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Is massage and stretching wasting your time?

As personal trainers who work with people with injuries, we get a lot of clients who have been through countless therapists and doctors. They’ve been told that their muscles are too tight. They have to stretch more. They have to get more massages. They have to keep trying to chase away that tight sensation. The […]

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Upright Health Podcast

Beating pain with the right mindset

Welcome to the first ever Upright Health Podcast episode! Today’s topic: Beating Pain with the Right Mindset. If you approach pain from the wrong perspective, you’re guaranteed to live a life full of pain, pills, and increasing disability. Switch your perspective, and the results will improve drastically. Click below to listen to or download the […]

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Belief + persistence = success

It’s been almost ten years since a doctor told me that the pain in my knee was from old age and from using my knee too much. I was in my last year of college and had already been sitting on my butt for three years waiting for a shoulder injury and repetitive strain issues […]

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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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Don’t just listen to the experts

When you have a problem with your plumbing, you call a plumber. When you have a legal issue, you call a lawyer. When you have a pain or posture issue, you call me (shameless plug). But getting the help of an expert, especially with your body, doesn’t mean you get to go on auto-pilot. Quite […]

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Harry Potter and pain

I don’t read Harry Potter books, but I happened to stumble across this fantastic quote from JK Rowling in her book Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire.  I have no idea who says it or in what context, but I think it’s fantastic food for thought for those suffering with chronic or recurrent pain. […]

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Does form really matter when you’re running?

In running circles, proper form is a major point of discussion. Everyone talks about the right way to run, the proper stride technique, how your foot is supposed to land, etc. There’s enough to write a book…or two. I think form is extremely important too, and I think there is definitely value to honing your […]

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Posture is a window into your golf swing

I don’t golf, but I do know something about sports that require you to twist and turn (I play hockey, after all). And I’ve been saying for a while that muscle balance matters, no matter what activity is your life’s love. For you golfers, here’s an article that really drives the point home on posture […]

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Is your brain ready for 2012?

Did stress take its toll on you in 2011? Did it scatter your brain or sit on your shoulders? Does stress always go straight to your back and shoulders no matter how often you do your postural exercises? If you’d like to learn to how to control stress on a daily basis with simple, practical, […]

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Burn your pain as fuel

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~Kenji Miyazawa I came across this quote last week and found it particularly poignant. When I was in the worst throes of pain, I used to feel hopeless and helpless. There seemed to be nothing that could be done. The doctor’s orders were […]

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Is your head on straight?

Yes, I tend to talk a lot about posture, but this time around I don’t mean that question in the postural sense. I am asking about your attitude toward challenges in life. Thomas Jefferson once said: (more…)

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Make your sleep more restful

Sleep should be a restful period, but for a lot of people with chronic pain, it’s not. For some reason, sleeping actually seems to make pain and fatigue worse. Frustrating? Yes. Incomprehensible? No. When pain is a result of poor posture, sleeping can often exacerbate the pain. Beds often tweak the body in ways that […]

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The diction of doom

The way the medical world views pain dooms its victims to failure. What’s shocking is that it stems from a lack of linguistic precision. Think about this example. Your friend is lying in bed, sweating and coughing and complaining of congestion. His temperature is 103 degrees. He feels dizzy and weak and occasionally cold. You […]

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Want to know why your pain sticks around?

Chronic pain is frustrating precisely because it seems like you’ll never beat it. Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you that pain is just a necessary part of aging and that there’s nothing you can do about it. Doctors are telling you that some injuries just don’t heal, so tough cookies.  Have some pills. As […]

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Learn how food contributes to your pain

Are you a San Diegan suffering from chronic pain, looking for answers but finding nothing but half-truths, half-solutions, and half-baked ideas? Come to a free workshop, hosted here at the Upright Health office! You’ll get vital information that will show you the way to get out of pain and get back to living your life! […]

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Age doesn’t cause pain

I saw something called the Seat Assist while walking by a medical supply store in San Francisco a few months ago, and it really got my brain up in a tizzy. While I know the people behind the product (and a wide array of products like it) are only looking to help reduce the suffering […]

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It’s up to you to heal

Have you ever heard an alternative health practitioner tell you that they are helping you unlock your potential to heal yourself, only to find out after seeing them fifteen times that they actually don’t know how to help you heal yourself? (more…)

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Solving pain means being stubborn

Pain is something I take very seriously. I have fought with repetitive strain injuries, joint weakness, sports injuries and seemingly inexplicable, crippling, and extremely tiring chronic pain of all kinds since I was 16 when an ocean wave did my back in. I know pain well, and I know that its causes are myriad! From […]

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Medical Imaging for Diagnoses: Not all it’s cracked up to be

It’s one thing for alternative health practitioners to proclaim that standard medical procedures are no good for your health, but it’s another thing to have medical doctors come right out and say it themselves.  A recent study has shown that medical imaging techniques like MRI and X-rays are totally unreliable for helping determine the cause […]

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Does Rolfing treat pain?

My answer to this question is yes — and in the way you have been looking for! I came to the world of Rolfing® structural integration because of pain. I went to a Rolfer™ to get rid of pain the same way you would take an antibiotic to kill a bacterial infection. The majority of […]

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