When dealing with chronic pain, consider the basics of body ownership



movement, contraction, breathThe basics of body ownership:

  • Movement
  • Contraction
  • Breath

Everything else we do should be to support and make these things better!

I’ve never had a chronic pain client who was able to showcase any of these basics to me.


Not once!

Movements look ratchet-y.

Contraction maps are blurry.

Motor planning looks confusing for them.

When you ask them to try a simple movement, they want to talk about it for minutes before actually trying it and getting very confused.

Breathing is dysfunctional and they hold their breath with all movement.

Sound familiar?

You are looking at a brain that is slowly going to sleep.

Lack of activation is often the cause of the persons main pain complaints. Meaning, there is no magic lock combination for the problem.

It can be solved a number of different ways. You just need the right entry point.

Then you must build movement competency over time.

But, because we are taught to search for that one answer, people in chronic pain bounce around trying different isolated approaches that never actually create enough activation to begin making them healthier.

The more I learn, the more I come full circle back to the basics.

Having good body ownership is the key to sustainable health.

Taylor Kruse_5 reebokAbout the Author:

Taylor Kruse is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.

His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.


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