Living in pain sucks! Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches…any way you look at it, pain can put a real crimp in your lifestyle.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me explain what I mean.
Pain is a red flag; it means something’s not right and it’s imperative to know its root source. While the specific origins of pain can be — and usually are — very complicated, pain can be explained in very general terms as being visceral, structural, or myofascial.
This kind of pain originates in the internal organs or tissues and is caused by the stimulation of pain receptors. The pathology that causes the pain could potentially be quite serious. For example, complaints of pelvic pain may very well be myofascial, but can also be caused by irritable bowel syndrome or bladder disorders. If you ever have any question about where your pain is coming from, consult a medical professional for diagnosis and/or treatment – it’s just as important to know what the cause of pain is not as to know what it is.
This type of pain originates from biomechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The majority of structural pain issues involve the spine – as in a spondylolisthesis (the forward displacement of a vertebra), subluxation (misalignment or dislocation of a joint) or stenosis (narrowing of a passage), which can also effect blood vessels or any other tubular organ or structure. If you feel that your pain may be structural, you might want to consider seeing your doctor, a chiropractor, or an osteopath.
This category includes muscles and connective tissue. Once it has been determined, through proper examination and diagnostic testing that your pain doesn’t have visceral or structural origins, then there’s only one other option — soft tissue — the bodyworkers specialty! Myofascial pain responds quite well to bodywork, which means there’s a good chance you won’t have to or rely on pharmacological, surgical, or any other invasive treatments to manage it.
If you do have consult a doctor or have diagnostic testing, be aware that it’s not uncommon for myofascial pain to be misdiagnosed. Trigger points often mimic other issues, so even if there’s no obvious cause for the pain it’s not just all in your head…it’s real; and so are the issues that can be causing that myofascial pain – issues like trigger points, fascial restrictions, or painful obstructions.
At The Pain Relief Center we specialize in locating the root sources of myofascial pain and eliminating them by combining science, skill, and intuition. Our exclusive Integrated Modalities Bodyworking technique blends Western, Eastern, and Energetic modalities and has proven successful on over 30,000 bodies.
The most important thing for you to know is that you don’t have to live with myofascial pain. Consistent and effective bodywork can help you manage it or even get rid of it completely.