Have you been stuggling with chronic pain? Are you tired of the chronic pain cycle, trying the same pain relief techniques without lasting long-term results?
Perhaps it's time to consider the radical concept that your physicl pain has NOTHING to do with:
- your workout program
- the activites you do/sports you play
- your job, chair, desk,
- shoes, orthotics, or
- family genetics?
Chronic Pain might be your "Normal",
but it's certainly NOT Natural.
As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, I'm continually amazed how many people I see who suffer years of continuous, long-term, high level pain. Then there are others who experience intermittent but severe pain that is cyclical in nature.
Either way, it's not unusual for an individual to get so used acute and chronic aches and pains that one begins to think it's normal and just a part of life and aging.
We rationalize our physical with urban myths and legends (I have my mother's bad hips, my dad's bad feet, I was born this way, it's just a part of getting old, etc) and in affect stop acknowledging it and learn to live with it. Chronic musculoskeletal and joint pain may be your "normal", but I promise you it's not natural or they way we were designed to exist!
PAIN is the body’s only way of telling us that something is WRONG.
Just think of an open flame. Put your hand over the heat, you'll recoil and pull away quicly! Thankfully we humans are hardwired to avoid pain and that's a good thing when it comes to danger.
But what about pain in our bodies? Really, it isn't any different. When we experience acute physical pain we stop. The body says I hurt, stop what your doing and pay attention to me. Fix the problem – now!
But here's where the break-down in the system occurs. Our western paradigm of health care has taught us to symptomatically address the pain and make it go away by medicating, manipulating and/or surgery.
Problem with that thought process is the symtpmatic and cyclical approach to pain management. I we don't address the underlying root cause, the pain always comes back to visit us and we're at square one all over again. Time to get on the merry-go-round. Before we can successfully address the pain, we have to figure out what got us to this condition in the first place and that's where our unique approach stops the chronic pain cycle and sets you onto a straight path to follow.
We offer a unique approach that challenges the traditional paradigm of health care. We look at you as a WHOLE person and treat the BODY AS A UNIT.
All human beings share the same basic blue-print design. Aside from rare genetic abnormalities, we all have the same muscles, bones, nerves, etc. and our bodies are designed for motion.
We were built to walk, run, jump, twist and climb. We are designed to comfortably stand upright, bear our own weight and to rely on joints that have a range of motion. Because of this we can lift a box, pick up our children or run a marathon.
VIOLATE Blue-Print design, Pain will follow!
The good news (and bad) is that our bodies adapt to our own life circumstances. Our adaptability means we can change for the better. We’ve all heard stories of people improving their lives by becoming more active. Exercise is part of any doctor’s prescription for health and that's good!
The other side of that coin is that our bodies will also adjust to inactivity and incorrect stimulus and demand. The less we use our bodies the less able we are to move our bodies. And the more we move in incorrect movement patterns, the greater we strengthen compensations and dysfunctions.
When blue-print design function fails, we see load joint imbalances. Load joint imbalances lead to postural dysfunctions and compensations and it's only a matter of time until chronic pain and the risk of injury follow.
Please join me for Part Three as we wrap up this series Pain is a Signal! I'll be giving you practical ways to identify if your body is our of balance and what you can do to address it.