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Dr. Brandon Parker on Moving Better, Setting Goals, & Building Habits that Last | DFIO Ep.275

About Today’s Episode:

In today's episode, I interviewed a good friend of mine, Dr. Brandon Parker. The main reason I wanted to get Brandon on here was to talk about mobility and the mindset and perspective you need to have in order to just move better.

Most people have it in their heads that it's normal to, as we get older, tend to be hurting and to not move as well. That’s not the case at all!

Brandon is amazing with this stuff and puts out some of the best content around it and I wanted to get his perspective around not only this but the mindset and the things you need to be doing in order to move better. So you just walk around with less pain and so you can be happier and live a better life.

At the end of the day, if you're in pain all the time—physically, let alone emotionally and mentally—that's going to dampen your experiences in life. It's going to kill anything you do and you're overall going to not be as happy of a person.

We get into a lot in this episode, including how to fix your relationship with exercise and the mindset you need to have going into moving better and mobility. I hope you guys stick around for the whole thing because I know you’re going to get a lot out of this!


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About Dr. Brandon Parker:

Dr. Brandon started out as a strength and conditioning coach for elite and professional-level athletes, but eventually grew tired of the early hours and working with people who didn’t really want to be at their training sessions.

He decided to pursue further education so he could not only set his own hours, but also focus on working with individuals who truly wanted to unlock a better side of life.

Now he focuses on helping people be human again.

Diametric Views On Chiropractors:

Jared finds that public opinion on chiropractors is very split—with some absolutely loving them and others believing that all chiropractors are quacks.

Dr. Brandon says these divisive views are deserved.

Chiropractors can—and have the opportunity to—treat a wide range of pathologies, but some are not in the scope of a chiropractor. When that occurs, the person should be referred elsewhere, but oftentimes ego gets in the way of healthcare and these chiropractors will blame all sorts of things on a mythical pathology.

Dr. Brandon had a very good experience with a chiropractor when he was young, and he only needed to see that doctor 3 times to completely alleviate his issues—not 30 times chasing something made up.

Maintenance Chiropractic Work:

Dr. Brandon believes that seeing a chiropractor for maintenance can be viable, but it depends on what you are getting out of it and if it is helping you progress in some way.

If you are going simply to get adjusted for the sake of being adjusted, it’s probably not really beneficial. If you are seeing a chiropractor, talking shop, changing programming, or getting a deeper dive on certain areas, then “maintenance visits” can absolutely be worthwhile.

Layman’s Terms in Chiropractic:

Dr. Brandon believes that using terms like your back being “out of alignment”—which is not really a thing—often happens because doctors are simply speaking to patients in a way they can understand. However, they are often inadvertently teaching the patient incorrectly.

It’s very important to use language that the patient will be able to digest, however, some doctors are not always considering the impact of using very simplistic terms.

For example, a patient may think that if their back is “out of place,” then they get adjusted and now their back is “in place,” and they should avoid certain exercises because they now mistakenly believe that the exercise is to blame for their back being “out of place” to begin with.

When that happens, there can be a snowball effect where that person avoids or has fear around doing things over a long period of time. This can cause strength to be lost and can really mess with a person’s psyche.

Another reason for the use of overly simplistic terminology is simply that the doctors need to see a lot of people—and using simplified language helps get patients in and out the door quickly.

Jared finds that, as a coach, it’s best to give a sort of Cliff’s Notes version, so if a client says,

“Hey, I want to tone my back.”

He says, “Okay, well, toned is actually a way to describe something. It's not a verb. We're not toning anything. We can do these things. It's going to make a toned look.”

This opens the door for a great conversation with the client.

Dr. Brandon agrees that professionals need to take that extra step when speaking with patients.

Missing Pieces in Chiropractic:

When Jared sees his chiropractor, he gets deep tissue work, adjustments, and a plan of rehab exercises, but not everyone has this experience with their chiropractor.

