What is Everyday Pain?

Everyday pain is the kind of pain that sneaks up on us.  It’s not the result of any obvious accident, injury or disease and often hits us while we’re just going about our daily life.  Our culture has many of us treating this kind of pain with disdain and disregard which leads to avoidance and unrealistic expectations of ourselves and our bodies.  Everyday pain often doesn’t initially seem disabling enough to deserve nearly as much fuss as compared to all the chronic diseases and disorders in the headlines these days. But this everyday variety is the kind of pain that slowly erodes away at your quality of life until one day you find yourself studying the light fixture on your bedroom ceiling in a way you never wanted to, and wondering if you’ll ever be able to get out of bed again without that searing breath-taking pain…and this – after going to bed feeling, what you thought was, fine.

For so many years we go through life engaging in all sorts of movements, body habits, postures, holding patterns, behaviors and attitudes about how we occupy space in this world that are just plain wrong.  The beauty of the human body’s design is how well it allows us to get away with all of it for so long without a single peep.  When it does start complaining, you better believe it’s for a very good reason and we’d better listen up.  So, unfortunately just because it didn’t used to hurt when ___, doesn’t mean that “___” was something your body should have been doing in the first place and certainly shouldn’t keep on doing without some serious re-evaluation.

The happy fact is that pain isn’t necessarily a sign that your body is giving up or breaking down.  It is simply a warning – a reminder to not take it for granted. The body is trying to tell you in the best way it knows how that it needs you to listen, learn and adapt!  If we don’t make necessary modifications in response to the early warning signs with these relatively minor aches and pains, it’ll always find another, “louder”  way to get our attention until we do. With a little help from this blog and later chapters of the book, you will learn how to better interpret what the body is telling you and what exactly to do about it.

How Is This Blog Going to Help You?

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking: “…but it never used to hurt when I…?!” then this blog and the book it’s based on, is written for you.

The information set forth here is designed to get you started down the road to figuring out these nuisance pains for yourself before they turn into 5 alarm fires and it will  help you understand how to manage the 5 alarm fire when and if it does strike.

The book that this blog is based on is designed to help you build your own personalized quick reference guide for what to do as soon as pain hits your body.  For those who might enjoy indulging an intellectual curiosity about what’s really behind the pain, there’s also plenty of juicy discussion about the physiological, biochemical and neuro-endocrine factors.

Suppose you come away from this blog with only one thing, it should be that although everyday pain has no single easy, one-size-fits-all answer, the information on how to get off the crazy everyday pain train is well within your reach and all of us can, in many ways, be our own everyday pain experts – with just a little help de-coding the facts.

The purpose of this blog-to-book project is to expose the real story behind the not-so-silent epidemic of everyday pain.

Readers need only to be open to the idea that the workings of their own body does not have to be privileged information.  With just a bit of common sense and a little curious exploration, life without everyday pain can be well within grasp.

Go on. Start reading The Blog now.


It’s important to keep in mind that the kind of pain referred to in this blog and that I see in my practice is a fairly average array of physical aches and pains: the kinds of aches and pains that have cleared blood tests and internal exams, and which imaging studies like MRIs and X-rays have declared free of any more serious underlying causes. If you have any doubt about your own pain, make sure to seek outside help sooner than later.  You should NOT consider any of this information a substitute for medical help.  It is intended only to be a supplement that will help you get the most out of body work or any other professional guidance you choose to pursue.  There is never any good substitute for a fresh outside and professional perspective on whatever ails us.




The information provided in this blog is in no way intended to and should not be used to substitute for individualized medical advice. 

Please consult a health care provider for the proper treatment of your pain.

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