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September 17, 2004

Egoscue Clinic Visit

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting an Egoscue clinic in Irvine, California. For those of you not familiar with it, the Egoscue Method is a rehabilitation/injury prevention program based on the theory that most physical injury is caused by lack of flexibility, strength and range of motion. Pete Egoscue has written a number of books on the subject including the classic Pain Free.

Yesterday's session lasted a little over an hour and consisted an analysis of my posture based on a series of digital photographs. A fairly thorough diagnosis was given and then I was shown a series of exercises custom-tailored to my particular needs.

Midway through the session I was pleasantly surprised with the man himself, Pete Egoscue, showed up (their headquarters is a couple of hours south in San Diego so he is rarely at the Irvine clinic. Pete's a great guy who's helped thousands of individuals (including athletes such as Jack Nicklaus and Charles Barkley) recover from pain and injury.

I left the Egoscue clinic with a series of customized exercises which I am to perform in the coming weeks. Although many of these exercises can be found in Pete's books, there were a few new ones and I also realized that I had been doing a couple of the exercises incorrectly (not surprising given how difficult it can be to learn them from books). I was very pleased with the experience and will head back in a couple of months to get "re-assessed".

For more information on the Egoscue Method and their clinics, visit them at www.egoscue.com.