Physical Therapy

How to Fix Neck Pain : A Guide for Fitness Enthusiasts

How to Fix Neck Pain : A Guide for Fitness Enthusiasts

Neck pain might be common, but there are a few things that we can keep in mind while we train that might reduce your risk of struggling with neck pain in the future.

With that in mind, here are a few of the exact recommendations that I give to my patients who struggle with frequent bouts of neck pain while or after training:

7 Myths About CrossFit That are Flat Out Wrong

7 Myths About CrossFit That are Flat Out Wrong

For far too long I've heard people misrepresent CrossFit as a jocks-only club for crazy people that just throw around kettlebells, do muscle-ups, and half-assed versions of olympic lifting. I've had well-respected colleagues scoff at it as a patient(injury)-generating machine, and have had patients assume they'd never be able to do anything "as intense" as CrossFit. 

Honestly...I even had some of these misconceptions myself. 

But since when did it become OK to have literally zero experience with something and be so against it? My mom used to always tell me "try it, you'll like it". That was usually in reference to green vegetables, but the wisdom is still rooted in there:

Don't trash something you don't have any experience with

How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much?

Because if we want to have strong, resilient, versatile bodies--bodies that can still do pull-ups at 70 years old, that can pick up and throw our kids in the air without pain well into our 40's and 50's, that can run a sub-7 mile for years on end, that can compete with the best of other CrossFit athletes...

then we have to start with self-awareness and knowing where our current capacities are at...so we can make them better!

The Best Strategy for Foam Rolling your IT Band

The Best Strategy for Foam Rolling your IT Band

A better strategy for foam rolling your IT Band?

Don't do it. Just stop.

But enough of that negative talk - let's get on to HOW you might be able to address IT Band problems better with a foam roll and WHY smashing your IT Band directly isn't a good idea.

Your Imaging Should Not Define Your Future

Your Imaging Should Not Define Your Future

"I have an osteophyte," she said, on the verge of tears.

"The doctor told me I have an osteophyte right in the lumbar spine...I'll probably need injections at least, and maybe even surgery."

This patient had been making excellent progress so far. Her back pain had been progressively diminishing over our past few sessions, and she had been noticing significant gains in her ability to do things like lunge down to the ground to play with her pet and walk outside on the local trail. And then she came in after a follow up physician visit to share with me the news of an uninvited, terrifying osteophyte which was now attacking her body.

But here's the thing.

5 Ways to Decrease Pain Without Going to the Pharmacy

5 Ways to Decrease Pain Without Going to the Pharmacy

Pain relief doesn't have to come in the shape of a pill. In fact, prescription medications are out of control. Opioids alone account for over 600,000 prescriptions dispensed PER DAY, even though 78 people die from opioid overdose in that same time frame. I don't bring this up to be gloomy, I just really feel strongly that medications shouldn't always be relied upon as a front-line defense for controlling pain.

Finding Your Why: The Best Hack for Getting Serious Results

Finding Your Why: The Best Hack for Getting Serious Results

Have you ever set a goal to get healthier, and then found yourself 2 years older with no progress made?

What about your motivation - do you have enough driving you to reach that goal?

have you ever really spent time figuring out WHY you're trying to get healthier? it's not as difficult or as time-consuming as you may think, and if you do, it might very well change your life ...