Eliminate Immobility Induced Pain

July 24, 2017 – 7:49 am

If your movement hurts, you don’t have a fitness issue, you have a health issue; more than likely have a mobility issue.

Mobility and fitness are not synonymous. You can be highly fit and immobile (and most of you are). You adapt specific to the movements you repeat, and become more restricted in the opposite direction of your repetitious behaviors; i.e., only grab a bar, and finger extension becomes more restricted (and “claw-like”), which in turn shortens tissues making them less contractible and less elastic, which is why you plateau in grip strength and feel wrist and elbow strain.

Pain doesn’t always mean injury; it can also mean immobility. Think of it as pre-injury: a stage in the adaptive process which predisposes an area to injury. Despite not a full injury, immobility can cause pain.

It can be difficult to differentiate between the pain of a recovering injury and that which results from its lack of mobility. Generally, it requires 4-6 weeks for most muscular injuries to recover (your doctor will give your recovery time), but after healing, pain can persist from sustained immobility.

Your pain sensors (nociception) can become extra sensitive to pain (hyperalgesia), and can produce pain from normally non-painful motion (allodynia). Poor nutrition (high sugar/simple carb), emotional state and psychological stress can also cause inflammation exacerbating the pain of remaining immobile.

For injury recovery, after 3 months, if you’re still in pain, you may have allowed immobility to dysfunctionalized your pain system.

For persistent pain that isn’t associated with an injury, in addition to the good idea of managing stress, regulating emotions, and applying proper nutrition and hydration, consider that you may correct pain sensitivity by mobility.

Move that which you don’t move, in the opposite direction you repeatedly move.

Mobility sends nutrition to the starved tissues, but it also sends signals to the pain system to down-train sensitivity by up-training motion signals (called mechanoreception). As a result, gradual improvement in mobility, deactivates pain sensitivity.

Only perform mobility:

  • if you can smoothly and deeply exhale through a range of motion, without any bracing or flinching muscle artifacts, especially in the face.
  • Use no acceleration through a range; move smoothly and slowly with control to avoid straining against its under-used or tightened state.
  • Only move to a 3 in discomfort on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain.
  • Move to the discomfort, not through the pain.

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Very Respectfully,

Scott B. Sonnon

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