What Do You Believe?

I love this quote by William James:

“Belief creates the actual fact.”

BelieveIf you’re anything like the rest of our clients, you’ve been told a lot about your current condition. You’re bone-on-bone in your knee, you have a degenerative hip, you’re suffering from a herniated disc in your lumbar spine, etc., etc.

However, I think there’s a huge difference between what you’ve been told and what you actually believe.

When I’m talking with new clients (or existing, for that matter) I’ll most likely ask them at some point in the conversation, “So, based on what you’ve been told, what do you believe about what’s happening in your body?” Nine times out of 10, the client always believes an area other than where the pain is located is to blame. They always say something along the lines of, “Well, my back hurts, but I really think it’s stemming from my hips.” I even had one client say, “This may sound crazy, but when my shoulder hurts, my plantar fasciitis flairs up.”

Do these sound familiar? Have you had these thoughts? If so, you’re in the majority! These statements aren’t crazy. Actually, I believe they’re facts. I believe the hip and the back are connected. I believe the shoulder and the foot are connected. And, I believe what you believe about your body is true. After all, who knows your body better than you do? No one is able to experience what you experience day in and day out. At Egoscue, us therapists have to trust your instincts. After all, “Belief creates the actual fact.”

QUESTION: What do you believe about your pain?