I see it often in my practice, where people come in and are they are in chronic pain, told there is no obvious reason or cause. Which is incredibly frustrating, especially when you are in that much pain. It would almost be kinder for the practitioner/doctor/specialist to just say “I don’t know”.
In other words, “soft tissue has memory”. The problem is that no X-ray, MRI or blood test will show this unless it has reached an extreme. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Here is the model I have been working with for 25 years. Chronic pain is caused by soft tissue lesions, which can persist for many years after an injury, strain, or trauma. Soft tissue lesions are defined as tear or damage that causes activation of the pain receptors, resulting in chronic pain.
The aim of a treatment is to reduce those things which activate the pain receptors. This could include reducing pressure and inflammatory chemicals. I have developed a stress model that consists of 5 stresses which provides an excellent framework for understanding and treating chronic pain. This framework also supports actually achieving wellness.
I am not going to pretend that I get 100% success. If anyone promises you that about anything, let alone health, don’t believe them. Some problems are very difficult, but some are surprisingly simple to treat.
Before you try to fix something you need to know what the problem is.
A good start is to sleep well, breathe well and eat well. I am going to write some more blog posts exploring this. Stay tuned! I also explore these issues more in my book A Life Less Stressed, which you can order here.