Archive for October 2008

Beautiful poem

October 30, 2008

Came across this poem, apparently written by a terminally ill young cancer patient. I thought it was beautifully done and a great reminder on what is important.

Enjoy.

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’tlast.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,’Hi’

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting
there.

When you worry and hurry
through your day,
It is like an unopened
gift….Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music

Before the song is over.

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This is great

October 27, 2008

A friend just sent me this, just beautiful. Enjoy!

Rainbow Tree1

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You want to see functional movement?

October 23, 2008

These guys are amazing.

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And now, a word about weightlifting

October 17, 2008

At Egoscue we’re big fans of strength training. We believe first, though, you should restore the postural balance of your frame so you can ensure it takes the work functionally. Here’s a story that illustrates that principle.

A couple years ago I had a new client, a young man who played football at one of the local high schools. He had back pain so bad he could barely run. When he came to me, I did a postural assessment and told him “this will get a lot better but for 2-3 months I don’t want you lifting any weights”. He was bummed, to say the least. But after I explained to him my reasoning, he reluctantly agreed. I told him “Look, I know you want to lift but right now you can’t even stand up without pain.” I had him do a free squat without any weights and it looked horrible, his pelvic girdle was just stuck and one hip stopped releasing into flexion as the other continued so as he lowered his body it didn’t stay centered but listed off to one side. We had work to do.

As our work progressed he did very well and his symptoms quickly improved. After nearly 3 months or so he asked if he could start weightlifting again. I said yes but wanted him to start at half his prior weight, ensure his body was symptomatically handling the demand well, and then gradually ramp back up to his prior weights on his various lifts. Well, at his second week back in the school’s gym they had what is called “Max Day”. That is where the players on the team perform a set variety of lifts and are measured on the maximum amount of weight they can lift. They asked him if he wanted to participate and he said yes. Now remember, he hasn’t lifted at full weight for 3 months and has only been back lifting for less than a week. Here is the email he sent me:

I have some amazing news! This past week has been our “maxing” week and I’ve done amazingly thanks to you and Egoscue. Since the last

time we maxed out, my vertical went up 2.5 inches to 25.5 and I increased 30 lbs. on Clean (to 205), 35 lbs. on bench (to 220), 25 lbs. on incline press (to 180), 15 lbs.

on military press (to 155), and an amazing 75 lb. increase on Squat (to 350!!!). I know for a fact that every single one of these increases can be

attributed to you and Egoscue. It’s the only explanation!! I mean, I’ve been working hard, but my body has never even been close to being

able to get those weights. Now that all my muscles can work together correctly, I’m having much more success! In fact, the junior ahead of me in the

depth chart is now below me in every category!

Thanks for everything! I’m looking forward to our next appt.!

At his next appointment he asked me “how could this happen, I hadn’t been lifting at full weight for months?” The best way I can explain it is this: before, his posture was so compromised that let’s say he could only use 50% of his muscles and their capacity to push the weight in a given lift. Now that he was more functional, he could use 75% of his muscular potential. Was the original 50% weaker from not having lifted at full weight for a few months? Almost certainly. But now he had far more muscle/functional capacity to use when he lifted, so he was FUNCTIONALLY stronger, and that is what counts, right?

So if you are an athlete or just someone who enjoys strength training, if you’ve gotten stuck in your training and can’t break through to that next level, there’s a reasonable chance the problem isn’t because you aren’t training properly or because your diet is off or you’re not getting enough rest. Those things are all VERY important, don’t get me wrong, but you can do all of those things perfectly but if your posture is compromised, there is only so far you can go and your body will not go beyond that point without compensating so severely that you’ll likely develop debilitating symptoms.

The moral of this story is, if you want to improve your performance, restore and maintain your postural balance. It will make EVERYTHING you do more effective, powerful and efficient. That’s true whether you are a 25 year old linebacker playing in the NFL or a 75 year old woman trying to overcome osteoporosis and a degenerative hip.

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Wow!

October 13, 2008

thanks to Kathy Mulherin, our clinic director in Atlanta for passing this along.

Happy Monday everyone! Just thought I’d send out a new perspective for the week.

Kathy

Sometimes it’s the simple things that we observe that reminds us to look at things with a different point of view.

WOW!

Last spring I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding on to a string that was attached to a helium balloon.

All of a sudden, a sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little girl. I braced myself for some screaming and crying.

But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go skyward, she gleefully shouted out, “Wow!

I didn’t realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me something.

Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an unexpected problem. I felt like responding with “Oh no, what should we do?” But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, “Wow, that’s interesting! How can I help you?”

One thing’s for sure – life’s always going to keep us off balance with its unexpected problems. That’s a given. What’s not preordained is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.

No matter what the situation, a fascinated “Wow!” will always beat a frustrated “Oh, no.”

So the next time you experience one of life’s unexpected gusts, remember that little girl and make it a “Wow!” experience. The “Wow!” response always works.

Rob Gilbert – Editor of “Bits & Pieces”

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Choose What is Real

October 8, 2008

We live in interesting times, huh? If you watch the news it is easy to get overwhelmed with grim news. People are worried about their jobs and their finances, and understandably so. During times like these it is easy to feel like life itself is just sucking the energy directly from your body. I don’t have a magic prescription to turn everything into sunshine and lollypops but I do have a piece of fundamental advice that WILL improve the quality of your life:

choose what is real.

