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Resting an Injury

Injury rest

How many of you, when injured or in pain, have taken some time off from your desired activity? I’m sure you have. Heck, I have. It makes sense, right?

If _____ hurts, then if you stop doing _____ you won’t hurt.

Common sense if you ask most folks.

However, it makes no sense if you ask me (Even though I’ve done it!).

Almost daily I talk to new clients who have been told that they need to rest their pain or injury in order for it to go away. But, let’s think about that for a second. Let’s compare this situation to a problem that you have with your car. Let’s say your “Check Engine” light comes on or your brakes are squeaking. Naturally, you take your car to the mechanic, but what if instead of fixing it, he suggests that you simply don’t drive it?

“Just park it in your driveway for a couple weeks and you should be fine,” he says.

Uh…excuse me? That “Check Engine” light will magically disappear if I “rest” my car? Yeah….I don’t think so.

When dealing with a car issue, common sense takes over. Something needs to be done about the problem. There’s a very necessary action step that needs to be taken. The same is true with chronic pain. Just like your “Check Engine” light, pain is a signal alerting you to the fact that something isn’t right. We can’t sit back and rest it, hoping that it will go away. You have to take action.

If you’re ready to take action and do something about your pain, take a minute and download our Four Free E-cises and start your journey to a PAIN FREE life today!

QUESTION: What was your gut reaction when you were told to “rest” to alleviate your pain?



The Old-Age Myth

Multiple times every week, clients come through our doors having been told that their chronic pain is due to age. They hear things like, “you’re just getting older,” “it’s just a natural part of the aging process,” or “it’s just normal wear and tear for someone your age.”

While these are common reasons given for why someone is in pain, I don’t believe them to be true. Rather, I believe that these clients, and you if you’ve heard something similar, have been misled. I don’t believe pain has anything to do with age. Actually, I know for a fact that your knees have NO idea how old they are. In fact, the only part of your body that knows how old you are is your mind! I believe that when it comes looking for a cause of chronic pain, age is given WAY more credit than it’s due.

I love asking clients the question, How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? It seems silly, but it’s a genuine question. And, it’s one you might think about differently after watching this video:

QUESTION: What’s your opinion about age as a cause of chronic pain?

It’s Christmas in July!

Merry Christmas! Yes, Christmas has come early this year. We just celebrated our 8-year anniversary, and to say THANK YOU, we’re giving away some of our favorite things this month. If you’ve been in the clinic recently then you know that we’ve been diffusing dōTERRA essential oils. For those of you not familiar with essential oils:

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. They are gently and skillfully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

Essential oils are incredibly beneficial for your health, and only dōTERRA oils are 100% pure, natural aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants. They don’t contain fillers or artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities.

If you have wondered why we diffuse oils, it’s for far more benefit than just the good smell! Depending on which kind of oil is being diffused, the impact on the body will vary. Diffusing oils can:

  • lift your mood
  • invigorate you
  • relax you
  • relieve tension
  • calm you
  • help to focus your mind and improve concentration
  • increase the body’s ability to transport oxygen into the cells
  • help in weight management
  • boost the immune system
  • create a feeling of balance and well-being
  • freshen and purify the air
  • learn and retain studied materials up to 28% better than without the oils

Summer Giveaway
So, as I stated earlier, diffusing oils has a much bigger impact on the body than simply smelling good!

Today, we’re giving away one of my favorite scents, Citrus Bliss, as well as a diffuser!

Citrus Bliss is a combination of “wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine with a hint of vanilla to form this unique and harmonious blend. With benefits that extend beyond elevating mood and reducing stress, Citrus Bliss has natural, potent compounds with cleansing properties. Mixed with water, Citrus Bliss is a perfect solution for disinfecting countertops and other surfaces while emitting a fresh sweet scent. For aromatic or topical, use.” I can’t wait for the winner of this giveaway to diffuse this oil! It’s seriously one of my favorites!


Here’s what you need to do to win!

1. Like Egoscue Nashville on Facebook and/or follow Egoscue Nashville on twitter.

2. Share the link for this post with your social circle.

3. VERY IMPORTANT: Let me know that you have shared this post by commenting on the Egoscue Nashville Facebook page. Or, you can mention Egoscue Nashville in a tweet.

4. Win! And be on your way to experiencing essential oils!

QUESTION: How will YOU use the oil if you’re the winner?

Also, if you’re struggling with chronic pain and curious about how Egoscue can help, take a couple minutes and watch this video:

Had a Bulging Disc, Now PAIN FREE!

