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Lessons from a broken rib

So I recently broke a rib (maybe two?). I was engaged in mortal combat with a friend who, in addition to being a nimble and ruthless jiu-jitsu buff, makes some comfy professional shoes for those who prefer the “barefoot” feel. After an evening of combat, I found myself with a rib that hurt every time […]

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What caused my back pain?

One of the trickiest questions I get asked is “what caused my back pain?” Or variations on that theme like “what caused my knee pain/foot pain/hip to hike/shoulder to droop/back to curve?” It’s a great question, and the right answer seems like it should tell you what to do to fix the pain or alignment […]

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Will the Egoscue Tower help you?

If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book The Four Hour Body, you probably read about “The Egoscue Tower.” Tim makes it sound like a god-send to help “unlock the pelvis” and eventually relieve hamstring tightness. As someone who’s been certified as a Posture Alignment Specialist by Egoscue University and someone who’s used it to help clients […]

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Three tips for stiff hips

By the time I was 22, walking down stairs was getting pretty difficult on account of a constant pinching sensation in my left knee. Six months and a completely pointless MRI later, I was able to start walking down stairs again, though something was amiss elsewhere. I felt like my hips were no longer as […]

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Is back surgery a placebo?

When you’re in pain, you’ll do just about anything to get relief. In today’s system, if you have back pain, you can quickly become a candidate for spinal fusion surgery. This surgeon in Australia makes a strong case that back surgeries are just a very well constructed placebo. In this writeup on lumbar fusion for back […]

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Ergonomics won’t solve your problems

How many different ergonomic products have you tried? Different keyboards, different keyboard trays, different mice, different chairs…I know I’ve been through plenty, and I still experiment with new ones all the time.   But there’s one thing that I always remind myself and others: ergonomic contraptions themselves are not the FULL solution. Even if you […]

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One cause of bad posture

You may have asked yourself, “why is my posture so bad? What did I do to deserve this?!” And then you may have said, “it’s probably my parents’ fault.” It might be a little your parents’ fault, but it’s not all your parents’ fault. Your posture is simply the way you hold your body. It’s […]

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