common causes of pain.
This is a brief summary of the
most common reasons for pain, and the explanation of why it happens.
shoulder pain and headaches:
neck, shoulder pain and headaches are a result of:
Using too many
pillows under your head.
This elevates your head and holds it in a forward position.
The muscles in the front and sides of your neck are held in a
contracted position, while over stretching the ones in the back
of the neck, and upper back. This will eventually cause tight
hard muscles, and lack of blood flow in the over stretched neck
and back muscles. The muscles in the front and sides of the neck
will go into spasm. This causing centralized pain and active referring
trigger point pain into the head, (causing headaches) in the shoulder
and down into the arm and sometimes fingers.
with your arms held in front of your body for long periods of
(Anyone who works on a computer, hair dressers, teachers,
students, doctors, etc. all do this daily.)
This does the same as above, but by holding the arms
in front of the body it is now involving your rotator cuff muscles.
This will cause spasm in the muscles in the front of the shoulder
and over stretch the ones in the back, activating more trigger
points and causing further pain in more areas. (Esp. in the neck,
shoulders and down into the arm.)
Lying on your
side while sleeping.
does the same as above because of the forward positioning of the
shoulder for prolonged periods of time.
head in one position for extended periods of time,
repetitive head repositioning. (Example: turning your head to the left or right constantly all day) This also
causes spasm in the over worked muscles(mostly the ones on the
sides) activating trigger points which will causes radiating pain
into the head, down into the shoulder and the arm.
low back, hip and sciatic pain is a result of:
For men, this
is sitting with a wallet in there back pocket.
This causes the hips to become rotated, which induces
spasm in the low back muscles on the opposite side of the wallet.
This will also cause problems in the hip rotators, especially
the side where the wallet is. This being, because of the way you
walk with rotated hips, and because the muscles are and have been
over stretched for a long period of time. The muscles staying
overstretched cause lack of blood flow, therefore, if the muscles
are left like this for a prolonged period of time the active trigger
points in theses muscles will cause radiating pain down into the
hip, gluts, and or down into the leg.(often imitating sciatic
pain.) Women will experience
the same problems from sitting on one foot regularly.
your side without a pillow between your knees/ legs.
This causes the same hip rotation with similar symptoms.
3-Locking your knees when you stand, especially
for prolonged periods of time.
Stand sideways in a mirror and watch what happens to
your body when you do this.
You will notice that it will push your stomach forward
and puts an arch in your low back. This will compress your lumbar
spine (esp.L5, S1) causing spasm and chronic pain in that area.
By having that extra weight in the front of your
body, you will also cause the low back muscles to have to work
overtime stabilizing your structure.
squatting or bending at the waist for prolonged periods of time.
Yes, this is a very common problem. You have a muscle
that runs along the inside
Of your body that connects the front of your hips to
your low back. When you are seated it is shortened, when you stand
it is lengthened. Therefore,
when you try to stand after sitting for a long period of time,
the muscle will eventually go into spasm. This is because the
muscle remembers the seated (contracted) position and eventually
wants to stay that way. Where that muscle inserts into the lumbar
spine is where and what causes the low back pain that you feel
The bottom line is that muscles have memory. Therefore
when you hold any position for a prolonged period of time, or
do a movement in a repetitive pattern, the muscle is going to
remember that position and or that pattern and want to stay there.
When you attempt to achieve a somewhat normal position the muscle
then goes into spasm because that position is not the one you
have re- trained the muscle to be in. Thus, causing extreme pain
and active trigger points, because a muscle in spasm is not receiving
proper blood flow. Clinical/ Neuromuscular re-education will re-
train the muscle to remember what normal function is again. Releasing
the spasm tissue and active trigger points will then relieve pain
because of increased blood flow to the tissue.
will usually always give exercises and stretches to our patients
as homework so that they can continue to re- educate the tissue
for more sustained results.