How Does Chronic Pain Start?

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By Jacqueline Rubinstein

One client of mine was shocked when his chronic lower back pain started. He simply reached down to pick up a pan to make breakfast, just like he did every day. But for some unknown reason, on that day, he threw his back out.

He was left helpless, lying in bed, immobile for several days. Once he was finally back on his feet, the radiating, tingly pain down his left leg started. And so began a long, difficult journey of chronic lower back pain and leg pain.

So how does chronic pain start?
Why does it seem to start out of the blue?

As adults, we are relying on the same movement patterns we learned as toddlers. These ways of moving through life have served us well. Gotten us from point A to point B and back again. These movement patterns are probably not, however, the most efficient ways to use ourselves. This is not a problem for many years, but unfelt wear and tear is accumulating.

When we have inefficient movement patterns, the excess energy that is not being translated into movement turns into heat. This heat slowly wears down the cushiony tissue, ligaments, and spinal discs. Eventually leaving bones rubbing on bones. When the tipping point is finally reached, a simple action will cause a nerve ending to be irritated and the chronic pain begins.

So what can you do?

The best solution I have found is to re-learn efficient, pain-free movement patterns. This requires retraining the nervous system. It’s easier than it sounds! For more information, check out my website page on how it works.

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