A Tribute to Irmgard Bartenieff

Few peo­ple have even heard of her.

But of all the teach­ers, men­tors and inspi­ra­tional peo­ple I’ve been exposed to, Irm­gard Barte­ni­eff has had the biggest influ­ence on the way I under­stand human move­ment and health.

Irmgard Bartenieff

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Speed Counts

I’ve been hav­ing fun run­ning over the spring and sum­mer. It doesn’t seem to me that I’ve been train­ing that con­sis­tently, but I’ve def­i­nitely improved my run­ning times and endurance and even shed an unwanted pound or two. So nat­u­rally I was inter­ested to read about the lat­est research on aging and run­ning speed.

The older you get, the slower you run. You don’t need a PhD in bio­me­chan­ics to fig­ure that out. But why, exactly, do run­ners slow down with each pass­ing decade? Is it just that an older person’s heart can’t beat as efficiently?

Sci­en­tists at East Car­olina Uni­ver­sity have been study­ing how the bio­me­chan­ics of run­ning changes as you age. What they found out has impor­tant impli­ca­tions for any­one over 60 — whether you’re a run­ner or not.

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Supplements vs. Food Diversity

My atti­tude toward nutri­tion sup­ple­ments waxes and wanes. Some­times I take them reg­u­larly, and rec­om­mend them to my patients. At other times my enthu­si­asm fades, and I for­get to take my sup­ple­ments and won­der how much ben­e­fit they are for my patients.

One ques­tion that weighs on my think­ing about sup­ple­ments is: How nutri­tious is the food that we eat, any­way?

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It’s Hot and Humid Out — Should I Exercise?

I was plan­ning to join my run­ning group for our usual Thurs­day evening 3½ mile run. Unfor­tu­nately, even at 6:30 pm the ther­mome­ter was still above 90 degrees and the humid­ity in cen­tral New Jer­sey wasn’t let­ting up either.

On top of all that, I was mak­ing my wife ner­vous as I con­tem­plated run­ning under those conditions.

There are plenty of warn­ings out there to cut back out­door activ­ity when it’s hot and humid. If you ignore the sig­nals com­ing from your body and overdo it, there can be some seri­ous med­ical consequences.

But are there actual advan­tages to train­ing in hot and humid weather?

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Answers to Common Questions about the drx-9000

FAQ’s about lum­bar decom­pres­sion with the DRX-9000

Can the DRX-9000 help some­one with sciatica?

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Three ways the drx9000 helps heal the intervertebral disc


The DRX-9000 stretches open the space between the ver­te­brae.  This allows a bulging or her­ni­ated disc to set­tle back into place.  In fact, research shows that after a series of treat­ments with the DRX-9000, the inter­ver­te­bral disc space can increase, and a bulging or her­ni­ated disc can be repo­si­tioned alto­gether or reduced in size.

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Stop Placating the Volcano

Those who study the his­tory of reli­gion tell me that back in less enlight­ened times, a lot of reli­gious prac­tices devel­oped as a way to try to con­trol nat­ural forces.

For instance, if your vil­lage was nes­tled at the foot of a vol­cano, the thing you feared most was an erup­tion. So to try to pla­cate the vol­cano, your reli­gious prac­tices might include sac­ri­fic­ing a pig, per­form­ing a rit­ual dance, or tak­ing what­ever action was tra­di­tion­ally pre­scribed for pre­vent­ing the god­desses of the earth from rain­ing lava down on your village.

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Guest Article: Four Types of Shin Splints and Their Causes

Today’s guest arti­cle has been gen­er­ously con­tributed by Chris Mal­lac, a phys­io­ther­a­pist and top sports trainer from the UK.  He invites you to CLICK HERE to sub­scribe to his newslet­ter, packed with addi­tional use­ful infor­ma­tion for any­one who wants to sus­tain a high level of phys­i­cal activ­ity or involve­ment with sports.

4 types of shin splints and their causes

The great thing about French Rugby teams is that they usu­ally play in sta­di­ums that are munic­i­pal­ity owned venues that more often than not have a tar­tan run­ning track around them.

The club I am cur­rently with in the south of France had their sta­dium built for the USA Track and Field team in prepa­ra­tion for the Barcelona Olympics. To be run­ning on the same track that Den­nis Mitchell, Carl Lewis, Michael John­son, Gail Dev­ers and Eve­lyn Ash­ford ran on is a bit of a buzz.But sur­pris­ingly the tar­tan is also killing my shins.
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Rotator Cuff Problems, Shoulder Impingement or Shoulder Pain? Look to Your Shoulder Blade

To fix your pain prob­lem, you can’t just look at the spot where it hurts – you have to look at the entire inte­grated move­ment pattern.

scapulohumeral rhythm

If you have pain or move­ment lim­i­ta­tion of your shoul­der, the log­i­cal trail leads back to your shoul­der blade – the scapula — and the mus­cles that sup­port it.

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Exercise Changes Pain Modulation in the Brain

Exer­cise is the best anti­de­pres­sant and anal­gesic that’s ever been invented,” said Dr. Bene­dict Kol­ber of the Chronic Pain Research Consortium.

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