It's time to get caught up on our series The 3 Biggest Mistakes you can Make with Postural Therapy.
You tried a menu out of one of the books on your own without the help of a Certified Posture Alignment Specialist. While trying the menu of exercises you:
As a result simply gave up on postural therapy, blaming the methodology without investigating further (why).
Boy oh boy. This one is a doozie! Here is the big idea. As wonderful as free exercises and self-help books are, there is no substitute for expert coaching! Never.
Postural therapy works. But unfortunatly things get easily lost in translation. Even with the best of intentions (looking at the photo(s), reading and following the directions), things can still go wrong.
I've seen it many times.
Every once in awhile I'll get an email or a new client in my studio from someone who has been struggling on their own working out of Pain Free or the free exercises I have on my site and challenged me as to why it they weren't providing pain relief. My favorite one is "your exercises don't work!"
They are naturally disappointed. I totally understand. Postural Therapy offers hope that your body isn't broken, and if given just half a chance it can heal if we give it the proper attention. So when the "magic" doesn't happen right away, some disillusion sets in.
Here's a few things to remember about Sample Menus:
What I call Posture Distortion (aka Kinesthetic Dysfunction) is a funny thing. When the body is performing correctly and exsists close to it's "blue-print design" we will have a great sense of Kinesthesia (Awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs (proprioceptors) in the muscles and joints) source Google.
I believe that each person doing postural therapy sample exercises on their own goes into their exercises truly setting up and performing the exercise correctly in their minds eye. I see this all the time when I teach.
The problem is that your posture is imbalanced. You have what is referred to as Kinesthetic Dysfunction "the inability to sense your body accurately."
This means that you are operating on sensations that are incorrect. While your mind is telling you that everything is set up correctly, the body is giving different information. In a fantastic article, Your Body Knows by Craig Williamson, he writes:
"When there is kinesthetic dysfunction, you cannot accurately sense whether certain muscles are relaxed or tensed; you cannot correctly sense how much effort your muscles are making. As a result, tensed muscles remain tensed, and sooner or later the tension becomes painful. And as long as your kinesthetic awareness is dysfunctional, you cannot improve the way you carry and use your body.I have observed that kinesthetic dysfunction commonly occurs in people with chronic muscle tension from pain reactions, injuries, poor body alignment or prolonged psychological stress."
So when a disappointed person emails of comes in the first thing I have to look at is how they are setting up the exercises to see if kinesthetic dysfunction is to blame. Most often it actually is. I've seen all sort of wild thing with even the most basic of exercises static back. Yes, people can actually do static back incorrectly, or need a modification for it. I'm not kidding!
This is why Hiring the Services of a Posture Alignment Specialist maximizes your experience.
Not only will we make a menu specific for your postural needs and stages of progression out of pain, but we will teach you how to do your menu. From the set up, the sublties while in the exercise and all they way to what to expect and feel as you go along, well help you trust your body again.
You have to remember that you're starting postural therapy with a body that is out of balance in every plane that it exists in. What feels level in your imbalanced body might not mesh with how the exercise feels for a time.
Having someone to guide you in the direction of your goals and give guidance for success is one of the greatest decisions a person who is looking to do posture alignment therapy to alleviate chronic pain can do for him/herself. Working with a coach helps you to set up for success!
Of course, I'm sure I've only scratched the surface, but in my opinion, these are the three things that I see most often in private practice. If it describes you, know that I'm not wagging my finger at you. I want you to get better and it's my deep hope that this series will encourage you to make a positive change for the better. Because when you balance the body, you relieve the pain.
We're in this together and I am here to help!
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