Back Pain Blog Graphic


I know from first-hand experience how debilitating back pain can be. A disc bulge at L4/L5 was what brought me to The Egoscue Method in the mid-90s as a teenager. Not only was I in pain, but I couldn’t think straight, was always in a mental “fog,” and was terrified of what my life would be like as I grew older. There’s no doubt in my mind that my experience with pain is similar to what many of you reading this face on a daily basis.

The pain consumes you.

It takes over.

It’s the only thing you can think about.

When working with clients who are experiencing back pain, especially a disc bulge, I’m able to not only sympathize with them but empathize with them. I’ve been there. I’ve walked in their shoes–as painful as it is to walk at times.

Take a few minutes are read Marty’s story. I have a feeling that it will give those of you at the end of your rope some hope that things can change and that a life currently consumed by pain doesn’t always have to be that way! I’ve worked with Marty for a few months now, and I’m honored that she would be willing to share her story with you all today. It’s one thing to hear my personal experience with Egoscue (I understand I’m a bit biased), but it’s a whole other thing to hear it from a client.

I’m 45, married and a mother of two girls (8 & 10). We live a very active and fast-paced life. Last year, while on vacation, I noticed that I could no longer get myself out of the beach chair. My back had been bothering me for about 6 months. I took over-the-counter medicine for pain and muscle soreness in my lower back. Now, I was past the point of helping myself, I couldn’t turn over in the bed at night, get out of a chair or bend over to pick things up!

My physical therapy friend recommended seeing an Orthopaedic doctor. I made an appointment and was told I needed an x-ray. The x-ray showed a degenerated spine. I was given several medications for pain and inflammation and a round of physical therapy visits. At first I felt better, but then two months later, I was in the same boat … BACK PAIN! The Orthopedic doctor gave me a shot in the L 5 area to help with pain. Once again, great for a few more months, then return of the PAIN! The third visit to the Orthopaedic seemed like no hope, I got another set of shots in my S-I joints – YOWZA! Two weeks later, guess what, PAIN! Finally, on the fourth visit to the Orthopaedic, I was scheduled for an MRI. The MRI showed a bulging disc at L 3-4. At least now I know that I wasn’t dreaming up the pain.. it was real! I was in tears at the thought that my life would never be the same – I used to teach yoga for goodness sake and have run a half-marathon!

Thank goodness for a dear friend for telling me about Egoscue and how it has worked for her and her mom. I went for the consultation, a slight bit skeptical, due to my previous treatment. HOLY COW, after the first visit, it was as if a MIRACLE had happened! I walked in stiff as a board with a migraine. When I walked out, NO back pain and NO headache! I told my friend about my visit and she said, “I told you so!!!” I have followed the program very strictly and have had amazing results. I am back at the gym and living a very active life again, thank you God, as I have prayed and prayed for these results! John Elder and his staff are incredible and have gone over and above to make sure I receive the best possible care. My results are evidence that you too can be PAIN FREE!

Wow! THANK YOU, MARTY! I never grow tired of reading testimonials like this. I’m honored to have been part of the process, and I hope that this will change the perspective of someone reading this who has “tried everything.” If you’re currently where Marty was, take a few minutes and download our Four Free E-cises. Your body can change. Your body can heal. You just have to give it a chance.

QUESTION: What all have you tried to eliminate your pain?


Here’s to a Great Eight Years!


July 7, 2006 will always be emblazoned on my mind. It was a sunny, hot Friday, and it was beautiful outside.

It was also the first day of business at Egoscue Nashville.

So, yes, if you’re doing the math correctly, this week marks our 8th birthday! I wanted to take a moment and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have supported us over the years. Whether you’ve read the book, referred someone to the book, referred your friends and family to us, or are a client yourself, you’ve all played a role in our success. I honestly mean that. If not for you, we wouldn’t be here.

Thank you fortrusting our staff to play a small role in your health.

Thank you for trusting your body enough to heal itself.

Thank you for trusting the process.

Thank you for trusting us enough to send your friends and family our way.

Without your trust, none of this would be possible.

It has been my honor to be of service to you over these years, and I look forward to many more great years to come.

Keep trusting!

All Kids’ Sports are Dangerous

Actually, I don’t believe that all kids’ sports are dangerous. What I do believe is that there are inherent risks for all athletes when competing in his or her sport. Yes, there’s a chance you’ll sprain an ankle, break a bone, or pull a muscle. And, there’s apparently a risk you’ll end up in the emergency room.

