The First Step is ... Symptom Relief
You may have been told that symptom based treatments are wrong and that dealing with the causes is the best way to get long lasting relief. In fact this statement is true - long term relief only ever occurs if you remove the cause.
But who wants to remain in pain for longer than they should?
Nobody, which is why symptom relief, is also an essential part of the 3-Step-System for back pain relief. If you wish to remove symptoms quickly and help ease your pain, then you must understand how your pain is generated.
What causes symptoms of pain?
Pain is caused by 3 main mechanisms - inflammation, muscle spasm or tightness, and trigger points.
Inflammation can occur around the joint, muscle or even nerves. The fluid increases pressure on the structures and exhibits pain as a signal. Muscle tension is the more common cause of pain is back and neck pain situations, although research has shown that trigger points can cause 75% of your pain.
Can you remove inflammation without medication?
Inflammation is common when an injury has occurred, it can also develop around muscles and joints. It is also easily helped through the application of ice and heat. Placing ice on the painful area for 10 minutes and then replacing with heat for 10 minutes is very effective at easing inflammation.
Repeat this process 3 times and frequently over the next 48 hours to get relief. The first 48 hours after an injury are critical. If inflammation doesn't ease quickly then you can use herbs, homeopathics or medication to help.
If you can help ease inflammation, then you can also prevent a lot of the muscle and joint imbalances occurring. However, most people have ongoing, recurring, chronic or insidious back pain situations.
If your current episode has occurred after a so called "normal daily activity" then ice and heat are less likely to help. Pain in these situations is more likely the result of muscle tension or trigger points.
What is the quickest way to ease muscle based pain?
Although stretching is probably the most known technique to ease muscle tension, it doesn't always help. If muscles are extremely tight, stretches may actually aggravate the muscle and cause further tightness.
There are other ways to release the muscle tension causing your pain. Acupressure has been used for thousands of years to relax muscles and drop your pain levels. Certain points will literally turn off the pain signals - did you know your body heals faster without pain? Turning off the pain signals helps you therefore deal with the causes quicker and faster.
Another common way to release the tight knotted muscle fibers is through the use of Trigger Point Release.
Trigger points can cause almost 75% of your back pain according to research studies. The main focus for symptom relief should therefore target these along with turning off the pain signals. Stretching should also be incorporated as long as you use certain types of stretches that are less likely to cause irritation to the muscle.
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Releasing trigger points is becoming more widely accepted as the quickest and safest way to ease pain. Trigger points are the small knotted muscle fibers that can cause local or referred pain.
The trigger points commonly occur where the nerve meets the muscle and are felt as small nodules that are intensely painful when pressure is placed on the trigger point. They can develop after injuries, prolonged postures or the daily accumulation of muscle tension.
Most therapies that aim to release trigger points will use various equipment or even injections. These are effective but costly regimes that will help but are less likely to give long term results.
Lying on a board with plugs designed to press on your trigger points may help some, but if you are taller, wider or a different body shape then the point location can be very different. Hence the equipment is less likely to target the right trigger point locations.
The best way to release trigger points is using Self Trigger Point Therapy. This is where you apply pressure on the point yourself, followed by using certain stretches and techniques to prevent their return.
What is the best way to turn off the pain signals?
Pain signals can be literally "turned off" by the application of Acupressure and Trigger Point Therapy. Acupressure has been used for thousands of years very effectively to treat all types of pain, with both symptom relief and removing the underlying cause.
There are certain points still used in hospitals that allow surgery while you are wide awake, yet have no sensation of pain at all.
Acupressure techniques require pressure on a point that will stimulate your body to release endorphins, anti-inflammatory products and stop the pain signals reaching your brain. They are simple to perform and symptom relief at times can be instant.
Combined with Trigger Point Therapy, this is the most efficient way to ease symptoms.
Once you have symptom relief, you then are able to target the underlying causes using Corrective Exercises. Once the causes have been removed symptoms will not return and you are able to return to the activities you once enjoyed.
The 3-Step-System for Back Pain Relief requires you first to identify the cause of your pain - the various joint and muscle distortion patterns (Spinal Imbalances). You then remove symptoms by literally turning off pain signals using Acupressure and Trigger Point Therapy and finally remove the causes and prevent pain returning.
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