As a physical therapist, I deal with pain on a daily basis in one form or another. Back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain, ankle pain… they’re all part of my daily experience. Pain is such a common experience for most individuals at some point in their lives, and yet the truth is that so many people don’t know the first thing about what pain actually is. Pain is mysterious, and for many of us, pain is actually completely and utterly confusing. I’d like to shed some light on the darkness, tackling the definition of pain one step at a time.
Are you wondering why you keep experiencing neck or shoulder pain that is so unpredictable and unrelenting?
It’s a foundation issue: the quality of posture & precision of movement patterns matters. The integrity of your spine its strength and mobility determines your overall health.
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We tend to think that we need to just keep stretching and pushing for movement when we are stiff, tight or hurt. People tend to focus on working on their “flexibility or mobility” to unstick their stiff joints or tight muscles. They often experience snap, crackles, and pops in their joints as they move. This can be alarming and make you wonder if this is the start of a serious injury.
Counter to what you may think……
What is the one pain you do not want to brush aside and ignore? What is the one pain that is a warning sign that there is an underlying problem festering and will eventually result in a serious limitation, injury and even surgery?
At Perseverance Physical Therapy & Pilates we help people aged 40+ stay fit, active and overcome mobility loss to be able to live the life they love without fear, limitation and depending on painkillers or procedures.
Yvonne A. Castillo, MSPT, DPT, CPT