What do I mean by that? We in America live in a culture that too often embraces the artificial. Artificial sweeteners, artificial foods, artificial health care, artificial relationships, artificial entertainment. Just take food, for example. If you walk around a grocery store, unless you’re in the produce section odds are that you’re seeing a whole lot of “food” on the shelves that isn’t really food at all. It’s a bunch of pre-packaged, empty, toxic calories that serves to hurt your health instead of sustain it.

Look at the “health care” model. Boy, if there was ever a system that begged for a name change, that is it. The truth is, the mainstream health care system in this country has very little idea how to create true and lasting health. Now if you genuinely need a prescription or you genuinely need to have a broken body part removed, they are the best in the world at it and do a truly amazing job at those tasks. But that is a VERY expensive road to take, both financially and personally.

I had a client in my office a few months ago. He had suffered chronic knee pain for a number of years. He used to run but could no longer do that because of the pain, so then he went to biking, and then when that hurt he went to walking, and now he couldn’t do that without pain. He was in his 40s and, on the surface, a pretty healthy guy. I asked him what he had done to try to resolve his knee pain. He gave me the standard responses. He’d had some XRays, an MRI, some injections, had done some physical therapy, had tried a bunch of prescription medications as well as different supplements, had tried some braces, switched shoes, the whole 9 yards. And at the end of all of that, there he was, his knee still hurting. He had spent countless hours and thousands of dollars over the years and not only didn’t achieve his desired outcome, he got worse. He was told that a knee replacement was in his future.

As we talked he was excited about Egoscue, and the concept of pain being a result of compromised posture made sense to him. He was willing to do the work but he was concerned about the cost.

“Why don’t you guys take insurance?”, he asked me.

Because, I told him, if we took insurance we couldn’t do what we do. We couldn’t serve you properly, we couldn’t take the time to partner with you, to educate you, to treat you like a person and a friend and a partner instead of patient #158A39276. We couldn’t take the time to answer all your questions, to show you in detail WHY your knee hurts, to explain WHY we are doing the exercises we are doing, to be more available to you by email or phone for support between appointments than anyone else you’ve EVER dealt with in your life. For a new client, their first visit with us will typically last a minimum of 90 minutes, sometimes longer if that is required. When we work with someone, we form a team and we spend the time together to work as a team to help that client reach their goals. We support the client in a way I’ve never seen ANY other company do with their clients. It’s one of the things that I love about Egoscue, and it’s one big reason (among many) why our clients get the superior results they get.

I asked him “How much time and money have you already spent on this problem?”

“Thousands of dollars when you add it all up”, he said, “and more time than I can count.”

I continued “And how is that working for you? Are you getting closer to your desired outcome?”

“No”, he replied. “Not at all. I’m getting worse.”

So I asked him “Then let’s put this into context. Yes, I know, our services aren’t cheap. But don’t look at cost, let’s look at value. How valuable would it be to you to find out exactly why you hurt, get educated on what that means, then have someone stand beside you and partner with you to give you the tools and perspective necessary so that YOU can heal this on your own and – this is important – keep yourself well and strong for the rest of your life?”

At that point he wasn’t asking about insurance any longer. It was time to get started. He bought an 8-visit package and got to work and now he’s running again.

Folks, when times get tough it is easy to make decisions based on fear. It is easy to look just at cost and stop seeing value. If something is cheap but it produces the opposite result from what you desired, was it really cheap? If something is “expensive” but it takes you to your desired outcome and way beyond and gives you tools you can use for a lifetime, was it expensive?

Choose what is real. If your family is like ours and you need to use your money wisely, then focus on value. Choose products and services that address the core issue you are trying to address. Stop treating symptom. And with stress levels rising, I can tell you flat out that it is more important than EVER to keep your body functioning at a high level and preserve your body’s ability to perform. If you have pain issues, if your body has problems functioning the way you want it to function, then I encourage you – no, forget that – I URGE you to visit your local Egoscue clinic as soon as you can. You don’t have to make an appointment, you don’t have to commit to spend a penny. Just drop by. Walk in and get a sense of the place. What you’ll find is that it’s a very different experience. All our clinics have slightly different decors and ambiances, but what you’ll find is that instead of it being like most places today where your energy is drained, you’ll find that an Egoscue Clinic is somewhere you can go to get your battery recharged, where you can find people who believe in you and your body’s ability to heal and function, people who want to help empower you to take control over your own health so you’re not dependent upon others to stay pain free and functional. Egoscue Clinics are special places and whether you intend to become a client today or next week or next year, stop by and say hi and introduce yourself. Ask whatever questions you have. You’ll be amazed at how much advice a clinic will freely give with no expectation of anything in return. I say this truly, we are here to help and to serve you in the way that best fits YOUR needs. Whether that is simply answering some questions out of the book or crafting a plan to do in-clinic or online therapy, YOU are in control and our job is to listen to you and offer our expertise and assistance to help you achieve your goals.

But we can’t help you if we don’t know you, so please take this invitation seriously. Come on by, you’ll be glad you did!

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