The chicken or the egg in pain and posture

Matt Whitehead, Egoscue Portland
We all know pain and posture are interrelated, intertwined, and interconnected but what came first, the chicken or the egg?

To find out, let’s have a look around the chicken coop.

We’ve all seen those people who have back spasms and are bent over and often leaned to one side and I think most people assume they look like that because of the pain.

And we’ve seen those people with osteoporosis whose upper back is rounded over in a C-curve and know it’s because of the disease.

And there’s those people who have arthritis in their knees and we think that’s what’s caused the bow-legged posture.

But what if it was the other way around? What if the posture created the pain? Would that change the way you treat your pain?

It has for the thousands of clients we see in our 18 Egoscue clinics nationwide. Clients who were dependent on pain killers and muscle relaxers because of back spasms have been able to get off all medication. Clients who were told they’d be in a wheelchair because of the osteoporosis have gotten back to daily walks, gardening, and dancing again. Clients who were scheduled for a knee replacement have canceled the surgery because they are pain free. And all because they changed the way they were looking at and treating their pain.

So, what’s it to you? The chicken or the egg?