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Are Imbalances in Your Legs and Hips Contributing to Your Low Back Pain?

Don't Always Treat Pain Where You Feel It Has pain tricked you into thinking that your low back pain can be fixed at the exact place you feel it? You have probably tried to push, pull, stretch, dig, pound or rub your low back pain. If you're like a lot of my clients...

A System For Solving Scoliosis and its Symptoms

Everything is better with systems, even scoliosis. Systems simplify, organize, and prioritize what would otherwise be a myriad of parts and their dynamics. Systems help us go from one place to another. They help us deepen, grow, and evolve. Scoliosis and back pain...

Low Back Pain Ends With This Defensive End

The 3 “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Low Back Pain     Low Back Pain Ends with this Defensive End   Low back pain is the most common reason for doctor visits and athletes are even more susceptible. Bishop O'Dowd’s 2020 tight end/defensive end, Colton Vardell,...

What’s Counter Movement

  If your body is hurting the problem probably isn't the exercises you do or sports you play the injury you didn't fully recover from throwing out your back reaching for a Kleenex the text neck epidemic slouching over your computer for at least 8 hours a day or...

HIIT Bodyweight Workouts and Counter Movement

If your health and time are important to you I hope you're implementing some sort of HIIT training. That's short for work hard and get hella tired fast, then enjoy the rest of your day. If you haven't heard of HIIT, click here. I'm a martial artist. For us, every...

Don’t Let Scoliosis Stop You

Many people think that Charles Darwin said, evolution belongs to the strongest or fittest, what he really said is, it belongs to the most adaptable. Did you know that some of the greatest athletes of our time, in particular Usain Bolt and Natalie...

With Hip or Back Pain Get This Brilliant Idea

When Your Back is Hurting Fix the front. Imagine your back, what image comes up? Lots of people visualize a spine. The “back” of the spine in particular. When our backs hurt we often try to fix where we feel pain. We might try deep tissue massage, chiropractic, foam...
5 Reasons Why You’ve Still Got Low Back Pain Even After Years Of Seeing Lots Professionals, Getting The Most Modern Scans, Taking The Most Up To Date Tests, And Trying Lots Of Different Treatments

5 Reasons Why You’ve Still Got Low Back Pain Even After Years Of Seeing Lots Professionals, Getting The Most Modern Scans, Taking The Most Up To Date Tests, And Trying Lots Of Different Treatments

  MRI’s and X-rays aren’t reliable sources of information about the causation of pain or the best path of moving forward. Chasing pain is hardly a way to fix it. You weren’t given the most accurate reasons for what’s going on or a way to change it. Schools,...

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Massage and the Myth of Perfect posture

Massage and the Myth of Perfect posture

The first time I heard that I needed to have good posture was in 11th grade. I was wrestling and doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and in jiu-jitsu it was kind of a good thing that my chin was tucked, shoulders rounded forward. I actually felt pretty strong. I was definitely fit from training so I hadn’t realized that my posture was actually a problem until someone pointed out to me that I was hunched over.

And then I started to feel neck and shoulder aches and pains that I could directly attribute to my hunched posture.

I started to see and feel the connection between my posture and lost range of motion, it was hard to turn my neck to the right and my left shoulder had a constant sharp pain. Obviously I needed better posture. So I tried. I tried hard to keep my chin pushed back and my shoulder blades pulled back and down. Doing good posture this way only lasted about 30 seconds, maybe a minute, for me. Definitely my posture was off. I knew I had to do something or things would just get worse.

I kept hearing about how bad “bad posture” was and that something needed to be done about it. Manym specialists like yoga and pilates teachers, physical therapists, and physical trainers used the same cue of,

“Chin back, shoulders back and down,”

so I thought that was how to fix my posture problem. I tried massage therapy. Nothing was working for me. Then after a series of unrelated events I found myself going to Colorado and getting trained to become a Structural Integration Practitioner.

Structural Integration is often mistaken for deep-tissue massage. Structural Integration is more about helping people find better harmony with gravity. This gave me a different perspective on posture and how to actually achieve it.

In trying to figure out what Being Aligned with Gravity meant in my own body I realized that Posture would only be a good thing if I was an inanimate object that’d didn’t move and if gravity were always constant. But gravity always wins, even against inanimate objects.

I realized that looking at it like a win/lose or fight situation wasn’t helpful. So at some level Harmony with Gravity made sense. My teachers talked about Finding the Line in Gravity? That sounded like a novel idea, and whatever it meant, it seemed to work a little better than the forceful command of, “Chin back, shoulders back and down.”

But as time went on I still found myself needing to tense my muscles in order to be aligned with gravity. The novelty of the idea began to wear off, and again I had to pivot and search for better ways to be in my body.

Years later good science started to hit, and by far the coolest posture phrase that came out of science was, “The best posture is your next posture.”

That basically means, “Don’t be rigid” or there is no “One perfect posture.” In other words, get moving and stay moving. Even micro movements are good.

With that the discussion of Posture began to evolve away from a static thing to a more dynamic event – Movement.

