The Law of Joints: 3 Steps to Beat Pain
An object in motion tends to stay in motion. This famous law of inertia was written by our joints long before Newton caught on. Problem is, your body responds to trauma by adding structure to the areas that are overstressed—which reduces the already limited space in your joints. And what happens then?
Pain: Meet Your Friend and Your Foe
Trauma + structure + less space in your joints = limited range of motion + more pain!
But pain isn’t just something that slows you down and saps your energy. Pain is a message from your body. It’s an important call to action. Are you listening?
So what’s your game plan?
Step 1: Get Your Blood Flowing
Let’s back up. Step 0 is actually to consult with your MD to rule out a significant structural issue. Once you take care of that, you can answer your pain’s call to action.
Step 1: increase blood flow to the affected area. Acupuncture is all about the blood, always, so go book yourself a session with your friendly local acupuncturist (sure, we know a guy). Set yourself up for more success (and less pain) by building a treatment schedule with your needle guy or gal and sticking to it (sorry, couldn’t resist).
You can also increase blood flow through passive alignment via chiropractic therapy or even more passively through massage therapy. These options free up space in your joints so your proper alignment can be restored naturally. How? By getting that blood flowing, that’s how. You can also use liniments like po sum on, do cold and hot compresses, and take epsom salt baths in between treatments to maintain and speed up your recovery.
Step 2: Get Your Body Moving
Step 2 is correct motion to strengthen the joints and maintain the targeted increase in blood flow. The wrong motion will lead to injury, but correct motion reinforces the message to the brain that the area is recovering, not damaged. Correct motion tells your body your joints are ready to heal more and they don’t need to be shut down. Move, move, move (correctly—can’t stress that enough): to strengthen the area and prevent future injury.
A trained medical professional like a physical therapist is the only one who can write an injury rehabilitation treatment plan that involves the correct movement your particular joints need. But you aren’t limited to just physical therapy. You can learn proper exercise technique from a variety of resources, such as a personal trainer, a qualified tai chi instructor (sure, we dig it), or a qualified yoga or Zumba instructor. Remember to stretch and alternate workout types to create a dynamic and strong you.
Step 3: Keep Moving!