If there’s one thing my training has taught me it’s this: the root of the thing is rarely the thing itself. The pain you feel in your neck—or left knee, or lower back—is really a systemic problem. Pain shows up in one place right now, but the problem probably started somewhere else, and eventually affected the integrity of the entire skeleton.
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS THAT YOUR PAIN MAY BE ATTRIBUTED TO ALIGNMENT ISSUES?
- You seem frustratingly prone to injuries, sometimes out of the blue. It may feel like you are constantly chasing your aches, pains and injuries—no sooner do you get that knee feeling better than your hip gets wonky or your shoulder starts aching again.
Obvious structural off-kilter-ness. Kyphosis (your osteopath’s fancy word for dowager’s hump). Flat feet. Torn ACLs and meniscuses in the knee or pain in the knee in general. Sore hips and the talk from your doctor of hip replacement. Or the classic desk-jockey pose, shoulders up around your ears.
You can’t sit up straight without effort. You avoid backless chairs and bar stools. You catch yourself slumping—over and over again.
Which brings us to the efficient beauty of this particular alignment work: you won’t be just eliminating pain; you’ll be developing your own inner arm chair.
Even better, doing this work brings side benefits so great, they’re almost more enticing than being plain old pain-free:
You will be able to sit, stand, or walk—eventually, for loooong periods—without pain and fatigue quickly setting in. No need to beat yourself up about losing weight either, because this isn’t about how much you weigh, but how you bear your weight!
You won’t need to slot in time to get to a gym to get “fit”—you already will be.
You’ll gain what seems like an innate coordination. Your favorite activities will become even more enjoyable, and you’ll be able to pick up new ones with surprising ease.
You will feel less tense more of the time. Eventually, you’ll be able to relax yourself at will, but right from the start, you will find relief.
You’ll be hot. No, seriously—no matter what size you or your clothes are, they will hang sexier on you, in a dancer kind of way.
Copyright © 2013 Karen Engler