Everything you know about stretching is probably wrong! There’s way more to stretching than just pulling harder. It’s okay. You’re in good company, and it’s not your fault. When your muscle is “tight” it’s because it’s short, right? So to make it longer you need to “stretch” it? And if I stretch harder then I’ll…

Last week we cleared up the all too common misconception that stretching physically lengthens the muscle. If you didn’t read it, check out the article here. This week we’re building off that concept and talking about the relationship between strength and flexibility. We learned last week that tightness occurs when the nervous system doesn’t feel…

Traditionally, chiropractic has been seen as a way to relieve pain. And it absolutely is. The chiropractic adjustment is an incredibly quick and powerful tool that at times can almost seem like magic. Coupled with Active Release Technique manual therapy we are able to get incredible results. Patients come into the clinic with pain and…

Gut Health

The majority of the people selling “gut health” are gut health hucksters. That’s because trying to optimize the body’s systems without any sort of lab testing isn’t functional medicine. It’s gambling. Imagine your car wasn’t working properly and you took it into the shop. Without even checking under the hood the mechanic decides to sell…

Incompetent Exerciser

When patients ask me if they can do an exercise on their own I always have the same response: “yes, but only if you can do it right”. Go to any gym and you’ll see the majority of people doing the wrong exercises correctly or the right exercises incorrectly. The wrong exercises are simply not…

Please Don't Count Calories

Setting aside for just a moment how stressful and inconvenient it is, I might actually consider recommending it if it actually worked. But the truth, scientifically, is that it doesn’t. Because a calorie is not a calorie! 3,500 calories eaten does not translate directly into a pound of fat and 3,500 calories burned does not…

When To Get Surgery

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail Practitioners in all fields fall victim to this sort of professional tunnel vision. It’s completely natural; they believe in what they do and they genuinely want to help others with their problems. The therapist thinks they can talk everyone out of their problems….

Cure Laziness

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m lazy. But you’re lazy too. It’s okay. We’re humans, we’re made that way. We’re wired to be efficient with our energy. We prioritize things that give us short term pleasure over things that we know we should do (ice cream vs salad, anyone?). But instead of fighting our nature what…

What The Heck Is An Obesogen?

Have you tried everything to lose weight? Have you gone to an expert only to be told you need to eat even less and workout more? These are common issues I see in my practice every day. The truth is that weight management isn’t just about calories in and calories out. Diet and exercise are…

Is Your Fish Oil Actually Working?

Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements on the market, and for good reason. Fish oil supplementation has been proven to be both anti-inflammatory and cardioproctective. I even recommend it as one of the four supplements that every person should be taking (Read about the other three here). But here’s the catch (no…

Do Exercises That Make You Happy!

Let me ask you a question. Why do you exercise? No not “why should someone exercise”. I mean why do YOU exercise? What’s your motivation? Is it to look good? Is it to prove something to yourself or others? Is it competition? Is it to be healthy? We Southern Californians are obsessed with fitness. And…

When we go to the gym for X amount of hours per week what we’re trying to do is compensate for the difference between what we are currently doing with our bodies and what they were designed to do. What were they designed to do? Caveman things. Hunt animals, climb trees, crawl, forage, etc. Maybe…

Food Tastes Better With Friends

Emerging research says who you do (or don’t) eat with can have a significant effect on your health. A recent study out of South Korea analyzed health data from over 7,000 adults and found that men and women who ate at least two meals per day alone were significantly more likely to have of high…

We’ve always heard that laughter is the best medicine, but now we have the science to back it up. Researchers out of the University of Oxford and University of Turku (in Finland) have confirmed that social laughter releases opioids in the brain. These naturally occuring painkillers are just like the feel good chemicals released from…

When there is direct trauma to the knee, then your knee pain is probably a knee problem. What constitutes direct trauma? Imagine a linebacker tackles you from the side and completely takes out your knee; that’s a knee problem. A dramatic example, but the point is that in the vast majority of cases the knee…

The most common question I get asked by my patients is “what is the best sleeping position?”. It’s a very important question; the seven to eight hours we spend in bed each night have a significant impact on our posture and have the power to contribute to or alleviate neck and back pain. My top…

As part of my nutritional consultation process with my patients, I ask them to share the 3 most “unhealthy” foods they eat. Their responses give me insights at many levels. One is an understanding of how they define “healthy” and how hard they are going to be on themselves as they work to improve their…

With every New Year comes a revised version of the same resolution; Getting habitual with and succeeding in being healthier. Most enter the spectrum of change unprepared, a usual recipe for defeat as time speeds up on us and old patterns haunt. Here’s a list of 10 bullet points I find key and essential to…

Its a tightrope-like balance, adequately challenging ones abilities, without causing injury, to avoid a plateauing performance. In this article I am going to debunk one of the biggest myths in fitness, explain the importance of recovery, and share some easy to spot warnings of overtraining. Overtraining, More is Not Better The age-long idea that more…

In the last twenty years our culture has accumulated a sleep debt. The average adult today gets almost 2 hours less sleep than their grandparents did at their age. Sleep Pattern Disturbances Fitness experts often overlook the power of sleep, but it is one of our body’s basic needs. It is likely you spend more…

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