Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pain is a great teacher

There’s nothing like pain to bring you to the present moment and understanding that you have screwed up. Right now, I’m in pain. It’s better today since I’ve done some soaking, stretching and foam rolling but I’m still not 100%. I will get there but I’m definitely taking the lesson.

My pain was caused by not paying attention to form and improperly recruiting muscles over a long period of time.  For example:  when you’re doing an exercise and experience pain (all other things considered) and/or afterwards can’t figure out why a different part of your body is sore? That’s likely due to unfocused movement and improper muscle recruitment. Each movement should be consciously targeted to a specific area and if you’re weak in that area (or the opposing area) you pull in other muscles to help you complete the movement.  After doing the movement (incorrectly in my case) for so long, it’s remembered by your muscle(s). Keep doing it wrong and you’ll be sent a pain notice in a specific area along the muscle chain.  This is my current situation.

Anyway, it’s not like I didn’t know I was out of alignment but I’ve decided to do something (else) about it.  I wrote all of this to hopefully spare you the same result AND bring up the subject of Rolfing. I’m thinking of it as targeted-assisted foam rolling.  I’m going in for a series of sessions and will let you know how it goes. I’m determined to be restored to full structural integrity and then it’s up to me to keep it that way.  I can only wonder how much more effective I would’ve been (athletically) and look forward to seeing a difference in daily life. Let me know if you’ve ever done it.