nerve impingement sciatic leg pain sciatic nerve pain sciatica glute pain the pain free athlete Sep 30, 2020

 Sciatica is a literal pain in the butt! 

I have suffered from sciatica on and off for years. I feel it in my left glute, and when it gets really bad, the pain extends down my hamstring on the back of my upper thigh. If you’ve had it, then you know that it can be quite...

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Conquer Your Fear of Pain with Movement back pain catastrophizing fear avoidance model freedom from pain hip pain kinesiophobia pain management pain relief pain treatment the pain free athlete Aug 06, 2020

 

 Kinesiophobia: “the avoidance of activity because you fear it will cause pain.”

--Norman J. Marcus, MD

While I was talking with one of my clients who had suffered from back pain for over four years, he realized that only when distracted did he not have pain with...

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What does it mean to be a Pain Free Athlete? athletic injury body awareness calf injury calf tightness egoscue egoscue method injury recovery posture the pain free athlete Jul 08, 2020

You are an athlete! An athlete is anyone who desires to be active and challenge themselves. In my definition, competition and organized sports are not required to be an athlete. However, in the era of Covid-19, there aren’t many, if any, events to participate in against others....

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5 Steps to Fix a Knot Under Your Shoulder Blade egoscue egoscue method exercises exercises for shoulder pain knot in shoulder blade pain behind shoulder blade postural restoration institute posture pri rib cage right bc scapula scapula pain shoulder tension the pain free athlete Jun 11, 2020

Have you ever had a knot under your shoulder blade? One that hindered your movements? You are not alone. Most painful knots under the shoulder blade (scapulae bones) are due to tension buildup within the soft tissues. In this blog, I address how to break up and mobilize this tissue. I’ll...

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Home Office Setup and Workday Exercises computer set up ergonomics ergonomics assessment ergonomics evaluation laptop setup office office stretches sitting posture the pain free athlete work setup work stretches working posture May 19, 2020

Admit it! You’ve done this, or sat in a similar position, while working at home recently. I know I have.

In the last couple of months, everything has become virtual--classes, meetings, family get-togethers, workshops, even happy hours. We are spending more time than ever at our computers....

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5 Health Benefits of Slowing Down and Staying Home coronavirus covid-19 pandemic physical distancing quarantine self isolate shelter in place social distancing stay at home order stay home save lives the pain free athlete Apr 14, 2020

"Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation." ~ Dalai Lama 

Undoubtedly, the world is currently experiencing a difficult situation. We are living in unprecedented times:...

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Start Meditating to Reduce Stress: 3 Easy Practices body scan breath meditation ho'oponopono insight timer jon kabat-zinn mala mantra mbsr metta mind-body mindful mindfulness mindfulness meditation parasympathetic nervous system pns sound meditation stress stress management stress relief the pain free athlete Mar 19, 2020

As you probably know, it is always important to manage stress. Many preventable diseases can be linked back to an elevated and prolonged stress response in the body. During a health crisis, however, it is of utmost importance for us to maintain calm and access the healing energy of the...

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How to Take and Analyze Posture Photos egoscue measure posture posture posture alignment posture analysis posture deviations the pain free athlete track posture Feb 06, 2020

How aligned is your posture?

When striving for improved wellness in any area of life, it is always a good idea to have a baseline. For example: before starting a medication for high blood pressure, you measure your current readings. When beginning a healthy nutrition plan (diet), weight is...

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