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The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in health, wellness and business with a particular focus on physical therapy. We take evidence based medicine and break it down, making it easier to understand and immediately apply to your life. At Healthy Wealthy & Smart our goal is simple: to provide you with the best information so you can live a healthy and pain free life!

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The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in health, wellness and business with a particular focus on physical therapy. We take evidence based medicine and break it down, making it easier to understand and immediately apply to your life. At Healthy Wealthy & Smart our goal is simple: to provide you with the best information so you can live a healthy and pain free life!

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Insightful Conversations

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Karen is a great interviewer and facilitates fantastic conversations with her guests, no matter the subject!

Great podcast by a great host!

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Karen does a great job getting a wide array of interesting guests.

iTunes Ratings

170 Ratings
Average Ratings
157
7
1
3
2

Insightful Conversations

By drewtarvin - Sep 01 2019
Read more
Karen is a great interviewer and facilitates fantastic conversations with her guests, no matter the subject!

Great podcast by a great host!

By Dr Feilgood - Feb 09 2018
Read more
Karen does a great job getting a wide array of interesting guests.
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Healthy Wealthy & Smart

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Rank #71 in Medicine category

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The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in health, wellness and business with a particular focus on physical therapy. We take evidence based medicine and break it down, making it easier to understand and immediately apply to your life. At Healthy Wealthy & Smart our goal is simple: to provide you with the best information so you can live a healthy and pain free life!

Rank #1: 245: Dr. David Butler: Explain Pain Supercharged

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Happy New Year to the Healthy Wealthy and Smart family! To start off 2017, I had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. David Butler to the show to chat about his work, Explain Pain Supercharged, co-written by Dr. Lorimer Moseley. David is a clinician, an international freelance educator, an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of South Australia and an Honoured Lifetime Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. His professional interests focus around the integration of neurobiology into clinical decision making and public and professional education in pain, stress and performance management.

In this episode, we discuss:

-David’s patient centered updates in Explain Pain Supercharged

-How the immune system and nervous system interact and impact pain symptoms

-David explains SIMS and DIMS and how to treat the patient more holistically

-Evidence for opioid alternatives that everyone possesses in their brain

-And much, much more!

Reconceptulizing pain as a protective signal instead of a marker of injury or disease is an important target concept to improve pain outcomes for persistent pain patients. David states, “The primary root metaphor out there has been pain is enemy. Therefore you see pain killers, war against pain, shotgun approach. It’s a big battle but we’re trying to change the primary metaphor to pain is protector so therefore pain softener, you can be sore but safe, hurt not harm and to get metaphors coming off this deeper, deeper conceptual metaphor.”

One of David’s goals of Explain Pain Supercharged is to create a digestible curriculum for patient education. David believes, “Knowledge is the greatest pain liberator of all.”

Physical therapists are at the forefront of empowering chronic pain patients with effective alternatives to pharmaceuticals. David stresses, “Your own drug cabinet in the brain can be more powerful than anything else.”

For more information on David:

David Butler is a physiotherapy graduate of the University of Queensland (1978).  He has a graduate diploma in advanced manipulative therapy (1985), a masters degree by research from the University of South Australia (1996) and a doctorate in education from Flinders University (2010).  David is a clinician, an international freelance educator, an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of South Australia and an Honoured Lifetime Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. His professional interests focus around the integration of neurobiology into clinical decision making and public and professional education in pain, stress and performance management. Food, wine and fishing are also research interests. Author of numerous book chapters and articles and the texts Mobilisation of the Nervous System (1991), The Sensitive Nervous System (2000), David has also co-authored of Explain Pain (2003, 2nd Edn 2013), The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook (2012) and The Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer (2015).

Resources discussed on this show:

noi group website

noi jam blog

Protectometer

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

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Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my latest blog post on the The Best Advice you Need to Know from Top Physical Therapists!

Jan 02 2017
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Rank #2: 112: Adriaan Louw, PT explains central sensitization

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Adriaan and I discussed the ins and outs of central sensitization. Adriaan shares his knowledge on what central sensitization is, how it can be diagnosed and what the role of the physical therapist is in the treatment. Adriaan is a wealth of knowledge and has the ability to take these very complex ideas and break […]
Jun 10 2013
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Rank #3: 164: How to Create a Successful Cash PT Business

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 I get a lot of questions from physical therapists and PT students from around the country about creating and ultimately running a successful cash PT business.  I thought I would use a couple of podcast episodes to answer some of those questions.  In this first part of the cash PT series I discuss how to set yourself up for success in the cash PT model.  In this episode you will learn:

 * How to create a solid foundation for a successful business.

 * What are the three P's and how can they direct your business.

 * The importance of your business website.

 * What questions should you or your client ask to the insurance company.

 * What information needs to be on your superbill.

 * How to determine your fees.

 * Tips for working in a home health model.

 Like I said above this is the first part in a series of podcasts about the cash PT model.  Be sure to stay tuned for more practical information on running a successful cash PT business. 

 If you like what you are hearing then be sure to leave a good rating and a review on iTunes and share with your friends and family!

 Have a great week!

 Karen

Aug 02 2015
42 mins
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Rank #4: 287: Prof. Lorimer Moseley: The Pain Revolution

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On today’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I had the honor of welcoming Professor Lorimer Moseley onto the show to answer audience questions regarding persistent pain. Lorimer Moseley’s interests lie in the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. He is Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of South Australia and a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia.

In this episode, we discuss:

-The Pain Revolution: creating a public discourse about persistent pain

-Misconceptions surrounding the biopsychosocial model and pain

-Confronting medical providers who promote negative pain beliefs

-Is there merit in using placebo treatments for chronic pain?

-How does Lorimer stay critical of his own scientific work?

-And so much more!

Persistent pain needs to be understood not only by clinicians but the general public and policymakers. Lorimer believes, “It’s our most burdensome non-fatal condition facing our species.”

Clinicians need to understand what motivates their patients. Lorimer reminds us that, “When push comes to shove, in the raw moment, you ask a patient with persistent pain or anyone in pain, what do you want most right now? I think most of them would say pain relief.”

Medical providers hold a great deal of sway with patients. This influence can be used to validate what patients are feeling and aid the healing process. Lorimer states, “Nearly all health professionals have a natural tendency and a very slick skill set of legitimizing someone’s suffering.”

Although the biopsychosocial model differs in many ways from the biomedical model, there are many opportunities to share insights and practitioners of both frameworks should be self-critical. Lorimer advices, “It’s tempting for us to cast character judgments on those who are not like us. Actually, I think that people are trying to help their patients a lot of the time. They’re good people. I really think we need to collaborate and just keep open the possibility that we’re wrong. We have to be committed to try and prove ourselves wrong.”

For more information on Lorimer:

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. After posts at The University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Sydney, Lorimer was appointed Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and Chair in Physiotherapy, The Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia. He is also Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.

He has published over 200 papers, four books and numerous book chapters. He has given over 140 keynote or invited presentations at interdisciplinary meetings in 30 countries and has provided professional education in pain sciences to over 10,000 medical and health practitioners and public lectures to as many again. His YouTube and TEDx talks have been viewed over 200,000 times.

He consults to governmental and industry bodies in Europe and North America on pain-related issues. He was awarded the inaugural Ulf Lindblom Award for the outstanding mid-career clinical scientist working in a pain-related field by the International Association for the Study of Pain, was shortlisted for the 2011 and 2012 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences, and won the 2013 Marshall & Warren Award from the NHMRC, for the Best Innovative and Potentially Transformative Project. He was made Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2011, by original contribution, and an Honoured Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, their highest honour, in 2014.

Resources discussed on this show:

Pain Revolution

Pain Revolution Facebook

Explain Pain Supercharged

Body In Mind Twitter

Body In Mind

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

Jul 24 2017
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Rank #5: 396: Jenn Edden: How to Manage your Sugar Cravings

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On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I welcome Jenn Edden on the show to discuss how to manage cravings. Jenn Edden is a sugar addiction expert, author and empowerment coach for over 14 years. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

In this episode, we discuss:

-How entrenched habits impact cravings

-What ingredients to look for on food labels

-Jenn’s food recommendations to energize your morning

-Food rotation strategies to prevent habit formation

-And so much more!

“When your gut is out of whack, you crave sugar.”

“Diets don’t work.”

“Cleaning up what you eat when you’re not out is imperative.”

