Your Brain Interprets Your Pain

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be available soon.   Neurosciences Professor Dr. Lorimer Moseley says, “Pain is a construct of the brain.”1 Now to be clear, I am not suggesting that the … Read More

Defining the Core

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   What is your core? And how does it relate to your posture? Although we hear a lot about “the core” and have … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Knee Injuries

Find Non-Movement-Based Techniques to Manage Stress

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   Injuries raise your stress level. Looking back at the previous tips (for your healing journey), each of these could be a source … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Grinder MTB

Who’s in Charge of Your Health?

My mother was told she had six months to live. She followed her doctor’s prediction and died within that time period. A client informed me it would take a year to recover from his plantar fasciitis; he didn’t make any … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: We are what we believe

Transforming Your Limiting Beliefs

In my last blog, Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal, I discussed how fear underlies much of our stress and explained how stress sabotages good health. Further, I remarked on how the fear we experience often stems from false, negative … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Fear Cure

Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal

Fear is a risk factor for disease and pain. Fear raises your stress. Stress reduces your ability to heal.   Recall my January blog, Stress Prevents Self-Healing, where I reviewed the book Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D. In her book, … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Foot Orthotics and Joint Pain

Foot Orthotics and Joint Pain

Should I be wearing foot orthotics? Will they help my joint pain?   You may have asked yourself these questions. I did. After my third knee surgery, I pursued orthotics with my orthopedic surgeon. And, although he didn’t seem convinced … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Hamstring Pain with Running, Hiking and XC Skiing

Hamstring Pain with Running, Hiking and XC Skiing

  What movements do running, hiking and classic cross-country skiing have in common? Very simply, the legs move from in front of the body to behind the body in the sagittal plane. The sagittal plane divides the body into left … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Relaxed Stressed

Stress Prevents Self-Healing

Within your body you have a powerful source of self-healing. As proof, think of the many bruises, cuts and blisters you’ve had that your body has repaired. Or the colds, injuries and infections you’ve overcome. This self-repairing biological system has … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Why You Need Body Awareness

Why You Need Body Awareness

Body awareness is the first step towards a pain free body. One of the initial things a client often experiences while working with me is enhanced postural awareness. Prior to our session they rarely thought about how they were holding … Read More

Pain Free Athlete :: Pain is Your Ally In Healing

Pain is Your Ally In Healing

“Pain is part of the body’s defense system, producing a reflexive retraction from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future.”   This is the evolutionary … Read More

The Most Important Question to Ask About Your Pain

You know that kid who is always asking questions to the point of being annoying? What does s/he want to know – WHY? Why this, why that, why, why, why. It can be a difficult question with a complex answer. Adults interacting … Read More