FIGHTING AGAINST PAIN ONLY MAKES IT WORSE
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FIGHTING AGAINST PAIN ONLY MAKES IT WORSE

Only persistent, conscious, attentive, and curious exploration and an easier way to perform the movement and effectively express emotions eliminates pain and changes thinking. 

 

Sensory-motor amnesia and a lack of time force people to divert their attention to the future or past.

 

Only persistent, conscious, attentive, and curious exploration and an easier way to perform the movement and effectively express emotions eliminates pain and changes thinking. Our conscious control and efficiency increases; we use our time and energy better.

 

The changes in lifestyle that came with the modern age were mainly due to the steam engine's invention and later related inventions. With the Industrial Revolution, the developed part of the planet easily converted the energy of wood and fossil fuels into motion. It was thus less dependent on the energy it drew from food to do the work.

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WHEN UNKNOWN PAIN APPEARS

The reason behind the painful movement is that it is too big of a disorder, not enough control over your body and lack of feeling, all of which the body warns us about.   And with that, we can see how wrong our attitude towards pain is. It's the main result of reducing the importance of learning and the time we spend in life learning and research, which reduces the ability to lengthen muscles.   The coordination between contracting and expanding our muscles is greatly reduced when they are performing a certain movement. This eventually leads to increased disorder in movement, work, and with that, life. The disorder leads to inefficiency and has a greater influence on our mood and abilities.   What is our pain warning us about   We are first reminded of this by discomfort and resistance.

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PROPERTIES OF PAIN AND CHRONIC PAIN

Acute pain warns us of an injury or illness by sending a signal into our brain.   Most injuries influence our body tissues and the neurons in our pain system, including those inside our brain and spine, causing neuropathic pain. It occurs due to neurons that make up a kind of map for pain in our brain. Specific areas in our brain for processing information represent our body's outer surfaces and are called brain maps. When we touch a part of the body during active exercise, a specific part of the brain map is activated, representing that part of the body. These maps of our body's surface areas are organized topographically, which means that neighboring areas of the body are next to one another on the map. When the neurons in our map become injured, they constantly send off false alarms and lead us to believe that the problem is within our body, while, in reality, its located mainly in our brain. The body healed ages ago, but the pain system is still activated. Acute pain was given an afterlife - it became chronic pain.

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CHALLENGES OF THE MODERN DAY AND THE AEQ METHOD

The changes in lifestyle that came with the modern age were mainly due to the invention of the steam engine and later related inventions.   With the Industrial Revolution, the developed part of the planet became more and more easy to convert the energy of wood and fossil fuels into motion, and was thus less dependent on the energy it drew from food to do its work. More and more work has been done by man with the help of machines and devices.   It is precisely because of these changes in the exploitation of energy that gradual changes have taken place in man's consciousness regarding the awareness of the importance of his own energy. Before the industrial revolution, the most important thing for survival was to be physically efficient enough and able to do everything necessary with as little effort and as much imagination as possible. If a man used more energy than he gained then he was in big trouble and his survival was threatened.

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HOW THE AEQ METHOD DIFFERENTIATES ITSELF FROM OTHER APPROACHES

The AEQ method can be compared to other similar therapies, such as, physical therapy, massage therapy, surgery, stretching, acupuncture and drug therapy.   The fundamental difference is the technique of pendiculation or learning to consciously lengthen and shorten muscles. With the help of this technique we can influence our brain and thus regain conscious control over our muscles and their length. We relearn how it feels if our muscles are naturally tensed up, which leads to relief and increases our mobility, balance and coordination.   The AEQ method is performed through active therapy instead of passive. It’s based on bettering our senses and with that, control over muscles and conscious movement.

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CHRONIC PAIN ATTRIBUTED TO AGING

People attribute pain to aging and use old age as an excuse. But the AEQ method, a method of gentle conscious movements, does not recognize this concept, and in the workshops I explain how teachers of the AEQ method associate movement pain with so-called sensory-motor amnesia. The main cause of chronic pain is the gradual deterioration of body sensation, and this is the result of major and minor injuries, stress, worries, harmful behavioral patterns, and misconceptions that limit us in easier functioning and living.   Muscles become used to being tense because of sensory-motor amnesia, despite our best effort to relax them. The problem lies in the fact that we aren’t relaxing them consciously; methods such as stretching, massage, chiropractic and other manual therapies, and painkillers usually don’t help in the long run. If we want to fix problems, we need to teach tense muscles how to relax.

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THE AEQ METHOD AND MOVEMENT

Everyone should master sensing the movement of their body. This means that he should observe and learn to change the changes that happen to him during movement on a daily basis and consciously change them. This would make it easier to determine the cause of the pain, even prevent it, all of which would lead to better movement.

Movement that we constantly perform and will eventually become subconscious and automated, has to be regularly monitored and corrected. The same goes for movement that is actively performed – during sports and exercise or during work (behind a manufacturing belt, sitting behind a computer for hours, long drives…) – require more of our energy and attention. Regular conscious observation of movement is very important for maintaining and increasing efficiency. Such movement awareness as well as its control allow our moves to be fluid, elegant and performed with the least effort possible. If there is less effort, there is more movement - we are talking about rationality or the rule less for more. The energy input is smaller, the effect is greater. Most importantly, such a movement gives us more pleasure, and therefore we prefer to perform it.

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MOTION IN THE CENTRE OF THE BODY HAS TO BE EFFICIENT

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.

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LET’S LEARN HOW TO CHANGE OUR MOVEMENT PATTERNS

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.

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PANDICULATION

The AEQ method® is characterized by pandiculation, which restores the feeling of muscle control and improves a certain movement pattern.

Pandiculation is an active approach to solving the problem of losing control over your muscles, and it is done in three phases.  

Phase one: slow movement into contraction

With a slow movement, we tense the agonist muscles to the point that we consciously feel the movement. This establishes control over those muscles that we cannot control due to sensory-motor amnesia. We make sure the tension is not too strong. We observe sensations as we move. Now is the time for the second, most important act of pandiculation.  

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