Joining Nick and Will on this episode is their good friend Eric Christensen of Chandler Physical Therapy in Arizona. Eric graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy program from Regis University in 2009 where he published a journal article on the effect of whiplash on the cross-sectional area of the muscles surrounding the throat as well as presenting at multiple conferences. He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Exercise Science and a focus in Sports Medicine. In practice, Eric enjoys working with all populations of patients in the orthopedic and neurological field. He has specialized in custom orthotic prescription and casting, vestibular reprogramming, and manual therapy. In his practice, Eric takes a developmental approach to rehabilitation utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. He uses functional movement patterning and manual therapy to return patients to prior levels of function. When not at work Eric enjoys reading, camping, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his family (Chip, Eevee, Owen, Cora and Ashley)!

Eric delivers a great discussion on the importance of breathing and calming the sympathetic nervous system. He is also the author a brand new book called “Breath Better”, and we get into some great detail about it’s content and release.

In this episode we explore:

  • Why is breathing important, and how it can commonly grow less efficient
  • What are the breathing strategies to be aware of
  • The inspiration for Eric’s book, and those that can benefit from it
  • Just how trainable is breathing
  • The relationship between the nervous system, our respiration and pain
  • How to get better outcomes with your daily life with a few easy breathing habits

You can download the first two chapters for FREE! Visit Chandlerpt.net to learn more.

The book is also free for the first few days when its released, stay tuned to get your copy in the summer of 2017!

Check out Eric’s new book and follow what he’s up to at:
Instagram: @Chandler_PT
Facebook: Chandler Physical Therapy
Twitter: chandler_PT
Email: chandlerphysicaltherapy@gmail.com

If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out our previous discussion with one of Eric’s good friends and patients, Lisa Maczura. Lisa shares a patient perspective on another level.

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