I sometimes get asked by people ‘How did you know to look there for the cause of my pain?’
There’s several explanations.
One is that after twenty something years as a family doctor, and 15+ years as a chronic pain specialist, you see a lot of cases. And you get a pretty good idea of where to look.
Another reason is that I actually physically examine my patients. You’d be amazed how many people come to me who’ve been in pain for months or years. They’ve seen many different experts. And this is the first time anyone’s actually laid hands on them for a physical examination!
You can get some information from scans and tests. But you can also gather a lot from that most sensitive of instruments – your hands. (Which is why I recommend people learn how to find and treat their own triggers.)
The last reason I have this inside info on causes of pain is something I don’t recommend: I’ve had a lot of injuries.
In amongst years of tennis, surfing, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, aikido, golf and messing around in the garden, I’ve managed to go through many of the common injuries (and some not so common ones.)
A few years ago I had a neck injury that was bad – but could have been much worse. And to get myself out neck pain, I adapted some beautiful neck releases so I could use them on myself.
Click here if you’d like find out more about the neck releases – and how the ‘great neck disaster’ played out >>>