In the last post I challenged you to begin breathing through your nose. How did it go? If you have some structural issues or if mouth breathing is your go-to breath, breathing through the nose can be downright difficult.
Does it really matter how you’re delivering oxygen to your body?
If you’re like most people, it’s easy to get amped up or feel butterflies in your stomach. The breath is the magic switch to turn down your stress level.
Some people are training like crazy, yet still struggling to PR a Strava segment they’ve done 200 times. For others, it’s finding the time and balance in their life, feeling the signs of aging or experiencing low back or neck pain after an hour in the saddle.
These challenges all have one thing in common: the underlying problem isn’t being addressed.
We foam roll muscle knots, pop anti-inflammatories to recover and ice inflamed tendons. We have the best intentions for improving our health and performance, but many common recovery tools and injury treatments are designed to treat symptoms, without actually treating the source of the problem.
Have you ever been told to shut your mouth? While it may have seemed brash at the time, it’s actually great advice, especially if you’re feeling stressed, frequently congested, winded during exercise, not sleeping well or have high blood pressure.
As cyclists, we wear our suffering as a badge of honor. In bad weather, we retreat to our basements, aka “pain caves” for weekly winter sufferfests and emerge in the spring ready to dig even deeper.
In a sport where we’re encouraged to leave it all on the road, how do we know where to draw the line between training for mental and physical strength and setting ourselves up for injury?
Do you ever feel like the day is a race?
It begins with the jolt of an alarm clock and doesn’t stop until our head hits the pillow.
We forget to stop and relax. Forget to breathe. Forget to find the pause.
Our bodies are brilliantly crafted to handle the stresses we throw at them. A cascade of chemicals kick in to get us out of harm’s way and perform incredible feats of strength when necessary.
But every high is accompanied by a low and we cannot run at this speed continuously.
Do you have a case of flat butt?
Your glutes aren’t just responsible for filling out your favorite jeans. They play a major role in how you move (or don’t move) and are the lynchpin to many common pain patterns, including lower back, neck and shoulder pain. Learning how to activate your glutes not only helps protect your body from common injuries, but also enables you to use your body as a more powerful unit.
When someone comes to me in pain or because their performance has taken a nose-dive, one of the first things I assess is if their glute max is inhibited. Does it fire when we ask it to? Is it playing nicely with the other muscles in the movement pattern?
The gluteus maximus is that largest muscle in the body, so why does it have so much trouble showing up for work?
Neuromuscular reprogramming is a way of testing for and then rebalancing or reprogramming movement and coordination patterns that are causing pain or dysfunction in the body.
This is similar to a computer’s operating system and the software it runs. When your computer slows down or hangs up, clearing the cache or defragging the system often helps to fix the problem and keeps the computer running efficiently. The body operates in a similar way.
We use muscle testing to uncover the problem (essentially what’s slowing down your system). When combined with massage therapy, the body is able to learn a better, more efficient way to move that doesn’t cause pain or a limited range of motion. This reprogramming gets the system up and running optimally once again.
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