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TED talks
Amy Cuddy:  Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Emotional states shape our body postures.  Long-held postures can cause physical dysfunction and pain. 
"Fake it until you become it." -- Amy Cuddy

Please watch this video. It will change your life.

The Best Core Exercises: Core workouts should target more than just the abdominal muscles

By Elizabeth Quinn

"The best core exercises may surprise you...To build a strong core you need to exercise a variety of muscles from your hips to your shoulders... The abs have very limited and specific action, and what experts refer to as the "core" actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis, and run the entire length of the torso... they stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle and create a solid base of support.

the best core exercises!

Posture And Body Balance

The lower brainstem controls posture and balance.  Imbalance in the tonicity of the cervical musculature can misalign the cervical vertebrae, and stress in the upper neck causes the muscles along each side of the spine to pull unevenly and shift the entire body off center.  Check out this informative interactive graphic to understand why therapeutic massage is important, and can help you live a happier, healthier life.

want to see the cool interactive graphic? click here!

Flat Feet – Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

by Dr. Steven Gangemi

"Flat feet, also known as fallen arches are often viewed as problematic simply because they look abnormal – the main arch of the foot... has collapsed. Though flat feet are by no means normal, they are often the result of some other underlying condition or weakness rather than a problem with the actual arch itself that has collapsed. Conventional treatment involving foot support either via supportive footwear, orthotics, or some other bracing system is usually more disadvantageous than beneficial and surgery is rarely the answer."

Massage's Mystery Mechanism Unmasked

"Massage's healing touch may have more to do with DNA than with good hands. A new study has revealed for the first time how kneading eases sore muscles—by turning off genes associated with inflammation and turning on genes that help muscles heal."

How massage aids muscle healing:

Works like anti-inflammatory pills

CBC News Health

"Athletes have long sought massages to relieve pain and promote recovery. Despite reports that long-term massage therapy reduces chronic pain such as back pain, the biological effects of massage on muscles weren't knownNow scientists... have found evidence at the cellular level that massage blunts muscle pain in a similar way to anti-inflammatory pills."

How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How You Can Counteract It

by Thorin Klosowski

How many hours of the day are YOU sitting?

The Iliopsoas: Tightness or Weakness?

by Jon-Erik Kawamoto, CSCS, CEP

"...Commonly, runners develop weakness in this muscle.  Unless you're sprinting, the iliopsoas isn't really worked at slower paced running - the other hip flexors (rectus femoris (part of the quadriceps), sartorius and tensor fasciae latae, which are superficial) tend to take over - because the hip angle does not reach greater than 90 degrees, which is where the iliopsoas activates more in relation to the more superficial hip flexors.  Since middle-long distance running takes place below a hip angle of 90 degrees, the deep hip flexor can weaken over time."
Minding your Mitochondria -- TEDxIowaCity
by Dr. Terry Wahls

"...Yes, it will cost more to eat these beautiful vegetables and berries, but i assure you you are going to pay the price.  you will pay the price now for food that restores your health and vitality, or you pay the price for doctor's visits, prescription drugs, surgeries, missed time from work, early retirement, and nursing home care.  The choice is yours."

YouTube Video: "Minding your Mitochondria," by Dr Terry Wahls

Discover which foods and chemical additives cause arthritis inflammation, gout and fibromyalgia pain

by JB Bardot

"Certain foods and chemical additives disguised as food can aggravate or cause muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia.  Avoiding these foods can pave the way for reduced inflammation, stiffness, and pain--setting the stage for ongoing relief, with increased mobility and a better mental attitude."

Pain in the back?  Check the big toe!
 by Jesse Awenus B.A , MSc.PT

"...Low back pain (LBP) is an epidemic. We all know the stat that 80% of us will have back pain at some point in our life…I know I have! The problem then becomes an issue of treatment...  a restriction at the big toe can ultimately lead to back pain…just something else to think about."

Jesse Awenus Blog 'Pain in the back?'
Short Foot Posture
by Patrick Ward, MS CSCS LMT

The arch of your foot is the shock absorber for your spine and your entire body.  Learn how to retrain the intrinsic musculature of the foot, to move out of a flat foot position. 
"...The short foot posture offers a variety of benefits at the foot such as:

* Increased proprioception of the bottom of the foot

* Enhanced joint alignment up the chain at other joints

* Improved stability of the body

* Increased strength of the foot for better locomotion"

The Bike Body:

Working With Cyclists

By Erik Dalton, PhD

"...When muscle imbalances, faulty movement patterns and joint fixations distort the body’s bony framework, the cyclist is led on a never-ending journey searching for that perfect bike fit...  Without hands-on maintenance and functional fine-tuning, cyclists often unknowingly reinforce dysfunctional movement patterns ingrained from long-forgotten micro- or macro-traumatic injuries..."

Addiction, Recovery, and Yoga
What an amazing documentary!  Addiction does not have to refer to drugs or alcohol, though often it does.  One can also unfortunately find one's self addicted to certain unhealthy habits or thought patterns.  Yoga is one path to finding a happier existence.  Please watch one or several of the clips on the documentary's homepage.

Stilettos… A Pain In The???

By Erik Dalton, PhD

"...the human foot was not designed to walk in stilettos… or cowboy boots for that matter. The foot is specifically constructed to land in a heel to toe ‘rolling’ motion whereby the arch, ankle, and knee absorb shock (stored energy) and release the ground reaction force up the kinetic chain to counter-rotate the torso and pelvis..."

The Use of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate for Knee Arthritis

By Mike Reinold

"...Considering the vast amount of people suffering from knee arthritis and the increasing cost of medical care for these patients, the use of any type of supplement to reduce symptoms is welcome."

IT-Band Friction Fallacy?

by Erik Dalton, PhD

"It’s really irritating when scientific evidence makes a fool out of conventional wisdom…  The iliotibial tract is a massive structure made of a substance with greater tensile strength than steel cable. It simply cannot be significantly elongated by rubbing, elbowing or stretching it..."

Low Back, Piriformis SI Joint Pain

by Erik Dalton, PhD

"...pelvic imbalances are a major contributing factor in all low back [pain] and piriformis dysfunctions..."


Yoga for Chronic Pain
by Kelly McGonigal

"By ... understanding chronic pain as a mind-body experience and then using yoga’s toolbox of healing practices—including breathing exercises and restorative poses—you can find true relief from pain and begin to reclaim your life."

Simplifying Scoliosis
by Erik Dalton, PhD

...In the real world, most people have less than ideal posture and therefore present with some sort of functional scoliotic asymmetry due to such things as pelvic and cranial imbalances or leg length discrepancies..."

Muscles attach to bones and muscular imbalance can lead to skeletal misalignment, pain, and dysfunction throughout the human body.  Learn how each vertebra is connected to specific areas, organs and functions of your body, as well as how vertebral misalignment may cause health challenges if not corrected.

Aging Well Through Exercise

By Gretchen Reynolds

"...Exercise, the thinking goes, and you might be able to rewrite the future for your muscles...people don't have to lose muscle mass and function as they grow older.  The changes that we've assumed were due to aging and therefore were unstoppable seem actually to be caused by inactivity.  And that can be changed..."

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