THE PAINS OF THE MODERN WAY OF LIVING

Most of them tell me that they have problems sitting up straight for the entire workday: sooner or later, they notice how slouched they are. Such daily forced posture slowly but inevitably wears out the body and causes pain; at the doctor, we usually hear that the discs' degenerative changes in the spine have occurred. However, the biggest problem is that we feel much older and more tired than corresponds to our actual age.

 

The posture of the modern generation

The head pushed slightly forward and down is the sign of occupational deformities shared by multiple professions: personal assistants, teachers, accountants, students, computer programmers, journalists, and many others.

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NECK PAIN

It is essential to understand that people who claim to have stiff necks do not have stiff necks – they have stiff bodies.   Cervical vertebrae are part of the spinal column, and we tend to forget that when we talk about neck pain. If you can't or don't know how to move the rest of your spine (back), the neck seems stiff to you, limited in its mobility. However, once you learn how to include the entire spine into the movement of your body, you quickly realize » hmm, my neck feels softer«. Thus, you are now consciously using more of your body. You gain a feeling of your body becoming more intelligent, thus cleverer. Moreover, you also gain greater control over your movement and individual moves, and even better awareness whether you perform the moves naturally or whether there's still more work to be done.   Movement of the neck does not occur independently from the movement of the entire body.   Movement of the body is not independent of the nerve (brain) impulses.   The reaction of the mind equals the response of me as a person.

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SCIATICA

Typical sciatica is radiating shooting pain that starts in the buttocks (usually on one side only), and this pain extends down the back of the thigh, even into the foot. Sensations may include numbness, burning sensation of pain running from the underside of the back that goes down into the buttocks and the back of the leg, or the sensation of a hot cord in the leg. Low back pain often occurs before that and accompanies sciatica. If the pain also expands to the front of your leg, you probably have muscle spasms in the quadriceps. If the pain extends along the side of the leg, the muscles that are attached to the iliotibial band (IT band) are likely to be strained.   Origin of sciatic nerve pain   Sciatica falls into the category of transmitted pain where the point where we feel the pain is not the point of its cause. Sciatic pain is caused by irritation (pressure on) of the sciatic nerve.   The brain perceives the pain as coming from a point where the nerve runs, although the cause is a compressed nerve at its origin; where it comes from the spinal cord, or somewhere along the path to the foot.

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BACK PAIN

Most people with lower back pain are well aware of how much suffering, sacrifices and time it takes to eliminate that pain.   You might have tried stretching, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, painkillers, or even surgery, but none of these methods helped or did not help in the long run.   The AEQ Method® provides a long-term, scientifically substantiated solution for back pain. Education is one of the best ways to demystify almost every problem. The more you know about yourself, the more you can help yourself. When it comes to eliminating chronic back pain, the solution is relatively simple, and it's based on scientific data on how the brain senses and controls the muscles. The brain-muscle connection acts as a simple feedback loop, much like a basic computer system: sensory information (sensation) goes to the brain, and motor messages (movement) go out to the muscle. Feel, move, feel, move.   However, if we focus on back pain, a specific brain reflex called the Landau Reflex (green light reflex) is the cause of most chronic back pain.

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HUNCHED POSTURE

It is a common belief among the teachers of (correct) posture and therapists that the weak back and neck muscles are to blame for the hunched posture.   But from my experience, the over-strained muscles on the front of the body are the common cause of incorrect posture. It is a habit that is learned through excessive and too frequent activation of these muscles because of the stress of fear and permanent stress of long hours of sitting or standing and staring at the screen of computer od smartphone. A good way to regain a natural upright posture is by learning and eliminating the concisely uncontrolled muscle activation on the front of the body. By restoring the ability to relax or lower the tonus of skeletal muscles, the need for stronger back muscles is dismissed, like the ones, we already have can easily maintain an upright (straightened) posture. But only if we manage to remove the subconsciously ordered tension on the front of the body with the higher awareness and intentional control. The video in the link below is typical poor advice for standing correctly, upright, and can help you to understand why it is difficult to keep the shoulders neutral over the hips.

