Posted tagged ‘Egoscue’

An easy, powerful way to be happier

January 30, 2014

I read an interesting book a month or two ago, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. He dives into the concepts and research findings from the field of positive psychology. The data is fascinating as it strongly suggests that we can systematically engage in certain behaviors that increase our inner well being, as well as behaviors that tear it down. I think most of us would intuitively understand this to be true, but now we have research that not only confirms it, but gives guidance as to what some of those behaviors actually are!

So let me ask you a few questions. Would you like to be happier? Would you like to feel a deeper sense of inner well being? Would you like to experience less stress? And what if I told you that you could accomplish ALL those things in 5 minutes a day, and not even spending 5 consecutive minutes at one time? 2-3 minutes in the morning, 2-3 minutes in the evening before bed. Interested?  I was.

One of the things the research shows is that maintaining a gratitude journal and writing some very specific things in it every day can lead to profoundly positive internal shifts. In my life I’ve made various attempts at maintaining a gratitude journal, but they all petered out for one reason or another. And then I heard a podcast from one of the creators of The Five Minute Journal. It sounded intriguing so I checked it out. I was so impressed that I purchased it and I will tell you flat out, I think this thing is REALLY powerful.

I could take the time to go into why, but I’d rather let you just discover it for yourself.  Go to and check it out. This is a POWERFUL tool I recommend to everyone. If you decide to purchase it, use the coupon code “bulletproof” (I’ll explain more in a subsequent post where that comes from) to get a modest discount. It’s not an expensive item by any stretch. With the coupon code I think I paid about $26 including shipping.

We know very clearly that our inner emotional state has a profound impact on how our bodies feel and function. In fact if you ask Pete Egoscue for his definition of health, one answer I’ve heard him give of late is “Health is peace of mind”. This journal is a fantastic tool to help you cultivate such peace.  

And a request: if you get one, share comments below about what you’ve experienced as you began using it.

Your posture effects your brain function!

May 14, 2012

I came across this quote, from Dr Roger Sperry, who won the 1980 Nobel Prize for research into brain function:

“Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating to the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”

Think maybe working on your posture has benefits that go beyond simply getting out of pain?

Or put differently, using the tower DOES make you smarter!

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Heal Arthritis, Naturally!

December 21, 2011

My radio show tomorrow is going to be about something that afflicts millions of Americans: arthritis. If you want to find out how to heal arthritis naturally, don’t miss this episode. I’m going to have a special guest who will be discussing with me strategies for combining nutritional and supplement approaches with Egoscue to get superior results that allopathic medicine simply can’t match.

If you or someone you know has arthritis, give us a listen:

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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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A great resource for our clients

July 29, 2011

When Pete Egoscue was on the radio here in Austin last weekend, on one of the shows there were two hosts: Bill Swail, the owner of People’s Pharmacy, and Dr Amy Neuzil, a naturopath here in Austin. I was already familiar with Bill and People’s Pharmacy, we refer clients to their stores all the time. But I wasn’t familiar with Dr Neuzil. So I visited her web site and did some online poking around and wow, what a great resource for the folks here in Austin! Like us, she has an approach of allowing the client to be the expert and to drive the process, to use their innate wisdom and physical and mental resources to really direct the healing process. And then she and I spoke on the phone this week and I was even more impressed. I look forward to our clinic partnering with hers so that we can help more people in Austin than ever before reclaim their health and wellness and a life free of pain and limitation.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr Neuzil, you can read more about her here at her web site.

and here’s a post she just put up on her blog discussing Egoscue. Thanks for telling people about us, Dr Neuzil!

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This is why we do what we do

June 25, 2011

A client who works with John Elder from our Nashville clinic posted an awesome video testimonial. This is a young woman who had major scoliosis, had surgery when she was younger to fuse a huge portion of her spine and put a metal rod into her back, and then predictably developed a lot of other musculoskeletal symptoms later in life. She utilized Egoscue and worked with John and, well, you can hear and see the results below. Just beautiful.

If you have scoliosis and want to avoid surgery, or have had surgery and want to help your body be the best it can be, I know of no better tool than Egoscue.

Enjoy, and congratulations Tara!

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