• Sebastian Asselbergs, PT

Movement and pain

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

The two are very closely related - pain can alter movement. For instance, if you ever had a painful low back, you may recall moving slower, stiffer and more careful - all the while holding your breath. Right?

It is very likely a natural, non-conscious protective reflex: the nervous system decides there is a "threat" to the tissues and stiffens up the area to protect it.

This change in your natural and easy motion can sometimes aggravate the pain - maybe because there is more pressure on the sensitive structure (nerves), maybe for other reasons that I will write about in the future.

The problem is, when we move less, and with less fluidity, our little nerves may get under a bit of stress: not enough oxygen, not enough movement. And when nerves get under stress, they signal "danger" to the brain.

That may lead to more protective tension.

Looks like it could be a bit of a vicious circle, doesn't it?

Well, it can be. The good news, no: the GREAT news is that movement can be the best answer to this problem.

Not just any motion.

That's where a physiotherapist with good understanding of anatomy, physiology, neurology and especially, of pain, can be very helpful.

He or she can help find out which movements can be useful for you to learn or develop. (After having made sure there are no serious "issues in the tissues" of course!)

In the mean time, think about moving as often as you can - at your desk, in the car, at the table, on the couch, in the plane and at your meetings. We are built for motion! #pain, #tension, #physiotherapy, @allandalephysiotherapy.com, #movement, #exercise

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