Three Steps for a Pain Free Future

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It is common knowledge that we struggle profoundly with certain aspects of healthcare, especially when it comes to prevention. If I told you that we struggle with preventing and treating mental health issues as we do with obesity, it probably wouldn’t raise many eyebrows. It is less well known that we struggle just as much with preventing and treating chronic pain as we do with obesity and mental health. Given how much our culture struggles with treating and preventing chronic pain, the number of cases we find responding exceptionally well to straightforward pain management strategies at our clinic is surprising. Most people who come to us with chronic shoulder, back, hip, and foot pain respond exceptionally well to the same fundamental approach to managing pain

Here is a simplified overview of what that process looks like;

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Step One: Get an Accurate Diagnosis

If you are looking to get out of pain, you need to know exactly where the pain is originating. You need to know precisely which of your body tissues has become inflamed or degenerated. It is not enough to know that you have mechanical lower back pain; you must determine which tissues are causing that pain

It’s not enough to know that you have sciatica; you need to know what is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s not enough to know that you have rotator cuff issues; it’s essential to determine which rotator cuff tendon is hurting and what is putting pressure on it.

 If you can go from knowing that you have sciatic pain to knowing that your sciatic pain is due to your piriformis muscle spasming and putting pressure on the sciatic nerve, you have the basis of some treatment that may bring rapid relief. If you only know that the pain is sciatic, it is tough to know precisely how to get out of it. Once you have identified which structures need treatment, followed by getting the correct treatment, it is often astonishing how quickly even the most stubborn and chronic pains can be reduced.

Step One: Get an Accurate Diagnosis

If you are looking to get out of pain, you need to know exactly where the pain is originating. You need to know precisely which of your body tissues has become inflamed or degenerated. It is not enough to know that you have mechanical lower back pain; you must determine which tissues are causing that pain

It’s not enough to know that you have sciatica; you need to know what is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s not enough to know that you have rotator cuff issues; it’s essential to determine which rotator cuff tendon is hurting and what is putting pressure on it.

 If you can go from knowing that you have sciatic pain to knowing that your sciatic pain is due to your piriformis muscle spasming and putting pressure on the sciatic nerve, you have the basis of some treatment that may bring rapid relief. If you only know that the pain is sciatic, it is tough to know precisely how to get out of it. Once you have identified which structures need treatment, followed by getting the correct treatment, it is often astonishing how quickly even the most stubborn and chronic pains can be reduced.

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Step Two: Get Consistent Treatment

If you have had shoulder pain, hip pain or back pain for a long time, it stands to reason that that issue is not going to heal overnight, even once you have found the correct treatments. Much like going to the gym, tissue healing means putting in repetitions. You can’t get a six-pack in three gym visits, and you can’t heal chronic pain in three treatment sessions. Once you have found the right treatments, it is typical for healing to take 3-6 months for most chronic pains. Of course, some outliers heal very fast, and those who heal slower, but 3-6 months is a pretty good timeframe to reduce pain to a manageable level in those who have struggled for a long time. Amazingly, the body can sometimes hold pain, degeneration, and repetitive strain for decades and still do a great deal of healing within six months. But it seldom does that without a very significant level of effort from both the patient and the practitioners. 


When patients come to us with the most stubborn pains, we often work on them twice a week for the first three months of their care and sometimes reduce that to once a week for another three months. It can feel like a lot of work at the time, but of course, it’s more than worth it if I get you out of pain. It is also not a great deal of work compared with how long these issues take to manifest. It is frustrating to go through so much inconvenience and expense to get pain-free. It can be like the combination of hassles involved with a weight loss journey and getting a bunch of dental work done simultaneously. But let’s face it, what were the chances of chronic pain being something that would go away easily given how much we still struggle with it in our modern microchipped world.

