Many of us are involved in some type of physical training. Some of us are not, but we all are moving around.
We can notice pain and movement problems. (Some days more than others). For example, that noticeable stiff neck over the past several days (months or years), is really bugging me. What to do? That is a great question.
- We noticed something
- We asked a question
Nice start. I often have found myself wondering what to do with pains, aches and problems moving. What I have found very helpful in trying to figure out what “To Do” is to ask first what am I noticing as I move in the direction of the problem.
We often want to correct something first without out being aware more fully of what it is we are dealing with. Finding out what to do in this case, implies paying attention first and then doing something next. We must feel in order to do.
Let’s say you are out in the cold snowy mountains and you want open your pant zipper in order to pee (like real quick). Well if you have no feeling in your un-gloved fingers, can you imagine or remember the difficulty in doing the zipper routine. (see the comedy channel for replays)
Basic Philosophy for Healthier Movement
- There first is a problem with doing some type of movement (often with an associated pain/discomfort)
- There is a reason for this problem that relates to the way one moves and what one is observing
- There are solutions and or ways to eliminate or manage it better through improving ones observation and movement
- There is some type of observation and movement training and/or practice that one can learn in order to eliminate, lessen or manage these problems
(Listing 4 points like this reminds me of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths or four headings under the science of healing and therapeutics, Chikitsa-Shastra)
Let’s look at dealing with a common problem like a stiff neck. First there isn’t a solution to stiffness of the neck without linking the complaint with some evaluation of the movement based on the assumptions #1-4 above.
This strategy is not to be a substitute for dealing with a medical problem. We are focusing on a movement problem, whether or not one has a diagnosed or non-diagnosed medical condition. (Please use a medical doctor when needed).
In the next few posts, we will look into the strategy for working with a stiff neck and movement