Complex Pain tends to develop over a period of time and has many factors that play a contributing role. As with any pain the body tends to compensate for an issue. For example; lower back pain tends to mean that hips, knees and ankles modify posture to help with pain while standing. Shoulders, neck and upper back modify position when sitting. This can be due to lots of triggers like repetitive physical stress, sitting poorly for extended periods of time, lifting or moving objects. Complex Pain is also linked to fibromyalgia and related conditions.
I met Michaela who was having different pain levels in shoulders, back, hips and calves at different points of the day. The pain varied in intensity which is normal in chronic pain issues and moved around the body which is also normal in complex pain cases. Michaela worked in a garden centre with a very physical and varied job. Easy problems related to lifting and the type of tasks been carried out, wish it was that easy!
Looking for pain triggers proved difficult as tasks were so varied and were at different times of the day, on each day. Micheala found using a pain diary (click here) very useful in identifying tasks that were pain triggers. The only consistent pain increase related to task was Micheala's lower back and unloading bedding plants. Using InterX I was able to scan for pain points, and hot spots, areas of high nerve pain activity. This allowed for an objective map of the pain in Michaela's body. Then using the InterX device I was able to treat all of the pain areas to reduce the pain and inflammation over a course of 4 weeks. In between treatments I worked on some specific posture exercises and modified how Michalela worked and moved to protect her back.