Archive for April 2011

Use this tool to eliminate your low back pain

April 29, 2011

Clients in our Austin clinic know that we’re huge fans of the various ecises that use the wood Egoscue tower.


The exercises that use it are deceptively powerful. Many people, including a lot of people in the health and fitness industry, still don’t understand how something this seemingly passive can trigger such powerful changes. Those that work with athletes have difficulty comprehending how an athlete can get faster and stronger by spending time laying on their back. The fact is, they can. I’ll share a story on that below.

Our clinic director in Portland, Matt Whitehead, did a great post on the power of the tower so I’m going to link to that here:
If you are already working with us and would like a greater understanding of how the tower works, check it out!

If you are not working with us and are looking for some strategies that can help you finally start feeling as good as you want to feel, then check out that post and then give us a call (512-527-0030) or email us ( and we’ll be happy to help you find the best way for you to get started.

now on to the story I said I’d relay. I was working with a high school football player. He was a big kid, played on the offensive line, and he was really good. He was just entering his sophomore year at one of the strongest local schools and had a chance to play on the varsity. But he had a problem: his low back hurt. A LOT. He couldn’t run or twist without severe pain. His parents brought him in and after evaluating him I helped him understand why he hurt and what needed to change from a postural perspective. I stressed that he didn’t have a “bad back”, he just had a back that was out of position and together we were going to change that. I also told him that until he was out of pain I didn’t want him lifting weights, no strength training of any kind. I’m a fan of strength training, but first we want to get the body functional and aligned, and THEN we strengthen.

He wasn’t happy about not being able to lift weights, he thought he would get a lot weaker but he also realized he needed to get out of pain, so he complied. He did his Egoscue routine every day and his pain immediately began to improve. He was about 50% better after a week, and then after 6 weeks he was completely pain free. The tower you see above and the ecise Matt describes in his post (Supine Groin Progressive) was a key element of his recovery. He asks if he can start lifting weights again and I tell him he’s ready, but I want him to start with very low weight, like half the weight he was lifting before, do more repetitions, and then let’s see how the body responds. He agreed and had one lifting session that went fine, no pain. When he went back to lift the second time a few days later, he found they were having what’s called “Max Day”. For those who don’t know what that means, the team measures how much the athletes can lift in certain specific lifts and then they list the results by position. For your position, you want to be at or close to the top. They asked my client if he’d like to participate and he said yes. Now remember, he hadn’t been lifting at full weight for over 6 weeks at this point. In fact other than the one prior session, he hadn’t lifted any weight at all!

So he goes through the process and emails me that night. Bottom line, he was at least 30% stronger on every lift and passed a lot of underclassmen in the process. He was really excited! He emailed me that night and asked how it was possible that he had gotten stronger when for the last 6 weeks he’d spent most of that time doing these simple exercises laying on his back. Here’s what I explained to him:

Before, his body was so out of postural balance that he couldn’t use all the muscles he was supposed to be able to use. So let’s say he was doing a squat. I’m going to make a number up here but you’ll get the idea. Let’s say his body is supposed to be using 40 different primary muscles to properly execute this movement. Well his body was so dysfunctional and out of position that he was only able to use 22 of the 40. Now that we have him in proper alignment, he’s got access again to all 40. He’s bringing more muscles to the posture party, so from an overall perspective he’s DEFINITELY stronger. Are those 22 muscles he was using before weaker now? They probably are, but that doesn’t matter, right? You can have 1 REALLY strong muscle but you are only as functional strong as your weakest link. And before, his weakest links were really weak because they were in positions where they just couldn’t work effectively. Now his body was working as an integrated unit and the results spoke for themselves.

I’d encourage you to not look at doing the tower ecises as spending time in a passive position, “just laying around”. You are doing your body a huge service by helping it come back to postural balance and helping the body functionally link back up to itself. The tower ecises are powerful, and the athletes who work with us and really get these concepts understand that the tower is huge part of helping them be successful.

