UNDERSTANDING YOUR PAIN
The majority of injuries (that I see in my practice) are a result of “micro-trauma*” of the soft-tissue due to long-term overload of the muscles, ligaments, joint capsules and intervertibral discs. These are most often caused by the postural demands of bending/lifting, made worse by the individual by “overworking” (repetition/fatique), improper body mechanics, and moving too quickly. The next two types of individuals come to be in pain because of incidents such as falls and vehicular accidents. The final group comes to me because, and I quote, “I’m hurting, but I don’t know why.”
Hopefully in this article & others I write on Pain/Pain Management, you will come to a better understanding of why you are hurting and what options are available to you.
Pain vs. Discomfort
This is not to be patronizing in any way, but what may be pain to one person, can easily be deemed “discomfort” to someone else. Either way, after giving the problematic area a few days (even a week) of rest/recovery and the problem still persists, it would be best to see a professional. Pain is marker, a sign from body to brain instructing you to “do something about it.” Nobody knows your body better than you! Learn to describe (in detail) your pain/discomfort. When did it start? What were you doing? Can it best be described as dull or sharp, local or traveling (to give you an idea). Make a journal. The more educated you become about your body, the more information you can give to your doctor, therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist, the better understanding they will have.
Bodies In Motion
The human body is made for movement. However, it completely surprised me when I read that one-third of US adults have no leisure-time activity… at all! In order to maintain peak health, our body (spine and supporting muscles, joints & ligaments) require regular “loading” from activities such as walking and stretching.
Do Not Neglect Your Feet
My “mantra” when providing manual therapy to someone is “Function precedes structure.” My mentor Erik Dalton, Ph.D., states that “Any kink in the kinetic chain (the moving human body), whether it’s in the spinal column or in the fascial network (structure covering the muscles) is going to show up as a kink somewhere else. It will show up as a compensation somewhere else.” His concern (as should be a concern to all) is that we should aim to “restore proper function during gait.”
A major “spring” that always seems to get neglected and certainly takes a pounding are the feet. ….
Nothing Tastes Better than Health Feels
One of the hardest things for many (myself included) is eating properly. Not only will eating right consistently begin to shed the extra pounds,