“Packaging is deceiving.”

“It doesn’t have to be as expensive as people think.”

“Real whole food over processed will always win out in the body.”

“Being healthy is simple.”

For more information on Jenn:

Jenn Edden is a sugar addiction expert, author and empowerment coach for over 14 years. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Stony brook University and attended medical school briefly before deciding that wasn’t the right path for her. Growing up with depression and anxiety, Jenn has seen the effects first hand of what sugar can do to your physical and mental well being. After healing herself of gastritis in her mid 20’s Jenn had since dedicated her time and energy to spreading the message about how to kick and manage sugar addiction in a non depriving way.

How many times do you get to the end of your day wishing you could have done it differently? And for sure with more energy and without that extra cup of coffee and 3pm snack that has left you not only hungry for something more but has just sabotaged your never ending weight loss goals! Jenn aims to give us back the power that you somehow lost in your busy life without dieting, deprivation or denial. She simplifies the complex while delivering real results in life, food and business.

To grab a complimentary copy of Jenn’s book and learn how to kick cravings in under 7 days download it here …https://jecoaching.com/freecopywomanunleashedbook/

Resources discussed on this show:

Amazon Fresh

Jenn Edden Coaching Website

Jenn Edden Twitter

Jenn Edden Facebook

Woman Unleashed Book

EWG Guide to the Dirty Dozen

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

Nov 12 2018
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Rank #6: 262: Prof. Peter O'Sullivan: Reconceptualizing Pain

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LIVE from Combined Sections Meeting, this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast features Professor Peter O’Sullivan discussing elements of the biopsychosocial model for chronic pain management. Peter O’Sullivan is Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. In addition to his teaching and research at Curtin University, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005) in Perth, Australia. He is recognized internationally as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in the management of complex musculoskeletal pain disorders.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Why you should validate your patient’s pain experience, understand their beliefs and fears, and disconfirm them through behavioral learning

-The link between a practitioner’s language and self-efficacy

-The informal and non-threatening art of Peter’s initial examination

-Maintaining professional boundaries with chronic pain patients and avoiding burn out

-And so much more!

One of the strongest influences to better treatment outcomes for chronic pain patients is trust in the therapeutic alliance. “You’ve got to build a strong therapeutic relationship,” Peter suggests if you want to see patient’s engage in their program and take more control over their pain.

Treating chronic pain patients can be challenging. With the right evaluation framework and understanding of neuroscience, Peter believes you can make instant impact for the patient. Peter stresses, “The nervous system is so damn plastic. If you can get to the heart of what someone is thinking and feeling. Validate it and take them on a journey—it can break that schema up.”

Peter is critical of therapeutic techniques in physical therapy when in fact a majority of patients would benefit from relaxation strategies and progressive loading. He suggests, “I think we undermine how smart the body is…someone who gets in trouble is someone who is too hyper vigilant and probably obsessed with their technique.”

For more information on Peter:

Peter is the Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University, West Australia and is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005). His private clinic is Body Logic Physiotherapy in Perth www.bodylogicphysiotherapy.com.au. Peter has an international reputation for clinical research investigating the development, multi-dimensional assessment and targeted management of chronic spinal pain disorders. He has also developed a management approach for chronic low back pain – called ‘cognitive functional therapy’. He has published over 190 papers with his team in international peer review journals, has presented the findings of his research at more than 90 National and International conferences and has run clinical workshops in over 24 countries. Peter’s expertise is linking of clinical research to the clinical setting. (see www.pain-ed.com)

Resources discussed on this show:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

NOI Group

Body in Mind

Pain-Ed

Adriaan Louw

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

Mar 13 2017
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Rank #7: 174: Medicare & Cash PT w/ Dr Jarod Carter

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As any medical professional will tell you, navigating the Medicare system is challenging.  Add to that a cash physical therapy business and things can get really confusing! To help get us through this sea of confusion that is Medicare, Dr. Jarod Carter has written a fabulous book entitled Medicare and Cash Pay Physical Therapy.  It is a comprehensive guide based on all he has learned from over five years of owning a cash-based clinic and many hours of working with different attorneys and authorities on this subject.  Dr. Carter has also been teaching about the private pay business model for a number of years and often consults for in-network practices participating with Medicare.  So this book is not only focused solely on the rules as they apply to cash-based practices.  It is written for any practice owner wondering how she/he can accept private payment for the variety of services a PT business may provide to beneficiaries.   

In this episode we talk about:

* Why Jarod decided to become a physical therapist

* Why and how he started his cash-based PT practice

* What is the difference between participating, non-participating, and no relationship w/ Medicare

* Can a PT opt out of Medicare

* What is an ABN and when is it necessary to use it vs. a private contract with your patients.

* Is there a "loophole" to see Medicare patients in a cash PT model

* And much more!

One thing to remember...if you have any questions about your practice and how it fits in to the Medicare system always contact a healthcare lawyer to help with your specific situation. 

Enjoy the podcast and thanks for listening!

Karen

Oct 05 2015
1 hour
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Rank #8: 219: Dr. Greg Lehman: The Beauty of Simplicity

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Happy Independence Day to the American Healthy Wealthy and Smart family! On this week’s episode, Greg Lehman and I review the evidence and rethink effective treatment strategies. Greg is both a physiotherapist and chiropractor who treats musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model and simplifies pain science for clinicians around the world.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Why explaining pain leads to better treatment outcomes

-The case for and against repeated spinal flexion

-Does glute activation or inhibition affect pain?

-Functional training and the carry-over effect

-And so much more!

Greg stresses that most physical therapists should rethink what is valuable to their patients. He states, “The technical mastery is less important…It probably has more to do with how your patient feels comfortable and how you respond to them rather than you being a good robot who knows lines of drive and the biomechanics. That isn’t what is valuable and isn’t supported in all the research that we have.”

Greg also questions the effectiveness of being so specific with our interventions and takes a broader approach in his treatment philosophy. “I don't think there is any treatment that ever has to occur… It’s actually a neat, big question for therapy I would like to see addressed more. Is there ever a treatment that is absolutely necessary for a specific condition or are there a number of things that can be helpful? I tend to believe there are a number of things—I have my biases—but I think most things aren't that specific.”

Greg builds patient self-awareness with education and believes it is his most effective treatment tool. “I go right into education for low back pain. I am not too worried about getting them super active right away. I want to encourage them to getting back to doing the things that are important. If they tell me they are afraid to do a number of things that they like doing and they are meaningful activities, my go to intervention is to convince them they can start doing those things again.”

Greg suggests shifting our focus as clinicians from a purely biomedical approach to treatment and instead developing our psychosocial expertise. “I really believe it is okay to be simple. We don't really need the complexity that we try to do, especially the biomechanics. The big point of that is if you simplify your biomechanics, your physical interventions, it can allow you to develop your skills in the other areas, the psychosocial stuff and start taking more classes outside our typical training—psychologists, social workers, that type of stuff. That’s where we can build our skill set. There's not a better manipulation, there’s not that special exercise technique that you need to learn. It’s fun but it’s not necessary for patients with pain.”

For more about Greg:

  1. GREG LEHMAN BKIN, MSC, DC, MSCPT

He is a physiotherapist and chiropractor treating musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model.

Prior to his clinical career he was fortunate enough to receive a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council MSc graduate scholarship that permitted me to be one of only two yearly students to train with Professor Stuart McGill in his Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory subsequently publishing more than 20 peer reviewed papers in the manual therapy and exercise biomechanics field. Greg was an assistant professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College teaching a graduate level course in Spine Biomechanics and Instrumentation as well conducting more than 20 research experiments while supervising more than 50 students. He has lectured on a number of topics on reconciling treatment biomechanics with pain science, running injuries, golf biomechanics, occupational low back injuries and therapeutic neuroscience. His clinical musings can be seen on Medbridge Health CE and various web based podcasts. Greg is currently an instructor with therunningclinic.ca and with Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science.  Both are continuing education platforms that provide clinically relevant research that helps shape and refine clinical practice.

While he has a strong biomechanics background he was introduced to the field of neuroscience and the importance of psychosocial risk factors in pain and injury management almost two decades ago. Greg believes successful injury management and prevention can use simple techniques that still address the multifactorial and complex nature of musculoskeletal disorders. He is active on social media and consider the discussion and dissemination of knowledge an important component of responsible practice. Further in depth bio and history of my education, works and publications.

