8 Lessons Learned In 8 Years Of Treating Long Term Pain

Since starting my practice 8 years ago I reflected on the 8 most important things I have learned. Hopefully you enjoy!

There Are No Quick Fixes

1. There are no quick fixes
 
When I entered the world of rehabilitation I had the naïve idea that within a few hours I’d be changing the world of every individual I met and they’d believe I was some sort of genius. The reality is your body is ultra-complex and especially in cases of long sustained periods of pain and discomfort there is no magic pill that will resolve any issue you may have and certainly no substitute for consistent effort to change.
 
2. Every single case is completely unique
 
As obvious as it sounds you are completely different from the next person and just because you may both present with the exact same symptoms your solution may be entirely worlds apart.
 
3. History is absolutely vital in unravelling the puzzle

How did you get to this point? Your medical and injury history will more often than not hold the clues to resolving your pain or discomfort. Scar tissue, operations, traumatic injuries / events will be hugely relevant in peeling the layers back to get to the core of your problem.

It Is All Connected

4. It is all connected
 
Your brain doesn’t compartmentalise things, we work as one fluid unit. This unit needs to feel safe, secure and relaxed with whatever we’re asking of it on a regular basis in order to change.
 
5. There is no one approach that works for all

The best approach to any issue is the approach that suits you best NOT the clinician.
 
6. Age (for the most part) is just a number

See my previous blog Make A Comeback In Your 40s – don’t fall into the brackett of being ‘too old’ to do something simply because you’re told that is the case. If you don’t move it you lose it and if you get into the routine of doing very little it can become an extremely hard habit to kick.

Pain Is Natural And Nothing To Fear

7. Pain is natural and nothing to fear

It is a common misconception that pain must indicate damage and will also inevitably lead to more pain and gradual regression. This is not the case at all. Pain is multifaceted and is your body’s way of informing you that it cannot deal with the current chemical and / or mechanical stress placed upon it.

8. Posture is far less important than variety of movement

Posture alone is highly unlikely to be the driving factor in pain. You could have the best posture in the world but may still be in agony. Your brains understanding of your body is what matters and variability in movement is more than posture.

Remember it is all connected,

Ben

Call – 07745 039 485

Email – Ben@BenFedrickInjuryTherapy.co.uk

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