The Wonderful Beginning…
As babies and toddlers, we sit up and stand up beautifully, even though we don’t yet perfected our balance. We have beautiful, effortless posture. We continue like that until we get to school, where the chairs make it almost impossible to sit up easily, and we’re there for hours. Every day. For years.
Fast forward to adulthood. You’re young and healthy, but you’ve been slouching for years, even though you’ve been told that “sitting up” or “standing tall” is the correct way to be. So, you have an idea of how you should sit/stand, and a pretty good idea of what you actually do. You go between those two unhelpful positions through your days, and at some point you start to feel discomfort, even pain.
The Rocky Road
By now you have layers of bad habits that create the conditions for chronic pain.You are unlikely to think about pain and why you have it, but once you have it, you start to look for answers. You learn all about pinched nerves, frozen shoulders, sciatica, spinal decompression, herniated disks. There is so much chronic low back pain out there, it seems almost inevitable that you’ll get it — it’s a sign of aging, right? — you look for ways to at least manage the pain if you can’t eliminate it.
There are so many exercises to get rid of pain. They are tedious, and usually don’t work. In spite of what many people will tell you, your back is strong enough, your core isn’t the problem, you don’t need to get in shape (at least, that’s not why you’re in pain), and you probably don’t need surgery. Massages, yoga, physical therapy can help… for a little while, then the pain comes back. The reason for the pain is still there, and until you address that, the pain will most likely return.
The Way Out
After trying different therapies, strengthening your core, using ergonomic chairs and keyboards, you think you’ll never find a cure.
That’s where I come in.
The truth is, the pain so often comes from within us —holding our shoulder long after the injury is gone, collapsing, sitting or standing “up,” trying hard to get a result when performing or rushing, and everything in between — our bad habits.
If we can change the way we do things — sit, stand, swing a golf ball, sit at a desk or in front of a computer screen — then we can do anything, and do it better and with more ease. We can learn to be more like our toddler self, using less effort, looking better, and feeling far better.