The Optimal Body

By Jen Esquer & Dom Fraboni

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Join top-40 Physical Therapy Influencer, Doc Jen, and her Physical Therapy fiancé Dr. Dom, as they bring you the body tips and PT Pearls you need to help you understand your body, relieve your pains and restrictions, and answer your questions. Along with expert guests, the goal of The Optimal Body is to help you discover what optimal means in your own body.

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68 | Sciatica? Pain Down The Leg? Learn Why!
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Are you someone who deals with pain and tingling sensations that run down your leg? Have you heard the term "Sciatica" but aren’t fully aware of what it is? Then you are definitely going to want to tune into this episode as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into what Sciatica is and how to correctly identify it. In addition, you will learn about common misconceptions associated with Sciatica along with simple lifestyle changes you can make in order to help you live your most optimal life!

What you will learn in this PT Pearl:

1:45 - What is Sciatica?

4:05 - Radiculopathy. What is it?

7:05 - When should I take Sciatica more seriously?

10:40 - What’s going on with my nerves?

11:20 - Possible causes of Sciatica.

13:30 - Contributing factors of Sciatica.

15:10 - One size does not fit all.

17:15 - Progressing your body through your triggers.

18:00 - Don’t be afraid to workout.

20:40 - Progress may be slow and learning patience.

22:36 - Learning to change your environment.

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Other Items mentioned in this episode to check out:

The Optimal Body: https://docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Podcast Episode on Disc Herniation: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode3/

Instagram Sciatica Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE8OGWWD9Tc/

For links to research and full show notes, visit the full website here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode68/

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

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Jan 18, 2021
67 | Finding Credibility and Research to Overcome Eating Disorders with Sohee Lee and Ben Carpenter
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Do you find yourself having an unhealthy relationship with the foods that you consume? Have you ever been told that you need to look a certain way to be healthy? Most of us have been caught in this trap and it can seem hard to escape the never ending cycle of misinformation. This episode with Sohee Lee and Ben Carpenter, health and wellness coaches, dive into uncovering myths and misconceptions that are commonly used in the fitness industry. Learn about how to build trust with where you find your information as well as finding out which methods and processes are the most optimal for you.

What you will learn in this episode with: Sohee Lee and Ben Carpenter

3:42 – Sohee’s purpose and impact.

5:32 – Ben’s realizations and journey to becoming a better trainer.

7:43 - Mainstream research and the content they lack.

9:58 - Who should I trust to get information from?

13:13 - Wanting the perfect physique and certain standards of the fitness industry.

16:43 - Sohee’s journey and how it motivated her.

19:07 - Ben’s perfectionism and the side effects from it.

21:57 - The extremes of dieting and the negative effects it can have on you.

26:18 - Sohee’s approach to moderation and the pushback she received.

27:30- The culture of extremes in fitness.

31:58 - Taking a proactive approach to reach your goals.

34:16- Building your success momentum.

35:57- Living with Crohn’s Disease & what it is.

45:14- Sohee’s love for teaching and changing lives.

47:39-  Hard beliefs and being open to new information.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Sohee's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soheefit/

Sohee's ELT Method: https://soheefit.com/pages/coaching

Lift with Sohee: https://soheefit.com/products/lift-with-sohee

Ben's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bdccarpenter/

Ben's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/bencarpenter

To learn more about Ben and Sohee, check out the full show notes here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode67/

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Jan 13, 2021
66 | Crepitus: Crunchy Knees? What Does it Mean?
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Do your knees pop and crackle like rice krispies when doing squats?! Ever been told to stop doing movements that cause your knees to make those noises? Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into what Knee Crepitus is and how you can overcome the aches and pains in your knees. They inform you on the importance of continuing to explore your body, why your knees are making noises and how to gain confidence within your body. This podcast is created to give you the tools and education to continue moving forward and finding what optimal means for your body. Let’s dive in!

What you will learn in this PT Pearl:

4:50 – What is Knee Crepitus?

6:26 – Is it just a term?

8:01 - Creating fear within yourself & learning to explore your body

12:28 - Knee Crepitus associated with pain

13:36 - Contributing factors of Knee Crepitus

15:18 - Assess, don’t guess!

15:51 - The importance of building overall strength

17:52 - The importance of warming up & what works for you

19:55 - Continued exploration of your body

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Items mentioned in this episode include:

https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

Learn more from Doc Jen here: https://instagram.com/docjenfit/

Learn more from Dr. Dom here: https://instagram.com/drdomdpt/

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode66/

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Jan 11, 2021
65 | Using Your Brain to Your Advantage with Mindset Expert Kara Loewentheil
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Suffer from negative thoughts? Anxiety? What about that constant comparison, especially as you scroll through social media? Or maybe even chronic pain?! Most of us experience some level of almost all of these. You are not alone. This episode with Kara Loewentheil, Master Coach, Mindset Expert, and Harvard graduate, will help you learn how to finally start killing those negative thoughts and retraining your brain! Kara provides evidence-based and relatable tools you can start with today to create true change and step into a confident person who owns their self-worth. Tune in to start exploring the power of your brain!

What You Will Learn in this episode with Kara Lowentheil:

0:50 – Kara’s purpose

2:50 – Kara’s experience and her passions

5:40 - Kara’s law school experience

7:27 - Changing the way you think

8:42 - Retraining your brain

11:53 - Practices you can try on your own

20:04 - The power of manifestations and why they work

22:50 - Areas Kara focused on for herself

26:20 - The effect of visual media on the brain

30:31 - What does health look like for you

35:57 - Additional resources you can take advantage

41:14 - Thinking about pain

46:00 - Kara’s personal pains and her approach on it

About Kara Loewentheil:

Kara Loewentheil is a Master Certified Coach with a B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Harvard Law. In the last four years after pivoting from a legal career, she has grown her lift coaching business from 0 to 7 figures. She’s the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast Unf*ck Your Brain which has been downloaded 10M times, and she has been featured in outlets life Marie Claire, Mind Body Green, MSN.com and The Huffington Post. Kara lives in New York City.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Kara’s Website to Learn More: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/

Unf*ck Your Brain Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unf-ck-your-brain-to-create-feminist-confidence/id1229434818?mt=2

The Confidence Cheat Sheet: https://unfuckyourbrain.com/confidence-podcast

To learn more about Kara Loewentheil in the full show notes, click here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode65/

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Jan 06, 2021
64 | Where to start the New Year with Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom
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Happy New Year, Movers! Still unsure about what your resolutions are for the upcoming year? Unsure you should even HAVE resolutions, yet certain you want to crush all your goals in 2021?! You are definitely going to want to tune into this episode as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into how to reframe your New Year’s "resolutions" so you can actually create true healthy habits that will carry you through the year. They will be covering various topics such as how to build sustainable change coming into this year along with tips and tricks in order to help you feel less stressed. Get ready to switch your intentions into true action and come into 2021 feeling prepared, excited and ready!

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

3:14 – How to start the new year and dealing with the stress

4:37 – Sustainable resolutions and not setting yourself up for failure

7:29 – Creating your intentions

8:25 – The idea of choosing happiness

10:58 – How to approach resolutions

13:10 – Having the power of choice

14:52 – Coming up with your one word

16:22 – How to prepare for unexpected events

17:44 – Feeling your pains and emotions in order to free yourself

18:14 – Creating resolutions with your partner

20:22 – Taking care and showing up for yourself

21:21 – Learning to inject movement into your life no matter what

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode64/

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Jan 04, 2021
63 | Hypermobility and EDS? Learn more about them with Andrew and Katie of Whealth
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Super flexible? Do gumby type party tricks or know someone who does? Then you need to listen to this informative interview with Andrew Dettelbach and Katie Goss founders of Whealth on hypermobility, EDS and all that comes with it.  Listen to these revealing truths behind double "jointedness" and hypermobility, along with the advantages that come with it! Learn all you need to know about hypermobility, how to self assess it, and how you can optimize it! Need more?! Andrew and Katie explain their new program, Whealth, and how you can start creating better habits towards your optimal body.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Andrew Dettelbach & Katie Goss: @the.shirtlessdude @katertot @spreadwhealth

02:10 – Andrew and Katie introducing themselves and what they do

03:33 What Hypermobility and EDS means, the spectrum of it, and how to identify it

08:28 – How Andrew and Katie were diagnosed with hypermobility

13:51 What proprioception is and how to reintroduce it if you are hypermobile

15:37 – What Katie and Andrew began to work on once they understood they had hypermobility

18:07 – Why hypermobility forced Andrew back to the basics and how it helped

19:32 – How to self assess if you are hypermobile and what to do if you are

21:17 – What double jointed means and what the advantages that come with it if you understand it

25:49 – What someone diagnosed with hypermobility but still feel tight in the body should look into

27:55 – Why cramping is good if you’re hypermobile and an example exercise

30:41 – How Andrew approaches movements patterns to make them more effective

33:23 – Where to go if you are dealing with issues associated with hypermobility

34:17 – Whealth program and the benefits of being apart of it

About Andrew Dettelbach & Katie Goss:

ANDREW DETTELBACH:

At 15 years old, my mother was diagnosed pre-diabetic. The result was an immediate transition to a healthier and more active lifestyle for myself. After graduating college, I experienced a massively debilitating back injury - a 10mm herniation at my L4/L5 disc and bulged disc. I spent those 2 years exploring my movements, figuring out what felt good and what hurts, and slowly reintroducing weighted movements. As someone with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), I have found that improving my body awareness and strengthening my weaknesses is the most profound thing that I can do for myself.

KATIE GOSS:

My interest in health and wellness began 20 years ago when I decided to take on a career in nursing because I was passionate about helping others. As a cardiac critical care nurse, I enjoyed the constant learning and critical thinking it required. Knowing the power of prevention and self-care, I left the medical field, trained in Pilates and continued my own health journey experimenting with different approaches.

To learn more about Andrew Dettelback & Katie Goss in the full show notes, click here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode63

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Dec 30, 2020
62 | What is The Optimal Body Membership?
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What is the optimal body? What does optimal mean to you? Listen to this PT Pearl as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into all that comes with an Optimal Body membership.  They explain why discovering your optimal body is a unique and individual journey and how this membership provides the tools to  helps you uncover it.  As Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom constantly say, the benefit of movement is massive and needed. This programs educates you on how to efficiently get moving and achieve your optimal body with minimal to no equipment. It's beyond a "workout." This is about getting to know your body down to its foundation to truly help you understand how to relieve pain, optimize movement patterns and build resiliency within your body. This podcast uncovers all you'll need to know to get started on your journey towards your optimal body.

Ready to get started today?? Get 50% OFF your first month with code: "OPTIMAL" at checkout! Click HERE to join the community!

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:43 – What is the optimal body?

01:39 – The Optimal Body versus the Mobility Method

03:29 – How The Optimal Body started and why it was created

06:17 – Training types available in The Optimal Body

08:41 – The intention behind The Optimal Body

10:18 – The power of slowing things down

12:01 – How the Optimal Body teaches you how to load efficiently with minimal equipment

13:34 – The secret behind why intentional muscle activations are important

17:56 – What The Optimal Body membership is and the community that comes with it

20:01 – Who should join the Optimal Body

23:06 – How to choose the right program for you

24:50 – Success story of an Optimal Body member

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode62

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Dec 28, 2020
61 | How To Begin Optimizing Your Diet with Dr. Mike T. Nelson
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Feel like you’ve tried every diet in the book and nothing seems to work? Then you don’t want to miss out on this interview with Dr. Mike T. Nelson research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility  and heart rate variability, online trainer, professor, and creator of the “Flex Diet Certification” as he explains how you can start increasing your metabolism today.  Dr. Mike T. Nelson breaks down what metabolic flexibility is and how to simplify your diet needs.  He also dives into the benefits of fasting, how to properly work up to a fasting schedule, and who fasting is best for.  You don’t want to miss out on this informative interview with knowledgeable Dr. Mike T. Nelson.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Mike T. Nelson: @drmiketnelson

02:23 – Dr. Nelson’s work background and current studies

04:02 Dr. Nelson’s reason behind doing what he does

05:59 – What the “Flex Diet” encompasses and why Dr. Nelson created it

11:03 What metabolic flexibility means, why it's important, and how you can start exploring it

16:43 – Personal experience of Dr. Nelson training giving nutritional advice to a client

19:45 – Differences between Dr. Nelson training men versus women

25:56 – How people can start fueling themselves to benefit their metabolic flexibility

32:38 – Supplements and Dr. Nelson’s recommendations

About Dr. Mike T. Nelson:

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, faculty member at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruous) heavy-metal enthusiast. The techniques he's developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, reading research, and kiteboarding as much as possible.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Dr. Nelson’s Website: www.miketnelson.com

Dr. Mike's Flex Diet: https://flexdiet.com

Dr. Mike's Insider Newsletter: https://flex-diet.ck.page/newsletter

Dr. Mike's Flex Diet Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/flex-diet-podcast/id1488376804

To learn more about Dr. Mike T. Nelson in the full show notes: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode61

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Dec 23, 2020
60 | What is The Mobility Method?
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Want to know what the Mobility Method is all about? Need information before you can take the leap into your mobility journey? Don’t think you can achieve mobility? Tune in as Dr. Dom interviews Founder, Dr. Jen, as she explains mobility and why the Mobility Method is an individualized program for anyone to get to their most optimal, mobile self.  Listen in as she explains the benefits of the initial assessment in the Mobility Method and how it can educate you further on your body and possible diagnosis.  This program is the most cost effective way, with a one time investment, for you to explore and relieve your body of tension and restriction; from breathwork to specific mobility routines to information on mobility tools, this program has it all.  You don’t want to miss out on all of these juicy details and a secret bonus hidden somewhere in this podcast!

Ready to start your mobility journey? Get 15% OFF the program with code: MOBILE

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:42 – Why the Mobility Method was originally created

03:25 – Long term benefits of mobility

04:11 – Dr. Jen explaining the Mobility Method and its structure

06:07 – How you would navigate through the Mobility Method for your own body

08:08 – Why it’s important to do the full assessment, even if you have pain in one area

10:01 – Misconceptions with the Mobility Method - How to manage a mobility program for your day

12:23 – How long it will take you to get through the Mobility Method

15:48 – What Dr. Jen recommends for people with chronic pain and those new to mobility

17:25 – Who should do mobility?

19:25 – Dr. Jen’s mobility journey to this day

20:39 – The ideal time to start the Mobility Method - Why doing the work is so beneficial

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method: https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode60

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Dec 21, 2020
59 | Let's Talk About Sex with Dr. Kristie Overstreet
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Having intimacy issues in your relationships?  Did you know there are 12 different types of intimacy? If not, you don’t want to miss this interview with Dr. Kristie Overstreet clinical sexologist, certified sex therapist, psychotherapist, and so much more as she dives into all topics regarding intimacy and relationship issues.  Dr. Overstreet dives into all aspects of sex therapy from LGBTQIA+ medicine to how porn may have affected your sex life.  Listen in as Dr. Overstreet uncovers how to take ownership of your relationship and how to ease into these uncomfortable conversations with your partner.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Kristie Overstreet: @kristie_overstreet

03:13 – What drives Dr. Overstreet to do what she does

05:09 Taking ownership of what happens in your relationships

06:41 – How to open up to your partner about topics that may be hard to discuss for you

07:48 What intimacy means and the different types

09:48 – Dr. Overstreet’s explanation as to why sexual intimacy has a certain stigma associated with it

11:27 – The importance of talking about transgender medicine and how we define self

14:08 – Recommendations from Dr. Overstreet on how medical form layouts can be more inclusive

15:20 – What inclined Dr. Overstreet, as a psychotherapy, to become a sex therapist

17:41 – How to combat the shame associated with the conversation of sex

19:51 – How to identify whether you are stuck with your partner or your partner just isn’t right for you

22:00 – How to know when to walk away from a relationship

24:54 – How Dr. Jen’s and Dr. Dom’s past relationships benefited theirs together

28:43 – How porn has built an expectation around sex

30:10 – How to bring up uncomfortable sex conversations with your partner

32:05 – The importance of pelvic floor therapy for optimal sexual intercourse - How to find a therapist

About Dr. Kristie Overstreet:

Dr. Kristie Overstreet, is a clinical sexologist, certified sex therapist, psychotherapist, and author of Fix Yourself First: 25 Tips to Stop Ruining Your Relationships and host of Fix Yourself First podcast. Her mission is to help people improve their relationships by first focusing on the most important relationship they have, the one with themselves so that they are empowered to create the lives they deserve.

