Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Easy-to-follow, illustrated lessons on how to move with efficiency and comfort.

For anyone who wants to move better and feel better. Or help others do the same.

About The Book

A Guide to Better Movement offers a clear and practical look at emerging science related to the brain’s role in movement and pain. It is for movement professionals, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, and anyone else who wants to move better and feel better. It covers:

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  • The essential qualities of healthy and efficient movements.
  • How the brain “maps” the body; and how the maps change.

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  • Why tissue damage does not equal pain.
  • How thoughts, emotions and self awareness affect pain.
  • Strategies to beat chronic pain.

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  • General principles to help any movement practice.
  • Twenty-five movement lessons to move better and feel better.


From Bret Jones, Advisory Board member for Functional Movement Screen:

I would definitely recommend this book to personal trainers and movement professionals. It includes discussions of fundamental movements, pain science and more; the book makes the information accessible and easy to read.

From Curtis Simondet, MS, ATC, trainer for the Minnesota Twins:

[A]n excellent and insightful read. I have put to use some of the lessons and movement progressions in my clinical practice. Highly recommend it!

From Jamie Hale, cognitive scientist and trainer:

I had a hard time putting it down . . . rates as one of my favorite all time reads on movement.

From Leonard Van Gelder, physical therapist and athletic trainer:

Simply put, this book is the most important book on movement in the last 20 years, possibly in existence up to this point. It will become a required reading for every movement professional to truly understand movement and pain.

From Matt Danziger, personal trainer:

It’s almost infuriating how good this book is . . . It is both refreshing and inspiring to read something of this quality. This is definitely a resource I will be referring back to for quite some time.

From Matt Phillips, running coach & sports therapist:

With a good book I use highlighter pen to note the good bits. Last night I ran out of ink.

From Justin Goodhart, personal trainer:

I’m about 200 pages in, and my mind is blown. I’ve never read such a great synthesis of information from a brilliant movement perspective.

From Roderick Henderson, physical therapist:

This book is a game changer. It should be required reading for all physical therapists.

From Carole Bucher, Feldenkrais practitioner:

[this] book is WONDERFUL! It exceeds expectations in every way, and it is inexpensive!

From Diane Jacobs, physical therapist:

I was inspired to move my kitchen table over, mop the floor, let it dry off, then lie down upon it for a good hour, mess around with movement . . . I stood up, and enjoyed the feeling of being 4 inches taller and twenty pounds lighter with super-slidey nerves and vessels.


Paperback - $19.95

Kindle - $9.99

About the Author Todd Hargrove

Todd-bio picTodd Hargrove is manual therapist and writer based in Seattle Washington. He writes a popular blog at

An athlete all his life, he has always been fascinated by movement and training. He became interested in the science of pain while suffering from chronic pain in his twenties.

After personal success in dealing with his pain through movement and manual therapy, he quit his job as an attorney tobecome a Rolfer and Feldenkrais Practitioner.

To learn more about Todd’s background click here to read the Preface to the book.


Questions? Click here to get in contact.


Mark Sisson

Mark Sisson

Best selling author of The Primal Blueprint and

Todd Hargrove brings a fascinating neuro-centric perspective on movement, pain, and exercise that makes a lot of sense...

Paul Ingraham

Paul Ingraham

Publisher of and assistant editor at

Todd Hargrove writes with a clear, precise, and rational style that’s unusual in this field.

Barrett Dorko

Barrett Dorko

Physical Therapist, author, teacher

Wonderful writing. I’m going to start saving these and pointing future students this way as well.