Every so often in the course of history, certain like-minded individuals come together to question the status quo. The outcomes produced by these collaborations can be quite profound. These people can be scientists, as when Fermi, Einstein, and Oppenheimer made their contributions to atomic power. They can be artists, such as Michelangelo, Donatelli, or Raphael in the Renaissance. In the 1910’s and 20’s it was physical culture icons Ida Rolf, Joseph Pilates, and Frederick Alexander introducing their revolutionary therapeutic modalities to the world.
The movement “gurus” of today, such as Gray Cook, David Weinstock, and Mike Reinold, may not be as familiar as the names above, but they are making no less of an impact. If there is one topic that unites them, it is their questioning of how we traditionally deal with movement problems and their resulting pain. And from that, they explore the question, “Is the site of pain the source of the pain?”
For some time now, we’ve come to accept surgery as a common practice in cases of pain. Today, knee and hip replacements are common. The medical community’s attitude of replacement parts is not much different than a mechanic’s. The question of “How did the knee/hip wear out” is never asked. Which is why we’re now seeing patients facing their second round of replacements,
The therapists mentioned above use much less invasive means of dealing with pain. Often, outcomes are much better, as the root problems are addressed. For example, a patient could show up with low back pain. It’s easy to think “disc”, but MRI’s have shown to be unreliable in these cases.
What if that low back pain came from the patient favoring one side, from a past ankle sprain? The problem would creep up again after (unsuccessful) surgery, because the source was not addressed. The pain was not the site of the problem. A dysfunctional movement pattern was.
These are the questions asked and the solutions provided by such people as:
- Gray Cook, Functional Movement Systems
- David Weinstock, Neurokinetic Therapy™
- Mike Reinold, Mike Reinold.com
- Evan Osar, Osar Consulting
The list is by no means complete, as these practitioners have mentored thousands of others. The practitioners listed all use some form of objective analysis to get a holistic view of how a person’s movement might be the true cause of their pain. Also important, because we all adapt to pain differently. This is another area often ignored following traditional surgical procedures.
It’s never a good time to be in pain, but today, progress in the causes and treatment of pain is being made by leaps and bounds, thanks to a group of like-minded thinkers. If you are unfortunate enough to be in pain, a little research into the work of these pioneers could have you on the path to wellness.