Our Approach to Pain
The first question I get is often, “So, what do you guys do?” The answer really is, perhaps contrary to our name, is that we do not focus on the pain! We focus on the movement. It is our firm belief that the pain is really coming from one’s movement habits, that is, the way we sit, stand, and (mostly) the way we walk.
Take, for example, shin pain while walking. The common approach to help shin pain while walking would be less activity, less walking, maybe an ice pack, etc… But the answer is really that shin pain while walking is caused by HOW one is walking.
The pain may stem from the ankles caving inward. The pain may come from not rolling on the outside of the foot and the toes not “gripping” the ground. The pain may be from one foot turning out. The shin pain while walking may be the result of the feet not taking the body’s weight, ultimately from the steps being too large.
So when you come to Pain Alleviated, we will work directly on how you walk! That is our whole approach. Change the way you are walking into a gait that is more aligned, and the pain (most often) will take care of itself.
The thing is, nobody (almost ever) notices the way we walk. 99.99% (my estimate) of people take this daily motion for granted. Until something goes wrong and there is pain. Then it becomes the most important thing in life. Yet even then, people don’t know how to fix it. That’s where we come in! We will work with you to develop a walk that is more aligned, more natural, the way the body was designed to move.
Take the example of shin pain while walking. This pain may stop you from achieving your goal of 10,000 steps per day. But before we go for quantity, let’s focus on quality. By quality, I mean working on the walk itself. Once you have developed the walk correctly, attaining 10,000 steps in one day will be much easier. So will other activities like jogging, jumping, lifting, etc…
The shin pain while walking is letting you know something is wrong. Work with us to find out what that is, but most importantly, how to change it!
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