How to Even out the Imbalances in Your Body

By |October 30th, 2019|leg length discrepancy, muscle memory, muscle tension, pain & pain relief, posture, scoliosis|

How to Even out the Imbalances in Your Body I get questions every day from students wanting to know exactly which exercises to do and for how long in order to relieve their particular pain or postural issue. While I know we all love a prescription—myself included—because it gives us confidence that we're doing the [...]

How to Prevent and Alleviate Spinal Degeneration

By |July 24th, 2019|aging, back pain, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, posture, sciatica, scoliosis, specific conditions|

How to Prevent and Alleviate Spinal Degeneration Spinal degeneration refers to any breakdown or structural change in our spinal discs and vertebrae. The degeneration is virtually always the result of our chronic muscle tension, posture, and how we move and use our body on a regular basis. Spinal degeneration can occur at any age, [...]

The Cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis: Involuntary Muscle Contraction

By |June 10th, 2019|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, posture, scoliosis, specific conditions|

The Cause of Idiopathic Scoliosis: Involuntary Muscle Contraction Scoliosis is regarded as mysterious and incurable by many people in the medical community. While some cases are caused by congenital structural abnormalities or neurological or muscular diseases, the vast majority—around 85%—are of unknown cause. The fact is, the bones in our body do not move [...]

Fix Forward Head Posture with Pandiculation

By |May 5th, 2019|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, forward head posture, headache, posture, specific conditions, temporomandibular joint disorders|

Fix Forward Head Posture with Pandiculation Forward head posture is becoming an epidemic due to constant use of smartphones and computers. When we look downward over and over, the muscles in the front of our neck, our chest, and our abdomen become chronically contracted—and they keep us stuck in forward head posture all the [...]

10 Shocking Ways That Your Posture Affects Your Health

By |March 8th, 2019|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

10 Shocking Ways That Your Posture Affects Your Health Our posture—the way we sit and stand—is rarely genetic or out of our control. It's simply the result of chronic muscle tension pulling our skeleton out of alignment. This muscle tension builds up over time as a result of our daily movement habits and our [...]

Core Strength: How to get optimal strength, stability and flexibility in your core

By |July 11th, 2018|athletic training, Clinical Somatic Education, core strength, posture|

How to get optimal strength, stability, and flexibility in your coreWhat does core strength really mean, and why is it so important?The most common misconception about core strength is that it means simply having strong abdominals—like the enviable washboard stomach achieved by developing your rectus abdominis muscle.In truth, optimal core strength means having balanced flexibility, [...]

How Personality Affects Posture

By |May 1st, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

How Personality Affects Posture We like to blame our posture on our genetics, on job stress, or on long hours spent at the computer-but did you know that our posture can be largely determined by our personality? Our posture, facial expressions, and movement communicate the way we feel inside, whether we like it or not. [...]

The Flexor Reflex and One-Sided Pain

By |January 26th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

The Flexor Reflex and One-Sided Pain The Flexor Reflex and Injury Recovery Imagine that you've slipped on your icy front steps and sprained your ankle. On top of the fact that you don't have an exciting mountain climbing story to tell, you have to wear an ankle brace and use crutches for at least a [...]

How the Withdrawal Response Leads to Rounded Posture

By |January 24th, 2016|Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

How the Withdrawal Response Leads to Rounded Posture What is the Withdrawal Response? You're walking down the street and hear gunshots behind you. Within just fourteen milliseconds, your jaw muscles begin to contract. At twenty-five milliseconds, your upper trapezius muscles contract, raising your shoulders and bringing your head forward. At thirty-four milliseconds, the muscles of [...]

How the Action Response Leads to Back Pain

By |January 22nd, 2016|back pain, Clinical Somatic Education, posture|

How the Action Response Leads to Back Pain How and Why We Develop the Natural Curves in Our Spine In the first few months of life we are entirely helpless, unable to crawl or even sit up by ourselves. We have spent nine months curled up in the fetal position and have yet to gain [...]