Becoming Sensitive

Sorry I missed the last post. I was dealing with a family medical emergency (which turned out well) that prevented this. Also, that post was going to be a video of exercises you can use through your work day. After many tries I’m still not happy with the quality of the video so I’m postponing it for a few weeks. Don’t worry, it will be here soon.

Today I want to emphasize to you about the real time dynamics of posture and its relation to pain. One of the things we do when we have pain is confuse the location of the pain with the source of the pain. We think that if we have pain in our knee that we need to do something to make the muscles around the knee stronger and the pain will go away. This is not true.

An example will make this clear. About a month ago I had a long afternoon sitting at my computer writing a talk. I was quite focused on the task and had a goal to finish by 5 pm. I spent from 11:30 am to around 5:15 pm sitting in the chair with much fewer exercise breaks than I usually take. At 6 pm I noticed my left knee was giving me a lot of pain. It really hurt. Being aware of the issues of posture I did a quick survey of myself posturally. I noticed that my left hip was stiff and rotated slightly. I immediately did a series of exercises to eliminate the rotation. By 11 pm the pain in the knee was gone and my hip was aligned correctly.

The lesson from this example is two fold: 1) a clear example that things aren’t always caused by what we think causes them and 2) posture is dynamic. What I mean by the second point is once you get straight with good posture you live in the real world. Because of this your daily activities modify your posture. You must be sensitive to your feelings in your body and aware of changes that happen. When things change for the worse you must be willing to stop and do activities that get you back to your baseline. Even someone as trained and aware as me have issues. No state is fixed for ever. This is similar to how the head is attached to the body. It is attached dynamically, floating and rolling on top of the spine. If the head is balanced correctly your spine stays straight. Your overall posture is dynamic like this; it changes with conditions and you must monitor it and deal with those changes.

If you need some help with postural issues send me a note off my contact page at www.learnpainfree.com. I wish you life without pain.


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