When someone asks you to be more mindful, what are they actually saying? Is it a request to be more polite? Hold the door open for those you don’t know? Remember your please and thank-you’s? Not quite… While the aforementioned are respectful and conscientious, practicing mindfulness goes beyond the realm of external exchanges.
In fact, Stuart Eisendrath, a medical doctor and professor of clinical psychiatry at the UCSF Depression Center explains that mindfulness takes place when someone is paying attention, deliberately and purposefully, on the present moment in a non-judgemental way. Succinctly put, mindfulness means focusing ones’ attention in this present moment and letting go of the future, letting go of the past, and being aware of what’s present right now.
The Small, Medium, Large concept to clothing that all department stores embody seems like a straightforward, pragmatic approach to sizing. If the article of clothing fits, you’re golden; If not, you’re either going up a size, or down. But what about those that fall between the cracks? Or above, or below those labels?
I constantly run into this predicament. Sometimes a small is too tight. Other times a medium drapes off my shoulders, which was a good look for me in the 90’s with skateboard in hand – not so cool anymore. I often wish there was a size “smedium”, right in between at that “sweet spot.”
Perhaps you can relate… maybe your frame deserves a “marge”, right in between medium and large.
Written by: Anthony Carey - Courtesy of American Counsel on Exercise
If I were to ask you to show me a lunge, a push-up or a squat, I would bet all of the money in the world that 99.9 percent of those reading this would show me the exact same versions of those exercises. Although you would be completely accurate in what you demonstrated, you would also be demonstrating what I believe to be a blind spot that our industry has when it comes to program design.
That blind spot is preconceived definitions of what each of those exercises (and many others) look like and how and when we would or would not use them.
The Movement Variability Matrix (Figure 1), which we use at Function First, based in San Diego, Calif., aims to address that blind spot. The Movement Variability Matrix features “ingredients” that can be added, subtracted or combined to modify a given exercise for the purpose of progressing, regressing or simply adding needed variability with similar demand. The Movement Variability Matrix can also be helpful in recognizing the variables of any given exercise and evaluating their impact on client success.
When an individual’s identity and belief about who they are is based around their capacity to be active and athletic, we can predict his or her fears. So what happens when chronic pain no longer permits an active lifestyle?
What happens next is an internal dialog of perception and meaning begin to take root… and how well one can direct their own thoughts, beliefs, emotions and assumptions becomes significant.
Compartmentalization is an unconscious psychological defense mechanism used to avoid cognitive dissonance.
The question then becomes “what is Cognitive Dissonance ?”and how does chronic pain fit into the equation?
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These elite professionals understand that pain is complex and goes far beyond “tight” and “weak” muscles. They’ve entrusted the Pain-Free Movement Specialist curriculum to set them apart from the rest.
Tight and weak? Need to ‘fix’ your muscle imbalance? If you think that paradigm is going to help them, this research review article is sure to change your mind. This article highlights one of the many considerations that we employ when designing an exercise program as a Pain-Free Movement Specialist. These tools need to be part of your mission, enrollment is open now until this Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to start today!
Chronic pain is complex, resulting from many inputs processed through the nervous system and the brain. As humans, we rely heavily on our vision to assess and navigate our environment and maintain balance.
Visual references are also one type of input the brain relies on to determine a potential threat to the organism. For example, have you ever found a bruise on your body that did not hurt until you noticed there?
For those suffering from chronic neck pain, vision provides a great deal of feedback about cervical range of motion along with the mechano-receptors in the joints and soft tissue. The endpoint a person sees when turning his or her head and experiencing pain combines with a cluster of other information occurring at the same time to form the neuro-representation of the pain experience in the brain, or what Melzack (2001) calls a “neuro-signature.”
As Movement Practitioners, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with the most recent literature and research on pain science. We often get asked by our Pain-Free Movement Specialists about program design, and Anthony succinctly sums up our process by stating – “We overlay the current pain science on a biomechanical template.” Below Anthony describes how we can take the latest in pain science to better serve those clients that come in with X-ray’s in hand and beliefs regarding pain strongly rooted. We hope your enjoy the insights! Kevin
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most sensitive diagnostics currently available. It has frequently been the “last word” on pain, surgery and recommended limitations on activity. But should your client really never lunge or squat again because their doctor took an MRI and it showed some pathological condition?
Consider this review I did of a couple of studies on the matter. You may change the conversation you have with your clients once finished reading this.
Guermazi et. al. (2012 )used magnetic resonance imaging to look at knees where radiographic imaging (x-rays) showed no osteoarthritic (OA) changes. OA is generally diagnosed through examination and x-ray. X-rays can identify bony changes to the joint but they cannot identify soft tissue pathologies. The purpose was to use the more sensitive MRI to detect structural lesions associated with OA and their relationship to age, sex and obesity.
710 subjects age 50 or older participated in the study (mean age 62.3 years). Out of the 710 subjects, 206 (29%) had painful knees.
Overall, 610 (89%) of the subjects showed some abnormality of the knee. Three most common findings of abnormalities in the knee were osteophytes, cartilage damage and bone marrow lesions. These abnormalities increased with age.
An interview with Anthony Carey about psychology & pain
Your client is in pain, but their movement efficiency is exceptional… What then do you do?
There are many dimensions of chronic pain, and multiple ingredients that feed into the pain experience. In this interview, Function First CEO and Movement Masterminds faculty educator Anthony Carey shares the latest on pain science and how understanding biomechanics alone is no longer enough…
Kevin is passionate about helping people move and feel better. But Kevin is getting tired. He’s followed lots of professional advice but feels like he’s running in circles. Kevin is beginning to wonder if he’ll ever ‘figure it out’ & feel confident helping his clients’ in pain.
THE FOG OF CONFUSION
Can you relate to Kevin? Has professional frustration ever been so high you started questioning your own abilities?
SPOILER ALERT: Kevin is obviously me, and the story above is my truth. My path has not been straight forward and easy.