Go Animal

This is an excellent site by Frank Forencich.  Franks approach to exercise and fitness is the best I've encountered and this website has many useful features.  Go to the exercise link for some excellent movement ideas.  Subscribe to his newsletters for great information on fitness and movement.  Also, see his other website www.exuberantanimal.com for more information and multi-person games.  Make your fitness fun!

The Visible Body

This free website must be viewed through internet explorer, but is a good visual resource of the body systems.  You can see the parts your physicians and therapists are talking about.

Book recommendations:

Here are some of my favorite books on topics that I am frequented asked about:

Play as if Your Life Depends on It.

This book by Frank Forencich, of Go Animal linked above, has written a fantastic book about fitness and health of movement.  There are many books out on these subjects and never have I found one that I agreed with so well.  An excellent resource for those wanting to move more and have fun while they do it.

Somatics: Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health.

This book was written by the late Thomas Hanna who was also a student of Moshe Feldenkrais.  People often ask me if there is a program of some sort that is best for maintaining freedom of movement and I always point them in the direction of this book.  It is easy to understand, has great movement progressions, is well described so as to be safe, and has a routine that can be followed.

Why Zebras Don't get Ulcers

Written by Robert Sapolsky.  Often people ask about the influence of stress in their lives and how it might be affecting their condition.  Where better to find the answers than from one of the world's leading researchers on stress?  While Sapolsky is a serious scientist this book is written in a very understandable format.

Pain: the Science of Suffering

This book by Patrick Wall is truly a gem.  Wall was one of the worlds leading authorities on Pain until his death in 2001.  This book puts some of his findings and thoughts into a very readable format.  I recommend this book to anyone dealing with chronic pain.

Painful Yarns

This is the most enjoyable book about pain I've encountered.  The author, Lorimer Moseley, is a pain researcher at Oxford, doing work on CRPS and mirror therapy among other things.  In this book, he uses several short and very entertaining stories to make some rather serious pain science able to be understood.  A great read for anyone in pain, but especially those in chronic pain.

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