"I've fallen...and I can't get up!"
There's no doubt in my mind that you remember that commercial. If you're like me, that famous line brings back vivid memories, and I'm guessing we've all seen that commercial more times than we can count. It very often felt as though that commercial was playing on a loop during our favorite show. We would see the images (typically in black-and-white, despite the rest of the commercial being in full-color) of an elderly person laying on the ground, helpless, unable to stand to their feet, crying out for help. And only if they were wearing the special medical device around their neck were they saved. Those other poor black-and-white souls were left to fend for themselves, helpless until a loved-one spontaneously dropped by their house.
While many of us tuned out or changed the channel to avoid listening to that commercial yet again, for others, falling and not being able to get back up is a very real situation. For one such person I met last week, we'll call her "Barbara," falling and being stuck on the ground is a daily worry, and it has been for decades.
Barbara feared tripping on an uneven sidewalk in the city. She feared falling while gardening on a gorgeous spring day. She feared getting tangled up in the neighbor's dog's leash while out for an evening walk. She was living in fear of her own body! She was absolutely caught up in her limiting belief that she needed to minimize her activities in an effort to make it through her day unscathed.
Going for a walk? Not a good idea.
Taking a bike ride to the local bakery? She couldn't remember the last time that happened.
Going skiing for the first time in years? Not a chance.
In her current condition, skiing was absolutely out of the question, and biking and walking were barely possibilities. And those were just a few of the activities that she was told not to do.
However, we at Egoscue believe that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If we place proper, functional stimuli on the body through simple exercises designed to restore the overall posture, not only can the body improve, but it can THRIVE.
To show you just how quickly the body can change, take a look at Barbara's before and after photos:
Not only were these photos taken as part of the same session, they were taken a mere 12 minutes apart! Barbara saw incredible postural changes in a very short amount of time.
Gone was her bilateral knee pain.
Gone was her shoulder pain.
And, most importantly, gone was her fear of getting up off the floor.
Actually, she was able to practice getting up from the ground multiple times during her appointment. We took her right to her main fear and gave her the chance to prove to herself that she could do it, physically and mentally.
In just a few minutes, Barbara's life was completely changed. She was so ecstatic, so elated, that she began crying. Thoughts of walking, gardening, and skiing came flooding back in. A life without limits now not only seemed possible, but she was believing it is possible.
And that same life is possible for you as well. You don't have to live in pain. Your current diagnose or condition is NOT a death-sentence. Remember that pain is the body's indicator that something isn't happening that should be happening. True, functional work isn't taking place in your joint(s) and/or muscle(s), and other joints and muscles are compensating. When you get the body functioning properly, pain goes away, and your limitations disappear as well! It really is that simple.
I'm happy to report that for Barbara, she now knows that when she falls down, she CAN get back up again!
Now it's your turn--Don't wait! If you have specific questions, contact us today! If you're ready to dive in and work with a clinic, we have them all over the world! If you aren't close by a clinic, we work with clients all over the world via Skype and FaceTime. Somehow, someway, you have to find a way to get your life back, just like Barbara did!
QUESTION: What has been your limiting belief about your body?
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In my opinion, life balance is one of the hardest things to achieve. We all know we should have it—we shouldn’t work too hard, we shouldn’t play too hard, we need the right amount of sleep, we need to eat right, etc.—but life balance is becoming increasingly elusive.
The majority of us are constantly distracted, with more and more things vying for our attention and pulling us in multiple directions. We need to give time to our family, our job, and our friends. There are books on our reading list that haven’t been opened. We’re behind on our favorite show. The list goes on and on.
And, while all of these “musts” and “wants” are piling up, so are the symptoms in your body. Your neck hurts, your back hurts, perhaps you’re not sleeping well. When you hurt you can’t play with your kids. You can’t focus at work. You can’t sit at the dinner table with your friends. The reality of the situation is that for as much as you’d love to have balance in your life, you simply can’t.
I believe that in order to have balance in your life, you first need to have a body that is balanced. That’s right, the common denominator among your family, job, friends, sleeping, reading, and even watching TV…is YOU!
If you aren’t balanced, it’s going to be tough to find balance in the rest of your life. Think of the body as a car: If your car is out of balance, your tires aren’t long for this world! When your tires start to wear unevenly, your car won’t perform like it should. That’s exactly the way your body works. When you get out of alignment, things start to wear out. As things wear out, you lose energy, time, focus, etc. Instead of being present and focusing on what’s in front of you, you become distracted and focused on the symptoms in your life, rather than life itself!
It’s crucial that you establish balance in your body so that you can find balance in everything else! If you’re ready to get balanced, do the following three e-cises every day for one week, and let us know what changes!
TIME – 5:00
- Lie on your back with your legs up over a block or chair so your hips and knees are at 90 degrees.
- Place your arms out to the sides at 45 degrees from your body with palms up.
- Relax your upper back and notice if your low back flattens to the floor evenly from left to right.
- Hold this position as directed on your menu.
STANDING ARM CIRCLES
REPS – 40 each direction
- Stand with your feet pointed straight and hip-width apart.
- Place your fingertips into the pad of each hand and point your thumbs straight out. This is referred to as golfer's grip and maintaining this hand position is important for the exercise to be done correctly.
- Pull your shoulders back by squeezing your shoulder blades together and down, then bring your arms out straight from your sides up to shoulder level.
- With palms facing down and thumbs pointing straight forward rotate your hands up and forward in approx. 6-inch circles and continue as directed.
- Then reverse direction: palms should now face up, with thumbs pointed straight backward. Rotate your hands up and backward, and continue as directed.
TIME – 2:00
- Stand with your back against a wall with feet and knees hip width apart and feet pointed straight.
- Walk your feet away from the wall while sliding your body down at the same time.
- You will be "seated" in an invisible chair, with your knees bent to 105 degrees.
- Your hips are just slightly higher than your knees; your ankles are slightly ahead of your knees.
- Your lower back should be completely flat against the wall.
- Your arms can hang down to your sides, or rest your hands gently on your lap.
- Hold as directed on your menu. Important: Keep the weight in your heels; do not press forward on your toes.
- DO NOT DO THIS E-CISE IN SOCKS!
- DO THIS EXERCISE IN ATHLETIC SHOES OR ON A YOGA MAT!
QUESTION: How do you achieve life balance?
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