Are your tires aligned? - Upright Health

Are your tires aligned?

One of the best metaphors for the way your body works is one of the car.  Let’s say your left front tire keeps going bald.  Every seven months, the left front tire is run totally bald — and yet somehow all the other tires seem to be fine.  Is the problem the tire, or is the problem something else?Obviously the problem is something else.  The alignment is off!

What part of your body does the tire represent?

For some, it’s that knee that goes out every few months and keeps them out of their running shoes.  For others, it’s the lower back that goes wildly into spasm, keeping them from playing tennis.  Or perhaps it’s the elbow that flares up after two hours of tennis and won’t settle down for weeks.

There is something that sets the body apart from a car that makes the metaphor fall apart, makes it a little hard to recognize exactly what’s going on, but ultimately means you can beat your pain.

Your body HEALS.  That’s right.  Your body’s way more complex than a car because it actually regrows bits and pieces of itself (bet you wish your car’s paint would do that!).

When a car tire goes bald, you have to replace it.

When your knee aches, you don’t get to replace it (unless you’re old and the doctor says so).  You rest it, and, over time, it heals enough that you feel comfortable using it again.  So you think everything’s fine.  The tread grows back on the tire.  But then you wear down the tread, and the knee hurts again. So you rest, and the tread grows back, and you wear it down.  And it grows back.  And you wear it down.  Eventually, you run that tire ragged to the point that your body CAN’T heal it fast enough and thick enough and then you REALLY need to replace that knee/tire.

But what if you fixed the alignment from the outset? What if you made sure that the knee wasn’t being used in a way that wore it down?  What if you straightened things out so that the tire could keep its tread at a healthy level so that you don’t end up with bald tires, bad knees, and a bunch of pain?

If you’ve been experiencing intermittent pain and are wondering what your posture might have to do with it, feel free to give me a call or book a free consultation by using the online booking tool on my website!  Your tires will thank you!

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About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.

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