Pain is Highly Complex and Depends on a Number of Factors.

Uncategorized Sep 08, 2020

I just got off the phone with a client I haven’t seen in over 9 months.

She “tweaked” her shoulder performing what she described as a “light row”. She’s concerned because she had been pain free and training at a high level for half a year prior to this flare up…

I asked if I could share the details of our conversation, because it led to an important consideration that I think a lot of people can benefit from considering.

It is unlikely that the row in and of itself caused the flare up. Pain is highly complex and depends on a number of factors.

The more we talked, the more some things became apparent.

Her routine changed over the past few weeks. She is an accountant and it is her busy season.

She is working 12 hour days.

She is eating out more due to convenience.

She is sleeping 5-6 hours per night

She is exercising less consistently and tries to make up for this by training harder when she does work out…

So while the “light row” was the easy thing to blame, it was likely not the cause.

While we can get away with sleeping less and eating out more for a short period of time, eventually these things catch up with us.

It is more likely that the cumulative effect of all these changes to her routine pushed her beyond a threshold that she could tolerate.

Modifiable lifestyle factors like sleep, nutrition, water intake, exercise, etc. are the easiest way we can impact our overall health. These factors create a positive cascade of events that gets stronger the more we do them.

But it is not uncommon that when we lack in one or more of these areas over time that our bodies let us know. This could be pain, changes in mood, brain fog, getting a cold, breaking out with acne, etc.

So next time you experience a flare up of an old injury, consider any changes to your routine.

Often times, the best thing to do in these situations is to make sure your body is getting the support it needs to help get over the flare up faster.

This article is somewhat related. I just read it right before the conversation that spawned this post, so I figured I'd share:


As always, if you have any questions please let us know. We can help you figure out how to make sure your body is getting the support it needs. AMP specializes in teaching people how to fill gaps in their lifestyle to support the goals they are trying to achieve.


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