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Four Reasons You Don't Want to Get Hurt athletic injury body awareness foot injury healing an injury healing and injury injury recovery posture alignment posture therapy self healing Sep 23, 2014

Ankle Taping: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Ben Franklin said these famous words in 1736 in reference to fire prevention. You can apply the same philosophy, however, to sports injuries. For several reasons--beyond the obvious--we want to avoid any initial injuries...

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Pain is Your Ally In Healing chronic pain freedom from pain heal yourself healing an injury healing chronic pain pain free athlete self healing self-compassion the pain free athlete Sep 08, 2014

“Pain is part of the body's defense system, producing a reflexive retraction from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future.”

This is the evolutionary and behavioral role of pain as described...

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Gravity and Back Pain back pain heal back pain heal yourself measure posture posture alignment posture therapy self healing standing posture Aug 29, 2014

Gravity: it’s a constant, unrelenting force. It pushes down on your body all day long. If you are not vertically aligned against this continuous pressure, not only will you fail to build your bones (see my blog Prevent Osteoporosis with Aligned Posture), but you may also suffer back pain.

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Healing is an Individual Process heal yourself healing chronic pain postural restoration institute posture alignment posture therapy self healing Aug 20, 2014

Road to Recovery Healing is not a neat and tidy process with well-defined steps from pain to wellness. Instead, it is an individual journey that is unique for each person. The source of chronic pain and the strategies needed for recovery can be simple or complex. Some people get better quickly,...

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5 Posture Exercises to Build Your Bones alignment exercises posture alignment posture exercises posture therapy self healing Jul 30, 2014

In my last blog, Prevent Osteoporosis with Aligned Posture, I proposed that aligned posture or the lack of it is a risk factor for osteoporosis. When your skeleton is not stacked vertically against gravity, your bones are not being stimulated to grow. As a result, your bone density...

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Prevent Osteoporosis with Aligned Posture alignment bones posture alignment posture therapy strength strength training the pain free athlete Jul 16, 2014

I'm worried about osteoporosis, as are many of my clients. Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones, which increases the likelihood of fractures and can lead to disability and death. The diagnosis of osteopenia also denotes decreased bone mass and is a precursor to osteoporosis. Similar to high...

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Knowing When to Let Go of a Sports Goal athletic injury character strengths health goals pain free athlete racing self-compassion the pain free athlete Jun 17, 2014

Balloon Letting go is hard. In my experience, it is much more difficult to coach someone to postpone participation in an event than to continue ahead with strenuous training. I've also struggled with this personally. Consider this . . .

July 15, 2011 - It is the day before cross-country...

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Excel in Sports with Good Technique alignment pain free pain free athlete posture alignment running technique skiing technique the pain free athlete Jun 10, 2014

 

As I neared the top of the initial 1.5 mile climb on the Caldera 10 km run course, I found the aid station. I slowed to take a cup of Gatorade. And that's when she passed me. Oh Crap! I had no idea another woman was so close! But I had to hydrate. The next section of the run consisted of...

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Improve Core Stability and Posture with Diaphragm Training breath breath holding breathe well breathing and posture breathing exercises breathing mechanics dysfunctional breathing May 29, 2014

The diaphragm has a dual role in the body: respiration and posture. When these actions occur simultaneously, we improve our core stability. This is particularly evident in the lumbar spine. My last blog, My Low Back Hurts Because I Can’t Breathe, described the diaphragm’s role in...

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My Low Back Hurts Because I Can't Breathe! breath breath holding breath well breathing and posture breathing mechanics posture posture and breathing May 20, 2014

Did you know that respiration (breathing) and back pain are intimately linked? News to me! A 2006 study found that "the presence of respiratory disease is a stronger predictor for lower back pain than other established risk factors." And "clinical observation supports the notion that patients...

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Pain Free Backpacking exercises pain free pain free athlete posture exercises the pain free athlete Apr 30, 2014

It has been over a decade since I've been backpacking due to injury and fear of pain. I am happy to say that my husband and I went out for a successful night last weekend to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Backpacking can be added to my list of can do activities, Yeah!

Although my body...

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How Fit Are You? fitness pain free athlete posture posture alignment posture fitness class the pain free athlete Apr 17, 2014

Can you...

Complete 50 abdominal crunches in one minute?

Squat 2 times your body weight?

 After reading those two sentences, are you feeling unfit right now? Well, I am! These, however, are just a few of the assessments that some people  commonly use to determine fitness level. If you...

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