Archive for February 2008


February 24, 2008

Here’s another testimonial. This one is already up on our main website but I thought I’d post it here, as well.

This one really resonates with me, for a few reasons. One the young man and his family are simply just incredible people and are a delight to work with. They are the kind of folks you just want to help. And Eric typifies a growing trend. We are seeing more and more young athletes of high school age with increasing pain and limitation. Pain is no fun at any age, but when you are a teenager and you can’t run without feeling like your back is going to blow up? And then you go to doctors’ offices and get x-rays and MRIs and no one can tell you why you hurt? Scary stuff. I probably need to write a lengthier post just on this topic, but one of the fundamental trends we are seeing is teams and trainers have their high school athletes doing more strength training and “core” work than ever before, and the product of this trend is that more and more kids are hurting, injury rates are rising, injuries are becoming increasingly severe, and no one seems to know what is going on or why it is happening.

We know. This is not a mystery to us at Egoscue. I know that sounds arrogant, and it is not intended to be, but to us it is as plain as day. Kids are being trained without any attention being paid to their postural and functional ability to properly perform the exercises being prescribed to them. You give a kid abdominal crunches or sit ups, 9 times out of 10 he might be doing a little bit of ab work but what he’s really doing is training his upper back and neck to go into extreme flexion (rounded forward), he’s using his already tight hip flexors to pull him up, and the abs are just along for the ride. We give a kid like this ab work the way we do it and they are amazed. They could do the ‘standard’ crunches all day long but they can’t do 30 of ours without running out of gas.

Or take a kid being asked to do squats. Problem is, he can’t get his spine into the proper position and one hip gets stuck halfway down. Most trainers aren’t trained to detect postural dysfunction, so this goes unnoticed. The kid begins to compensate out of the demand in order to try his best to push the weight with the body he’s got, and he immediately begins to strengthen his dysfunctions. That process continues until the body says “enough, I’m done. No more.” and it locks up. That is precisely what happened to Eric. The answer is to restore the body’s postural balance and thus restore basic function, and THEN show the athlete how to train properly so that the demand serves to strengthen their body in a functional way instead of strengthening their dysfunctions.

So that is the context here. On to the testimonial.

Egoscue saved my life. I was 16 years old and could barely walk. I had always had minor back complaints and pain but nothing debilitating. My Junior of high school came around and I wanted to play football for my high school. During the first week my back just simply went out, there was no big hit or big injury, it just stopped working right. I tried physical therapy, massage therapy, went to surgeons, got every scan imaginable and according to everyone, I was perfectly healthy.

There aren’t really words to describe the anger and pure frustration going to doctors to have them look at you like you’re an idiot and say “there’s nothing wrong with you! Just go home and let it rest.” Well I was sick of resting and not getting any results.

I heard about Egoscue from a friend and decided what the heck I’ve tried everything else, why not? It was the best medical decision of my entire life and probably will be for the rest of my life. It’s hard to explain the joy and feeling of happiness when I left my first appointment. The therapists at Egoscue sat me down and told me to look them in the eyes. They said we KNOW what you’re going through and we ARE going to fix it. I left the office that first day not only with a feeling that someone actually could help me, but with my back feeling amazing!!

The program works, I wouldn’t be spending an hour writing this on a Saturday if it didn’t. The people at Egoscue not only care about fixing the problem but care about YOU! My therapist Rick checks up on me, keeps in touch with my parents, and most importantly genuinely cares about how I am doing. Their goal is to get you in and out as quickly as possible so that you can live your life the way you want to live it. They give you exercises and things to do at home so that you spend time fixing the problem instead of spending time in their office(like every other place I went to) wasting time just to be told “well its looking ok, come back in 2 weeks and I’ll tell you the exact same thing.” The bottom line is, Egoscue empowers you with the ability to not only grow and fix yourself physically but makes you change your attitude and realize that you don’t have to live in pain and don’t have to give up the things you love doing.

I will continue to use Egoscue and promote this program for the rest of my life, not because I’m being paid to say this (which I’m not) but because it actually works. I owe Egoscue so much this is the least I can do. I ended up rehabbing my back at Egoscue for about 3 months and went from not being able to walk, to being able to run and play football. I was finally ready to play my senior year. My team ended up going all the way to the state championship and I made memories that will last me a life time. Without Egoscue I would have had to give up and admit defeat and would have had to watch from the stands. This program is amazing not only because of the results you get, but because of the people that help you achieve those results.

