“If you just lost 30 pounds you wouldn't have any pain.”
Anyone ever heard that one?
If you’re like the majority of clients we see, then you have heard it at some point along the way. As if chronic pain isn’t depressing and aggravating enough, to hear “You’re fat!” adds insult to injury (for some of you, quite literally).
But here’s the deal: Your pain has nothing to do with how overweight you are.
Think about it: If you have knee pain, and your weight is to blame for that pain, then how fat is the other knee that doesn't hurt? Don't they weigh the same?
Or if that herniated disc at L4/L5 herniated because of weight gain, why didn’t being overweight impact L3/L4, or L5/S1? Or, how is it possible that you weigh 175 pounds and have a bad hip, but someone who weighs 200 pounds doesn’t?
Listen friends, it's time we STOP blaming pain on weight. When we take a step back and really analyze what we have been told, blaming weight gain just doesn’t make sense! And, believe me, I have talked to countless clients who lost the weight but not the pain!
But what about those of you who, when you did lose the 30 pounds suggested by your physician, felt better? If you’re in that group, it’s important that we stay focused on what you did to lose the weight. I’m sure many of you changed your diet, which was a crucial step in the process. But, I’m sure many of you also started working out. You started moving more!
It wasn’t the weight loss that eased your pain as much as it was the movement. By moving more, you began to reset your body. Keep in mind that the title of Pete Egoscue's first book is The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion. We need to focus on those last three words: Health Through Motion. When it comes to motion, you move it or lose it. Or, more accurately, in this example, move it and lose it. You placed a positive stimulus on your body (motion), and it responded accordingly (you felt better)! You actually got your hips working again by taking those walks around the neighborhood, and when that happened, there was a positive domino-effect throughout the rest of the body. Your shoulders, knees, ankles, and spine ALL started working better. And, voilá, your function and posture improved. In the end, as your posture improved, your pain decreased (or was eliminated all together). Yes, you lost weight, but the key was that you also got moving and got functional.
It’s also important that we remember those “skinny” folks who are in pain. I came to this Method as a 14 year old with a bulging disc, and I think I weighed 125 pounds soaking wet. My pain had nothing to do with how much I weighed, and neither does yours! My pain had everything to do with the misalignment of my pelvis and the dysfunction in my hips.
So, let’s stop blaming how much you weigh, and start focusing on how your body is functioning (or, more importantly, not functioning). It doesn’t matter if you have 20 pounds, 30 pounds, 100 pounds…or ZERO pounds to lose. We simply have to get your body balanced and moving functionally again!
If you're ready to eliminate your pain, contact us today or get in touch with your local clinic. You will thank yourself for it. You'll regain control of your health and eliminate your pain once and for all.
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