Archive for August 2011

How are YOU feeling today?

August 28, 2011

Our clinic in Florida turned me on to this video. I’ve seen other stuff from Nick, he’s such an inspiration. I really enjoyed this video and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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Are you balanced?

August 23, 2011

here’s a great blog post from our clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Are you balanced? Can you improve your ability to balance and stabilize?

Read here to find out more!

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Here’s my radio interview!

August 16, 2011

For those of you who missed my appearance on “Let’s Get Healthy” and would like to hear it, we’ve just put a recording of it up on our clinic’s web page. You can listen to it here. When you go to the webpage, to the right of the pictures you’ll see a link that says “Radio Interview with Rick Mathes”. FYI, I come on about 2 minutes into the segment.

By the way, the show I was on is called “Let’s Get Healthy” and is hosted by Bill Swail (owner of People’s Pharmacy here in Austin), and Dr Amy Neuzil, a naturopath who is doing terrific work. If you ever want to listen to “Let’s Get Healthy” via the web, you can do so at this link. They consistently have on great guests who are always interesting and informative.

If you listen to the interview, I’d love to hear your comments, let me know what you think!

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I’m on the radio this afternoon!

August 13, 2011

For anyone interested, I’ll be on “Let’s Get Healthy” today, Saturday 8/13, at 5:05 central time, talking about Egoscue.

You can listen in by going to this web site and clicking on the ‘listen live’ button. If you do tune in, let me know what you think!

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Dietary supplements are under attack – again

August 12, 2011

I have HUGE respect for physicians, for the men and women who have undergone unbelievably rigorous training to practice medicine. They care deeply about their patients and truly want the best for them.

But I’m not a big fan of the organizations that oversee them. The American Medical Association has a long history of working to ban alternative/complimentary medicine. That’s not opinion, it’s fact. They are documented to have worked (unsuccessfully) to ban chiropractic, homeopathy and osteopathy. What it looks like to me is that if something is arising as a genuine alternative for consumers of health services and products, where people will have the choice to direct their health care dollars somewhere other than mainstream medicine, the AMA will work to limit those choices. And indeed, they have been successful in a number of arenas. Alternative cancer care is one such example.

Now, the Journal of the American Medical Association is attacking dietary supplements. They have a commentary in their recent issue that is so fundamentally flawed that it would be funny if it didn’t have the potential to again limit our health freedoms. Jon Barron is someone whom I very much respect. His opinions are well reasoned and carefully laid out. He never hesitates to point out where those in the alternative health community are wrong or providing advice or products that are in error or could be potentially harmful. In short, he calls ’em like he sees ’em.

I encourage you to read his latest newsletter to get the scoop on what the JAMA is up to now. You can read that here:

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Why do you hurt?

August 7, 2011

This is a GREAT post from our Nashville clinic director, John Elder. He talks about an interaction with a client, Judy, who developed shoulder pain.

here’s part of their interaction:

We sat in my office for about 30 minutes, asking each other questions. She asked about Egoscue and how we would help her pain. I asked about her condition and why she believed she hurt. The conversation of course went to tennis, and that is when she blamed her activity.

“But, you’ve been playing for 25 years. Why do you think the pain just started six months ago?” I asked.

“Well,” said Judy, “I don’t know. I guess I haven’t thought about it like that. I just know that it has been hurting since January, and I assumed it was due to too much time on the court. But, I’ve been able to play tennis pain free for 25 years up until that point.”

“So, if it’s not tennis’ fault. Why do you believe you hurt?

“Well…I guess I’m not sure.” Judy said.

“What happened in January?” I asked.

“My shoulder started hurting!” Judy said with frustration in her voice.

“No, Judy. What happened? What changed in January. Away from the court. What happened?”

And that’s when it hit her. Judy’s face when expressionless and turned a bit pale in color as if she had just seen a ghost.

Read the rest here.

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How does a pro athlete come back from a nearly tragic spinal injury?

August 5, 2011

Egoscue, of course.

Another post in Deb Preachuk’s excellent series:

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