For more information on where Greg will be lecturing next, make sure to visit his website and keep up with Greg on twitter!

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my latest blog post on Managing Expectations: It Shouldn't be That Difficult!

Jul 04 2016
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Rank #9: 356: Tom Goom, PT: So, You Have a Pain in Your Ass?

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On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Tom Goom joins me to discuss a gluteal tendinopathy case study. Tom has gained the nickname ‘Running Physio’ after years of combining his passion for physio and love for running together to specialise in management of running injury. He’s written widely on the topic with over 200 evidence-based articles for his own site, running-physio.com as well as contributing to the BJSM Blog, Runner’s World and the Telegraph. In 2016 he published a masterclass on proximal hamstring tendinopathy in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He presents his Running Repairs Course in the UK, internationally and online, covering a range of topics from training load management to bone stress injuries, strength and conditioning and more.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Crafting the subjective portion of your evaluation

-Objective measures at the impairment, activity and participation levels

-Multimodal treatment approaches to manage gluteal tendinopathy

-Intrinsic factors that affect tendon health

-And so much more!

Identifying what running really means to your patient will help guide your goals for therapy as Tom stresses, “I want to know about the impact the injury is having on them.”

Modifying activity levels is an important aspect for your exercise prescription and you have to convey to your patients that, “It’s this kind of balancing act of risk versus reward.”

It is important for clinicians to avoid iatrogenic language in their patient education and only, “Highlight the good things.“

Establish at the onset to, “Expect flair ups.” as managing patient expectations during their rehabilitation is key to long term success.

Treating gluteal tendinopathy is both challenging and rewarding and Tom believes, “There’s an art to it as well as a science.”

For more information on Tom:

Tom is a physiotherapist with over 10 years of experience and a very keen runner! He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2002 and since then has worked in clinics in the UK and overseas. His career started in Winchester where he worked in the NHS and developed a specific interest in lower limb rehab and joined the physio team at a semi-professional football club. Following the Tsunami in 2004 Tom travelled to Sri Lanka and did voluntary physiotherapy work in a hospital, teaching local staff, treating patients and fundraising for new equipment. Tom returned to the UK in 2006 and started working in Brighton as a senior physiotherapist. His interest in rehab continued to grow and he ran lower limb and spinal rehab groups as well a chronic pain programme.

Tom started RunningPhysio in March 2012 to help those training for marathons that spring, since then it’s developed into a resource used by runners all over the world. Tom has written for Running Fitness, Men’s Running UK, and the British Journal of Sports Medicine blog. His work has featured on Kinetic Revolution, Bartold Biomechanics and a host of online sports sites.

 A few words from Tom…

I’m learning about running all the time, one thing I’ve found is that there are a lot of opinions out there! No 2 people will give you the same advice and I respect that. My plan with this site is to share my view on injury prevention and management when running. I welcome different views and ideas so please feel free to comment. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I hope people will find this site helpful. I’ve got a few miles under my belt and a few good PB’s – 39:30 for 10km and a 1:28 half marathon. In April 2013 I did my first marathon and loved it! I finished in 3:12:28 – full story here.

I work at The Physio Rooms clinic in Brighton. For more information or to arrange an appointment see our Clinic Page.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or chat to me on Twitter via @tomgoom. Please note that due to very high numbers of comments and questions we aren’t able to reply to everyone

Resources discussed on this show:

Running Physio Website

Running Physio Twitter

Running Physio Facebook

Tendon Health Questionnaire

Pain Catastrophizing Scale

Hudl Technique

Plinsinga et al 2018: Psychological factors not strength deficits are associated with severity of gluteal tendinopathy: A cross‐sectional study

Ganderton et al 2018: Gluteal Loading Versus Sham Exercises to Improve Pain and Dysfunction in Postmenopausal Women with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Mellor et al 2018: Education plus exercise versus corticosteroid injection use versus a wait and see approach on global outcome and pain from gluteal tendinopathy: prospective, single blinded, randomised clinical trial

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

Jun 11 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #10: 166: How to Navigate Student Loan Debt & Investing w/ Bridget Casey, MBA

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As many of you know one of the biggest downsides of secondary education is the staggering amount of student loan debt.  This rate of student loan debt has increased substantially over the years so many millennials are especially mired in debt before they even start their first job.  I know first hand this can feel very overwhelming and quite frankly a little depressing.  I asked you (the audience) what questions you had for Bridget and I am so excited to bring you all the answers in this episode.

Bridget Casey is the author and creator of the financial blog Money After Graduation.  She has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and an MBA in finance.  She is a passionate millennial on a mission to help others pay down their student debt and start investing the right way! 

Bridget is also offering a FREE eCourse called the Debt Crusher eCourse that you can enroll in here.

In this episode Bridget and I discuss:

* When should you consolidate your student loan debt

* What is her best advice for someone graduating with close to $100,000 in debt and starting with a job that pays around $60,000-$70,000 per year.

* The difference between having a personal finance advisor vs. online companies (like Learn Vest) for meeting your financial goals.

* Should your income go to paying off your student loan debt or investing (such a common question)

* Should you start paying off your student debt while still in school

* Strategies for paying off student loan debt fast.

Thank you all for the great questions!  This episode is sure to answer those questions and get you on the right path for investing and a plan for paying off those student loans!

Thanks for listening and have a great week!

Karen

Aug 17 2015
50 mins
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Rank #11: 404: Dr. Matthew Villegas, PT, DPT: Overcoming Anxiety in PT School

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On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Jenna Kantor, DPT guest hosts and interviews Matthew Villegas on how to deal with anxiety in physical therapy school. Matthew Villegas’ goal, as someone born with a brachial plexus injury (trauma to the bundle of nerves near the shoulder blade and collar bone), is to help others with brachial plexus injuries live life to their fullest and dare to run and compete in crossfit through his skills as a Physical Therapist.

In this episode, we discuss:

-How anxiety manifested itself in Matthew’s DPT experience

-Matthew’s tips on how to tackle the challenges of a DPT program

-What pre-PT students should do before going to PT school

-And so much more!

Memorable Quotes from this episode: 

“Give everything it’s due time and not necessarily focus too much on one thing.”

“Live through the moment and let whatever happens, happen.”

“The staff, the faculty are there for you and do want to see you succeed.”

For more information on Matthew:

My name is Matthew Villegas. My goal as someone born with a brachial plexus injury (trauma to the bundle of nerves near the shoulder blade and collar bone) is to help others with brachial plexus injuries live life to their fullest and dare to run and compete in crossfit through my skills as a Physical Therapist. I host the Capable Body Podcast (available on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher), which aims to bridge the gap between healthcare providers and real people with real stories. Also, the podcast features an active Facebook community that is a safe space where I share more means to connect with my guests as well as some behind-the-scenes extras.

For more information on Jenna:

Jenna Kantor (co-founder) is a bubbly and energetic girl who was born and raised in Petaluma, California. Growing up, she trained and performed ballet throughout the United States. After earning a BA in Dance and Drama at the University of California, Irvine, she worked professionally in musical theatre for 15+ years with tours, regional theatres, & overseas (www.jennakantor.com) until she found herself ready to move onto a new chapter in her life – a career in Physical Therapy. Jenna is currently in her 3rd year at Columbia University’s Physical Therapy Program. She is also a co-founder of the podcast, “Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives,” has an evidence-based monthly youtube series titled “Injury Prevention for Dancers,” is a NY SSIG Co-Founder, NYPTA Student Conclave 2017 Development Team, works with the NYPTA Greater New York Legislative Task Force and is the NYPTA Public Policy Committee Student Liaison. Jenna aspires to be a physical therapist for amateur and professional performers to help ensure long, healthy careers. To learn more, please check out her website: www.jennafkantor.wixsite.com/jkpt

Resources discussed on this show:

Matthew Villegas Website

Matthew Villegas Facebook

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Dec 10 2018
12 mins
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Rank #12: 331: CSM After Dark Part One

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LIVE from the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast brings another installment of CSM After Dark Part 1 featuring the following diversity panelists:

Dr. Rupal Patel, PT, DPT twitter

  • “When you’re an immigrant kid it’s about not just the education but what is the value of that education in terms of jobs and economy.”
  • “You have to own face diversity.”
  • “The biggest guidance which is very silent is my parents.”

