“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.
QUESTION: What have you been led to believe is causing your pain?
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I can't believe 2016 is coming to an end! Doesn't it seem like we were just ringing this year in?
I want to give you, our clients, a HUGE THANK YOU for your continued support of The Egoscue Method. Without you, there would be no Method (and we certainly wouldn't have clinics all over the world).
Personally, I wanted to thank you for reading, and then sharing, these posts with your friends and family. Because you shared our articles, whether sent through email or shared on Facebook or Twitter, hundreds of thousands of folks were reached and introduced to Egoscue.
In case you missed any of our top article this year, I wanted to share them with you today! Below, you'll find the Top-5 articles written this year on The Egoscue Method blog. I hope you enjoy them, and we look forward to interacting with you even more in 2017!
5. Eliminate the Pear Shape
My wife and I were walking along the harbor in San Francisco a few years ago when two ladies ran by. They were jogging, talking, and laughing, and you could tell they were great friends. This run wasn't anything new for them, and it seemed that they both were enjoying themselves. I think anyone would look at them and agree that they were both in shape. However, one of them had pear-shaped hips. I turned toward my wife and said, "That lady on the left runs every day, but no matter how far or fast she runs, she can't lose her hips. She can't get rid of her pear shape. She wakes up, looks in the mirror every morning and sighs, saying, 'Well...I guess I better go run again' but she can't figure out why her body never changes." READ MORE...
4. Don't Be an Optimist: The Stockdale Paradox
Up until recently, I had no idea who Admiral Jim Stockdale was and had never heard of the Stockdale Paradox before. But now that I have heard of Admiral Stockdale and his Paradox, I can’t stop thinking about it. More importantly, I can’t stop thinking about you and how it applies to your current situation. READ MORE...
3. 3 Simple Exercises to Eliminate Knee Pain
About 1 in 4 Americans suffers from knee pain, according to a 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Rather than ignore that wincing discomfort until it’s unbearable, see if you can ease the ouch with these three simple strengthening exercises from Sonima’s pain and anatomy advisor, Pete Egoscue. You may be surprised to find that the pain you feel in your knee is due to weakness and instability in other areas of the body. The exercises demonstrated in this video—sitting knee pillow squeezes, supine foot circles and point flexes, and sitting abductor press—build strength and mobility in the lower body, particularly the ankles, calves, and thighs, to better support the joints’ movements and thereby eliminate knee pain. READ MORE...
2. Becoming Pain Free - A New Web Series
I know that MANY of you are struggling with pain, and you feel there's no end in sight. If you're like many of our clients, the pain is starting to creep in to more and more aspects of your daily life. Not only has the pain impacted you physically, but it's starting to have an impact on you mentally and emotionally as well. Believe me, I know from first-hand experience how debilitating chronic pain can be. My struggle with back pain in the mid-90s wasn't just a physical battle for me. My pain was always at the forefront of my mind. It was all I could think about, and it all-but-consumed me mentally and emotionally. The question of Will I EVER be the same? was asked far too often. READ MORE...
1. Bunions: The Window to Your Hips
Ok, friends, let's talk about everyone's favorite topic: Feet.
I'm sure many of you think feet are totally disgusting. They smell bad (at least if you have three boys in your house like I do!), they look bad, and often times, they feel bad. Ever heard someone say, "my dogs are barkin'!" when referring to their foot pain? There's a reason why they make that analogy. I believe it's because barking dogs are loud, annoying, and the only thing you can concentrate on when it's happening.
Foot pain is no different.
Today I want to talk about a specific foot symptom--bunions. Those of you who have bunions know the pain I'm talking about. It's "loud." It's "annoying." And, it's "the only thing you can concentrate on." READ MORE...
Again, THANK YOU for supporting The Egoscue Method and this blog. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for all of us!
QUESTION: What was YOUR favorite blog post of 2016?
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My wife and I were walking along the harbor in San Francisco a few years ago when two ladies ran by. They were jogging, talking, and laughing, and you could tell they were great friends. This run wasn't anything new for them, and it seemed that they both were enjoying themselves. I think anyone would look at them and agree that they were both in shape. However, one of them had pear-shaped hips. I turned toward my wife and said, "That lady on the left runs every day, but no matter how far or fast she runs, she can't lose her hips. She can't get rid of her pear shape. She wakes up, looks in the mirror every morning and sighs, saying, 'Well...I guess I better go run again' but she can't figure out why her body never changes."
I know that she probably isn't 100% pleased with the way she looks. Sadly, that's what most likely gets her out of bed in the morning. As much as she'd like to tell herself that she enjoys running and enjoys time with her girlfriend, that's just not true. Deep down, she doesn't like what she sees staring back at her in the mirror.
So, why doesn't her body change? Simple...her pelvis is completely out of position. Take a look at this picture, and you'll see what I mean:
Notice how the waistline on her shorts is lower in the back than it is in the front? As her pelvis starts to tilt more and more posterior, she begins to develop her pear-shaped hips. Her body is working inefficiently and thinks that it needs to save energy (a.k.a. fat cells) for a rainy day. The fat cells are stored in the spot with the least amount of (efficient) movement. In addition, the lymphatic system running through the hip isn't functioning properly to clear out the lymph. The lymph begins to pool, it combines with the fat cells, and...voila...she ends up looking like this:
AND SHE LOOKS LIKE THIS DESPITE THE FACT THAT SHE IS RUNNING DAILY! So, what's the answer? How can we get your pelvis aligned so that you start to move efficiently, lose fat cells and say goodbye to your pear? We have to stay focused on your posture! Your pear-shaped hips are simply to body's way of telling you that you're out of balance, and our job at Egoscue is to return you to a balanced position. Only then will you be free of pain, start to lose weight, have more energy, and run more efficiently again.
Ready to eliminate your pear shape? Great! Take the following exercises, in order, to begin changing your pelvic position
1. Modified Floor Block
Sets 1 | Reps 1 | Duration 0:06:00
- Lie on your stomach with your forehead on the floor
- Your feet should be pigeon-toed and your buttocks relaxed
2. Modified Floor Block--Prone Ankle Squeezes:
Sets 3 | Reps 20
- Lie on your stomach in the Modified Floor Block position
- Your feet should be pigeon-toed and your buttocks relaxed
- Elevate your bent arms 4 to 9 inches by placing your forearms and elbows on blocks
3. 3-Position Toe Raises:
Sets 3 | Reps 10
- Stand with your body aligned straight up and down, with your hips directly over your heels
- Hold onto a wall or doorway loosely to keep your balance
Make sure you do these e-cises before you run or workout. Then tune in to what your body is doing and how it is functioning during the activity.
QUESTION: What changed with your run or workout after doing these e-cises?
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I was in London last week and made some observations that I think you'll find interesting. Check out this video!
What are your thoughts? Do you struggle to lose your saddlebags? If so, get your body moving in ways it normally doesn't. Remember, if you need to modify those exercises, then do so! For example, you can bear crawl on the ground instead of down the stairs, and for the side-to-side vaults, you can keep your hands on the ground rather than on the bench. If you struggle in the beginning, THAT'S OK! Keep working hard, and you will reach your goals!
QUESTION: What has been your biggest weight loss challenge?
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