At least your kids will end up in the ER.

Youth InjuryAccording to an article from Fox News Health, there are 11 sports that are most dangerous for your kids to play. Tops on the list, I’m sure to no one’s surprise, is youth football. I’ve blogged about football before, and still stand by my claim that I won’t allow my boys to play. Just like I won’t let them play on railroad tracks. When you know you’re at risk for a life-threatening injury, that’s where I draw the line, personally.

I was surprised to discover a sport like swimming to not only be on the list, but rank higher than hockey and skateboarding. I’m curious what, other than almost drowning, might send a swimmer to the ER. Any swimmers out there want to chime in?

The bottom line is that while sports are risky–heck, crossing the street is risky–I believe the body is designed to play them. There is no such a thing as a bad motion, and if you can fathom the movement, you can do the movement. I don’t believe you should withhold your child from sports simply because he or she might end up in the ER. Instead, I would encourage you to get your kids moving more, not less. Get them functional, and let them have fun!

Regarding soccer being ranked the 5th most dangerous sport, shouldn’t we ask how many of those injuries are actual injuries?

Soccer Dive

I kid, soccer fans! I kid! (Kind of…)

Come on, lighten up!

Check out the full list:

1. Football

Number of 2012 ER visits: 240,509

Rate of change from 2007: +12.1 percent

Measured by TV viewership, football is by far the most popular sport in America – 46 of the top 50 most watched sporting events in 2013 were NFL games. So it’s no surprise that football ranks at the top activity for children ER visits in 2012.

READ MORE: Is Cheerleading More Dangerous Than Football?

2. Bicycles

Number of 2012 ER visits: 192,319

Rate of change from 2007: -13 percent

In 2007 and 2009, more children were sent to the hospital for bicycle-related incidents than any other activity, according to CPSC data. But the number of injuries has been steadily dropping, even as participation increased 5 percent from 2007-2012, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. Health experts credit greater use of safety equipment such as helmets for the decline.

3. Basketball

Number of 2012 ER visits: 189,562

Rate of change from 2007:  +21.4 percent

With its inclusion of both boys and girls in organized college and professional play, basketball leads the numbers for having the greatest participation of 6-to-17-year-olds, according to a Sports and Fitness Industry Association/Physical Council Report.

4. Baseball/Softball

Number of 2012 ER visits: 112,577

Rate of change from 2007: +3.1 percent

According to a 2012 analysis by ESPN, youth baseball is the most popular organized sport for little athletes ages 6 to 8 and remains the second most popular organized sport behind basketball until high school.

5. Soccer

Number of 2012 ER visits: 99,068

Rate of change from 2007:  +19.8 percent

With the World Cup this month, soccer has been put in the (albeit rare) national U.S. media spotlight. But the popularity of the sport has been feeding participation – and the number of injuries, experts say. “More total hours played of a sport increases absolute injury numbers,” said Dr. Russell Petrie, a sports medicine orthopedist from Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California.

6. Swimming

Number of 2012 ER visits: 79,751

Rate of change from 2007: +28.2 percent

According to the CDC, 36 percent of children between the ages of 7 and 17 go swimming at least six times a year, so a 28.2 percent increase in swimming-related injuries should raise alarm bells.

7. Trampoline

Number of 2012 ER visits: 62,569

Rate of change from 2007:  -13.8 percent

Manufacturers now advise users to only allow one child at a time on a trampoline – 75 percent of all injuries occur when there are two or more jumpers. Enclosures to prevent errant bounces onto the ground are now standard. And injuries, which peaked at 110,000 ER visits in 2004, have been on a long downward slide.

8. Skating (non-inline)

Number of 2012 ER visits: 42,117

Rate of change from 2007: -6.9 percent

The number of roller skaters has dropped to 13.35 million in 2012 from 19.74 million in 2007, according to website Statistica. Ice skating enjoys perennial popularity thanks to its Olympic and professional skating status, as well as its close cousin ice hockey (see No. 10 below).

9. Skateboard

Number of 2012 ER visits: 39,146

Rate of change from 2007: -44.4 percent

The number of people who skateboard has dropped by 47 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. While that drop worries aficionados and skateboard manufacturers, it has brought a bright spot to the ER doctors and parents – the number of ER visits for skateboard-related injuries dropped 44 percent during the same time period.

