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Manny Aragon Structural Performance Podcast is your source for Sports Biomechanics, Recovery, Nutrition, Health, and Weight Loss advice from the worlds top experts.

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Manny Aragon Structural Performance Podcast is your source for Sports Biomechanics, Recovery, Nutrition, Health, and Weight Loss advice from the worlds top experts.

    Is This The Magic Bullet For Pain Relief?

    Is This The Magic Bullet For Pain Relief?

    In this episode I interview Chris Corrales, founder of MedicinEvolution and Gravity Meridians systems about his recent formation of the Gravity Meridians system of assessment models for bodywork and healing practitioners. Chris is a certified practitioner of Structural Integration, a classically trained Homeopath, and BJJ Practitioner. Join us while we deconstruct the Gravity Meridians system and show its breakthrough to both health practitioners as well as movement professionals.

     

    A brief bio:

    At 21 years old, after growing up with asthma and experiencing little to no help from conventional medicine, and sustaining a number of injuries from training and competing internationally in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I was introduced to Structural Integration. After only a few sessions, a shoulder injury, remnants of a sprained ankle, chronic low back pain, neck pain, and surprisingly my asthma were all transformed. The results of Structural Integration were dramatically different from other types of bodywork I had experienced, and this time the changes were tangible and lasting. This life altering experience became my focus and passion.

    In 1996, I completed the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s massage certification in San Diego, CA and also became a certified EMT. In 1998 I graduated from the world renown Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO. At the Guild, my studies were highlighted with specialty workshops in energy medicine, the emotional body, and the dramatic effects of subtle spinal interventions.

    I’ve studied with a number of Dr. Rolf’s original students to hone my skills of touch assessment, intervention, and integration. Jim Price privately mentored me through an entire 10-series which solidified my understanding and feel for the work. I went on to study homeopathy to deepen my knowledge of disease processes and healing. Continuing education has been important to me from the very beginning my most recent studies were with Ron Murray D.O.

    Resources:

    Chris Corrales clinic website: http://www.medicinevolution.com

    Gravity Meridians Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1430044350632959/

    • 50 min
    EPP 50: How To Use A Plastic Square And A Camera To Improve Posture And Performance While Eliminating Pain

    EPP 50: How To Use A Plastic Square And A Camera To Improve Posture And Performance While Eliminating Pain

    In this episode I interview Isaac Osborne, Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration, LMT, and creator and founder of imaging software Body Align Pro and inventor of the Sqr Shot device holder about his practice and his recent experience as an attendee and exhibitor at the 4th Fascial Research Congress in Reston Virginia.

     

    A brief bio:

    Isaac has 17 years in the chronic pain industry. He began his bodywork training while living on Kauai learning Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Shiatsu, Lymph Drainage Massage, American and Russian Sports Massage, Craino-sacral Therapy, Thai Yoga Therapy, and Myofascial Release.

    For 2 years Isaac was the lead medical massage therapist in a Physical Therapy Clinic where he focused on pre and post surgical care, work comp injuries and auto injuries. Realizing that the techniques he was using could be improved to help his clients (and himself because he was suffering from his own chronic low back and neck pain for over 12 years). He sought out the Rolf Method of Structural Integration to further enhance his training and address his pain. Isaac became certified in the method and incorporated the technique into his practice at his own clinic that he started after leaving the physical therapy clinic.

    After a couple of years of practicing the Rolf Method and getting his advanced certification Isaac was invited to teach with his mentor Emmett Hutchins at the Guild for Structural Integration. Isaac has taught with them since 2005 with beginning, advanced classes, and workshops and also taught a class in Japan.

    The next progression in his training occurred when Isaac discovered the Egoscue Method of Posture Alignment Therapy. Learning the Egoscue Method felt like the missing puzzle piece that allowed him total freedom from his remaining pain of over 16 years.

    An Accredited Exercise Therapist from Egoscue University and former Instructor for Egoscue University, Isaac combines his extensive experience and passion for sharing his knowledge to help people free themselves of chronic pain, address their postural compensations, and improve athletic performance.

    Isaac Osborne managed the imaging software for the Guild for Structural Integration for several years and has used imaging software in his clinic for over 10 years. He has reviewed thousands of photos with clients, students, teachers and mentors and recognized what a valuable teaching tool it was for them to see their photos. But this value is only realized when the camera is positioned precisely as possible and so Isaac created Body Align Pro® and SqrShot™.  Isaac uses the App every day in his clinic, Motion Unlimited, Santa Barbara. - See more at: http://bodyalignpro.com/#sthash.xw9gODS3.dpuf

    Resources:

    Isaac Osbornes clinic website: http://www.motionunlimited.net

    Body Align Pro imaging app: http://www.bodyalignpro.com

    Sqr Shot device positioning http://www.sqrshot.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #49 Does Foam Rolling Provide More Than A Temporary Fix?

    #49 Does Foam Rolling Provide More Than A Temporary Fix?

    Episode #49 Kevin Lucas–

     

    In this episode I interview Kevin Lucas, BCSI, LMT, about his many Structural Integration endevours- his school, teaching, his work with dogs, Healthy Paws Therapy, his work with athletes at Gonzaga University and elsewhere, and his innovative program for self care, Relief Through Rolling.

     

    A brief bio:

    Kevin Lucas, BCSIcm, LMT is a Certified Advanced Structural Integrator. He began his education at the Utah College of Massage therapy and received his advanced training at the Guild for Structural Integration. Kevin is the founder and director of Structural Innovations which is 1 of 22 recognized schools by the international Association of Structural Integrators to teach the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.

