Category Archives for Fundamentals

On Being Tough

Aging is not easy. My Grandmother used to say, “Getting old ain’t for sissies.” In her later years, she battled osteoarthritis in just about every joint. I know she hurt most of the day,

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Long Days, Short Life

I recently sent an email to my readers about a friend of ours who was diagnosed with a tumor deep in her brain. I’m still processing things. How it affects her, her partner, family, friends. And

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If You Lived on the Moon, You Wouldn’t Have Lower Back Pain

There are a lot of ideas about what causes lower back pain. A joint of out place, muscles that are too tight or too loose, weakness of your or butt muscles, hips too tight, herniated disc, arthritic joints,

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The Body Always Wins

We live in a digital world. Lots of things are on demand. We get what we want when we want it. Think about that for a minute. It effects our mindset. We expect things to happen quickly and if it’s

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Belief is Real Medicine

The # 1 Rule of Recovery and Rebuilding – if you don’t believe you can improve, you won’t. This is because once we fix a certain outcome in our minds, we unconsciously seek evidence to

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Ignoring The Bid

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and right after you finish, the other person starts talking about a different topic? I mean the moment you stop. It’s as if he didn’t hear

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Why Stretch?

Because you feel tight. Or maybe something hurts. Maybe it’s because you think it’s the right thing to do like before a run or a workout. I had a “ah-hah” moment a while ago when

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Why Do We Do The Stuff We Do?

An eternity ago, I fractured my lumbar spine in a failed attempt at dunking a basketball. Yeah, I know. You can save the commentary. Now, you would think, with me being a physical therapist with a long

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Until It’s Gone

Yard work seems so innocent. After all, you only pull a few weeds, maybe mow the lawn and rake leaves or grass clippings. I finished about an hour’s worth of raking leaves and stuffing them into

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Short Cut for a Stronger Core?

Any of us who have or have had lower back pain will do a lot of things to prevent it or fix it. These big inflatable balls are supposed to do just that – help you “strengthen your core”

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