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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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The Role of Loads and Forces in Chronic Pain and Injury align alignment freedom from pain pain free athlete posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy the pain free athlete Oct 24, 2017

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, available on Amazon 

Katy Bowman, a well-renowned movement biomechanist, has a great discussion about loads in her book, Move Your DNA.1 If you are into this sort of thing, definitely check it out. In her example, she...

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How Did Your Body Get Askew? measure posture posture posture alignment posture analysis posture deviations posture fitness class sitting posture standing posture the pain free athlete working posture Apr 04, 2017

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, available on Amazon.

If you're like most active people, your self-assessment revealed unbalanced posture. Your joints were not all perfectly lined up, and the weight in your feet was not even. It's impossible to know how long your...

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Posture, Presence, and Personal Power measure posture positive psychology posture posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy standing posture working posture Jul 21, 2016

“Our bodies change our minds . . . and our minds change our behavior . . . and our behavior changes our outcomes.”

This was written on one of the slides in Amy Cuddy’s popular TED Talk, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Her point is this: how we express ourselves with our...

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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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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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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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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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Hamstring Pain with Running, Hiking and XC Skiing anterior pelvic tilt anterior pelvis pelvis posture posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy Feb 23, 2015

 

What movements do running, hiking and classic cross-country skiing have in common?

Very simply, the legs move from in front of the body to behind the body in the sagittal plane. The sagittal plane divides the body into left and right sides. You can see this in the image of the dancer to...

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3 Ab Exercises You Should Be Doing! abs breathing and posture core exercises posture alignment posture analysis posture therapy Dec 22, 2014

In my last blog, The Secret Role of Your Abs, I disclosed the vital role your abdominal muscles play in breath and deep core alignment. There, I explained how this part of your body provides the base of your posture. Additionally, I emphasized that if the ribs and pelvis are not stacked,...

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