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 -
(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).
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
、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
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.
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?!
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.
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
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.
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
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