Wisdom tells us that we learn better from our mistakes than our successes. But what if a mistake prolongs your pain? Why not avoid these mistakes all together and get on with living your life? I am in 100% agreement with this position. Which is why I am sharing with you another round of 3 common mistakes that busy adults seem to make when dealing with sciatica pain.
- Push through the pain. Remember the phrase “No pain, no gain”? I vividly remember this and would repeat this in my head as I completed lap after lap when I was training as a collegiate swimmer. In this scenario, “no pain, no gain” is not necessarily a bad term because it helped me push my limit and as a result, I was a stronger and faster swimmer. However, there are some limitations to this phrase. You see, pain is a signal that is sent from a specific body part to our brain. Then our brain determines if the actual stimulus is a danger or causing damage. Pain is the brains request for a change. We put our bodies through enough stress already, and to push past these barriers can slow down the recovery process. I recommend moving around the pain rather than to push into and past it.
- Doing anything and everything in the book/internet. We live in a wonderful world of infinite information. These tools are readily at hand and if properly used, success awaits. However, without the proper context and understanding of what works and what doesn’t, this method can often lead to frustration and prolonged suffering. The key is to identify the techniques, stretches, or exercises that work and keep doing them. You have permission to remove any of the activities that increase your pain.
- Doing absolutely nothing. The human mind is amazing. We can surpass human performance and innovation due to our sheer will. This can lead to overstraining, over training, and exhaustion. When our systems, whether it be our musculoskeletal system, nervous system, or even our bodies are overstressed, they break down and injuries ensue. It can be easy to ignore the pain, as again, it is only our brain’s perception of an electrical signal. However, if we let it be for too long without taking action, the pain can be more intense and last even longer. Sure typical healing time takes about 12 weeks. However, if that pain last longer than 12 weeks, we have surpassed normal healing times and something needs to be done.
The mistakes above are all learning opportunities to avoid and seek out help. If you are going to push through the pain, try to focus on doing whatever you can to work around the pain instead. If you are doing all of the research on your own, that’s great! But focus on the things that make you feel better.
If you choose to do absolutely nothing about it… Well, if you’re reading this, I know that you are doing at least something. Ask for help.
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