21 episodes

We combine the science of strength and conditioning with the tools of applied neuroscience so you can squash your pains and make gains. 

The KRUSE ELITE Podcast Taylor Kruse

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

We combine the science of strength and conditioning with the tools of applied neuroscience so you can squash your pains and make gains. 

    The Neuroscience of Massage Therapy

    The Neuroscience of Massage Therapy

    Why does chiropractic, massage therapy, or foam rolling work for some people and not others?  In this episode, I speak with my podcast producer, Tony, about therapeutic interventions and what is actually happening from a neurological perspective when someone gets a massage or goes to see a chiropractor.  I talk about how manual techniques work at the receptor level and how to use that knowledge to select different techniques to solve problems like back or knee pain.  I also talk about how those same receptors can aggravate sensitivities, and how knowing what receptors are involved can help you find a solution to your problem.  I talk about vibration, sound, light touch, smell, deep tissue massage, trigger point, and more and run them through a neurological filter so that we can understand why what might work magic for some may actually exacerbate problems for others, all in the name of solving tricky and elusive pain and movement issues.

    Thank you to my podcast idea man and coach, Tony Fowler (Instagram: @tone_reverie) for helping me put together this episode!

    Whenever you're ready here's how we can help you:


    Follow structured programs that integrate applied neurology, mobility and strength training to keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong even as you age by joining the Strength & Mobility Dojo
    Restore your brain-body connection by deliberately training your unique nervous system using the neurologic blueprint we provide in our specialty course, the Neuro Dojo

     

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The Neurology of Posture with Matt Bush

    The Neurology of Posture with Matt Bush

    Do you have concerns about rounded shoulders, anterior pelvic tilt, a droopy shoulder or maybe even scoliosis? Or, maybe you have a chronically stiff neck, tight shoulders, and painful low back and you know your posture needs some work. 

    In today's episode, I speak with one of my very first instructors of applied neurology, Matt Bush, about posture and the neurologic systems responsible for posture. We talk about the way in which you carry yourself posturally is really habitual, reflexive, and involuntary in nature. We talk about how traditional attempts to improve posture are primarily focused on the voluntary aspect of the proprioceptive system - utilizing tools like trigger pointing, foam rolling, and stretching to "release" tight areas or strength training to improve muscle activation. We bridge you into the idea that the muscle tone imbalances you're experiencing are a direct result of deficits in higher order systems. We break down the roles your visual and vestibular system play in maintaining head and body position, balance, spatial awareness and autonomic control so that you can effectively and efficiently hold your posture against gravity. We talk about key brain areas that are responsible for regulating posture control and resting muscle tone so that you can find a sense of balance and equilibrium posturally. And, we dive into some intro level exercises that you can use to begin to improve your posture at the brain-level. 

    Thank you to my mentor and co-host for today's podcast, Matt Bush, for delivering such an awesome lesson on the neurology of posture. Click below to follow and work with Matt and his team at Next Level Neuro:

    Website: https://www.nextlevelneuro.com

    Instagram: @nextlevelneuro

    Facebook: @nextlevelneuro   

    Email: Office@nextlevelneuro.com  

    Whenever you're ready here's how we can help you:


    Follow structured programs that integrate applied neurology, mobility and strength training to keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong even as you age by joining the Strength & Mobility Dojo
    Restore your brain-body connection by deliberately training your unique nervous system using the neurologic blueprint we provide in our specialty course, the Neuro Dojo

    • 1 hr 37 min
    How to Overcome Chronic Plantar Fasciitis - Karen's Story

    How to Overcome Chronic Plantar Fasciitis - Karen's Story

    Have you ever dealt with managing chronic pain? Perhaps you've made progress, only to find yourself back in the pain cycle.

    In this week's episode, I interview Karen Short, one of our own Strength & Mobility Dojo members, to delve into her journey of overcoming chronic plantar fasciitis.

    Karen and I discuss:


    The initial strategies she employed to tackle her foot pain and how these evolved into a more holistic, full-body approach.
    Her thoughtful decision-making process, focusing on what to prioritize rather than overwhelming herself with too many changes at once. 
    Three crucial steps she took to revamp her lifestyle, which were key to conquering her foot pain.
    The pivotal mindset shift that enabled her to consistently adhere to the process. 

