Back pain? Stretch your hip flexors!
Shoulder pain? Smash this ball into your lats!
Knee pain? Couch stretch!
How come so many of us are willing to dissect our diets and spend so much time analyzing our workouts and gains but so unwilling to put in the work to handle our pain and poor movement?
I think that it’s partly due to a lack of knowledge and partly because the truth just isn’t that sexy.
I know more than a few people who think that the answer is some closely guarded trade secret held under lock and key by physical therapists, doctors and chiropractors.
FALSE! They just took the time to learn the ins and outs.
And you can too without even having to go to grad school.
The fact is that the vast majority of us healthcare folks would prefer that you knew more about the basics so that we could focus on more interesting things!
While fixing back pain by improving hip range of motion and core stability keeps the lights on at many clinics, the truth is that it’s not nearly as engaging when you’ve done the same thing hundreds or thousands of times.
But I digress.
The fact is that a LOT of our aches and pains are related to movement. Namely poor movement, and too much of it. Our intentions are good. We know our back hurts so we stretch out our back and hips. But how do we even know that’s what we need?
Listen when I say this.
Stop using a machete when you need a scalpel!
Be more efficient with your approach.
Take the time to better understand exactly what you need to focus your attention on instead of just hitting the laundry list of potential issues.
For example- knee pain. Many of us suffer from non-descript anterior knee pain. In other words the front of the knee aches but an exact location is difficult to define. So what do people do?
Most people stretch the quads and maybe the hips, which is a good start, but how do they know that is what will get them the most benefit?
There could be a bunch of different things contributing to their achy knees, including:
- Poor ankle range of motion
- Poor hip movement in nearly any direction
- Inhibited (read weak) hip abductors
- Overactive hip adductors (groin)
- Tight IT bands
- Poor core control
Sure, you could work on everything on this list hoping to stumble upon the real cause of your issue, but how much time would you waste along the way?
Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a short list of things that will get you help you fix the ACTUAL problem?
I know that this seems like a lot to digest, and for good reason.
The body, pain, and movement can be confusing and intimidating!
I’m here to help.
I am making it my purpose to give you the resources you need so you can start ASSESSING YOURSELF and addressing these common issues