Hey, everyone. Welcome back to "Pr1me Time." Dr. Kuntz here as always, and we're gonna go over kind of heavy topic today, but we're gonna tap into the best we can. It's for those of you who are feeling old and broken, and you're not sure what you can do anymore. I understand even in my, we'll call it 10 to 15 year progression from working out, having gone through some trials and tribulations, life in general becomes much more than just musculoskeletal. What I mean by that is it becomes much more than just injuries that you occur. Those alone can be challenging in terms of really the psyche component. You know, because I've had a couple times where I've tweaked my back or my shoulder, you know, I played baseball up until the time I was 18, never really was taught how to throw correctly. And I know that there's been some labral damage on my right side. I remember my velocity going down in my senior year, had a skiing accident, my left shoulder, etc.
And so as you continue to work out over the course of years, yeah, you feel a little bit more banged up. To some extent, even when you're trying to do the best you can, I can tell you right now, I know for me, personally, I've only been probably really properly correctly working for maybe five years out of the 15 or so. However, it's even more than that. Life and just stress as we get older becomes really challenging. The psyche component of feeling old and broken, I think, again, it's the accumulation of stressors, not just the injuries. And the accumulation of fatigue, I think, eventually just builds up on us. And there can be some level of wanna be breaking point where it's like, man, just how much harder do I keep fighting? And I think we all kind of run into that at some point. Like, how much hard do I really need to keep fighting to stay active, to be who I really am?
The flame goes through tornadoes, it goes through big hurricanes, it gets challenging sometimes. And so that big flame where everything was feeling sky high, for a lot of us things would feel great, felt vulnerable. When you're 18, big flame of who we are now. Keep working hard and feel great. Yeah, as you get older that will get absolutely challenged. Absolutely challenged. And I've seen it with a lot of people I worked out over the years, just those who have kind of fallen off. It's kind of like the movie Avatar. Most of you should have seen this movie by now, so I don't think I'm spoiling it. And End Game where all of a sudden, like half the people disappear. That's kind of like the mentality, I think, I see as I continue to persevere, and work out hard, and battle through life. Because man, life can be tough sometimes. But keep battling, keep staying on gym, keep working out. And all of a sudden, you look around you and half the people that you knew were kind of by your side and maybe not lifting partners, but there was kind of this aura between you and your friends. They were continuing to strive forwards and people getting knocked out left and right. Maybe it is injuries, maybe it's just life, maybe it's a divorce. Maybe it's a business that went sideways. And all these accumulations of tough life stressors add into the feeling to the perception of feeling old and broken.
So, all right, let's say you're 45. Maybe you've gone through divorce, and you've had let's just say for example, hip pain and knee pain, even back pain that's coming up. And you're trying to work out, but you're getting to a point where you're like, well, what the hell? Is this even worth it? Am I just hurting myself by trying to go the gym anymore? Because this feels ridiculous in terms of all the crap that you gotta put up with. Maybe you're icing yourself all the time, not getting the workouts in that you used to, maybe your even diet's kind of gone downhill and you've had some X-rays and maybe an MRI, and you're kind of seeing the changes in arthritis, maybe that low back pain's turned into a bulging disc. You see what's purportedly told as grade three osteoarthritis in your hip and you're kind of wondering, what the hell is this even working? I'm not that same 20-year-old that I used to be. Well, it was really easy back then to get your work out.
So from my advice to you, because we work with a lot of people that are actually pretty similar to that, I can tell you right now, I'm sure at some point in my 40s or 50s, that thought will happen, I think it's actually pretty normal. I think it's good for you to hear that it's pretty normal for a lot of people to hear that and to say that. But I think it starts with go find a specialist. I think it comes back to, and I'm not gonna just say physical therapy at this point, I'm gonna say someone who can really sit down, have a great discussion with you, and learn more about your injuries. Because I think the impact, the trauma, whatever started those injuries, gives us a little insight as to the quality of your movement patterns. And really how you've been training. Your training can be only off in terms of the idealistic setup. If it's only off by just two degrees, you gotta think about kind of the analogy of shooting towards the moon. And let's say the moon resembles being 50 years old and being incredibly healthy and feeling great. But let's say just because over the years of your training methods, and they've been a little off, they're not quite right, maybe some old school patterns of thought, maybe just movements that aren't quite right for your body, or the form that's not right for your body, you're off just a couple degrees. Well, guess what, a couple of those degrees off as you initially set off on your journey from the Earth to the moon, you could be off hundreds of thousands of miles. And those hundreds and thousands of miles equate to those pains that you're feeling, most likely, including your hip, your back, and your knee, what have you. And maybe even sometimes we just get unlucky and there's trauma. Maybe you had a car accident, maybe you had yourself a skiing injury or something like that. So that too is thrown in there on your journey. And now you're even further hundreds of thousands of miles off, you've accumulated more pain.
So let's take at that moment, you're 45 or 50. And now instead of aiming at the moon, you're hundreds of thousands of miles off. Now, to kind of get back on track, it's kind of like, let's start from square one and let's just learn about what your journey has been like. So that's where again, learning about your injuries, learning about what's happened, learning about how you've trained all matters. And then it really matters to go into a really great full body movement assessment. Because I've learned over the course of my years how ridiculously everything is kind of conjoined in the old stupid saying, the knee bone connected to the hip bone. It's so true, man. It's so true the different types of slings and myofascial chains and all these connections from joint to joint, that even have a relationship further down the road from left ankle to right shoulder. You know, it can really be that connected even depending on the type of movement you have. So it starts with really assessing the whole body and understanding your impairments. Where are your weakest links, and what are we doing to clean those up? I think it's as simple as that.
