In episode 20 of the Princeton Spine and Joint Center podcast, Dr Zinovy Meyler, the co-director of the interventional spine program at the Princeton Spine and Joint Center explored ‘Movement Culture’ with Dave DiSanto, founder of the Yoga and Movement Training Center. Dave is yoga instructor, a movement teacher, an Ironman and a triple crown hiker. * Make sure to see Dave’s demonstration videos following our podcast interview. *

What is this ‘Movement Culture’? It is a difficult concept to grasp because it is something very specific as well as all encompassing. Movement permeates what we do.

Musculoskeletal care pain is all encompassing and there are ways that we can prevent this pain. And part of it comes from our ability to adapt, our ability to strengthen, and our ability to move in daily life which are some of the things that we naturally lose on a daily basis.

In this discussion Zinovy and Dave explore a number of different aspects of the movement culture and the attributes that it brings neuroplasticity. In other words, how do we learn and and how does our nervous system adapt, how movement can stave off some neurodegenerative disease, prevent some spinal injuries and joint injuries, and how it can help us engage in life.

This is a wide ranging conversation and it should interest everyone because we all move and we all should be able to move better. So we hope you enjoy this episode about the ‘Movement Culture’.

Dave DiSanto

has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, teaching for 5 and simply obsessed with movement since 2015.

“As long as I can remember I’ve always been motivated to see what the human mind and body is capable of. The idea of having limitations was always an unsettling one. I wanted to be the one dictating to my body what I could accomplish rather than my body putting limits on my life’s experience. In 2008 I accomplished my first Ironman Triathlon and something changed, a shift in consciousness that said from now on nothings impossible. During the next few years I would go on to complete the Triple Crown of hiking, having completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trails as well as the Grand Enchantment Trail, nearly 10,000 miles of hiking…and counting.

As a personal trainer I’ve had the opportunity to work with individuals with various disabilities, the elderly and as of recent many talented young athletes. My approach varies but can be easily summed up with one word, “MOVE”.

2015 marked my first experience studying the “Ido Portal Method”. Since then I would say I’ve become obsessed with the new perspectives and freedoms it has presented me. I’ve travelled to Thailand twice for a yearly Movement Camp which hosts the worlds best movers from around the world to gather together and learn from some of the best teachers across the world as well, all sharing one common thread, a love for exploring human movement.

My goal now is to create a culture of hard working, focused individuals and share the knowledge, passion and experience with others that has allowed me to experience so much in life.”

Dr. Zinovy Meyler is a board certified, fellowship trained physician specializing in the non-operative care of spine, joint, muscle and nerve pain. After graduating from New York University and receiving his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Meyler performed his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, where he was honored to serve as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Meyler received additional training in ultrasound guidance at the Mayo Clinic and completed his fellowship training in interventional spine and joint medicine at the prestigious Beth Israel Spine Institute in Manhattan. Dr. Meyler is the author of multiple medical chapters and peer-reviewed papers. He serves as a reviewer for medical journals and lectures widely. Dr. Meyler’s expert medical opinion has been sought in newspapers and on radio shows, as well as on this podcast.

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