Reading back over some of my previous posts it's clear to see how my thought processes have developed over the last few years. Where I have often 'blamed' a particular part of the body for causing pain and restricted movement, I now understand that just because pain is lessened or movement is improved by treating a particular joint or muscle, does not mean that that joint or muscle was actually the cause of the problem. This is something that has been bugging me for a long, long time but thankfully, after reading Louis Gifford's work it has just reinforced my thinking.
So despite wanting to cringe at my naivety (as well as wanting to re-edit all my posts!) this development in my thinking is a complete breath of fresh air. It means that we can 'treat' the body in a number of different ways and many of them will work regardless of where the issue is stemming from. We do NOT have to perfect!
That doesn’t mean that we are ignorant to the problem, it just means that we have so many more options available to us. There is not one exercise that will work for any particular issue. There are many. The skill is in finding a) the exercise/ treatment that the body will respond to and b) the exercise that the client will complete.
Both a) and b) should be a doddle compared to how difficult it is to get away from 'blaming' a particular body part. So forgive me if I forget. I'm still learning!
However that being said, you will still find me posting certain exercises for certain issues.* I don't believe I am being a hypocrite. It's simply because I have found these to work for many clients. And it's a great way of getting people working on their own body rather than opting for passive treatments.
But again, it's always the client that needs to be the focus and not the problem. The exercises will make no difference unless that is determined first and foremost.
*After all, sex sells. People want to exercises for issues. Who am I to ignore that!