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CORY ARTH - PHYSIOTHERAPIST

CORY ARTH - 物理治疗师

Cory Arth weighs over 100 kg and I would guess 90% of his weight is pure muscles. Being a heavy guy is not something that stopped him from finishing the 42 k full marathon a couple of month ago in Shanghai.

Besides being a good runner and an excellent physiotherapist, Cory is also very active in the FitFam community -

Cory除了是一名优秀的跑步者和出色的物理治疗师之外,同时在FitFam社区也非常活跃 -

(Fitfam: community of more than 2500 people exercising together in more than 14 different locations every morning and evening. The sessions are led by more than 50 volunteers. All sessions are for free but you need to sign up in advance).
 
(Fitfam: 2500多人组成的社群会在每日早晚在超过14个不同的地点一起锻炼,由50多名志
愿者进行组织。所有活动都是免费的,但需要提前注册)。

- helping them both inside his clinic and out on the field. He was in charge of their strength and conditioning program helping over 100 people to perform better in Shanghai Marathon.

在他的诊所内外帮助他们。他负责着他们的力量和调节计划,目前已经帮助了100多人,使他
们在上海马拉松比赛中能表现得更好。

Watching Cory at work is fascinating. He explains everything he does in detail while giving his patients instructions like “Press”, “Relax”, “Breathe in” all while he pushes and pulls you like a rag doll. You are both a patient and a student at the same time.

如果你观察工作状态中的Cory,会发现他是很迷人的。他一边详细解释所做的一切,一边给
他的病人指示,如“按压”,“放松”,“呼吸”,与此同时他推拉着你,像推拉一个布娃娃。你既是
一名病人,也是一名学生。

I have personally been successfully helped by Cory to fix my shoulder. He gave me homework to strengthen weak parts of that area and soften it up using a hard ball and a yoga block. It took some time to recover fully but now my shoulder is healed.

Cory亲自帮我医治好了我的肩膀。他交给我一些任务来强化那个部位脆弱的部分,并且用硬
球和瑜伽块来使它变得柔软。虽然完全康复还需要一些时间,但现在我的肩膀已经愈合了。

Before coming to Shanghai, Cory worked with professional and high performance athletes in the US, Brazil, Qatar and Xishuangbanna. He speaks professional Portuguese and Spanish
but is born and raised in California.

来上海之前,Cory曾在美国,巴西,卡塔尔和西双版纳等地与专业和高水平的运动员合作。
他能讲一口地道的葡萄牙语和西班牙语,但他却是在加州出生长大的。

How come you moved to China?

I moved to China first and foremost because after my first team assignment in Yunnan back in 2013, I was simply fascinated with the people and culture. It was a place I don’t think I ever would have naturally visited without having the opportunity to work sports medicine internationally, but once I was here I felt so incredibly fortunate to have the exposure, like I’m sure many of us have felt at some point. Back then, I was paired with a Chinese Sports Medicine Doctor and immediately appreciated the strengths he had in holistic care and symptom management, but also saw the massive gaps in using movement-based performance medicine and training, and saw how massive the potential impact could be here by doing the simple things at a very high level. It’s a very dynamic and exciting culture to be a part of, where things move fast, resources and volume are high, and there’s an opportunity to do things differently here that might make an impact on how we look at physical medicine globally.

你怎么会搬来中国的?

我搬来中国最首要的原因是,2013年我在云南完成了第一次团队任务之后,我就对这儿的人
和文化着迷了。如果不是有这个机会参与到国际化的运动医疗,我原来应该不会主动来到这里
,但是来了之后,我感觉能接触到这些真的非常幸运,我相信我们中的许多人都在某些方面有
这样的感触。当时,我和一位中国的运动医学博士合作,很快就开始欣赏起他在整体护理和症
状管理方面的能力,同时也看到了在应用基于运动表现的医学和训练方面存在的巨大差距,并
发现了以高水准完成简单的事情能在这里产生的潜在巨大影响力。能成为这个文化的一部分令
人感到活力和激动,在这里事物快速发展,资源和体量都很庞大,并且我有机会在这里做一些
不同的事情,而这可能会影响我们如何以全球化的视野看待物理医学。

What are the most common reasons for people to come to see you?

