FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS MAKE UP THE COMMON FEELINGS EXPERIENCED BY PEOPLE SUFFERING WITH NECK OR BACK PAIN.
WHICH ONE DO YOU CURRENTLY IDENTIFY WITH?
- “I Can’t!” Some back pain sufferers don’t want to do the work in order to get better. Giving into the pain is all they care to do anymore.
- “Why won’t the pain stop?” Other back pain sufferers work too hard in order to get better. Fighting the pain therefore perpetuates their pain.
- “That didn’t hurt!” A few back pain sufferers do the work, learning to avoid pain. Finding amazing, moments of life; they live with less pain.
- “I feel better than I ever thought I could.” The past back pain sufferers did the work, learned to slow down, and move without the pain. Living life to their functionally-fullest, maintaining great spinal health with every step they take.
If you or someone you love is dealing with posture-altering pain during every day functions, you should immediately be directed, or direct them towards a facility specifically targeting this type of training. Functional Movement Specialists can help you identify what patterns create your pain, and most importantly, what patterns and postures get rid of your pain. Functional exercise teaches you how to identify your pain patterns, re-train them to be pain-free, and with time spent practicing, the ability to develop the strength and mobility to work within or significantly closer to normal ranges. So yes, functional exercises are safe; however, just as with any new exercise program, you should consult your doctor before getting started.