Articles on Pain, Posture, Rolfing, and Musculoskeletal Health

Healthy Hips Workshop

Healthy Hips Workshop at Upright Health in Redwood City, CA.This two day workshop covers the fundamental ideas around training people out of hip pain including:general philosophy and research oriented approach to hip problems from a non-medical, movement-oriented perspectivecutting edge research on femoroacetabular impingement, hip osteoarthritis, and labral tears and their importance in the context of […]

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Can you trust an MRI for back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common complaints in the modern world. It’s irritating. It’s debilitating. I know from personal experience. But with hindsight, I am grateful I never got an MRI for back pain. In this article, I’ll explain why an MRI for back pain may not be worth your time, money, or […]

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What are the best tests for shoulder impingement?

If you’re suffering with shoulder pain or you’re somebody who helps others with shoulder pain, you may have encountered a battery of tests to help you figure out what’s causing the shoulder pain. In the medical world, there’s a diagnosis called “shoulder impingement” or subacromial impingement that you can test for. There are at least […]

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Are wide pushups bad for you?

If you’ve ever gotten bored of doing regular pushups, you may have started thinking about doing wide pushups (AKA wide grip pushups) to hit more of your chest muscles. Whenever someone starts experimenting with wide pushups, there’s a high risk of two things:  you feel shoulder pain you don’t feel shoulder pain but someone tells […]

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How to reframe your pain

What is pain? Pain is a signal from your body that you need to change something that you are doing. If you touch your hand to a hot stove, and you feel pain, is your solution to sever the nerves that transmit the pain signal? I would hope not. Movement based pain is no different. […]

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How to find value in everything

Things will never go 100% as expected because nothing is ever 100% in our control. The true value of a journey is found in its imperfections. Each experience is a lesson, if you can allow yourself to see them that way. Success and failure can be based on arbitrary standards. But learning… and growing… those […]

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