Pain isn’t typically a single result of a single moment in time unless you fall and hurt yourself or you get an injury during a hobby/sport. Pain that has unexpectedly come around is usually a combination of a number of factors that impose some form of “stress” on your body, and your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong or you body perceives it is under ‘threat’.
Whenever we ask people if pain came around suddenly or has gradually come around, more often than not people cannot put a thumb on the exact moment when it started.
Or, if they try to put it on a specific point, when we ask them what they have done, the answer is usually hard to justify too (not passing judgement, but opening up to the idea that it might be other factors).
“It must be because of my posture” or “I slept on it wrong” is something that never stands up once we take a deeper look into this with people, because your body, which is a resilient structure with a multitude of systems working at one time, doesn’t simply create a pain signal because you’ve sat down at work for a few hours poorly, or because you slept on your right side last night.
When we spend the time to ask more questions and explore the potential factors involved with pain, it quickly becomes clear that it wasn’t just because of how you slept, but it was also because of the quality of your sleep, your training frequency (whether it’s low or too high) what type of training you do and whether it’s helping you or not, your food, your stress levels with work, with your relationships etc. It is looking at all a much bigger picture.
Now admittedly we haven’t discovered all of these factors with everyone, and we haven’t gone to that depth with people often, but those who HAVE let us in a little bit more, it’s been really eye opening to see that some of these factors were indeed present.
So, if I come back to the original point; what is pain anyway? We know that when we move, the body it doesn’t operate one system at a time, (think breathing, muscles, neurological or lymphatics for an example) all systems have to work in sync together. We also know that the body slowly adapts to its surroundings depending what you do to it and with it. So with this in mind, what if it was the same idea when it comes to pain?
What if your pain is a slowly produced symptom of what you have or have not exposed yourself to over time?
This is a question we will leave you with today, but it’s a question we’d like to hear your thoughts about too.