Becoming Pain-free Like an Animal with Tom Dalonzo-Baker: PYP 182

tom-dalonzo-bakerWhen my right knee started hurting so bad that I couldn't run, do yoga, squat, or ride a bike, I did all the things I knew how to do.

I got massages. I iced. I rubbed hot and cold ointments into the skin. I visualized. I went to the chiropractor. I stretched.

And nothing worked.

I finally started looking at local physical therapy practices, but couldn't figure out which ones were good and which weren't. That's when I reached to to my friend and teacher, Eileen Kopsaftis, who teaches the musculo-skeletal courses for Wellness Forum Health.

She told me about a local practice (well, an hour away, actually) that had developed one of the most innovative, evidence-based, and effective modalities in the world. If anyone could help me, they could.

So I gave Total Motion PT a call, and 12 sessions later, I was ready to start training for my 50k.

Today's podcast shares the journey and insights of the founder of Total Motion PT, Tom Dalonzo-Baker. As the rain pounded on the roof of his back porch, we sat and chatted about the limitations of traditional PT, and how Tom stumbled upon his methodology through trial and error, and a healthy dose of humility.

We covered:

  • the origins of Total Motion: strain/counterstrain
  • the inner GPS of comfort
  • why treating the site of injury often doesn't work
  • finding and treating asymmetries of movement
  • Tom's role as a teacher, helping his patients help themselves for the rest of their lives
  • what we can learn from an injured deer
  • how to tell if your current PT regimen is working
  • “the backwards bicycle” – see the video below
  • “we're constantly overriding what our bodies want to do”
  • helping cerebral palsy patients by moving into the deformities of motion
  • how to become ambidextrous
  • learning how to trust our own bodies
  • how to loosen a stuck drawer
  • watching children learn how to walk up steps
  • and much more…

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Total Motion PT: the practice in Raleigh, NC

Total Motion Release: get trained, or find a local practitioner

The Backward Bicycle on Youtube

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