Don’t Adjust Your Gait To Ease Your Pain

by Paula

If you have signed up to my free course, you will know that it is not spine degeneration that causes your back pain, and that there are things you can do to ease your pain, no matter what diagnosis you have been given.

You will also know why back pain sufferers have lots of other types of temporary pain too. While I was out walking the dog this morning, I was reminded of just how easy it is to eliminate these temporary types of pain – within minutes.

The cause must be related to the fear thing because they always used to last all day – or a few days or weeks – when I worried about them, as I did before I realized what was going on.

When you are out walking about, and have pain, such as foot pain or knee pain, you might be tempted to adjust your gait (the way you walk) or adjust how you distribute your weight, in an attempt to ease the pain.

But I’ve found that if you try and just walk normally, and ignore the pain, the pain goes a lot quicker.

I cannot stress that enough. It’s happened time and time again. It can’t be a co-incidence.

In fact, if I’ve not got people around me I actually play a little game; I pretend that I’m somewhere important, and that I can’t appear to be hobbling about; I’ve got to look professional and dignified, and then I walk in an appropriate way, which would be as normally as possible – even though I’m in pain.

And the pain goes. Within minutes. It really does work.

(If I have got people around me, then it’s even easier to pretend I can walk normally).

A few years ago when I had a bad right knee, I adjusted my gait and ended up hurting my right hip and achilles heel as well, and it still didn’t help the knee pain.

Then I realized what to do, and when it returned the following year, I just walked normally, did the gentle exercises I’ve recommended on this blog, and kept my knee warm and the pain disappeared within a few days.

If you allow the pain to take over, you will walk abnormally for a long time; your pain will worsen and your mobility will deteriorate. Try to nip this behavior in the bud now, and maintain your previous level of fitness.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Shay April 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Paula, thank you very much for wetting up this site and your ten-day course (i’m on day 8).

I have a few very important (to me, at least) questions about dealing with TMS, and here in Israel, where i live, there isn’t any awareness of psychosomatic disorders, so i really have no one to consult with, and i feel helpless.
Is there any way i can contact you (through e-mail, perhaps), to ask you a couple of questions?

In any case, thanks again for your time and effort. Taking the time to help those who suffer when you yourself are happy and healthy is a very noble thing to do.



Paula April 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hi Shay,

Thank you – So sorry you feel helpless at the moment. Yes you can email me at comments AT I will try to answer your questions.

Is there no way you can get hold of one of the books mentioned? Any of the three books mentioned will get you in the right direction. There is also an additional workbook available, mentioned at the end of the course I think.

Let me check that for you


Paula April 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

OK I checked and the workbook is mentioned in one of the unannounced bonus emails which you’ll get soon. Email me if you want details sooner.

Take care


Monica June 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hi Paula that was pretty informative. Te get relief from pain, your suggestions are must follow. Thank you very much for such a valuable post.


Alistair Taylor January 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

I read your back pain post and i found it very knowledgeable. Keep sharing.


Dr. Sanjay Ghosh May 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I like how you mentioned that even though you may experience pain, it is important to try to do things as normal as possible. I have seen many examples of people changing their walking style to lessen the pain, then it causing other problems, as you said happened with your knee.


brian mckay March 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

great service you offer and great course thanks


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