Considering Pain

Why do our backs and joints hurt so much as we get older? Older can be as young as 40 years old.

There are two main causes of back and joint pain.

  1. Weekend warrior syndrome where we sit all day and then try to get in shape on the weekends.  In short we abuse our bodies by too high intensity workouts intermittently.
  2. The second reason is lack of motion in our lives in general.

Our backs and hips sit in a chair all day with the spine in flexion, unchanging. This tends to cause back or joint pain due to the lack of movement in the spine.  The ultimate reason for both of these situations is improper posture.

 Our daily lives don’t incorporate motion in them. 

You claim your shoulder hurts and blame it on the tennis racket. In reality for most of each 24 hour day your shoulder never goes through a full range of motion. So over time it can’t and one day you stretch and oh my, my shoulder hurts! What we understand then is that it is posture that matters.

How the martial arts can help.

In the internal martial arts posture is everything. You must be in balance and able to move fluently.  You can’t be in good balance if your posture is off i.e. if you are dealing with pain.

I will be talking about how to correct your posture and suggesting simple things to help.  Next week I’ll give you a simple exercise that helps with hip rotation and posture and strengthens your thigh muscles. Until then keep straight and move more.


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Pain, Fitness and Health

Pain, Fitness and Health

 

This blog is about dealing with pain.  Pain is something we all have sometime in our life.  It is a message that warns us that things are not right.  Generally we’ve had a message much earlier that something isn’t well in our bodies.  This might be tightness, soreness or a decrease in range of motion of some joint.  We dismiss these warnings or take a pill.  After sometime these subtle warnings become more obvious and end in pain.  Pain we can’t ignore.  For the most part I deal with people in pain.  They have ignored the warning signs for a long time.  This means it will take a corresponding time to become pain free.  This may not be acceptable to you.  Many want the elimination of symptoms immediately.  For them surgery and/or medication are acceptable solutions.  My focus is on health.  My belief is that symptoms are indicators of an issue that is at the foundation of your health.  Elimination of symptoms without addressing the real issue means that other symptoms will show up somewhere else.  A good example of this is a knee replacement.  Your knee hurts with constant pain.  This is an indication of poor posture and incorrect usage but your doctor says a knee replacement will fix everything.  The new knee works well.  You haven’t addressed the true problem so in about 9 months after the knee replacement your ankle or your hip starts hurting.

 

I believe we can learn to deal with these issues without drugs or surgery.  I’ll be talking more about this and the modalities I use in future posts.  A note about this blog: this is a moderated blog.  I will allow comments that are contributions to the discussion of what I am teaching.  Abuse and flames will not be posted.  If you need to consult with me see the Contact page.  Until next time stay pain free.

 

CAM


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