Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Okay. Today we’re actually going to, hi Laurie. Welcome today. We’re actually going to talk about finding your why. 

It sounds really random as far as the tissue and soft tissue, but let me explain what I’m thinking about this. So, we have a lot of people who come into this clinic. I don’t know if you guys know, but we always seem to get people who have gone everywhere and tried everything to get better. 

They’ve everybody that they’ve tried, nothing seems to work. We’re the end of the road for a lot of people where they jump on and they’re just like, I have to figure this out. I don’t, I don’t actually know what’s happening, but I’m hurting. 

Why Are You In Pain?

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
What made me think of this topic is we had a client come in the other day and he’s got a back injury and he’s had it for a couple of years, but the back injury is actually not what he came in for. 

He came in for something completely different, like completely different. The way that we work here is we kind of, we back everything up and kind of go through foundations and we work everything through and we line everything about balance set up and blah, blah. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Everybody gets an assessment depending on what they’re coming in for just like it’s mailbox. Well, let’s make sure. We look at the whole body first and then we’ll zero in on what it is. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? In, and I’m really blessed because I’ve, we’ve created this place in here with really comprehensive in all of its inter into its disciplines. 

Let’s say that. I have so many different people that come here, all these different colleagues, and then we have so many people that we can talk to about different things. So I was actually chatting. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Around the world, 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? I was chatting on the phone because this person, when people come in with stuff, it really bothers us to a point where we really, we can’t get it out of our head until we get them better. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
It bothers us in a good. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Way, in a good way, or so I, it’s a difficult case and I’ve been processing it and processing it through all these different situations that I can do. 

I have a colleague in Ireland that I actually was talking to and I shot him out a, a question, and I said, I needed help on this. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Market. Someone else, 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It was a different person in Ireland. It basically what he was doing is he was talking me through it, but he asked me this question, which is interesting. 

Cause we ask it of you guys all the time, but I didn’t even think about it. He goes, well, why did he get the hip replacement? Like why? Because I mean, it’s a long story, but he ended up with a hip replacement a while ago that proceeded something potentially. 

It came at a very, it was very unrelated. And I thought, well, we’ve asked that. I, then I thought it really stuck, struck me. It stuck with me of like, why did he have the hip replacement in the first place? 

I never asked him what led to that actually happening. We pride ourselves on asking a lot of why questions here. We ask a ton of questions, right? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
In order to create permanent change, both here in and out of the body, we really need to go digging to find the why. 

And, and in that, it’s not us asking the question, it’s you? So it really got me thinking about, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Well, what do you mean by that? 

Because it’s really, we can ask the question, but you’re the one that has to dive deep and figure out what it is. It’s not just this is not because of anything else. 

Well, let’s make sure about that. It takes the person going in. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Well, in this case, his why actually led us to a completely different pattern that helped us in his treatment. 

Right? It was, it was something that he didn’t think of that we didn’t actually think of. It helped him to get a better understanding of that. 

His injury didn’t just happen to him. He actually created the injury that happened to him. Does that make sense? It sounds so counterintuitive. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. I mean, it wasn’t a car accident. It wasn’t a major, fall off a three story building, whatever it was, he did something that’s set up a pattern which led to. 

Nobody consciously goes out to injure themselves. 

Like nobody walks out in the middle of the day. Like I’d like to hurt myself. We hear it all the time. We hear it all the time. When people come into the clinic and swear that their back just went out, my back, just went out. I wasn’t doing anything. My knee just went out. 

I wasn’t doing anything, oh, I wasn’t doing anything. All of a sudden I felt all this pain right here, or I literally woke up and I’m like, oh, I must have slipped wrong. Okay. Chances are that didn’t happen that way. 

Your, why has actually everything to do with that? Finding your why has also been a huge topic just this year in 2020, right? Because everybody it’s very introspective. 

Like everybody’s had to sit down and actually come to terms with not working, being around family more than they needed to being around different things and all sorts of different. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Many people have had a complete disruption of their life, of what their life was going. Right. 

There’s others that are like nurses and those, they just, they had a hard charged exactly what they’ve been doing even more so, but there a lot of us who got a moment to pause, right. 

In that moment we can stop and really take account, take a full stock of what we’ve been doing, how we’ve been doing it and can we change and make a better. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. And so such a good point. Really what that means you guys is that in order to create change in your body, we get to be introspective. 

We get to take accountability for our body. And, and that were actually probably a big part of the reason why we’re injured. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
This goes way back when you were just a kid, especially if you played sports or whatever. 

