All of a sudden you back goes out while you were gardening and you are running to the chiropractor. You reached for something in the back seat of your car and pull a muscle. You are at the gym, eagerly pressing weights, and you go that extra yard and, “ouch,” the rotator cuff signals something is wrong, but you ignore it. There are endless stories of how the body seemingly gets hurt out of the blue. But really pain and injury does not come out of the blue-unless you got hit by a car or another situation that you are not in control of. Rather, we are wearing away the body over a period of time, like water on a rock, and then something “goes out” or a disc had degenerated.
How much can the body handle the compression and strain we put on it before it tweaks, and then “goes out” or produces an injury? It depends on the person’s physical conditions, history of injuries, life style, thinking, and movement awareness.
I was a dancer for a considerable amount of years. Athletes and dancers are prone to injuries because of the daily impact on the body in training and practice. I never incurred an injury. This is because I was trained on how to use the body correctly through the Alexander Technique, which was taught at the university I attended. Move forward over three decades and I am still teaching people about the true way the body is supposed to move, and its potential to heal and perform efficiently and powerfully.
You are responsible for your body, and it is necessary to understand what you are doing wrong and how you can change that. Movement reeducation is the most effective way of, not only avoiding pain and injury, but how to get out of the situation you are in currently.
Chronic pain is pain that has not been taken care of or noticed at its original inception. We often get twinges here or there, or that feeling as if your back is about to go out, or feel a bit of strain in an area, and we ignore it. The body is telling us to pay attention when we feel any discomfort. Consider it a red flag immediately and seek to find the cause of the problem so it doesn’t turn into chronic pain, such as spinal disc issues or a need for surgery.
Chronic pain can come from something outside ourselves too, such as a car or bike accident. Then we compensate for the pain by tightening, or favoring a foot or shoulder and that just makes things worse, and becomes an unconscious and harmful habit over time. After an accident it would be advisable to do some gentle movement reeducation to realign the body and to learn how to walk with balance and ease even if you have to favor an area. There is an answer, through movement awareness, in all these situations.