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Gratitude: The Science of Why It Matters

Gratitude: The Science of Why It Matters

2020 has undoubtedly been a hard year for everyone. We’ve wrestled with a pandemic, a global shut-down, unpredictable and explosive politics, and a generalized sense of anxiety.I’m certain that, if someone had asked any of us in January what we thought this year would be like, none of us would have predicted this. Perhaps unsurprisingly,Continue Reading »

Better Sleep For A Better Life

Better Sleep For A Better Life

Are you sick of counting sheep night after night only to have them run away from you, leaving you clutching the grass in slumberless exhaustion? Do you go to bed later than you should, sleep lighter than you’d like, and wake up feeling dead tired? If so, you are not alone. Almost one fifth ofContinue Reading »

Why We Need to Practice Stillness

Why We Need to Practice Stillness

Our current cultural moment is complex and nuanced. Southern California is well-known for being fast paced, with fast cars and fast people, a place filled with side hustles and overworked professionals. Even on our days off, our schedules are jam packed with social engagements and obligatory errands. We are chronically tired, forgetting to prioritize sleep,Continue Reading »

The Connection Between Mindset and Chronic Pain

The Connection Between Mindset and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is highly complex. Oftentimes, we think of pain as stemming from a physiological issue and nothing more. Our knee hurts, and we think that the problem must be in the knee and only there. But this perspective forgets that all pain is processed by the central nervous system. Your nerves through your spinalContinue Reading »

Motivation to Change

Motivation to Change

We often know the right thing to do but have trouble actually doing it. We understand how our bad habit is harming us or why a new, healthy habit would benefit us, but we still don’t feel motivated to change. This habit might be exercising three times a week, consistently eating healthy food, or stoppingContinue Reading »

Does Your Back Pain Make You Feel Hopeless?

Does Your Back Pain Make You Feel Hopeless?

Unfortunately, people like you who suffer from low back pain experience a roller coaster ride of emotions. For the first few days, you are hopeful. You feel the pain radiating in your back but hope that, one morning, it will magically disappear. When it doesn’t, you start to search online. We call this “consulting Dr.Continue Reading »

Things That Kill You Slowly

Things That Kill You Slowly

I distinctly remember when my 17 year old teenage son wanted to go to the movie theater with me: I knew it was a rare opportunity, so I didn’t want to miss it. The problem was, though, that we ended up watching a movie one wouldn’t want to watch even after the film goes toContinue Reading »

Start Doing the Best Exercises for Your Health

Start Doing the Best Exercises for Your Health

One of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently as a physical therapist is: “what exercises do I need to do?”. There are so many different kinds of exercises, from stretching, cardio, core, resistance, and balance, all the way through to breathing and everything in between. With different names such as Yoga, Pilates, Crossfit, andContinue Reading »

Time to Slow the Aging Process

Time to Slow the Aging Process

Blue zones are regions of the world in which people live much longer than the average life-expectancy. That’s pretty amazing, right? An example of one blue zone is Loma Linda, an area in America in which, according to National Geographic, “some residents live 10 more healthy years than the average American”. But, why is that? HowContinue Reading »

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