Pain is a symptom. Symptoms are the feedback that the body generates when it faces problems with its delicate internal balance (homeostasis). Without symptoms like pain, thirst, nausea and fevers, it would be very difficult for us to maintain a healthy body in the same way that it would be hard to drive a car safely with no dashboard display.
Are You Broken ?
We’re all going to die! In fact we are all in a steady state of decline. Even if you crack your diet, your exercises regimen, your emotional well-being and your work life balance tomorrow the bad news is all you will have done is slightly prolong the inevitable. Depressing isn’t it … or is it ?
Broken vs Fixed
I have spent a large part of my life ignorantly trying to ‘fix’ myself as if I was broken when in reality I was no such thing. Over time though I have slooooowly woken up to the fact that I am not a broken thing that needs fixing. The idea of ‘one day being fixed’ is useful if we are repairing a leaky roof. The idea of one day being fixed is not however a useful way to approach caring for a plant, managing tooth decay or getting fit. This is because ultimately in all these instances we are tending to something that needs long term care but that will ultimately die… where is the fix in that ?
There is a kid of freedom in knowing that if we have been sick ( like IBS ) or sore ( like hip pain or plantar fasciitis ) for a long time then we will probably always need to care for that part of ourselves. There is also a freedom in knowing we are all doomed believe it or not.
If I remember that I am ultimately I am …..
a. Probably going to need to work at maintaining the weak parts of my body forever in order to keep them well ( like I do with my teeth or with watering a house plant ).
b. Going to completely fail to live forever.
… it actually reduces my stress levels when compared with getting really stressed about the idea that I need to ‘fix’ myself.
How to Not Fix Yourself
There good news is that for me and for countless others while we might have stopped considering ourselves truly curable we have long since stopped suffering from our chronic pain and everything that goes with it.
At our clinic we specialise in helping people who struggle with plantar fasciitis, hip pain back pain, knee pain and ankle pain and a hot of other issues.
We use a wide range of pain relief treatments that are all designed to get you feeling better as quickly as possible. These often work even for people who have already been through failed treatment protocols with physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and doctors… not because we’re better just because we’re different.
For those of you who have found that pains like plantar fasciitis, foot pain, knee pain and hip pain have started to effect you quality of life we also take you through the steps of trying to find out why your pain happened in the first place. If we can figure this out it often means we can help you with long term preventative measures so that you can stay feeling good long term.
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John is one of those rare gentlemen who has continued to play competitive soccer well into his late 50s. He is in really good shape, which you need to be to play football at that age—good shape except for his left leg. His left leg is not in good condition at all. In fact, once you get to know his left leg a bit better, it becomes apparent that it’s miraculous that he’s able to run at all, Let alone the type of running required to play competitive soccer against younger men.