It’s time to find real solutions to your struggles and barriers to you moving well in your life. No more normalizing the pain that limits you and the things you want to do in your life.
Why does someone begin normalizing their pain? Because they didn’t get the results they believed they could achieve. Because the care they sought had many pitfalls to their success…..with a caveat – they participated in their attempts to resolve their pain and were committed to moving better in their lives. Over 30 years of working with people struggling to move well again, I often have the experience of helping people who did not succeed in their previous care for their pain. And over those 30 years, these were the common things true to today that they presented me with:
- Not getting the resolution they want because the pain returns – the result of treating the painful area rather than the patterns and tendencies that are involved (it’s been identified, the rate of success among musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction was less than 60% with physical therapy care, and why most payers for the care have downgraded the tier of value for physical therapy services since 2019…and it keeps getting less valued, which means less valuable care by those dependent on being reimbursed….it’s important you know this) . I see this many times over….the painful region is often the over-worked region, taking over the roles of the compensated and dysfunctions elsewhere. The painful area is often crying for help, it is not the problem. The analogy I give is – you are on a team of 5, and 3 people often don’t show, or worse yet they show up but can’t fully do their role making mistake after mistake…..who is going to be overworked? When you can identify the missing links, your body and mind will work more together, and redistribute the work load for the given tasks of daily life.
- Missing the mark on the trajectory to health and fitness – “this is as good as it’s going to get” and “I’ll have to do these same exercises the rest of my life” are often phrases people repeat when they see me after getting care elsewhere. Many arrive thinking they are stuck with what they got (and research shows this contributes to apathy, dis-empowerment of health and depression). I don’t believe this! There are somethings that are going to be hard to overcome. And again, what is the focus – it’s usually been on the painful or “degenerative” place, instead of the potential hidden in those places that contribute to your health that have gone dormant and lost from your mind. It’s time to find another avenue to your health.
- Totally missing key elements in one’s health, such as breathing patterns. Why exercise if your breathing is not supporting your health. This is a very commonly missed vital variable that can actually attenuate a great deal of compensations and imbalances. Imagine with every breath you take, your spine is pulled in a certain direction – and how many times does that torque occur in your day?…..and night? Or the breath is only taken by the upper chest – shallow and fast – leaving the crux of your movement stability in the lower back region to be significantly compromised (research shows a certain breath pattern that almost 90% of a “fit” population demonstrate contributes to low back pain), and yet it’s not even observed by the clinician.
- Not giving their potential for progress enough time – this is based on a model of “sick-care” that has little vested interest in you becoming a better part of yourself. With a limited number of visits (usually focused on the “wrong” place) that are misdirected by reimbursement concerns rather than what you would benefit from. So after your 4 – 6 visits you are released with what you got. Health care is something totally different in my perspective, and with the right information from screening the movement and breath (the FMS Screen and the BOLT score are well backed clinically and scientifically for over 25 years), the right program can be given, AND the progression comes with your investments – efforts and time, not expensive methods.
- no long term roadmap to want they want to do – just do these exercises to keep your ________ from hurting. Once the pain subsided or didn’t seem to hamper life, the person would return to what they were doing. And some of those things they returned to doing were hampering their continued progress, often promoting a painful pattern, and would falsely believe the exercises they were given would minimize the problem…….you can see the insanity, and yet this is the common scope of what’s offered to someone struggling to move.
You do have choices, despite what has happened in the past. Give me a try! I think you will be surprised how quickly you can get back on your feet well and gaining confidence in doing the things you want to do, and do them well!
Article by Shawn M Flot, MPT – Masters in Physical Therapy (1994). He is an experienced Certified Oxygen Advantage® Instructor, and Functional Movement Systems specialist. Combined with his 35 years of experience in Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapist for health and performance, and a dedicated Hatha Yoga practitioner, is making for a power-house to help many people succeed in re-discovering their own health and healing, being fit and living well for their adventures.