To generalize, I think 80-90% of the people that seek my help already have an injury process in place and feel like they’ve reluctantly hit the point where it has to be dealt with. The location of their pain is almost never ever the same site as the mechanical cause of their symptoms, and predominantly the mechanical cause is from the patterns and imbalances created by sitting most of the day combined with high intensity/endurance exercise. I always applaud the remaining 10% or so who feel shy about coming in with “no big deal” but want to be more proactive with their care. We often work on similar impairments and solutions regardless of how much pain there is, and it’s always easier to fix the sooner you find something.

人们来找你最常见的原因是什么?

总的来说,我认为80-90%来寻求帮助的人已经有某个部位受伤了,并且他们似乎会不大情愿
地敲打需要处理的部位。他们感到疼痛的部位几乎从来就不是症状的力学成因的位置。力学上
的成因主要来自整日久坐与高强度/耐力运动结合形成的模式和不平衡。我总是称赞剩下的
10%左右的人,他们为自己并没有什么大碍而来到这儿感到不太好意思,但他们确实想要更
加主动地关心自己。不管疼痛的程度多少,我们经常要处理类似的、程度不等的损伤病症,提
出解决方案,而往往你越早察觉到某些症状,康复就越容易。

How have you become such a popular physiotherapist?

Haha, ummmmmm…..well pretty sure it isn’t good looks, lol. I think some combination of brutal honesty, demonstrating a confident understanding of big picture concepts, and as you said, helping people feel more empowered and in control of their own health through education and practical solutions is huge. I’m very result-based in my practice. If we find something that works…..that’s great! If not, no worries. We’ll try something else. I’m not going to force somebody through something if they’re not responding the way we would hope, just because I think I have the right read on something. We’re trying to build a narrative with each person to better explain why things are the way they are, but the narrative is dynamic and if something doesn’t go as expected it’s often that much more valuable in determining the true nature behind the challenges.

你是如何在这么短的时间里成为如此流行的物理治疗师的?

哈哈,嗯……很明显不是因为好看的脸,哈哈。我认为是,略显残酷的诚实,对大局观表现出
一种自信的理解,以及正如你所说的,通过教育和实际的解决方案来帮助人们感受到对自己的
健康拥有更多主宰和掌控权,这些条件结合起来的力量是巨大的。在实践中,我是非常结果导
向的。如果我们能找到有用的方法......那太好了!如果没有,也不用担心。我们会尝试一下别
的。如果他们没有按照我们希望的方式回应,我不会只因为自认对某事有正确的解读而强迫别
人去做。我们试图与每个人建立一个叙述的对话氛围,以更好地解释为什么事情是这样的,但
叙述是动态的,如果事情没有如预期地推进,往往确定一下这挑战背后的真相会更有价值。

You are using something called FMS. What is that?

The Functional Movement Screen is a quick 15-minute assessment using 7 movements to look for stability, mobility, coordination and asymmetry in the body. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not a perfect tool, and it’s not meant to be a medical examination but rather a first point of entry to see if things look decent in a general sense. Instead of breaking down the thousands of parts of the body individually, it allows me to look at movement patterns, hone in on what parts I want to look at and improve specifically, and then try to rebuild the patterns before moving on to performance. It helps triage those who can do a few things to help them move better prior to training, which both lowers injury risk and allows you to get more work in, this is a simple and easy way to make movement-based sports medicine more accessible to everyone and you don’t have to have pain to benefit from looking at movement. Insurance- based medical services are an absolute privilege for some and impossible barrier for others, which I hate, so I’m trying to offer FMS assessments for free with organizations like F45, FitFam, and eventually Floatasian, Feelgood Fitness, Golden Gloves, Absolute MMA…..as many as we can. Volume is not the issue in Shanghai, but accessibility to and awareness of quality services is.

您正在使用FMS,那是什么?

功能性运动屏幕是一个15分钟的快速评估,以7个动作来考查身体的稳定性,移动性,协调性
和不对称性。我非常愿意承认这不是一个完美的工具,它也注定无法成为一种医疗检查,而是
在你刚来时对你整体情况是否看起来良好做一个初步判断。它不会把成千上万个身体部分割裂
开来,而是让我能看到运动模式,锁定我想要观察并作专门改进的部位,然后在继续行动前试
着重新构建模式。它可以对那些能做一些事情的患者进行分类,帮助他们在训练之前更好地移
动,这既降低了受伤风险,也让你能进行更多后续工作,这是一种简单易行的方法,使任何人
都能更容易地接触到基于运动表现的体育医学,你也不必苦于从观察运动中来获取信息。我很
痛恨的一点是,基本医疗保险服务对一些人来说是一种绝对的权利,而对另一些人来说则是不
可逾越的障碍,所以我试图为尽可能多的组织,比如F45,FitFam以及Floatasian,Feelgood
Fitness,,Golden Gloves, Absolute MMA等提供免费的FMS评估。上海目前存在的问题不在
数量,而是高质量服务的渠道和意识。

