Playing the Blame Game

Blame-GameI know many of you are looking to blame someone or something for your pain. I know I sure was.

Some of you believe that you have a herniated disc in your back because your mom, or your Uncle Chris, or your great-grandfather had a herniated disc.

Others are trying to figure out when, exactly, you began hurting. You’re racking your brain, searching for that one thing that happened to cause your pain–you’re looking for an event that you can point the finger at.

I was the first person ever in my family to struggle with back pain, so I didn’t have anyone to blame. I never fell, or got in a car wreck–there was no event for me, either. So, if there’s no person or no event to blame, who or what is to blame? 

Are you ready for the answer?


It’s true. You’re to blame. Your body has been compromised. Your body isn’t in the proper position. And only you are responsible for it getting that way. Your hobbies, occupation, environment, and lifestyle all impact your posture, overall health, and pain. The same was true for me and my body.

But this isn’t all doom-and-gloom. There’s good news here too!

You are also going to be the reason your pain is eliminated!

I read a good quote this morning that got me thinking about your health.

“Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.” –Erica Jong

Now, you might read that negatively, but I most certainly DO NOT!

If I can take some author’s liberties, I’d like to change the quote just a little bit so you might read it a bit more positively. What if it said this:

“Take your health in your own hands and what happens? A great thing: you are to blame!”

When you take control, you get to decide if, and when, you hurt. Remember, pain is simply the body’s way of alerting you to the fact that you’re out of balance. Restore balance, and you’ll alleviate your symptoms. Do your Egoscue menu daily, and your body will remain balanced, which means your pain will remain gone.

While this means you can’t blame someone or something for your pain, it also means you get to take all the credit for getting yourself out of pain!

Would that be such a terrible thing?

QUESTION: Will you choose to place blame or take credit?