I saw a client this week reported pain in his ankle basically all the time. He rated at a 6, on a scale of 1-10. . “You know, just the usual kind of pain. I’m getting old. Joints just aren’t as good as they used to be.” . Well, I’ll stop you right there. Just because joint deterioration and associated pain seems common in our society, that doesn’t mean it’s normal. . Joints don’t carry an expiration date. There’s a lot that goes into malfunctioning joints but they don’t just call it quits at 40. . While it may be common for people to report poorly functioning joints, it doesn’t mean that it’s normal. The perceived normalcy of the problem demonstrate the roots of a broader issue. A lot of people are disconnected from their bodies in such a way that they operate them and perceive them as meat vehicles for their brain. . Like any other vehicle, parts wear out over time. At least that’s the assumption. The truth is that joints do pretty for themselves over a lifetime. Dysfunctional movement patterns do more harm to the joint over a long enough time. Picking up a pencil shouldn’t blow out your back. It was likely the thousands of times someone bent over without utilizing their hips and staying in their range that cumulatively degraded their back to the point where it was vulnerable. . So, when someone casually references their “bad”________, I like to use it as an educational moment. Backs, knees, and ankles aren’t bad and they don’t magically expire. They demonstrate how well they’ve been used and cared for over a lifetime of movement. Just because low back pain is common doesn’t make it a “normal” part of the human experience. . Educating people about their body is imperative to reducing their symptoms and increasing their functionality. Understanding that the “bad” body idea divorces an individual from their experience and their ability to change their own behaviors and condition is a crucial first step in the road to long term health and vitality. . Just because certain things seem common doesn’t mean they’re normal. Don’t get caught in the trap of common experience. If you weren’t born with aches and pains then you’ve likely got the power and ability to change.