I often give restorative exercises to patients, which are often seen as simple and regressed. Most people need some persuasion to substitute these for their hardcore training regime for a while. But I try to liken it to literacy, your body needs to be able to do the movement basics well – that is learn your letters and words, before you can perform the novel that is running a marathon, playing football or dead-lifting 120kg. So many of us have lost basic movement literacy and fluidity, and this is the root of much musculoskeletal pain.
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