You had that coach that had thought he was a personal trainer and knew everything. We all had that. We both had that and they didn’t know what they were doing. 

No, there may have been some that did most, 

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Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Or they knew only to what they know, what ? Right. It’s like, you don’t know what you don’t know and what but let’s take a look at the why. 

Tonight, today is all about the Y comes out the end of the alphabet. There’s a lot of stuff that precludes the Y is the end of the alphabet, right. It’s right before Z and Z Zed. And that is it over and done. 

We get to figure out what that Y is. It comes to the body and soft tissue, what actually happens, right? At first let’s talk about anatomical position, right? Anatomical position is where the body is at its most relaxed state, right? 

It’s everything is in the proper alignment. And so we’re parallel. Everything is aligned, everything’s working. The body is formed with muscles, joints, nerves, all set up in this really cool infrastructure that it’s supposed to work when it’s in the right alignment, correct. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It moves best within those positions. What I mean by that is if your shoulder is sitting back where it’s supposed to be, then you have full range of motion all over the place, and you have ease of motion. 

If your shoulder is out of position, then your range of motion is limited. You start tugging and pulling on things that you probably shouldn’t be talking and pulling on. Right? 

Because the body is really built for movement with that comes that bad posture or bad position. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
And it is bad. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It’s bad. I’m not going to, I mean, yes, correct. But it’s, it’s bad. Let’s say we sit too much, right? We have uneven weight distribution, right? 

Let’s say we’re standing one side more than the other. We stand into one leg. We, we sit into one side more than the other. We sit forward, we drop our head forward, uneven weight distribution, which means the way it isn’t, it’s not, we’re not, stacked is a bad game of Jenga is basically what we are. 

Right. That in also pulls it into overuse patterning. Anytime you’re doing the same thing over and over and over the muscles, you’re asking the muscles to work in the same pattern over and over again. 

You develop a dormant side and a dominant side. These dominant muscle groups get a lot of attention in the dormant ones. Don’t get any attention at all, then not leads to imbalance and uneven weight distribution. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right. Soft tissue at that point gets pulled in different directions than it was meant to go. Right? The, so now my soft tissue is I’m sitting like this all the time. 

The soft tissue is being pulled, which I mean by soft tissue is tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints, cartilage, everything. It’s the, anything that isn’t bone is basically what I’m saying. It pulls more than it was meant to. 

There become stress into that area because now one side’s being attentive and the other side’s not getting any attention. The joints follow because muscle pulls bone. Anytime that there’s any irregularity where it’s pulling from one side more than the other, it’s going to change the way that the joint loads. 

From there’s stress on the bone. That’s where you get all of the osteoarthritis and the different joint deformities and yeah. All of the different poles and yanks that are on the bone because remodeling starts to happen. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
If you guys remember anytime you’re getting a lot of attention one side that the body is putting stuff into that side, it’s, it’s modeling it’s like, yeah. It’s like, it’s like a strong beam. 

So you’re building your own foundation. You’re only building and one side, all the construction’s just happening over there. They’re pulling it from the other side so that we can make sure that we’re stronger in the area that it sees the most movement. If that makes sense. 

Hopefully it does. There’s with that, you have a ton of strength and output changes. Now where you used to be really strong here, now you’re strong just to one side. Now you’re strong one side, but you’re not really strong on the other. Yeah. 

The weaknesses become more pronounced on the opposite sides. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. And with that, we move subconsciously, right? We’re not thinking like left foot, right foot, left foot, right. Foot left foot. 

There’s a blonde joke that talks about the whole left foot and right. Foot thing. But I don’t tell jokes very well. I’m a, I’m a blonde that can’t tell a blonde joke to say my life. We’re just gonna leave that one there. 

What that does is we, aren’t thinking about every movement that we make in the world, right? We’re not thinking I’m going to sit in a chair. Now I’m going to get out of the chair. 

Now I need to squeeze my glutes to get up out of the chair. In that the body is getting the sensory receptors. It’s having a conversation with your body, right? 

Your nerve receptors are having conversations with your brain. Your brain is sending it back to your body, but you’re not privy to the information outright. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It’s all very subconscious. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
I think the whole point of this is just trying to bring across that you are not, we are all subconsciously doing things that we’re not aware of. 

We’re creating patterns in our body from a long time ago that are just progressing through. And ultimately, finally, something’s going to fail. Some of these are going to go wrong and it’s going to show up. 