Step Two: Get Consistent Treatment

If you have had shoulder pain, hip pain or back pain for a long time, it stands to reason that that issue is not going to heal overnight, even once you have found the correct treatments. Much like going to the gym, tissue healing means putting in repetitions. You can’t get a six-pack in three gym visits, and you can’t heal chronic pain in three treatment sessions. Once you have found the right treatments, it is typical for healing to take 3-6 months for most chronic pains. Of course, some outliers heal very fast, and those who heal slower, but 3-6 months is a pretty good timeframe to reduce pain to a manageable level in those who have struggled for a long time. Amazingly, the body can sometimes hold pain, degeneration, and repetitive strain for decades and still do a great deal of healing within six months. But it seldom does that without a very significant level of effort from both the patient and the practitioners. 


When patients come to us with the most stubborn pains, we often work on them twice a week for the first three months of their care and sometimes reduce that to once a week for another three months. It can feel like a lot of work at the time, but of course, it’s more than worth it if I get you out of pain. It is also not a great deal of work compared with how long these issues take to manifest. It is frustrating to go through so much inconvenience and expense to get pain-free. It can be like the combination of hassles involved with a weight loss journey and getting a bunch of dental work done simultaneously. But let’s face it, what were the chances of chronic pain being something that would go away easily given how much we still struggle with it in our modern microchipped world.

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Step Three: Get Strong

If you have had shoulder pain, hip pain or back pain for a long time, it stands to reason that that issue is not going to heal overnight, even once you have found the correct treatments. Much like going to the gym, tissue healing means putting in repetitions. You can’t get a six-pack in three gym visits, and you can’t heal chronic pain in three treatment sessions. Once you have found the right treatments, it is typical for healing to take 3-6 months for most chronic pains. Of course, some outliers heal very fast, and those who heal slower, but 3-6 months is a pretty good timeframe to reduce pain to a manageable level in those who have struggled for a long time. Amazingly, the body can sometimes hold pain, degeneration, and repetitive strain for decades and still do a great deal of healing within six months. But it seldom does that without a very significant level of effort from both the patient and the practitioners. 

When patients come to us with the most stubborn pains, we often work on them twice a week for the first three months of their care and sometimes reduce that to once a week for another three months. It can feel like a lot of work at the time, but of course, it’s more than worth it if I get you out of pain. It is also not a great deal of work compared with how long these issues take to manifest. It is frustrating to go through so much inconvenience and expense to get pain-free. It can be like the combination of hassles involved with a weight loss journey and getting a bunch of dental work done simultaneously. But let’s face it, what were the chances of chronic pain being something that would go away easily given how much we still struggle with it in our modern microchipped world.

Step Three: Get Strong

A significant part of why so many of us have the stubborn pains we do is because we are so inactive. It’s not our fault. We needn’t beat ourselves up because the world we were born into requires us to sit to survive and feed ourselves. Our Ancestors needed to run around to survive, and now we need to sit to survive. The massive popularity of the physiotherapy approach to pain with exercise prescription is a nod to the fact that this is common knowledge. When you constantly sit, muscles in your body waste or atrophy. This process is accelerated in body parts that carry chronic pain and or a history of injuries. The hard part, however, is following through in the long term. Everybody wants to do their exercises while still in pain, and a tiny percentage of people still want to do the exercises once their pain is gone. Yet when the pain goes away, the real Mahi must begin for those who wish to be pain-free in the long term.

If appropriately taught to isolate the areas and muscles you need to restore; the good news is that strengthening long-term rehab can be done with as little effort as is involved with looking after your teeth. Ten minutes a day is plenty if you’re isolating the right muscles.

Conclusion

We struggle with the treatment and prevention of chronic pain, but this doesn’t necessarily imply that the solutions will ultimately be complex. The absence of electric cars on the planet calls for intricate and clever solutions. However, the prevalence of chronic pain on earth doesn’t necessarily mean we need high technology or particularly complex solutions. Many of our struggles as a species are caused by oversight rather than the absence of high technology. Although we struggle with chronic pain, resolving it is seldom rocket science. Like so many of life’s problems, simple, systematic, commonsense solutions applied steadily over time are the key to success in the long term; that’s how you manage pain!!!

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