EA 02: How To Get Out Of Pain & Avoid Injuries With Perry Nickelston (Part 1)

Welcome to the Everyday Athlete Podcast, I’m your host Josh Kennedy. Today, I’m talking with the wonderful Dr. Perry Nickelston. We talk all things movement, breathing, rehab, and why movement does not have to be complicated to change your life. We also talk about pain and a lot of important information as Perry shares a ton of “brain candy” with us. This podcast is so information packed that we had to split it into two parts. So, enjoy part 1 of my interview with Dr. Perry Nickelston.

Dr. Perry Nickelston is a chiropractic physician who focuses on performance enhancement, corrective exercise, metabolic fitness, and nutrition. He trained at American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders. He is an expert in myofascial orthopedic medical and trigger point therapy. He is also an expert in thinking outside the box and being the “blue ball”. He is the founder of Stop Chasing the Pain and a great friend and inspiration.

Today’s Topics Include:

  • Perry has been working with Strength Matters over the last several years. He loves working with the everyday athlete.
  • After getting hurt and then put back together by a chiropractor, Perry decided to become one. He was fascinated by why the body gets hurt and how to prevent it.
  • How elite athletes can compensate for efficiency to make them great.
  • It’s better to do something more often, than doing it all at once.
  • Using more of your body is more functional than something isolating like a bench press.
  • How Arnold Schwarzenegger used functional movement like ballet to become a better poser and a better body builder.
  • Examples of Functional Movement
  • Whatever your body needs to complete the task. My functional will be different than your functional.
  • How can we move effectively for us and avoid injuries and not get hurt.
  • How we think changes our biology.
  • If you think you feel happy, do you feel happy? Our minds have an influence on our physiology.
  • Pain is a request for change. A change in habits, how you live, your environment, and the tasks that you do.
  • Changing your environment can completely change how you feel. Inside sensory information always responds to outside information.
  • Part of getting out of pain is doing things you don’t normally do and changing the plateau.
  • Ground work like rolling, rocking, crawling can change things up and give you immediate feedback.
  • Sit on the ground in a nice upright posture. When you get up, you will have power and connection to the rest of your body.
  • Walking is an awe-inspiring form of movement.

Action Step or Takeaway

  • Spend more time on the floor and you just might eliminate pain. Movement isn’t complicated. Spend 10 minutes a day getting on and up from the ground.

Links and resources:


“Our body never does anything without a reason. Listen to your body like it is a person.” Dr. Perry Nickelston

“In athletic competition, more is not better, better is better. You get better when you rest.” Dr. Perry Nickelston

“You should do some type of physical movement and train every day.” Dr. Perry Nickelston

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