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.
Stubborn Pain is Like a Tooth Pain - They Are Both Signs of a Deeper Problem
Without knowing it you are an expert on dental care ! When you go to your dentists with tooth ache you are very aware of pain ! Most of us are also aware of many other complex, subtle and scientific aspects of our tooth ache !
We know that the pain in the tooth is just a sign of a deeper issue with the tooth.
We know that there is more than likely a cavity in the tooth.
We know that cavities are caused by bacteria that bore their way into the enamel.
We know that the bacteria are fed by sugar and that we may have overindulged somewhat.
We know that if we had been more diligent in our dental hygiene regime that the bacteria might not have built up enough to effect the tooth.
We know that there is more than likely even more genetic complexity to this whole situation given that some people seem virtually immune to tooth default and go a lifetime without a filling.
In stark contrast to this when most people come to me with pain they often express very little understanding of their pain. Like the lady I met this morning who told me her plantar fasciitis and Achilles pain were caused by old age .. she is 43. Or the gentleman I met last week who told me that his 3 weeks of crippling back pain was caused by ‘sleeping funny’. He honestly believes that he went to bed with a healthy back and slept so funny that he was severely crippled by morning.
You may be relieved to hear that neither old age or memory foam mattresses are a major cause of severe pain.
A good question is… ‘What are the deeper levels of understanding that we might bring to conditions like heel pain, Achilles pain, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, and hip pain?
Well .. it’s a long story but I can tell you one thing for sure ‘ concrete is to your joints, muscles, and tendons what sugar is to your teeth’ !!!
Concrete is both incredibly hard and incredibly flat. The hardness creates unnatural levels of stress in the joints and the flatness creates unnatural levels of weakness in the muscles. Hardness is an issue because the natural surfaces that we evolved to walk on simply did not put the same level of vibration in the bones and joints: Flatness is an issue because if you rarely have to balance and navigate different contours the muscles don’t work as hard day to day.
The Good News is that despite the evil nature of concrete there is much that can be done to limit the harm it does to our bodies just as there is with sugar.
If you are suffering from any of the following…
- plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Knee pain
- Knee Ligament injuries
- Hip pain
- Hamstring strains
- Low back pain
- Groin strains
….. you may well be suffering from some specific weakness or movement imbalance that has made it difficult for your body to handle living on concrete. The first step towards resolving these type of issues is ‘diagnosis’. If you want us to take a look please feel free to get in touch.
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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.