Saturday, July 20, 2019

Is Your Inability to Crawl REALLY Killing You?

As children, we’re taught that “sticks and stones can break our bones, but words can never hurt us.” While a nice sentiment, the more I learn, the more I realize that old adage simply isn't true. Words do have the potential to harm. And the way some movement and rehabilitation professionals have chosen to wield them is doing just that.

For example:
  • “If you can’t roll, crawl, and squat like a baby, you’re destined for pain and dysfunction. Take my course to learn how.”
  • “If you do bench dips, upright rows, or behind-the-neck presses, you’ll wreck your shoulders. Buy my book to learn about optimal movement.”
  • “If you don’t learn how to breathe, you’re gonna die! Come with me if you want to live.”

Okay, so maybe that last one about breathing is literally true, but still.