Chronic pain: the solution may be a lot more simple than you think

Written by Jared Kauffman

Many of people come to KORE Wellness because we are known for helping relieve musculoskeletal aches and pains.  Some come here because we are known for focusing on technique to avoid these aches and pains.  Whichever group you are in, it is more than likely that you have experienced at least some sort of pain or muscle tightness at some point in your life. 

As we live our busy lives, muscles can get tight.  This is not necessarily from doing something particularly wrong, sometimes it just happens.  Pain is your body’s way of alerting you that something may not be right.  As trainers at KORE, we have found that many of the times people come in with a pain, it ends up being a trigger point.  A trigger point is hypersensitive area or "knot" in a muscle, that can be painful to the touch, or cause referred pain and cause dysfunction in the muscle. In our experience they can be activated by any number of stressors including exercise, holding one position for a prolonged period of time (sitting, standing), and general life stress.  How or why they occur is not always clear, but with some focused attention and work, they can be released. Over the next few weeks we will go over some of the most common pain points we see, their associated trigger points, referral patterns, and how to release them.  Addressing trigger points in the right area with either of these strategies can give you immediate relief from chronic pain but generally you will need to spend about 2-3 weeks giving that area consistent attention to eliminate the pain altogether.  Once the pain is gone, it’s a good idea to address the underlying issue that gave you the pain in the first place.  We’ll get to that in the next section! 

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