Thank you Egoscue

Eric G

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February 24, 2008

I was at another website downloading some software and on their page they had a cool feature called a BuddyMap. There’s a company that utilizes Google Map technology to essentially create a 21st century version of the Guest Book. Pretty simple stuff, actually, you add yourself to the map and then we all get to see where the community of people who read this blog live. I know we have a bunch of people in Texas who read it, but I’ve also heard from people in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as many other states in the US. So if you’re a regular here, I invite you to add yourself to our new BuddyMap. The link is on the sidebar to the right, at the bottom.

If you want to check out the functionality, you can learn more at

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A terrific video I found inspiring

February 23, 2008

We in the USA are obviously in the middle of a highly politicized season, with candidates campaigning to be our next President. I have, and have had, very strong views on where our country is and where it is going and I do not feel that this blog is the appropriate place to discuss those views. It’s not what this is about.

But a friend emailed me this video and I loved it for several reasons. It’s an interview with a young black man outside the California Democratic debate between Hillary and Obama. Judging from the tone the interviewer used, he thought he was going to be able to take an Obama supporter and reveal him to be a shallow cheerleader without substantive policy perspectives to form and fashion his political support. But he was in for a surprise. The young man he interviewed showed a depth and breadth of knowledge that was impressive, indeed.

One of the things I found inspiring about this was that so many people bang on the younger generations of this country, calling them under-educated and under-informed and disengaged. From the folks of this generation I’ve met and worked with, I don’t believe that to be the case and the young man in this video is a terrific example of that. Regardless of your candidate of choice, you have to be impressed with his ability to define the substantive reasons for why he supports Obama. And it’s fun to listen to the interviewer absolutely getting owned here. He thought he was going to get a quick strike and some easy footage. Um, not so much.

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Triathlete’s testimonial

February 22, 2008

I’m going to start posting more testimonials to the blog so people can get a feel for the diverse types of issues that people have successfully addressed by using Egoscue technology to restore their postural balance. Please understand something, when I post these testimonials, some of them are going to give props and praise to the therapist with whom the client worked. That’s very nice of the client to do that, but this is NOT about the therapist and I’m not posting the testimonial to show how great our clinic or another clinic in the Egoscue system is. The point is to show you what YOUR body is capable of doing using these principles. It’s not about the clinic, it’s not about the therapist, it’s not about Pete, it’s about the client. THEY did the work, they understood these principles and diligently applied them for their own benefit. I’m so proud of folks like Mike, below. And I thrill for them every time I read one of these testimonials. The human body is capable of some truly cool stuff, if you just give it the right input.

One quick mini testimonial before I stop yapping at ya. I had a new client in today. Great lady, 74 years old. Has had foot pain for years. Egoscue makes sense to her but her biggest concern was that, at 74, might she be too old to respond positively? I assured her I thought age had nothing to do with it, that I’ve seen clients much older than her have great outcomes, and since we can’t control her age, how about we focus on what we can control, the stimulus she provides her musculoskeletal system. Long story somewhat shorter, she did about 30 minutes of ecises, got up, walked around and looked at me in amazement and said “I really DO feel better. Maybe there’s hope for me after all!”

I freaking LOVE those moments. It’s why I do what I do. She just shattered one of her limiting beliefs, that age defined her functional capabilities. Now if she follows through and does the work, she’ll be more active at 75 than she is at 74. And that’s a very cool thing.

So anyway, enough about testimonials. And on to one…

Due to my wife’s success in dealing with back and hip pain, I decided
to visit the Egosque clinic in Austin, TX to address a knee issue. I have
been a runner for 31 years and a triathlete for 16 years. In January, 2007
I took a step on the golf course and my knee suddenly popped.
Unfortunately, It also swelled and became very stiff. After visiting an
orthopedic and having an MRI performed I was told I had a small tear in my
medial meniscus. It could be surgically repaired, which would make a 3rd
arthroscopic surgery on that knee, or I could stop running and live with it.
Over the next 3 weeks my knee gave out 2 more times. Each time it swelled,
making walking very difficult and running absolutely out of the question.

