A common strategy for stressful or painful situations is avoidance. I am no exception. When I have big decisions to make, I discover everything else in the world that needs attention to avoid the actual problem that needs to be faced. This strategy works only for a short while effectively and even then you may be fooling yourself. After a time, what happens is all of these problems build up and start meshing with each other. When they become too much for you to handle, all of the sudden there is a massive storm of catastrophe that stirs up all around you.
This is no different from pain. Pain is actually very good for you. That statement is hard to accept but physical pain is a protective mechanism that prevents further injury to the body. Pain also allows you time to heal because you do not want to use the injured part due to the pain. As the body heals the signals of pain decrease allowing you more freedom to start using the injured part safely. If you start pushing it too quickly then your body will remind you again that it is still healing.
What if you just push through the pain? There are many reasons that we push through the pain. The most common reason is that we have a coach that is telling us that it is ok to have pain. The pain will make us stronger. In a lot of ways, if you look at that principle, there is a lot of truth to it. Pushing your body to its limits will allow the greatest potential for growth and development. Another reason that people push through pain is the necessity of a job. Sometimes, we feel that there is no option, either you work or you lose your job. People then tend to ignore the pain and push through. They finish the day with a cocktail of icepacks, medications, ointments, etc. Anything to get them by till the next day.
The problem I see is we are confusing the brain of what is good and bad with pain. When we ignore the warnings for years we can no longer tell when it is a real problem. Chronic pain all comes with its own unique story, it’s own history and it’s own manifestation. The care and treatment are variable according to the patient but what is common is the need to face the core cause of the problem. Sometimes the core problem can be stemming from childhood conditioning, other times it is just that the body has broken down. As a manual therapist, it is my job to help you discover the core of the pain and allow the healing to start happening.
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Rajesh, Mind Body Therapy