This is a beautiful way of combining natural movement with a mind body technique to make movements that have always been painful – become pain free.
For this lady – every time she turned to the left past a few degrees – her neck hurt. She described it as encountering ‘a wall of pain.’ In the video below we’ll explore an exercise we used to give her pain free rotation of her neck – for the first time in many years.
Do you have similar movements that always hurt? Can you see a way to use this same technique to create a pain free movement for this area? (And then make it habitual.)
Because when people have been in pain for any length of time – it’s natural to start to adapt their movements to avoid pain.
For instance – if getting up out of a chair usually hurts, then every time you get up out of a chair you tense up, brace yourself and do through this movement slowly and cautiously – bracing for the inevitable pain.
However – there’s a danger that this unnatural way of moving can become part of the problem.
When you move in an unnatural way, you’re tensing muscles that don’t need to be tensed and straining other muscles so they can’t function as they were meant to.
Many times I’ve had to coach people through movements like standing up, sitting down, rolling over (to get out of bed) and walking.
These movements have caused them pain for a long time so they’ve developed some extraordinary ways to do them. And now this unnatural way of moving has become an invisible – but painful – habit.
I’ve found – almost without exception – that when they revisit their original natural way of moving, they’re able to rediscover pain free movement that they’d forgotten existed.
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