You are now beginning the first step in your journey to become pain-free.
First It Is Important To Understand Some Key Points
About Pain To Help You On Your Road To Been Pain-Free
Pain is an alarm
Pain is like a fire alarm going off in the building. It can be a guy smoking in the toilet or kids playing a prank.
IT DOES NOT MEAN DAMAGE. It is a SIGN that your body wants you to change something.
It is your subconscious mind PERCEIVING A THREAT and your body is POSSIBLY loading/using an area of the body too much and wants change or action. The subconscious mind is influenced from messages coming up the spinal cord from the actual tissues (muscles, skin, fascia, ligaments and nerves) from your body and makes it decision weather to ignore these warning signals or send you a conscious experience of pain.
So does this mean that the pain is in my head?
NO, most certainly not.
The pain you are feeling is very real and is very unique to you. You may have the same injury as the person next door but you will feel it in completely different ways and it will affect both of you differently.
But it does mean that if we can influence the messengers, that are sending messages to your brain and if we can reassure the brain that these signals are fine and there is nothing to be worried about, then we can give the brain a GREEN LIGHT and change the pain output.
And at my clinic this is what I aim to do. I use a combination of hands on techniques, specific exercises, restorative breathing techniques and strength and movement techniques to get the body out of a pain state and into a pain free and mobile state.
So why is important to understand your pain?
So as stated earlier, there are a number of outside influences that can affect the pain you feel and if you know about these and you can monitor and control these, then you are taking a big step towards getting you back to pain- free and active movement.
Also it is important to know that the road to recovery may not always be a smooth straight path and you may feel better one day than you do the next.
If a movement causes a little pain, then there is no need to panic as the pain may just last for a while and then go away itself.
It does not mean you are re-injured again
So what causes pain?
Your body has nerves and receptors running all around it. Their job is to sense changes that occur like temperature, movement and pressure and they send messages to the spinal cord, which sends them to the brain.
Now the brain has to decide if these messages mean that your body is under threat or in danger. If it thinks so, then it will react and get you to move or cause pain to offer protection.
Think of when you put your hand too close to a fire. Or if you sprain your ankle, then it swells and becomes sore to allow you to rest and heal.
Some of these are:
The signal coming from the muscle, tendon, ligament ( is it a broken bone or a scratch)
Previous experiences ( Is the same leg you hurt before that kept from running for 6 months)
The environment your in ( Has your father, your grandfather and your brother also suffered with back pain)
Who your with and how they react ( think of a child who only starts crying when they hear the reaction from their parent)
Your stress/ anxiety level at the time (Are you busy with work, college, or have an importent match coming up)
What you believe and what you’ve been told ( Your best friend hurt their back doing the same movement and she has been in pain for 3 years)
Your sleep and fatigue levels ( Are you getting proper restful sleep or are you waking up feeling stiff, achy and exhausted)
A like the example I read in an article about a guy who stepped on a nail and was in excruciating pain until he went to the hospital and they removed his boot to find that the nail had pierced his boot and gone up between his toes and he was unharmed.