We often experience pain in various areas of our body, but our pain doesn’t always stem from the site where we feel the pain. The cause and the source of the pain can be completely different from the pain site.
Our body works as a whole machine, and when one piece breaks down, the effects can be felt as pain in other areas of the body. People’s issue may be invisibly occurring at another site – their organs!
This disconnection can often delay pain relief, hindering the ability to find the true root of the cause. The cycle of pain may continue to return because the underlying cause remains untreated.
Pain sufferers need to persevere in seeking answers.
The vicious pain cycle
When a person suffers an injury or lives an unhealthy lifestyle, internal organs may become restricted. Over time, this restriction of the organs may result in muscle pain, but muscle treatment alone may not provide long-term results. The pain doesn’t stem from the muscle but another area of the body. Thus, the pain never goes away, not until the cause of the pain is identified and treated.
Think about it this way, you have a fall and hit your elbow. It’s bruised and sore for a week or so, but the pain seems to go away after that. But now you notice you also have a sore shoulder that hurts whenever you lift it. You think it may have come from the fall, so you give your shoulder some time to heal. But it doesn’t get better. You go and have a treatment to work on the shoulder muscles because they are tight, but the pain keeps coming back soon after. This is a common scenario. If this has happened to you, know that you are not alone.
The problem may be a result of the rest of your body hitting the ground in the fall, causing a domino effect. You fall, your body twists, your abdomen organs restrict, which results in an alignment problem with your pelvis. These areas then recruit muscles to protect themselves whenever you move.
This awkward landing and the resulting restrictions on the organs may then flow on to include a few muscles which attach to and pull down on the shoulder, causing a constant tug-o-war. When these muscles need to lift the arm, it can cause them to strain, causing pain and discomfort. If only the sore area of the shoulder is treated and not organs and pelvis, you may only get short term relief as the problem may likely reoccur, causing tightening of the shoulder again and again. This is when people can become stuck in a loop of the vicious pain cycle.
Our Gold Coast Visceral Manipulation practitioner looks to identify the root of the problem through Visceral Manipulation. It’s their job to look beyond the pain region to locate and treat the true source of the problem, breaking the pain cycle.
What is Visceral Manipulation?
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy technique aimed at normalising the viscera’s (internal organ’s) mechanical, vascular, and neurological dysfunctions and removing abnormal effects to improve its functioning.
The practice of visceral manipulation doesn’t only focus on the site of pain or dysfunction but holistically looks at the entire body to find the root of the problem.
This may be the difference between relieving shoulder pain for good and it becoming a constant cycle of pain.
Visceral Manipulation may assist structural and functional imbalances in the body, including vascular, nervous, musculoskeletal, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, and urogenital dysfunction.
If you experience pain but have found no relief, Visceral Manipulation may help you find and treat the root cause of your pain. Contact our visceral manipulation practitioner Andrew Ross to book an appointment today. You may book online or call our Gold Coast clinic on 07 5571 0001.
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