Hocus Pocus or Strong with the Force? What you need to know about 
Mindfulness & Chronic Pain

Written by: Kevin Murray


When someone asks you to be more mindful, what are they actually saying? Is it a request to be more polite? Hold the door open for those you don’t know? Remember your please and thank-you’s? Not quite… While the aforementioned are respectful and conscientious, practicing mindfulness goes beyond the realm of external exchanges.

In fact, Stuart Eisendrath, a medical doctor and professor of clinical psychiatry at the UCSF Depression Center explains that mindfulness takes place when someone is paying attention, deliberately and purposefully, on the present moment in a non-judgemental way. Succinctly put, mindfulness means focusing ones’ attention in this present moment and letting go of the future, letting go of the past, and being aware of what’s present right now.

The Department Store Approach & Complex Pain Problems

Written by: Kevin Murray


The Small, Medium, Large concept to clothing that all department stores embody seems like a straightforward, pragmatic approach to sizing. If the article of clothing fits, you’re golden; If not, you’re either going up a size, or down. But what about those that fall between the cracks? Or above, or below those labels?

I constantly run into this predicament. Sometimes a small is too tight. Other times a medium drapes off my shoulders, which was a good look for me in the 90’s with skateboard in hand – not so cool anymore. I often wish there was a size “smedium”, right in between at that “sweet spot.”

Perhaps you can relate… maybe your frame deserves a “marge”, right in between medium and large.

The Movement Variability Matrix

Written by: Anthony Carey - Courtesy of American Counsel on Exercise

If I were to ask you to show me a lunge, a push-up or a squat, I would bet all of the money in the world that 99.9 percent of those reading this would show me the exact same versions of those exercises. Although you would be completely accurate in what you demonstrated, you would also be demonstrating what I believe to be a blind spot that our industry has when it comes to program design.

That blind spot is preconceived definitions of what each of those exercises (and many others) look like and how and when we would or would not use them.

The Movement Variability Matrix (Figure 1), which we use at Function First, based in San Diego, Calif., aims to address that blind spot. The Movement Variability Matrix features “ingredients” that can be added, subtracted or combined to modify a given exercise for the purpose of progressing, regressing or simply adding needed variability with similar demand. The Movement Variability Matrix can also be helpful in recognizing the variables of any given exercise and evaluating their impact on client success.


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[Last Day] Which one of these are you?

Understand pain - Design powerful exercise programs - Successfully guide your clients back to pain-free living

You’re either:

  1. Ready for us to close the doors of enrollment and move on.
  2. Already waist deep into the online curriculum content.
  3. Waiting for the very last minute because you love living on the edge like that!

We’re reminding you again because we feel it’s THAT important for you and your clients in pain!

The Pain-Free Movement Specialist Online Curriculum closes today. You only have a few more hours to enroll and revolutionize your capacity to help those in pain.

You can enroll right now here.

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Our PFMS family is growing… From Canada, to France, Italy, United States, Singapore, Australia, South Africa and Portugal.

These elite professionals understand that pain is complex and goes far beyond “tight” and “weak” muscles. They’ve entrusted the Pain-Free Movement Specialist curriculum to set them apart from the rest.

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Kevin Murray, BSc

Movement Masterminds – CEO
Function First – Director of Education

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P.P.S Here’s a link to our 5 most FAQ’s regarding the online curriculum.

Can Your Eyes Contribute To Neck Pain?

Written by: Anthony Carey

Tight and weak? Need to ‘fix’ your muscle imbalance? If you think that paradigm is going to help them, this research review article is sure to change your mind. This article highlights one of the many considerations that we employ when designing an exercise program as a Pain-Free Movement Specialist. These tools need to be part of your mission, enrollment is open now until this Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to start today!


Chronic pain is complex, resulting from many inputs processed through the nervous system and the brain. As humans, we rely heavily on our vision to assess and navigate our environment and maintain balance.

Visual references are also one type of input the brain relies on to determine a potential threat to the organism. For example, have you ever found a bruise on your body that did not hurt until you noticed there?

bogus vision article

For those suffering from chronic neck pain, vision provides a great deal of feedback about cervical range of motion along with the mechano-receptors in the joints and soft tissue. The endpoint a person sees when turning his or her head and experiencing pain combines with a cluster of other information occurring at the same time to form the neuro-representation of the pain experience in the brain, or what Melzack (2001) calls a “neuro-signature.”

