5 Secrets To Less Pain And More Freedom Of Movement
I was forced (so to speak) to learn about my body from a very early age. You may or may not know yet that 4 years into my karate training, at 12 years old, I suffered from debilitating pain in my knees and ankles.
That pain limited me at all levels including social as I could not walk or stand comfortably and I could not play with my friends. Many doctors recommend I have surgery on both knees because I have severe meniscus damage, grade 3.
My body weakened and since then it has certain limitations and is very sensitive to movement.
However there is always a silver lining. As I became more aware of my body inside and out I began learning, experimenting and noticing how movement affected my body.
And so I read and tested and I invested loads of money and time in coaching to learn as much as I could. However no one knows how limiting knee pain can be unless you’ve been there.
Every movement, every push off, every jump, landing, every step up the stairs, every step in general had to be mindful and controlled. I had to have total awareness and control all the time.
All this lead to me being a better coach and understanding many of the pains my clients go through.
This might sound like something really difficult to do, to be mindful all the time. I tell you it’s not. It’s actually a very beautiful thing to experience, knowing and understanding what your body’s going through.
So if you feel like your body just doesn’t want to move, it’s stiff, it aches and movement is uncomfortable then consider the following:
1. Stretch every day, many times a day.
There’s a membrane called fascia, which connects our body as one unit and which builds up when you don’t move. At the beginning is a fuzz that melts when you move and stretch. But if allowed to build up it may cause tissue stiffness and joints to lock.
This is something I’ll be sharing in my upcoming FREE webinar “Take Your Body From Shut Down To Fully Functional”. I recommend you sign up to learn how to use your body to age gracefully. Sign up here
2. Avoid repetitive movements and patterns.
If you repeat the same movement time and time again your muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments will strengthen in one particular line of motion. When you do something outside those patterns your body is too weak to cope with and may suffer. Variation is key to more freedom of movement and aging gracefully.
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3. Be aware of the words you speak.
When it comes to injuries there is also a psychological component to it. The more you talk about your injuries, your aches and pains, the more focused you are on them the more they will show up.
Train your body, strengthen it focusing on your weaknesses but limit the amount of time you talk about them.
You can create your program and then just focus on the program rather than the injury. You think about your injury only when you create the program. If the program is good then everything should go according to plan.
Do you know how to create a good plan for yourself? If you need any advice book a FREE call with me and I will help you.
4. Treat your body as one whole unit
Do you want a strong and fit body? Then isolating parts of the body when you workout will do just the opposite.
Besides, there is no such thing as isolation. Every bit of your body is connected with another part of your body by the fascia. For example your hamstrings are connected to your cheeks.
So stop isolating and start training your body not your arms, legs and core, but the whole unit.
5. Use your body in balance
We are so dominated by one side of our bodies. Typing, eating, writing, walking, running, jumping we put more strain on one part of the body than the other.
This come with 2 concequences:
1. The side you use the most may wear out
2. The other side may weaken and be fragile
So use your body in balance when you stand, walk, eat, write, type etc.
These are things that most PT’s and Coaches do not teach. It’s normal. These things are not taught in books. They come when you begin to be aware of your body and how it functions. Theory is a must to understand the body but it does have its limits.
And if you want to learn more about how the body functions then come to my FREE webinar.