When, on my first visit Rick mentioned that he believed I would be running
again in 3 months I got motivated. I was very diligent at doing my ecises,
and, over the next 10 days, I felt better and better With improved
alignment my knee did not give out one time. The swelling went completely
away. I slowly worked some running back into my routine of exercise. Now I
am pain free with the very best posture of my life.

Thanks Rick.

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some sage golf advice

February 16, 2008

my wife Theresa forwarded this to me, I thought it was pretty funny and incredibly accurate.

Some Very Useful Golf Tips

Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it.

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one
more club or two more balls.

If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead
of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank
a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there..

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about
the golf swing.

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.

The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the
one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of
your many other errors.

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot.

A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck.

It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt . For a 10.

Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like
expecting him to make fun of his own haircut.

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts

It’s not a gimme if you’re still away.

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight
line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.

You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of
the time.

If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the
beginning of the next group of three.

When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at
exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever
want to see it again.

Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple
bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.

If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay
up just short of a water hazard.

To calculate the speed of a player’s downswing, multiply the speed of his
back-swing by his handicap; I.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph.

There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top
and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which
one is wearing the glove.

Hazards attract; fairways repel.

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in
the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint

It’s easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having
to pray a lot.

If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life.

Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen. And you
need to buy fresh ones each week.

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven,
he probably shot an eight (or worse).

It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain
surgeon. On the other hand, you don’t get to ride around on a cart, drink
beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing brain surgery!

Great testimonial

February 16, 2008

here’s a very cool testimonial from a client who worked with our clinic in Portland, Oregon.

I’m a Life Balance Member that tried the Egoscue Portland training program for the last six months and am extremely pleased. As a competitive race walker for the past 22 years, I was a little skeptical that they could improve my performance much, but when training for the Olympic Trials, every little bit helps. I’m embarrassed to say that I now spend a lot of time looking at myself in the mirror thinking, “Wow, is that really me???” I’ve toned areas of my body that I’ve never been able to get fit. My posture is so much better, I actually measure a ½ inch taller. I’m recruiting muscles that are more powerful and efficient than the ones I had patterned before. People keep commenting that I look so much smoother than in the past. Best of all, I’m saving big bucks on massage therapy because I haven’t experienced any overuse injuries, despite the fact that I’ve doubled my mileage over last year. On top of the new physical strength and efficiencies, the greatest impact has been the mental toughness I’ve gained as a side benefit from watching my body progress right before my eyes. At 44 years of age, I’m as strong and fit as I was when I competed in gymnastics as a teenager. I recommend the Egoscue program to athletes of all ages and levels, as well as to those who simply want to get fit.

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Expenditures Rising For Back And Neck Problems, But Health Outcomes Do Not Appear To Be Improving

February 14, 2008

New article in Science Daily telling us Egoscue folks what we already know. There are a lot of people hurting out there, but the traditional methods used to ‘treat’ these kinds of pain are ineffective. I very rarely get a new client who makes us the first stop on their journey. Indeed, my journey took a similar path. After my car accident, I was in physical therapy 6 days a week for well over a year. I wracked up tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills, and all that “therapy” did little to improve my health and function and reduce my pain. Once I found Egoscue, everything changed. Instead of needing a massage a week just to stay out of severe spasm, I now get one or two a year, usually for relaxation and detoxification purposes. When I started with Egoscue, I was seeing a chiropractor 2-3 times a week. After my first Egoscue appointment, I cut that back to once a month.

The problem is, all these “treatments” referenced in the article are merely treating symptom. They aren’t even attempting to address the core reason why people hurt. So it’s no surprise that the results are marginal at best.

Here’s the message: if you have pain, I understand the desire to treat symptom. Pain is, well, pain and it’s something most of us would like to eliminate as quickly as possible. But realize that pain isn’t the problem, it’s a message about the problem. Listen and respond intelligently. Fix root cause and the pain will go away and stay away and you’ll be able to return to doing the things you love to do.

Expenditures Rising For Back And Neck Problems, But Health Outcomes Do Not Appear To Be Improving:

Expenditures Rising For Back And Neck Problems, But Health Outcomes Do Not Appear To Be Improving
ScienceDaily (Feb. 12, 2008) — Although expenses related to back and neck problems have increased substantially in the last decade, outcomes such as functional disability and work limitations do not appear to be improving, according to a new study.

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