(or Spooky Pain at a Distance)
When A Pain Sensation Is NOT
Coming From Where You Feel It …
Or Not Where You Think It “Should” Be
Many people experience various pain sensations unexplained by orthodox medical diagnosis. Yet they never get much relief, or none at all. In some cases, they’re told they just have to live with it, and sometimes, they’re told “it’s all in your head.”
In many cases, X-rays or MRIs don’t show any “degeneration” or other causes sufficiently explaining a person’s sensitivities, if at all. And if the doctors cannot find a visible cause, they usually cannot find a cure.
If orthodox medical physicians ARE able to reduce or eliminate the painfulness, it’s usually by way of a drug. Yet drugs, in most cases, have too many side effects to take on an on-going basis. Even good old aspirin is being shown to have too many long term negative health effects.
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Then there’s surgery. Side effects of a surgery gone bad are often worse than with drugs, and sometimes irreversible. So a lot of people are, understandably, hesitant to go “under the knife.”
As a result, there are lots of people who have made almost a career out of trying to A.) find out WHY they have a particular pain (or dysfunction) symptom; and B.) find a cure for such symptom(s). Many people have gone years or even decades in such pursuits, with little or no relief; or only periodic, temporary relief.
This article does NOT pretend to have all answers to all instances of “Mystery Pain.” Yet we do have a FEW answers for SOME people. And if you are one of the people who fits in with the categories we present here, then that’s great.
So, where DO these “things,” these Mystery Pains, come from?
POTENTIAL SOURCES OF PAIN
From A BIO-Structural Analysis Point-of-View
This is written from the perspective of my system of BIO-Structural Balancing & Analysis and Postural Alignment.
B — Bio-Logical & Bio-Energetic
I — Integral
O — Optimal & Organon
Localized, Soft Tissue Pain
As it indicates, this is when the pain is at or very close to the source of that pain. In our model, increased levels of C.E.M.&.N.T. or Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress cause local aches, pains, pressures and distortions.
This can be as simple as a direct injury to the tissue from an accident. In the cases we’re talking of, the tissue has healed up, but pain persists.
Or, the area has had an accumulation of long-term, chronic tensions built up over time.
In both cases, C.E.M.&.N.T. or Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress might well be the culprit. This is the musculo-fascial force or pressure exerted on various tissues and sensory nerves (nociceptors) in the region.
Structurally Transmitted Pain
Here, sensitivity is experienced in a location that is, for example, on the other side of the body from the actual source of discomfort. Or it’s at the other end of the body segment. Such as, pain in one hip occurs as a result of contracted and over-shortened muscles in the opposite hip.
Here, one over-contracted & short muscle is causing it’s opposing muscle (in Red) to contract in response. This is structural homeostasis. The reactive muscle is often at a lesser mechanical advantage, is working harder, is more tense, and therefore more painful.
Neurologically Transmitted Pain
In this case, painfulness is generated by compression on, or other irritation to, a nerve pathway usually some distance away from the sensation of pain.
Very often, a nerve is irritated at a distance from where the pain is experienced. One possible manifestation of this are “trigger points,” which are only one version of what can happen.
Antalgic Action (to move away from) Pain
This one’s a little more complex to explain in a short paragraph. Suffice it to say, it’s when the body produces an action to, for example, lift weight off a painful area. So, if a construction worker is walking around with his chest puffed up and raised, it is very often because doing so takes pressure off a muscle that is over-contracted and irritated.
Compressive, Hard Tissue Pain
This can be local or distant, but chronically over-shortened muscles are putting pressure on joints, causing dysfunction and/or degeneration / deterioration. Any pain is NOT from the motion sensitive nerves within the joint, but from pain sensitive nerves in the tissues surrounding the joint.
Metabolically Generated Pain
Some, and in some people many, of their pains are the result of increased levels of chemical substances in the blood stream. Nociceptors in the walls of the blood vessels detect when levels of these substances get too high, very often triggering a sense of pain. This can be, for example, when someone eats a diet of poor quality or junk food raising toxic levels in their blood. Food poisoning is an extreme example of that.
Excess myofascial contraction reduces blood supply to an area, in turn reducing oxygen flowing into the area. Reduced oxygen produces irritation to nociceptors, and what is called ischemic pain.
Neuromuscular Discombobulation (Confusion)
One of our hypotheses is that when adjacent or nearby musculo-fascial fibers get out of synchronization with each other, a pain pattern is set up. This can happen in many circumstances, for instance when falling over, or hit by a car, and things happen so fast the neuromuscular system cannot “track” what neurological actions occurred, and therefore cannot find a “pathway” of nerve normalization back to “normal” firing.
Joint Degeneration is NOT a Direct Cause of Pain
Many people are amazed to discover that degenerated joints, or spinal discs, do not, in and of themselves, cause pain. That’s because for the most part, there are few or NO pain sensitive nerves within the joint capsule or on the surfaces of the joint.
Briefly stated, it is our view that in reality, over-contracted and tense muscles are putting pressures on soft-tissues surrounding the joint. AND, the same muscles are putting pressures on the hard tissues of the joint, causing them to distort or degenerate.
Yet with no pain sensitive nerves within the joint itself, no conscious sensation of pain within the joint is generated. Yes there are many nerves in the joints, but they are proprioceptive nerves, which sense and deliver information about position and movement of the joint, but do NOT communicate direct, conscious pain sensations to the brain.
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