You’re Never too Old to Run

I loved this article from the NY Times today.  For those of you thinking you’re ‘too old’ to get moving…think again!

We work with clients almost daily who blame their age as a reason for their pain.  My response to this is two-fold: First, if age is to blame for your knee pain, then why doesn’t your OTHER knee hurt?  Aren’t they both the same age?  If one hurts, and the other doesn’t, then that would mean that your knees are different ages, and that doesn’t make any sense.  Secondly, if pain is synonymous with age, then EVERYONE your age should have the exact same pain with the exact same intensity in the exact same location.  The bottom line is that not every 30 or 40 or 50 year old has your same back pain or knee pain or neck pain.

So, what’s the answer?  What’s to blame?  When dealing with chronic pain, we HAVE to stay focused on the big picture–your posture.  We have to focus on the position of the back, knee or neck rather than the condition of the back, knee or neck.  The condition, or symptom, is simply your body’s way of trying to get your attention and alert you that something isn’t quite right.  Pain is the only way your body has to communicate with you, and it’s crucial that you listen to it.

So, are you listening?  I’m sure if you’re dealing with chronic pain you’re hearing your body talk to you, but are you really listening?  My hope is that you are.  Call, email, or reply to this post if you have any questions on how to get started.  And, as always….keep moving!