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The Pains of an Entrepreneur

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT

Did you know that 8 out of 10 people experience back pain sometime in their life?

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Unresolved back pain leaves people feeling stuck, perhaps even losing hope with the belief that they may have to live the rest of their lives in pain, which often significantly impacts every aspect of their lives.

I can usually pick out the entrepreneurs as they walk through my door, even before I actually talk to them. You are a highly motivated, self-driven, and goal-oriented group. As an entrepreneur, you do not conform to the 40-hour workweek. Instead, entrepreneurs are obsessively focused on creating that one big thing. So you go through periods where you’re stuck on the computer for hours writing a business plan, or finding yourself traveling from city to city to make business happen, or eating a meal at odd hours of the night as you’ve lost track of time. What becomes of you is a person who puts a huge amount of stress on your body while you try to do what your entrepreneurial spirit drives you to do.

Ultimately your back pain occurs not only once, but starts to happen more often. Simple rest does not alleviate it anymore, and even injections or medications do not make a difference. Guess what? You now have unresolved back problems due to the lifestyle you live.

What’s different about the entrepreneur’s back pain than others is that it’s driven more by the mindset within you than a simple herniated disc that came from nowhere. The countless hours where you sit slouched on your sofa typing away on your laptop creates a physiological pathology called ‘creep phenomenon’. Think of a cold piece of salt-water taffy. If you were to warm it up in your hands and slowly mead it and pull it, slowly the taffy would stretch out. Essentially the same thing can happen to your back. As you sit there for hours upon hours, a slow ‘creep’ stretch of the ligaments and muscles of your back get stretched out. Over years they lose their inherent capacity to hold your back up. And just like a bending a paper clip back and forth, eventually something breaks and back pain occurs.

The entrepreneur in you also wants to exercise either for an outlet of stress or simply because you are goal oriented by nature. What ends up happening is that you perform at levels or distances that eventually your physical body may not be able to handle. There is nothing wrong with striving to achieve a goal, but many times the entrepreneur’s mind will tell them “do it anyways, even though I did not have the time to train” or “just keep going, like I always have.” Over time, your brain ends up outlasting your body, especially the structures in your back. Eventually too much compressive or shearing force happens and back pain occurs. Most importantly, your entrepreneurial spirit tends to have an all-or-none persona. Your mentality weighs more on the side of “it’s on me and no one else.” What becomes of it is an affective component that tells you to keep going, even if it hurts.

To see the conclusion of this article, read it on Plywood People.

The Nerve of You!
August 19, 2012, 3:30 am
Filed under: Courses, Lower Extremity, Nerve, Pain Sciences, Tissue Pathology

Have you ever experienced back pain with associated sciatica down one of your legs? Perhaps the pain / numbness down your leg and back have subsided, but a few years have gone by and that same leg now just doesn’t feel the same? Likely, the hamstring feels tight, maybe your calf cramps more or your foot now hurts.

A possible reason why is that even thought your sciatica and back pain symptoms calmed, the sciatic nerve is still irritated mildly that can cause the muscle, fascia, or other tissues that the sciatic nerve innervated down your leg can now become compromised and aches and pains can begin in sights other than your back and sciatic nerve – that are related to your previous back injury.

The Motion Stability team has the ability to differentially assess if your sciatic nerve is still a contributing factor to your pain, and provide the proper treatment regimens to treat the associated pain you have.

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Dry Needling as a part of the Georgia Physical Therapy Practice Act under bill HR 145

Thank you to Georgia Representatives Sharon Cooper and Edward Lindsey, the use of dry needling in clinical practice has been adopted into the Georgia Physical Therapy Practice act under bill HR 145. Dry needling is a technique to improve myofascial pain and dysfunction, which includes treatment of trigger points. With proper clinical reasoning and treatment methodology, trigger point dry needling can help significantly with improvements in pain, dysfunction, range of motion, and movement patterns. For more information please view our website:

For more information on the bill follow this link.

Harris English wins the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational!
July 30, 2011, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Golf, Sports

We would like to congratulate Harris English for winning the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. Still classified as an amateur golfer, Harris was able to take on some of the countries best golfers and win! Harris congratulations on finishing the University of Georgia’s program, we wish you all the best in your future and bright career!

Brian is on Sharecare
January 25, 2011, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Motion Stability News

Check out the new Sharecare website! It is co-founded by Doctor Oz and Jeff Arnold (creator of WebMD). It is a social interactive / multi-disciplinary health care information website. Basically, you can use the site to get information about various health topics and learn from different disciplines in health/medicine. Brian was able to be the first Physical Therapist on the site. Take a look! Register and you can ask Brian questions through Sharecare.

Heath Slocum wins again!
December 1, 2010, 9:46 am
Filed under: Golf

Congratulations Heath for winning the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island this year! If you know Heath, he is humble in spirit, and simply plays out of passion of playing. We have had the opportunity to get to know Heath over the past couple years, its been an honor to work with him! Take a look at his press interview after his win!

Congratulations to Matt Kuchar for a great 2010!
December 1, 2010, 9:40 am
Filed under: Golf

Motion Stability, LLC Congratulations Matt Kuchar for a stellar year on the PGA Tour! We have had the opportunity to work with Matt over the past few years. It has been an honor to see him do so well! Take a look at this link from the PGA Tour website.