Today a new friend told me that her husband has developed a back problem and is going in for back surgery. I let her know as carefully as I could that I thought that was a very bad idea. What I wanted to do was scream NOOOOOOOO!!!! You must be out of your cotton picking mind – this is the beggining of the end!!! Don’t do it!!!!. All at the top of my lungs.
The other day a friend told me she is considering surgery for hectic tennis elbow. She is a photographer – tendinitis of the elbow is a serous issue for her, and she is at the end of her tether. We have been good friends for 15 years – to her I said Absolutely categorically, under no circumstances am I allowing you to do that!!!
Tendinitis of the elbow, is simply another term for inflammation of the elbow. There is nothing structurally wrong with her elbow, in fact her elbow is inflamed because it is twisting incorrectly to compensate for restricted movement in her shoulder, which may well be originating from an elevated hip.
Sheeeew – I know, I may be a little over passionate about this, I can get a little bit excitable. I just can’t stand to see someone go get cut open and cause long term issues down the line when the body has to find some other way to function with its dysfunction.
For the last 3 months I have been studying all about the chronic pain that results from dysfunctional physical posture. I have been hard at work fixing my own posture – which is sadly not that upright, and for years has given me a lot of very uncomfortable tension in my shoulders, and after heavy sports pain in my knee and hip. I am sold. Between this an my physical Kinesiology technique, I am standing more and more upright, and experiencing less and less pain every day.
I know that fixing my posture will in addition to getting rid of the pain right now, but will also protect me from injury later on. No knee or hipreplacement for me in my 70’s thank you very much.
Now that I know what I know, I firmly believe that any long term physical pain can be corrected without surgery. Specifically if it has developed rather then is a result of a major accident or trauma. Yes, including bad knees, tendinitis, herniated disks, scoliosis, pain as a result of sport, or sitting at a desk for hours at a time.
If you get pain – consider it a message that your posture is not functional – you do not need surgery, anti-inflammatory or to give up your sport, these simply mask the “symptoms” that is pain – the symptoms that are telling you loudly and clearly that your body is not functioning as it should. They are all temporary fixes at best, which simply send the problem up the line to your next joint or muscle.
I recommend reading Pete Egoscue’s book Pain Free (for those into helping themselves,) or if you want a quicker cure, come see me for a physical Kinesiology session, and postural correction.
My rant for the day, done.