Here we are a day past Groundhog Day, and I find myself thinking about how connected life and events become.
On of my favorite actors of all time is actor/comedian Bill Murray. Not only is Murray one of my favorite actors, but I also have an extra appreciation for him because he maintains a regular posture alignment therapy menu practice.
Murray is a well known fan of The Method of Posture Alignment Therapy. He's spoken about it in the media and brings it with him out onto the golf course. I know Murray is dedicated to keeping his body pain free, fully functional and optimized for sports performance because he personally works with a colleague of mine, Oscar Gonzales.
Personally I think that the chronic pain cycle is a lot like the movie Groundhog Day.
In the film Groundhog Day, Bill Murry plays the role of Phil Connors. Connors is an egotistical TV weatherman who grudginly travels to Punxsutawney, PA, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities with Punxsutawney Phil.
After giving his weather report, he tries in vain to return to Pittsburgh. A blizzard shuts down the roads forcing Phil and his team to return to Punxsutawney and stay in town overnight. (source Wikipedia)
Phil wakes up to find that he is RELIVING February 2 all over again. The day plays out exactly as it did before, but no one else is aware of the time loop. Connors gets "stuck" having to report and repeat Groundhog Day over and over AGAIN and he's far from happy about it!
For him, Groundhog Day was already booooring and a much-hated assignment ... and now he he now finds himself having to relive it, over and over, possibly for the rest of his life. If you haven't seen it he actually wakes up each morning at 6am, to repeat the EXACT SAME DAY - and hears the radio announcers say 'It's cooooold outside'! What a nightmare!
So what does the movie Groundhog Day have to do with the Chronic Pain Cycle?
When it comes to chronic and unresolved musculoskeletal pain, interestingly enough the movie is exactly what some folks experience and do day in and day out.
How many times have you ridden the chronic pain merry-go-round, repeating the same traditional pain managment techniques over and over again with without a successful long term resolution? Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.
Groundhog Day Chronic Pain Managament Moment!
Kind of funny when you think about it. If something isn't working, why keep repeating it over and over? How come we have got to a place where we no longer are able to LISTEN and TRUST our own internal Body Wisdom?
This is the fundamental difference between posture alignment therapy and other traditional approaches to pain management.
When you do postural therapy you learn that we don't manage pain.
We IDENTIFY, ADDRESS and CORRECT the ROOT CAUSE of your pain.
We look at your posture (position) as it currently presents itself in comparison to your "blue-print" design and function.
Egoscue University Certified Posture Alignment Specialists are trained to LISTEN to you. Then through the application of a very simple, yet proufound corrective exercise program, we effectively STOP Groundhog Day Chronic Pain managment from repetating itself over and over again.
5 Steps to STOP Groundhog Day Chronic Pain Management
- Pain is a Signal! We are here to listen to you! Make sure you really ARE practicing accurately. There's no substitute for working one-on-one with a Certified Corrective Exercise or Egoscue University Certified Posture Alignment Specialist
- Become Mindful of setting up and performing your menu. Do you need help with your exercises? Things can get lost in translation and if you are not getting the expected results by trying it on your own, hire a coach who can help you set up or modify your exercises to meet your unique needs.
- Be Observant of yourself (you can't fix what you can't feel or see). If you don't know where to start, get your posture and movement mechanics assessed.
- Allow Yourself to Tune-in to the SENSATIONS in your body. Where IS the "active stretch"? What muscles are you engaging that you don't need to be using right now (making fists, fidgeting, wiggeling your feet - check into places you don't normally place your attention)
- Take time to Deliberate about where you place your ATTENTION.
Attention and Mindfulness make a HUGE difference to the level of benefits you gain from postural therapy - and the right attention will stop anyone from inadvertently falling into "Groundhog Day" pain management.
We will instruct, observe and give you the visual, auditory and kinesthetic feedback you need to maximize your corrective exercise menu. There's nothing like the security of knowing you are rebuilding your postural foundation and decreasing your risk of further injury by engaging in your menu accurately.
Just like Bill Murray, you'll learn to "finesse" your postural therapy menu with "rich interactions" and "real empathy" (with your mind, body and spirit). Not only do we help you get out of pain, but we help you stop the chonic pain merry-go-round.
By practicing postural therapy you can achieve a pain free life and living and get back out to doing what you like to do! Pilates, Zumba, Patch Fitness, Crossfit, Running, Golfing, you name it, you can do it.
And like Phil Connors, you'll discover a whole new world and never suffer another "Groundhog Day" pain episode again!