Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
We’re talking about habits today. 

Habits, habits, habits, and mainly why do you not really want to get better? Because so, okay, don’t get me wrong. We totally believe that your pain is real and we totally believe that you are in an injury and you have something going on with you. 

The question is, why can’t I get better? 

Habits Are Key To Healing

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Why does it keep coming? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Why does it keep? We hear this from clients literally all the time. They’re desperate to get better, but they just can’t seem to connect the dots to do it. Now, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Spot in my back keeps coming back. It goes away for about a week or two or every year. About this time of year, that pain comes back. Why is it? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Well, what if I told you that it’s your fault that it’s not getting better, not your fault, but it’s your. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC

Not fault, but it’s your doing? Because it’s your way, rear frame of thinking and your framework over everything as to why you’re not really getting better. Is it confronting? It could. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Be triggering. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It might be, are you going to turn us off now? 

Cause you might or tune us out because we’re used to that. Either or whatever you want to do, but some of us are really stuck in that mindset that we want somebody else to fix us. 

We’re not really willing to take it on ourself today. We’re talking about habits. Oh, and why are we in front of a green screen? Might you ask, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Would you ask that you should. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC

So let’s talk about habits. What a habit, not hamburger habit, but what is a habit? I have, it is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially that one that is hard to give up. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Does that have to do with our bodies? What does it have to do with injury? 

Patterns In The Body Can Help Or Hurt

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
For me, what it is it’s about patterns. It’s about patterns. We’ve put our bodies into habits that we put into our body that we’re not consciously trying to do. 

It just ended up that way because of different circumstances led to that habit and it just became ingrained. It could have started as early as zero to five years. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah, you get into a comfort level, right? You get into a consistency. So here’s something really cool. 

You guys so research from 2012 and it looking at habit information, it suggests 10 weeks or about two and a half months is more of a realistic estimation for people. The main evidence backed timeframe for habit breaking comes from that. 

It can take at least between 18 days to 254 days to break a habit rule. It’s generally between 10 weeks, that’s two and a half months. In order to break a habit, you’re looking at 18 to 254 days. 

That’s crazy. Right? This goes to show you why things are so hard to change. Like why is it so hard for us to start doing something that we know like eating, right? 

Like watching what we, how we work out, making sure we go work out every single day, reading certain books, doing certain things that we know we should be doing. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Why does it take us so long to become habitualized? Because it anywhere. Okay. 


Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Well, one of the big reasons for me that it doesn’t change this a lot of times we don’t know it’s a problem. We don’t know that whatever we’re doing, that habit is actually what’s causing our pain. Yeah. 

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Take Responsibility For Breaking Habits

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah, yeah. The thing is with habits, you need to make them in the forefront of your brain for at least 66 days, at least before things start to become automatic. 

You need to take personal responsibility and accountability to create a new habit in your body or to break an old habit. That’s crazy. Right? The thing is this is all neural. It’s all nerve based. It’s all neural re-patterning and neuroscientists have traced our habit, making behaviors back to the part of the brain called the basal ganglia. 

And it also plays a role. It also plays a key role in the development of emotions. This is why a lot of us are tied to our habits because it’s tied back to our emotional state emotions, memories, pattern recognition, having crazy decisions to, for us to actually make decisions. There are different part of the brain called a prefrontal cortex. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
There are two very different parts of the brains. We’re trying to do things from here and make decisions on how we’re going to do it doesn’t stick because we’re not tying any type of emotion or feeling to it, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Which is ironic because the only way to change anything like that is to decide that you want to make that change. You have to make that decision to make the change. That’s the first step, but then it’s what do you need to do from there? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? It’s that decision, but it’s based on that emotion that the habits not working for you because decisions does aren’t made cerebrally. Like we don’t make decisions on that. 

The ones that don’t are the ones that we don’t stick is when we tie something to it, I need to change this habit because I don’t like how I’m feeling about myself, because I don’t feel good because I hurt because every time I do this hurts. I need to stop and change how I’m doing things. It’s a direct correlation between emotions and repetition. 

It’s really interesting because I think most people, when they’re trying, when they’re injured, they’re tied to that emotion of being injured, right? Sometimes it’s being tied to the emotion of, I don’t want to get out of the injury or I, what am I going to do if I get out of that? 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
You’re right. If you’ve had that injury long enough, or that situation long enough, it can start to get its talents into your identity. It’s who you are now become. Sure. 

Habits Are The Brain’s Internal Drivers

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
So habits are the brain internal drivers. That’s what they do. They, they drive us. They drive us forward. Hi guys. Hi mark. Hi Charlie. Hi Sadie. To change an old habit, you get to find out how to replace that routine of that old habit, because it’s really how that routine makes you feel. 

