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  • Anne-Marie Mougeot

Are your protective movements helping, or hindering your recovery? ⁣

Think about it... ⁣

Do you really need to: Sit up straight⁣ Bend at the knees, not your back ⁣ Brace your core⁣ Pull your shoulders back⁣ Tuck that chin and straighten your neck ⁣ Always bend with knees over toes ⁣

??? Being mindful of movements and positions 𝘤𝘢𝘯 be helpful, though there aren’t necessarily “right or wrong” ways to move your body. ⁣ Having a sense of control over movements can be beneficial to instill a sense of safety and to be protective of injuries. ⁣ It can, however, become a problem when we rigidly narrow the range of accessible movements, in a sense, taking away permission to move freely in a variety of ways. ⁣ Said another way, protective behavior is understandable when certain movements or positions are painful, but can become problematic when it leads to feeling limited or fragile, especially when it takes away the ability to move in joyful & enjoyable ways. ⁣ Mentally- what does this sense of fragility instill in the way we perceive our bodies? ⁣ Is there fear of ‘moving wrong’ or re-injury?⁣ Consider that fear and bracing can further contribute to further anxiety, muscle tension, thus feeding into a vicious cycle of pain. ⁣ So how do we begin to break free of pain and restricted movements? ⁣ A bit of curiosity and gentle exploration of alternate movement patterns can be a good starting point. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe! A practitioner knowledgeable in pain management & movement therapy can also help you to find strategies that increase your ability to move, not restrict it. ⁣

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