Pro-Active Solutions for the Prevention and Treatment
of Personally-generated Body System Dysfunctions
THE CARDINAL RULES OF
JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN
1. (Trauma excepted) muscles move bones out of alignment. That's the bad news. The good news is that if muscles have moved bones out of alignment, there is a fair chance they can move the bones back into alignment.
2. The cause of the pain is rarely at the site of the pain. Once muscles attached to the pelvis draw the pelvis out of alignment, the bones above and below move out of alignment 'in sympathy.' In particular we need to do exercises square up the pelvis.
3. Form (good skeletal alignment) follows function (the ability to successfully perform a range of postural/flexibility exercises).
4. A high proportion of joint and muscle pain is personally-generated. In a way that’s good news because chances are it can be personally ungenerated.
5. If you want to be pain free within the next hour or so, go to the chemist. But if you want to be pain free within the next 6 months (maybe more, maybe less) then do the re-aligning exercises regularly.
6. The more often you do the re-aligning exercises and the longer you do them for the quicker your skeleton will get back into better alignment.
7. If one 'part' (your lower back) of the skeleton is in pain, then you can be pretty certain that you have a system problem, not just a 'part' problem. Fix the system and the parts will look after themselves.
8. Pain is a symptom that the bones on either side of a joint are out of alignment. Get them back into alignment - and the symptom of the misalignment will disappear.
9. Most joint and muscle pain is a fitness problem not a medical problem. Which begs the question, 'Why are you going to a medical practitioner when you should be going to a fitness practitioner?'
10. Hippocrates said, ‘The physician speaks with more authority if he’s had the disease.’ Rarely is joint and muscle pain a disease – it’s most frequently a personally-generated dysfunction caused by a body in poor musculo-skeletal condition. Someone who has relieved their joint and muscle pain is usually a useful source of advice. When it comes to the personally-generated body system dysfunctions, YouTube is becoming a better source of advice than the surgery.
11. Most general practitioners don’t know how to diagnose the underlying cause of joint and muscle pain. The best they can do is shoot their customers off to the radiologist.
12. Generally speaking, the advice you’re likely to receive about causation from a radiologist will be completely useless. All the radiologist does is determine ‘what it’, not what’s caused ‘what is’. The radiologist doesn’t comment on causation, that’s the doctor’s job.
13. If the doctor and the radiologist can’t determine causation you can be certain that the prescription to fix the problem will be inadequate in the extreme.
14. This leads to ‘the usual treatment’ – passive therapy that involves rubbing crunching, strapping, heating, and vibrating.
15. Passive therapeutic treatments are well nigh useless. Joint and muscle pain is not caused by a lack of imaging, rubbing, crunching, strapping, heating, vibrating or doping.
16. Surgery may be necessary in the case of trauma and if particular joints (hips and knees) are beyond personal repair.
17. The missing link in the treatment process is the flexibility (and strength) exercises people have to do themselves. The treatment cannot be outsourced to a passive therapist or a chemist.
18. For 80% of people there's an 80% chance that they can get themselves back to 80% of ‘good nick’ in around 80 days if they're diligent.
19. It’s a big ask expecting to stay in good musculo-skeletal health without a good strength and flexibility training program.
20. It’s an even bigger ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you; sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.
21. When it comes to relieving joint and muscle pain, ‘Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. (Calvin Coolidge).