Now it’s my hip, it’s my shoulder or this or that. But it’s not because of one event. It’s something you started a while ago. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? In that, the biggest thing for us is if you start to think about what you’ve been doing in the past, let’s say you come in and you start having an injury, right? 

What was I doing in the past week? In the past month? What have I done differently? Have I changed my shoes? Have I been walking different? Have I decided to start running? Have I walked uphill? Have I been walking downhill? 

We have to start putting those things back into the why did this happen? Your body doesn’t just break down on you. There’s always a reason. In order for us to move forward in getting us better, we actually have to take personal accountability for what isn’t working for us. 

What I mean by that is if you only sit or stand one side all the time, this doesn’t make you wrong because you didn’t know. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It really means that we’re trying to go from a discovery to a change pattern. If we can do that, then we become empowered. 

Now, instead of standing one side and loading one hip all the time, which gave your back injury to begin with, we can be more cognizant. We can stand in the center of our body or shift our weight back and forth. 

So, the body doesn’t get used to doing one thing at a time, right? Really in most cases, when they talk about emotional intelligence, when they talk about a lot of change and like life coaching and moving forward, it’s really, you get to look at the past in order to change your future. 

What we’re seeing is in the world of the body, in the world of soft tissue in the world of injury, in order to change the future, we need to look at the past. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
This is, this goes for everybody out there. I mean, I’ve come across so many people who are so stubbornly set in their ways and they don’t want to take a look. 

I can say, cause I personally am one and that’s something I continue to work on because you’re so set in the way you’re doing it and I’m doing it right. 

This is something somebody showed me a long time ago and they’re amazing. Well, are they? And then are you doing it right? 

Let’s take a look and it really takes a moment to step back, get out of ego for a minute and see, could I possibly be doing this wrong? And could I do it better? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right. And, and ego, when we’re talking about ego within with the whole world of the why the ego is the thing that is keeping you from going to that next level, it’s it is the thing that’s like, I’m not going to change this because I had literally have been doing it all the time. 

I did it when I was 20. It worked for me when I was 20. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for you when you’re 40, you have to understand that the body does change. 

As we age, the body does change as we keep doing the same things over and over again. The biggest thing is the body, as it, the poor guy broke again for scholarly is like he’s falling. 

He’s literally falling apart as we speak. Not only that, but the body changes w the big point is what might’ve been a big and popular trend. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
The thing to do when you were 20, they have decided that, oh, that doesn’t work. Think about this. 

How many times has salt been bad for you? Salt is bad for you. Assaulted. Good for you. Salt is bad for you. Salt is good for you. Every time they come up with a new study, it might be bad. 

It might be good, but ultimately you’ve got to figure out what is best for you. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Another way. I’ve been thinking about that. 

Another way to look at is when you’re 19 20, 25, 27, your disc spaces, joint spaces are help well healthier, but have a lot more play a lot more. 

What you’re able to do then is going to dictate how you’re going to be able to move later. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
So if you’re, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
If you’re a pound in the bench press, and you’re doing all this stuff, and you’re getting big and strongest for guys and women too, and doing all that stuff, you were able to power lift and you all CrossFit and build amazing. 

How can you still maintain that when you’re 50? 

Finding The Why: What Did You Do When You Were Younger?

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Not only that, but to that point, like, here’s the, here’s another thing. That the client that were talking about when they came in wasn’t, what have you just done? 

It’s like, oh, what did you do when you were younger? Oh, did you fall down a lot? Because, based on where his injury was, did you fall down? Like, no. Well, did you go skiing a lot? No. Did you skateboard? Yes. But you never fell down. 

Okay. I fell down. It’s stuff that you really have to you, it’s not that we’re blaming you. It’s like, we’re trying to figure out your pattern. It turns out you did fall down. Oh, and you got into like 15 fights. 

At some point somebody kicked, punched you or knocked you out or fell down, or you did this. It might be something from when you were 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, that now as a 40 something or a 30 something or a 50 something, you’re now getting the repercussions on. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
This is all about taking a chance to really go in and look back at what may have been the cause of the current situation that you have. 

This works in both, like you said, emotionally, physically, mentally, financially, every aspect of your life. As far as soft tissue, it is something that gets forgotten. People think when they hurt themselves, they hurt. 

They also really, they think that when they hurt themselves and they get better, then they’re better forever. And it’s like, oh, I hurt myself. In two days I feel a lot better. And is that really true? 

Or did it just heal itself in the moment, but it hasn’t healed itself in the big picture because it’s changed everything else that you’ve been doing. 

Something that happened to you earlier on could be having a direct influence on something else that you’re experiencing. 

