Pain is one of the most significant signs our body can show to indicate that something is off balance. But the science behind pain in itself is quite complex.
How People Perceive Pain
Everyone has a different approach to pain. The same can be said about pain thresholds. Some people will decide to push through pain if it is bearable, while others can instantly become anxious despite the pain being minor. However, it is not a good idea to ignore pain in any part of your body.
Of course, there are certain aches and pains that are clearly because of known circumstances. For example, people with flu or fever will normally experience some level of bodily aches. Similarly, those with chronic illnesses are prone to pain.
On the other hand, pain can often be sudden or gradually increase in intensity. You may feel frequent headaches, pain in the legs, lower or upper back, and similar issues. Instead of waiting for the pain to subside as suddenly or gradually as it came on, you should determine the cause.
Pain is not necessarily a direct sign
It is very easy to think that the problematic part of the body is the part with the pain. But many people ignore the fact that pain in one region can be indicative of a problem in another. Here are some examples:
Neck Pain and Headaches
Neck pain and headaches can be the symptom of uneven shoulders. One shoulder being higher than the other means you are making one stronger than the other. This strong shoulder may end up being pulled forward more than the other.
The result is the inward rotation of the hand. Consequently, you can start experiencing pain in the neck and head. Relief may be achieved by getting the arms above the head and stretching the shoulders in a door frame. You can become aware of the problem before pain by looking in the mirror to see if one shoulder is higher than the other.
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Knee Pain when Running
Hurting knees during running could be a mobility problem with your hips. This can be determined by lying face down and extending a single leg backward in the air without bending the knee, and repeating on the other side. Try to feel which one is harder and does not lift as high, also take note if you feel any pain or discomfort with the movement.
Doing a lunge stretch and practicing the hip extending movement on a daily basis (15 times on each side) may help to provide some relief. The aim is to release tension in the hip so the knee will not be stressed while running. It should also be noted that problems in the foot, such as one foot being more flatter and rolling in can also affect the knees.
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Tightness of the Back
A slouched posture with the head protruding forwards is usually a sign of tightness in the back. We can also look to our lifestyles as a sign and cause of the problem as this posture and tightness of the back is often associated with people who sit for prolonged periods of time.
A good way to check for this tightness is to stand up and put your hands on your hips, then pull your elbows backwards. While doing this lean backwards and see how easy this movement feels and if you notice any pain or discomfort.
This kind of stretch, as well as avoiding sitting for prolonged periods of time by taking breaks every 20 minutes to stand for 30 seconds, may ease the situation.
In any case, if you become aware of a problem it’s always a good idea to seek advice from a trained professional, such as a chiropractor, so you can get on top of smaller issues before they become bigger problems.