Jeff Fine

Yoga: An Effective Yet Underrated Treatment For Injuries And Chronic Pain

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When we’re injured we want answers. We want someone to tell us what is wrong and what to do about it. Yet all too often, people in pain find themselves on the medical merry-go-round. They go to multiple doctors and other providers only to find that their pain remains unchanged or worsens. And because pain causes not just physical but also emotional suffering (hopelessness, despair, and frustration), sometimes people stop trying to find new ways to heal.
The good news is that yoga, though familiar to many in our culture but rarely viewed as a viable modality to treat and manage injuries and pain, may be just what the doctor didn’t order!

The Key to Safe and Effective Fitness Programming for 40-60 Year Olds (and everyone else!): Physical Literacy and Mindset

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The number of options when deciding what to include in your exercise program can get overwhelming: functional movement, body weight exercises, strength training, cardio, yoga, pilates, crossfit… As a result, it can be challenging to devise a fitness program that’s safe, effective, and maintains your interest long-term.
In this episode of The Total Self Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Vincent Metzo, Dean of the Advanced Personal Training Program at the Swedish Institute, Director of Education of Kettlebell Concepts, and licensed massage therapist.  As Vincent and Jeff discuss how to help build a healthy fitness program for 40-60 year-old “weekend warrior” types, they delve into the history of physical education programs in the US, what’s lacking in current fitness and exercise trends, and how important it is for people to have “physical literacy”. They encourage people to shift their mindset from “exercise” to a lifetime model of physical activity that includes locomotion skills, body management skills, and object manipulation skills.

Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Practical Solutions

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In this episode of the TotalSelf Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Erika Muraski, physical therapist extra-ordinaire. Erika was a competitive ice-skater until she had a career ending injury. She had always wanted to be a physical therapist and the experience of getting hurt and having to give up the sport she loved has made her highly attuned and compassionate to the needs of her patients.

Jeff and Erika discuss back pain and treatment approaches from multiple perspectives: first, Erika explains the physical structure of the spine and surrounding soft tissue, and the related “mechanical” issues or imbalances that can lead to back pain. After going over the symptoms of various types of back pain, and when one should seek medical attention, Jeff and Erika delve into the impact of lifestyle factors, particularly the role that our sedentary lifestyles and stress have for so many of us experiencing back pain.

There’s an overwhelming amount of recommendations out there to reduce back pain – core strengthening, zero drop shoes, standing desks, stretching, ice, heat, doing more, doing less, laser therapy – but which of these actually help? Listen to the episode to find out.

Caring for the Caregivers

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Caring for the Caregivers At some point in life, many individuals find themselves caring for fragile loved ones: an aging parent, bedridden spouse, child with special needs or sibling with mental illness. Support services have failed to keep up with growing need, and responsibility largely falls on family members. Despite memory-worthy moments of intimacy, caregiving […]

Want To Lose Weight? Stop Dieting and Weighing Yourself!

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Americans are obsessed with dieting…and food. Boston Medical Center estimates that 45 million of us go on diets every year, yet most will gain back the weight they lose. That’s because most diets are too restrictive to be maintained long-term, and because eating habits are about more than food. […]

Mindful Exercise – Tai Chi Brings It All Together

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Daylong Sitting Harms Even Fitness Buffs

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Office work is doing a number on us.  Even regular workouts at the gym can’t undo the damage caused by up to 15 hours of sitting every day…in cars, on trains, at your desk or watching Netflix. Our bodies aren’t designed for the sedentary lives that most of us […]

Pushing Past the Pain

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“It’s too painful. I can’t deal with this.” I hear this from clients as we begin closing in on the source of their problems.  It’s hard work, and they may reach a point where it all feels “too much.” But that’s precisely the time to pay attention. It’s human nature to avoid dealing with difficult […]

The Crucial Key to Creating Lasting Change

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  Ilene was a single, professional 30-something woman in the prime of her life. Her business was successful, she was involved in her community, and she was well liked and supported by her friends and family. The problem was, even though by all appearances, she looked like she was living the life of a happy […]

Wishing Trap

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  Ben, a 39 year old married accountant with two young children, began our session in typical fashion, plopping down on my couch, head down, shoulders slumped, and sighing deeply. “How are you, Ben?” I asked him. He looked up at the ceiling, sighed again and said, “I really wish my life was different, but […]