Relieveing Chronic Pain by Treating the Kinetic Chain

By: Lisa Decker As a postural alignment therapist there are many attributes I keep in mind when prescribing corrective exercises. It’s often not as simple as just “strengthening the core” or “strengthening the muscles surrounding a joint”. We must look at the entire kinetic chain holistically when prescribing exercises to restore function and alignment. A…

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Life Practices

Have you ever heard the story of Siddhartha? Siddhartha was a prince. He had all the wealth and privilege in the world and was sheltered from much of the suffering outside of his palace gates. One day, he sneaked away from the palace and found people outside the palace gates suffering from old age, sickness,…

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Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Many of us do everything we can in our lives to not feel dis-ease. Some of this is basic human nature; after all, why would we want to feel pain when we could feel pleasure? But at some point, all the running and ways we attempt to distract ourselves catch up with us. At some…

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Are you “Really” Training your Core?

These days, everybody talks about training and strengthening the core. People hit the gym with high hopes of creating more core strength, but in many cases end up planking and crunching their way into more pain, compensation, and dysfunction. There is nothing wrong with planks or crunches, but I don’t correlate compensation and dysfunction with…

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What is Corrective Exercise

A corrective exercise is pretty much “any” exercise that neutralizes the pelvis and brings the load bearing joints back to their optimal alignment; Therefore, correctives should differ for each individual depending on their unique alignment. Okay, so I know some of you are saying, well what does “that” mean? Let me explain: The human body…

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Fix the Breath & You Will Heal!

Years ago, as an athlete and postural therapist I mistakenly believed that for profound structural changes to be achieved, significant physical stress needed to be placed on the body. When colleagues would say, “Everything starts with the breath” I must admit I didn’t believe that something as simple as breathing could fix structural imbalances. I…

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Lessons Learned from Ultra Distance Running

10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM ULTRA-RUNNING I ran my first 50K ultra trail race in December 2011. Among ultra-distance runners this is a small accomplishment, but among the rest of the human population it’s a seriously daunting goal and amazing achievement. I had just taken up running and never run over 18 miles on a…

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Whose the Expert?

A client came into my office recently that had suffered from severeback pain and sciatica for years. She had back surgery earlier in theyear and had seen multiple professionals including doctors, physicaltherapists, chiropractors, a naturopath and even an energeticmedicine practitioner. Since we began working, the changes she’smade have been profound and she no longer lives…

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