Archive for October 2011

A thought about aging

October 16, 2011

Many people think that because another page has passed on the calendar that they necessarily must feel worse, move more slowly, have more pain, possess less energy.

That, my friends, is a lie. And it’s a lie that is perpetrated by people who make BIG money off you believing it. I don’t care how old you are, you can feel better, your body can work better next year than it works right now. That’s a fact.

Remember this: aging is less about the passage of time and far more about habits consistently applied.

Then ask yourself this very important question: Are your habits taking you where you want to go?

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I’m giving a free workshop Monday night

October 15, 2011

If you’re in the Austin area and have someone who would like more information about Egoscue, I’m doing a free workshop at the Lakeline Wellness Clinic on Monday, 10/17 at 7pm. They are right next door to People’s Pharmacy at the corner of 620 and 183. If you or someone you know would like to attend, call 512-219-8600 and get your name on the list, space actually IS limited and if you just show up there might not be room.

here’s their web site:

If you’re not familiar with these folks, I encourage you to check them out. They do great work and are a tremendous resource for this community. My wife and I have both utilized their services and we’ve referred clients to them who have all had great experiences. If you have any health issues you’d like to see improve, these are great people to talk to.

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Running is bad for your knees, right? Wrong!

October 12, 2011

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard someone say “well, I’ve got bad knees, I ran for years so you know they had all that pounding.”

Pete Egoscue has maintained for years that exercise does not damage properly positioned joints, but instead actually strengthens them. Now a study out of Stanford University says that Pete was exactly right:

Several studies have found that a lifetime of running—a perfect test for the “wear and tear” theory of osteoarthritis—doesn’t increase risk for the condition. In the most recent, published in 2008, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine began tracking the health of 45 long-distance runners (average age: 58) in 1984. Nearly 20 years later, X-rays showed their joints were unaffected. “We can find no evidence whatsoever that there’s an increase in knee destruction in people who run for thousands and thousands of miles,” says study co-author James Fries, professor emeritus of immunology and rheumatology.

Folks, the body is designed for movement. If your knees hurt when you run (or play tennis or bike or garden) it’s not because the activity in which you’re engaging is intrinsically destructive to your knees. It’s because your knees are out of position! I heard Pete say “I have never seen osteoarthritis in a properly positioned, normally used joint” and I concur. When I see someone with an arthritic knee or hip, I’m also seeing a mispositioned knee or hip. EVERY time. I’ve never once had someone come to me with osteoarthritis in a knee or hip or a portion of their spine, then look at them and think “dang, their posture is great, I wonder why that’s happening.” Every time the answer is obvious, the affected joint is in a significantly compromised position.

If your body is posturally balanced, running will strengthen your joints, nourish your cartilage, increase bone density, along with a lot of other wonderful benefits. And if your body is out of postural balance, running will contribute to grinding your knees to dust. But the problem is not the run, it’s the posture you bring to the run. If you want to be able to keep doing what you love to do without grinding up your joints, give us a call and we’ll tell you how to get started.

meanwhile if you’d like to read the article that references the study above, here you go:

Now get out and get moving!

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Egoscue and Sciatic Pain

October 4, 2011

Hey folks, I apologize for the lack of new content lately. It’s been a hectic few weeks and I’m going to have an exciting new announcement to share here shortly.

But in the meantime, check out this great post from last year over at our Portland Clinic’s blog:

We see people every day in our clinics with nerve referral pain down their arms or their legs. The article above does a great job of explaining why this happens and what to do if it’s happening to you. If you’re suffering from nerve pain down one of your extremities, you don’t have to settle for that kind of experience. Read the post above and find out why it’s happening and how to make things better.

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