What Will It Take to Become Pain Free?
A regular client of mine had experienced shoulder pain (couple of years ago) and was worried she was on the verge of needing surgery due to the lack of function and continual pain with certain movements she was having. One day she comes in for a massage and describes what’s going on with her shoulder. It was one of the most common issues I dealt with almost on a daily basis.
So I worked on the several muscles that influence the shoulder girdle, and upon completion of the massage I explained to her what muscles she needed to make sure she stretched and released regularly and showed her a couple of exercises to start doing on a regular basis to provide more shoulder stability. Fast forward to the present, she has ZERO pain in that shoulder and full range of motion. She wanted to become pain and made sure she took action to become pain free by adhering to the advice that was given.
Now I tell that story because I know there are so many of you that have pain and ailments that you deal with on a daily basis. I study what I study for a reason and one reason only and that’s to help educate you on how to become pain free or at least help manage the pain. And there are a great deal of clients that implement the advice I give them, their Dr gives them, whomever… But unfortunately there are many that do not.
The reason why it’s bothersome to me is that some of you are only a few stretches and exercises a day away from pain. You’re much closer than you think. You just have to want it badly enough. It burns me to the core when I hear someone considering surgery when they have never even tried resistance training of any type. Your muscles need it! Your body needs it! You don’t need a gym, get some resistance bands and some small dumbbells. And be consistent and persistent.
Much like weight loss, pain management isn’t going to be a ‘see massive, lasting results after 1 week’ type of deal. The longer a problem has existed, the longer it will take for the problem to go away. If you’ve had shoulder impingement for 6 months, it could take up to a year to fully correct it (depending on the condition of your tissues). Surgery will not be the end of pain if you still continue to do nothing to strengthen and improve your muscle function. I promise.
Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t take 5-10 minutes out of your day to work on becoming pain free. You could be doing some exercises right now while reading this novel. I urge you not to allow yourself to become a victim of pain. Make the change. Ask yourself if you truly want to be pain free. And if the answer is yes, ask yourself what you’re doing to become pain free. Not what the Dr, physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor etc is doing…but what specifically are you doing?
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