Chronic Pain – what’s it got to do with a Car?

Are you sick of your body in chronic pain and feeling like a crash test dummy?

If your car had been running badly for a LONG time you wouldn’t just get a quick oil change or minor service. So why sell your body short?

So let’s set the scene:

Your beloved car – just isn’t running right. You had it checked at the mechanics and they said it was a spark plug. It’s been changed but ever since its just not right. You keep going back, they check the spark plug, clean it up and off you go – but it’s never long lasting – its keeps “playing up”. On a “bad day they replace the same spark plug AGAIN and re-assure you.  You’re not convinced. Surely there’s something else they can do.  You trust your car for those quick runs close to home but you wouldn’t chance it on a long journey. Its too risky – you’re worried you’ll break down – but what can you do. You’ve told them its the spark plug – they look and check it for you.

Now we all know cars are quite complex – just because we think we know it may be an issue with the spark plug cos its been there before – doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the problem now – a smart mechanic will say – “tell me exactly what’s going on – what’s happening, when does it happen and how often”.  They’ll make a recommendation that you leave the car with them  and they’ll have a GOOD LOOK  and check everything else that may cause a similar problem and get back to you.

That afternoon – they call you and say – actually, the spark plug was the thing that kept being changed but the actual problem was XXX and if they fix that instead the car will run just fine apart from the usual normal wear and tear. You’re relieved and glad you had  a full service done this time.

You only have one body – keep it running well……

Now lets play out that scenario with your body – you hurt yourself, maybe you lifted something, maybe you fell over, maybe you had  a car crash – but it ended up with you hurting your back for example. You were in a lot of pain and had an MRI and they found a small disc prolapse, you got treatment and everything was fine.

A short while later – you get pain again in the same area – its not quite the same but you figure – my disc is playing up again – so you go back and say – its that same area – same as before – so you get “managed” for that disc problem.

Everything is OK but you keep getting pain every now and again but lately its been getting worse – now its starting to interfere with your normal day to day stuff and you need to get on top of  it.

After the 5th epsiode, you’re getting fed up. The GP has ordered another scan – everything looks fine, if anything your disc and spine look normal. You get stronger pain killers and sent away, but its keeps happening. You go see a specialist but there’s nothing to “fix”. What now  – you’re still getting pain and its now a major issue. You dred sitting down or playing with the kids ‘cos it means three days of pain….

SOOO – why not think there’s something else going on – just like the spark plug – your pain can now be a symptom of something that is a mechanical change. You had a disc prolapse. when that happened you were in pain. your muscles spasm to splint the body and stop you from moving. This is normal. It’s the body’s way of protecting itself.

With that you get the core muscles switching off – they cant work with the spasm around them and they switch off quickly when they are not used such as when we are in pain. The spasm also causes stiffness n the joints as they are now not moving and also the muscles get tight and shorten.

Over time if we don’t correct these issues – we will get recurring pain – yes it will be in the same area – but it will not be coming from the disc – if you continue to try and treat the disc – it wont help. You need to address the underlying issues that are now causing your pain.

NEWSFLASH PEOPLE – stiff joints, tight muscles, non functioning core DO NOT SHOW on an MRI – there is nothing to “SEE” – but they are pain producing and pain will NOT GO AWAY if this is what is now causing it until you get it addressed.

This is something that you need to  get assessed properly – so many clients just come in and want the quick fix with a long history of pain they’ve had for 10 years but it keeps coming back and it’s getting harder to resolve each time. Now its constant pain – well hello! You need to work out what is causing that pain NOW. You need a detailed assessment which includes a functional and biomechnical assessment to see what the actual cause is NOW – is it that you have indeed irritated your disc again – or is it stiff joints around the area need to move, or muscles need releasing or your core needs strengthening – or a combination of all of these. Your body needs to learn how to function “normally” not just in its protective mode.

That is how you will start to get control back again – not by just putting a band aid on and changing  the spark plug. Have a read of our post on our Pain Management Solution here. It may just get you thinking differently about your body!

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About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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