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12 / How A Chiropractor Can Help You Strength Train More Effectively w/ Richard Ulm

Many people think of chiropractors as simple back-crackers. I know that that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The proper application of chiropractic medicine has many beneficial effects for anyone in training. My guest today, Dr. Richard Ulm is a perfect case in point as he tells us all about his particular approach to this field.


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Dr. Ulm is a chiropractor with a background in strength training. He sees his practice as a way to treat patients and help them optimize performance. He travels all over the world teaching DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) and has developed his training programs around this model.

Dr. Ulm works tirelessly to bridge the gap between DNS and the performance industry. He is truly interested in getting to the bottom of the causes, mechanics, neurology, and anatomy behind the issues he works with. It was truly educational talking with him today and I know you’ll learn a lot too!

In this episode, we discuss Dr. Ulm’s particular approach to working with patients that addresses the whole body, not just the point of pain. We look at how many movement patterns are inborn and neurological. More than anything else this all comes down to early development. We also look at how to find your functional capacity and exercise efficiently within that.

Have you seen a chiropractor as part of your training? Tell us all about it in the comments on the episode page!


In This Episode

  • What DNS is and how it relates to all the aspects of movement
  • The importance of learning and developing movements from infancy and its lifelong effects
  • The difference between moving efficiently and effectively and what that means for your athletic sustainability
  • Which muscles and systems are the most neurologically fragile and how to avoid problems with them



“A lot of time the movement patterns that we’re trying to train are so stubborn or resistant to change or they degrade quickly because of the neurology.” [13:53]

“When we’re born the skeletal system, the muscle system, the nervous system is under-developed and it’s going to take another two, three, five years to actually develop these systems and that process, if it does not go to completion, is going to manifest itself in movement dysfunction.” [17:44]

“When you challenge the nervous system to a certain point, when you exceed a certain threshold, they’re going to resort into a more primitive stabilizing strategy.”  [36:45]



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