Have you ever heard of the Egoscue method? I cannot vouch for its effectiveness since I’ve never tried their E-cises (specific exercises), but I really like Pete Egoscue’s straightforward approach to chronic pain and physical wellness. The premise of his work (described in his book Pain Free: Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain) is pretty simple: “The human body is designed to maintain it’s own health throughout a long lifetime. Episodes of pain are aberrations that can be easily treated if the body is permitted to do it’s work.” Motion is crucial to our health and proper functioning; lack of movement or poor movement patterns facilitated by our modern environment cause structural imbalances and eventually pain. If we restore the lost balance, the pain will go away.
This is very similar to the idea of the habitual movement patterns that we’ve discussed earlier; identifying and changing those is a first step in the physical recovery process. But before you can do anything about your body asymmetries, you need to figure out what they are. Pete Egoscue: “Except for the spine and skull, the human musculoskeletal system has two of everything. Both halves of the body, to the left and right of the spine, are functionally identical. Both sides are designed to operate in the same manner. When they don’t, the balance and health of the entire system is affected.” So the second step is identifying the imbalances that those habitual movement patterns had created in the body. The yoga practice that we feature today will help you compare the right and the left side of the body and use lateral bending to begin restore balance between the two sides. Give it a try and let me know what you find!