Dr. Monique Caruth, PT, DPT twitter

  • “I was greeted by a sign that says, ‘All aliens follow this line. All residents follow that line.’   Alien? Am I an alien? That was my first encounter with being different or being labeled as something different.”
  • “I get asked all the time by my patients, ‘Wow you speak English so well, what’s your first language?’ and I am like, English.”
  • “I had to learn to modify my accent. I still have one but it’s not as pronounced because in school a lot of people couldn’t understand when I spoke.”
  • “The first time I met with the Director of Rehab at that program she stopped and said while we were talking, ‘Wow, you’re more articulate then what I expected.’”
  • “I battled with who to sit and eat lunch with every lunch time.”
  • “We try to be as passive aggressive as possible.”
  • “In order for our profession to grow, people have to be aware that their not dealing with colleagues who are like them, who believe the same things that they believe. They are also not going to be treating patients who believe the same thing that they believe or live the same life that they live.”
  • “As a profession we don’t do any justice in supporting people who are not like us.”
  • “A lot of things do not apply to African American patients that we try to encourage people to do.”

Dr. Uchenna Ossai, PT, DPT twitter

  • “I was in a sea of white faces.”
  • “I am used to being in white spaces. I am used to accommodating.”
  • “The process of going through PT school where you’re the only one and then you have professors who do the oppression through denial, ‘Oh, I treat everyone the same. I don’t see color. Vagina, penis, no different.’ Trust me it’s not the same.”
  • “If someone just got kicked out of their house because they’re transgender and live in a state that won’t protect them that pain isn’t going to go away. Evidence based medicine isn’t going to help that.”
  • “It was so hard to finish that process when I felt that I had no one.”
  • “There is a disease that we have called complicit.”
  • “Me disagreeing with you is not anger.”

Sherry Teague, CFO, PTA twitter

  • “Going to the restroom can be quite the special treat.”
  • “I’ve been fired for who I am.”
  • “You knew you were being looked over because you’re different.”
  • “The patients that you meet that are LGBTQ they are at risk by simple being who they are.”
  • “Those of you that are straight, just always assume that you don’t know. Ask the questions in a very non-binary way.”  
  • “You could make a difference as a healthcare provider.”

Dr. Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD twitter

  • “As a minority, sometimes you have to massage your message a little bit because people can be sensitive.”
  • “Those adjectives that you just gave me about slavery that’s how I feel about PT at times.”
  • “I think holistic admission is going to be our saving grace.”
  • “We are using the term inclusion as a way to put a Band-Aid on it.”
  • “Sometimes we forget the stories.”
  • “Ask questions.”

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Xo Karen

Mar 16 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #13: 343: Dr. Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD: PT Residency vs Fellowship

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On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Michael Bade joins me on Facebook Live to discuss the difference between a residency and fellowship program. Michael is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program. He is board-certified in orthopaedics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is currently an affiliate faculty member of the Regis OMPT fellowship program and in addition to his experience as a fellowship director, he has assisted with the design of several residency programs.    

In this episode, we discuss:

-What is the difference between a residency and fellowship program?

-Michael’s advice for developing a competitive application and exploring different financial options

-Do residency and fellowship programs enhance your clinical practice?

-Should residency be mandated to elevate the practice of physical therapy?

-And so much more!

To develop a competitive application for a residency program, Michael recommends, “Networking is probably one of the more impactful things you can do.”

The practice of physical therapy continues to evolve as the knowledge base grows and seasoned practitioners can remain up-to-date by pursuing a fellowship or residency. Michael believes, “No matter what time in your career you can always benefit from going back and learning more.”

Having been an integral part of many fellowship and residency programs, Michael has found, “Residency and fellowship education are investments in your overall career and ultimately I think that it leads to a lot of increased job satisfaction as your clinical skills grow and it’s a very powerful and transformative experience.”

For more information on Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT:

Michael is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program. He is board-certified in orthopaedics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He helped create the Duke University Medical System Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and was the first graduate of that program in 2008. In 2012, he received his PhD in Clinical Science from the University of Colorado with an emphasis on comparative effectiveness trials in orthopaedics.   After graduating with his PhD, he was the director of the Regis University Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship as well as an instructor within that program.   He is currently an affiliate faculty member of the Regis OMPT fellowship program and in addition to his experience as a fellowship director; he has assisted with the design of several residency programs.  

Resources discussed on this show:

Email: michael.bade@ucdenver.edu

Michael Bade Research Gate

Michael Bade LinkedIn

University of Colorado: Michael Bade

Webinar: post-professional career options

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Rodeghero 2015

Smith 1999

Jones 2008

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Xo Karen

Apr 19 2018
49 mins
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Rank #14: 449: Dr. Brenda Walding: Holistic Approach to Chronic Illness

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On this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I welcome Brenda Walding on the show to discuss Whole-Hearted Living. Dr. Brenda Walding is a Women’s Holistic Wellness Expert & Coach, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and HeartMath certified coach. Brenda specializes in supporting women health/wellness professionals in overcoming burnout and health challenges in order to truly thrive and give their gifts to the world.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Brenda’s incredible story of illness and recovery

-The 9 Essentials to Whole-Hearted Healing

-The importance of the biopsychosocial model in healthcare

-And so much more!

Resources:

Sick of Being Sick: The Woman's Holistic Guide to Conquering Chronic Illness

Brenda Walding Website and a Free Gift: Dr. Walding is offering a complimentary 45-minute consult for any woman dealing with burnout or health challenges that has a deep desire to THRIVE. Schedule your consult and see how she may be able to support you in creating a life you love.

Brenda Walding Instagram

Brenda Walding Facebook

Email: risetoradiance@gmail.com

Heart Math Website

Women in Physical Therapy Summit 2019

Outcomes Summit: use the discount code LITZY

For more information on Brenda:

Dr. Brenda Walding is a Women’s Holistic Wellness Expert & Coach, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and HeartMath certified coach. Brenda specializes in supporting women health/wellness professionals in overcoming burnout and health challenges in order to truly thrive and give their gifts to the world.

She currently resides outside of Austin, Texas on the beautiful Lake Travis with her husband and dog. Brenda loves spending time in nature, connecting with her family and friends, dancing, facilitating women's circles, and learning about holistic wellness.

Read the full transcript below:

Karen Litzy:                   00:01                Hey Brenda, welcome to the podcast. I'm happy to have you on.

Brenda Walding:           00:06                Oh, thank you so much for having me, Karen. I'm excited to be here today.

Karen Litzy:                   00:11                And like I said in the intro you are a recently published author of the book sick of being sick, the women's holistic guide to conquering chronic illness. So without giving away the entire book, can you give the listeners a little bit more about your background and your story of illness and where you are and how that led you to where you are today?

Brenda Walding:           00:36                Yeah, sure. I'd love to. You know, it's really, I'll give you do my best to give you the cliff notes. It's spans the time period of over a decade. So really I grew up seemingly really healthy and vibrant. I was a collegiate athlete. I played soccer at TCU in Fort Worth. And then I went on to physical therapy school to get my doctorate in physical therapy. And then after that moved to Austin, Texas with my now husband. And during that time we passed our licensure exam, got new jobs, moved to a new city, got engaged, got married, and then after this whirlwind of all these major life events, my health started to rapidly decline. And you know, I was in a busy physical therapy practice and seeing a lot of patients, and you know, all of a sudden I'm just getting weaker and more tired and getting sick more frequently.

Brenda Walding:           01:35                And then it got to where I could hardly even get up and down the stairs. I was experiencing chronic fatigue and experiencing, I broke out into these rashes that literally covered my entire body for two and a half years. No one could really figure out what was going on and I just kept getting more and more sick and I was seeing specialists all over trying to figure out what was wrong with me at this time I didn't really know much about natural health nutrition, holistic wellness. I was just kind of in the conventional medical model, taking the steroids and the pills and you know, my blood work had come back pretty normal, so they couldn't really figure out what was wrong. But literally I had oozy itchy rashes, like covering my entire body where I had to pack my body full of ice in the evening to fall asleep and eventually developed in a systemic infection that led me to going on disability from my job as a physical therapist.