Dr. Kristie believes that you are the best expert in your own life. Her role is to provide unconditional support, motivate you to be your best, and meet you where you are in your journey. As your BFF Sex Therapist, she believes that you have the answers, and she is there to help you find your voice to take action.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Dr. Kristie’s Website: http://www.drkristieoverstreet.com/

Free training for women : How to get emotional and physical intimacy without sacrificing your needs?: https://drkristie.mykajabi.com/freetraining

To learn more about Dr. Kristie Overstreet in the full show notes: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode59

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Dec 16, 2020
58 | Foot & Ankle Mobility: How To Begin & Why It's Important
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Feel like you NEED support in your shoes? Live in heels or cleats? Don’t understand why foot or ankle mobility might be important to you? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain how external support might not be needed, why ankle and foot mobility is crucial for an optimal body, and how you can begin your journey.  Listen in as they dive into simple tricks and exercises you can use today to increase your foot and ankle range of motion, as well as your overall health. Listen carefully to uncover a secret bonus surprise that has been hidden somewhere in this episode; one in which you don’t want to miss!

15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:05 – Why your foot mobility journey may take time

03:33 – What ankle mobility is and its normal range - How to check yours

04:21 – What dorsiflexion and plantar flexion means for you - How to check your mobility

06:20 – Strong versus tight ankle muscles

07:17 – Finding your ankle range of motion - Our loss in functional abilities and why

09:13 – Movement patterns of the foot and why they're important

11:20 – Why it's important to wear products that provide internal feedback

18:17 – Simple tools you can use to promote movement within your feet

20:06 – Position that can help promote extension in your toes

21:40 – Exercises you can do to strengthen your foot

22:42 – Stretches for ankle mobility

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method: https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility (code "MOBILE" for 15% discount)

TOB Episode 38 - From Achilles Tendinitis to Full Ruptures, Why Does it Happen and What Can You Start Doing About it Today?: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode38/

TOB Episode 47 - Creation of Barefoot Shoes, Vivobarefoot, by Co-founder Galahad Clark: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode47/

TOB Episode 55 - The LCK Method to Optimal Hormones, Health and Body Image: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode55/

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode58

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Dec 14, 2020
56 | Hip Flexor Tightness? The Real Culprit and True Solutions!
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Does your job have you sitting all day? Feel tightness in your hip flexors? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom explain what might be happening at your hip joint and the best ways to combat that tightness.  All of the factors that may go into your tightened muscles are uncovered and functional tools are given to relax that built up tension.  If you really want to heal your body and get it to it’s optimal health, you’ve come to the right spot.

Interested to learn more about this true core stability we talk about to combat those overworked hip flexors? Join our Optimal Body community and come learn! Only $27/month here: https://docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

01:01 – What the Iliopsoas entails and where along these muscles people complain

03:01 – What muscle tightness means and why your hip flexor may be pulling on your low back

03:56 – Neurological factors with hip flexors and how to combat tightness

04:56 – How to utilize your hip flexors fully to combat tightness - Why stretching isn’t the full answer

10:29 – Why combining core and hip movements are beneficial in strengthening your hip flexors

13:53 – How the diaphragm affects your hip flexors - Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing

18:02 – Tools you can use to release your hip flexors

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Breathwork TOB Podcast: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode11/

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode56

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Dec 14, 2020
57 | Is Kettlebell Training Applicable to Everyone? With Expert, Marcus Martinez
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Curious about kettlebells? If you’re ready to pick up your first kettlebell or become a kettlebell master, listen to this interview with Marcus Martinez, the “Kettlebell poster boy”, to understand the benefits of kettlebells and how to grow your athletic abilities.  Marcus is a master kettlebell coach for Kettlebell Kings as well as former master coach for ONNIT Academy, kettlebell certification trainer with Living.Fit, personal trainer, owner of MBody Strength Kettlebell Gym, and has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 2001.  This interview will give you the ins and outs of the uniqueness of kettlebells compared to other tools and their ability to balance strength and fluidity in various ways. Join us as Marcus dives into how kettlebells create stronger, more explosive athletes with access to any and all movement patterns possible.

15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Marcus Martinez: @kettlebellexercises

03:50 – How long Marcus has been involved in health and wellness and what brought him there

05:29 Marcus’ experience with kettlebells and his passion for them

07:51 – What Marcus has seen, both good and bad, on social media with kettlebells

09:25 Basic, common mistakes Marcus has seen in form with kettlebells

10:51 – Why kettlebells are favored for optimal body movement compared to other implements

14:58 – What Marcus believes about being well rounded versus an expert on one specific thing

17:49 – Marcus’ purpose with his kettlebell work and training

20:15 – How Marcus keeps his kids motivated to continue moving in this era of screens

27:23 – Where Marcus believes beginners to kettlebells should start

28:49 – Why working with kettlebells shouldn’t be painful and what Marcus teaches

31:54 – Movement benefits that comes with kettlebell training

About Marcus Martinez:

Marcus Martinez is currently the Master Kettlebell Coach for Kettlebell Kings and Living.Fit. He’s developed and run the kettlebell certification through Living.Fit as well as created countless programs that have helped people all over the world. He’s a CSCS and has been in the fitness industry since 2001 as a personal trainer, class instructor, gym owner, workshop presenter, and video curator. He was the former master kettlebell coach for Onnit Academy and started Mbody Strength Kettlebell Gym in Orange County. His passions are his family, all things strength and health, and comedy.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Kettlebell program: https://www.living.fit/offers/bpSZyLcu/checkout

Learn more about Marcus in the full show notes: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode57

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Dec 09, 2020
55 | The LCK Method to Optimal Hormones, Health and Body Image
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Have you ever struggled with gut health issues? What about hormone issues? Maybe even body image struggles? You are not alone. Learn from podcast guest, Laurie Christine King, Austin’s #1 personal trainer and nutritionist, as she opens up about her personal journey, what she’s learned and her recommendations to finally take control back of your own health and body. Listen towards the end to even hear from Doc Jen and Dr. Dom’s experience with some of these health struggles.

Get 50% OFF the entire first year of The Optimal Body Membership THIS WEEK ONLY!! Check it out here:https://docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody

No code necessary! Ends Friday, December 4, 2020

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Laurie Christine King:@lauriechristineking

02:38 – Laurie’s goal for putting out the information that she does

07:30–Why  are hormones important to pay attention to?

10:50 – Why Laurie started creating content and who she started creating content for

13:14–Why weight training? Is it important for women?

20:14 – Authenticity and credibility with coaches on the internet

21:50 –Laurie’s experience with hormonal birth control - How long it took her to get where she’s at today

23:24 – Laurie’s experience with gut health and information about gut testing

27:17 – Laurie’s experience with hormone replacement therapy and what to expect

32:10 – Where Laurie recommends people to start if faced with these types of issues

34:26 – Laurie’s message to those who obsess over fitness

38:26 – What Laurie believes every woman should be educated on

44:09 – The difference between a smart doctor and a good doctor

45:53 – Different types of thyroid tests and when’s the best time to get them as a woman

48:28 – Optimal thyroid ranges to pay attention to

50:41 – Laurie’s recommendation for gut health plan

55:11 – Laurie’s view on birth control for the body

58:54 – Dr. Dom’s experience and story with food and weight training

1:04:23 – Laurie’s current body need: mobility!

1:07:11 – How to find more information about Laurie

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Paragon Training Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paragontrainingmethods/

Laurie’s Website: http://lauriechristineking.com/

Paragon Training Website: http://paragontrainingmethods.com/

Laurie’s YouTube: http://youtube.com/lauriechristineking

Paragon Training YouTube: http://youtube.com/paragontrainingmethods

Laurie’s Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Nutrition, Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, & More https://lauriechristineking.com/product/fatloss/

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Dec 02, 2020
54 | Frozen Shoulder | What Can You Do to Prevent It & Improve It?
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Have pain in your shoulder during certain movements? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain why avoiding these movements may be a one way track to frozen shoulder.  Listen to get all the information you need to get started on decreasing inflammation in your shoulder and learn how to notice other factors that may be causing this issue.  Tune in as they dive into the benefits of manual therapy and why, if it is done with the right intention, it can give you back that range of motion you’ve been missing.  Frozen shoulder may be a long and painful journey, but this podcast will provide tools and motivation you need to optimize and mobilize your body once again.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

01:58 – Information behind the different stages of frozen shoulder - Why it's possible to avoid

06:17 – Two symptoms that are seen in frozen shoulder

07:29 – Number one thing to avoid

09:30 – Things you can do to to decrease inflammation

10:43 – Type of manual therapy that is beneficial for frozen shoulder and why

12:27 – How to cope with the dreaded healing time and process of frozen shoulder

14:06 – How to avoid relying on medication for frozen shoulder and control what goes into your body

14:59 – Why creating a safe place for your shoulder with a physical therapist is important

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

Research Citations:

Frozen Shoulder - Adhesive Capsulitis - OrthoInfo - AAOS. (n.d.). Retrieved from, https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/frozen-shoulder/

Hollmann L;Halaki M;Kamper SJ;Haber M;Ginn KA;. (n.d.). Does muscle guarding play a role in range of motion loss in patients with frozen shoulder? Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29986193/

Mezian, K. (2020, September 03). Frozen Shoulder. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482162/

Physical Therapy Guide to Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis). (2020, August 20). Retrieved from https://www.choosept.com/symptomsconditionsdetail/physical-therapy-guide-to-frozen-shoulder-adhesive-capsulitis

To check out the full show notes, visit Doc Jen's website here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode54

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Nov 30, 2020
53 | From the Emergency Room to Weight Room, What is the True Determinant of Health with Samantha Ciaccia
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Looking for a quick fix for your pain? Then listen to this interview with Sam Ciaccia trainer by day and physician assistant by night as she explains what she runs into at the emergency room all the time and how you can avoid it.  This podcast opens up our eyes to the reality of a "quick fix" and the importance of awareness and self care of one's body.  Tune in for some body awareness exercises that you can implement in your day to day to make sure your body can be protected from possible troubles down the road.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Sam Ciaccia: @sciaccia

02:58 – What Sam’s purpose and goal is behind what she does

05:08 – Why it is important to Sam to continue learning and teaching movement`

07:13 – What it means to “abuse the system”

09:15 – How to motivate those who are looking for a quick fix

12:02 – The importance behind educators informing patients fully to avoid addictive behaviors

13:32 – Addictions behind medications and the importance of finding alternatives and education

16:05 – Why kettlebells, movement, and breathwork is so prevalent in Sam’s life

20:13 – How to determine if you are in an inhaled or exhaled state and why it's important

25:44 – How to strengthen breathwork with movement

27:25 – Why rib cage and pelvis placement is important - How to determine a neutral state

31:42 – Why having a lack of understanding of your body can be harmful

33:15 – How to start becoming more aware of your body movement

About Sam Ciaccia:

Sam Ciaccia is certified with her CSCS, SFGII, MS, PA-C. Trainer by day, Physician Assistant by night. Sam lives a duo-career, treating patients in the ER while living out her passion as a Strength Coach in NYC. She’s helped a range of clients from getting out of pain to conquering feats of strength! Kettlebells are her specialty focusing on the biomechanics of movement patterns and how they are applied to Kettlebell training. She encourages everyone to live up to their full potential in her sessions and overall in life!

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Sam’s Website: https://www.samanthalynnciaccia.com

Sam’s App: https://marketplace.trainheroic.com/workout-plan/team/kettlebell-strength

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Nov 25, 2020
52 | Tension Headaches | The Cause and Recommended Solutions
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Are headaches a constant nuisance in your life? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom explains tension headaches and their root causes.  If you or a loved one experiences these types of headaches regularly, prevention techniques provided in this podcast may relieve symptoms at a higher rate than over the counter drugs.  After listening, you will walk away with the knowledge necessary to achieve a less tense, optimal body.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:53 – Studies behind the commonness of tension headaches, especially in women

02:05 – What tension headaches entail

04:16 – The root cause of tension headaches

05:22 – First recommendation to release stress or tension

08:02 – Why some techniques may help more with tension headaches than over the counter drugs

10:49 – How structure and posture can create tension headaches

14:40 – What the third diaphragm is and how it can create tension headaches

17:00 – Why neck retraction exercises are beneficial

17:58 – Why foundations, especially breathwork, are so important to have in your daily routine

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Breathwork TOB Podcast: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode11/

Don’t forget your 10% DISCOUNT on your next IntelliRoll with code: "DOCJEN" at checkout: https://intelliroll.com/?rfsn=629552.d5440

Research Citations:

Chowdhury, D. (2012). Tension type headache. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, 15(5), 83. doi:10.4103/0972-2327.100023

Harvard Publishing. (2018, December). Tension Headache. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/tension-headache-a-to-z

Maistrello, L. F., Rafanelli, M., & Turolla, A. (2019). Manual Therapy and Quality of Life in People with Headache: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 23(10). doi:10.1007/s11916-019-0815-8

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. (2020). Tension headache. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000797.htm

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Nov 23, 2020
51 | How Do Emotions Play a Role in Physical Pain with Edan Harari
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Have a hard time showing emotion or being vulnerable? Feel like a lot of emotional walls are up and not sure how to break them down? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom interview Edan Harari well known movement artist, high performance healing coach, and educator as he unravels body work and what it entails. Edan dives into how the body releases tension and the importance of finding the right practice for you.  Tune in as he guides you through different energy releasing techniques with the scientific and emotional benefits that follow.  You don’t want to miss out on this in depth and healing conversation, for it provides the tools necessary to start your own optimal body journey.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Edan Harari: @kineticbodytherapy

00:57 – What Edan’s mission is

01:32 – How Edan incorporates mind, body relationships in his work

02:43 – What led Eden to bodywork

06:28 – How Eden unleashed his way of working on his client’s body

08:52 – How Eden approaches clients with resistance to energy work that comes with bodywork

17:34 – How Eden guides clients through fight, flight, freeze responses to the rest, digest space

21:14 – The environment Eden provides for his clients in their healing journey - Why the use of voice is important for break through

27:23 – How everything has a time and place - Simple exercise to release tension

30:56 – Dr. Jen’s experience with releasing energy

32:54 – Dr. Dom’s take on the physiological responses behind energy work

34:52 – Rib release technique led by Eden

38:11 – The effectiveness behind energy release - The courage that comes with vulnerability

About Edan Harari:

Before Edan Harari became a celebrity healer and educator for empowering people and sharing healing across the globe, he had his share of obstacles to overcome. From having a mental breakdown when he was 21, which led to a hospitalization and over 15 years of meds and then healing, to going through several surgeries as a child, to several sports injuries and suffering from various serious health challenges involving tremendous pain, Edan’s story is the perfect example of how anybody can overcome the obstacles in their life and then create massive impact by helping others do the same. Edan is the founder of Kinetic Body Therapy, his private practice based in NYC but he travels often to Miami, LA and his birthplace Israel for clients and trainings.  He is a movement artist, high performance healing coach and educator.

