You Don’t Dance Like You Hurt! Dancing with Pain Video #3

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

November 24th, 2009 • Dance for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

A couple of years ago, I was at the airport, waiting for the shuttle to take me to the rental car lot. While waiting, I danced. You know, to the music in my head. A guy was sitting on the bench, waiting for the shuttle as well, but that of course didn’t stop me. And he didn’t say anthing.

luggageUntil, that is, I asked him for help with my bags. Lifting them onto and off of a shuttle causes pain in my shoulder and can leave me with the ouchies for days on end. When I asked for help, I prefaced it with, “I have chronic pain, and it’s hard for me to lift these bags. Can you please help me?”

“You don’t dance like you have pain,” he said skeptically, as he maneuvered my bags for me.

Totally true, and exactly my point. Even today, when I had acute thigh/groin pain that left it difficult for me to walk, I was able to get my groove thang on. That’s because the music transforms my body, and also becuase I only move in ways that my body can do safely. I never, ever go into my pain zone.

no painDoing something like lifting bags, however, or even following proscribed movements in a dance class, can catapult me into a pain zone. So I ask for help with the bags, and I avoid dance classes unless they are freestyle or the like.

So here’s “You Don’t Dance Like You Hurt!” Dancing with Pain® video #3 — in which you can see yours truly shaking her bootay!


Yael Green November 24th, 2009

Thank you!  This is brilliant and awesome and amazing!

nicole fraser November 25th, 2009

Hi there.  I am watching your video and your voice clicks in and out a bit.  So something is just a bit off.  I TOTALLY  get what you are saying about how you can do somethings and not others.  First of all when i saw your  no pain with a red arrow through it , i laughed because i have this on a pin that i wear on my vest every day.

I am up to about a half hour of walking every day.  It feels really good.  I need to be careful.  But i am cautiously optimistic.  However i decided last week ( stupidly) that if i can walk maybe i am healed!!! I decided that since it is pitch black when my husband gets home i will RAKE the leaves in our small back yard.  WRONG.  It will be a week tomorrow since i did it.  I was laid up all weekend on narcotics and muscle relaxants.  Then i saw the massuse i usually see. He does deep tissue work.  NOT GOOD  for my back.  I think  he workd too deep on me and after one good day ( monday) i saw him mon night and now i can not drive or move.  Angry mad.  At myself and for not remembering that i have to tell him to be gentle with me.  It feels like bruises.  Skin and muscle sore to the touch.  Ouchy.  Now explain how i get out of duties when i have a husband , 3 girls and a golden retreiver!!! Nic

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