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is that I don’t have to sit at a desk and I absolutely love it. I essentially get compensated to play with toys, lovingly abuse people, and watch them exercise….even though it’s much more involved than just that. Specific to Shanghai, I absolutely love that I get to spend 45-60 minutes with up to 10 people each day and get to share their insights and perspectives on the world at large or just life in China. Each anecdote and perspective is unique based on the person, where they’re from and how long they’ve been here. I’ve definitely benefitted from listening to their stories and have much greater contrast to be appreciative of things as a result. Shanghai is one of the most diverse and eclectic communities in the world, and to appreciate the common human experience through so many background stories is awesome. I also take immense pride in having people who are in pain confiding in me to help them get back to what they want to be and beyond. The other favorite part of my job? Working right next to Co Cheese and Bread Etc.

你工作中最好的部分是什么?

我工作中最好的部分是,我不必死坐在桌子前,我非常喜欢这一点。我能从和玩具玩耍、亲昵
地和人们打骂,观察他们锻炼(即使投身运动会比这样更有参与感)……等等行为之中获得基
本的补给。具体到上海,我非常喜欢每天能花45-60分钟和多达10个人分享交流他们对整个宏
大世界或仅仅对在本国生活的见解和观点。每段轶事和观点都很独特,这取决于这个人从哪儿
来、在这里生活了多久。听到他们的故事,我无疑受益匪浅,并与以结果来定性事物的想法有
了更大的反差。上海是世界上最多元化、最不拘一格的社区之一,并且通过这么多的背景故事
来欣赏人类的共同体验是非常棒的。我也非常自豪能取得那些痛苦的人的信任,帮助他们回到

、甚至超越他们期望的状态。工作中另一个我最喜欢的部分?工作地点就在 Co Cheese and
Bread Etc.旁边。

How does Floatation help your clients? (Or make it easier for you to work with them?)

Floating, or using sensory deprivation tanks, is flat out an incredible tool for so many reasons. As I said before, I’m constantly up against the physical detriments of our sitting and work-crazed culture, but I’m not always able to tackle all the psychosocial stress and the physical tension that can arise from it. That’s especially true for neck and low back pain, or nervous system tension. There are many situations in which somebody is just globally tense, like everywhere, and before I can get to the underlying causes I need to find a way to break through that tension. Floating is the most potent unloading and regenerating tool that I have, and I haven’t met a person who didn’t massively benefit from getting the nervous system to chill out and having all of the body’s joints open up for a bit. I love it. I first came across floatation in Los Angeles and used it with our NFL athletes, who sometimes weighing in at 145+ kg wouldn’t be the first people you’d think of throwing in the tanks, but regardless of background they all absolutely loved feeling the stress dissipate from their physically abused bodies.

漂浮是如何帮助您的病人的? (或者如何让你更容易对他们实行治疗?)

出于很多原因,漂浮,或使用感官抽离的漂浮舱,是一个完全令人难以置信的工具。正如我之
前所说的,我时常反对久坐和疯狂工作的文化,因为这会对身体造成损害,但我并不总能够解
决所有的社会心理压力和由此产生的肢体紧张。对于颈部和腰部疼痛或神经系统紧张而言尤其
如此。在许多情况下,有人就是全身几乎每个部位都处于紧张状态,而在我能找到根本原因之
前,还需要找到一种方法来打破这种紧张。漂浮是我拥有的最有效的卸载和重组工具,而且我
还从未遇到过一个人没有从中大大获益的,它让神经系统冷静下来,让身体的所有关节都打开
一点点。我很喜欢这种方式。我第一次是在洛杉矶接触到漂浮,并和我们的NFL运动员一起进
行体验,你绝不会想到要把他们装进漂浮舱,因为他们有时体重会超过145公斤,但是不管背
景如何,他们都非常喜欢压力从他们被物理伤害的身体中消散的感觉。

In what ways does the float tank optimize your wellbeing?

I actually think your educational material does a decent job of describing the many benefits. For me, taking away the external stimuli that we are constantly victim to, whether it be gravity, light, sound, energy from electronic devices, the physical demands of our day and all the other things we aren’t even aware of, is such an important thing to do every once in a while. It’s like getting the best night’s sleep ever after a month of being deprived. So many times all our body needs is just a little break to catch its breath, and it’s amazing what the body is capable of doing to heal itself given the opportunity and the resources. Add to that all the benefits of relaxation, meditation, body awareness and deep breathing….what’s not to love?!

