The Real Reason You’re In Pain And What You Can Do About It.

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What is pain? Pain is simply a message or an alarm going off to tell you something is wrong. This pain is often silenced by nurofen, paracetamol, or another drug. All we have done is stop the noise but not the cause. Pain is still there but the receptors delivering the message have just been disrupted.

Although this may work in the short term, it doesn’t address the fact that something is wrong and we need to do something about it. If we don’t act upon this pain the body will slowly but surely become immobile and these areas of the body will cease their proper function and pretty much die.

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This pain that we all experience is there because something is wrong. If the body was working as it should then we should be pain free.

Why is it that we get sore elbows? Overuse? Why don’t we see tennis players cradling their elbows in pain? Perhaps overuse is not the cause.

Perhaps you have just started aerobics and have a sore knee. Is it from jumping around? If it were then surely everyone who plays basketball, netball, rugby, league, gymnastics, and volleyball would have debilitating knee pain. But they don’t.

So what is the cause of our pain?

Somewhere in our body we have a dysfunction. An “abnormal or impaired functioning of a bodily system or organ.” So it makes sense that if we want to relieve ourselves or pain, we must address the dysfunction and correct it.

We all remember being told to “stand up straight” and “fix our posture” and we most probably didn’t listen. If our posture is hunched over, leaning to the side, feet turned in/out, one leg “longer” than the other, then we have a dysfunction and this dysfunction is stopping our body from working as well as it should.

If we have a sore knee, the cause could be related to the fact that one shoulder is higher than the other. The knee is not the culprit but it is so often blamed. We then brace the knee, rub all sorts of pain relief creams on it until we eventually need to replace it. Now we have a new knee, less money, and still a shoulder that is out of alignment.

So how we do treat this pain ourselves? Simple. Find the cause and treat it with a number of exercises and reprogram the body to work as it should. As everybody is completely unique it would be irresponsible of me to simply list exercises and claim it will take away your pain. Instead, I will give you a few guidelines to follow as of today.

  1. Go barefoot.

No heels. No fancy shoes designed to soften the impact for our “fragile”. Just you and the ground. This is so basic yet so effective, at restoring balance. The shoe is possibly one of the worst enemies of human foot. When we wrap the foot in leather, rubber, or a synthetic fabric we interfere with its normal function. The shoes artificial sole robs the foot of its ability to flex and extend fully and to read the terrain beneath it. The best thing you can do for your feet and balance is to walk around barefoot as often as possible.

  1. Bones do what muscles tell them to do.

If you have tight muscles, those muscles will pull on the surrounding joints and force them to work in a way that is not optimal.

We need to address the muscles and release them to allow the bones and joints to flow easier. Have you ever sat on the couch for a few days and ended up with a really tight lower back? I know I have! This tightness then causes you to walk a little stiff until it releases. Although this is often temporary, it is clear example of how muscles control every movement we make.

Now I want you to think on a smaller scale of how this scenario can happen somewhere else. Ever see someone who’s feet turn outwards when they walk. This can be caused by a tightness in the hips but it so subtle that you are unlikely to pick up on it because there currently isn’t any pain anywhere. Our knees will eventually ache and this will lead us to blame the “dodgy knee” when it was really just a subtle tightness in the hips.

Performing yoga or another type alignment based exercise program will help correct these imbalances and release the tightness in many of the muscles. If yoga is not for you then a sequence of specific exercises tailored for you will help restore proper function.

So as we can now see, pain is simply an alarm that needs to be heard. If ignored, more pain will eventually follow.

Finding the causes of your pain is not always easy to the untrained eye but once found it can often be quite simple to treat. If pain bothers you, don’t ignore it. You don’t have to live with it, you have the power to do something about it before you are forced to do the unthinkable, surgery.