The best $8 I have ever spent....

This week, I am changing things up with a little “magic pill” that often gets overlooked due to its age.

Often clients, athletes, and other industry professionals highlight nagging pains in knees, hips, backs, and shoulders. We fire up the painkillers, schedule a surgery, and chalk it up to old age, injuries, and other “lack of control” factors. Of course, sometimes more invasive measures are needed due to the extent of an issue; Other times, the fix can be completed for a much cheaper price.

How about an $8 fix? 

A staple in my library since 2012 has been The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion by Pete Egoscue. This simple book was published in 1993 and packs a punch that is worth much more than the $8 entry fee.

Why has this book found a permanent home in my library?

The current state of the fitness industry has us searching for extreme answers for simple questions. Yes, we should always progress and try to learn more about our bodies. Yes, we should implement findings from new research to general health and performance training. Yes, we should strive to find better solutions.

We must not forget simplicity. Pet Egoscue captures effective simplicity in the book.

Egoscue Wisdom: 

  • “Pain is not something to be feared; it is something to be understood.”
  • “You are pretty smart, but your body is smarter.”
  • “Pain is your body’s voice. Listen to your body.
  • “The only product that’s worth investing in is a fully functional musculoskeletal system. It’s no luxury but rather a basic necessity that’s within everyone’s reach.
  • “A pain free, active lifestyle is not only possible, but it is the way you should expect to feel and live, no matter your age, no matter your previous experience.” 

Pain and other limiting factors of movement can originate from postural deviations. The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion breaks deviations down into three “conditions.” From a practitioner’s perspective, imagine the ability to effectively master three conditions to the point where you could correct these conditions with ease.

A quote that was said often during my time at GW was, “Dominate your lane. Then expand your lane.” As a strength & conditioning coach or personal trainer, our scope of practice is not that of a physical therapist, M.D., or a chiropractor. However, we can master some basics and spark meaningful change with the basics.

The Three Conditions:

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After establishing the condition of a person, Pete Egoscue takes you on a simple journey for postural correction. Each condition comes with a program on how to fix the associated postural issues. The fixes will not blow you away due to some flashy bells and whistles. What it will do is correct real issues with a dash of pure simplicity.

Sometimes looking back to the past will help you progress more than you could ever realize.

Pete Egoscue takes you on an amazing journey throughout the text and answers questions that get asked often in today’s world. You’ll leave each chapter with a greater understanding of your body and how to optimize it. This is done with pure simplicity in a world that becomes more complex by the minute.

Yes, the exercises could be changed. Yes, the book cover could be updated. Its effectiveness, however, is unmatched. Since its release in 1993, The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion has been in the hands of the consumer. Now it is time for the consumer to act.

You want a magic pill? Here it is.

 

*If you have read The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion, please comment with your thoughts below. 

 

Posted on April 5, 2016 .