Another fast point to make.
You know when you stub your toe on the metal bed frame or coffee table leg. That is PAIN. All CAPS: PAIN!!! Yyyooow!
If you have a pinched nerve in your spine, that can produce strong, life arresting PAIN!!!
As you work with your Posture Alignment Therapist the PAIN is starting to become a bit intermittent then even more intermittent (a good sign your body is becoming more balanced, dormant muscles are starting to work again, joint and bone positions are improving slowly). Your therapist may be explaining your right buttock muscle is atrophied and has been out to lunch doing nothing to move your leg at the hip. This is often due to the poor rounded upper back position which DEFINiTELY limits by 50% or more full hip function.
Getting atrophied muscles to contract and function again can in and of itself produce discomfort which some people lump in with really horrible PAIN.
"Pain" without capital letters may no doubt be a strong sensation but it's not the same PAIN. It's a different pain. Atrophied muscles can take some time to improve.
If it's Pain and the person associates it with PAIN, then they can easily become afraid that they are doing something BAD and should stop. The therapist isn't a mind reader but in many cases being very experienced with many types of clients and problems know that stopping from fear of Pain (not PAIN) is counterproductive and will limit sometimes dramatically the therapy process and progress.
The therapist will encourage continuing since the tug of war between a dysfunctional muscle or joint and the healthy function the exercise is asking for will result in more healthy function, less PAIN and less Pain.
This will be a quick blog post.
You have your menus. You are working with a therapist doing sessions or you did work with a therapist and are using those Menus.
You overdo some activity and ooooops! You tweak your back or sciatica flares up.
THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO SKIP YOUR MENU.
This is the time to DO YOUR MENU.
When you "tweak" some body part, you (yes, you did it, there is nothing wrong with playing golf or doing yard work) temporarily moved a bone or joint out of POSITION.
Your Menu is designed to put you BACK INTO POSITION. So why avoid your menu! Do your menu! Call your therapist, ask which menu to do. If you own a tower and that is part of your therapy homework, then get in the tower.
Don't NOT do your menu.
Your menu is HEALTH. Your menu is healthy MUSCLE and JOINT FUNCTION. You have gotten into an UNHEALTHY dysfunctional position temporarily and the menu will help your body return to health and correct function and position.
Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.