It doesn’t even have to be close to where that in-depth original injury happened. Something that happened at your cervical spine when you were 20 and you got hit by a snowboarder, jumped off a jump and landed on your head. 

He had a helmet on, say, your helmet cracked in half. Your head took that impact. Your neck took that impact. You’re fine. Cause you were 20 and now you’re 50 and you can’t move your leg for some reason. 

It could be a direct correlation to that. It was an old injury that was never addressed properly. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. The reason why we’re bringing this up today is because it is a forgotten thing. 

People really, they get in a moment of like, I’m hurt now, and this is what it’s got to be. 

What we need to do is we need to make sure that you understand that it’s really not about what’s happening currently. Now there are exceptions to this rule. If you get hit by a car, if. 

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Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. If something attacks you, if you get hurt in a game, if you get hurt, if something actually happens and hits you and you break, that’s a chance that was the cause of it was. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Even in that, going through the recovery of that injury, now we still get to address that old stuff. 

That old pattern is all set in there. Cause we’re trying now to fix this shoulder, but that shoulder won’t completely fix. 

Why won’t it be completely fixed when we have old patterns that you’re still stuck with, that we get to address that. 

Don’t Let Your Body Lag

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? In that finding your why, like were talking about the injury that may come up is something so different than what your original injury was. 

The person that came in, fell down and hurt himself a long time ago. Now he’s feeling it in a totally different part of his body, completely unrelated to his original injury. So it’s not necessarily that it’s unrelated. 

The big takeaway for today, you guys is we’ve been doing so much introspection and so much thinking and so much figuring out the best for us, hopefully to go to the future, don’t let your body lag. 

Don’t let it take the easy route, which means don’t ever let somebody else go and do more of the work you’re willing to do on your own body because you truly hold the key to your health and your happiness. 

There’s no questions that we’re going to ask, unless you provide us with the answers that we’re going to be able to get to that next level. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? It’s you doing a lot of the work of the why that will allow you to go to the aha moment of the what? 

You can actually take that to the, when I get fixed or when I feel better or that’s going to be the next step. 

So it really does. It is all about what happened in the past in order to change your future is where you get to look. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
A hundred percent. Yeah, 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. Everybody will get to look at the why, get to figure out why this is continuing. 

Continuing Patterns Have A “Why” Behind Them

Especially if it’s a continuing pattern that continues to come up over and over again. Why does my back keep right in that spot? Right back. Just coming up. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Well, every time right here. All the time, right. We’re right here. Right here. Okay. Well, when you had a little one, you breastfed every single day like this for like years or at least a year, and now you’ve got this recurring thing that goes on all the time. 

Oh, I didn’t even know that because she’s six now or whatever the case is. You still have the same issue going on. There’s so much of that. It’s in your subconscious. So get in. 

When you have an injury, go back into what happened in the last week. What happened in the last month? What happened to you when you were younger? What happened in certain areas? Do you do things one way more than the other? 

Yes. You’re the reason that you’re my inspiration for this today. We’ll be able to move forward together. 

Because you’re doing that, you’re going to help your therapist or whoever your healthcare provider is, move forward to get the best result from whatever it is that we need to do for you. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
At here. All we want is for you to be not just better from whatever you came in with, but to be even the best you’ve ever been and to keep striving for more, keep getting better and better. 

Like you reached that goal. Find another goal. So now we get the shoulder working. What else can we get to you to better than you? 

Why are many evermore promoted back when you’re 19, 20 years old? Get that feeling again? Yeah, 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Absolutely. Because life doesn’t just get older. 

It gets better. If you allow it to, you can be the best you can be every decade and every decade up until the end. It’s just, how much are you willing to work for it? And it does take work. 

That’s what it takes, unfortunately. But it does. You, can’t just pretend like it’s all going to be. Okay. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this conversation that we had today. What’s your why? 

I’m all about it, please. If you could leave me the comment about what your, why is like, what was your aha takeaway from this today? That would be really exciting for me to read and to find out. 

Also, if you have somebody who hasn’t been able to figure out what their injury is, or they keep having the same thing over and over again, pass it along to them, ask them what their why is because really working together is how we make you guys feel so much better. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Don’t just ask what’s wrong with you? Yes. I keep asking that about mark and you just, you don’t know yet. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
He wrote with what’s wrong with you is not a nice question. What’s your, why is a better question? Okay. 

Anyway, I hope you guys had a great one. We will be with you next week and for the last episode of the year, and we hope you’re having a great week until then. 

Until then we will see you soon.