A common thing I find when helping men and women to sort out their back, neck, shoulder or hip pain, is the many mistakes they make in trying to stop the pain, and in turn either delay their recovery or make their situation worse.
If you’ve had on-going pain that is not easing, then find out if you might be making any of these mistakes.
- Mistake Number 1 – Leaving It.
Many people I come across believe that just by leaving their pain problem it will go away. This is hardly the case. What happens is when you first get pain your body sends pain signals to the brain, via your nervous system, to alert you to do something about it. If you don’t do anything, after a while those signals become less and less. Also, your body starts to compensate for the original pain by getting you to move differently, in a way where you’ll be out of alignment, so you end up developing pain in another area of the body. This is not good!
Therefore, as soon as you start feeling a form of negative pain in your back, neck, shoulders or hips, attend to it quickly using the right solution for your problem.
- Mistake Number 2 – Throwing Everything At The Pain To Cure It.
Again, a very common situation is when you’re in pain you grab hold of anything and everything to stop the pain. I know of someone who was trying to stop their back pain. They were using painkillers, pain gels, hot baths, steams, hot water bottles – you name it, they were using it, but the thing was their problem wasn’t getting any better. The pain continued on and off. Eventually, they came to see me and I sorted it out for them.The thing is, there is a place for using pain killers, pain gels, hot water bottles, etc., to help get rid of your pain, however, if you don’t have the correct knowledge about the nature of your pain and the alignment of your body, you could be making your situation worse.
Therefore, go and see a health professional or specialist to help you.
- Mistake Number 3 – Doing Lots Of Exercises, No Exercises or The Wrong Type Of Exercises.
I’ve come across cases where individuals feel that the pain they have is causing them to cease up or become stiff, so they do lots of exercise in the hope that the pain will go. On the other end of the scale, I know people who refuse to move because their pain is really bad. Then there are others who have good intentions of doing some exercises, but do the wrong type for their situation.What I say to my clients is this: in most pain situations, less is more! Sometimes, my clients expect me to give them a load of exercises to help with their pain. It’s not about how much exercise you do, it’s about getting your body to move, doing the right type of exercises to help relieve your pain. It could mean you doing one specific exercise or three. The only way you’ll know what to do is to have a professional or specialist in this area to guide you – so someone like a Remedial Massage Therapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Pilates Teacher, Physiotherapist, etc.. who is familiar in dealing with your type of pain.
I will cover the last two mistakes people often make to get rid of their back, neck, shoulder and hip pain in the next ezine.
Until then, if you’ve been struggling to sort out your back, neck, shoulder or hip pain and you recognise you’ve been making any of the mistakes mentioned before, then seek professional help as soon as you can. This is what my clients do to get out of pain. Let me know how you get on.
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