    Throughout his career, Kevin has helped thousands of patients and specializes in working with people who have very severe conditions and diseases such as Scoliosis, Parkinson’s, Dystonia, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Pain. Kevin also specializes in working with all levels of athletes and works on a daily basis with professional and collegiate level athletes from all over the country.

    Kevin’s passion and obsession of helping people find relief from pain revolves around the principle of teaching people to fish instead of just giving a fish. By increasing people’s awareness whether it is his students, or clients and giving them effective tools they can use to help themselves is how he believes we will change the planet the most. This obsession with helping people help themselves drove him to create Relief Through Rolling which is one of the most simple and effective pain relief self-care methods that people can use to increase circulation, improve range of motion, improve posture and most importantly decrease pain on the market today.

    The obsession that Kevin has to help people also extends to animals. Kevin is the creator and founder of Healthy Paws therapy which is a very effective and powerful tool that teaches dog owners and care givers how to perform myofascial work with their canine companions in a very fun, simple and highly effective way. Kevin believes that if you can pet your dog, you can work on your dog and help them find relief from pain and live the most vibrant, dynamic and healthy lives they are meant to live.

    Resources:

    Kevins Structural Integration website and school: http://structuralinnovations.us/

    Healthy Paws Therapy: http://healthypawstherapy.com/

    Relief Through Rolling: http://rtrolling.com/

    • 56 min
    #48 Does RockTape Really Work?

    #48 Does RockTape Really Work?

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    Tons of athletes are using RockTape and KT tape these days- it looks great but what its all about?

    According to RockTape, there are three types of taping- for slightly different applications.

    1)      Pain Taping- to reduce pain. A subset of this is drainage taping for swollen areas to facilitate lymph drainage and reduce swelling. Another subset would effectively splint the injured area (minor injury) to get muscle groups surrounding a joint to work together more efficiently, better supporting the joint.

    2)      Postural Taping- this is combined with a discrete assessment method like FMS, muscle testing, or SFMA to determine what muscles are not working enough and which ones are overworking. The goal is to create balance across agonist/antoganist muscles and muscular chains to facilitate functional strength and flexibility, balance, etc.

    3)      Performance Taping- the focus here is to tape entire chains of muscles (for particular movements) to improve strength and endurance. This is movement specific and sport specific.

    For example, crossfitters may tape the vertical muscles of the back and neck to help maintain the posterior chain while doing multiple rounds of overhead Olympic lifts- minimizing the need for or eliminating the need for a belt.

     

    The research: Not much has been done and studies show conflicting results. RockTape specific studies are not robust enough to be considered rigorous enough to withstand scrutiny.

     

    So- does it work?

     

    In my clinical experience- it does work. It works very well.

     

    Consider that the placebo effect has been shown to consist of up to 40% of the success of all interventions- across the board.

     

    How the person, client, patient, etc FEELS about the tape is the placebo effect… 40%. So even if there is no other effect, if the person feels stronger, faster, has more stamina, etc- they will perform as if they possess what they feel they possess. The mind is a powerful drive

    • 33 min
    The J Shaped Spine Part Deaux

    The J Shaped Spine Part Deaux

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    In this episode, I discuss and dissect the recent trending story about Esther Gokhale and her work with back pain- specifically comparing modern, first world, anatomy of the spine (she terms the “S- Shaped Spine) and the “J- Shaped Spine found in very old anatomy books in addition to modern indigenous peoples who live a traditional, non sitting lifestyle.

    In this discussion I explain the reasons for the anatomical differences, their implication in poor posture, hip, SI, back, neck, and shoulder pain, and I offer a strategy for improving posture and banishing back pain.

    Resources:

    Esther Gokhale’s website: http://gokhalemethod.com

    Exercise tips and movement cues:

     

    1)   lift the collarbones (disengage your shoulder girdle- engage your core)

    2)   build your glute medius (stand, balance, lunge- use your legs more often!)

    3)   build your glute complex (min, med, max)- squat often

    4)   Leg strength and mobility is important

    5)   Keep a long neck (starts in the mid back- lumbo dorsal hinge)

    6)   Get a Functional Assessment and tape the non or low functioning muscles

     

    Exercises:

     

    Overhead squat with broomstick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJxtDGOnCOk

    Brick smash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVVWTIGTQ7I

    Banded walking (sideways): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO6ppyR7lvI

    Kettlebell squat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfhy67CSxAI (deadlift, Romanian deadlift, hex bar deadlift)- prep hip thrusts, banded hip thrusts

    Walking lunges (fwd/reverse): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYWhkctnP2o

     

    1)   Book on head (to lift collarbones)- Do this first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHIpxFCPn8Y

    2)   Overhead squat with broomstick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJxtDGOnCOk

    3)   Walking lunges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYWhkctnP2o

    4)   Reverse lunges with thrust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPd0JVvR_gk

    5)   Glute Bridge/Pelvic thrusts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQXREKFfpY

    6)  Lunge matrix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_79b0N8txI

    • 46 min
    Drugs That Gobble Up Vitamins

    Drugs That Gobble Up Vitamins

    Drugs that gobble up vitamins- in this episode, I discuss common pharma drugs that people are taking and the nutritional deficiencies that they drive. I also talk a bit about how to address the deficiencies and natural alternatives to the pharma drugs. Download the pdf checklist HERE

    • 23 min

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