You Haven't "Tried Everything"
You still have pain. You are no better. You are tired of it and decide it must be old age or genetics or the cards you've been dealt. You say, there is no use, you are destined to have pain forever. You have done it all and tried it all.
Not so fast. Not all therapies are created equal and it is very obvious you have not yet heard of or worked with a therapist certified by Egoscue University offering a very effective Posture Alignment Therapy.
2016: THE YEAR YOU FINALLY "TRY EVERYTHING"
by Tim George, Owner, San Diego South Egoscue Clinic
If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times. In fact, it's uttered on a daily basis in our clinics. We hear it from the most desperate of clients. The ones who have checked the numerous boxes on their list of things tried:
In a nutshell, we hear from our client: "I've tried everything."
If I can be honest with you for a second, no...you haven't. You haven't tried everything. Don't get me wrong, you have tried a LOT of things, but you haven't tried it all. You've done multiple therapy modalities. Some of you have had multiple surgeries. You've bought multiple high-end chairs. You purchased a standing desk. You've cut out various forms of exercise believed to be causing your pain.
Yet, you haven't tried something as "simple" as returning the body back to its original design.
You see, pain is a signal. And signals are meant to be interpreted. For example, if you have pain in your knee, it's the body's way of alerting you that you're off, out of balance, not moving as you're intended to move. More often than not, the hip sitting directly above that painful knee is where the cause of the knee pain is originating from. In short, your body has lost its design, and it's telling you as much. What's amazing is that your body is still keeping you vertical, moving around, allowing you to get in and out of a chair, etc. Instead of thinking your body is broken, you should actually be applauding your body. We should be celebrating that it's still getting you from Point A to Point B, albeit a bit more painful than it once was. Instead, we jump to a "10" on the freak-out scale.
In reality, your body is simply compensating, adapting to its environment, surroundings, and various hobbies that you enjoy. That's the cool thing about the body. However, when you target the symptoms, you ignore the genesis of the issue. Your body has moved away from its design blueprint, one that all of us-male and female alike-share. Return your body back to proper alignment, and you'll eliminate your pain for good. It's simple, but it takes work. You have to remember that you didn't get into your position overnight, and you won't get out of your position overnight.
I get excited when I talk to new clients about Egoscue, to paint a picture for them that involves them actually living life again. Yes, that can be you. You can get your life back. You're designed to run, jump, climb, and crawl, and to do those things pain free. The fact that you're reading this and even thinking about going to an Egoscue clinic tells me that you haven't tried everything.
Make 2016 the year you give Egoscue a try. I guarantee it'll be worth it.
Call today to set up a consultation so we can show you your misalignments. A lot of therapists, instructors, even doctors think they are posture experts but no one knows posture better than therapists certified by the Egoscue University. No one. Clients constantly exclaim, "my doctor/physical therapist never noticed that problem!" Come on in and we'll show you what we mean. 772-559-1532
iHunch, Text Neck, iPosture
Interesting article in the NYTimes entitled Your iPhone is Ruining your Posture and Your Mood.
It makes some good points about how posture affects mood. And makes just a few great points about how cell phones cause us to hunch or stick our heads forward or just get in contorted poor positions.
Amy Cuddy author of the piece and professor at Harvard Business School ends with:
"...... we rely on our mobile devices far too much to give them up, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Fortunately, there are ways to fight the iHunch.
Keep your head up and shoulders back when looking at your phone, even if that means holding it at eye level. You can also try stretching and massaging the two muscle groups that are involved in the iHunch — those between the shoulder blades and the ones along the sides of the neck. This helps reduce scarring and restores elasticity."
In our blog article, Exercise, Posture Myths, thinking you can make your body stand up straight or can make your rounded shoulders unround or make your forward head actually come back over your spine is a colossal waste of time and energy.
Myth #1: Thinking about your posture is enough.
Truth: Postural alignment is unconscious and based on our muscle memory. Thinking about your posture is not enough to correct your imbalances and even if you could, what happens to your posture when you get distracted?
Everyone thinks they are posture experts these days including Business School Profs. It is great to see the important subject of posture in the media. However, thinking your way to correct posture, telling yourself even reminding yourself with your Apple Watch or cell phone alarm to "stand up straight" "keep your head up" will result in more of the same posture.
Muscles have memory. Keep on habitually positioning your head, spine, pelvis, legs etc in the same position over and over, you are training your muscles to hold your bones that way. No one else is responsible but you.
Luckily the human body is a brilliant piece of adaptable genius in motion. Muscles can move bones out of their ideal and healthy position and they can be trained to move bones BACK into their correct position strategically with the right methodology with Posture Alignment Therapy by an Egoscue University certified therapist.
This type of retraining can not happen with gym machines, classes, in a Physical Therapy clinic and certainly not with surgery and DEFINITELY not with stretching, massaging and telling yourself to "keep your head up."
A forward head position and rounded shoulders are the byproduct of poor spinal positions, kyphotic upper back, flat lower bock, lost spinal curves to name a few. Since the spine sits on top of the pelvic bowl, if the pelvis is tilted backward then all the efforts in the world to keep your head up will produce no change in head position, at all.
Posture Alignment Therapy is highly effective and will get the body back into correct position.
Call us 772-559-1532 today for a consultation and to discuss your pain and posture, because the positions you have gotten your body in is what is causing the pain.
Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.