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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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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 movement. ...

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