I’m sure many of you saw the article ( Treat Me, but No Tricks Please ) in the New York Times about Physical Therapy this week. The author talks about how many of the treatments don’t seem to work or only offer short term relief. The article also talks about how there are many “voodoo” treatments offered now that have not been proven in studies to be effective and many insurance companies are choosing not to cover the cost. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, IT band pain, back spasms, or a bum shoulder many of the treatments like ice, heat, massage, and ultrasound are only trying to effect the symptom – not the cause of the symptom. And all too often the cause is blamed on activity, age, or genetics. If you know anything about Egoscue, then you know those all are myths. The activity is never to blame. Your age is never the cause. And genetics gave you red hair or blue eyes, but not a bad back.
The problem is the beliefs we have coming in are not allowing us to find the true cause because they are blinding us of the truth. If your doctor or physical therapist believes running is “hard on the body” and has “too much impact for your joints” then you are going to conclude running just isn’t good for you and you should stop running if you want to save your knees. But what happens when you quit running? Your knees might feel better for a couple months or years but later on in life they start hurting worse. You (and all your doctors, physical therapists, etc.) blame this on the running you used to do and finally you decide to get your knees replaced. Everyone involved in this scenario had the same belief coming in that running is “hard on the body” and has “too much impact for your joints.” This belief never allowed you to open your eyes to what was really causing the pain and thus you never found an answer to your pain (and we all know the knee replacement didn’t fix the problem because you are still limited in what you can do with your new knees).
But what if you came into the situation with a different belief? What if you thought running was for the body? I mean before your knee starting hurting you had 15 years where running felt awesome! After a run you had more energy, better concentration, were happier, felt strong, slept better, and we always looked forward to your daily run. And you were able to run for 15 years with no problems! So, you are thinking, “running has to be good for me because it has always felt so good, meaning there must be something else that is causing my knee to hurt.”
Now you are looking for people/health experts with the same belief, that “running is good for the body,” and will ask them for advice and help when you find them. (And when you run into those who believe “running is hard on the body” you will smile, say “thank you”, and walk away).
Here are a couple stories from people who had the belief that activity, age and genetics were the cause of their pain, it had to be something else. And when they found Egoscue, they found a group of people with the same beliefs and discovered they could become pain free. Enjoy.