In this post, we’re going to talk about referred pain. Hi, I’m Robbie Stahl, Harvard Educator and inventor of the Biomechanical Optimization System. Today, I’m going to teach you about what referred pain is and what you can do about it.
First, referred pain is basically pain that you feel somewhere in your body but the actual cause is somewhere else. For example, the elbow having pain caused by the shoulder or the shoulder having pain caused by the neck or pain in the back of the leg like sciatica caused by the hip.
Let me give you a quick example of this. I had a client who came to me that spent six months having therapy – all types of therapy – massage therapy, physical therapy on his elbow and after six months of treatment, he came to us and what we figured out is actually his shoulder, his shoulder mechanics, his shoulder alignment was causing an impingement of a nerve and triggering down the arm.
Let me share with you my 18 years of wisdom as a kinesiologist, in the research that I’ve done, you won’t find this in books, but here it is. Here’s the wisdom. Generally, referred pain, on the outside of your body, on your extremities, is generally due to a problem somewhere near the midline of the body.
Somewhere closer to the middle. So usually pain in the elbow commonly caused from issues in the shoulder or shoulder pain caused by issues in the neck. Or pain down the leg, again like sciatica is caused because of the hip. So whenever its further away from the midline of the body, and you’re feeling pain, usually the problem area is closer to the midline or what we call in sports medicine, the core.
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So what should you do about it if you feel you’ve been suffering from referred pain? Well it depends on where this referred pain is at in your body. For example, if you’re having pain in the elbow, and you think it might be coming from the shoulder, you need to figure out if your shoulder is out of alignment. Is it drawing forward more than it should be? Are the muscles in your back weak? Do you have forward head posture?
Which is putting pressure on the shoulder, which could impinge a nerve, radiating a pain down your arm. If you have pain in your lower back, are your hips aligned? Do you have good mobility and stability in your hips? Are your hips causing a problem and pressure in your spine because they’re forcing your spine to bend in a position or with frequency or load that it is not ideally designed for?
If you’re suffering from sciatica, which is typically caused be the piriformis muscle, which runs laterally across the backside of your pelvis, if this muscle is tight it’s going to impinge on your nerve and send a pain down the back of your leg. So in this case, you need to figure out which muscle is tight and mobilize or loosen that tissue.
If the glute medius is doing its job, you may need to loosen the TFL. You can relieve the pressure by rolling the TFL on a foam roller. You can also roll the entire IB band from hip to knee for relief. This will relieve the stress and tension in the TFL and in the IT band. If you do these simple exercises and stretches, you will get awesome results.
It really depends on where in the body you having this referred pain. We can always solve referred pain problems for our clients and we always do. I invite you to place your comments below and dialog with me, ask me any questions you want. I’m here to help you. It doesn’t mean you have to come in for an evaluation. Feel free to comment below and I’d be more than happy to provide support helping you get rid of referred pain.
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