You may have heard the saying, Movement is Life. Yes. And Movement is also Medicine. So, if you got ergonomic postural training at work or something, you can let almost all of that go. Being stiff and rigid is great when you’re carrying a heavy load or applying resistance, but most of the time it’s not useful.

While we’re here evolving some old ideas, all of this makes me think of another problematic saying in the realm of posture that isn’t helpful but sounds really true,

“Sitting is the New Smoking.”

Not sure if you’ve heard that one. It’s a pretty good one and if you sit for a living it might really resonate with you. There have even been studies done that predict sitting actually shortens lifespan. When I heard that it sounded really important to address, I knew we needed to find a solution.

I also realized that, Sitting is the New Smoking wasn’t helpful to professional sitters. Many people bought standing desks to counter the effects of sitting. If you were one of them you are ahead of the game.

Except when standing is a problem too. Standing can be a detriment too? Yup. If you can see the trend here,

The true problem isn’t about Posture,
it’s really that we’re not taught how to use our bodies well.

It’s not necessarily about sitting, standing, or even sleeping, etc, the real issue is that we’re not taught how to be in our bodies and how to use our bodies in life.

If you bought a standing desk, maybe i was a helpful, but for a lot of people it simply created another issue, read Balancing Your Legs and Hips for Low Back Pain that’ll give you insight into the dilemma of standing.

So, I decided to change that saying Sitting is the New Smoking to make sitting less of a villain and more of an opportunity for therapy. Did you know that the Chinese character for Crisis is also the same character for Opportunity? This isn’t just a toxic positivity kind of thing, here’s what I did . . .

I think a better approach is to give people positive perspectives so they’re enlightened and can transform a detrimental moment like the environmental onslaught of mindlessly engineered chairs. So, I reframed the saying, “Sitting is the New Smoking” to

“Sitting is the new Stretching.”

If you’re a professional sitter, click this link for a video on different stretches you can explore.

I think it’s really important to know that whenever you’re feeling pain from sitting it’s really just your brain and body telling you that you’ve been still for a longer time than they want to, and you it’s a signal that you need to get moving. The thing is your body doesn’t speak english, and unfortunately it never will, but you can begin to understand its language that we call symptoms. That’s the whole point of why I put info out there.

Click here to learn more about The Language of Symptoms.

If you sit for work, hopefully this is helpful.

Do away with Trying to Have Good Posture. Being in your body well should be less labor and effort and more about listening, responding, and good connection.

Start to dose your day with movement more often and you’ll find that strange, new, novel, and micro-movements will quickly become your best friends. These kinds of movements will turn off your brain’s pain alarm. Try it out. Let me know how it goes.

Click on this link for postural ideas on How To Sit Without Pain.

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3-Dimensional Deep Tissue Massage

3-Dimensional Deep Tissue Massage

Pain and functional imbalances are often results of deeper problems. Most therapists aren't operating from this place, and as you can imagine clients, then, aren't getting the best information for recovery. This video goes into some of the compound benefits of manual...

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So You’re Skeptical . . .

Despite overwhelmingly positive online reviews people are still skeptical of us and that's understandable. We did some research and here were the top three reasons: The degree of pain (Fear)."I've never heard of Rolf Structural Integration." (Known therapy or...

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Chris Corrales, 

MedicinEvolution

Bodywork Beyond Massage

“The true challenge of medicine in our age is to find the level of the disturbance and to treat the issue there. To increase the body’s structure, function, and adaptability is true health. The most powerful tool in this regard is to use gravity as the organizing principle that guides and informs the body in all of its processes.”

Lauren Korsheck

“While attending the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco around 2008 for my Master’s in Somatic Psychology. I remember how hard it was hard to sit, stand, and even fly for long periods of time without pain. Without Structural Integration I’d be living in chronic pain.”

Lauren Korshack LMFT and author of The Mindful Relationship

San Ramon, California
MedicinEvolution Bodywork Beyond Massage Massage therapist Dublin, CA Sports massage therapist Dublin, CA Holistic medicine practitioner Dublin, CA, ROLF practictioner Dublin, CA

“I pinched a nerve in my shoulder that caused great pain to my shoulder/arm.

Ibuprofen and acetaminophen provided only temporary pain relief. A visit to my general practitioner resulted in a cortisone shot; again pain relief, but not a long-term solution.

The program was an interesting experience. Until then, I was basically a person with pretty poor awareness of how my body felt and how everything was interconnected. Going through it helped me understand things better. I’d never realized how ‘tight’ my body had become.”

Keith Young

Livermore, California
MedicinEvolution Bodywork Beyond Massage Massage therapist Dublin, CA Sports massage therapist Dublin, CA Holistic medicine practitioner Dublin, CA, ROLF practictioner Dublin, CA

“Extreme tightness in my hip resulted in pain in the lower portion of my leg and foot. I had brought this issue up to other doctors but they didn’t have any clear solution.

Chris has a quick and keen eye to be able to notice small details in the motion of the body as you move. This level of detail allows him to diagnose where a problem may be coming from and how to resolve it.”

Sonja Cuffe

Pleasanton, California