How does pain affect the way you move?

I just watched this cool video by Alexander teacher Sarah Chatwin.

If you’re in pain, that’s going to change the way you sit, stand, walk and talk. It will likely change the way you breathe.

Most people try to immobilize the area where they feel pain. If their shoulder hurts, they’ll tighten all around it, meaning they will tighten their neck and their back. This will only make the pain worse. Attempting to hold ourselves unnecessarily will make movement more awkward.

Joints love movement. If you compromise the movement of your joints, they won’t work as well.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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