About Catherine Cowey

Catherine brings to her role as a personal trainer a wealth of education and years of athletic experience with training in track and cross country running, gymnastics and rowing, boxing and yoga. She received a B.A. in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She also holds certifications in ACE, FMS I and II, PRI (Myokinematics, Respiration), Neuromuscular therapy, FRCms, and FR. As an athlete she sustained several injuries, which led her on the path to study and understand the body and the mechanisms of healing. "I was fascinated with everything I learned. Throughout college, I worked with USF athletes as an athletic trainer in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Soon I was able to transfer all of this knowledge into helping everyday people with their aches and pains." Her thirst for knowledge is never quenched and she continues to evolve her practice to stay up to date on the latest research and methods to help her clients with present injuries, pain, and best ways to acquire strength to maintain a healthy body. "I believe assessment is still key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are key to people's longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will better succeed to get the most out of their bodies." Learn more about Catherine Cowey.

Should Exercises be Painful when dealing with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain?

What’s This Research About? Musculoskeletal pain (MP) and musculoskeletal disorders are highly prevalent and costly on a global scale, with back pain and neck pain being two of the most pervasive kinds of MP. It’s been estimated that 25% of the population in the United Kingdom alone, develops chronic MP. Previously, most [...]

By |2018-04-02T17:19:12-04:00April 3rd, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Hypermobility: A Commonly Overlooked Cause of Chronic Pain

What’s This Research About? The variability and breadth of symptoms of hypermobility spectrum disorders have confounded research and medical fields. Some of the confusion in the medical field is due to the lack of conclusive genetic testing, inconsistent nomenclature, or lack of awareness about the condition. In clinics this population often ends [...]

By |2018-03-18T23:22:51-04:00March 20th, 2018|Conditions, Pain|0 Comments

What is Dysfunctional Breathing?

What’s This Research About? The authors reviewed research on the treatment of dysfunctional breathing. This is a difficult task because dysfunctional breathing is confounded by a lack of consistent terminology and lack of gold-standard assessment. For instance, one diagnostic tool, the Nijmegen questionnaire (NQ) was “developed and validated only in people with [...]

By |2018-01-23T12:40:59-05:00January 23rd, 2018|Breathing|0 Comments

Can We Train Fascia?

What’s This Research About? Dr. Schleip is interested in the molecular, biomechanical, and neurophysiological traits of fascia. The authors review the foundational makeup of fascia and recommend practical exercises to train strong and resilient tissue. Dr. Schleip believes that training fascia in these ways will make it less prone to injury. TITLE: Training [...]

By |2018-01-05T15:26:23-05:00December 26th, 2017|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Stretching|0 Comments

Review of Buteyko Breathing for Asthma

What’s This Research About? Research shows anywhere from 6-30% of asthma sufferers use breathing methods to alleviate their asthma symptoms in the UK. The authors reviewed six studies in which BBT was used for asthma. They noted that there is a paucity of definitive research on the efficacy of these breathing exercises, [...]

By |2017-11-27T15:34:23-05:00November 28th, 2017|Breathing, Conditions|0 Comments

Effects of Six Months of Yoga on Breast Cancer Survivors

What’s This Research About? It’s been shown that yoga improves quality of life (QOL) and flexibility for cancer survivors, but how does it affect specific fitness markers in breast cancer survivors? This study assessed specific fitness outcomes such as VO2 max, strength, flexibility, BMI, and body fat. They also compared results from the [...]

By |2017-10-10T20:28:27-04:00October 10th, 2017|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Yoga Effects on Lung Function

What’s This Research About? Can yoga improve lung function? The researchers reviewed a group of studies that investigated whether yoga training improves pulmonary functioning in healthy individuals by measuring respiratory muscular strength, ventilatory capacity, forced expiratory volume (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), vital capacity (VC), and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). See definitions below [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:28:35-04:00September 5th, 2017|Breathing, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Therapeutic Yoga for Older Adults

What’s This Research About? This study investigated whether participating in a 12 week, 2 times a week Kripalu yoga class would increase older adults’ postural control, mobility, and gait speed assessed by the mini-BESTest described above, and a separate gait speed measurement. TITLE: The effects of a therapeutic yoga program on postural control, [...]

By |2017-08-08T11:05:02-04:00July 11th, 2017|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Imaging and Back Pain

What’s This Research About? There is a growing trend of medical professionals recognizing that there is a large portion of the population that have anatomically degenerative conditions in their body, but are asymptomatic. So is the presence of degeneration a good warrant for surgical intervention? Should we consider the degeneration “bad”, or [...]

By |2017-08-08T11:03:34-04:00June 20th, 2017|Conditions|0 Comments