Final Surge Podcast Episode 51: Eric Christensen

In Episode 51 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Physical Therapist Eric Christensen who has a new book called Breathe Better. Eric discusses how your breathing affects performance, and how proper breathing can help you stay healthy and prevent injuries.

Welcome to Episode 51 of the Final Surge Podcast. Today we talk to Eric Christensen who is a Physical Therapist in Arizona. Eric has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a degree in Exercise Science. Eric has a new book coming out called Breathe Better. You can get the first two chapters of his book at In this episode, we talk about breathing and how it could be affecting your running. Next week we will be welcoming back Olympian Nick Symmonds to discuss his marathon training. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @FinalSurge and leave a review for us on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Dr. Christensen welcome to the Final Surge Podcast. It is great to have you here today.

You are a Physical Therapist in Chandler Arizona, can you tell our listeners how you got interested in the physical therapy field?

You have written a book coming out called Breathe Better. How did this book come about?

We all breath, so this may not be something most people think about as a problem. How did you identify this as a problem?

If a recreational runner comes to you, what are some things you identify that make you say this person needs to work on their breathing?

If someone has runner’s knee or knee pain, how can breathing be a contributing factor to that?

How would you go about training or retraining your breathing?

Now what about something like side stitches, can changing your breathing help this?

A lot of these issues with breathing that you mentioned are caused by lifestyle. Is this because of the amount of time we spend hunching over our desks and phones?

What can we look for in terms of signs during the day that we are falling into bad habits?

Coaches teach breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Is it fully in through the nose or is it a combination?

If someone comes into a physical therapist and are not getting the results they want, how can they use your book to see if maybe a change in breathing could help them?

What about those that may not have an injury? Is there something in your book that they could find to just help with performance?

How often does someone need to work on this to make the changes in their breathing?

What percentage of people who come in to see you would you say need to work on their breathing?

Who is your book intended for?

Where can someone find your book?

Instagram: @ChandlerPhysicalTherapy
Facebook: Chandler Physical Therapy
Twitter: @Chandler_PT


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