Brenda Walding:           02:40                And granted, this is, you know, I am in my late twenties, not even 30 yet, so very young. And you know, I got to the point where I thought like doctors kept giving me antibiotics and they were worried that the infection would get into my bloodstream and I thought I was dying. I was really, really at that point of like, okay, I think this is it. And by the grace of God, I had, I took four rounds of antibiotics and a month and a half, kept being sectioned, kept coming back, had pus all in my mouth and throat, couldn't swallow, couldn't hardly eat. So this was a pretty intense experience. And I found this article I was looking, researching and found this article called natural solutions to drug resistant infections. And it caught my eye and I thought maybe I have a drug resistant infection. And it talked about wild Mediterranean, Oregano oil and how it was, you know, healing people with malaria and different, you know, chronic.

Brenda Walding:           03:45                Very, very severe illnesses. So I thought I would try it. It's like $20 and I know bought it online and in, within a few days the infection went away. And for the first time in years I got some relief from the pain and itching on my skin. And so that really was the portal to opening me up to natural healing. And I thought, what is it? What do I not know? What else do I not know, you know, about this? And so that really became this entry point into studying natural healing and nutrition. And I started seeing more alternative and holistic type practitioners. And that over time started to gradually heal. I started to get some answers. I was full of toxins. Had lots of infections and a poor ability to really clear toxins from my system. So I started to get more answers, started to change my diet, slow down my life a little bit, you know, as that type a over achieving, you know, hardcore athlete and academic.

Brenda Walding:           04:54                And I realized that also was part of the puzzle here ever learning to slow down and then, you know, so for eight years I really focused on healing my body. Like it was a full time job. I was able to go back to physical therapy after a while and start working again. But it really opened up my passion into natural healing and started a nutrition lifestyle company with my husband and helping people heal their bodies through nutrition and lifestyle changes. And you know, it was a slow and gradual process and I started, you know, getting better gradually and then almost to the point where I felt okay, I think I'm almost ready to, you know, start a family. I had a few lingering symptoms but I was like, you know, I'm doing pretty well. Got my strength back. This is eight years later. And then I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Brenda Walding:           05:51                And so this was a few years ago. So this was like, what am I missing? What am I not getting? Cause I was really, you know, dialed in my diet lifestyle. I started meditating. I was really, you know, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on healers and treatments, natural remedies. You couldn't find somebody more committed to their healing. And it was like a full time job. And I wasn't really living, I was just trying to get better and feel better. And then the cancer diagnosis came and so I had to step back and go, what am I not getting? And I really, you know, I share this in my book. I had to step back and I was in, this is actually, I found the mass in my breasts right before this, we had planned this epic trip to Italy where we were going to start our family.

Brenda Walding:           06:50                So it was this tragic, you know, oh my gosh, you know, why is this happening to me? And then, yeah. And so, you know, in the middle of the night at 3:00 AM I'm, you know, tears coming down my face going like, God, what do you want me to do? Because I knew that conventional chemotherapy and radiation was not going to be my path. I just didn't know what I was going to do. And you know, I heard this, I call it the divine whisper that said, if you're going to survive, you're going to have to learn to listen to your heart. And I just felt this immediate peace. And then I started to kind of panic because I thought, I don't know how to do that. I really don't know how. I don't know, like maybe like so many of the listeners and people and my clients that I work with, we're really stuck in our heads so much of the time.

Brenda Walding:           07:42                And, you know, my immediate reaction to a challenge would be to research it, to try to figure it out, to strategize. And this was like, no, no, Brenda, it's time for you to really go within and listen and allow your heart to guide you. And, so I knew there was a level of emotional and spiritual, you know, healing too that needed to take place. And so I committed at that point to learn to listen to my heart. And over the next few years I had a pretty interesting and incredible journey through healing, holistically and wholeheartedly I should say from cancer. And it really became the catalyst for me to live in even more extraordinary life. Now I can say that I can access joy and just living a life of purpose and wholeheartedness that I'd never experienced before cancer. And so now that's really why I'm, you know, I kinda quit physical therapy and I'm focusing on helping women, especially women, wellness professionals, to truly heal and thrive so that they can give their gifts fully to the world. So that's kind of my story in a nutshell.

Karen Litzy:                   08:56                And are you now cancer free?

Brenda Walding:           09:01                Yes. So I'm doing great. And yeah I'm doing awesome. And that's really where my focus is now, is helping women to heal and thrive and connect more fully to their hearts.

Karen Litzy:                   09:15                And quick question on, you know, so you're diagnosed with cancer, you did not do traditional cancer treatments.

Brenda Walding:           09:24                I did sort of a mix. I didn't do traditional chemotherapy and radiation, but I did do surgery. So I went to a couple of different clinics in the United States that focus on holistic and alternative cancer treatments. And so I did. It was a pretty wild ride. So we spent our entire life savings and did this treatment but then I also had a mastectomy.

Karen Litzy:                   09:56                Okay. I guess sort of a combination. Yeah. Cause I just don't want to give the listeners the impression that you don't have to go through traditional medicine when you have a very serious diagnosis as cancer and that, you know, sometimes that is the route that one needs to take. And like you said, combining it with other holistic treatments I think is perfectly reasonable. But I don't want people to think that we're saying no shun traditional treatments.

Brenda Walding:           10:27                Exactly. And you know, for me, this is what I do. What I do know to be true is that, you know, a decision made out of fear is never the highest best choice. So when I work with women, where you're working with people on their healing journey is like learning how to really access the heart to be able to tune in to that guidance to make decisions. So yes, you get the tests and get the information from doctors and healers and then trust your own heart to lead and guide you down that path. And that might look like conventional therapy for some people and that might look like alternative therapy for others. And that might look like a combination. So it's really, you know, definitely not shunning conventional medicine. But I knew for me in my heart that in this particular moment, you know, chemotherapy and radiation wasn't going to be my choice, that I was going to do a combination. And it really does differ for each person. And that's the thing is, you know, oftentimes we get scared into, you know, doing things because someone else tells us that we have to do this and we have to do that. And you know, my recommendation is to take the information but also really listen within and let your heart guide your journey as well.

Karen Litzy:                   11:42                Right. Yeah. Yeah. And I think in combination with your physicians and other practitioners that you're working with as well.

Brenda Walding:           11:53                Yes. It's important to have an amazing support team.

Karen Litzy:                   11:54                Yeah, I just don't want people to think that we're saying, no, don't, don't listen to your doctors, because that would be really irresponsible. But yes, you have to, and it's like what we say within physical therapy as well as you as the practitioner and wanting to give the patient all the available information and guidance that you have and then along with the patient, you make those decisions on what is best. And I think that that is what every healthcare practitioner strives to do and strives to educate patients as best as they can. Give them the knowledge, give them the odds, give them pros and cons and then along with the patient and their support team and physicians and nurses and whoever else you have working with you kind of make that decision on what is best for you. And, those decisions aren't always easy.

Brenda Walding:           13:01                No. Yeah. And Yeah, work with people, you know, work with people on your support team that you feel good about. That you feel supports you fully and is in alignment with your values. You know, I definitely navigating this path, you know, I definitely had practitioners that, you know, were trying to force me into something or I just had a gut feeling that didn't feel good. And so to really follow that and find, you know, doctors that are really on board with you and are listening to what you desires are. Because they exist, they exist for sure.

Karen Litzy:                   13:31                Yes, of course. Of course. Okay. So you've obviously gone through a lot, over a full decade plus it sounds like, of your life. So let's talk about kind of what you're doing now and how you're helping other, like you said, mainly women kind of navigate through a healing process.

Brenda Walding:           14:00                Yeah. So like Karen mentioned earlier, that I felt really called to write a book. And so this book really is my love letter to all women and it's applicable to men as well. But you know, it's really all the information I wish I would have had 10 years ago to really truly to heal and to really thrive. Cause it's, I spent eight years really focusing on the physical aspect of healing. And I think that's where we're naturally inclined to as sort of these physical beings is that we're like, okay, nutrition, lifestyle, medication, you know, the various things, focusing on our physical body. But, what I've come to find out that, you know, really looking at ourself holistically, taking into account our mental and emotional and spiritual bodies, so to speak and healing on those levels are equally as important as the physical.

