Motion is the word that I have chosen as my Key Word this year.  It is a word that applies to every single portion of my life at the moment: physical, spiritual, educational, financial, etc.  Today, I want to start with physical.

For the past twopointfive years I have been letting chronic hip pain interfere with my life.  I will not go into all the details of the doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors that I have seen during this time, nor will I bore you with a list of the diagnoses I have received.   I will tell you that I have let the pain get the best of me, and I stopped moving.  When you stop, worse things than injury happen to you!  I won’t give you that long list either, but, I will share with you what I believe is the solution!

Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain is a program that both my Father-in-law and my Brother-in-law have used to become free of debilitating back pain.    When they first told me about it I thought that it might be something that would help me with my neck and back problems that have plagued me since having babies, but never considered it for my hip.  Then, I visited a chiropractor who took a couple of x-rays  and showed me how out of alignment I was.  My memory of this book was sparked.

Pain has one and only one function:  to alert us to danger.  Chronic pain in not telling us that we are frail, or that our bodies have lost the ability to cope with the physical demands of life on earth.  It is warning us of danger; and the danger is acute motion starvation. ~~ Pete Egoscue

Something about Pete’s approach really appeals to me.  He does not ask us to sit down, ice up or take more medications.  He tells us to get up off our duffs and to move.  This rings so true to me.

This year will be my year of motion.  My year of becoming pain free through motion!  Watch me!

7 Responses

  1. Teri W. says:

    Just going through that myself. Chronic neck and back pain–stayed home today because of it. I just started a spin class and other exercises and am determined this year to strength my “core.” 🙂

  2. Da says:

    I need to do this as well for my lower back. You’ll have to be my coach.

  3. Angela says:

    Oh I am so glad you are public again….it never lets me in when I try. Great theme and I need to make it mine!

  4. Angela says:

    PS My Friend Jenny Back here loves your site too….she occasionally checks she said

  5. Jeannetta says:

    Amen. I need to go look at that site. I think we sometimes just cut back “a little” thinking it will help, then later, forgetting we cut back a little already, say we need to cut back “a little”, and pretty soon we’re just couch potatoes.
    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  6. Ginger says:

    Amen…you gotta move sista…and eat right…and get enough sleep…and and and

  7. Paul says:

    Great theme for the year! I applaud and encourage you. I’ve worked with many people using The Egoscue Method. If you need any assistance along the way, don’t hesitate to let me know. The Pain Free book is a great place to start. Happy 2010!