Dr. Brandon believes that a large part of the reason behind the missing pieces—like the additional therapies Jared gets at his chiropractor—is mostly because it’s not incentivized by insurance companies.

There are also, unfortunately, some people who get into healthcare not because they truly want to help people, but because there can be a lot of money for those that maximize their output.

Finding the Right Chiropractor:

Dr. Brandon says, “You need to find somebody that is maximizing their knowledge to a point where they can break it down to something you can understand.”

He says you need to look for effective communication.

The doctor should be able to explain to you what they are doing, any alternatives to their treatment plan, and you should be heard as well.

He says, “If the doctor cuts you off within the first 5 minutes of you sitting down and asking you what your problem is, or you feel like you haven't been able to express what's going on, express how you feel, and get validated by the doctor, perhaps you could find somebody else.”

If you feel like you're being pushed into care, get out of there.

Why Mobility Matters:

Dr. Brandon endeavors to get people strong throughout the entire range of motion that they have access to and build their confidence.

Though chronic pain is more psychogenic—and pain, in general, can be extremely complex—Dr. Brandon believes that if he can help a person by giving them simple solutions so they can help themselves, it may improve other facets of their life too, like nutrition, motivation, and habit building.

Dr. Brandon believes that a supportive community is also vital to a person sustaining long-term positive change in their lives.

Your environment can either set you up for failure or success—not only is it the people you choose to surround yourself with, but it can even come down to the food choices you make in your home.

Where to Start:

Dr. Brandon starts by saying that, “Mobility is exercising through a full range of motion.” He says that starting with writing down what you do throughout the day is a big eye-opener.

You may find you are spending a lot more time doing something like scrolling through social media than you thought—and if you cut that time in half, you could get in some activity.

Whether it’s nutrition, general habit building, or exercise, it all comes down to taking away as much friction as possible from that activity.

He goes on to say that there is nothing stopping you from getting down on the floor and working on your body while you watch Netflix.

Fixing Your Relationship with Exercise:

Dr. Brandon believes that social media plays a role in what people perceive exercise to be and not be.

Scrolling through something like Instagram, you are exposed to videos/images of people doing what is often “hardcore” lifting—or something on a more extreme end—and that influences our beliefs.

If you want something to stick around you should reward it. Dr. Brandon personally walks while he watches Netflix because, although he is on his feet a lot, he doesn’t really get much cardiovascular work through his job.

Jared started Jiu-jitsu because, after working long hours as a personal trainer and training for a bodybuilding show, he wasn’t really enjoying fitness as a hobby and was in an exercise rut.

Jiu-jitsu was a physical activity that he could enjoy and now he has been doing it for 5 1/2 years.

Both Jared and Dr. Brandon emphasize again the importance of the environment you’re in.

One gym may not be motivating for you, while another gym may be the type of place that you can’t wait to get back to. Jared changed gyms and the change of scenery alone has made a huge difference for him.

Dr. Brandon continues on the idea of where to start by saying that you should start with a goal.

It can be a subjective goal at first, but you should try to develop some objectivity because data can keep you on track.

Data doesn’t care about your feelings—you can see the trendline going up or going down.

He says you need a deep-rooted reason for doing something—and it doesn’t need to make sense to anyone other than yourself. From there, you make changes to your lifestyle and start working towards your goal.

He also says not to focus on timelines or put hard deadlines on your goal because it can lead to stress and anxiety of worrying about not making progress fast enough.

Figure out what you need to do to get to that goal and break everything down until it’s so easy that “it’s a joke if you don’t get it done.”

What Dr. Brandon is Currently Excited About:

Dr. Brandon is working on his Mobility Manual, which is a fully designed program to help you get a joint from level 0 to 5—5 being where you can run, jump, and play again.

Hips and ankles are currently available and he is releasing the shoulder portion soon.

His goal is to make a one-stop shop for general information and implementation around the most common injuries.


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