If you have a pain or disability, what should you do?
The first thing to do is to consult the Hippocratic Oath. Raise your right hand and repeat after me “First, DO NO HARM.”
Harmful things you could do might include:
- Resting when you should be exercising
- Exercising when you should be resting-just do more of whichever makes it better and less of whichever makes it worse.
- Taking painkillers or anti-inflamatories – these just hide your pain and do nothing to solve the problem. Remember pain is your feed-back mechanism – an indicator of your body’s ability to heal itself. How are you going to get yourself better if you don’t know what is working and what is not?
Next, don’t waste your money on:
- Tests that won’t help you get better – X-Rays, MRI scans, Blood tests all take “pictures” of your current state. Most of the time (except in very rare cases) they are a complete waste of time and money. Think about them as a photograph taken of a car accident. You can see all the damage, but nothing in the photo tells you whether someone fell asleep, or there was oil on the road, or the bend was too tight.
- Treatments that have temporary effects. Ask yourself how the treatment you are considering could still be having any effect a week from now.
Is it Inflammatory or Mechanical?
- Inflammatory pain tends to come on spontaneously and tends to affect more than one joint or area at a time. So, if you’re honest, you tend to have a long list of aches and pains.
- Mechanical pain tends to be associated with an event, traumatic or trivial, but you know when it started and what you did to “cause it” (be careful, what you did probably isn’t the cause).
Is your progress “normal?
- If you’ve sprained a joint like an ankle, you can probably expect a couple of weeks of pain. If you’ve broken a bone, it might take 6-12 weeks to heal. What is not normal is if this is the second or 3rd time you have suffered this problem or if you haven’t recovered in the expected time.
- Most mechanical injuries swell for up to 3 days and then should start feeling easier, so rest for 72 hours and seek help if it is not getting better after then.
Find the Cause
- Inflammatory pain tends to be diet related. You need to stop having inflammatory foods and give your body as many fresh, raw, natural foods as possible. Try avoiding dairy, wheat, tea, coffee, nightshades – in that order for just a few days and see if detoxing makes you feel better.
- Mechanical pain is caused by muscle reflex weakness. This cannot be treated with exercise. If it could be treated with exercise, Dean Macey (Olympic Decathlete) would not have suffered a back problem that kept him out of the Olympics and Michael Owen would not have recurrent injuries. Reflex Dysfunction is caused by interference to sensory input. It’s time to buy the book at http://www.live-without-pain.com and check out the videos or visit a practitioner trained in proprioceptive medicine.
Disclaimer: – always consult a qualified health practitioner before embarking on any treatment or diagnosis. None of the opinions here are meant to take the place of qualified diagnosis and treatment and no liability is accepted for any loss resulting directly or indirectly from the opinions given.