Why Do We Have Pain?
We get asked this question a lot and over the years we have changed our opinion many times as this age old question is studied in the Scientific community. Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. It’s a protective mechanism to prevent injury or further injury to the body. However, just because you have pain does NOT necessarily mean a structure has been damaged. It just means your body is in protective mode.
We believe there are two types of injuries, traumatic injuries; a specific point where your body has experienced trauma like twisting your ankle and there is damage to ligaments, tendons, bone or muscle. The other is non-traumatic injury whereby the injury and pain and been building up over time. This type of injury means that one part of your body has been overcompensating, i.e., working too hard for another structure that has been under working. This is most commonly seen in patients who sit at a desk all day and begin to experience neck or back pain. Because of the postures, more often than not the muscles at the front of the chest or hips are in a shortened position i.e. over -working, and the muscles in the back are lengthened i.e. under-working. This is further explained in our common injuries section.
The key message to take from this is not to panic or stress! Pain is an uncomfortable experience…but we at Stepaside Physiotherapy see it as your body telling you something is wrong. In fact, 90% of people who come to us with low back pain do not have back damage; it has just been over-working and needs to be rebalanced by an experienced physiotherapist.
Low back pain
Almost everybody will experience low back pain in some form during his or her lives. Unfortunately the common reaction with low back pain when it occurs is “FEAR”. Fear that they have done irreparable damage and you must protect it and move differently to prevent irritating it further. While this seems logical, it is actually detrimental for long-term recovery. 90% of low back pain cases are termed “Non-specific” which means there is no structural damage to the back.Your back is just protecting itself.
Take for example; when you injure your ankle, you limp to move around less painfully. This is what we call compensation. The same thing happens on a muscular level when you injury your back. One muscle will over-work to compensate for the pain and protect your back. What we do at Stepaside Physiotherapy is, systematically assess your body, discover what muscle is the source of your pain, release that muscle and restore your body to move more functionally.It comes down to the way you move. When you first feel that pinch or the tightness, your first instinct is to protect. This is a natural reaction. That pinch or tightness will remain until your body can relax and move less rigidly.
The shoulder joint is a very complex joint so there is a multitude of things that can go wrong. Here at Stepaside physio we strive to find the root cause of your problem rather than just treating your symptoms. The source could come from your neck your back or even your hips. This is why we assess your entire body. Everybody is different and everybody moves differently. There is no one key exercise to that fixes shoulder pain. Through a methodological assessment of your entire body and a personalised rehabilitation program we can get you pain free.
Common pathologies we see are
- Rotator Cuff
- Slap Lesions
- A/C join sprains (Collar Bone)
- Shoulder dislocations
- Frozen shoulders
- SLAP Lesions
- Rehabilitation post surgery
If you are unsure whether physiotherapy can help don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and contact us for a free phone consultation.
Neck pain is very common in our society today as a lot of us lead sedentary lives. But aside from that we all can experience neck pain in some form or another. This is most commonly down to postural issues and the length of time we spend in any one position. These sustained postures leads to an increase in tension in the surround muscles, as they get tired being kept in the one position. During your assessment our physiotherapist will find the root cause of your symptoms which may even be coming from the way you breath, and design a rehabilitation program to suit your individual needs. We will also provide information on posture and ergonomics. If you have a desk based job or spend a lot of time driving an erognoimcs assessment will help prevent your pain from returning.
If you are unsure whether physiotherapy can help please don’t hesitate to avail of our free phone consultation where we can discuss your symptoms further and see if physiotherapy is the right choice of treatment.
Knee pain is very common in our society today due to the nature of our lifestyles, sitting working then straight to the gym or sport. This constant cycle of sedentary positions then vigorous exercise without proper stretching can lead to knee pain. The knee is just two bones that sit on top of each other and that are controlled not just by your thigh muscles but also by the stability of your hip and ankle. Stepaside physiotherapist’s assess your entire body to find the root cause of your injury. Every body moves differently so we will tailor your rehab program to suit your knees.
IF you are unsure whether physiotherapy can help please don’t hesitate to avail of our free phone consultation where we can discuss your symptoms further and see if physiotherapy is the right choice of treatment.