We Just Opened Our Online Curriculum

Enrollment closes this Friday @ 11:59pm PST

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Enrollment to register for the Pain-Free Movement Specialist Online Course has begun. There’s a
4-day window to register and receive immediate access before registration closes.


  • You struggle with thoughts of making your client’s pain worse.
  • You want to understand your client’s fears & psychological barriers towards movement and pain.
  • You wish to effectively and accurately explain pain to your clients.
  • You desire to understand advanced biomechanical and anatomical principles.
  • You aspire to design powerful corrective exercise programs with confidence and precision.

The Pain-Free Movement Specialist online course is loaded with the answers you seek, BUT it’s only open for a limited time – closing Friday at 11:59pm.

Don’t worry, in addition to the online content – both ‘Corrective Exercise for Powerful Change’ dvd’s and Anthony’s book The Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method To Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder and Joint Pain are all included – at no extra cost!

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Kevin Murray

Movement Masterminds – CEO
Function First – Director of Education

P.S. Here’s a link to our 5 most FAQ’s regarding the online curriculum.

When your client says, “But my MRI says”, then you say……

Written by: Anthony Carey

As Movement Practitioners, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with the most recent literature and research on pain science. We often get asked by our Pain-Free Movement Specialists about program design, and Anthony succinctly sums up our process by stating – “We overlay the current pain science on a biomechanical template.” Below Anthony describes how we can take the latest in pain science to better serve those clients that come in with X-ray’s in hand and beliefs regarding pain strongly rooted. We hope your enjoy the insights! Kevin

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most sensitive diagnostics currently available. It has frequently been the “last word” on pain, surgery and recommended limitations on activity. But should your client really never lunge or squat again because their doctor took an MRI and it showed some pathological condition?

Consider this review I did of a couple of studies on the matter. You may change the conversation you have with your clients once finished reading this.

Guermazi et. al. (2012 )used magnetic resonance imaging to look at knees where radiographic imaging (x-rays) showed no osteoarthritic (OA) changes. OA is generally diagnosed through examination and x-ray. X-rays can identify bony changes to the joint but they cannot identify soft tissue pathologies. The purpose was to use the more sensitive MRI to detect structural lesions associated with OA and their relationship to age, sex and obesity.

710 subjects age 50 or older participated in the study (mean age 62.3 years). Out of the 710 subjects, 206 (29%) had painful knees.

Overall, 610 (89%) of the subjects showed some abnormality of the knee. Three most common findings of abnormalities in the knee were osteophytes, cartilage damage and bone marrow lesions. These abnormalities increased with age.

Going Beyond Biomechanics with Chronic Pain Clients’

An interview with Anthony Carey about psychology & pain

Your client is in pain, but their movement efficiency is exceptional… What then do you do?

There are many dimensions of chronic pain, and multiple ingredients that feed into the pain experience. In this interview, Function First CEO and Movement Masterminds faculty educator Anthony Carey shares the latest on pain science and how understanding biomechanics alone is no longer enough…

Watch the video

Anthony elaborates on the depths that chronic pain can reach, and how we MUST go beyond the biomechanical lens and expand our capacity to better understand the psychology of pain.


Kevin Murray
Movement Masterminds – CEO
Function First – Education Director
2012 CSEP CPT of the Year


The Fog Of Confusion & Cyber Monday

Can you relate?


Kevin is passionate about helping people move and feel better. But Kevin is getting tired. He’s followed lots of professional advice but feels like he’s running in circles. Kevin is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever ‘figure it out’ & feel confident helping his clients’ in pain.


Can you relate to Kevin? Has professional frustration ever been so high you started questioning your own abilities?

Black and white street at night with fog

SPOILER ALERT: Kevin is obviously me, and the story above is my truth. My path has not been straight forward and easy.

Last Call – The Train is Leaving the Station

Final Departure of 2015

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Here is Your Final Chance to say “Yes” and Profoundly Elevate Your Professional Status

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Edward O. Wilson

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