Edan has been featured on several podcasts such as Ancient Wisdom Today with Shaman Durek, Less Doing with Ari Meisel, SoulFeed with Shannon Algeo, as well as Sivana, Synchronicity, Beautifully Broken and more. He’s been featured alongside speakers such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Elena Brower, Thomas Myers and more.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Edan’s “Kinetic Body Therapy” Website: https://www.kineticbodytherapy.com/ 

To check out the full show notes and the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode51

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Nov 18, 2020
50 | Snapping Hip Syndrome with Mountain Climbers & Abs?! Find out why!
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Do your hips snap, crackle, and pop when performing a certain movement pattern? Not experiencing pain? Then join in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into the importance of understanding your snapping hips to prevent possible chronic pain down the road; pain or not.  They explain how important it is, no matter where you are as an athlete, to bring it back to the basics if experiencing snapping hip.  Although it may seem “easier” than what you’re used to, it will create a stronger foundation so you can progress even further without putting your body in harm's way.  So make sure to listen in and empower yourself to protect your body fully as you reach its optimal level.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:23 – What “snapping hip” actually means and the different types

03:45 – Snapping hip broken down and why they may have different diagnoses

08:05 – Percentage of people experiencing snapping hip versus those who are asymptomatic

09:05 – Condition that could occur if you ignore asymptomatic, or unpainful, snapping hip

10:22 – Dr. Dom’s personal experience with snapping hip and how he addressed it

11:11 – Why motor patterns need to be relearned if experiencing snapping hip; no matter the athletic level

14:48 – Why coming back to the breathe would be beneficial in relearning motor patterns

16:37 – Examples on how you can relearn motor patterns efficiently

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPY3u7yzFh0&list=PLk5UkBNdJQpZ_IlqhLBE41JP1xfPRhVEn&index=30

Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Research Citations:

Musick, S. (2020, August 26). Snapping Hip Syndrome. From https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448200/

Stanford Healthcare. (2017, September 11). Snapping Hip Syndrome. Retrieved from https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/bones-joints-and-muscles/snapping-hip-syndrome.html

To check out the full show notes and the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode50

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Nov 16, 2020
49 | Break up with your food beliefs and learn to fuel the body with vegan chef, Hollan Hawaii
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Want to change your diet to a healthier one but don’t know how? Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom interview Hollan Hawaii expert in vegan, plant-based food and cleanses, liqueur dan bleu chef, health advocate, former restaurant owner, and mom of three as she explains the nutritional benefits of eating more plants; whether you are plant based or not.  Hate cooking? Hollan has some tips and tricks you can utilize in order to maintain a healthier diet while also staying out of the kitchen.  Listen in to have your whole perspective on food and their nutrition change; creating opportunity to begin and maintain a healthier diet and life.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Hollan Hawaii: @hollanhawaii

02:08 – Hollan’s purpose or mission on this Earth

03:13 – Hollan’s advice to anyone who wants to begin to create change in their diet

05:15 – Hollan’s health journey and what brought her to become vegan

07:45 – Why starting where you’re at is so important - Avoiding drastic changes right away

09:51 – Advice to those who don’t like cooking but still want to change their diet

11:55 – How Hollan has been creative with food and how you can replace things in your diet

14:33 – Hollan’s WalkAbout Theory and how it restructures the way you look at food

17:38 – The importance of seeds and their nutrition value - What food is supposed to do

20:10 – Adequate protein sources in vegan diets - Why it shouldn’t be a main concern

22:09 – Why you should be your own science experiment

23:11 –  How Hollan’s health has shifted since becoming vegan

25:18 – Hollan’s experience with kids, their nutrition, and their different tastes - Creating their own relationships with food

29:13 – How to create yummy, comfort foods to healthier ones

About Hollan Hawaii:

Hollan Hawaii is an expert in vegan plant-based food and cleanses. As a Le  Cordon Bleu trained chef, health advocate, former restaurant owner, and mom  of three, she has worn many hats in this life, but she knows the one that matters  most is her relationship with herself and her body. When those two are aligned,  everything falls into place, and she can be a better mother and chef. Hollan has  been on her own health journey for 13 years and loves sharing her perspective  and experience with food that led her to be in charge of her own health.

Good Food Gratitude is Hollan’s plant-based lifestyle cookbook that also  encourages people to change the way to perceive healthy food. Hollan knows  how much work it is to make sure you and your family are eating healthy foods,  so her recipes are fast, affordable, easy, and healthy. True to her family-friendly  beach-inspired lifestyle and aesthetics, Hollan lives on the beautiful garden isle  of Kauai and enjoys spending time in the kitchen, with family and friends, and  in the rejuvenating waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Hollan's Cookbook Good Good Gratitude: https://www.hollanhawaii.com/product/good-food-gratitude-cookbook/

Hollan's Vegan Thanksgiving Cookbook Free Gift: Hollanhawaii.com/gift

To see this episode's full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode49

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Nov 11, 2020
48 | Ergonomics: What is the ideal desk posture and set-up?
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When you think of ergonomics, do you think about those fancy office desks and chairs? If so, tune into this PT Pearl as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom fully explains what ergonomics is really about and how to obtain your optimal body in your work environment.  Listen in to be empowered with different methods you can apply at home or bring to your supervisor in order to create a healthy work environment for everyone.  This podcast is made to give you the power of setting an example, and hopefully a new norm, in your workplace; creating a healthy community instead of another dreaded work week full of bodily aches and pains.

GIVEAWAY WILL BE POSTED ON @docjenfit Instagram at 8:30pm PST MONDAY NOV 1st

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

01:05 – What is ergonomics really means and how it relates to your working environment

03:38 – Misnomers behind ergonomics - What really matters for your body in your work environment

06:23 – Percentages of office workers experiencing neck pain, their recurrence rates, and the three factors as to why it happens

10:49 – First simple tip to empower yourself and relieve your work stress

13:20 – What works in work environments to create better ergonomics

14:35 – Second simple tip to decrease neck pain - Creating a community

16:10 – Third simple tip to support your foundation

16:50 – Fourth simple tip to stay moving - The power in setting examples

19:48 – Desks and chairs recommended by Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom and why

27:29 – Why investing in your health is so important

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zditl9OIDjM&list=PLk5UkBNdJQpZ_IlqhLBE41JP1xfPRhVEn&index=29

Research Citations:

Chen, X., Coombes, B. K., Sjøgaard, G., Jun, D., O’Leary, S., & Johnston, V. (2017). Workplace-Based Interventions for Neck Pain in Office Workers: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Physical Therapy, 98(1), 40-62. doi:10.1093/ptj/pzx101

Sowah, D., Boyko, R., Antle, D., Miller, L., Zakhary, M., & Straube, S. (2018). Occupational interventions for the prevention of back pain: Overview of systematic reviews. Journal of Safety Research, 66, 39-59. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2018.05.007

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Nov 09, 2020
47 | Creation of Barefoot Shoes, Vivobarefoot, by Co-founder Galahad Clark
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Do you believe that you absolutely need that arch support in your shoes? Love that feeling when you come home and take your shoes off? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they interview Galahad Clark CEO and co-founder of Vivobarefoot Shoes and uncover why barefoot shoes benefit everyone.  Galahad dives into the science behind barefoot shoes and how they have been shown to decrease pain throughout the body.  Not only are Vivobarefoot shoes beneficial to your health, but the environment as well.  Listen as Galahad reveals the sustainable mission he wishes to accomplish environmentally with Vivobarefoot shoes, as well as shoe production in general.

FREE YOUR FEET and 15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcA

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Galahad Clark: @vivobarefoot

01:42 – What Galahad’s mission is with Vivobarefoot shoes and his journey to that mission

05:21 – What brought Galahad’s friend to cut the sole off a shoe and put a tennis racket on it, instigating the idea of Vivobarefoot shoes

07:40 – Why Galahad created the specific shape of the Vivobarefoot shoes

10:10 – Galahad’s theory behind why shoes were created and marketed the way they are today

14:04 – Supporting facts to help ease your worries on transitioning to barefoot shoes

18:58 – How barefoot shoes addresses pain and why

20:47 – How Galahad implements sustainability and have a positive impact on the environment in producing Vivobarefoot shoes

25:14 – What a B Corp Certification is and why it's important to collaborate with other companies

About Galahad Clark:

Galahad is a 7th generation shoemaker. As a teenager, he spent summer holidays on various shoe production lines in Europe and Asia learning the family’s trade. After finishing school, he went to America on a Morehead scholarship to study Chinese and Anthropology. While there he founded Students 4 Students International an organisation created to help disadvantaged students in Africa go to the best secondary schools and onto university. In 2003, lured by the Wu Tang Clan wearing Wallabees, Galahad started his first shoe project: “Wu Shoes”. From there he went on to launch United Nude (high end architectural shoes), Worn Again (a closed loop green technology business) and Vivobarefoot (where he now focuses his energies)

About VivoBarefoot Shoes:

Vivobarefoot are the outsiders of the shoe industry. Rejecting this broken industry and fighting for a more natural future, by reconnecting people and planet.

Sedentary & cushioned lifestyles are making people and planet sick. The short-term comfort of foam and air is having a long-term effect on our health – Vivobarefoot want to change this by making footwear that makes your feet stronger. Using wide, thin and flexible design principles that allow your feet to do their natural thing. They add less so you feel more.

All Vivobarefoot footwear is produced using sustainably sourced natural, bio and recycled materials. With the aim to protect the planet so you can run wild on it, forever. Created by two cousins from a long line of cobblers, Galahad and Asher goal is to create alternative footwear for those who want to feel.

To see this episode's full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode47

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Nov 04, 2020
46 | Groin Pain and Inner Thigh Strain Explained
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Want to know how you can possibly decrease your groin pain or inner thigh strain today? Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom explores different inner thigh injuries, what populations tend to obtain these injuries, and exercises you can start today to decrease your pain.  If you are an athlete of any kind, you have probably experienced one of these injuries and this podcast has the potential of increasing your performance while simultaneously decreasing your pain.  If athletics is not your thing, this podcast will empower you with exploration techniques you can use on your hips to avoid or reduce risk of injury, as well as increase mobility and functionality.

Join us in the NEW “Grateful for my Body” Challenge happening NOW! Last week to join! Click here: https://www.docjenfit.com/gfmb

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:11 – What adductors muscles are, what they do, and how they’re related to groin injury

05:23 – Types of bone injuries, or fractures, that can occur on the pelvis and recovery time

08:15 – What pubis symphysis and osteitis pubis are and the populations they’re common in

10:15 – What epiphyseal plates are and the population this injury effects

10:58 – Snapping hip syndrome and how to identify it

12:14 – How to explore your hips to identify where your hip injury is taking place

13:05 – What an inguinal hernia is and what it might entail

13:44 – Simplified explanation as to why you may be having an injury - Why exploration is important

14:44 – Why mobility of the hips, and any part of your body, is so important

15:27 – Mobility exercise for tight hip rotators

16:32 – Minimum requirement of hip adductor mobility

17:52 – How adductor activation can decrease pain - Exercises that help activate these muscles

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpjtJa

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Doc Jen’s Mobility Method:  https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility

Doc Jen’s Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

See full show notes here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode46/

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Nov 02, 2020
45 | Birth Control and Women's Health with Dr. Jolene Brighten
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Feel like sex ed didn’t really teach you about your body? Need birth control for your irregular periods or chronic acne? Tune into this extremely informative interview with Dr. Jolene Brighten Naturopathic physician, author, and leader in women’s health as she reveals the truths behind women’s health and birth control.   Did you know that a woman has a fertility window of one day per month? Or what the difference is between an STI and an STD? Dr. Brighten dives into these topics head first in order to make sure you fully understand the concepts behind what birth control, contraceptives, and periods really mean to women and their health.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Jolene Brighten: @drjolenebrighten

01:48 – Dr. Jolene’s mission or purpose on this earth - Why purpose is important

05:05 – Dr. Jolene’s recommendations on where to start in finding accurate information about young women’s developing bodies

06:27 – The truth behind a woman’s fertile window

09:22 – The truth behind sex education - The lack of effectiveness due to scare tactics

14:50 – Fertility awareness methods from Dr. Jolene

17:42 – Contraceptive facts from Dr. Jolene - The difference between STIs and STDs

19:08 – The unethical historical truth behind the pill and the research behind it

22:03 – How hormonal birth control actually works - What makes the pill effective

24:54 – The lack of information of long term effects associated with birth control

26:16 – The importance of nutrition intake while taking birth control and why

28:48 – Risk factors with taking birth control - Politics behind birth control information

32:30 – The truth behind why birth control can help with acne - Advice on how to get off birth control

36:11 – Dr. Jolene’s alternatives to birth control for healthy skin

40:12 – Dr. Jolene’s advice for those who have irregular periods - Facts behind your period

45:57 – Differences in physician credentials and the understanding behind the medications being prescribed

About Dr. Jolene Brighten:

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a prominent leader in women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome — studying the effects of hormonal birth control on female health. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Dr. Brighten’s Free E-Book: https://drbrighten.com/pbcsdiet

Dr. Brighten’s Book Bonuses: www.beyondthepillbook.com

Dr. Brighten’s Website: www.drbrighten.com

Dr. Brighten’s TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJmaGCoV/

To see Dr. Brighten's full bio and to check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode45

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Oct 28, 2020
44 | Losing Balance? Challenging Your Balance Systems
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Think balance exercises are only for the elderly? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain how balance is important for everyone and why.  Listen in to hear some balance tests, targeting three main systems of balance, to see if you can pass. How was it? Struggling? Find out how you can strengthen these skills and create a more sustainable future for your body.

15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx

New #GratefulForMyBody Challenge beings NOVEMBER 1ST!! Join the community & let's MOVE! https://docjenfit.com/GFMB/

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:04 – Why balance is so important

04:08 – Why it is important to try and understand different balance tests

06:04 – The three systems of balance

08:09 – How to address problems with vestibular system - Doc Jen’s personal story with BPPV

13:13 – System number three explained

14:18 – The goal behind these tests - Understanding how these systems work within your body

16:04 – How to practically explore what system you rely on the most

19:48 – How a soft tissue injury can come into play for balance training

20:41 – Strategies PTs use to target hip muscles, avoid falling injuries, and uncover what you’re relying on

23:20 – Why a variety of exercises are needed, not just strength training, in your weekly routine

24:21 – How to challenge the vestibular system

25:00 – How to integrate all of these tests - How they have the potential of decreasing your pain

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/vYJp9ZcQ4Eo

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Balance System Tests: https://www.pthaven.com/page/show/1149588

Research Citations:

Gordon, L. (2017, February 01). Understanding the 3 Balance Systems. From https://www.gordonphysicaltherapy.com/understanding-the-3-balance-systems/

The Human Balance System. (2020, September 02). From https://vestibular.org/article/what-is-vestibular/the-human-balance-system/the-human-balance-system/

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Oct 26, 2020
43 | Using Respiration and Breath to Explore Your Movement Restrictions with Katie St. Clair
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Are you a woman in the professional world but suffer from imposter syndrome? Join Dr. Dom and Dr. Jen as they interview Katie St. Clair certified CSCS and CPT trainer about her journey of finding her voice in her career.  Listen to this inspiring interview as Katie uncovers her experience with wanting to learn more in her field and gaining back the confidence to go after what she really wants in her career. If you feel as if you have been stagnant in your breath work, or just don’t know how to go about a breath work routine, tune in as Katie explains ways you can strengthen your respiratory system, as well as improve your overall movement quality; as well as the benefits from those routines.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Katie St. Clair: @katie.stclair.fitness

02:39 – What Katie’s mission is as a mom, or even a woman, in the fitness industry

05:48 – How relevant imposter syndrome is for women in our society

07:57 – What motherhood has taught Katie about time and opportunities

09:05 – What drove Katie to want to keep learning and educating others on fitness

11:59 – The courses that reignited Katie’s passion for fitness and connected the dots for her

17:44 – How Katie explains respiration, or breath work, to her clients

20:08 – Different positions you can try to strengthen your breath work and why they work

24:10 – How our body is connected and the benefits of working up the chain

28:02 – Katie’s basic assessment of Dr. Dom and his fitness background and individual physique

33:54 – Why it's so important to explore your body and strengthen internal cues

About Katie St. Clair

Katie is a certified strength and conditioning coach, certified personal trainer and owner of Katie St.Clair Fitness. During her over 20 years in the industry, she has worked with collegiate and amateur athletes and general population clients, in private and corporate settings. She is the creator of The Empowered Performance Program, a 12 week online educational seminar for movement professionals. As a lifelong athlete, she values the ability to move well at every stage of life and it is her passion to teach others how to optimize their life through quality movement. She takes an all encompassing approach that utilizes principles from many different systems, along with her own lens as a competitive multi sport athlete to create programming that supports an active lifestyle.