Brenda Walding:           15:00                And then this sort of heart centered approach of really learning to get out of the head and allowing the heart to lead. So that is where I call it, like this whole hearted healing or this whole hearted living approach. And so that's what I share in my book along with my story. And, I did research on, you know, what, who are these men and women that were not only healing from catastrophic illness but that were really thriving and using that illness as an opportunity to create an even more extraordinary life and what did they all have in common? And so that's really how I, you know, navigated my journey. And also, you know, taking that research into consideration really came up with these nine wholehearted healing essentials. And I share that in my book. And that's really sort of the framework I use when I work one on one coaching with women.

Brenda Walding:           15:55                And then I also do, you know, create a curated experiences, a women's circles and workshops and things to help women to have an experience of some of these things. So that's kind of what I'm up to now.

Karen Litzy:                                           And can you share with us what your wholehearted healing 9 essentials are?

Brenda Walding:                                   Yeah, I'd love to. So the first one is taking responsibility for your health and your life. And that really, it just, it kinda comes down to so many of us, we kind of rely on other people, maybe it's even relying on a doctor or relying on, you know, other people to tell us what to do or to have authority over our life and our health. And this really is just taking your life and your health in your own hands, stepping away from that victim mentality and really taking ownership of everything that's ever happened in your life and taking responsibility for you right now so that you can be in the driver's seat of your life and what happens moving forward.

Brenda Walding:           17:06                And so the number two is creating a vision. And this is really, I have a mentor that I said, it's better to be pulled by your vision than pushed by your problems. And so there's a lot of research that has come out in the realm of quantum physics and the power of imagination of using our mind and elevated emotional states to actually change to affect us on the level of our DNA. And so I really got fascinated with the work of, you know, like Dr Joe Dispenza and Greg Braden, and really tapping and honing in the power of imagination and vision when it comes to healing. So that is something I really work with, with people to do is like what is it that we want to create and when we tune into that and imagine and tap into that elevated emotional state, that really helps to begin to pull that event towards us, whether that's healing or creating more of what we want in our life.

Brenda Walding:           18:12                And number three is thoughts and beliefs. So just learning to manage our mind and harness the power of our thinking mind to create healing and really looking at beliefs because our beliefs are our underlying beliefs can be something that is really in alignment with our vision and what we want to create. Or it can be subtly sabotaging if we don't really believe we're worthy of healing or we have beliefs that are contrary to what it is that we really want. So that's a piece I think often a lot of people overlook. And number three is feel your feelings. And so that is sort of tapping into that emotional part of healing, which I feel like there's a lot of energy that we deplete in waste because we are dealing with a low to moderate level of anxiety and stress a lot of the times.

Brenda Walding:           19:12                And that has a really huge impact on our physiology. So there's that whole element, it can dive into that more. But that's number four. Number five is nutrition. So really looking at what we're putting into our bodies, the quality of food, but not just what we eat, but how well we're able to digest and absorb and assimilate that food. Number six is live to thrive. And so in this essential, I really dive into lifestyle factors. So this is where exercise and movement and connecting with nature and getting sunshine and play and you know, these different how we go about living our life on a day to day. And then the next one is connection and relationships. So really looking at the quality of our relationships and, you know, found that in our relationships.

Brenda Walding:           20:17                That's where a lot of people can experience a lot of emotional drain. And we know that how our emotional state, you know, negative quote unquote depleting emotions affect our physiology. So really looking at the quality of our relationships and this piece around authentic connection. And I love this topic because this was actually a huge blind spot for me in my own life, is really learning what true connection really was, which is, you know, the ability to be, this sense of being, feeling connected energetically and being able to be seen, heard and valued and deriving strength and sustenance from the relationship. And, you know, there's so much research on the impact of chronic loneliness, you know, we're so disconnected. We're connected very much with technology, but there's so much loneliness. I think it was one study was talking about how chronic loneliness is equivalent to smoking, like several cigarettes a day.

Brenda Walding:           21:25                And the impact that has over time on our body of not being connected with one another in a deep and meaningful way. So that is a really incredible piece to look at. And then we have self love and self care, so love yourself and that really can encompass a lot of different things and can be an even bigger conversation. But really I found underneath it all is really healing and thriving is about all about truly falling in love with who you are and loving your life. And how does one do that? And then finally trust and surrender. So I found that, you know, of all the people that I researched, they all spoke about elements of really having this higher power that they were trusting, trusting, you know, source God, trusting within themselves, you know, and surrendering the outcome really learning to trust and as a power bigger and greater than them to guide them on their path. And so that is the last one is learning to trust and surrender.

Karen Litzy:                   22:36                I mean, that's a lot.

Brenda Walding:           22:38                Yeah!

Karen Litzy:                   22:40                That's a lot. But if you think about it and break those down, that's as human beings kind of what we need. So it seems like, oh my gosh, this is so daunting. This is so much work. This is going to be work. But if you take each one individually and break them down, I mean, it's pretty simple. It's what we all need to be happy and healthy and live our lives. So I get it. I'm on board.

Brenda Walding:           23:04                Yeah, exactly. And you know, like I said, they intention really was to create this holistic healing living roadmap. So it's like these are, I wanted to like, I've got this, all of this information downloaded and experienced in my life over the decade and I got the little bits of information here. Oh, you need to learn about nutrition. Oh, okay, great. I will focus on that for many years. Oh, okay. I need to understand how my emotions impact my health. Okay. You know? And so I got these little, these, this information and different from different books or different teachers. Then I realized like, oh, really, it's really about it. All of these things. And they're all important to really living your best and most full life. And it takes all of those things to some capacity to really, really live and thrive. And it doesn't, you know, like you said, you know, you don't dive in and try to do them all at once, right, yeah, you focus on one thing and you began to implement that.

Brenda Walding:           24:08                And that's why coaching is really amazing. It's like I had so many coaches and mentors and teachers that helped me begin to integrate all of these pieces. And so it's helpful too. Yes, my book is a good resource, but it's also helpful to have, you know, someone that can see your blind spots and can see, oh, hey, you know, let's dive into, you know, there's this emotional piece that you have held on to all these emotions from the past and that's taking up a lot of energy and negatively affecting your body. But I didn't really see that. And so let's work through that together. So there's a lot of things that can be helped when you have someone to help you move through some of these things together.

Karen Litzy:                   24:52                Sure. And how has your training as a physical therapist, how does that play into the role that you're doing now with coaching? Because I know there are a lot of physical therapists who might be looking for nonclinical roles or nontraditional roles. So how has your training helped prepare you for what you're doing now?

Brenda Walding:           25:09                How has my physical therapy training help me in what I’m doing now? Well, I think, well, and you know, I actually had the really beautiful experience recently of going back and doing some physical therapy part time. And so I've been able to kind of go from both directions. See the difference, how my training up until this point with all of this work has made me and even different, physical therapists how I interact. So from that perspective, I can, and I think there's a lot of value for physical therapists and any healers or practitioners to interact and address the patient or the client from this holistic perspective. Knowing that coming in this person with chronic pain or this, you know, ailment has, there's many pieces. Generally speaking, generally speaking, especially if it's a chronic issue and that it's more than just the physical aspect, oftentimes that there's an emotional piece and that there is a mental piece perhaps. And so being able to relate to that person in their wholeness can help me be a better overall practitioner to be able to offer some insights or how to relate to that person and help them, you know, experience a greater outcome.

Karen Litzy:                   26:37                Yeah, absolutely. And you know, it's that shift from a strictly biomedical to a biopsychosocial framework of treatment, which we talk about all the time on this podcast. I'm sure people are sick and tired of me saying it, but that is the way things should be in healthcare. So I will keep saying it many, many times. Now before we finish up, is there anything that maybe we didn't touch on that you're like, oh wait, I really want the listeners to know that.

Brenda Walding:           27:10                I think really a piece that I think is really helpful, especially for practitioners and you know, I don't know much if we'll have time to go into this, but this, I am a heart math certified coach and really we look a lot about energy management. And so we waste a lot of energy in the domain of emotions and repetitive negative and repetitive thoughts. And that affects our physical abilities and our physiology. And so really learning to manage our energy. And we do that through being able to get into a coherent state. So getting our heart, mind and emotion and energetic alignment through slowing down the breath and experiencing elevated emotional states like love and gratitude and can actually get the heart into a smooth coherent rhythm, which impacts the way that the rest of the body feels and how it can heal. And so I think if we learn some techniques, as practitioners to help manage energy we can improve outcomes for our patients and our clients. So this is sort of that combining of going beyond the physical and that heart math has some really incredible tools so that you can check them out heartmath.org I think it's a really great tool for a lot of practitioners. I just wanted to throw that out. Yeah. So I think that, yeah, that's helped me a lot in my own coaching on and with physical therapy.