10. Hockey

Number of 2012 ER visits: 21,145

Rate of change from 2007:  +14 percent

Hockey is now the sixth most popular sport in the U.S., according to a recent Harris Poll, up from No. 11 in 1985. Youth participation has grown from 200,000 in 2000 to more than 350,000 in 2012, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Especially controversial is at what age children should be allowed to “check” opponents – full body defensive blocks of whomever controls the puck. USA Hockey allows checking starting at the 11-to-12-year-old Pee Wee League, but a recent AAP study recommends raising the age to 15.

11. Volleyball

Number of 2012 ER visits: 20,490

Rate of change from 2007: +22.1 percent

Participation in volleyball in high school has grown to more than 470,500 students from just under 445,000 in the 2007-08 school year – an increase of 5.8 percent, according to the National Federation of High School Associations. Volleyball’s growth is fueled by popularity among girls.

I’d love to hear your comments about this list! If you’re wanting to get your child more functional, and therefore reduce their propensity toward injury, then download our Four Free E-cises, and get your kids doing them today!

QUESTION: Which sports were you surprised to see on the list?


Avoiding Surgery and off Pain Meds with Visions of Walking Cane-Free!

Leaving Pain


When posting a testimonial, I typically say something about the client, the condition they were in when coming to the clinic, and their outlook on their current condition after doing Egoscue for a while.

However, today isn’t one of those days. After reading what Adeline wrote, there’s just nothing left to add. I would actually detract from her words if I tried to add to them. So, take a couple minutes and read this, and then share it with those around you. I honestly believe this can be a life-changing testimonial for someone.


For me, Egoscue means “HOPE”. For the past 12 years my life has been a constant stream of pain, injuries, bulging discs, bone spurs, anti-inflammatories, pain meds, doctors visits, physical therapy, decompression therapy, immobility, weeks in bed because I couldn’t sit up, epidurals and more! I had walked with a cane for 1-1/2 yrs. I could write a whole book about my battle with chronic pain every day. Doctors wanted to do surgery more than once, including wanting to do a Total Knee recently. My family even begged me to have surgery to see if it would help. However, because I worked 30 years as an RN with most of those years in surgery, I wouldn’t do it even though the pain was severe. I saw many patients come back over & over for multiple joint, knee & back surgeries with no improvement in the end. I never lost hope that I would find something else that would give me my life back.

None of the doctors seemed to have an answer for me other than pain meds and surgery. Instinctively I knew my body was very out of line and my posture was poor. During my better times I would try all kinds of exercise programs but they didn’t last long because I always injured myself and ended up back in the cycle of doctors, physical therapy, pain meds, etc. A few weeks ago it became a medical semi-emergency that I needed to get off the anti-inflammatories that I had taken for years because I had decreasing kidney function. The doctor cut my meds way down and my pain increased more. So, Egoscue came along at such a critical time for me.

I found Pete Egoscue’s book on the internet and began reading. Because I also had hammer-toes and pronation of my feet I started doing some of the feet exercises. Within 3 days I saw an improvement, so I thought “this really does work.” However, I didn’t know where to go next because I never knew from day to day where the pain would be the worst. I had pain in every part of my body and one doctor had told me I had fibromyalgia. I didn’t accept that diagnosis and believed it all had to do with my body alignment. I decided I would go to the Egoscue Clinic for an individualized program.

Luckily the Nashville Egoscue is just 2 hours away. From the moment I walked in the clinic I knew this was the answer I had been searching for. John & Mario evaluated me & found my upper body rotated one way and lower body rotated the opposite. When I arrived my back pain was a 5-6 which was a “normal” day for me. By the end of my 1st session my pain was decreased. By the next day my pain was down to a “1” most of the time. I do skype sessions and in only 4 weeks, I feel like a new person already. My pain is at a” 1”some of the time but I have started having periods that are totally pain free for several hours (without any meds). I am now walking without a cane much of the time & I believe I can be totally “cane-free” within the next few weeks. I don’t remember how many years since I was pain-free at all. It is heaven for me. I am excited to know that my quality of life will be better in my future. I am 66 years old and I plan to do some things I haven’t been able to do for a long time. If you have chronic pain, RUN , don’t walk to the Egoscue Clinic. Everyone is so caring and professional too which means a lot. What an answer to many prayers!

Adeline in Alabama


I mean…COME ON! Is anyone else INSPIRED after reading this? If you don’t think your body can change after reading this, then you need to check your pulse!

If you want to experience a glimpse of what Adeline has, take a minute and download our Four Free E-cises today!

QUESTION: What has been your chronic pain experience?


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