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Katie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katie.stclair.fitness/

Katie's Empowered Performance Program: https://www.katiestclairfitness.com/empowerdperformance

Katie's Website: https://www.katiestclairfitness.com

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Oct 21, 2020
42 | Neck and Upper Back Tension? Why You Could Be Having Overactive Upper Traps
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Are your shoulders or neck constantly giving you trouble? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into what the upper trapezius really is and why they’re so easily tensed.  If you feel stressed over work, kids, the news, or anything really, this podcast will empower you to self treat your tensed muscles and give you back the independence you deserve.  Tune in to gain an understanding of the foundations of the breath and how they increase your bodily awareness; all so you can live a more relaxed, tense free life.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

03:40 – What the upper trap is, where it is, and what movement patterns it does

07:39 – Why your upper trap might feel tense or pain

10:48 – How to take tension out of the upper trap - Why bodily awareness is important

12:25 – Simple exercise to feel the difference between tense and relaxed upper traps

13:05 – Breathing techniques that will help relax, not only your upper traps, but your entire body

16:14 – Why movement of the upper trap, especially if it's tense, is necessary

17:13 – The 30 for 30 rule and its benefits

18:43 – Dr. Dom explaining a quick breathing technique you can do anywhere

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Oct 19, 2020
41 | Functional Foods with Naturopathic Student, Tyler Jean
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Ever think of food as medicine? If not, join Dr. Dom and Dr. Jen as they interview Tyler Jean soon to be licensed Naturopathic doctor as he explains how the best medication is in the grocery store.  If you feel like you need more information on a personal level with your diagnosis, tune in as Tyler explains why seeing a Naturopathic doctor might be the best option for you.  Feel bloated or gassy after consuming dairy products? Listen as Tyler dissects what really is happening within your body and explains the difference between intolerance and allergy.  This podcast is so you can understand where to start on your health journey today by adding the best nutritionally dense foods in your diet so that you can live your best, healthiest life.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Tyler Jean: @functional.foods

01:50 – Why Tyler decided to study Naturopathic Medicine rather than getting his Doctor of Medicine

05:47 – Tyler’s advice in starting your healthy journey

10:07 – How to change the narrative on how we see each other in health settings

14:15 – The truth behind how limited your doctor really is

16:26 – When you should go to a Naturopathic doctor rather than your physician

24:06 – Tyler’s definition of an anti-inflammatory food - Why your unique body may react differently than others

28:52 – Tyler’s take on dairy for women - The various ways your body can react to different dairy products

35:02 – How Tyler would approach dietary recommendations for his clients - Why nutritionally dense foods are needed to be added

About Tyler Jean

Tyler Jean is passionate about educating others on the importance of food as medicine while inspiring them to embrace healthier lifestyles. Currently in his fourth year of medical school, Tyler will soon be a licensed Naturopathic doctor and will use his practice to take a more integrative and preventative approach to healthcare. This is also the approach he currently uses through his platform, @functional.foods. There, he empowers his audience with recipes, educational info, brand recommendations, inspiration, and more.

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Tyler’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/functional.foods/?hl=en

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Oct 14, 2020
40 | IASTM - Do the hard tools clinicians use break up fascia? The truth about scraping.
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Want to understand why IASTM, or soft tissue work using a tool, feels so good and is SO common? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain some of the tools commonly used in IASTM and what they are really meant to do.  Listen in to be empowered with the right questions to ask your clinician so you can better understand what is happening within your body during massage or tissue work.  If you love hands on treatment from your clinician, great! This podcast will help you understand what you can add into your soft tissue work routine to achieve tissue recovery long term.  Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom wants you to have the power to incorporate what feels great to you in a healthy, sustainable, and up to date way.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:39 – Why it's empowering to ask questions to your clinician

02:35 – What IASTM, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, means and tool examples

06:49 – Popular sayings associated with IASTM which might not necessarily be true and why

07:25 – What the terms tendon repair and fibroblast really mean in relation to IASTM

12:24 – What soft tissue work really does

15:15 – Why understanding why your body has tension is a step closer to a long term solution

18:28 – Why IASTM needs to be coupled with movement

19:20 – What the goal of IASTM is and what does not achieve that goal

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Research Citations:

Gehlsen, G. M., Ganion, L. R., & Helfst, R. (1999). Fibroblast responses to variation in soft tissue mobilization pressure. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 31(4), 531-535. doi:10.1097/00005768-199904000-00006

Hussey, M. J., Boron-Magulick, A. E., Mcleod, T. C., & Bacon, C. E. (2018). The Comparison of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Self-Stretch Measures to Increase Shoulder Range of Motion in Overhead Athletes: A Critically Appraised Topic. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 27(4), 385-389. doi:10.1123/jsr.2016-0213

Ikeda, N., Otsuka, S., Kawanishi, Y., & Kawakami, Y. (2020). Effects of Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization on Musculoskeletal Properties—Corrigendum. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 52(2), 524. doi:10.1249/mss.0000000000002230

Seffrin, C. B., Cattano, N. M., Reed, M. A., & Gardiner-Shires, A. M. (2019). Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: A Systematic Review and Effect-Size Analysis. Journal of Athletic Training, 54(7), 808-821. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-481-17

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Oct 12, 2020
39 | What Does Building From The Foundation Truly Mean? Chat with MMA Professional Coach and Therapist, Dr. Jason Park
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Struggling with advanced or complex movement patterns? Don’t really understand what the “basics” are? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they interview Dr. Jason Park Doctor of physical therapy as well as strength and conditioning, boxing, and muay thai coach for top UFC and BOFR athletes about what it means to bring it back to the basics.  Dr. Park explains how important it is, even for the top athletes he trains, to slow down and repeatedly revisit basic movement patterns in order to progress the body.  Listen how he explains what these basic movement patterns are and how you can prepare your body for simple tasks you do in your daily life; whether it is running after a toddler or moving furniture, the basics apply to everyone! So don't miss out on Dr. Park’s insight on how you can explore and understand all the amazing movement patterns your body is capable of.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Jason Park: @teamcoolheart

01:38 – Dr. Park’s credentials and coaching background

02:26 – How Dr. Park approaches training elite athletes - The power of repeating basic movements

04:50 – Basic foundational movement patterns that Dr. Jason believes everyone needs

07:43 – How Dr. Park recommends transitioning from foundational to sport specific movements

09:34 – Dr. Park’s personal experience with bringing it back to the basics - How they can help you in your daily life

16:09 – Examples from Dr. Park’s life illustrating the importance of the basics before complex movements - Repercussions if the fundamentals are ignored

17:24 – How Dr. Park approaches injury and the basics with the athletes he works with - Dr. Park’s analogy of his athletes being like rappers

20:38 – Why the philosophy of human movement is the same despite the diversity of movement practices available

22:46 – Inspirational quotes Dr. Park found pivotal in his career - Why slowing down is important

25:25 – Why Dr. Park recommends taking your body to its individual “deep end” of movement

27:48 – The main things Dr. Park works on with both of his clients and athletes

About Dr. Jason Park

Dr. Jason Park, PT, DPT, SCS, is a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Performance Specialist, and a Board-Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. Jason also happens to be a Striking Coach for top UFC & Bellator athletes, including MMA Legend Anderson Silva and top featherweight Brian Ortega.

Jason has a 18 year history training in Muay Thai & Boxing and been training athletes in their Strength & Conditioning for over 12 years. He looks at the body as a whole and oversees how to tap into his client’s athletic potential by developing their movement quality and biomechanics as a strong foundation. He combines the art of being a good “mover” with being strong and powerful to maximize the athletic development with his clients. His client base spans all major sports including MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MLB, NBA, and NHL athletes.

Jason seeks to find out what is your passion and helps guide you to find your inner athlete. He takes the lessons he has and continues to learn coaching in professional athletes to help you find your inner athlete.

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Oct 07, 2020
38 | From Achilles Tendinitis to Full Ruptures, Why Does it Happen and What Can You Start Doing About it Today?
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Want to get back to a sport you love but haven’t done it in awhile? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom take you through what Achilles Tendinitis is and things you can start doing today to help avoid it.  For all of the sports lovers out there, it's understandable that injuries can get in the way of playing the sport you love as often as you want.  This podcast is for those who want to be able to play their sports (recreationally or professionally) safely without pain or negative repercussions; which most commonly are found in the achilles for high intensity sports such as basketball or tennis.  Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into what steps and progressions are needed to safely play high intensity sports.  They will be reviewing what systemic inflammation means within the own body to help leave more room for you to play your game, at any age, by keeping it painless and fun.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:51 – What an Achilles is and what it does - What Achilles Tendinitis means and feels like

02:39 – Why Achilles Tendonitis happens - Why recovery and progressions are necessary

05:53 – What a tendon is - What happens when tendons are not prepared for movement

07:36 – How tendons gets stretched or torn - What the stretch shorten cycle is and why it's important

12:02 – Why variety of movement and Vivo-barefoot shoes help avoid Tendonitis

15:36 – What “line of fascia” means and why it's important to the Achilles and the entire body

18:27 – How to check if your Achilles is ready for an explosive movement

19:12 – How to progress your Achilles after it passes the mobility test - How to modify if too intense

22:04 – What systemic inflammation means and how to be cognisant about it

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/eHc_HAbHH80

Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Research Citations:

Rabello, L., Akker-Scheek, I., Kuipers, I. F., Diercks, R. L., Brink, M. S., & Zwerver, J. (2020, May 28). Bilateral changes in tendon structure of patients diagnosed with unilateral insertional or midportion achilles tendinopathy of patellar tendinopathy. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30937472/

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Oct 05, 2020
37 | From Coaching Olympians to Everyday Movers, What is The Common Theme with Max Artsis
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Having a hard time with recovery? Listen to trainer Max Artsis as he dives into his experience with training athletes and high level performers; what it has taught him about individual movement patterns and recovery times.  Max advises how people, like you, can enhance their bodies and explore them to their full potential with simple daily habits; enhancing power and speed abilities with a 99.9% difference from the general public.  Tune in as he reveals his favorite tools of recovery and simple tricks you can use to better your health in your everyday life.  Become inspired by his motivating words on how we can all live more movement based, sustainable lives.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Max Artsis: @maxartsis

02:23 – How Max feels about his scope of practice and what is best for his athletes

05:01 – What lead Max into the the field of training

07:45 – How Max’s musical theater background influenced him as a coach

08:29 – Why Max believes intrinsic goals for health are needed for a more sustainable life

11:25 – Max’s experience with training high level performers, such as executives, elite athletes, etc.

14:49 – Why each stress management technique fits differently for each individual

16:06 – How Max implements and measures recovery time with his clients

18:14 – Some of Max’s favorite recovery tools and focuses

20:39 – Max’s advise for the general public to significantly enhance the efficiency of their bodies

22:28 – Max’s advice to those who don’t know where to start in their speed and power enhancement journey

24:37 – Max’s health journey and his mentality with human bodies and recovery

About Max Artsis

Max has been training for 10 years, 6 of which were spent at Nike World Headquarters where he was a Nike Master Trainer, and the North America Trainer Network Lead. He now trains elite athletes, olympians, and executives in Los Angeles, and is the Director of Sports Science and Education at Rokke Performance Therapy in Tigard, OR.

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Max's Website: https://www.artsisathletics.com

Max’s Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-be-about-it-podcast/id1278654724

To Train with Max: http://www.rokkesports.com/about

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Sep 30, 2020
36 | The Cause of Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Commonly Known as "SI Pain"
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Have you ever been told you have a “stuck” or “unstable” SI joint? Struggling with SI pain? Tune in as Dr. Dom and Doc Jen explain what an SI joint, or a Sacroiliac joint, is and what it really means to have SI pain.  They explain the research behind SI pain and the most beneficial ways, in their expert opinions, experiences, and current research, to help reduce your pain and get you moving again!  Empower yourself with the tools and guidelines as they lay out how to help subdue that consistent low back pain without needing to rely on someone else for that manipulation or adjustment.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:45 – What an SI, or sacroiliac, is and where it is in your body

02:02 – Prevalence, or number of cases, of low back pain

04:12 – What an “unstable SI” or “SI pain” really means

06:05 – What research states about manipulation and its effectiveness on SI pain

08:30 – What we recommended if you have SI pain - Other causes for pain that may be mistaken as SI originated pain

14:30 – How breathe can automatically reduce pain without manipulations - Truth behind endorphins

15:30 – Examples on how down regulation and breathwork helped both of Dr. Dom and Doc Jen’s past clients - Why every individual is different

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Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Research Citations:

Booth, J., & Morris, S. (2019, February 21). The sacroiliac joint – Victim or culprit. From https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521694219300178

Palsson, T., Gibson, W., Darlow, B., Bunzli, S., Lehman, G., Rabey, M., . . . Travers, M. (2019, July 29). Changing the Narrative in Diagnosis and Management of Pain in the Sacroiliac Joint Area. From https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/99/11/1511/5540027

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Sep 28, 2020
35 | The Mindset Behind Cancer Recovery, Injury Prevention, and Mental Health with Beau Whitman
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Resistant to sharing your vulnerabilities? Then don’t miss out on this groundbreaking interview with Beau Whitman cancer survivor, coach, and high level athleteas he opens up about his injury and cancer journey.  Tune in as Beau dives into his athletic background and major injuries as an athlete; touching on how his mindset helped him cope with not only his injuries, but his cancer diagnosis as well. Beau unveils the way he reframed vulnerability, shedding a positive light on it, and its importance in connecting him with his community.  Lastly, listen as he talks about his struggles with breath and the tools he found to help him mentally realign during panic attacks or flashbacks.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Beau Whitman: @beau.whitman

01:25 – Beau’s athletic background and medical history

04:01 – What bringing it back to the “basics” means to Beau

06:15 – Where the drive comes from for Beau to keep training at a high level

08:26 – How the gymnast mindset has influenced Beau in his journey

10:04 – How Beau’s athletic journey and injuries influenced his cancer reaction

17:07 – What vulnerability means to Beau and why it's important in his life and coaching

19:08 – Beau’s shift forward with his short life sentence - His vulnerability with his diagnosis

26:01 – How Beau reframed vulnerability

29:20 – Where Beau is now with his cancer story - His struggles with breath

32:26 – What Beau would do daily to mentally realign - Why pacing himself was so important

About Beau Whitman

Beau is one of seven children. Growing up with two younger brothers and four older sisters – all of whom are supportive, passionate, and wildly competitive athletes – shaped who he as an athlete, coach, trainer, and person. His athletic career began at Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center where he was a competitive gymnast for ten years. After retiring, he competed as a five-sport varsity athlete in high school, participating in Soccer, Diving, Wrestling, Lacrosse, and Track & Field. With its close ties to Gymnastics, Pole Vaulting captured his heart and led him to join the Lehigh Mountain Hawks Division I Track & Field Team at Lehigh University. After college, he accepted a position at New York University as the Assistant Jumps Coach for the Track & Field Team. Here he uncovered his passion for coaching and helping other athletes.

To augment his coaching abilities, he became a certified trainer and CrossFit coach to further help athletes achieve their goals, compete, and recover from injuries. During his athletic career, he underwent six major reconstructive procedures, giving him the experience necessary to understand the physical endurance and restraint, as well as the positive mentality necessary to successfully recover from an injury. Following the mantra, “Rebuilt To Inspire”, he worked with injured athletes to help them make full recoveries, while motivating them to come back both physically and mentally stronger.

This work and passion for helping recovering athletes has now expanded to cancer survivors. In the summer of 2019, Beau was diagnosed with Stage III Germ Cell Cancer. Immediately...

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Sep 23, 2020
34 | Bunions! Why Do We Get Them & Can They Go Away?
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Embarrassed by your bunions? Join us as we explain what might be the root cause of your bunions and how common it really is.  Listen as we explain the importance of “checking up the chain” for underlying causes and why each diagnosis is individual.  Tune in as we dive into the taboos behind treatments and studies of bunions and why going to a physical therapist might be your best option.  Don’t miss out on the tools we provide that you can start today to functionally gain control of your feet; along with the insights on why VivoBarefoot shoes help build your foundation long term.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:09 – What a bunion is and why they form - Why the examination approaches are evolving

05:48 – Why looking up the chain is important - Why the causations for bunions are individual

08:12 – The prevalence, or commonness, of people with bunions

10:14 – The taboo behind treatments and studies for bunions - The importance in seeing a PT

14:49 – Some tools you can start using right now if you have bunions

21:01 – How you can strengthen your midfoot - Finding balance with pronation and supination

23:05 – How you can strengthen your ankle and hindfoot - Finding balance with eversion and inversion

25:12 – How VivoBarefoot shoes help gain functional control of your feet

26:55 – What we aim to fix with your bunion

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Tune Up Fitness Therapy Balls: https://www.tuneupfitness.com/shop/self-massage-therapy-balls

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Sep 21, 2020
33 | Exploring How Self-Love Can Affect Overall Health, Illness, and Recovery with Sierra Nielsen
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Confused what self-love really means? Why is everyone talking about it? Join us as Sierra Nielsen personal trainer, nutritionist, and transformation coach gives us wisdom on what self-love is all about and her journey with it.  Tune in as she explains what it's like to go through traumatic life events, even with a lack of support around, and how to work through loneliness along the journey. She dives in to how you can take your power back by bringing awareness and acknowledgement to those feelings surrounding your trauma; why vulnerability, although scary at first, is therapeutic and healing.  Lastly, listen as she gives advice on how you can truly focus on your self-love journey, without the distractions of social media, and how much the body and mind are intertwined.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Sierra Nielsen: @sierranielsen

02:20 – Why Sierra started her self love journey

05:30 – How Sierra addressed the pain she felt with the gaps she noticed in the medical system and her mothers fight with cancer - Why honoring your feelings is so important

12:25 – What Sierra recommends if you feel alone or feel people around you don’t understand you

15:25 – How our external world is a reflection of our internal selves - Why self love is not a destination journey but a daily practice

20:45 – How you can shut out the negative, or social media, and focus on your own self love journey - Why awareness and acknowledgement gives you your power back

25:50 – Why sharing your experiences and being vulnerable is a powerful way to connect to your own and other’s humanness

27:10 – How sharing your story gets easier the more you do it

28:42 – Sierra’s experience with physical issues due to her mental trauma

33:02 – Why understanding what stressors are going on within you body are so important

About Sierra Nielsen:

Sierra Nielsen is a speaker, entrepreneur and transformation coach.

