No Pain Principle #4: Rebuild Capacity

Reduce stress, increase energy, and resolve pain

The act of performing aerobic exercise directly influences our stress response. As a side effect of our increasing heart rate during exercise, our heart secretes a hormone called atrial natrieuretic peptide. When this hormone reaches the brain, it directly reduces the impact of the stress response. Additionally, aerobic exercise promotes reduced tension in your muscles, […]

Note Cards: The Wisdom of Annie Savoy, Nonlinear Thinkin’ and Models

From the Movie Bull Durham… Crash Davis: You think I could make it to the show as a manager? Annie: You’d be great, just great. ‘Cause you understand non-linear thinking even though it seems like baseball is a linear game ’cause of the lines and the box scores an’all — but the fact is that […]

My Current Program for Brain Health and Quality of Life

“We must all wear out or rust out, every one of us.  My choice is to wear out”  -Teddy Roosevelt Our systems are well-designed to manage acute stressors.  These are the temporary mental or physical challenges that we face on a day-to-day basis.  These stressors actually promote a strengthening of our physiological systems and make […]

How Breathing Affects Movement

We don’t just work to improve breathing patterns for the impact on neurology. Don’t forget about the mechanical effects of airflow, and how it can limit or improve movement. Breathing patterns can alter position which, in turn, can restrict airflow resulting in limited inflation or hyperinflation of your lungs. This can create a mechanical barrier […]

IFAST University is LIVE!

  Many of our IFAST Family have gone on to great things. Several former IFAST interns have gone on to own their own successful training facilities! We have a few former IFAST interns that have gone on to enter some the country’s best PhD programs! Several former IFAST Interns have gone on to assistantships and […]

Corrective vs. Capacity Issues

“Fatigue changes everything.” -Bill Hartman, 2008 Midwest Performance Enhancement Seminar (ugh… I just quoted myself… I’m a little sick to my stomach). Sometimes movement problems aren’t really just movement problems. Sometimes you need to address the other two parts of an effective assessment process.