Fantastic Article by Todd Hargrove

Hargrove nails it – health professionals, in the manual therapy field especially, often look for small and immeasurable discrepancies in a system which is so complex that we don’t understand it in the first place.

“Given this level of uncertainty, the problems of movement and pain look more like raising a child than rocket science. Expertise is clearly useful, but (given current levels of knowledge) it does not lead to a full understanding and control of the issues, and cannot be expected to significantly outperform good common sense.

That doesn’t mean you can’t make progress reducing chronic pain! Simple common sense interventions work for chronic pain, just as they work to raise a healthy child.

  • Get support from family, friends and healthcare practitioners. Go to a PT. Get a massage.
  • Learn more about pain. Maintain an optimistic outlook and internal sense of control.
  • Experiment or play with with different ways to move. Confront your fears.
  • Apply a Goldilocks level of exercise stress to the painful area to encourage adaptation without further injury.
  • Exercise, sleep well, eat well and try to reduce stress.

None of these tactics are the kind of targeted, scalpel-like interventions that make highly predictable changes in complicated systems. They don’t involve the kinds of algorithms, recipes or blueprints sold by movement gurus.”