It’s, it’s how comfortable you are doing it, but you get to look forward to the same reward of a new habit. It can’t, you can’t change one without the other. It’s like, it’s like Indiana Jones. 

Remember when he had to take the gold out from the booby trap thing and he had to figure out how to replace the gold with the weight and the weight distribution had to be exactly the same. Otherwise he was going to get killed and shot or whatever happened indiana. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Jones. He, no. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
You can tell how often I watch. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
If you got it right then that wouldn’t be so exciting. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
What we’re trying to say is are you sitting on a Shamrock that, or the green screen, if you should have tuned in at the beginning and you were to realize what were doing behind this green screen. Next thing next time, you’ll know, show up early. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
You have a puzzle at the beginning too. Yeah. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Listen, what we’re doing is we’re replacing one with the other, right? It’s got to have an emotion and emotional tie to the front, a reward base. What are you getting out from the old habit? 

How do you replace it with something from this new habit? Being able to be enthusiastic to stick to it? The cool thing is that we can change things. Neural pathways are changed all the time. Good and bad. We’re constantly changing the game with how we move from the brain to the body, from the body to the brain. 

Remember the body is constantly sending data up to the brain and the brain is responding. That’s actually how we contract and move muscles. Right? There’s there’s a constant, all of your neuro sensors are constantly going off to tell you if you’re moving. If you’re contracting, if you’re cold, if you’re hot, if you’ve you’re in fear. 

Neural Repatterning 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
If you’re in pain, if you’re overstretching, if whatever, yes. 

Let’s keep going on the habit because I don’t know. I don’t know what that is. What is the movie? Any who you guys are so off on that one? Listen, the beauty of neural repatterning is that when we get into any type of injury or any type of thing that isn’t working for us, we get the opportunity to make a decision to change it. 

From there, how do we change it to where it sticks? We get to feel it and we get to put the emotion behind it. Right? The brain is an amazing thing. I know I say amazing a lot. 

I’m realizing how much I say it, but it’s super powerful in the fact that the one thing the brain knows that the brain does, is it can’t detect the difference between real stimuli and stimuli that we’ve thought up. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
In fact, in 2003 study. 

Speaker 3
Was done, wasn’t it? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. Good job. Harvard did a study in 2003, shut up. You know what my habit is? Oh my God. In 2003, Harvard did a study on penis. 

He brought a bunch of pianists to play the piano pianists, and they hook them up with all the electrodes and they studied their brain and the stimuli of their brain when they played there a specific tune. 

What they did is they retested them 20 minutes later. Years later, by having them keep the electrodes in their head. What they’ll do is they think about their music that they’re. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Thinking about the same song and what it does is it stimulates the same parts of the brain. Will the movement habits that are created in your body dictate where your postural imbalances produce pain? 

I give up, I give up. Yes, I, yes. It’s exactly true. The, the penis, so going back to this study, the study shows that the brain doesn’t differentiate between stimuli, that’s actually produced externally and stimulated produced internally. 

That’s how powerful we are. We can actually create a habit and change how our body feels and moves based on how we’re thinking. To go back to why can’t we get better, because majority of us are thinking about our pain all the time, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Stuck in that. And. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
We’re stuck in the fact that we don’t, I can’t do this. I can’t do that. I can’t do this. Oh, I can’t. If this, about this hurts, instead of repositioning how we think and tie it to an emotion of, oh, if I do this, I’ll get better. Oh, that feels better if I do it. Oh, let’s move here. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Is the outcome. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It, it almost becomes like a limiting belief. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
It’s pretty much eliminate. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. So, and eliminating belief is basically when somebody else has told you can’t, or you have told you can’t and you believe them. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Henry Ford mentioned that just the same thing of the candidates, like whether you can, or you can’t. You’re exactly right. If you think you can, you will, if you think you can’t, you’re your exactly. You won’t. So, 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
The cool thing with the brain is the brain has this thing called neuroplasticity. When you trigger certain things, the brain starts to remember it and starts to create a whole new pathway based around the stimuli that it’s getting over and over again. 

And you’ll hear me say it. I’ve said it before that energy flows, where the attention goes. If we’re attention is constantly on stuff that isn’t working, we’re going to be bringing up stuff that doesn’t work, and you’re gonna prove yourself, right. 

Over and over again. If we start realizing how powerful the brain and body connection is, we can actually change our pain, level pain pathways, and changing how we get out of pain permanently, which is so cool. 