    Whether you're dealing with plantar fasciitis or another chronic pain issue, Karen shares invaluable insights on what it takes to overcome chronic pain.

    Thank you to Strength & Mobility Dojo member, Karen Short for sharing your personal journey in managing plantar fasciitis. To work with Karen, check out her dojo:

    Website: www.guelphfamilykarate.com

    Instagram: @fightinggriffinguelph

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/fgfkarate 

    Whenever you're ready here's how we can help you:


    Follow structured programs to keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong even as you age by joining the Strength & Mobility Dojo
    Restore your brain-body connection by deliberately training your unique nervous system using the neurologic blueprint we provide in our specialty course, the Neuro Dojo

    • 54 min
    The Neuroscience of Yoga and Bodybuilding

    The Neuroscience of Yoga and Bodybuilding

    What do yoga and bodybuilding have in common?  In this episode, I speak with my podcast producer, Tony, about how you can apply a neuroscience based filter to pretty much any fitness or movement practice to better understand and assess its effectiveness.  I talk specifically about yoga and bodybuilding and how they interact with different systems in the brain and the nervous system and why and in what ways targeting those systems may be beneficial to your health and fitness.  I go over the active/passive gap and discuss the differences between flexibility and mobility, why mindfulness, stretching, and breathing exercises can all target the same region of the brain, and why interoception as found in yoga and bodybuilding is linked to better executive function and decision-making.    

    Thank you to my podcast idea man and coach, Tony Fowler (Instagram: @tone_reverie) for helping me put together this episode!

    Whenever you're ready here's how we can help you:


    Follow structured programs to keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong even as you age by joining the Strength & Mobility Dojo
    Restore your brain-body connection by deliberately training your unique nervous system using the neurologic blueprint we provide in our specialty course, the Neuro Dojo

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Neural Hierarchy Pt 3: The Proprioceptive System

    The Neural Hierarchy Pt 3: The Proprioceptive System

    What if an old scar is causing your brain to erroneously map where your body is in space? In Part 3 of a series on the neural hierarchy, I speak with my podcast producer, Tony, all about the proprioceptive system and how our sense of where our body is in space lives not in the body, but rather in the brain. I discuss why the proprioceptive system is closely related to performance and pain, and how this system ties in with the rest of the neural hierarchy to make decisions about movement, balance, mobility and threat.  By understanding how the proprioceptive mental map is made, I show how seemingly unrelated exercises that "clarify the map" can help decrease pain, increase performance, and even lessen things like anxiety and stress.

    Thank you to my podcast idea man and coach, Tony Fowler (Instagram: @tone_reverie) for helping me put together this episode!

    Whenever you're ready here's how we can help you:


    Follow structured programs to keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong even as you age by joining the Strength & Mobility Dojo
    Restore your brain-body connection by deliberately training your unique nervous system using the neurologic blueprint we provide in our specialty course, the Neuro Dojo

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Neural Hierarchy Pt 2: The Vestibular System

    The Neural Hierarchy Pt 2: The Vestibular System

    What if your tight calves are actually caused by a deficiency in how your brain perceives balance? In Part 2 of a series on the neural hierarchy, I speak with my podcast producer, Tony, all about the often overlooked vestibular system and how it is integrally related to balance, posture, respiration, blood pressure, and potentially, pain and performance.  I discuss some clues that might make me suspect someone has a vestibular deficiency, how I can test the vestibular system, what kinds of drills and exercises you can use to train the vestibular system, and more.  I also tell some powerful stories of clients that had lifelong vestibular deficits that they weren't aware of, and that when identified and targeted, led to huge improvements in quality of life and performance.  

    Thank you to my podcast idea man and coach, Tony Fowler (Instagram: @tone_reverie) for helping me put together this episode!

    Whenever you're ready here's how we can help you:


    Follow structured programs to keep your joints healthy and your muscles strong even as you age by joining the Strength & Mobility Dojo
    Restore your brain-body connection to decrease pain and improve performance using the neurologic blueprint we provide in our specialty course, the Neuro Dojo

    • 1 hr 7 min

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