漂浮舱以什么方式改善了你的健康状况?

我其实认为你们的教育材料在描述漂浮的诸多好处方面做得不错。对我来说,每隔一段时间消
除这些外部刺激是如此重要的一件事情,我们时常成为外部刺激的受害者,无论它是重力,光
线,声音,电子设备的能量,日常的身体需求,或是我们甚至还没意识到的其他事情。这就像
在被剥夺一个月的好睡眠之后睡了最好的一觉。很多时候,我们身体所需要的只是稍微休息一
下来喘口气,而身体一旦得到机会和资源,它能够自我修复的能力是惊人的。再加上放松,冥
想,身体意识和深呼吸所带来的所有好处……哪一样不会让你爱上漂浮?

What would you advise people to do to avoid needing your help in the future?

Haha, well my first answer would be to come find me sooner. Don’t be afraid to be proactive and get on top of something as soon as you notice it. You could save yourself a ton of time and resources. You also don’t have to be in pain if you feel like something is off, or just want to know if something is off. It’s really hard for us to see outside of ourselves, and “normal” doesn’t really exist anyway. I aim to be a mirror and help create a sense of conscious incompetence. I want you to appreciate that you suck at something and at least be aware of it, because you’ll never lose that awareness once you have it, and that puts you in control of your own care. The bigger picture answer is that everyone should keep moving as much as possible. The FMS/Functional Movement boys would tell you, “Move well, move often,” but I think just moving more period is critical for you to appreciate what your body is telling you. Once you start moving more, then you can focus on improving your ease and efficiency of movement by restoring mobility, stability and symmetry in your body. Movement quality is super important, just as is making any change in your routine smooth and gradual. Don’t be a perfectionist and become obsessed with all the little details, as even the person who sits in perfect posture all day will break down quicker than someone who changes position. Don’t get caught up in all the different exercises and methods….just do the simple things you know
to be helpful at a higher level, and the benefits will be lasting.

你会建议人们做些什么来避免将来仍需要你的帮助?

哈哈,那么我的第一个答案就是早日来找我。一旦你注意到了什么,不要害怕积极主动,并且
要去解决它。你可以为自己节省大量时间和资源。如果你觉得什么地方出了问题,或只是想知
道是不是有什么地方出了问题,都不必感到痛苦。我们真的很难看到自身之外的东西,而“正
常”并不是真的存在。我的目标是成为一面镜子,帮助人们意识到自己身体的不足。我希望你
至少能意识到,甚至感激自己对于某些事情的不擅长,因为一旦你拥有了这种意识,就不会失
去它,这会使你对自己的健康有掌控权。更有大局观的答案是,每个人都应该尽可能地继续前
进。 FMS /功能性运动的男孩们会告诉你,“好好运动,经常运动。”但是我认为只是增加运动
时间这一点就对你至关重要,它会让你感激身体告诉你的东西。一旦你开始更多地运动,你就
可以专注于通过恢复身体的活动能力,稳定性和对称性进而提高你运动时的舒适性和效率。运
动的质量是非常重要的,就像在你的日常生活中制造平稳和渐进的变化。不要成为一个完美主
义者,纠缠于每个小细节,即使整天以完美坐姿坐着的人也会比那些改变姿势的人更快被击垮
。不要陷入各种不同的练习和方法……只要做一些你认为会在一个更高水平上对你有所裨益的
简单事情,它带来的好处就会很持久。

How can people get in contact with you? / Where do people find you?

You can find me at the Columbia-GRS clinic in the United Plaza building across from the Kerry Center in the Jing’an Temple area. 25 th floor. Our office number is 400 663 7707 and my WeChat ID is “Dblupboarder.” I obviously don’t mind talking about all this stuff because I think it’s cool, so don’t be shy. Otherwise come join us out at FitFam! Haha.

人们如何与你联系? /人们在哪里能找到你?

您可以在静安寺的嘉里中心对面的联合广场大楼25楼的Columbia-GRS诊所找到我。我们的办
公室电话是400 663 7707,我的微信号是“Dblupboarder”。很显然我不介意讨论所有这些东西
,因为我认为这很酷,所以不要害羞。要不然也可以在FitFam加入我们!哈哈。

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