As a well-known entertainment executive she had produced 3 movies before she turned 28 and was executive producer of 2 notable movies with an A-roster celebrity clientele with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Anniston and even Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliffe). But that’s just the beginning. Sierra holds a degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, is a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition coach and meditation specialist as well as the founder of Your Soul Sexy, an online program and virtual community dedicated to helping you to own your worth and become healthy from the inside-out.

Sierra has an online following of hundreds of thousands of individuals who tune into her message on emotional resilience, body positivity, inner confidence and personal empowerment. As a popular performance and transformation coach she has been featured in national media including USA Today, Variety and Self Magazine and has worked with anyone from D.C. Politicians and Hollywood Models/Actors to Award Winning Producers and NYT best selling authors.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Sierra’s Website:http://www.sierranielsen.com/

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Sep 16, 2020
32 | Doc Jen's Journey: Scoliosis, Hip Flexor Strains, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and more!
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Ever feel like your body is trying to tell you something? Listen as Doc Jen dives into her own movement journeys as a gymnast and her experiences with pain and injury.  Tune in as she explains what it was like being injured as a gymnast and how those injuries have impacted her body through today.  She also demonstrates from her own body why structure and diagnoses, although good to have at times, should not become a crutch for your everyday life; why it shouldn’t cause you to avoid certain movement patterns.  Doc Jen explains her scoliosis diagnosis and how she learned to take control of her body through her breath.  Lastly, hear how Doc Jen’s body talked to her, or gave her signs, and how you, too, can gain confidence within your own body.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:56 – What movement meant to Doc Jen as a child - Her experience with injury

03:44 – Why Doc Jen is grateful for the injuries she experienced - How coaches responded to injury

05:38 – Why it’s important to see a physical therapist as an athlete

06:57 – What types of injuries would pop up for Doc Jen after she retired from gymnastics

08:47 – When Doc Jen started to figure out her own limitations

10:57 – What “squinting patella” means and its role in Doc Jen’s life - Why body awareness is important

13:46 – Doc Jen’s journey with her scoliosis diagnosis - Why a diagnosis shouldn’t become an excuse

17:04 – How Doc Jen responds to her pain with breath and mobility

21:16 – What Doc Jen continues working on daily - What movement brings Doc Jen back to peace

23:08 – How important internal support is vs needing external support like with orthotics

24:31 – Doc Jen’s take home message 

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/U8cvH4AtwtQ

About Doc Jen:

Jen Esquer, PT, DPT, is an internationally-renown physical therapist who specializes in helping people overcome chronic pain and maximize physical performance. As the founder of two transformative programs, “The Mobility Method” and “The Optimal Body,” she brings a unique, whole body approach to strength, mobility and pain-free living. In 2019, Jen was named one of the top 50 most influential healthcare professionals. Jen’s easily accessible approach has garnered her more than half a million followers on social media and more than more than 5+ million views of her health and fitness videos. Jen has been featured in Shape Magazine, Self Magazine, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness and recently graced the cover of Oxygen Magazine. She was recently featured on Good Morning America, and has made other appearances on CBS, the RISE podcast with Rachel Hollis and much more. She is co-host of one of the Top New Shows in Health called “The Optimal Body Podcast” with her fiancé who is also a doctor of physical therapy. When they’re not busy, they’re doing breath work and AcroYoga together in sunny Los Angeles, California.

To see this episode's full show notes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode32

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Sep 14, 2020
31 | An Army Veteran's Journey to Healing His Emotional And Physical Injuries with Chase Chewning
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Wish you could be vulnerable with people about your traumatic past? Join us as we interview Chase Chewning Army Veteran, podcast host, and certified coach as he explains his own traumatic story and how he has gained the courage to speak about it; his advice on how you can too.  Listen as he dives into his life in the Army, enrolling at 17 years old, and how it affects him in his current life.  He explains how his emotional traumas took a big role in his severe physical injuries and how he’s conquered those obstacles.  Lastly, listen in as Chase talks about how the body communicates to us and why it's so important to acknowledge those signs rather than ignore them.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Chase Chewning: @chase_chewning

02:22 – When Chase enlisted in the Army and why

05:27 – What Chase learned from the Army as a young man

07:00 – How Chase has applied those lessons to his current life and relationships

11:35 – What types of physical and emotional traumas Chase experienced during his service - How emotional health was confronted in the Army during his time serving

19:19 – How Chase’s disassociation of emotional health brought him to his severe physical injuries - How it led to his spiritual and emotional journey

22:52 – Chase’s advice for those who are hesitant to tell their own stories - The power of journaling and mental health awareness

26:10 – How Chase feels, physically and emotionally, when he begins to repeat unhealthy patterns

30:29 – How the body communicates with us - Why we shouldn't ignore those signals, despite ego

35:05 – Information on Chase’s podcast

About Chase Chewning:

Living a life of wellness has always been a part of him - since growing up eating fresh food from his grandparents' garden, playing baseball throughout school and enjoying time in the mountains surrounding his family's southwest VA home. After six years of active duty, Chase was medically discharged from the military due a string of injuries that ultimately required him to have bilateral reconstructive hip surgeries. After learning how to walk again, twice, exercise as medicine and healthy lifestyle modifications became his passion. He received his BS in Exercise Science, MS in Health Promotion and has been an ACE Certified Health Coach since 2015.

Leaving the corporate world in late 2017 as the Wellness Director to a string of concierge medical practices along the East Coast, Chase stepped into entrepreneurship by launching podcast, Ever Forward Radio, now with over one million downloads and creating his own coaching and consulting business, Ever Forward Coach. He is also the founder of the podcast education, consulting, and production company Operation Podcast that helps others successfully launch, grow, and monetize their own podcasts.

He now resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife May, RN, BSN and Family Nurse Practitioner, and their dog Nella.


To see Chase Chewning's full bio and links to his podcast and website, head over to the complete show notes here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode31


Chase’s Podcast “Ever Forward”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ever-forward-radio-with-chase-chewning/id1195967486?mt=2

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Sep 09, 2020
30 | Dr. Dom's Journey: Pelvic Floor Issues, Diastasis Recti, Low Back Pain and More!
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Join us as Dr. Dom dives into his personal journey with injuries as an athlete.  Listen as he explains that, although a physical therapist, he still has functional limitations within his own body. He explains what type of injuries he has ran into, what he did in the past for them, and how he treats them now. Listen as we dive in to male pelvic floor control issues, knee injuries, and neck injuries with Dr. Dom and what he has learned from it all; explaining how daily practices are so important for the body.

15% OFF VivoBarefoot Shoes with code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout: https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

03:17 – Dr. Dom’s athletic background

05:45 – Dr. Dom’s first injury and physical issues he ran into early on - How it was handled

07:55 – Dr. Dom’s recovery, post surgery - Why fixing the symptoms don’t always fix the cause

10:01 – Why pelvic floor control issues are not just limited to pregnant women - What it entails

13:23 – Misconceptions of gaining pelvic floor control - What helps Dr. Dom gain pelvic floor control

14:59 – Why this limitation within Dr. Dom may have caused other functional limitations

15:52 – Dr. Dom’s knee injuries explained - How they affected Dr. Dom’s athletic performances

17:43 – What Dr. Dom is doing to gain his athletic abilities back

19:03 – Dr. Dom’s mobility journey - How one tight joint led to compensation of others

21:25 – When Dr. Dom started to find his neck to be problematic - Why he decided to get an MRI

24:48 – Where Dr. Dom has mentally landed with his neck injury - His daily breathwork routines

28:42 – What Dr. Dom does to help guide him foundationally, from the feet up - How long he’s been doing it and what to be aware of

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/jOppkJFRKV8

About Dr. Dom:

Domenic Fraboni is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Lifestyle Coach. He earned his doctorate from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 2018. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and recent APTASA Board of Director member. In this position he was an active advocate for the advance of national healthcare quality and access to care in the USA. Domenic was an avid coach, unified partner, and volunteer coordinator for Special Olympics, and has assisted in coordinating events nationally for the NCAA and APTA. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he coaches people into their bodies using a unique approach of Health and Lifestyle consulting in the areas of mindset, movement, and meals. Domenic believes that true human healing happens through empowering individuals to independence in their journey. As cohost of The Optimal Body Podcast, he always hopes to continue to get this message of empowerment out to the masses.


Items mentioned in this episode include:

Vivo Barefoot Shoes:  https://bit.ly/3cDHcAx

The Optimal Body: https://docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody

To see this episode's full shownotes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode30/

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Sep 07, 2020
29 | Intermittent Fasting, Hormones, and Women's Health with Registered Dietitian Julia Glanz
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Feel like you’ve tried everything, from working out to eating healthy, and still have little to no results? Listen to the interview with Julia Glanz registered dietician, strength and conditioning coach, speed and agility coach, and former D1 athlete for soccer as she enlightens us on what might be the true cause.  Tune in as Julia explains how stress levels can affect your weight loss progress and what tests and clinicians she recommends; going into detail on where to start.  She also lets us in on her own lab results (something she's never shared publicly) and the current steps she is taking toward healing her body through adaptation of her environment and behaviors; explaining the power of dialing it back.  Lastly, Julia goes over what time restricted eating, or intermittent fasting, is and how it differs from men to women. She gives us a glimpse into how women can schedule their exercise and nutritional habits around their menstrual cycle for an optimal balance. This podcast is full of juicy education. Get your pens and paper out because you will WANT to take notes!

To start your journey with intermittent fasting and get your copy of Ultimate Guide to Intermittent Fasting Guide for Women by Julia Glanz, click here: https://juliaglanzlifestyle.thinkific.com/courses/intermittent-fasting-guide-for-women?ref=3a85db

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Julia Glanz: @juliaglanz

02:35 – Why you, even if doing all the “right” things, may have no results - How stress comes in

08:27 – Understanding what you can and can’t control - Where supplementation comes in

10:40 – How long it takes to feel results - Why it varies

12:09 – What types of testing and clinicians Julia recommends - Where to start

15:46 – How Julia found more from her thyroid results - What Hashimotos Disease is

19:40 – How Julia has changed her environment and behaviors to combat her results

25:51 – Why it's important to listen to your body and dial it back - Why more isn’t always better

29:35 – What time restricted eating means and the benefits of it - Problems that arise with women

31:43 – What it means to work with your menstrual cycle

About Julia Glanz:

Julia Glanz is a Registered Dietitian with her Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and former Division 1 soccer player.

Julia specializes in women’s health, hormones and metabolism. She combines her knowledge and passion for exercise science and nutritional biochemistry to help women balance their hormones so they can reach their wellness goals in a way that’s healthy, sustainable and fits into their lifestyle.

Julia helps you navigate your unique journey to optimal health in your body by unraveling the layers of what’s truly in the way. She customizes nutrition care plans with each individual’s biochemistry and lifestyle factors in mind. With the tools, knowledge and guidance she provides, you’ll go from feeling stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated to feeling free, clear and confident knowing what works for your body.

It’s Julia’s mission to empower you to become your own health expert.

To see the episode’s full shownotes and check out the rest of Doc Jen’s website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode29

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Sep 02, 2020
28 | Hip Shift? Rotated Pelvis? What Does It Mean?
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What does it really mean to have a leg length discrepancy? Why do we feel better after getting our pelvis adjusted? Does it stay in place after it is adjusted? When did it fall out of place in the first place? How do I know this initiated my pain? How do I know if it will last? Adjusting the pelvis is one of the most commonalities we see amongst clinicians from PT to Chiropractor to Osteopath. Why is it so common? Listen in as we explain what these diagnoses mean and how common they really are.  Join us as we dive into why these diagnoses or manual techniques may not be the most beneficial for you long term.  Lastly, we go into detail on how you can create real, long-lasting change within your own body, without relying on a clinician for an adjustment!

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:58 – Hip related diagnoses that you might have heard - Why these discrepancies are common

03:07 – How practitioners diagnose leg or hip discrepancies - Why they may not always be accurate

06:21 – Why these methods and manipulations from someone else may not be useful long term

09:05 – Why radiographs are the most reliable tests BUT still not the best option

11:14 – Why those manual methods feel better right after - How they work

13:06 – Why activation of the muscles are needed - What the “shotgun technique” is

17:02 – How to create real, long term change

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/YTBQWPUQixg


Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/


We Think You’ll Love:

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

To see this episode's full shownotes and check out the rest of Doc Jen's website, click here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode28

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Aug 31, 2020
27 | Evaluating Research with Biomechanist and Professor, Dr. Scott Lynn
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Join us as Dr. Scott Lynn, Jen's very own Biomechanics PhD professor from California State University, Fullerton, breaks down the research of biomechanics and brings us back to the individual in movement.  With his background working in professional sports like baseball and golf, over 20 years of publishing and reviewing research articles and journals, Dr. Lynn has uncovered the best ways to avoid injury and optimize our movement patterns.  Listen as he unleashes all of his biomechanical wisdom on how you can achieve optimal movement.  Lastly, tune in as we breakdown what the Coba Board is, why Dr. Lynn is involved, and how his own research on this tool reveals how it can help you achieve optimal glute activation in both a squat and hinge pattern.

Get your own Coba Board to start building that booty! Use code "DOCJENFIT" at checkout: https://cobaboard.com/?rfsn=4420402.cbcd73&utm_source=refersion&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=4420402.cbcd73


What You Will Learn in this interview with Dr. Scott Lynn: @drsklynn

04:35 – Dr. Lynn’s approach in the classroom - Why it is effective for both students and teachers

06:51 – How human movement is still unknown and a mystery to us

09:29 – How Dr. Lynn became interested in biomechanics and human movement - Why your job

should be more than the paycheck

15:30 – How long Dr. Lynn has been researching and the differences he's noticed over time

20:31 – How to decipher research and its reliability - How “messy” human beings are

24:02 – Why the “best” exercise or movement pattern doesn't exist - Why movement is individual

25:51 – Dr. Lynn explaining FMS theory (functional magnetic stimulation) and why he studied it

31:37 – What Dr. Lyn found researching FMS - Why variability in exercise is necessary

40:26 – What the Coba Board is and how Dr. Lynn got involved with it


About Dr. Scott Lynn:

Dr. Scott K. Lynn received his Bio- PhD, MSc in Orthopedic Biomechanics at Queen's University, Canada. He received his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Currently, he is a professor in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Lynn is also the Director of Research & Education for the Center for Sport Performance at California State University Fullerton. He is the creator of the video analysis software Swing Catalyst (Sport Technology company focusing on Golf and Baseball biomechanics). Dr. Lynn has been published by many peer reviewed research articles and book chapters related to golf biomechanics, exercise biomechanics & rehabilitation. Journals published in include: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Strength and Conditioning Journal, International Journal of Golf Science Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, Clinical Biomechanics, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports Human Movement Science, Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Medicine and Science of Sports and Exercise Journal of Electromyography, and Kinesiologist.

