Jesse James Retherford's Blog (13)

HOW TO INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAIN RELIEF USING A FOAM ROLLER

This week is a video blog with how to instructions for temporary relief from common running/walking pains.

For the best results with this quick do it yourself-massage therapy, spend 3-5 minutes massaging the areas described.

It is important to follow up with full body foam rolling techniques as outlined in my blog.…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on October 17, 2011 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Not Just Any Movement, You Need Functional Movement

The Human Body is a mechanical work of art.  By design it is capable of a ridiculous amount of movement patterns, all at different degrees of intensity, from slow and steady to explosive and short. The ability to crawl, walk, run, jump, and climb each require an amazingly sophisticated movement system.  This system sets us apart from all other species on the planet. But there is one catch… If you don’t use it you literally lose it.

 

Why you lose it

One of…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on October 10, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments

THE SCAPULA: THE MAST AND SAILS OF THE BODY

This is the final installment of my series on Posture. A few weeks ago, I describedposture as the absolute need for stability.

“It is from stability that all healthy movement is derived.”

I keyed in on the feet as the foundation and the hips as the ballast of the body.…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 26, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

THE HIPS – THE BODY’S BALLAST

Last week I demonstrated that the foot is the foundation of your posture (see: Injury Prevention Begins at your Foot). In the article I discussed the role of the feet in providing stability and mobility for the body and gave examples of corrective exercises to build strength, stabilization, and mobility in the…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR POSTURE | INJURY PREVENTION BEGINS AT YOUR FOOT

Over the past couple of weeks, I talked about What is Posture - the fundamental need for stabilization to provide healthy movement; and You Cannot Control Your Posture - postural control does not come from conscious thought. This brings up an obvious question. How do you train postural control? The answer is by…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 12, 2011 at 3:38pm — No Comments

YOU CANNOT CONTROL YOUR POSTURE

Last week I defined posture, not as an ideal position, but as the necessary stabilty from which all healthy movement is derived. Today I am talking about the first step in re-engaging postural control.

 

How did we get here?

The human body is awe-inspiring. It is capable of moving…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What is Posture

When I think about posture, the first thing that comes to mind are the words I’ve heard, and still hear, in childhood and adulthood: “stand up straight and pull your shoulders back.”  Or I get an image of the skeletal and muscular anatomy posters in a doctor’s office with a plumb line that goes directly through the center of the head, shoulder, hip, knees, and through arches of the feet. This is what many of us are taught is “good” or…
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Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 1, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments

WARNING ABOUT TRANSITIONING TOWARDS MINIMALISM BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD





 





“The heel cushions and arch supports within modern shoes have made our feet weaker, the foot has so much support in these shoes that the muscles don’t need to work as much as they would otherwise and have grown weaker … If you transition to barefoot running slowly…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

AN EXPLORATION OF BAREFOOT WALKING AND RUNNING GAIT BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD

As a deep tissue massage therapist, fitness coach, and barefoot running coach, I have treated a number of very common running injuries, such asplantar fasciitis, shin splints, and IT band pain. Over the years, I have noticed that the majority of clients suffering…

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 26, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

HEEL STRIKE COMPARED TO FOREFOOT STRIKE GAIT PATTERN AND HOW IT RELATES TO PAIN BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD

As a deep tissue massage therapist and movement coach, I do not solely treat the local area of a client’s complaint; I address the structure of the whole body. I look fordysfunctional fascial tissue and assess the underlying postural movement patterns that cause them. By addressing the underlying problem, proper movement patterns can be developed, preventing pain and injury over a lifetime. Over…
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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 18, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

FREE YOUR FEET BY JESSE JAMES RETHERFORD

Feet are the foundation of posture.  A strong foot creates the base support structure for a strong healthy body. A weak foot creates an unstable foundation affecting the posture from head to toe. You cannot build a strong stable structure over an unstable foundation. It would be like attempting to build a house on top of sand. Sooner than later the entire structure will collapse.

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Added by Jesse James Retherford on August 11, 2011 at 6:52am — No Comments

SELF TREATMENT FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS

There are pictures that go with this blog, but for some reason they aren't showing up. You can view them on my website http://tao-fit.com/self-treatment-for-plantar-fasciitis.

Jesse James Retherford

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Over the past week, I have seen a “mini-epidemic” — two new clients and email correspondence with a third — of a common but painful foot injury, plantal fasciitis. Living in Austin, with such an active outdoors culture, plantar… Continue

Added by Jesse James Retherford on July 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FOAM ROLLER THERAPY FOR BEGINNERS

It is estimated that over 116 million Americans suffer from debilitating chronic pain each year, of which low back pain is the most common. According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, “Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old.  More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.” There is a proven and effective way to treat most forms of chronic pain… Continue

Added by Jesse James Retherford on July 22, 2011 at 8:55am — No Comments

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