Karen Litzy:                   28:48                Great. And we'll have all of that info at the show notes over at podcast.healthywealthysmart.com. So if people want to learn more about heartmap.org they can just go click on it and you're there. So thank you for sharing that. And now the one question I ask everyone is, knowing where you are now in your life and in your career, what advice would you give to yourself as a new Grad right out of PT school?

Brenda Walding:           29:16                Right out of PT School? So I would definitely, I wish I would know now is really learning how to listen and lead from my heart. I feel like I got myself into a position where I was burned out running ragged, just trying to do the best I can as a new Grad. And I've missed a lot of the cues, you know, internally of Hey, slow down. These other aspects of your life are important to you. And you know, I think that was really the catalyst for me to start to get burnt out and sick. And so really to slow down and really listen to my heart is what I would tell myself.

Karen Litzy:                   29:42                Great Advice. And burnout is real. This year at the women in PT Summit in Portland, we have a whole panel on burnout. I'm really looking forward to listening to, cause I am not part of this panel. I'm not part of the creation of it. It was sort of pitched to us and I'm really excited to hear what the women on that panel have to say. Cause it's a thing and I think it's happening more and more with the newer grads because they're trying to work more and more. They've got student debt out the yes. What? Um, so I feel like it's a real thing, you know, and like you said, just to take a moment to slow down and focus on other parts of your life is, is something that that can help. So thank you for that. And now where can people find you if they have questions? Where can they get your book?

Brenda Walding:           30:49                Yes. So you can find me. I'm in the process of creating, readjusting my website. So right now you can really connect with me by emailing me at risetoradiance@gmail.com. And then I'd also love if any of this resonated with you, if you're a woman that is dealing with burnout, exhaust exhaustion. I love working with wellness professionals. If you're interested in some of these heart math tools that I use, I'd love to hop on the phone and I'm happy to offer your listeners a complimentary 45 minute consult.

Karen Litzy:                   31:32                Oh, that's awesome.

Brenda Walding:           31:34                Yeah. So if you'd like to take advantage of that and you can go to www.Brendawalding.com and that is my calendar link. And so you would just set up a time to chat with me. Okay. And I love hearing your stories and hearing where you're at and what you need most support with. So happy to do that. And then my book is coming out in hard copy at the end of this year, but you can find it on Amazon.

Karen Litzy:                   32:02                Perfect. And you'll give me all the links. I'll put all the links up on the podcast website under this episode so that way people can get to you, they can chat with you. And thank you so much for offering a session for everyone. That's so nice.

Brenda Walding:           32:21                Yes. Awesome. I look forward to connecting with some of you.

Karen Litzy:                   32:24                Great. And, again, Brenda, thank you for coming on and sharing your really incredible story. And we are all very happy that you are today healthy and happy and moving forward. So thank you so much.

Brenda Walding:           32:39                Oh, thank you, Karen. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed being here, so thank you for the opportunity.

Karen Litzy:                   32:44                And everyone, thank you so much for listening. Have a great couple of days and stay healthy, wealthy, and smart.

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Aug 19 2019
37 mins
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Rank #15: 315: Dr. Jen Esquer: The Anatomy of a Launch

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Happy New Year to the Healthy Wealthy and Smart family! To start off the year, I am joined by Dr. Jen Esquer to discuss social media management and product launches. Jen is a private sports physical therapist who creates programs, hosts workshops, and treats one on one for a more direct and precise experience. Her mission is to heal the world and the best way she can do that is through empowering you to learn how to heal yourself!

In this episode, we discuss:

-Why building a large social media platform may be simpler than you think

-Empowering fresh graduates to spread their knowledge to the public

-Audience engagement techniques which can help launch a product

-The must-have tools Jen uses to enhance her social media presence

-And so much more!

Fresh out of school you have a unique knowledge base to share with your audience as Jen states, “You know something that people don’t know.” Some of the most beneficial content can be the simple foundations in your field as Jen reminds, “People don’t even know basic information.”

Most influencers have adopted the mindset that there is always more to learn and, “They continue to do the work, it’s never done.” To continue reaching new successes, Jen encourages that, “We always should want to continue growth.”

To gain trust with an online community, you have to produce valuable content as, “Consistency is everything.” Jen’s recommendation is to, “Give out information because it only builds up your credibility even more.” Although giving away so much free content may seem to come at a cost, the reward accrues from building trust and helping future clients make sense of it all. Jen has found that, “The more that you can put out there, the more that you’ll get back.”

For more information on Jen:

The best way I like to explain myself, is that I am a MOVER! I have been active since I was a young child, falling in love at an early age with gymnastics and competing for 9 years. After quitting at age 16, I competed in track and field (pole vault and triple jump) and danced. Though I sustained minor injuries, including a thumb fracture, sprained ankles, and pulled muscles, I never once went to a physical therapist. Yet, I loved anything having to do with anatomy, physiology, and without knowing for sure whether physical therapy would be my path, I decided to study Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton.

While I coached gymnastics for 3 years, I found myself constantly asking, “Why am I taping an ankle? What is truly the issue and how can I help further?” I was seeking more! I was fortunate enough to meet someone teaching a Pilates Bootcamp and quickly fell in love with the specificity of body movement. I started instructing pilates classes, both on the reformer and mat for 6 years throughout undergrad and graduate school. Not only did I appreciate how much pilates reminded me of gymnastics conditioning, but I loved the focus on intricate muscle activation, isometric holds, strict form, and body awareness through core activation.

After graduating with my M.S. in Kinesiology, I was accepted into Loma Linda University where I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I quickly accepted a job at VERT Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation in beautiful Santa Monica, CA. Since working, I have met amazing individuals who have aided in the expansion of my knowledge of the body. I have studied Myodetox directly under co-founder, Vinh Pham (@vinnierehab), taken a RockTape course with @themovementmastro herself, and learned from many others professionals in the rehab game.

I am now stepping into the next chapter of my career as a private sports therapist, creating programs, hosting workshops, and treating one on one for a more direct and precise experience. My mission is to heal the world and the best way I can do that, is through empowering you to learn how to heal yourself! Becoming educated on what is going on with your body is the most powerful piece of knowledge for establishing health and longevity for a pain-free and active lifestyle!

Resources discussed on this show:

Jen Esquer Instagram

Jen Esquer Facebook

Jen Esquer Website

Phonto app

Splice app

Vont app

Pic Stitch app

Leadership Academy

Jeff Walker

Lori Harder 14 Day Challenge

Canva

Leadpages

Thinkific

Aweber

Convert Kit

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Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

Jan 02 2018
41 mins
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Rank #16: 305: Dr. Ebonie Rio: Talking Tendinopathy

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On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Ebonie Rio onto the show to discuss tendinopathy. Ebonie is a physiotherapist and researcher with extensive experience in tendon pain. She is a post doctoral researcher at La Trobe University, and completed her PhD in tendon pain, researching “Corticospinal responses associated with patellar tendinopathy and the effect of externally paced strength training.” Her research has changed rehabilitation practise around the world.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Tendon Neuroplastic Training

-Motor cortex changes with tendon pain and the powerful role a metronome can play for your brain excitability

-How to utilize time under tension and load to reduce tendon pain

-The importance of patient input for goal setting

-And so much more!

Ebonie suggests, “We are not winning the battle with musculoskeletal pain. It is so common.” Physiotherapists need to be aware of and utilize the best evidence available to treat the growing problem of musculoskeletal pain. Ebonie believes a skillful examination and evaluation can guide differential diagnosis and she stresses, “It’s critical that our rehab, as we go forward, becomes much more tailored to what we are seeing in front of us.”

Ebonie is a proponent of utilizing isometric exercise in addition to other adjunctive therapies to reduce pain and develop adherence into a loading program. She suggests, “When you see someone with pain, we need a way in. And as physios, we’ve got some really great tools.” Ultimately, to treat tendon pain, the research evidence supports that, “Load is our primary modality.”

Manual skills have a role in the examination but from Ebonie’s perspective the information specifically from palpation is more limited. She outlines, “The problem with palpation is that it is nonspecific. Lots of things are going to hurt to poke.” Due to the nonspecific nature, Ebonie has found that, “Our hands are incredibly important; poking is just not that useful when it comes to diagnosis.”