To see Dr. Scott Lynn's full bio and links to his book and website, head over to the complete show notes here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode27

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Aug 31, 2020
26 | Gluteal Amnesia: How to Actually Get Your Butt to Activate
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Want to learn how to activate your glutes and grow that booty? Been told you’re more “quad dominant”? Feel more quads, low back or hamstrings when you workout? Tune in as we explain how to truly activate your glutes and breakdown what those terms mean.  Listen as we explain the biggest mechanical leaks when deadlifting and how to improve your form.  Feel like you still can’t get that correct form? Tune in to learn how the Coba Board gives you the exact external cues you may be missing in order to get that perfect deadlift within your own body. Then, don't forget to catch the YouTube as well as we review other common exercises to perfect your form and maximize those glute gains.

Get your own Coba Board to start building that booty! Use code "DOCJENFIT" at checkout: https://cobaboard.com/?rfsn=4420402.cbcd73&utm_source=refersion&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=4420402.cbcd73


What You Will Learn in this episode:

01:56 – What “quad dominant” and “glute dominate” mean

04:14 – Why hinge patterns are so important

05:11 – What the Coba Board is and how it promotes “external cues”

07:08 – Most common problems that occur during a hip hinge - How it creates injury

14:18 – Dr. Dom narrates as Dr. Jen demonstrates the wrong way to deadlift

18:18 – How the Coba Board helps correct these problems

20:56 – Verbal external cues on correct deadlift form

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/j8NsgrOk0Lk


We Think You’ll Love:

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

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Aug 24, 2020
25 | Exploring Yoga with Physical Therapist Lara Heimann
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Listen in as Lara Heimann, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Yoga educator, explains how brain mapping has changed her yoga practice.  She outlines her LYT method, her experience with teaching yoga instructors, and how bringing it back to the basics can strengthen your practice.  Tune in as she explains why functional movement, mobility, and core integration are more important than getting that "next yoga pose". She also explains what her program entails and how you can become a more efficient yoga practitioner and/or teacher.


We also mention Strong Coffee throughout the episode. To get your next quality latte for a discount using code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout, click here: https://strongcoffeecompany.com/?ref=uhbVt1rQMrRy


What You Will Learn in this interview with Lara Heimann: @lara.heimann

02:26 – Lara’s initial introduction to yoga and what brought on her passion for it

04:00 – How Lara’s family background impacted her mind body relationship

06:51 – Lara’s principle with neurology and brain mapping - How it relates to your yoga practice

11:25 – How yoga creates mindfulness that, in turn, creates a healthier lifestyle

13:00 – How neural development, while practicing PT, changed Lara’s yoga practice - LYT Method

19:36 – Common injuries due to different practices - Understanding movement patterns and strength

24:49 – How Lara approaches poses in her classes - Why functional movement, mobility, and core

integration are emphasized

33:31 – What Lara’s online yoga teacher training program entails


About Laura Heimann:

Lara is the founder of Movement by Lara. An international yoga leader, she has combined her background in physical therapy with her love of yoga to create the LYT Method. Many know her as “Yoga Mama” for the endless love, gratitude, and guidance that she has for all of her students and teachers. She developed the LYT Method to address the deficiencies and imbalances of our modern lives and limited movement patterns. Lara honed her LYT Method through 25 years of practice and more than a decade teaching tens of thousands of students internationally during workshops, training, and retreats. Her mission is to help everyone find freedom through smarter, safer, and more conscious movement patterns so they can then uplift others. She leads teacher training certifications online and in person at her studio, YogaStream, in Princeton, NJ. Movement has always been Lara’s favorite form of medicine, beginning with her early years as an athlete and dancer. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and a MA in Physical Therapy. When she is not on her mat, she is out hiking with her dogs, traveling with her family, and mixing it up in the kitchen as a natural foods vegan chef. Lara’s personal mission is to help her students find their source of inner strength. She frequents top-tier media as an anatomy and yoga expert and presents at yoga festivals, spreading the philosophy of smart, strong, sustainable yoga and compassionate living.


Items mentioned in this episode include:

Lara’s Website: https://lytyoga.com/

Lara’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lara.heimann/?hl=en


For full episode show notes, visit https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode25/

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Aug 19, 2020
24 | Shin Splints: What Is It and Why Do We Get It?
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Have a history with shin splints? Like to run, hike, or just have a real passion for walking the dog, but can’t go on with these favorite hobbies of yours because of that pain in your shins? Listen as we explain what shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is and how you can combat it.  We explain the differences between shin splints and other injuries and how they may feel similar. Then we dive into tools you can utilize to discover what is happening within your body. Then listen (or watch through YouTube!) as we walk you through different exercises that will help you avoid shin splint pain when paired with consistency.

What You Will Learn in this episode:

PT Pearl: Stop Shin Splints with These Shin Splint Exercises

00:51 – What shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome is

03:31 – What the difference is between shin splints and anterior compartment syndrome

05:08 – What the difference is between shin splints and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction

08:01 – How you modify your workouts so you can avoid shin splints - What you should NEVER do

10:04 – Why assessing yourself, or getting assessed, is so important - Where to assess

14:31 – Exercises to help avoid shin splints

19:44 – How to strengthen your muscles eccentrically - Why its important

22:26 – Why ankle mobility helps avoid shin splints

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/6IGeHX_5OSI


Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

The Mobility Method: https://docjenfit.thinkific.com/courses/the-mobility-method


We Think You’ll Love:

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast. If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to subscribe and leave a quick rating and review of the show!

For full show notes and the resources we use for this episode, head over to: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode24/


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Aug 17, 2020
23 | Overcoming Chronic Pain and Holistic Rehab with Matt Erb
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Experience pain on a daily basis? Don’t understand the differences between chronic and acute pain? Join us as we dive into these terms and what it really means to have pain.  We also explain how your beliefs about the pain you experience can change the way your body receives it. Listen as we break down methods for you to ease the pain within your own body. Then later, listen to Matt Erb explain why he transitioned from a doctor of physical therapy using traditional methods to a more integrated approach.  Listen as he breaks down what it really means to be an integrated or biopsychosocial therapist and how a session with one would look.  Join him as he takes you through simple breathing exercise to become more aware of your body.  Lastly, he explains how trauma can cause pain within the body and why.

We also mention Strong Coffee throughout the episode. To get your next quality latte for a discount using code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout, click here: https://strongcoffeecompany.com/?ref=uhbVt1rQMrRy

What You Will Learn in this episode:

PT Pearl: Explaining Pain Perception and How to Approach Your Acute or Chronic Pain

01:06 – The difference between acute and chronic pain - Why they occur

04:42 – How to approach your acute pain

08:49 – How to approach chronic pain - Why pain can be good

14:54 – Things that do NOT cause back pain - Why trigger points do NOT determine pain

17:13 – What fills up your “bucket” that could cause chronic pain - How to address it

21:02 – How to change your beliefs on your pain

22:15 – Why, with chronic pain, doing movements that give you pain may be more beneficial

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/UYXrqQrrq2w

Interview with Matt Erb: 

26:27 – What inspired Matt to become a physical therapist with the beliefs he has today

28:01 – What caused Matt to transition from a traditional practice to a more integrated practice

30:26 – What integrated physical therapy is and what that means

33:17 – How you can find an integrated therapist under “biopsychosocial” - How a session looks

37:13 – How Matt evaluates his patients and changes the perception of him “fixing” them

40:05 – Breathing exercise with Matt to become more aware with your body

44:23 – How Matt leads people into the awareness of breath

47:31 – How trauma and early stress exposure can play a role in someone’s journey

About Matt Erb:

Matt Erb is a physical therapist, originally trained at the University of Iowa, and currently based out of Tucson. He is a Senior Faculty member, Clinical Supervisor, and a Clinical Program Lead for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington D.C. He has a clinical practice with Simons Physical Therapy, Tucson AZ, that focuses on mind-body integrated care. Matt is also Founder of Embody Your Mind, specializing in high quality writing, teaching, and consulting in integrative and mind-body medicine topics.

For full show notes on Matt Erb and all other information, links, and resources from episode, visit: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode23/

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Aug 12, 2020
22 | Plantar Fasciitis Pearl and Myofascial Release with Jill Miller
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Do you have pain on the bottom of your feet? Been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis? Join us as we talk about the Dos and Don’ts for Plantar Fasciitis and how long you should expect for the pain to subside.  We also explain what Plantar Fasciopathy is and who may be at risk.  Later, we talk to Jill Miller, founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and empress of massage therapy, about different massage therapy techniques and tools.  We also touch up on her personal journey towards regenerative fitness and how she created it.  Come listen to her explain myofascial release, the truths and myths about it, and how you can manipulate fascia to decrease pain.

We also mention The Optimal Body and it’s limited time sale price. To grab your discounted membership account now and discover what optimal means within your own body, click here: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

What You Will Learn in this episode:

PT Pearl: Plantar Fasciitis and What To Do

00:59 – What Plantar Fasciitis, how do you get it, and when it may be presented

03:04 – What Plantar Fasciopathy is and what it means - What a heel spur is

04:22 – Who is at risk? - Why you may not even know you have it

06:46 – Common techniques that do not work for plantar fasciitis

12:40 – Techniques that do help for plantar fasciitis long term - Finding the internal source of pain

15:39 – 2 example exercises that help plantar fasciitis

19:10 – How long it will take to relieve your pain - What to avoid during the healing process

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/kT5MoAEfr-E

Interview with Jill Miller: @yogatuneup

23:53 – Jill Miller’s background with fitness, her business, and her content available

25:14 – Regenerative fitness and what that means

26:08 – What kind of massage tools Jill uses to deepen this practice - What led her to these tools

32:45 – What fascia is and how can you manipulate it

37:17 –  How long soft tissue massage lasts - The benefits found in long term routines

41:42 – What self myofascial release is and the truth behind it - What you should be targeting

46:36 – How your nervous system relates to muscle knots or trigger points

52:13 – Why smashing your muscles with hard tools may be harmful to your body

54:58 – How breathwork and position may be incorporated with the use of these massage tools

56:30 – When rolling out is the most beneficial and why

To see Jill Miller's full bio and links to her book and website, head over to the complete show notes here: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode22

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Aug 10, 2020
21 | Move Lymph to Improve Mobility and Diet Tips with Toni
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How much water are you drinking? How often do you bounce? Join us as we talk about the Lymphatic system and how you can help regulate the fluids within your body.  We cover some nodule locations and neuro-lymphatic points to help you quickly activate and regulate that lymphatic system. We also explore dry brushing and how it positively affects our systems and overall moods. Then, we get some insight on nutrition and food tracking from registered dietician and business owner Toni Marinucci.  While getting her Masters degree in nutrition and dietetics, Toni struggled having that healthy balance with her nutrition; only focusing on how she looked rather than how she felt.  Dating the same kind of guy? Have the habit of emotionally eating? Listen to how Toni makes the connection between romantic relationships and emotional eating habits and how you can better your relationship with your food.

We also mention Strong Coffee throughout the episode. To get your next quality latte for a discount using code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout, click here: https://strongcoffeecompany.com/

What You Will Learn in this episode:

PT Pearl: Improve Your Lymphatic System, Improve Your Mobility

01:03 – What the Lymphatic System is, big nodule locations, and why it's important to understand

05:48 – Breathwork importance for fluid clearance

07:35 – What fluids are you drinking? Water importance

09:08 – What types of foods do you normally eat? Nutrient dense food and their importance

10:47 – Bouncing and how it improves your fluid regulation

12:09 – Neuro-lymphatic points - What that means and how to activate them

15:20 – Dry brushing, how to do it, and why it helps your Lymphatic System

18:42 – Keep moving! Its role in your fluid regulation and healthy living

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/48WR8YyXUBg

Interview with Toni Marinucci: @tips_with_toni

22:52 – Toni’s nutrition journey and why she became a registered dietician

27:05 – How to find a healthy relationship with your food foundation

29:42 – Strategies on how to maintain balance in your nutritional habits

33:26 – Food tracking and how individual it is

37:34 – Emotional eating - Why it's not good or bad and independent of you

39:40 – How nutritional habits and romantic relationships relate

44:02 – How nutritional habits depend on hormones, body acceptance, and lifestyle changes

46:52 – Diet myths

47:28 – Some carbohydrates Toni recommends for your diet

51:23 – Key points to take away for your nutrition journey

To learn more about Toni Marinucci, head over to the website for full show notes!

Find Full Shownotes at https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode21/

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Jul 29, 2020
20 | Neuro Re-education Pearl and Anti-Racism in Healthcare with Dr. Jen Hutton
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How long has it been since you’ve rolled, crawled, or squatted?! In this episode, we explain neuromuscular re-education and why these movement patterns are important. Dead Bugs? Bridges? What are these? Join us as we explain these exercises and how they will benefit your everyday life.  Then, we interview Dr. Jennifer Hutton, aka Dr. JPop, a pediatric physical therapist, who practices a holistic approach by maintaining open communication with her patients. She also mentions her experiences with systemic racism in the medical field and how you can combat uncomfortability in today’s movement for black and indigenous lives across America.


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What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Importance of Rolling, Crawling, and Squatting

00:43 – What Neuromuscular Re-education is, what it means to you, and how it relates to children

03:45 –  Re-training fundamental developmental stage 1 - Back and Front laying

07:00 – Re-training fundamental developmental stage 2 - Rolling

10:12 – Re-training fundamental developmental stage 3 - Quadruped Position

11:03 – Re-training fundamental developmental stage 4 - Crawling

15:10 – Re-training fundamental developmental stage 5 - Half Kneeling

17:16 – Re-training fundamental developmental stage 6 -  Squatting

18:41 – Re-training fundamental developmental stage 7 -  Standing / Walking

21:08 – Exercises meant to help you re-educate your neuromuscular system - Dead Bugs / Bridges

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/h1HYDnjnnPs

Interview with Dr. Jennifer Hutton “Jpop”: @dr.jpop

30:22 – Jen’s life journey that lead her to Pediatrics

33:10 – Why breaking the label of disabled people not being able to do certain things is important

37:40 – What it means to be health provider with the socioeconomic inequalities in America

40:14 – Why taking socioeconomic factors into consideration while diagnosing is important

45:15 – What “microaggression” means and how to address it

46:26 – Dr. Jen’s personal experience with microaggression in her profession

50:06 – How America has institutionalized racism and racial inequalities within the medical field

57:33 – How to be anti-racist and support the movement


Dr. Jennifer Hutton’s Website: https://drjpop.com/

Dr. Jennifer Hutton’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.jpop/

Dr. Jennifer Hutton’s Webinar “Anti-racism and Allyship for Rehab and Movement Professionals”: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/Anti-Racism&AllyshipforRehabandMovementProfessionals/register


Full Shownotes: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode20/

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Jul 22, 2020
19 | Wrist Pain Pearl and Meal Prep Guidance with MeowMeix
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Wrist pain during push-ups and planks? They shouldn't be. In this episode, we'll break down the common wrist diagnoses and help guide you into what you can start doing to hopefully help relieve some of those symptoms! Then, we get into an insightful interview with our friend, Amanda Rocchio, more commonly known as MeowMeix on Instagram. After recovering from anorexia, Amanda dove into nutrition to learn how to start truly fueling her body. Through the process, she's become an expert in nutrition and meal prep. She currently helps educate millions of people all over the world on easy ways to start prepping food and understanding complex nutrition.

We also mention Strong Coffee throughout the episode. To get your next quality latte for a discount using code “OPTIMAL15” at checkout, click here: https://strongcoffeecompany.com/

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Why You're Having Wrist Discomfort

00:46 - Common diagnoses related to the wrist and why they develop

03:00 - How to check your wrist support and mobility

07:28 - Passive and active stretches to help with your wrist mobility

10:35 - What your wrist problems may be a product of -  How nerves come into play

13:38 - Why being active in your entire body is important

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/cBJDCB_31c0

Interview with  Amanda Rocchio: @meowmeix

18:07 - Amanda’s Introduction and her nutrition background

20:21 - Why Amanda began sharing nutrition content and dedicating her life to healthier eating

22:47 - How Amanda got help for her eating disorder - Her journey with it

28:55 - What “healthy living” looks like

30:56 - What oils are good and bad for your diet and why - Omega 3 and 6 explanation

33:03 - Food language and its importance

35:19 - What “balance” looks like in your everyday foods

38:25 - Some steps to get you started on meal prepping - How to address possible failure

41:42 - Some healthy food tips to keep in mind

43:45 - Some of Amanda’s protein rich food recommendations

45:55 - How Amanda stays knowledgeable on healthy foods and nutrition

About Amanda Rocchio:

Amanda Meixner is a meal prep maven, nutrition guru, and social media influencer living in Los Angeles, California. After struggling with an eating disorder in high school, she realized that being healthy was about fueling your body with the right foods, not starving yourself. From that point onward, she started educating herself on all things nutrition and began crafting her innovative meal prep techniques. Today, Amanda inspires more than 1 million followers every day with her simple recipes, healthy swaps, words of encouragement, and hacks for maintaining a healthy diet.

Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Optimal Body Podcast!

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Jul 15, 2020
18 | Tendonitis vs Tendinopathy Pearl and Natalie Jill's Journey Through Back Pain and More!
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Why do our joints hurt?! What is tendonitis, tendonosis, and tendinopathy?! Doc Jen and Dr Dom dive into what the differences are between these and how to address them. After this we interview Natalie Jill, fat loss expert and author. Natalie opens up about her journey with chronic pain, her two back surgeries, a distal bicep repair and how being an influencer and author in the wellness space has impacted her experience.

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Improve your feet = improve your body! Free your feet of the shoe prison they were previously living in. 

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Tendinopathy vs Tendonitis | What it is and what to do about it

00:53 - Where you might find Tendonitis, Tendinosis, or Tendinopathy

01:35 -  What the difference is between Tendonitis,Tendinosis, and Tendinopathy

04:34 - What the difference is between a tendon and a ligament

07:59 - 3 stages of Tendinopathy

11:03 - What does it mean to take off load? - Why mobility and a therapist are important

20:20 - How to be realistic about your healing process

21:16 - VivoBarefoot Shoes and how they can help you

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/qhj9xKNins4

Interview with Natalie Jill: @NatalieJillFit

29:04 - Natalie’s involvement with health and wellness

31:09 - How Natalie would create vision boards and apply it to her life

35:30 - Natalie’s experience with competition and injury

40:05 - Natalie’s experience with back surgery and post-surgery - How she manages her injury

48:08 - Some exercises Natalie does for her own optimal body - How she reforms her injuries

52:28 - Why Natalie believes excuses should not hold you back - Her journey with hypnosis

57:00 - Where to find Natalie


About Natalie Jill:

Natalie Jill is a Fat Loss Expert turned high performance coach who helps women Age In Reverse and level up their lives! At age 48, she herself has rebuilt and created everything from nothing three times over!

She is gifted at helping women uncover what is holding them back from results and guiding them to uncover and then master their true passion and callings for a life that THRIVES.

In the process, Natalie Jill has created a globally recognized brand with well over 2.5 million social media followers worldwide, two best selling books, recognition from Forbes and Greatist several years running as one of the top health and wellness influencers in the world.

Some of her NEWEST accomplishments:

She has now released her NEWEST BOOK “Aging in Reverse” NEW BOOK: Aging in Reverse: www.age-in-reverse.com and founded the community Aging in Reverse www.aginginreverse.me

She is the creator and host of the top ranking podcast Leveling Up Creating Everything from Nothing.

Natalie Jill ’s Website: https://www.nataliejillfitness.com/


Find the full show notes at: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode18  

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Jul 08, 2020
17 | Sleeping Position Pearl and Understanding Collagen and Coffee
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Waking up feeling achy, stiff and sore? Thinking it may be your bed, mattress, pillows or sleeping position?? Tune into this episode as we guide you through the "optimal" sleeping positions and stick around for the interview with Adam Von Rothfelder, owner and CEO of Strong Coffee.

To check out Strong Coffee and get your next quality latte, click here: https://strongcoffeecompany.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwxev3BRBBEiwAiB_PWJynh3jbdDYg3bClrM9ESuL1_4rYn52uzjhW4KMXSMm0MXfRXYPb4hoCi-kQAvD_BwE

For 15% OFF use Code: OPTIMAL15

Get your Strong, Mobile, Free Coffee Mug: HERE (limited time offer only!!!)


Full Shownotes: www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode17/


What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Finding Your Optimal Sleeping Position

06:38 - Back sleeping - Finding your optimal position and why it's important

11:31 - Side sleeping - Finding your optimal position and why it's important

15:21 - Stomach sleeping - Finding your optimal position and why it's important

17:30 - Pillows types best for your sleep

18:33 - Extra side sleeping pillow information

19:00 - Mattress types best for your sleep

22:06 - Snoring and teeth grinding - How to train yourself on how to breathe during sleep

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/0wfl6ICmzoM

Interview with Adam Von Rotherfelder: @strongcoffeecompany

29:19 - Adam’s background with fitness to his transition to strong coffee

38:20 - How Strong Coffee helps your brain health and nutrition intake in the morning

42:57 - How Adam keeps you educated on the nutrition behind Strong Coffee

47:42 - How Strong Coffee promotes gut health

53:47 - Why collagen is important - The difference between good and bad collagen

57:48 - How Strong Coffee stays transparent with their brand and why it’s important


About Adam Von Rotherfelder:

Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI Adam Von Rothfelder is no stranger to the hard and adversity. Losing his brother at a young age to Drugs and his dad to cancer Adam is a testament to what being STRONG is all about. Retired pro fighter, star of STRONG on Netflix, Husband, Father of two little girls, and now CEO of STRONG Coffee Company.


Items mentioned in this episode include:

DocJenFit Youtube Channel: DocJenFit


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Jul 01, 2020
16 | IT Band Syndrome Pearl and Consequences of Over-Training with Danielle Pascente
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Experience pain at the side of your knee? Ever been told it's your IT Band and you should probably roll it out? Well, we'll break down what the IT Band is, why you might be getting pain, and what you can start doing today to relieve that pain! Then, we dive into an awesome interview with fitness expert, Danielle Pascente, as she walks us through her journey with overtraining and the consequences her body took on as a result. Especially if you're a woman, you're going to want to tune into this one!

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: What is ITB Syndrome? Stretch it, Roll it, or Smash it?!

00:49 -What the IT band is, why do we need it, and what causes pain

04:40- Why rolling your IT band out does notwork

08:17- Looking at the bigger picture - paying attention to our foundation

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/q2fD1Zxk8q0

Interview with Danielle Pascente: @daniellepascente

18:39 - Where you can find Danielle Pascente and her background with training

20:54- Danielle’s approach with newcomers to fitness - some foundational movements

24:19- Danielle’s cues and signs toward her adrenal fatigue - how she confronted it

33:13- How Danielle confronted major life changes and the barriers that came with it

41:10- How Danielle balances everything now

43:49- Danielle’s recommendations for those who experience those initial warning signs

About Danielle Pascente:

Danielle is a fitness expert in Los Angeles and the creator of the Danielle Pascente Training Guides. She can be found as the lead trainer for FitOn App, BeFit, & Pop Sugar Fitness. Danielle was recently named "trending fitness star" by Shape Magazine. Her workouts have been featured in publications like Oxygen, Huffington Post, Studio ToneItUp, PopSugar Fitness, and Runner's World. Danielle has been featured on the cover of Runner's World and Scottsdale Health. She's been in the industry for over a decade and is responsible for thousands of women's transformations online. She's a firm believer that movement is medicine and connection is the biggest form of currency.


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Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Danielle’s Website: https://daniellepascente.com/

Danielle's Programs: https://www.daniellepascente.com/programs


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Jun 24, 2020
15 | Reduce Bloating and Understand Gut Health
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Bloated often? Unsure about what to do to help your gut or confused on what supplements and vitamins you should be taking?? We will break down the manual techniques you can start doing today to help reduce that bloat and we go into a very informative interview with guest Sara Cullen, CEO of GEM, the anti-vitamin. A healthy gut makes a healthy body.

To check out GEM and start your anti-vitamin, click here: https://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1487305&u=1799406&m=94525

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Gut Mobility | Tools and Techniques to Reduce Bloating

03:13 - What is motility?

11:41 - What fascia is and why it matters to gut health

13:56 - Why diaphragmatic breathing helps gut health

18:36 - Techniques and positions that help motility for the colon

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/SVQbHyAdQVE

Interview with Sara Cullen: @daily_gem

25:41 - Sara’s background and initial journey with creating GEM

26:49 - What Sara found in supplements that were not acceptable to her

31:13 - How to identify the supplements you should avoid

37:02 - How to understand the amount of superfoods you should consume daily

42:04 - What bioavailability means to GEM and why it’s important

47:14 - Why GEM is geared specifically for women


About Sara Cullen:

Meet Sara, the founder of GEM, a pioneer in nutritional science producing convenient, real food products that optimize daily health. Sara has a BS in international agricultural development studies from Cornell University and has worked with women entrepreneurs and farmers in sustainable food networks all over the world, from Morocco and Kenya to India and Vietnam. As a 2x entrepreneur in the food & beverage world, and a former Venture for America Fellow, Sara is passionate about redesigning a healthier future for women and fundamentally changing the way we nourish ourselves.


Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method: https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility

Coregeous Ball by TuneUp Fitness: https://www.tuneupfitness.com/?rfsn=2660179.4964a0

Gut Mobility on Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B3n6FE_jO1x/

Gem’s Website: https://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1487305&u=1799406&m=94525


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Jun 17, 2020
14 | Low Back Spasm Pearl and a PT's Back Pain Story
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Do you ever experience moments of low back pain? To the point of spasm? Do you feel like you can't move sometimes? Maybe it locks up? Dr. Domenic and Dr. Jen will break down why low back spasms take place, what you can start doing about them, and then we get to chat with Dr. Yonnie Procter about her experience with low back pain, spasms, and so much more!

BUT FIRST.... STRONG COFFEE 

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We love coffee and we love getting sh!t done. That’s why STRONG created the world’s premier on-the-go coffee drink mix, revolutionizing the coffee and supplement game and giving us the most optimal start to our day!

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Low Back Spasm | Why and What to Do About It

02:50 - What “down regulation” means and why it's important

06:14 - Examples of positions to help down regulate

08:22 - Exploring your back spasms early on

9:43 - Checking your neighbors and what that means

14:52 - Understanding short term versus long term fixes

Interview with Dr. Yonnie Procter: @yonniestyle

20:48 - Yonnie’s background with physical therapy and training

23:17 - Yonnie’s approach to strength training for older adults

28:10 - Yonnie’s unique training style

30:33 - Differentiating between pain and soreness

35:10 - How Yonnie approached injury in her own athletic past

42:40 - Why seeing multiple experts is okay

45:32 - What injury teaches you


About Dr. Yonnie Procter:

Dr. Ayonna Procter, DPT, AKA Yonnie, is a doctor of physical therapy from Elba, Alabama via New York. She earned her Doctorate in PT degree from Alabama State University in 2012. Yonnie began as an orthopedic PT and transitioned into traveling PT where she worked a variety of settings. Currently, Dr. Procter is using her skills, knowledge, and expertise of the body in a hybrid approach to not only treat, but train dope humans in the Los Angeles, CA area. Her mission is to joyfully inspire and empower individuals through movement and education.


Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method: https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility/

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Yonnie’s Contact Information: yonniestyle@gmail.com

Yonnie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yonniestyle/?hl=en


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Click HERE for full show notes 

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Jun 10, 2020
13 | Hip Impingement Pearl and Mindset Training with Mike Aidala
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Improve your feet = improve your body! Free your feet of the shoe prison they were previously living in. These are the only shoes Doc Jen & Dr. Dom wear daily when walking and working out. They have drastically improved the function of Doc Dom’s feet and allowed Doc Jen’s toes to improve functional mobility and decrease the big toe from drifting into the other toes!

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl 13: What is FAI? (Femoral acetabular impingement)

02:19 - Explaining FAI, the different types, and how to self test

07:33 - Different FAI study results (asymptomatic percentages and surgery findings)

12:58 - Why hip mobility and core stability is so important

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/-SckMQs60yE

Mike Aidala:

22:30 - Mike’s background with athletics and training

24:50  - Mike’s addiction with the athletic mindset (lifting + yoga) and why

27:34 - How to start your journey with your mindset and implement a healthy mental language

34:23 - Why owning your truth and being vulnerable is important; being radically honest

40:52 - The connection between mindset and pain; how you feel within your body and why

46:19 - How to ride the waves of failure in your athletic journey and why your “why” is important

49:37 - Mike’s recommendations on what you should practically start with on your mental journey

To learn more about Mike, visit the full show notes at: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode13/


Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method: https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility

The Optimal Body: https://www.docjenfit.com/theoptimalbody/

Handstand program: https://mastmethod.teachable.com/p/handstand-course

Special Discount for listeners! For 50% OFF Mike's handstand program use code: "OptimalBody" at checkout!

Website: www.mikeaidala.com

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May 27, 2020
12 | Meniscus Injury and the Prehab Guys
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Meniscus injury worrying you? Learn what you can do to help prevent pain and bulletproof your knees! Plus, learn from guest, Dr. Michael Lau of The Prehab Guys as he chats through his own personal journey with battling back pain. 

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Meniscus Injury of the Knee

01:38 - What is the Meniscus?

07:55 - What causes Meniscal Injury and how to avoid it

14:34 - Why going back to the basics with hip stabilization is important

18:28 - Why progressions of knee stabilization exercises are important

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/XarQHj7agzk

Interview with Michael Lau - The Prehab Guys: @theprehabguys

21:35 - Prehab Guys Introduction

24:07 - Michael’s insight on the creation of the Prehab Guys with _

26:28 - The Rehab Guys’ approach to educating people and the truth behind “quick fixes” online

31:19 - Do people without pain need something like Prehab?

34:30 - How to approach a “yo-yo” pain effect and how to mentally and physically prepare

37:30 - Michael’s back pain journey and perception of inner feelings associated with movement

44:04 - How to address changes due to injury or natural physical regressions

46:03 - The Rehab Guys’ approach to prescribing certain techniques

49:30 - Why CSCS certification is important for Prehab


About Dr. Michael Lau:

Michael was born and raised in Northern California but now resides currently in Sunny SoCal ever since attending the University of California, Los Angeles as an undergraduate majoring in physiology. After his undergraduate studies, he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from cross-town rival the University of Southern California.

As a licensed physical therapist with a strong background in strength and conditioning, Michael likes to blend the realms of strength training and rehabilitation to provide prehab, or preventative rehabilitation, to his patients.

A common human behavior is to address problems after they become an issue and far often too late, which is a reactionary approach. He believes the key to improved health care is education and awareness. This proactive approach—prehab—can reduce the risk of injuries and pain in the first place.

He is a huge proponent of movement education and pain science. Clinically, he has a special interest in ACLR rehab and return to sport for the lower extremity athlete.


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Find the complete show notes with resources here:

https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode12 

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May 20, 2020
11 | Breathwork: How to Reduce Stress, Relieve Pain & Improve Your Health
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What is Breathwork? Why is it suddenly a hot topic? What is the science behind it? And how does it actually relate to pain in the body? We'll break it all down for you in today's podcast, with special guest, and breath expert, Brian MacKenzie.

Brian is offering ONE MONTH FREE of his PSEPro membership with code: OptimalPSE

https://powerspeedendurance.com/psepro/

What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl: Breathwork - How to Reduce Stress, Relieve Pain, & Improve Your Health

03:09 - How we breathe and why it's important

12:07 - How to diaphragmatically breathe

19:34 - Techniques and tools for breathing

21:28 - Explaining Anaerobic vs Aerobic

Watch the YouTube video for demonstrations of exercises here: https://youtu.be/txAat9S2CmI

Interview with Brian MacKenize: @_brianmackenzie

23:47 - Brian’s Introduction and Credentials

25:10 - How Brian got into breathe and his take on it

32:30 - Brian’s protocols on breathwork corresponding with different emotions

39:16 - What CO2 tolerance is and how to address it

46:13 - How breathe connects to pain awareness

49:42 - Brian’s 5 gears of breathing explained (“Gears Concept”)

55:50 - Brian’s take away on how you can use your breath to benefit you

To learn more about Brian, check out the full show notes at https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode11/


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Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method: https://www.docjenfit.com/mobility

Brain’s Website: https://powerspeedendurance.com

Prescribing to Brian’s Programs: https://powerspeedendurance.com/psepro/ (get ONE MONTH FREE with code: OptimalPSE)

Dr. Norman Doidge’s “The Brain’s Way of Healing


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May 13, 2020
10 | Got Knee Pain? Get Strong At Every Angle
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Struggle with knee pain when doing stairs, squats, running or jumping? 

