Have you ever had that experience where you just feel like you're plagued by injuries or illness? I know that I've worked with many athletes who seem to constantly be on the bench because of dealing with some pain that is keeping them from their sport. Before they come to see me, they will often take a break and let the pain subside, only to have it return when they return to activities. Other times they've been to physical therapy and have gone through rehabilitation for an injury, only to be released from treatment, return to activity, and have it flare up again.
Or, how about this one…
You injure your ankle and go through rehab. Then suddenly your knee starts hurting, and so you take time off the address that. But then you get plantar fasciitis, and then your hip, and for some reason, your shoulder becomes an issue. Have you been a victim of this travel pain syndrome (as I refer to it)? Because I see it A LOT. Even my husband suffers from it. And it stinks! The minor nuances of pain come and go enough to have a direct impact on how we are able to participate in our preferred activity, and for some of us, lead us to give up altogether.
But here's the thing. Over the past 17 years, I've discovered that there is a fix, but I'll be honest, most people don't have the stamina for it. And it's not because they can't do it, but rather they don't have the patience to stick it out. They would rather play with pain or quit than try my fix. I think you all are different. Because we're women and we have patience and we have that "I'll show you" attitude that many lack. And we're moms. Which means that most of us have gone through some sort of long labor and birth, recovered from that, and are practicing our patience daily as we raise our kids.
So I'm going to share my fix.
Have you ever had to reset your cell phone? Like to the point where you have to basically erase all of your data and re-install the app? If you have, you know that it's kind of a pain in the butt in that it takes time and you have to be patient while everything reloads, but in the end you get back everything you had before AND your phone is working better than it did before the reset. That's basically what we have to do with our bodies when we're dealing with these chronic and traveling injuries. We need to reset our body in order to change the patterns that have led to these injuries! Often these injuries are occurring because our alignment and moving patterns are off. Whether the onset of the injury is from a traumatic incidence - a fall leading to a sprain, a car accident, kicking your kids' toys, etc. - or came on over time, something in how your body is moving isn't right. You may have compensated for an ankle injury by limping, and this change in your gait retrained your hips to work differently when you walk and run. Our bodies adapt and consider this change a new norm, even if it's not the best for us. Our bodies are very efficient in adapting when we're injured, but not smart enough to know that those adaptations affect our movement and performance in a negative way. It's like when our computers get a virus - we still function OK, but something inside is causing a glitch. Let's get rid of that glitch!
So how do we reset our bodies?
If you truly want to get back to pain-free activity, then we have to strip ourselves all the way back down to fixing our alignment. This doesn't mean multiple trips to the chiropractor for adjustments, but instead looking at how we're holding our bodies - sitting standing, moving - and fixing the glitches. Our bodies are actually designed to be aligned in a perfect way that allows for our weight to be evenly distributed and our muscles to be at a perfect length for optimal strength. When we change this alignment through adaptations to injury or even our daily habits, our bodies can no longer function as they are designed. To truly reset and rebuild, our first commitment to start examining and being mindful of our own misalignments, and then to start fixing them through Restorative Exercise™ and retraining habits.
Over the next 4 weeks, we're going to examine the steps necessary to reset this alignment and get back to pain-free performance. As I mentioned - this will take time. This is step one in a 6 Step process, but is the foundation for everything else. If you are willing to step back with me and commit to this process, I promise that you will reap the rewards in the future. And don't worry - I'm not going to let you sit on the bench during this reset. Nope. I'm also going to guide you through safe conditioning routines at each phase to ensure that you are not detraining during this Reset. Balance between our Restorative needs and our training needs is what build elite performance in the long run. Trust me on this!
I have a simple task for you - MOVE. I want you to see how many different positions you can achieve with your body each day. I want you to get off the couch and out of the chair (yes, even if you're working). Get on the floor. Stand up. Aim for that 3-5 miles of total movement each day.
Then, download my FREE Daily RE-Boot Program. 6 Simple exercises that will get you back to pain-free play in 1 minute a day. These exercises go hand-in-hand with your homework to move, and can be done anywhere. Moving more plus adding in your Daily RE-Boot will start re-aligning your body and strengthening your muscles to become more functionally strong and support your training and daily lifestyle.
Need inspiration? Be sure to follow my Facebook and Instagram pages for movement challenges and exercise, and nutrition tips as we work through this process. I'd love to see how you're incorporating your movement and RE-Boot into you life. Share your pics with me, and use the tags #dailyreboot and #painfreeplay to share how you're resetting your body for better performance!
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