Although we tend to think of pain as strictly physical, it is much more complex. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complicated ways with pain. Our thoughts and emotions can lead to a change in the quality and amount of pain that is experienced. As a result, the ways in which individuals feel pain, express pain and respond to pain and its treatments vary dramatically. The following are considered when diagnosing the root cause of pain:
1. Muscle Imbalances – To maximize the body’s ability to perform and recover, we must first identify the true root of a physical imbalance and then work toward total body alignment and symmetry. A muscle issue can be due to many different things including a mechanical issue, nutritional issue, repetitive strain, or injury.
2. Metabolic Imbalances – Most people don’t realize that they are eating their way into their pain. If the body’s chemistry is out of balance, so is its ability to recover from injury and detoxify. Food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies get in the way of the body’s innate healing abilities.
3. Limiting Thoughts – One’s state of mind has been shown to have a profound effect on the ability to recover. Mental stress can have as much to do with pain and inability to recover as does physical stress. Stress management or mental fitness can be thought of as nothing more than learning how to channel or manage our thoughts.
4. Toxin Overload – toxins from food, infections such as yeast, and the environment can build up in the muscles, joints, and lymphatic system. Reducing toxin levels in the body will ease inflammation, especially in your joints, and improve the immune system’s ability to heal an injury or area of pain.
5. Joint Instability- Our joints are held together by ligaments and tendons that function similar to rubber bands. If they become overstretched, joint instability can occur. Often the key to getting to the root of the problem and reducing pain is to tighten those overly loose ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy is a safe and effective alternative to surgery, massage, or chiropractic for curing pain permanently.