The pain isn’t where the problem is

I have worked with people for over a decade now as a registered massage therapist, and I can tell you that more often than not, the pain that brings people in for treatment is not felt at its actual source

Now, if someone has fallen and landed on their butt, or taken a kick to the leg in a soccer game, then yes… The pain is coming from the point of impact. 

However, anything that has developed over time – even ‘secondary’ symptoms that occur after a couple weeks of limping from that fall or soccer incident – are usually a response to the original trouble spot. 

Think of it this way. There is an office in which 2 office workers are employed. Worker #1, for whatever reason, never gets all of their work done. Worker #2 finishes their own work, and then finishes worker #1’s responsibilities.

Which worker is going to show signs of frustration and burnout???

If you take this analogy and apply it to your body, it’s easier to understand that when one part of the body is ‘carrying the weight’ of another, it will eventually feel similarly to Worker #2.

As my yoga therapy teacher puts it, “the pain is merely an expression of a problem that exists somewhere else”. 

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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