Because remember the majority of our chronic pain that we’re dealing with is like mark said, postural imbalances. It’s me. It means that things that we’re doing have been overloaded in one area and under loaded in the other. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
All of the body just starts to adapt and follow. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
This is what I was talking about earlier about that learned you didn’t realize you got into this battery at this counter because of things that have stacked up in your life. 

This could be over years, decades, like 10, 20, 30 years. Finally, all of a sudden, now I’m getting this pain. Where did it come from? I didn’t do anything. Well, you’ve been doing price up for a long, wrong for a long time incorrectly for a while. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right? The other thing too is we get a lot of people who, well, we don’t get a lot. We will get people who come in here and then we’ll give them exercises to do so we’ll show them what’s going on with their body. 

We’ll start to tell them how to kind of change things. The one thing that we require is that you be an active participant in you actually getting better and you get to do exercises. 

What I mean by exercises is not two sets of 10. I mean, you, what, the thing that we do all over and over again, as we tell people, you get to do these until you feel that you can’t do them correctly anymore because fatigue sets in, right? 

We’re trying to do it in a camp three. Think through your exercise, you have to feel the change that comes in. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Because as soon as you put feeling into it, the body changes, it really does. What you have to do is replicate that feeling as many times as possible. 

Remember, going back to the beginning 18 to 254 days, that means that’s a lot of retracting and pulling back. That’s a lot of pulling your belly button in and pulling your pubic bone up. 

That’s a lot, I’m doing the same thing. What we’ll get sometimes is we’ll get, yeah, well, I’ve done it. I did it a couple of times. 


Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Didn’t get better. 

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Train Yourself To Do It The Right Way

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
And it didn’t get better. Well, here’s the thing. We’re with you one hour, you’re with you for the remaining 23 hours. 

You have 24 hours in your day to get things done. If you subconsciously, aren’t connecting to your body’s going to remember what you’re doing, whether it’s right or wrong, because it doesn’t distinguish the difference. 

You can train yourself to do it wrong just as easily as you can train yourself to do it. Right. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Right. If you’re doing it, if you’re getting sets of Jake, I want you to do 40 of these. 

I want you to do four sets of 10 and you do all four sets of 10 incorrectly using the wrong moving pattern. You just keep reinforcing the same incorrect moving pattern. I’d rather you do it twice correctly than 40 times wrong. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
And the, yeah, exactly. The thing is too, is that they say change is painful, changes. Only painful because it’s pain. 

It’s so hard to set ourselves up to do something different because we’re so used to doing it this way. Yeah. If, and what we have to do is we have to make the decision to change and make a decision that where you are right now in your pain is not serving you anymore. 

How do you get out of it? You invest your time and your mindset in changing that movement, you can do it by using someone else to say, like Mike said at the beginning, sometimes subconsciously, we don’t even know what we’re doing. Right. Because it’s become such a, 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Such a routine that it is. You don’t know what you don’t know. A lot of times what you have to do is you have to create that understanding of like, you’re, oh, I’m not doing it. 

Oh my gosh, my, I didn’t realize that I, my shoulder moved forward. I didn’t realize that every time I moved up to do an overhead press or anything, that my shoulders sitting forward and it’s pinching up here, I just noticed the pitch. 

Well, once you get the aha of where the shoulder actually is, or the body part or whatever, is happening, the postural imbalance, then we get to take it. What I always say is we take something that’s been subconscious, bring it back to the conscious, smack it around. 

We’re, it’s your job to move it back down into the subconscious layer, into more of a habit. It’s painful because that means you get to be uncomfortable in your body, doing something different in order to create a new level of comfort. 

Your Form Matters

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Absolutely. It’s just, but the first step is deciding that you’re tired of having that pain, got to make that first decision, because we can’t do it for you. No one can do it for you. You only, you can make a change. We can only guide you through that change. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Know that if you’re doing it’s going to take time. 

Most of the time, you didn’t get that way overnight, unless it’s an acute injury where someone you get hit by a car or you fall into something that chances more often than not chronic injury is over use. 

That means over time, the same thing is going on over and over again. You’re setting yourself up for bad things. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
The big thing we look at is sure, you got hit, save, got hit. He got in a car accident. A lot of cards has happened. 

What was your body like before that car accident, you could have been pain free, but how, what would dysfunctional patterns were already set in? And now you get slammed. You get, you got it. Now you got a whiplash you’re dealing with your shoulder, whatever. 

That shoulder was already in a dysfunctional pattern before the accident right now, you’re going to try to do rehab on it. If you don’t get it positioned correctly, you’re still gonna have the old movement patterns. 

