Top Posts

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Here is a list of some of the best posts on this blog, arranged by topic.

Pain

Seven Things You Should Know About Pain Science

Strategies to Relieve Chronic Pain, Part One

Strategies to Relieve Chronic Pain, Part Two

Back Pain Myths

Developing Coordination

The Importance of Play for Motor Learning

Basics of Coordination, Part One

Basics of Coordination Part Two: Efficiency

How Slow Movement Builds Coordination

The Body Maps

Making the Hard Easy and the Easy Elegant

The Skill of Relaxation

Training

The SAID Principle

Should You Stretch a Sore Muscle?

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19 Responses to “Top Posts”

  1. Hi
    How do I sign up for regular updates – i.e. RSS?

  2. I just found your blog and have read a number of your postings. They are fantastic. Well done. I’m looking forward to future ones.

  3. RSS allows people to subscribe to your blog. Subscribers are automatically notified of any new posts you create either in their “reader” or via email. I would like to subscribe. Your blog is powered by WordPress, so they’ll have information on it. Or you can Google it.

  4. Todd, I really love the Slow Movement post from last week– I’ve sent it to all of my qi gong students, and I’m getting great feedback. In fact, Here Be Dragons has become part of the lexicon in my classes.

    I also sent it on to my nephew, who’s a physiatrist in Seattle, someone who might be worth connecting with.

    Michael

    • Michael,

      Thanks so much for the nice feedback, I’m glad you liked it. I’d be curious what your nephew thinks.

  5. Hi Todd, I love the information here. Where can I find the scientific articles which you discuss within your posts? I know Phantom limb is from Romochondron, but what about all the other research!? Thanks.

    • Sandra,

      Glad you like the info. Its from a bunch of different sources, but much of it could be found in books by Norman Doidge (The Brain that Changes Itself) or Sandra Blakeslee (The Body Has a Mind of its Own)

  6. Greetings,

    Just found your blog via Mike T Nelson. Great stuff here! I’m about to do my 2nd half of the R-phase certification and I’m eager to read all I can from other Z-health practitioners.

  7. Todd,

    Like a lot of people, I came to Z-health because of my own aches and pains that haven’t responded too well to other modalities. Z-health has helped but a big bit of what I’m trying to overcome is still present (back pain, poor glute function, postural issues). I’ve thought of trying Rolfing. Can you advise me on the topic? Can Rolfing accomplish things Z-health can’t? I know you can’t assess me or anything close to it from an email but any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Kyle

    • Kyle,

      I think almost any modality can accomplish things another can’t. The only way to find out what will work for you is to try. I think rolfing is worth a shot. There are some great rolfers in the Denver area. Jon Martine comes to mind. Try three sessions and see what happens. I would also recommend seeing a feldenkrais practitioner. Good luck.

  8. I have had back pain for 30 years. I tried deep tissue, acupressure, Feldenkreis and quite a bit of Rolfing. None of that helped. When I gave up gluten, all my pain went away.

    • Great point Joanne. I don’t eat gluten myself, and I have read many stories similar to yours. I think there are three major reasons why people are in pain – poor movement/injuries; too much stress/lack of sleep; and poor diet/ toxic exposure. Of the three, I would guess diet is the biggest factor.

    • Hi Joanne,

      How long after giving up gluten did you experience pain going away?I have tried to give it up and some pain went but it all didnt disappear. All I have had some rolfing work and although it helps a lot all the pain hasnt disappeared. I was just wondering about your thoughts? Thanks. Shane.

      • Hi, Shane:

        It took about two months.

        In retrospect, I made several changes. I not only gave up gluten, but I gave up sugar, for the most part. No grains, no legumes, no processed foods.

        I believe sugar also played a huge role, because while I no longer consume gluten, sugar has crept back into my diet and my pains are resurfacing. I appear to do best when I have little starch in my diet and rely primarily on fat for fuel.

        I’m rededicating myself today to returning to a paleo diet and being stricter about carb consumption. Good luck! Remember, gluten can be found in many things, including shampoos and such.

  9. Todd,

    Wow! I had one session w/a Feldenkrais person and it was dramatic! Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve been aware of Feldenkrais for a long time and it’s been on my list of things to try and I went on your suggestion. FASCINATING stuff! I’m definitely moving very differently and much better than before. I’ve got another session on Monday and maybe more after that but I’m not sure I’ll need more sessions. I’d like to get into tai chi as well. Any and all of this exploration of movement has been extremely valuable to my feeling better. Thanks for the advice.

    • Kyle,

      Thanks a lot for reporting back on your progress. I’m glad it went well. I don’t know if I mentioned it but I am in my second year of a feldenkrais training and loving it. Keep moving!

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