09 May The Dangers of Pain
Pain is an incredible biofeedback response within our body. If you think about it, pain can be a significant influencer on how we feel, act and prioritize our routines. It can change our perception of our own capabilities with movement or activities. Pain can create fear, fear of unknown of something we do will cause MORE pain.
And within the pain we feel, there is something else, something more significant to how our body and mind reacts to pain signals. It’s shown in the picture, the hidden part of the glacier. Something we can’t see or feel (or don’t acknowledge) because of the immediate vision of pain. This hidden foundation of pain symptoms is movement dysfunction.
Movement dysfunction derives from two systems of the body: musculoskeletal or neuromuscular. Both of which our constantly working to allow us to move, work and exercise. There are numerous reasons why they become dysfunctional: previous injury, repetitive movements in work or exercise or sport, more resistance than the body can handle, and improper activation to name a few. The dysfunction of either of these systems can create asymmetries, muscular imbalances and misfiring of muscles when they’re needed.
The hidden danger with these systems is when they start to break down, they create pain elsewhere in the body. One theory calls this the regional interdependence, the notion that your pain symptoms were caused by a movement dysfunction in another region of the body. For an individual who has pain that is limiting their activity, disrupting their work or sleep, this can be crucial. It can lead to chronic problems that affect your willingness to move your body through a certain range of motion, or participate in activities or sports you enjoy.
If you (or the health professional you work with) is only focusing on the pain, you’re only seeing a small percentage of the actual problem. Even if you can get the pain to go away, the danger of those symptoms coming back is highly probable. You may have experienced this already with your own symptoms, like trying to take medications/injections or just trying to “rest it”. These temporary solutions don’t allow you to stay clear of those hidden dangers under the surface.
The true solution is being conscious of these underlying dysfunctions. Whether you are trying to self-treat or seeing a health care specialist, you need to be an advocate for yourself. It’s great to get relief from pain and treat where it hurts, take the time to assess and understand why you started hurting, Failure to do so can result in more frustrating pain, period of inactivity and ultimately not living your life as you want. So, take the time and truly understand what is happening with your symptoms and how to correct the foundational problem.
* It should be noted we can have pain originate from other dysfunctions of the body (disease, internal problems) which is why if you do have pain you should consult a qualified health professional (physical therapist, chiropractor, medical physician) who will be able to screen out any medical red flags as part of their evaluation process.
If you’re looking to find the foundational problem to your pain symptoms, schedule a free discovery session with one of our movement specialists. They will take the time to listen to you explain your situation, assess, and provide a solution that best fits you (whether with us or not).
If you are currently seeing a healthcare provider and not getting results or frustrated with the lack of progress, schedule your free session to determine if there is another solution to your problem.