Pain

Wanna know what the cause of your pain is? Well, it’s more complicated than you think.

You’ve all experienced it. You wake up in the morning with a kink in your neck that doesn’t allow you to turn your head to the right. Up until that point in your life, turning your head the right was nothing but a thang, so you didn’t actually realize how often it needed to be done throughout the day.

That morning, however, you transformed into a zombie—not only turning your entire torso as you back your car out of the driveway, but finding a long, slow, deep “uhhhhhhhhhhhh” escaping from your lips as the stiffness and pain flare up. Life resumes as normal throughout the day until someone off to the right asks you a question and you go to quickly snap your head to the side and shit, it doesn’t work. Here comes the zombie torso turn, though this time you stifle the “uhhhhhhhhhh” so people don’t think you’re crazy.

What the heck happened to your neck?!

You must have done something horrible to it, right? There must be some kind of injury?! Not necessarily!

The truth about pain:

Pain and injury do not always go hand-in-hand

What do you mean? This is what I’ve always been taught?!

Science has proven that injury does not necessarily cause pain and pain does not always mean that your tissues are damaged.

There are many different influences to pain, and physical injury is only a small piece of the puzzle. Beliefs, emotions, stress levels, sleep, lack of movement, etc. are all contributing members to perceived pain—especially when it’s persistent.

This view is called the Biopsychosocial model, meaning everything in your life is fair game when it comes to creating perceived pain. This is on one hand super exciting, and on the other hand, kind of overwhelming.   

Bottom line here is that pain does not always equal injury.   

Check out my video below!

Stress and emotional upset can contribute to physical pain:

How is your stress level? How much sleep are you getting? How are your relationships going?

Does your pain get worse if your sleep is interrupted, or if you have a stressful day, or if your work deadlines are making you anxious? Does your pain correlate with other aspects of your life?

For example, I have persistent back pain that shows up when I’m under a lot of stress. It lets me know in a very loud way that it’s time to make a change :/

Any danger alarms in your body can contribute to your perception of physical pain    

Your body can become overly sensitized due to all the stressors on your health, life and relationships.    

As I said in the beginning, knowing this information can be both exciting and overwhelming. Looking at it from the exciting angle though, there are a multitude of approaches to help desensitize you from your pain.

If fear of a pain flare-up is causing you to miss out on your favorite activities, you can start re-incorporating them, little by little. Spending more quality time with friends could increase your happiness and lower your stress to help indirectly reduce your pain symptoms. You can start getting out into nature for its stress-relieving benefits, and begin to make more of an effort to get better quality sleep.

Or you can work with a practitioner, like me, who can help to relieve some of your more acute pain and tension, to avoid further exacerbating your chronic pain, and to potentially help you recognize what triggers your pain flare-ups.  

Important side note about pain:

Please note that most pain is not actually serious, however on rare occasions, pain is a sign of something like an infection, tumor or other serious disease, so if the pain persists, it’s worth seeing a healthcare practitioner to rule those out.

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

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Do you know how to listen to your body's messages? Here are four practices to help you do just that.

I would say about 98% of us were never taught as children how to listen to our bodies’ messages—and that’s because our parents were never taught either!

We were given these complex machines at birth, with no instruction manuals, and many of our natural ways of connecting with ourselves have been lost over the centuries of human evolution.

How the heck do you figure out what is going on in your body? Tune in below to find out!

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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Do you realize how your modern day lifestyle is affecting your body?

Most people don’t realize the effects that their modern day lifestyle has on the comfort of their bodies.

Human beings were created to move, yet we spend the majority of our days, sitting stagnant, in front of computers, driving cars, or sitting on the couch.

What do you think this is doing to your body? Tune in below to find out!

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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Movement is not the same as exercise? What the heck do you mean?!

I often get some pretty guilty looks when I tell my clients that pain can often be caused by a lack of movement. And those guilty looks are generally followed by: “I know, I should exercise more.”

But exercise isn’t what I mean when I say humans should move more!

Check out the video below to see what I’m really talking about!

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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Does your modern day job make your body hurt? Here's one quick tip to get yourself moving at work.

Do you often forget that you even have a body, while absorbed in your work tasks? Well you’re not alone!

I was tired of getting up at the end of the day feeling stiff and achy, so I decided to start following the pomodoro method of 20-25 minutes of deep concentration, followed by a five-ish minute dance break in between.

The video below talks about my favorite method of tracking my pomodoros: “The Pomodoro Playlist!”

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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Reducing the intensity of your workouts during periods of stress can help to prevent injury

Everyone knows that exercising and moving your body is great for stress reduction.

But did you realize that intensely working out, or laboring (like all that deep, heavy snow we’ve been shoveling this week) during periods of significant stress, can actually make you more susceptible to injury?

Wow! Mind blown!

There was a study done several years ago, when a college football team was becoming overwhelmed with injuries. The assistant director of strength and conditioning, J. Bryan Mann, did some investigation, first looking into the physical aspects of each injured player.

Physically, there was nothing tying the injuries together—they ran every test they could possibly think of and found nothing.

Mann then looked into the timing of the injuries over the course of a year, and realized that other than the obvious injuries that came out of “hell-week,” the majority of players were being injured during exam weeks, such as finals and midterms.

If you haven’t yet read my article on the various causes of pain, you can check it out here.

Stress and pain:

There is only so much stress a body can handle before it starts getting into trouble.

In Mann’s words “Stress is a syndrome, and all stress affects the body the same way…So it doesn’t matter if the stress is coming from practice, from strength training, from conditioning, from academics, from relationships, from monetary [issues], from any of those means. It's going to affect the body in the same way. And we’ve only got so much resistance that we can give before something starts to break.”

So if you find yourself under extreme amounts of stress, take is easy for a bit. Be more mindful of your tasks and slow down your workouts, in order to protect your body from injury.

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Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

Please note, all material on this website is for for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice.

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