By Robert Rodriguez Jr. I consider my self to be pretty healthy, and I spend quite a bit of time making sure my fitnesslevel stays high. This includes weekly yoga, strenuous hiking, and weight training. But there’s one thing that’s truly kicked my butt over the years: chronic lower back pain. Due to numerous back injuries, hiking with a heavy backpack, and lack of a clear strategy for eliminating the cause of the pain, I’ve struggled with this problem far longer than I want to remember. While yoga has helped, it’s a tricky balance between doing enough and doing too much, which can lead to injury (as it did with me). I’ve tried other approaches such as chiropractic and stretching, but never with lasting results. Most
By Marc Heller, DC Learn Back Pain Exercises to Relieve Low Back Pain The very first time a yoga teacher told to me to lean forward against a wall to do a modified down dog (wall dog), I was petrified. My lower back, my discs, do not like sustained flexion. The yoga teacher showed me that the goal was to lengthen the spine and keep it in neutral. Once I got over my fear, the modified down dog became a mainstay of my disc exercise routines. I am reminded of this because foundation training uses a "braced spine" position as a way to strengthen and tone the back extensors, in concert with activating the wholeposterior chain. Eric Goodman, the chiropractor / trainer who developed
By Dr. Daniel Kalish The same mentality that brought us chairs and long days in front of computers brought us work out machines and gym memberships. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyles create poor postural and movement patterns and we take these poor patterns into all forms of exercise as we attempt to get fit and make up for all the sitting and inactivity, it’s a vicious cycle we go round and round in. Do you see lions, tigers or bears working out in gyms? It’s a silly question but if you take a moment to think about it wild animals spend most of their time sitting or lying around, not training for hunting, all this interrupted by short bursts of extreme physical
In this talk Dr. Eric Goodman discusses altered human movement patterns that have led to increasing levels of physical degeneration and chronic injury. The effect of modern technology can be seen and felt daily. Recognizing the significant role proper movement plays in in our overall health is the most important step in beginning to remedy the epidemic of chronic pain. This talk will leave listeners inspired as Eric shows us what the return to our fundamental movement pattern looks and feels like and shares extraordinary stories of what can happen when you teach your body to move as it is designed.
By Geoff Lepper - With 2,023 minutes already logged and seven matches remaining, San Jose Earthquakes captain Ramiro Corrales is on pace to play more minutes this year than he has in any MLS season since 1999. Did the 34-year-old, who had to take cortisone shots in preseason to relieve his persistent back pain, find the fountain of youth? No, he just got a really good book recommendation from Quakes assistant coach Mark Watson: “Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain and Move with Confidence,” written by Summerland, Calif., back specialist Dr. Eric Goodman, who has worked with a number of athletes, including those on the US Olympic water polo team. “It’s been helping me a lot,” Corrales told MLSsoccer.com. “[The back pain] was
By Gary McCoy - Have you ever read a book that became a life changer? Usually, its because you took action- did something different with the new knowledge you acquired. It’s rare to find something that awakens your mind- but you can find something that is a tipping point- the final piece of a puzzle you’ve been trying to solve. Thats the way it was for me with Foundation, by Dr. Eric Goodman and Peter Park. Have you ever noticed how ANTERIOR society is? As I type n the keyboard- the innate pull forward is an enemy of overall human movement. So too- are our one sided rotational sport patterns. We often train the anterior- and forget the other haf of the equation-
By: Andrew Daniels For the first time in his life, Lance Armstrong was fat. It was the summer of 2008, and the former cycling superstar was already three years deep into his retirement from professional sports—if you can call crisscrossing the globe to spread cancer awareness and only occasionally finding time to relax “retirement.” Exercise—once a daily staple—was now a luxury. Something to fit in when time allowed. And it showed. He was, in the words of strength and conditioning coach Peter Park, kind of pudgy. That might be hard to believe about a man who amassed seven consecutive Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005, but that’s exactly what Park faced when Armstrong showed up at his Santa Barbara-based gym, Platinum