Idiopathic means of unknown cause and often of spontaneous origin. Idiopathic back pain is back pain that doctors cannot explain because there is not obvious structural cause of the pain like a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or stenosis. Idiopathic back pain is the "diagnosis" given by doctors to patients that have chronic (over 6 months) back pain and they have been unable to figure out why. There is always a reason why however...
Is there such a thing as the perfect workout?
Many people, whether they are pro athletes, fitness fanatics, gym rats, or health nuts, are looking for "the perfect workout." Some people believe the perfect workout is a HIIT (high intensity interval training). Others believe the CrossFit WOD (workout of the day) is the best. Super Slow wight lifting is some people's choice. Yoga and Pilates will get a lot of votes also.
The perfect workout is...
Myth 1: Injuries are the result of bad luck.
Truth: Scientifically there is not such thing as bad luck, thus that can't be the cause of injuries. All injuries are caused by something concrete and with enough investigation the underlying cause can be found and fixed or eliminated, which will help that injury heal faster and more completely and help prevent future injuries. Start your investigation with a free posture evaluation.
Myth 2: Injuries are from overuse.
Truth: As I've talked about previously, overuse is a myth in the way it is talked about, and "overuse injuries" should really be called "improper use injuries". Read more here.
Ever try to screw in a bolt with a hammer? Didn't work well did it?
There's a reason why we have a garage full of different tools - each one is designed for a specific job and works well for that job but not so much for other jobs. A snow shovel works great for clearing your driveway of snow but a rake just won't do the job. That rake, however, is really good at cleaning up leaves off your lawn in the fall and the snow shovel isn't very effective.
When we start talking about your health, using the right tool for the job is also very important.
Many people are saying 2016 was a terrible year, maybe the worst ever. I don't think it was...not even close. If 2016 was the worst year ever, it would have to had been worse than:
How can you make 2017 your best year yet? Well only you can decide what that means and how you can get there, but I'll give you some suggestions regarding your health. Here are 10 things that will help make 2017 your best year yet:
My daughter had her last soccer game of the season last weekend and it was one of those classic Portland, Oregon fall days - rainy! After setting the record for the wettest October ever in the Portland area, what used to be beautiful grass fields in summer, had turned into a muddy mess on Saturday.
Almost half the grass was gone and replaced with inch deep mud. There were puddles on the field. Every step you took your feet sunk 2 inches into the ground. When the ball was kicked, often a fountain of muddy water flew in all directions, and no matter how fast the ball was traveling it would often stop suddenly in a muddy splash. Several of the girls were scared their shoes would get stuck in the mud and come off. I'm sure anyone who lives in a rainy climate like Portland can relate.
But what does soccer in the mud have to do with chronic pain and posture therapy, you ask? A lot.
Exercising is not the same as being physically active. Many people exercise but very few people are physically active and that's one of the reasons for high rates of obesity, joint problems, balance issues, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and chronic pain.
What if you're wrong?
I recently had a client who was told by her doctors that her knee was bone-on-bone and she had no cartilage left in her knee. Her doctors and her both bought into the idea that the lack of cartilage was the reason for her constant pain.
But she wasn't ready for a knee replacement. She was referred to me by a good friend. She understood that her posture imbalances made her movement less efficient. She also understood that those imbalances might put increased pressure on her knee. And she even entertained the idea that maybe those posture imbalances were the reason her knee cartilage wore out in the first place.
But of course a total knee replacement surgery was the only thing that could "fix" her knee and allow her to be pain free again. Unless it wasn't. What if that line of thinking was wrong?
I recently received the Oregon Health & Science University spring magazine in the mail and when flipping through it saw in the Question & Answer section this question:
Let's examine what is said here and what part is true and what part is not true and how you can figure out the best course of action to become pain free.
Don't Believe Everything You Hear
How do you tell the difference between a myth and reality? Fact and fiction? A story and the truth?
Words like objective, data, authentic, science, validity, and proof come to mind. We all love stories, fairy tales, gossip, urban legends, hoaxes, and fantasy but they do a huge disservice to us, our bodies, and our health.
If you have heard any of the following things, think twice before you believe them. They are more than likely not true, even though they are commonly held beliefs. These are the 10 biggest myths about your body and health:
About Matt Whitehead
I'm an Egoscue University certified Postural Alignment Specialist (PAS) and Advanced Exercise Therapist (AET), certified personal trainer, PatchFitness performer, FiveFingers wearer, trail runner, cyclist, dad, music lover, environmentalist, hiker, and wanna-be slam dunk champion. I will be providing you with the latest posture exercises to help you live, play, and be pain free.