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Pain Is Your Friend NOT Your Enemy

Don't ignore your pain. It needs to be taken seriously.A Bad Reputation

Pain has gotten a bad rap these days. So many people see pain as a negative force in their life but there are many virtues to this unpleasant experience.

The body is designed to send signals indicating when a course correction is needed. Pain is one of these important signals. Typically pain is a sensation felt to let us know that something is wrong.

We don’t misjudge pain when we accidentally touch something hot or bump into something sharp. We accept that feeling this pain has helped us from burning or puncturing ourselves.

Don't Misjudge Pain. Pain is not a bad thing

Substituting Pill Popping for Self-Care and Maintenance

So it is, or should be, with the majority of the muscular and structural pain. The biggest problem in today’s society is that clever marketing campaigns have convinced many of us that all we need to get rid of our pain is a pill.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for pain relievers. But routinely substituting pill popping for self-care and maintenance is no way to muddle our way through life.

Don’t Ignore or Mask Your Body’s Pain

When pain is ignored or masked the body begins to deteriorate or worse yet, it stops sending pain signals that have been continually ignored and just does its best to compensate and make do with what it’s being given.

The danger in this is that eventually a straw will break the camel’s back and there will be a catastrophic failure of one kind or another that can be life-altering and even potentially life-threatening.

Yoga to Help Manage Pain

Give Your Pain the Attention It Deserves

So the next time you feel a twinge, an ache or a pain PLEASE give it the attention it deserves and use one of the many tools out there from Massage to Acupuncture, Exercise to Stretching, Chiropractic to Physical Therapy to identify and resolve the underlying issue(s) that is/are causing your pain. You’ll be glad you did!

To Roll or Not to Roll? That is the Question.

Foam rolling has become increasingly popular and can be a very effective tool when used regularly and more important, PROPERLY.

In previous articles I have written I talk about why it’s not usually effective to rub where it hurts in a massage. In my experience, the majority of the time where one feels pain is more symptomatic than problematic. The key to long-term results is focusing on the cause of the problem rather than treating the symptom.

Posterior Pain Often Comes From an Imbalance of the Anterior

Most people I talk to who foam roll focus all their time and energy rolling the muscle group that hurts which is typically posterior, or on the back side of the body. While temporary relief can be achieved, typically this compounds the problem making it worse.

Most posterior pain comes from an imbalance of the anterior, or front muscles. A shortness of these anterior muscles results in the pulling and straining of the opposing posterior musculature which causes pain. When this type of imbalance is occurring and a person foam rolls the posterior plane the fascia and muscles of the back are lengthened MORE which allows for further tightening of the anterior muscles and fosters a downward spiral of symptoms.

There Needs To Be Balance

Like everything you do in life, there should be a balance. If you’re going to roll your back then you better make sure that you are rolling your front. If you’re going to roll the lateral surfaces or outsides of your legs and hips then make sure you roll the medial, or insides of your legs AND groin.

If you do this, you will discover that there is tenderness in muscle groups that you never realized. Typically these surprisingly sore spots are causing the problem and should be the focus of your rolling.