Got back pain? Time to Defrag!
If you’ve ever tried to use a computer when the hard drive has fragmentation problems, you know how frustrating it can be. Simple processes start to take longer than they should, and the entire system gets bogged down and feels “glitchy.” Tasks that should have been quick and easy become almost painful to do.
The same thing can happen to your body
Over the general course of daily usage, our body runs into its own “fragmentation” problems. The symptoms are the same—simple things that used to be easy now feel slow, difficult, clumsy, and almost painful to do. Things like running, climbing stairs, or even just sitting at your computer are no longer as comfortable and easy as they used to be. Instead you just end up with a complaining, aching body. The problem, as with the fragmented hard drive, is that your machine is no longer optimized.
So what causes your body to lose optimization?
There are a couple reasons. First, as most people get older, they actually REMOVE a wide variety of physical activities from their daily repertoire. For example, when you were a kid you probably ran around the playground, jumped over (or into) puddles, climbed over fences, and played on the monkey bars. But now, if you run into a small fence in your way, do you climb over it? Or do you find a way to go around it order to save yourself the “inconvenience” of needing to actually climb something? Sure, you could probably do it if you needed to. But you’ve eliminated it from your regular repertoire, which means that when (if?) you finally decide to do it again…well, you’re going to be pretty rusty.
The same thing is also happening on a more micro level. As we begin to limit the variety of movements that we do in our daily life, certain areas of our body are no longer being asked to move very much. So they forget how. It might be only a very tiny place that’s forgotten how to move, but the ripple effects of that immobility can wreak havoc on the entire rest of your body. If one place has forgotten how to move, someplace else will have to work much harder to make up for it. This can result in all kinds of aches and pains, sometimes even in seemingly unrelated parts of the body…all because one or two tiny joints got rusty.
Besides being rusty, we don’t usually learn to do things in a perfectly optimized way in the first place
As human beings, we don’t really enter life “hard-wired” for optimal movement. No, we have to learn it bit by bit, over the course of years. A baby horse, for example, will be able to walk very soon after being born. It’s system comes hard-wired to do this. Ours does not. It takes humans at least a year (and many learning stages) for us to reach this point.
Fortunately, as a result of not being hard-wired, our system is much more customizable. However, this customizability often results in some very sub-optimal solutions to whatever movement tasks we’ve been faced with. (Don’t believe me? Watch people walking down the street some time. The simple task of walking has resulted in millions of different interpretations—some of them HIGHLY inefficient!)
While it’s possible to learn to do a movement with a very high degree of efficiency, most of us merely learn to do something well enough to accomplish our objective. Then we stop learning. Like most computer Users out there, once we learn one way to accomplish whatever we want to do with our machine, we’ll just keep doing it that same way. No matter how convoluted or inefficient our method is.
So are you ready to defrag your back?
This website is here to help you (yes, you) restore your system to its fully-optimized state, and performing at its very best. This means helping you find the information, tools, and skills required to diagnose and troubleshoot your own problems. You’ll find articles to point you in the right direction, and you can sign up to have more articles delivered to your inbox, giving you a regular dose of useful information in bite-sized pieces.
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