We all experienced it, and it is a part of life that comes and goes.
Pain can happen on many levels: physically, emotionally, psychologically, socially etc.
When it comes to pain, it is important to consider that although it is often associated with injury, it can occur without anteing being wrong. Like wise, injury can occur without any pain. Just like every other life experience, it is neurologically driven. Understanding this is the first step to gaining control over pain and ultimately stopping it from control you.
We specialise in managing and more importantly preventing physical pain.
Physical pain is caused in a chronic (brought upon over a long period of time) or acute (happens in a sudden event) fashion. It can be the result of an injury and sometimes come about for no apparent reason.
Nonetheless, we believe physical pain is very valuable.
Trevor Noah (comedian and host of the daily show) on an episode of Celebrities In Cars, Getting Coffee once said:
“Pain is instant information rushing into the body.”
It’s that simple. Pain isn’t nice, but it often comes with a valuable lesson.
We are always careful around a hot stove because we’ve all been burned once or twice.
So the question is, what do you do about your physical pain?
Over the next two weeks we are going to give you an insight into what strength and good movement can do to manage your physical pain.
This week we dive into acute (instant) pain and discuss how it is potentially avoidable.
Accidents happen, we can’t stop that.
But what we can do is potentially reduce the severity of injury (acute pain) caused by accidents.
For example, shoulder impingement often occurs as a result of poor shoulder mechanics.
If you simply learned how to move your whole shoulder (shoulder both the gleno-humeral joint and shoulder blade), correctly and consistently train it, there is a good chance that the acute impingement may never have occurred.
Put simply, a strong mid back = better shoulder mechanics = reduction in shoulder impingement.
Another example is having poor balance as a result of week glutes will obviously increasing your risk of falling - which then could results in any sort of injury that comes from you losing control of your body and gravity having its way with you.
Strong glutes = better balance = less likely to fall = less injury = less chance of acute pain.
All of these are manageable and in some cases preventable by simply having better and stronger movement patterns. It’s pretty logical.
This is the one of the major reason that just about every contact sport at a professional level requires its athletes to spend many hours a week preparing their bodies for the variable situations in which they could get injured.
Now you may not be someone that throws your body into a 120kg man or woman at full speed for a career, but that should not mean you don’t prepare your body for the variable situations that life throws at you.
You might play social touch, you might walk the dog, ride your bike, run, play backyard cricket… the list is subjective and endless but you get the point.
We want to do all these things with our lives but if there is no physical preparation beforehand, how can we expect our bodies to handle the variable stress that life’s accidents throw at us.
It’s like real ‘living’ insurance. We have insurance to protect our property in case something goes wrong, so why don’t you “insure” your body doing proper strength and movement training? If something goes wrong, you’re “protected”!
Accidents happen, but if you have a well-trained body, you can reduce the effect they have on you.
If you want too learn how to “protect” yourself, let us know here. As we said, it is our specialty.