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Age is Not To Blame for Your Sports Injuries alignment chronic pain freedom from pain pain free athlete pain management pain relief pain treatment posture alignment posture analysis posture deviations sports sports injury the pain free athlete track posture Jun 09, 2016

Many people blame injuries and pain on their age. However, I'm here to tell you that you don't need to give up sports just because you're growing older. Sports themselves do not cause your injuries, either. Sports are not bad! We are designed to move and play for all of our days. Sadly, the...

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What is Athletic Toughness? character strengths heal yourself pain free athlete racing self self-compassion self-discipline the pain free athlete May 23, 2016

Is athletic toughness pushing through the pain and possibly compromising your body for future sports participation to compete in a race?

OR

Is athletic toughness having the integrity to listen to your body, make self-respecting choices and think beyond today’s game? 

Depending on when...

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Who's in Charge of Your Health? heal yourself healing chronic pain health health goals self healing Apr 19, 2016

My mother's doctor told her that she had six months to live. She followed her doctor’s prediction and died within that time period. A client informed me it would take a year to recover from his plantar fasciitis. He didn’t make any progress until 12 months had passed. My own doctor...

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3 Exercises for Better Upper Body Posture exercises for shoulder pain posture posture alignment posture analysis posture and breathing posture deviations posture therapy rib cage rounded shoulders shoulder pain shoulder tightness standing posture Mar 19, 2016

Are you afraid of having a rounded upper body that makes you look and feel old? 

This seems to be the number one postural concern of my clients and class participants. But let’s not forget that your mid-spine is supposed to curve forward. In the image to the right, notice the...

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Practice Self-Compassion for Better Health heal heal yourself health self healing self-compassion self-discipline Feb 16, 2016

Ah, February. The month of love and hearts. Here in the US, we recently celebrated Valentine’s Day. On this day, we express our affections for others. Of course, this is a wonderful thing to do! But what about giving ourselves love and compassion?

Why does it matter? Well, research has...

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Belly Breathing Isn't What You Think breath breath meditation breathe well breathing and posture breathing exercises breathing mechanics diaphragm dysfunctional breathing muscles of breathing rib cage strength breathing muscles Jan 20, 2016

At one time or another, you’ve probably come across the phrase “belly breathing.” You might have heard a well-meaning yoga teacher, fitness instructor, personal trainer or even me in my posture classes talk about it! People use this phrase to encourage us to initiate our breath...

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5 Alignment Exercises for Snow Sports alignment backcountry skiing classic skiing cross-country skiing downhill skilling exercises nordic skiing posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy skate skiing skiing snow sports snowboarding telemark skiing the pain free athlete xc skiing Dec 21, 2015

It’s that time of year: the hills are white, and the trails are groomed! Time to get out on the snow!

I love winter and the sports it brings! Going from dryland training to skiing or boarding day after day, however, can be a hard transition for your body. Like all sports, sliding on snow...

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Transforming Your Limiting Beliefs limiting beliefs the fear cure Nov 19, 2015

My last blog, Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal, was all about fear. I discussed how fear underlies much of our stress. I then explained how stress sabotages good health. Also, I remarked on how the fear we experience often stems from false, negative beliefs. We hold these beliefs below our...

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Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal courage heal yourself lissa rankin mind over medicine self healing the fear cure the pain free athlete Oct 27, 2015
Fear is a risk factor for disease and pain. 
Fear raises your stress.
Stress reduces your ability to heal.

Recall my previous blog, Stress Prevents Self-Healing, where I reviewed the book Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D. In her book, Dr. Rankin details how stress...

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How Vision Affects Posture and Movement brain posture posture alignment posture analysis vision walking walking form Sep 28, 2015


Imagine that when you look upon the world, the ground seems to be sloping away from you. Subconsciously, your brain perceives, through your visual sense, that you are always going downhill. This is an optical distortion. And this is how I see the world.
 

How do you think your body reacts and...

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Manage Stress Through Neutral Posture align alignment measure posture posture alignment posture analysis posture and breathing posture deviations posture therapy the pain free athlete Aug 13, 2015

Take a look at the photo above. The person has taken a posture of stress and pain. The body is in an extended position. They have overly-arched their lower back. Also, they have pulled their shoulders so far back that they are behind the hips. Finally, their diaphragm is overly stretched,...

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Foot Orthotics and Joint Pain foot injury foot pain foot rehab postural restoration institute posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy pri Jul 29, 2015

Should I be wearing foot orthotics?
Will they help my joint pain?

You may have asked yourself these questions. And to be honest, I did. After my third knee surgery, I pursued orthotics with my orthopedic surgeon. Although he didn’t seem convinced they would help, he did write me a...

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