What is pain? Pain is a signal from the body telling you that something is not right. The perception of pain originates in the brain. A signal is sent from your nervous system that something is dysfunctional. Pain can be from a trauma such as an accidents or slip and fall. It can also begin from simply muscle spasm, tightness, inflexibility and bad posture. When the pain begins, your brain wants to avoid further pain. It does this by utilizing other muscles and movements to avoid the pain. This in-turn may cause an increase in pain and dysfunctional movement.
Your first thought is to eliminate the pain with drugs. Pain meds can be addictive and cause more damage to the injured area. Without being able to feel the pain, you may use the injured area injuring it further. After the medication wears off the pain will return and sometimes it is more intense.
The lifestyle of most people today is a breeding ground for dysfunctional movement and terrible posture. While using a computer, tablet and cell phone you are sitting, compressing the lower back. This tightens the muscles around your hips decreasing their flexibility. The shoulders are rounded forward and the weight of the skull increases tension in the neck and upper back. This constant forward flexion will lead to an increase in stiffness in the upper back and neck area which results in a decrease in use of the larger muscles of the legs and hips making the body more vulnerable to pain.
Dr. Paul Herman, a Cooper City chiropractor, can help with these issues.