You’ll definitely want to tune into the PT Pearl on Patellofemoral Syndrome! After they are done sharing their words of wisdom, they dive right into an interview with personal trainer and movement expert, Venus Lau.

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What You Will Learn:

PT Pearl 10: Got Knee Pain? Get Strong At Every Angle

00:35 - The Optimal Body Winner Review!

02:10 - What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?

06:40 - Studies on Patellofemoral Syndrome and their results

12:00 - Why improving gait decreases the pain associated with PFS

18:54 - Study about taping differences

To Watch The PT Pearl on YouTube: https://youtu.be/P26-OZyeSxU

Interview with Venus Lau: @venus2bfab

25:51 - Venus’ age reveal and fitness journey

27:58 - Venus’ journey with training and education

29:16 - The continuing education courses that changed Venus’ perspective

31:51 - How Venus combined her knowledge to create her own training method

33:20 - Movement tip example from Venus

35:20 - Venus tip on how to introduce new movement from an area of pain

38:29 - What “strong at every angle” means to Venus

45:40 - Venus’ experience with her clients and their ages - why age doesn’t matter

51:03 - Where you can find more of Venus Lau

Learn more about Venus & research cited in the full show notes here: https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode10/


Items mentioned in this episode include:

The Mobility Method

Spinal Waves by Venus

Venus's Website

Venus's Subscription Site

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May 06, 2020
9 | Scoliosis, Overcoming Back Pain & The Strongest Woman Alive
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Today, Jen and Dom bring you their PT Pearl on Scoliosis! After they are done sharing their words of wisdom, they dive right into their interview with fellow physical therapist, Dr. Stefi Cohen.

Find the full show notes here: https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode9/

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

PT Pearl 8: Scoliosis

00:53 – Reviews

02:49 – What is Scoliosis and what does it mean?

08:10 – The importance of degrees on your Scoliosis

11:24 – Types of Scoliosis

13:00 – Effects of surgery: personal and clinical

16:03 – Inside to our asymmetrical anatomy; why it’s okay to not be perfectly symmetric

18:24 – How to address symptoms of pain that may not be due to Scoliosis

21:02 – How the Optimal Body helps bring awareness to your body

22:19 – Scoliosis Take-away

To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/HBvqSzNbCqE

Interview with Dr. Stefanie Cohen: @steficohen

24:51 – Stefi’s Accomplishments

27:15 – Stefi’s Journey with weight lifting

29:51 – Women’s Mindset with lifting weights

31:49 – Strength Training benefits

34:10 – Common Myths about women and powerlifting

37:25 – Addressing the fear and misconceptions behind weight lifting

38:45 – Stefi’s experience with Injury

43:43 – Chasing the Diagnosis and why it can be detrimental

47:45 – How personal experience influenced Stefi’s PT Practice

50:50 – How empowerment of your own body is what really matters

53:45 – Different Programs of Stefi’s that are available


About Dr. Stefanie Cohen:

Stefi is a physical therapist, strength coach, professional powerlifter and the co-owner of hybrid performance method. She has broken 25 all time world records, across three different weight classes, and deadlifted more than four and a half times my bodyweight- something no other female lifter has ever done.


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Apr 28, 2020
8 | A PT’S Recovery After 10 Surgeries
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Did you know a quick movement test can determine how long you'll live?! Try it out! Stay tuned to learn about how Dr. Stacie has overcome 10 orthopedic surgeries and how she believes treatment for physical therapy should be done! 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

PT Pearl 7: Functional Sit to Stand Test

03:54 – Sit to Stand Study and Results; Increasing Longevity

12:35 – Study about fall related injuries and how it relates to you

13:52 – Daily Functional Movement Pattern

Interview with Dr. Stacie Morris: @thephysiofix

23:28 – Dr. Stacie had 10 orthopedic injuries! 

38:45 – What is Dr. Stacie’s definition of Mobility?

45:25 – Push-back online?


About Dr. Stacie Morris:

Stacie earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University in May, 2015. Prior to Duke, Stacie received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Illinois State University where she was a NCAA student-athlete, earning several honors in gymnastics. As a former collegiate gymnast, and current Olympic Weightlifter, Stacie has had her fair share of orthopedic injuries/ surgeries and understands how detrimental an injury can be for an athlete at any level. Stacie has a special interest in the treatment of sports injuries, various orthopedic conditions, and incorporating manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education and sports performance enhancement into her treatment plans. In her spare time, Stacie tries to stay as active as possible and has competed in Powerlifting, Bodybuilding and most currently is pursuing her passion for Olympic Weightlifting. Stacie currently works with athlete’s and patients of all ages, levels and from many different sports but she has a special interest in gymnastics and dancers. Stacie takes an active role in treatment plans and spends a lot of time analyzing movement patterns, identifying deficits then working one-on-one with her patients to improve body mechanics with different movements to not only FIX the current problem, but to also PREVENT further compensations and degeneration on the body.


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Apr 22, 2020
7 | Fixing Anterior Pelvic Tilt & Concussion Story
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Learn the truth about concussion management from someone who has been battling for over 9 years. Also, learn how you can fix your Anterior Pelvic Tilt!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

PT Pearl 6: Is Anterior Pelvic Tilt Fixable?

00:54 – What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt and how does it feel?

03:06 – Dr. Dom’s experience with anterior pelvic tilt

04:10 – What is Lower Cross Syndrome

07:20 – What creating "stimulation" really means

09:40 – How to create permanent change in the neurological system

17:48 – Asking better questions

Interview with Dr. Molly Parker – @mollyparkerpt

18:18 –  Intro to Dr. Molly and start of the interview. Her experience with Post-Concussive Syndrome

20:15 – What happened? Find out how Molly got her initial concussion and what happened next.

21:30 – Her story of how her post-concussive symptoms progressed to a severe and debilitating level

27:15 – Dr. Molly talks about her initial experience in the medical system having post-concussive syndrome

32:00 – Molly talks about her movement disorder and how she continues to work on rehabing this

42:00 – Initial steps for concussion or have post-concussion symptoms

48:45 – Check this out!! Concussion Compass!


About Dr. Molly Parker, PT, DPT:

Molly Parker is a physical therapist that has had post-concussion syndrome and a sensorimotor disorder for 7 years. She has seen over 70 healthcare providers and spent thousands of hours researching. She says that she did everything wrong and got worse for over 4+ years and is now trying to prevent you from making the same mistakes when it comes to your recovery from PCS! She believes that she has finally figured out how to harness the power of neuroplasticity and is hopeful for a second chance at life for herself and you!


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Apr 22, 2020
6 | Thoracic Outlet Syndrome for Tingling Hands and guest, Dr. Shante Cofield
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Tingling and numbness, scoliosis, Darth Vader, Instagram fame and more!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

PT Pearl: What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

01:03 – How it might not just be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and why

03:43 – What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

04:42 – Different types of TOS and most common types

06:07 – Compensatory Patterns and why it’s important to understand

08:11 – Dr. Jen’s experience with Scoliosis

12:11 – How it all connects and how learned compensation can affect movement and mindset

14:21 – Correct Breathing with resistance band

16:51 – Differences in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome causes and solution 

18:23 – How The Optimal Body will help you find your individual needs

Interview with Dr. Shante Cofield @themovementmaestro

23:18 – Intro to Dr. Shante and start of the interview

40:35 – Sorting through the noise of social media

49:15 – How Dr. Shante has handled push back she has gotten online


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About Dr. Shante Cofield

Dr. Shante Cofield may have the certifications of PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF-L1 but she is anything but traditional! She is the creator of The Movement Maestro LLC, a social-media based company that provides both online and in-person education for movement professionals. Since starting The Movement Maestro LLC, she has amassed a social media following of almost 50,000 awesome individuals, which has lead to international speaking opportunities including Dubai, New Zealand, and Australia. In April of 2018, Dr. Shante Cofield launched what would become an equally successful podcast, Maestro on the Mic, which has been downloaded over 250,000 times to date. She also provides both one-on-one and group coaching for movement professionals, with a focus on brand strategy and development and the ever-growing digital marketplace.


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Apr 22, 2020
5 | Torn Rotator Cuff? Time to Move U!
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Have shoulder pain or ever experienced a disc herniation?? You'll definitely want to tune into the PT Pearl and the episode with MoveU today!

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

PT Pearl: The Truth about your Rotator Cuff MRI

02:20 – Pain associated with a diagnosis

04:17 – What a muscle partial tear on an MRI looks like and how minor it may be

05:13 – What is a rotator cuff muscle?

12:57 – How do we get that shoulder out of that painful position?

15:02 – The muscles that take over when these muscles are too weak and the effects

18:21 – How to address your Thoracic Spine

19:40 – 30/30 rule for those who find themselves in a stagnant position for long periods of time (ex: sitting at a desk for long periods of time)

21:58 – Being your own body detective

23:38 – Rotator Cuff Take-away

To watch the PT Pearl on YouTube: https://youtu.be/z84fbS2x3wE

Interview with MoveU Guys – Andrew Dettelback & Dr. Mike Wasilisin

24:30 – Intro to MoveU Guys and start of interview

27:35 – Find out where/how the MoveU guys met

34:00 – Why did Andrew not want to become a PT?

37:23 – Andrew hurt his back - surgery or no surgery?

40:50 – Andrew started to develop the MoveU program

43:28 – Find out how the MoveU program is better than seeing someone in person

46:50 – Dr. Mike and how his mentality as a chiro changed from coming out of school to the time they created MoveU

50:00 – Check this out to find out when MoveU really took off

52:58 – What are some of the foundational steps in the MoveU system?


The MoveU Method with DR. MIKE WASILISIN and ANDREW DETTELBACH is designed to strengthen your body into healthy alignment through sequential exercise training videos, safe and challenging workouts, community and expert support, video analysis, motivational coaching calls, and downloadable guides.

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Apr 22, 2020
4 | Piriformis syndrome and Myodetox
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Today, Doc Jen & Dr. Dom dive into your most requested PT Pearl on...Piriformis Syndrome!!!  Along with this gem of a PT Pearl, they also welcome Vinh Pham a.k.a "Vinnie Rehab" to the show!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

PT Pearl: Myths about Piriformis Syndrome Symptoms | Smash, stretch or Strengthen?!

01:21 – What is Piriformis Syndrome?

03:35 – Other muscles responsible and why it is important to understand

07:07 – Looking at your environment and what causes inflammation

10:35 – Why to not attack just one muscle and why PTs do what they do

12:43 – Tools to becoming mindful of body: Feet

Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/F-3Anw72Pgk

Interview with Vinh Pham - @ vinnierehab

16:11 – Introduction of Vinh Pham, Physical Therapist and Founder of MyoDetox

18:50 – Where Vinh started as a PT and where that journey led to early on

24:30 – What kind of continuing education and mentorship led him to a different style of treatment and different understanding of the body?

26:30 – Where was Myodetox born?

30:00 – When a patient or client walks into a Myodetox clinic, what do they go through? What kind of process do the therapists take them through?

36:52 – Vinnie’s approach to empower the client.

38:58 – How do people start to explore their bodies on their own from home?

41:08 – Some easy in-home mobility hacks to try out.


Vinh Pham is a Physical Therapist and co-founder of Myodetox - a wellness company that offers treatment designed to help eliminate pain and improve the way you move. Since 2015, he's opened several Myodetox clinics across Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver and they're widely known for their expert therapists, effective treatment plans, and premium experience. Over the years, he has built one of the largest Instagram followings in the health care space, and he's the leading therapist to several professional athletes, celebrities, and musicians.

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Apr 22, 2020
3 | Disc Herniation To Supple Leopard
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Today, Doc Jen and Dr. Dom bring you their PT Pearl on Disc Herniation! After they are done sharing their words of wisdom, they dive right into their first interview with fellow physical therapist, Dr. Kelly Starrett.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How disc herniation happens and what you can do about it.
  • How to teach your brain to respond to pain.
  • Strategies to help you with disc herniation.
  • Interview with Dr. Kelly Starrett from The Ready State.

Head to https://www.docjenfit.com/podcast/episode3/ for full show notes


About Dr. Kelly Starrett:

Dr. Kelly Starrett, DPT is a coach, physical therapist, author, and speaker. Along with his wife Juliet, Kelly is co-founder of The Ready State. The Ready State began as Mobility|WOD in 2008 and has gone on to revolutionize the field of performance therapy and self-care. Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. Kelly’s clients include professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. He also works with Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world and national record holding Olympic Lifting and Power athletes, Crossfit Games medalists, ballet dancers, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes. Kelly is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers "Becoming A Supple Leopard" and "Ready to Run." He is also co-author (with Juliet) of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Deskbound.
His latest book, "Waterman 2.0," offers water-sport athletes a comprehensive guide to optimized movement and pain-free performance. Kelly and his work have been featured on 60 Minutes, The View, The Joe Rogan Experience, CBS Sports, Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and dozens of other books, magazines, and podcasts, including Tim Ferriss’ "The 4-Hour Body"and "Tools of Titans." On top of co-founding The Ready State, Kelly and Juliet also started San Francisco CrossFit and StandUpKids together. Founded in 2005, San Francisco CrossFit was the 21st CrossFit affiliate in the world. And StandUpKids is a non-profit dedicated to combating kids’ sedentary lifestyles by bringing standing/moving desks to low-income public schools. To date, StandUpKids has converted 95,000 kids from sitting to standing.

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Apr 22, 2020
2 | Why Mobility & Why Us?
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What is mobility and WHY do I talk about it so much!? Learn all about it in this first PT Pearl. Stay tuned to learn all about who we are, how this partnership works, how we met and how we continue to grow in our relationship. We get real personal in this!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 

PT Pearl: Mobility vs Flexibility 

01:00 – What is The Mobility Method? 

04:07 – A fun self-evaluation for your wrist extension. Check it out if you get pain with push-ups. 

07:00 – How you can improve mobility 

08:45 – How long do we stretch? 

12:58 – What to do after a passive stretch? 

14:42 – The basis of mobility – finding the foundation in your own body 

18:32 – Joint by Joint Method: Grey Cook 

21:00 – Breath Methods 

21:38 – Mobility Take-Away 

Who we are: Dr. Jen’s & Dr. Dom’s Story 

22:30 – Diving into how Jen and I met and some of our personal stories 

24:00 – How did we meet? 

31:15 – We chat about the first talk 

38:02 – Building our partnership 

40:18 – Find out how openness about our “triggers” 

45:03 – Stop apologizing for your baggage. Just understand that it will be something we get to be aware of as we move into a new relationship. 

47:15 – Find out how we use these strategies that we use in our relationship with each other to most optimally work with patients and clients. 

50:00 – One of Jen’s triggers came up. Find out what Dom did! 

52:00 – Here you’ll find the real reason we are deciding to start the podcast. 

53:08 – We wrap up by sharing a couple tools in unpacking ourselves and finding personal growth in our journey and health 

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Apr 22, 2020
1 | Welcome To The Optimal Body Podcast
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Welcome to our quick intro episode. This will be a quick 20 minute episode where Doc Jen & Dr. Dom explain what the intent of the show is about and what you can expect from us moving forward. If you have a suggestion on what PT Pearls you want to learn about or what guests we should have on, feel free to email us at jen@docjenfit.com!

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

00:30 – What to expect in The Optimal Body Podcast and why we are starting it!

1:25 – From the time we met, we resonated on a greater approach to the body than just physical therapy. Health and pain is very multidirectional.

4:30 – We both immensely value treating the whole person and treating them with a team. We are NOT here to fix anyone! We provide you the tools to dive into your own body.

7:02 – Finding your Optimal Body includes optimizing your ENTIRE ENVIRONMENT

10:43 – We don’t teach and educate people from a place of fear but instead from a place of opportunity and ability!

13:04 – Empowerment, growth, and ability are some of the foundational principles we use in our treatment.

14:01 – We share a bit of our own physical barriers (diagnosis wise) and how we continue to focus on function and optimization rather than limitation.

17:20 – We want your questions!! Our PT Pearls every week will be based on what YOU want!

20:13 – Preview of the next episode.


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Apr 17, 2020