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Why You Hurt

"The Doctor of the Future will Give No Medicine but will Interest his Patients in the Care of the Human Frame, in Diet, and in the Cause and Prevention of Disease…"

- Thomas Edison

Contrary to traditional views, back pain and chronic pain in general are not bone problems, they are the result of a muscle problem caused by our modern lifestyle, which renders our structural muscles – those responsible for holding us correctly – ineffective due to lack of proper or sufficient use.

Due to injury, repetitive stress and prolonged sitting the body continually decreases in its ability to hold proper alignment in relation to gravity. This places increased pressure on the joints leaving them vulnerable to pain, in the same manner a poorly aligned car runs inefficiently, causing undo wear on the tires. Surgery, one of the most common treatments for back pain, is almost never the answer. More often than not, it aggravates the pain and weakens the system while only addressing the symptom and not the root cause. If your posture is poor prior to surgery, it will still be poor after surgery. This leads to repeat surgeries. Pain-killing drugs, the second most common treatment for back pain, have serious side effects and can become addictive.

The physical pain that many people experience stems from the following influences:

We live in a sedentary society. People are reliant on technology, automation and mechanization. We've stopped stretching and moving as a natural part of our daily lives.

The human body is designed according to a blueprint or ideal form. This blueprint requires constant stimulus to be reinforced and maintained.

The human body is designed for motion. Our ancestors lived a much more active lifestyle than we do today. We had to move in order to hunt, bend, twist, run away from prey. In other words, optimal physical function determined our survival. The human body is still organized according to this blueprint or design and expected to function in the same way, yet it is not exposed to the stimulus necessary to ensure this function. As we cease using our bodies in the way they were intended, muscle groups begin to weaken and atrophy. This leads to System Breakdown, and explains why movement eventually becomes restricted, or compensated and, eventually, painful.

Gravity is a constant. Therefore, if you are not strengthening the intrinsic muscles to hold the body at right angles, you will become out of alignment. If your body is not aligned, much like a car, you will begin to wear out a tire, or in your case, your back, neck, etc.

The body has two muscular systems:

  1. Intrinsic or postural muscles – designed to hold the major joints – the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and head/ear – at right angles aligned with gravity.
  2. Dynamic muscles – the larger muscle groups (i.e. quads, hamstrings, abs) designed for large contractions to move our bodies.

Your body must be held at right angles in order to move and operate effectively and without pain. Therefore, if your current therapy mainly involves movement of dynamic muscles, in activities such as weightlifting, then chances are you are exacerbating your problem.

Insufficient or inadequate stimulus to the body causes System Breakdown. Specifically, after a period of 24-72 hours, the muscular system of the body begins to weaken and will atrophy if not provided with the stimulus it needs to remain flexible, balanced and strong. Once the body begins to experience System Breakdown, other muscle groups need to step in to assume the roles of weak or compromised muscle groups. We call this compensation, and compensation is what causes pain!

Once we experience pain, our body's way of telling us something is wrong, we tend to identify the pain site or symptom as the cause of the problem. We treat the symptom without realize that the reason a specific body part hurts is due to the entire system failing or "breaking down." We also fail to realize that you can not fix a part without addressing the whole. The real reason a particular body part hurts is from taking on too much responsibility for holding and moving the body in order to overcompensate for weakened areas and muscle groups. THE ONLY WAY TO RELIEVE THE STRESS ON THAT PARTICULAR SITE IS TO RETRAIN THE OTHER MUSCLE GROUPS TO RESUME THEIR INTENDED ROLE AND FUNCTION!