Stop perpetuating the pain, have an open mind that, hey, we are gonna really slow things down, we're gonna really address those movement patterns that you had at the gym that might have been worsening your pain, we're gonna really clean those up, slow it down. And we need to re-initiate with a plan that will get you back on track. So a lot of times, again, you have to have that open mind and that willingness to slow down on all those exercises that were making things worse, and be open-minded about receiving new exercises and new way, new shape. And you might be upset in the sense that man, I used to always do squats at 205. But yeah, John, but look at the form that you were doing it, you were really hurting yourself by doing that form. So what I need for you is to be open-minded that you're gonna go down into a squat. In fact, you're not even doing 90 degrees, because you don't have the mobility to do that, you're gonna go to 45 degrees, and you're gonna just do three sets of 20 high reps, slow pace, you're gonna have to start there. Because that's where your body's ready for. That's what your body is capable for. Now, right there, that's a moment for that person to have a decision. If they can accept that, in terms of that's what they need to get back toward the moon, great. If they can't accept that, and that's just not who they are, they're rough and tough John, and they've never only had to do air squats, well, that's a psychological barrier and that's okay. But they need to know that. And that's where some level of change fatigue can even play a role. If I'm asking you to change up this and that, maybe they just don't have the energy for that, maybe they're just too tired from work, it's building up on them, they're stressed at home, finances are frustrating them as well, you see. So if it's just one more additional piece of energy that I'm adding in there that also has to change, that might be tough for them. So that's that kind of big elephant in the room, I think, as I talked about a lot, but really, what's our mentality in between the ears, and how does that psyche going to help or hurt us when we're feeling old and broken when we need to make changes and a decision?
So if you can understand that, you need to be patient. Yes, maybe years worth the movements you were doing was harmful. If you can swallow that down. Maybe you were mistold by someone, maybe you were mistold by, who knows, a PE trainer, or PE teacher, or a trainer that you worked with five years ago. If you're working with a specialist, you have to understand that you might have been mistold certain things in the past and now we gotta break those habits down. And I find myself addressing that every day. Let's break down the bad habits, which by the way, are incorporated in simple stuff like how are you sitting? How are you walking? How do you bend down to grab that pin that you dropped? It's actually quite amazing to just see very fundamental movements, and how they play out because when you're working out, those movements will only be exacerbated or exposed. And therefore, they can be more harmful, because you're loading it usually with weight. So yes, if you're feeling old and broken, be open-minded, be open-minded that you need to slow things down, see a specialist, and that you may be on a long journey.
Because now that you're hundreds and thousands away from the moon, and you're gonna have to change direction, you're gonna have to go around the moon a few times before you can slow down and then sit on it. There'll be a lot of energy used there to change inertia, which by the way is its own topic in itself. Anytime you change inertia, that's really hard for people, people are creatures of habit, we'd like to sit in the same seat in high school every day, even when we didn't have mandatory sitting, you liked to sit in the same chair every day, when you read your newspaper, when you look at your phone, and you hold it in the same way every time. So if you break inertia, that's work for the body, that's work for the brain. Your brain's really consumed about one thing and that's saving energy. Because that's all it knows. Only up until the last 200 years have we now had enough nutrition and food, and well, to the point that obesity is an epidemic. But the brain's not really caught up. So it might take who knows, I'm not a master, or understanding on evolution, but it might take thousands of years before our brain really catches up and understands, hey, movement quality actually really matters. Just think about that for a second.
So yes, long story short, guys. Be open-minded, know that you're gonna have to change inertia, know that you're gonna have to change up a lot of things and a lot of bad habits that will take a lot of energy, and that you're gonna have to really drop the weight with a lot of your exercises, probably learn a new exercise regimen, you're gonna have to learn how to regularly incorporate de-load weeks or rest breaks in your workout programs, you have to alter workout programs and understand too you almost always be on the fight of trying to continue to fight your weaknesses and your impairments. We just wanna minimize those impairments to the point that they're not causing pain. I think it's as simple as that.
So for those of you that do feel old and broken, you've tried everything, maybe you've tried physiotherapy before, tried chiropractic use, maybe you're trying to hold off from surgery, maybe even contemplating stem cell use or PRP, and you're just lost. Maybe you've [inaudible 00:12:44] up, feel free to reach out to me, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, that's email@example.com. I would love to just know about the scenario that you're in and how we could potentially help you as well. I know it's not easy by any means, and I know I can't save everyone because sometimes you just can't save everyone. But I'd like to know that maybe 80% to 90% of those of you out there, we can at least give you some direction. And maybe it's not as bad as you actually think. That's the other conundrum. You were told by your doctor 20 years ago that that back's about to go, you'll never be the same, you shouldn't work out anymore. Maybe we're gonna have to get through that barrier because maybe I'll disagree after I analyze you and say, "You know what, it's actually not that bad. It's actually these muscles that are really tight, that we need to loosen up. We just need to get over the fact that you've been fearful of this movement for 20 years." Do you see how that can be another psychological barrier that we've kind of talked about that limits your ability to not feel old and broken?
So I guess to kind of sum it up, a lot of this is in between the ears, you know, we've talked about breaking inertia, being open-minded, being told by the doctor that you should never do this again. A lot of this is in between the ears and it does take a willingness, openness, and a mindset shift, in addition to, of course, the musculoskeletal mechanical things that need to happen to get your pain below the threshold. And that's really all we need to, find enough weaknesses, address those to get to the point that your body can handle such a way to get the pain below the threshold so you just don't feel it. All right, easier said than done. I get it. But that's kind of the paradigm. All right, heavy topic. Feel free to chew through that and think about it. Listen to it again if you need to. My name is Dr. Chad Kuntz, thank you so much for tuning in to "Pr1me Time."
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