What can we do about pain?
What can we do about pain?
Learn about pain: read (David Butler, Patrick Wall, Ronald Melzack, Lorimer Moseley), search the web (aptei.ca, bettermovement.org), talk to professionals!
Become aware of your body:
– sometimes tissues repair but associated protective patterns may not, and that may be creating the persisting pain. Have you developed protective, but harmful, movement patterns? Are there areas of tension, tightness, weakness, compensation, that are not allowing your body to function normally as it once did?
– some tissues don’t repair as well as we would want, so have you learned how to stabilize, support, mobilize, or strengthen the area to make it as healthy as possible?
Understand that disc bulges, diagnosis of arthritis, DDD, tendon tears, are a normal part of ageing processes and that 90% of people with no pain will have at least one of these findings. It takes away a lot of fear of those nasty reports.
Become more active, especially in the outdoors, and have fun/hobby in your life to take focus off of your pain.
Become aware of emotional and physical stressors and change those that you can.
Be hopeful. The brain, spinal cord, nerves, and tissues are constantly changing. The brain is always looking for more information. Adding new movements and exercises that are painfree helps with new patterns of movement and decreases painful avoidance patterns, and increase blood flow to help heal tissues. It is never too late for change.
It’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago we were chipping away at ice, and spent hours shoveling snow. If anything, the winter that we had has maybe sparked something in all of us; to get out there and take advantage of our summer and warmer weather. As someone who enjoys going for runs, cycling, and just being active outdoors I can certainly attest that the hot weather can bring about its own challenges. I decided that I would share some tips to help with these hot summer days. Though they may seem basic, putting these into effect can make a difference.
It is a common fallacy that running is bad for your joints and accelerates wear and tear. There is, however, no real scientific evidence of this. For the most part, this line of thinking is not true. If done excessively, running can violate your health, though not really your joint health. It actually has a greater impact on muscle health and it can accelerate muscle wasting if dosed incorrectly. Done in the right amount, it can be a great way to maintain your running skill and running fitness. Rarely anymore do people need to completely stop running. Most often, adjustments in volume or intensity enable people to continue running productively. The information on this site can help you understand what to ask and look for when evaluating your running regime.