Let me tell you why you’re here: you have a lingering body issues. It’s been going on for a while now. Maybe you’ve had it so long that you’re noticing changes in your mood and level of joy.
You went to the chiropractor, the osteopath, the acupuncturist and physical therapist. Maybe you got some relief, but the issue persists and you’re fed up. Ongoing body aches and injuries are common to all of us at some point in life, and it’s not easy to solve as there are so many factors creating it.
Modern medicine and many health and wellness practitioners are addressing the symptom of the problem: the back pain, the achy knee or shoulder. That’s the number one reason people wind up living for long periods in a state of physical discomfort.
Your body is like a machine, and machines need to be in alignment. Have you ever driven a car that was in need of a wheel alignment? It shimmies all over. The chassis, drivetrain and suspension systems are being taxed to compensate for the lack of alignment. The human body is just like that.
We humans, in our state of discomfort, have often decided what our injury is, focusing on where pain is located, and for years we announce to the world “I have a bulging disc” or “my neck has never been the same since the car accident”. This is part of the problem; we direct our health practitioners to address the location of our pain when the cause of the pain is often somewhere else.
Bob and Sally both have low back pain. Would you agree that what works to alleviate Bob’s problem might not work for Sally? Injuries cannot be addressed with a one-size-fits-all solution approach. Bob may have trouble standing straight while Sally has trouble bending over. The low back (and every other body part) is complex and connected to dozens of other parts. Solving for pain involves examining those connected parts.
Our success in treating clients is very much the result of customizing a regimen to your individual needs. Which leads us to reason #3.
You’ve been going it alone. To save money, time, or both, you’ve been trying to resolve the issue on your own. Here’s the problem: most of us just don’t have the training and expertise to diagnose the issue. Imbalance in the muscular system can be seen in the way we walk, the way we move, and most importantly: the things we avoid doing. It takes an expert to see and recognize the way in which pain presents itself in body motion.
As an example, if we have learned that bending is painful, on a conscious or subconscious level we stop bending and we don’t even notice the change. This change then results in weak core muscles, which in turn makes bending even more painful.
A technique called Muscle Testing allows a good practitioner to evaluate the strength of individual muscle fibers to locate the weak ones. None of us can do this on our own; it requires a second set of eyes and limbs to evaluate the force applied to the muscle.
Have a look at the diagram below where we’re giving away our magic formula for success in resolving muscular imbalance.
The reality is that most body issues are going to take a concerted effort to repair. There are exceptions, but they are rare. Why do injuries take so much time to resolve? In short, what’s strong today might well be weak tomorrow. Our professional athlete and triathlete clients will back us on this statement; it’s a core reason they visit us regularly and take us on the road to competitions. How you use your body during the day and how you sleep at night affects the power of little muscle fibers.
Resolving serious body aches and issues usually requires repeated evaluation and an ongoing strength-training regimen to address what’s exposed by the evaluation.
If you’re struggling with ongoing body problems, keep reading our posts to learn more about anatomy.