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August 2016 Newsletter

Hello,

Wow, the last month has been CRAZY for me. How was it for you?

Here's what happened:
 
  • July 2nd - my girlfriend took me out for my 30th, only it turned out to be a surprise "party" with a group of friends.
  • July 7-10th - I was in Auckland New Zealand, learning the Functional Movement Screen and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (more on that later)
  • July 15th - took the keys to new apartment, spent the next two weeks moving most of the "big stuff" in.
  • July 24th - had a "test" day. I compete in kettlebell lifting, and have a competition this Sunday (August 7), so I wanted to get some practice in close to competition setting.
  • July 26th - got the flu, struggling since.
In between all that I was still working 6 days a week.

Why am I telling you this?

Because there are a few lessons there:
 

Lessons From A Busy Month and Getting Sick


I'm going to keep this brief and in point form:
 
  • We only have a finite amount of energy. When we demand more of ourselves, we utilise stress hormones to provide the extra energy. This is analogous to using a credit card to pay the monthly bills. If at some point you don't cut back on your spending, or increase your income, you will run into trouble.
  • Getting sick, like pain, is often the end point. Looking back, no one thing caused me to get sick. Rather, I had run myself down, and a virus that I would have likely fought off without an issue last month struck me down. When we experience pain "for no reason", often if we look back, we see a similar pattern of over-reaching.
  • Pain, whether from the flu, or a sore back is *always* multi-dimensional. I was tired, irritable and depressed whilst I was sick. This is normal. Each emotion and thought interplay with each other, in addition to the feelings of pain and fatigue. This is the same whether you have an acute knee injury or a chronic hamstring strain (or anything else that hurts).
  • Recovery takes longer than the time it takes for symptoms to reduce. Just because I can come back to work and get through the day, doesn't mean I have recovered fully. Similarly, just because your pain has resolved, doesn't mean you are back to full function. Your body will compensate to get things done. Whether it is by using stress hormones to compensate for lack of energy from food and rest (or doing too much) or by swinging around at the hip to compensate for poor ankle mobility, compensations work, until they don't. And when they don't, you end up injured, in pain (or sick).

Latest From The Blog


In consideration of such a busy month, I only managed to publish one new blog post:

The Role of Movement in the Treatment of Pain
 

Updates From The Clinic - August Special Offer!

In Auckland, as I mentioned, I took a two part course.

The first part was learning the "Functional Movement Screen" (pictured). This is a screen made up of 7 movements, that test your ability to perform movement to a certain standard. The screen tests mobility, stability, symmetry and functional patterns and gives a score to each from 0-3, with a possible total of 21.

This screen is utlised by both the NBA and NFL as part of their testing for new draftees, and many top tier sporting clubs across North America, Europe and Asia.

It is not a clinical assessment (ie it is not designed for people in pain), but rather it is designed to reveal any issues you might have, but have been successfully compensating for - remember, you can only compensate for so long.

It is objective and repeatable, so it can be used to gauge improvement from treatment and training practices over the long term.

In addition, I learnt the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), which is the clinical cousin to the FMS. It helps reveal whether you have specific movement pattern issues, and whether that issue is related to lack of mobility or lack of stability.

To celebrate the month of August (why not?), I'm offering all my subscribers the chance to undertake an initial Functional Movement Screen for a discounted price of $45!

This offer is available only to my subscribers, and only for the month of August.

All you have to do, is follow this link, book a "Short Appointment" within the month of August, and write "AugustFMS" in the comments.

This is perfect if you want to:

  • Identify any potential movement issues that could help guide your training
  • Improve your efficiency and performance
  • Establish a movement baseline for future reference
I look forward to seeing you soon.


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Until next time, stay healthy.

Nick

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