Understanding PAIN

painHave you ever heard of the phrase “men haven’t fully understood one another until they have seen  each  others fist”. This is practically how pain should be understood only those who have fully understood what that pain feels would be able to understand pain and what it is trying to tell you. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy martial arts it acts as a mirror for you and a microscope for who you are sparing with aside from getting the daily recommended dose of exercise.  For the purpose of this article I will be talking about the different types of pain and a bit of how I felt these things and how to relate them to treating clients.

For the purpose of this article the pain that will be described are the deep pain , constant shallow and the shocking pain. This is pretty much the common types pain that I usually encounter in clients. Just for clarification the pain types are not usually just seen as one type per client. It is more often than not  combination of different types even some of those that are not described in the article as such it would take some practice to somehow take each layer of pain and to understand them as the pain is pretty much a person’s history in pain form.

The first pain that will be discussed is the constant shallow type of pain. These pain would usually just stay during periods of inactivity such as during prolonged sitting and lying down. These pain are usually indications that the muscles are trying to work themselves out despite having difficulty in balancing themselves as a tension based tissue. These pains are usually caused either by the tight muscles just trying to pull the stretched muscles towards them for stability or the stretched muscles being too stretched to be able to contract by themselves. These pain would usually be the ones who just seem to stay even after releases are done to the client and would be the pain that would most likely disappear when patches like tapes are attached to a muscle. I would usually try to address these pains with exercises that aim to stabilize the problematic muscles. Just for the purpose of explaining the statement since people ask me all the is stability equal to strengthening? The answer is pretty much a big no. Stability is not the ability of the muscle to contract strongly it is the ability of the muscle to keep the length tension capability despite being in a set position for a long time. Take Tai-chi for example the length tension relationship is being kept through-out the whole movement set as such the practitioner can easily stop the movement or keep on moving at a set pace without tiring easily.

The second type of pain that will be discussed is the shocking type of pain. This is usually seem during sharp movements such as a smash. This pain would usually indefinitely appear and would be pretty problematic since these pain only appears during the heat of a game. These types of pain are usually caused by the nerves being compressed or stretched and would only appear during repeated movements. The reason being the nerves are designed to be able to take a certain amount of punishment before it send signals to the body that it needs help. This is usually caused by the muscles not being able to coordinate the muscle movements enough to allow the nerves to slide. The nerves being unable to slide properly would get the nerves either stuck in a position in which it is stretched too much or it is then compressed. Motor relearning would usually work well here as long as you can pin point which muscles are affected.

The third type of pain that will be discussed is the deep type of pain. These types of pain would usually appear during certain actions or situations and would usually pretty much be seen during stress full situations. The deep type of pain is pretty much caused by the deep fascia more often than not those near the organs as such sometimes mistaken as a problem with the organs themselves which might be or not be true as fascial pain would not be indicative of organ problems but might be a cause of them if they keep on appearing. These types of pain usually develop as the bodies response to stressful situations and would vary from person to person. These types of pain would usually benefit from either myo-fascial releases or visceral manipulations.

The pain themselves will be hard to pinpoint at first and there are more types than the three types stated above and would usually appear not just as a type as such experience would be needed to be able to differentiate these types from one another although the general rule is start with the most painful one since usually the most painful parts are those that are just recently injured as such they might be easier to understand that the ones who have been there for a long tie already.

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