For more information on Dr. Ebonie Rio:

Ebonie is a physiotherapist and researcher with extensive experience in tendon pain. She is a post doctoral researcher at La Trobe University, and completed her PhD in tendon pain, researching “Corticospinal responses associated with patellar tendinopathy and the effect of externally paced strength training.” Her research has changed rehabilitation practise around the world. She currently is involved in a variety of projects investigating tendon pain, especially in the lower limb, however also other areas such as investigating innovative new rehabilitation techniques. Ebonie also still consults clinically, having been previously involved at the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet, and Winter Olympics.

Resources discussed on this show:

Leung et al 2015: Motor cortex excitability is not differentially modulated following skill and strength training.

Professor Jill Cook

Email: e.rio@latrobe.edu.au

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre

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Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

Nov 13 2017
47 mins
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Rank #17: 138: Dr. John Cryan, neuroscientist on the gut-brain connection

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John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He was a visiting fellow at the Dept Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia (1997-1998), which was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, […]
Jan 18 2015
51 mins
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Rank #18: 339: Ali Schoos, PT: Behind the Scenes of a Private PT Practice

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LIVE from the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jenna Kantor, SPT guest hosts and interviews Ali Schoos on opening a physical therapy private practice. Ali owns Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy and enjoys leading and learning from her dynamic and passionate team, and believes in excellent customer service. She specializes in biomechanics of the shoulder, spine, and lower extremity, including gait analysis and orthotic fabrication.

In this episode, we discuss:

-How Ali’s experience in different physical therapy settings contributed to her success as a private practice owner

-Ali’s top 3 business strategies for a successful private practice

-Ali’s management mistakes with employee satisfaction and patient acquisition

-How to attract your dream patients through community involvement

-And so much more!

Ali advices people who are on the cusp of starting their own business to be brave. From her experience, “I trusted that I knew I was going to be able to do this. I trusted I was going to have that ability.”

To manage a team that is dedicated to the values, mission and vision of the company, Ali has found that, “As a boss, you can be respectful and you can be collaborative but you can’t be nice to everybody. We don’t lead by being nice.”

Ali has honed her skills as a manager through trial and error. She advices, “It’s learning how to have honest conversations with people… It’s not about the person, it’s about the behaviors. ”

For more information on Ali:

Ali enjoys partnering with her patients of all ages. She has treated professional baseball, tennis, and soccer players, as well as high school, collegiate, and weekend athletes, and everyone in between. She’s dedicated to finding a solution to complex problems, and helps people overcome their body’s obstacles, no matter the challenge. As a Certified Orthopedic Specialist since 1993, Ali works with a variety of difficult cases and utilizes her “Sherlock Holmes-type” skills to find an answer. She leads each patient toward a more active lifestyle. She specializes in biomechanics of the shoulder, spine, and lower extremity, including gait analysis and orthotic fabrication.

Ali owns Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy and enjoys leading and learning from her dynamic and passionate team, and believes in excellent customer service. She hopes you’ll be an active participant in choosing your health care provider and recognize Peak Sports and Spine as your primary care physical therapy clinic. “I believe in a partnership between you and your physical therapist.”

For more information on Jenna:

Jenna Kantor (co-founder) is a bubbly and energetic girl who was born and raised in Petaluma, California. Growing up, she trained and performed ballet throughout the United States. After earning a BA in Dance and Drama at the University of California, Irvine, she worked professionally in musical theatre for 15+ years with tours, regional theatres, & overseas (www.jennakantor.com) until she found herself ready to move onto a new chapter in her life – a career in Physical Therapy. Jenna is currently in her 3rd year at Columbia University’s Physical Therapy Program. She is also a co-founder of the podcast, “Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives,” has an evidence-based monthly youtube series titled “Injury Prevention for Dancers,” is a NY SSIG Co-Founder, NYPTA Student Conclave 2017 Development Team, works with the NYPTA Greater New York Legislative Task Force and is the NYPTA Public Policy Committee Student Liaison. Jenna aspires to be a physical therapist for amateur and professional performers to help ensure long, healthy careers. To learn more, please check out her website: www.jennafkantor.wixsite.com/jkpt

Resources discussed on this show:

Ali Schoos Twitter

Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy Website

Jenna Kantor Twitter

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

Apr 09 2018
24 mins
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Rank #19: 133: The Cynical PT: What to look for in a potential new hire

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In this episode of Healthy Wealthy & Smart @cynicalPT and I discuss what employers may want to look for when interviewing potential candidates. We cover everything from education background, to personality, hobbies, empathy, and the ability to relate to your patients. We also talked about if as an employer should you be Googling potential new […]
Oct 20 2014
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Rank #20: 256: Andrew Vigotsky: Do Biomechanics Matter?

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On today’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Andrew Vigotsky joins me to answer audience questions and translate biomechanics literature to clinical practice. Andrew is currently a Master's student in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, concentrating on musculoskeletal biomechanics. His thesis work aims to elucidate the relationship between the shear-wave velocity of muscle, as measured using Supersonic Shear Imaging, and muscle stiffness in vivo.

In this episode, Andrew answers:

-What is your biggest surprise on engaging clinical practitioners with research evidence?

-How much do you feel biomechanics matter when looking at injury and pain development across various exercises?

-If you were building your own program to maximize muscle hypertrophy what parameters would you use?

-What can we draw from EMG studies and what conclusions are fair to make?

-And so many more!

The goal of biomechanics research is to ultimately translate results to the clinic and enhance how clinicians treat their patients. Andrew states, “It’s only after you find those answers that you really understand what your results mean and how your question can affect society.”

Despite the large amount of research done each year in university labs, very little reaches practioners. Andrew notes, “There is a time lag from research to practice in the medical field of about 17 years.” Andrew believes clinicians can improve this transmission rate through a greater focus on science literacy and improved dissemination of new findings.

Best evidence based practice encompasses all elements of a biopsychosocial framework. Andrew believes, “Biomechanics still matters… It’s just in what context does it matter. From the people that are purely biomechanical, the neurophysiological and the pain science stuff matters a lot and we can’t ignore that.”

For more information on Andrew:

Andrew is currently a Master's student in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he is concentrating on musculoskeletal biomechanics. His thesis work aims to elucidate the relationship between the shear-wave velocity of muscle, as measured using Supersonic Shear Imaging, and muscle stiffness in vivo. He is completing this work in two different labs: the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory and the Neurobionics Lab, under Drs. Sabrina Lee and Elliott Rouse, respectively.

Before attending Northwestern, Andrew graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University (ASU). It was during those undergraduate studies that he started getting involved in research; Erin Feser supervised him in ASU's Motion Analysis Laboratory, where he carried out two data collections that resulted in three publications. The studies investigated the effects of load on good morning kinematics and EMG amplitudethe acute effects of anterior thigh foam rolling, and the validity of the modified Thomas test. In addition to Erin's mentorship, I also grew close to Dr. Rick Hinrichs, who taught me a lot about biomechanics both inside and outside of the classroom.

 While at ASU, Andrew was also able to secure an internship under Dr. Bret Contreras while he was completing research for his Ph.D. Bret has had a profound impact on how he thinks about movement and sports science. Together, they have published over a dozen papers related to strength, muscle hypertrophy, and physical performance, and have much more in the pipeline. Moreover, he has introduced Andrew to other great minds and researchers, such as Chris Beardsley and Dr. Brad Schoenfeld.

After graduating from ASU, Andrew completed pre-requisites for graduate school (i.e., math, physics, and engineering courses) at a local community college while splitting time between two laboratories: the Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory, at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and the Human Performance Laboratory, at CUNY Lehman. At HSS, he worked under Dr. Andrew Kraszewski to develop a 3D-mesh model of the gluteus maximus. At CUNY Lehman, he worked under Dr. Brad Schoenfeld to train participants and collect data for a training study, and also designed and carried out a cross-sectional study that investigated the determinants of squat strength, which is currently in peer-review.

If you are interested in learning more about what Andrew has done or reading works that he has published, you can check out it out at ResearchGateGoogle ScholarPubMed, or my CV.

Resources discussed on this show:

Andrew Vigotsky Twitter

Movement Science Blog

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Xo Karen

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Feb 21 2017
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