January 2015

Happy New Year and welcome to the OET January Newsletter! This month our newsletter starts with an article about how to keep and achieve your New Year's Resolutions. Next is a great video where Pete Egoscue explains what causes neck and shoulder pain and how to quickly fix it. 

I have also included a challenging and functional Egoscue workout that will help you get started toward those health and fitness goals you have. The last article talks about fear and how changing our definition and belief about what fear is and what it means can change everything. 

In This Issue
How to Keep and Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions
Expert advice to help you

Welcome to 2015! We all survived the holidays and are now attempting to make this year the Best Year Ever! Did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? Why or why not? Here's some food for thought:

Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year's Resolutions but only 8% are successful in achieving them? 

We are one week into 2015 so 25% of you who made resolutions have already failed on maintaining your goals. Four more percent will drop off by next week. 

38% of Americans absolutely never set New Year's Resolutions without realizing that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals that people who don't make resolutions. 

So obviously setting resolutions is a good idea if you want to accomplish anything big this year, but how do you give yourself the best chance at achieving your resolution and make it into the elite 8%? 

How to Fix Neck and Shoulder Pain
Egoscue evaluation and treatment video


Watch this video to learn where common shoulder and neck pain comes from. Jennifer is an avid tennis player who has daily pain in her trapezius muscle. Most people, including Jennifer, will assume the pain is from tennis. Pete Egoscue explains how that is just not true and shows her one quick Egoscue e-cise to eliminate her pain.

If you suffer from neck, shoulder, or any other pain and would like to learn why you hurt and how to fix it, contact us today. Live, play, be...pain free!

New Year's Functional Egoscue Workout
Improve posture, burn calories


Start your new year off right with full body, functional, strength building, posture improving, calorie burning, smile producing workout. Achieve your New Years Resolution to lose weight, build strength, improve posture, get in shape, or have fun by doing this workout on a regular basis. 
Fear - Creating a New Definition Changes Everything
Think like a child

Fear. It is something we are all familiar with. We have all felt fear at different times in our lives and for different reasons. Some fears are short lived and some are chronic and thus debilitating. I want to have you join me as we explore fear.

What does Fear mean to you?

If you look up the definition of fear, it is described as a distressing emotional response to threat. 

My friends at The Red Tomato Fitness had this to say about fear in a blog post:
When I was a kid we used to make up all sorts of games. In particular, we would stand on the monkey bars at recess and jump and see how far we could land. Children are fearless when it comes to their physical limitations. When they see a challenge instead of saying, "Oh, I can't jump that far", they say "Lets see how far I can jump."  We have to learn to think like a child, we have to learn how to play again. So the 2nd part of this answer, which I have already touched on it a bit, is FEAR. Most of the time we let fear get in the way of us overcoming a physical challenge.  As we grow older, and we haven't done a particular task in a long time, we become scared.  We have to learn to over come our fears of physical activity.
I do not believe children are fearless, but rather they have a different definition of fear than most adults. Learn how children define fear and how adopting this belief can change your life by reading more.
Oregon Exercise Therapy LLC is happy to offer FREE posture evaluations to any interested clients. 

This free 30 minute appointment includes discussion of your symptoms and goals, postural evaluation, functional testing, and gait analysis. We will then discuss the different therapy options that are available to help you reach your goals. 

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