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REHABILITATION AFTER INJURY AND THE AEQ METHOD®

Accidents happen, the saying goes. Sudden and unpredictable events can cause physical injuries - everything from sprains, bruises, wounds and similar minor injuries to severe injuries that forever mark our lives.

  The main focus of rehabilitation is on healing and restoring body structures to their original state, as much as possible. Traumatology deals with the treatment and care of injuries and wounds. Traumatologists repair injuries according to doctrine, and are often successful at severe injuries that would be fatal for the patient in the not too distant past. Statistics show that injuries account for a fifth of all diseases today.

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PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar fasciitis is recognized as a stabbing pain on the bottom of a foot, near the heel, and can spread to the foot arch and the toes. It is caused by an injury of the plantar fascia, a connective band of tissue that runs from the heel bone to the toes and supports the foot arch. The causes of inflammation are frequent walking, running and standing on a hard surface, sports (volleyball, handball, football, athletics), shortened tibia, inflexible Achilles tendon, flat foot. Problems develop gradually, usually on one foot only. The pain is often the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it. Damage to the plantar fascia leads to inflammation of adjacent tissues and eventually to the formation of the heel spur and heel calcification. If not thoroughly repaired, these can develop into chronic problems. Due to the changed mechanics of walking, pain in the foot is compounded by issues with knees, hips and spine.

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HOW AND WHY THE AEQ METHOD REDUCES AND ELIMINATES CHRONIC PAIN

Learning the AEQ method® needs to be a pleasant and comfortable experience to achieve the full effect, and our clients are always surprised how fast the time flew by. It means our clients have learned a lot, which is the primary goal of the AEQ method®.   Albert Einstein wrote: We learn the most by doing things with such pleasure that we even fail to notice when the time passed.   Learning through the AEQ exercises® is also the key to changes of the neuromuscular system functioning, which is used to direct the awareness to the body. Lack of awareness is the main reason for chronic pain, which is a way that our uses body tries to get out attention.   I can honestly say the chronic pain is the result of constant lack of attention devoted to the body, its sensations and movement. Usually, as a consequence of demands from the environment, not to sense the sensations and emotions we have as a child and not to express them. Be quiet, be a good boy or a girl; do what is right for you... All that leads to rising muscle tonus to adapt or run away from reality, which we can't stand and can't change.

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TRAUMA REFLEX AND INJURIES

Injuries can cause a trauma reflex, and the trauma reflex can cause injures. How is this possible?

  Injuries can be caused by a blow or a fall. When a blow is anticipated, we instinctively turn away from it, which leads to getting hit on the side of our body. Those muscles then reflexively contract so that they form a shield. If the blow is strong enough or creates a big enough "shock," the contraction or tensing up the muscles becomes a habit. The brain behaves as if the blow or injury was still happening. When the pattern of muscle contraction becomes a habit, sensory-motor amnesia develops in these muscles. We forget how to feel and move these muscles properly. So in the case of a strong blow or an ugly fall, we inadvertently acquire the trauma reflex's habit. The muscles on one side of the waist remain contracted. These tense muscles in the waist pull the hips towards the ribs and the ribs towards the hips. Usually, this also involves the rotation of the spine. This is illustrated in the pictures below:

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HIPS, KNEES AND FEET

Knee injuries, cartilage degeneration and meniscus injuries are common and frequent injuries.   Especially active sporty people are prone to these injuries. Many of my clients decided to take up learning of the AEQ method because of their knee problems. Furthermore, I’ve noticed the majority of my clients have the same cause for recurring knee problems and pain: severely tight, tense muscles of the center of the body, the core. The core is the part that ties rib cage with legs, it is strong and stable. However, the core muscles seem to be unable to relax. The primary function of the core is to move the rib cage and pelvis in all directions with about the same efficiency. Thus, muscles need to be able to contract as well as relax, and at the same time, be able to move the torso coherently and efficiently. Focus just on strengthening the muscles and effort-based progress is the main drawback of the modern way of life, training and rehabilitation. The latter approach is logical when considering a human being as a machine; it also gives good short-term results. However, ever more significant muscle contraction and feeling of stiff movement are the long-term results.

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