Do you have pain or an injury you can't seem to get rid of despite trying different types of therapy?
If you do, you're not alone because 30-40% of the world's population struggles with pain on a daily basis.
Which is crazy considering how many different types of treatment and medications there are available.
Having your daily life affected by pain is at best frustrating but for many people it can be all consuming and debilitating.
Fortunately it doesn't have to be that way.
In my experience, most people can get out of pain and back to doing the things they love, if they do the right type of training / work.
But it normally requires looking at pain in a slightly different way.
There has been a lot of research done over the last 10-15 years and what we now know is that pain is warning signal created by your brain to try and protect you.
We also know that most pain has far less to do with tissue damage and far more to do with the way movement is created and controlled in your body.
In the video below I'm going to quickly explain how pain works according to modern pain science.
This is why so many people fail to respond to therapy, or they get temporary relief, but then the pain comes back.
Therapy is generally geared around looking for problematic tissue that can be worked on, like a tight muscle or "scar tissue".
It's also why you tend to get a different opinion from every different practitioner you go to.
Each practitioner will try to explain your pain from the perspective of the tissues they work on.
If you go to a massage therapist, without fail they will tell you certain muscles are tight. And if you go to a chiro they will normally find a section of your spine that is out of aline.
Are these findings the cause of your pain? Maybe, but maybe not!
Very often the finding the practitioner identifies, is just another symptom. Case in point would be a therapist finding tight muscles in the back of someone who has lower back pain.
Tight back muscles are a protective mechanism, just like back pain. It's basically the same thing.
So although things feel better after a massage or dry needling, it doesn't tend to address the underlying cause of the problem.
This is why the pain always comes back.
If the brain is creating pain (and muscle tightness) as protective mechanism, allowing it to stay away without addressing the underlying cause, would be a really bad idea.
When you start to dig deeper into back pain, you frequently find that the person has problems with their balance system. Because your brain creates spinal stability in communication with your balance system, poor functioning in this area can be a major underlying cause of pain.
Unless someone is trained in how to assess for that type of thing, they are never going to identify it.
And this unfortunately means the person with "tight muscles" and back pain will be left going for therapy to release the tight muscle for the rest of their life.
When I say this I don't mean to cause offence or discredit any type of therapist. It's simply a statement of fact about how the body works, based on the available scientific literature and the reality of how the educational system for healthcare practitioners is structured.
All therapists are doing the best they can with the education they have. But unfortunately quite a lot a lot of the time, it means people are left struggling with pain and feeling like they're beyond help.
When in reality they haven't even begun to work on things that might help.
When trying to find the underlying causes of pain (threats), the question that needs to be asked is; what is the brain trying to protect against?
There are lots of potential answers to this question. But I like to break them down into 2 categories.
- Direct movement pathway threats
- Descending pain modulation threats.
In the video below I'm going to quickly explain how the brain creates and controls movement, so you can start to identify which areas might not have been addressed yet in your body.
As you can see there are a numerous different things involved in the creation and control of movement.
All of these options can be a potential threat (and the underlying cause of pain).
Luckily they can all be addressed with specific training drills.
The best part being, that once you know how to train each specific thing, you have the ability to control your own pain levels.
But these aren't the only potential underlying cause of pain. Your brain actually has systems in place that are designed to regulate pain.
You might not know this but your brain constantly receive threat information from your joints.
We also have certain areas of the brain that are responsible for filtering the threat information out. If these areas of the brain aren't working optimally, threat information isn't filtered out.
And this can also be a underlying cause of pain.
In the video below I'm going to quickly illustrate 3 key areas in the brain responsible for pain control. I'm also going to give you a few things to look out for that might suggest they are in need of a little work in your body.
Ok, I know this page has been fairly long, but hopefully you found it to be useful.
The reason I went into so much detail is because there are too many people out there struggling with pain, that don't need to be.
So I wanted to help them understand that even if they've seen numerous therapists, it's highly likely that they can become pain free, if they work on the right sort of thing.
I say this as someone who struggled with pain for most of my life and now enjoys life without pain!
After years of feeling hopeless, it didn't take that long to get out of pain, once I found out what I needed to work on.
If you would like help to overcome pain or to rehab a nagging injury, click the button below and fill out the quick questionnaire.
If you are local, we can arrange a time for you to come into the studio, but I also work with people via skype. and with the help of my extensive members area.
The approach I use is very different than most. Instead of trying to create a dependence on my services, my goal is to teach you how to get rid of your own pain.
I try my best to give you all the tools you need and to teach you how to think, so that you can be in control of your own pain levels.