So whether your’e an athlete, or a busy executive, or an even busier stay-at-home mom with young children, or a senior citizen who believes age doesn’t matter and you want to still be active, I’m telling you, the tower is your friend. Give us a call and let us help you get the most from it.

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Think fat is the nutritional evil to avoid? Think again.

April 28, 2011

Good article from the LA Times saying what a lot of us have been saying for years now. If you want to get healthier, don’t worry so much about fat. Cut back on your processed carbs. Want to lose weight and inches off your waistline? Stop eating ‘white’ foods like processed breads, rice, pasta, potatoes along with soft drinks and sugary snacks and prepare to be amazed.

Read more here:

“Fat is not the problem,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.”

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Egoscue is going to be on the Golf Channel!

April 27, 2011

Starting next week on 5/2, our very own Brian Bradley (our VP of Therapy Protocol) will be on the Golf Channel along with folks from the Titleist Performance Institute talking about Egoscue and our Patch Fitness program and how the concepts of postural and functional balance relate to the ability to execute a sound golf swing. It’s going to be great stuff and if you’re interested in golf, check it out!

The feature will be under the Golf Academy Live segment and will focus on back pain and performance, and will show some simple ecises people can do to immediately improve the way their body feels and functions on the course. If you have friends who play golf, especially folks you’ve wanted to introduce to Egoscue, tell them about this show, it will be a great way for them to start to understand the power of what you already know!

Here’s a screen shot from their schedule for next week. Click on the image below and you’ll see the days and times the show will air. Set your DVRs!


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Dr Joseph Mercola endorses Egoscue

April 27, 2011

Many of you know about Dr Joseph Mercola. If you don’t, you would be well served to get acquainted with him. He runs the most visited health web site on the Internet. His site is loaded with great content and interesting articles, along with info about the latest research and new tools you can use to improve your health.

He just wrote an article about Bethany Hamilton, the young woman profiled in the movie “Soul Surfer”. Bethany was a world class surfer and lost an arm to a shark attack. She battled back, rehabbed herself and is now competing again at the highest levels. You may have heard of her, but what you may not know is she used Egoscue as a primary tool to help get her body back and keep it in great shape!

There was a great article in the Wall Street Journal that you can read online here:

Now Dr Mercola has written an article about Bethany that you can read here:

And in it, he had this to say about Egoscue:

A Powerful Way to Correct Your Posture and Improve Your Health

It appears that Egoscue has benefited her greatly. I have personally been using it for nearly a year with amazing results on my chronic low back pain, which is now gone. The most powerful exercise involves something they call “the Tower” and is also described in Tim Ferriss’ new book The Four-Hour Body. One simply passively relaxes on the floor at night allowing your pelvis and thoracic spine to relax. Here is a video demonstration of it.

if Egoscue can help a world class surfer keep her body in balance in Bethany’s situation, imagine what it can do for you! If you’d like more information about Egoscue, call us at our Austin clinic at 512-527-0030 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you the advice you need to start getting your body back in balance and ready to rock!

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81 years young, Egoscue helped him get his life back

April 21, 2011

One of our many awesome clients, Hugh is just a terrific guy who has followed the protocol and reaped the results. When he first started with us, he couldn’t walk normally, and was frankly having trouble walking at all. Stairs were impossible and a cane or walker was in his future if he didn’t get things turned around.

Hugh vividly illustrated the point that it’s NOT your age. If you’re having knee or hip pain, it doesn’t matter how old you are! Let’s get to work on improving the POSITION your body is in and then prepare to be amazed at how much better things can get.

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Here’s how to buy personal care products that aren’t toxic

April 20, 2011

Great article from the good folks at Environmental Working Group:
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A beautiful reminder that age doesn’t matter

April 19, 2011

from a motorcycle advertisement from Taiwan.

Beauty and truth can come from anywhere. 3 minutes:

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