Even going through rehab, unless that physical therapist, whoever you’re working with guide you back to the proper movement pattern it’s gonna take, it’s gonna be a long road. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
It’s a long road. How many of you guys out there, how many of you guys have had something where you’ve been trying to create a new habit? Like this is January. This is when everybody tries to create a new habit, right? 

How many of you were like, I’m going to give up this dry January. We’re going to give up sugar sweets and alcohol and bread and all that stuff for all of January. I know a lot of people that do it, but what you’re doing is you’re trying to give yourself 30 days and hoping that you’ll be able to withdraw yourself so much. 

The funny thing is about that is everybody. I can’t say everybody. A lot of people that do it are just waiting for February 1st to come around so that they can start it, all that stuff again, because they’re so attached to the emotion behind what they’re doing, the drinking, the eating, the socializing with sweets. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC

Changing Habits Is All About Mindset

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
My God, cookies and all that stuff at night, it’s more of the habit that you are doing to get yourself into that space. 

It’s really about that mindset, setting yourself up for what do am I supposed to feel like in perfect movement? What am I supposed to feel like when my posture is correct? 

What is my body supposed to be feeling like when I’m out of pain? I will say something that people tend to get upset with me about is that if you’re not getting out of pain, there’s something that you’re attached to on that aside of being in pain. 

You get to ask yourself, why do I want to stay in pain? Because truthfully, there’s nothing good for you on that side, except for you get to be right. That you’re always in pain and you get to be in a bad mood and people aren’t treating you. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Right. Nobody understands you and you’re emotionally attached to it. There’s a lot of that. 

You need to start asking yourself where’s the emotional tie to why I’m still in pain and that’s super confronting and super triggering for a lot of people. 

We’ve found a lot of times when people don’t want to get better, that’s what they’re still attached to as well. So at least I have, 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Well, it’s really because you don’t want to say is that as an excuse, that as an excuse, why they’re not getting better, but if they’re really truly doing the work and they put all the time in and they’re still not getting better, that’s when it’s time to investigate, okay, what’s further going wrong. 

That might not be, it might not be there. If they’ve had all the tests on, they’ve seen all the doctors and they’re still not getting better. There’s something that are tied to. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah, it’s an, it becomes emotional. We’ve found that a lot of people who were still in pain after a while, it’s something deep in their emotions. It’s so deep that they don’t even know about it. 

Yeah. Don’t know about Americans, but Irish people love to have something to complain about. So to Americans, we all do. I think that’s just people in general that we, because otherwise, what will we have a conversation about? 

If we didn’t spend a lot of time complaining, it’s like commiserating, right? I tell you about my pain. You tell me about yours. I tell you about this pain over here. You tell me, it becomes like this contest of. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Who’s in government. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Of course, why not? Anyhow. I hope that I hope this triggered you. I hope this got you upset. I hope that you’re like these people don’t know what they’re talking about. 

Later down the line, you start thinking about your pain and really what it’s tied to. You get to take a look at what’s happening because pain, the body doesn’t like being in pain. It does a lot of stuff to try and get rid of the pain. 

So if you’re still there, why? So something is failing you. This is about you get to chance to create a habit for you. This is about you taking control of your life, both mentally and emotionally and physically, because remember change happens, not just cerebrally, but somatically and experientially. 

You have to be able to have a combination of all three to make things stick. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Absolutely. The first step in my opinion is deciding it’s time to change. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
That’s always, We really somatically experienced actually is doing the work. Think it, feel it, do the work to make it stick. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
What would it be like not being in pain. How would that be? How would that show up for you? 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
How would that be. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
Something you can’t even handle now? You don’t even know what to do because you are not in pain anymore. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Yeah. Hopefully you guys, this gives you something to think about. This gives you something to feel and hopefully you’re going to do something about it. 

The Most Important Thing Is To Do Something

The biggest thing is to do something about it. Decide that’s a big way. Hey, I hope you guys enjoyed it. I want you guys share this video with somebody who may need to hear it. 

Cause there’s a lot of people who are just, you don’t even want to talk to them anymore because you’re tired of hearing about their pain. Send this over to them. We’ll, we’ll talk to them about their pain. 

Next week, we’re going to talk to you about different types of injuries that come in here and different types of scenarios that we. 

Mike Julian LMT, CAMTC
See stories. 

Julie Pitois LMT, CAMTC
Fireside chats next week. Look for us on green screen. You’re going to see a lot of really cool stuff for us coming, hopefully in the really near future. 

And it’s already started coming. If there’s anything that you guys want to hear from us, want us to look up, want us to talk about, please send us, send it to us, give us some comments. 

We’d love to have to hear it. So I am on that note. I hope you guys have a fantastic rest of your Wednesday and we’ll see you next week. Bye.