I've only snowboarded once.

It was the closest I have ever came to detaching my spine from my pelvis.

Going fast down an ambitious slope, I lost my balance and managed to hit some hard ground chest first while my legs spiralled up and over my right shoulder.

After a minute of lying off the shock of the impact and checking if I was in any real pain anywhere, I was back on my feet.

Grateful to be in one piece with no significant permanent pain, I was off down the slope again.


The phrase "being in one piece" popped up in conversation the other day.

It's a fascinating phrase.


Being in one piece means that we are OK and everything is working well. 

Beyond the immediate literal truth of the statement - severed limbs and decapitation are generally best avoided - it doesn't make much sense.


The more "in one piece" you are, the less alright you actually are.


Generally, we start off life moving with our parts moving as separately as they ever will.

Our individual vertebrae move well in relation to each other, our ribs open and close fully, our fingers and toes can wiggle through their fullest ranges freely and separately of one another.


Compare this to an image of a stereotypical elderly person.

Their spine resembles a stick more than a row of connected dominoes. Their ribs barely open or close, making breathing laborious. Their fingers and toes are stiff and often arthritic.

Being in one piece this way is clearly undesirable.


Joints maintaining their fullest individuality puts give in our system that can be the difference between bending and breaking.

I'm certainly lucky I had enough give in my system that day on the slopes.


It also gives us access to our fullest physical capacity so that our sporting performance can be at the highest possible levels.

To be a little more exact about us retaining this individuality of our joints, unless you are the unfortunate position where due to injury, disease or surgery joints are literally fused, our joints are always individual.

It is in being able to use them with individuality that we will improve our athleticism and our quality of life in general.

As your nervous system governs all of the 'soft' tissues that interplay with your joints to create and limit movement, it is here where the change needs to be made to make your 'one piece' act like the many pieces it really is.


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Maybe you'll have a little chuckle to yourself next time somebody refers to themselves as still being in one piece.



Arton "In many pieces" Baleci