“It’s the funnest thing ever. More fun than a trapeze, or even flying.” That was how my thirteen year-old daughter described her first experience with body boarding, which is basically surfing while lying face down on a piece of foam. This got me thinking: why are are some physical activities so incredibly fun? Some people […]
About Todd Hargrove
Todd Hargrove is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a Certified Rolfer living and practicing in Seattle. He became interested in movement and pain twenty years ago, when as a lawyer, he was trying to treat his own chronic pain and win more squash matches. He got some great results, and eventually changed careers to help others make similar improvements. In 2008 he started writing a blog at bettermovement.org to share knowledge with a wider audience. His writing seeks to explain why pain science and neuroscience is relevant to manual and exercise therapists. He recently published a book called “A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain”.
[The following is an adapted excerpt from my new book Playing With Movement.] Play often involves risk. When kids play, they learn how fast they can run without falling, how hard they can fight without getting hurt, and how much they can bother Mom before she gets mad. They learn where the lines are by […]
Posture is a controversial topic. It’s relevance for pain has been properly questioned by fans of “pain science,” biomechanically-minded crowd has worried that a baby is getting thrown out with the bathwater. In previous posts I’ve written about the very dirty bathwater that does indeed need to be thrown out. In this post I’ll provide […]
Physical activity is now considered one of the “big four” lifestyle factors (along with smoking, nutrition, and drug abuse) that have major effects on health. In 2015, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges put out a report summarizing the benefits of exercise, calling it both a “miracle cure” and a “wonder drug.”  The report […]
Low back pain is extremely common. In fact, if you don’t have at least some back pain every year or so, you’re kind of abnormal. (Not that you’re really missing out on anything.) Fortunately, if you do get back pain, your chances of getting rid of it in fairly short order are excellent. More than […]
Joel Seedman, a personal trainer, recently wrote an article called “The Truth about Pain Science and Biomechanics”, which presents a lengthy attack on “pain science experts.” Seedman claims they spread dangerous misinformation about the connection between movement and pain, including that pain is all in your head, that injuries or tissue damage don’t matter for […]