The CORE is sexy…but are we missing something?

It doesn’t matter who you are; if you are an Olympic weight lifter, golfer, construction worker, or stay at home parent, you can benefit from exercises that improve mobility and endurance around your spine. The core gets a lot of love in the media. Why? Because it is freakin’ sexy that’s why! While six-pack abs […]

Pain in the brain: What does it mean?

  Buckle up for a nerdy post, Renegades.   We talk ad nauseam about understanding pain. This subject is important to us, because no matter how often we discuss pain science with our patients, there are always a handful of people who say the same thing.   “So you’re saying that the pain I feel […]

A life without pain?

“I would like to make a plea. A plea to stop framing pain as the enemy, a thing to be battled, defeated, beat, eradicated. A thing not to be tolerated, to be vilified and stamped out. Perhaps our emphasis on pain as evil, pain as punishment, pain as suffering is only serving to make pain […]

What the F***?

“What the F***?!” I find myself repeating this phrase over and over in clinic. My patients routinely share laundry lists of beliefs and false information related to back pain. Most of the time these ideas are adopted from the media, friends, and more often than not, medical providers. Most of these adopted beliefs only worsen symptoms […]

SLEEP: The forgotten link to CHRONIC PAIN and a host of other diseases

Let me start off by saying that I love helping people get to the bottom of what is causing their pain, but too often I see people overlook their general health. At some point in my physical therapy evaluation, I will discuss sleep, nutrition, exercise, and self-care strategies when trying to eliminate pain. More often […]

Back Pain? Strengthen Your Brain

Currently reading: Explain Pain by D. Butler, L. Moseley   Picture this: It started as an ache, a small discomfort in your low back after a long day at the office.  No biggie, you think, this will be gone by lunchtime.  But it doesn’t leave.  Two years and five doctor visits later you’re stuck in […]

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