When reading a review of a new car that just arrived on the market, I observed an obvious and worrying trend. While technology in cars has been constantly advancing over the past 50 years, the efficiency of movement and self-awareness of people has steadily deteriorated. Human efficiency and reliability are becoming inversely proportional to the efficiency and reliability of the car. Half a century ago people, even in their old age, could move relatively effortlessly and efficiency, while medical help was mostly required due to work related injuries. Cars back then were loud, unreliable and expensive, and the person who owned it also needed to know how to maintain it. Operating the vehicle required more practice, knowledge, experience, feeling and thinking, while back pain, neck, lower back pain, and shoulder pain, less sciatica, and headaches were less known and less discussed. Today it is just the opposite. Cars have become more reliable, but at the same time their housing is airtight and, as a rule, a non-expert cannot interfere with it. Consumption and noise are lower, the comfort and equipment of the vehicle is increasing. Operating the vehicle requires decreasingly less knowledge, feeling, practice and thinking. Meanwhile, older people are becoming clumsier, more rigid and slower. They move without softness, and often the impression is that even without pleasure. Muscle aches have become a constant companion.
We are learning from the birth on how to engage muscles correctly and democratically when moving. A democratic application of a muscle means that a muscle works in harmony with other muscles in a move and according to strength and lever assigned by the evolution. A child is improving quality of control of the muscles by learning how to move. Better knowledge about the motion and gaining the skills can only be the result of learning how to move, and the learning enables a child increasingly better control of the movement potential given to him at birth. However, a child has only limited muscle strength so he does not have other options but to discover and perfect the correct democratic use of his muscles to be able to perform the moves. Better coordination of large number of muscles used in a movement enables better efficiency, which we sense as a pleasant movement (pleasure). On the contrary, less efficient movement, deriving from poor coordination, is perceived as unpleasant and, if it lasts for a long time, as painful feeling (pain). As seen in observations, a child learning new moves obviously follows a principle: when it is a pleasant motion, he continues exploring and developing in same direction, but when it is unpleasant and painful, he wants to change and end the activity.
Think about how you would walk if a bee stung you on your left foot. Would you burden both legs the same or would you ‘’take care’’ of your left leg by overburdening the right?Injury always influences established movement patterns: in order to avoid pain we alter our movement because we don’t want to burden the painful areas of our body. We call that favoring an injured area. This leads to bad posture, the consequence of which is loss of free mobility, or in other words, faster aging. At this point we can decide whether to persist in adjusted – wrong – movement or begin with exercising and endure the pain. But not every exercise will bring relief. It is commonly known that movement strengthens the current movement pattern. This means that exercising after an injury strengthens the wrong pattern movement that developed as a result of the injury.