What Physical Therapy Taught Me About My Thoughts
Updated: Feb 8
It's been 17 years since I was diagnosed with scoliosis, and after all these years never experiencing major issues with it, I find myself in physical therapy to deal with chronic back and hip pain that started a year ago.
I've been fortunate enough to never have a reason for physical therapy until now, so when I started a few months ago, all I knew was that the therapist would guide me through certain movements and would work to strengthen certain muscles to relieve this painful situation I found myself in. I assumed it was purely physical.
Each session, I review the assigned exercises (that I do daily at home) and she adds new exercises onto my regimen.
Well, I was wrong about it being a purely physical thing: About a month into it, we realized I was doing some of the exercises incorrectly - even though she had shown them to me a few times now. I was frustrated. She comforted me - apparently it was normal; it takes time for the body and muscles to get used to moving in a ne
That struck a huge chord with me.
I realized our thinking and thought patterns can be just like our muscles. Sometimes (or always) they're lazy. They can divert back to what we already believe and know (in our heads) to be true. It takes a lot of work and mindfulness to break out of our bad thinking habits and to start using our thinking and thoughts in a new, unfamiliar way, which can be downright difficult or scary to do. When we're faced with something - we'll naturally react and think about it the way we typically do, because we always have in that way. UNLESS we've become so aware of how that thinking gets us nowhere - and that new thoughts must emerge in order to move forward.
With daily practice of this routine the physical therapist provided, I'm slowly starting to change my muscles' normal way of moving. For the first time in over a year, my back pain has dwindled significantly.
Sometimes the scariest thing is the new thing, the uncharted territory - yet that new thing or undiscovered place may be just the thing that rids our pain and suffering.
I'm going to keep this in mind as I continue to try and engage new ways of using my muscles to get my body in a more harmonious place. And the minute my thoughts get lazy - I'll remember that physical therapy session and the importance of using my thoughts in a new way to achieve positive results.
What are some "lazy" thoughts that are blocking you from moving forward in your life? Any nice reminders to yourself to move past them? Share below!