Breaking the Pain Cycle

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Breaking the Pain Cycle

Blue Weights, Green Apple, and Tape Measure

The body is a complicated machine and it is important to understand where to start when seeking treatment. If you are feeling pain, it is most likely that you are stiff or tight in another area of your body. This means that your body has created an altered way of moving, even if it is not really the “correct or efficient way.”

Stiffness is like an alarm clock for the body. It allows us to call attention to that area of our body and inform us to make a change so we do not continue to create damage.

If you don’t use it, you lose it.

This saying is also true. If you consistently alter how you move your brain “forgets” how to utilize the muscles that are designed to move your body. Altered muscle movement allows your body to begin creating new pathways in your brain and generate a “new” way to move. When muscles do not fire correctly, muscles that are not designed to move extremities attempt to help. The result is usually the compression of the spine or impingement of your hip or shoulder that you feel.

As Marc Heller, DC explains, “Any pain that lasts more than 48 hours begins to alter function. That means trigger points begin to develop, the pain spreads up and down the chain, and the key stability muscles shut down.” Here is the full article, it’s a good one.

I know what you are thinking 48 hours….I have had pain for months or years! This just means that your body has gotten really, really good at moving INCORRECTLY.

Now what…

The primary medical approach is usually about using pharmaceuticals to decrease the pain. This is a way to interrupt the brain’s interpretation of the pain, but DOES NOT treat the source of your pain.

Then how do I change my patterns?

  • Have you tried Physical Therapy?
  • Oregon is a state that does not require a physician referral to see a PT.

One overlooked treatment approach is the Postural Restoration approach. Postural restoration exercises allow the body to “restore” and “reposition” proper mechanics of the chain of muscles in the body. This approach is designed to directly wake up the inhibited muscles through activity.

Treating patient’s functional patterns allow you to immediately observe change. I love when clients get off the table and can lift their arm more easily or bend forward with less pain.

Recommended reading

Jessica Kisiel does an excellent job with this Pain Cycle topic.



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