Should I Feel "Old" Pain Doing My Corrective Exercises?

Q:  Should I feel "Old" symptomatic pain while doing my corrective exercises? 

A:  No. Absolutely Not!  

You should not feel or experience what we like to describe as "Old" Symptomatic or Familiar Pain sensation that originally brought you into work with us when doing your corrective exercises.  

However, keep in mind that people define pain differently, and putting the pieces of the solution together does take time, patience, and good communication with your Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Some people may feel a very strong stretch and/or new muscular activation and may refer to that as pain because he/she is unfamiliar with the stimulus to an underutilized area.  If you are aware of new and unfamiliar muscular response that is different that old pain sensations, everything is okay.  Your body is now responding to the correct stimulus and demand of the corrective exercises.

If you are unsure, it is very important to contact your CES right away.  We are here to help you trust your body again.  At Pain Free Posture we are committed to empowering and educating you to know and understand the  difference between old pain symptoms and new body sensations.  They are different!  

We will help you interpret what is actually going on in your body.  

Often people with a history of chronic pain will call muscular fatigue and neuromuscular sensations pain when in reality it is just that the discomfort that is new and unfamiliar.  Posture Alignment Therapy does not hurt or cause pain.  It is not the same as being injured, or the old pain sensation. If you are unsure whether a certain type of discomfort is normal, please make notes of the type, intensity, location, and duration and contact me.  Remember, we are here to help you restore function.  Our first and primary goal is to reduce your pain.  Always.

Now, on the other hand, if you do experience "old symptomatic or familiar pain" when doing a corrective exercise, it is super important that you do the following:

  1. Stop the exercise
  2. Re-align and Re-connect by your postural positioning (postural set up) of the exercise
  3. Re-read/review the written/coaching instructions given (see if you missed something)
  4. Do your best to find a calm state of mind.  And take some cleansing breaths
  5. Try the exercise again (one or two repetitions at most to assess)
  6. If you still sense that something is wrong, simply move onto the next exercise and continue your menu
  7. Contact your Certified Posture Alignment Specialist right away.  We can't help you if you don't communicate with us.  Remember, the human body is unique.  Sometimes things go great when you have coaching and instruction, and then when you get home it can somehow fall apart.  We understand.
  8. Make an appointment to review your menu so that we can help trouble-shoot the situation, make a modification if necessary or simply eliminate or swap the exercise out.

Remember.  We're in this together, and I am here to help!