You feel better once you've moved a bit and the shower always helps. Some days you barely notice your back and other days you just move slightly differently and you get a sharp jab that reminds you that the problem hasn't gone away. It upsets you that you can't just relax and do things that you enjoy without fear that they will cause you pain. It makes you feel old. You wonder if you will ever be free of this pain and if it will get worse.
Let's say that ten years ago, you were involved in a car accident and you were hit from the side. You walked away unharmed other than a stiff neck and a bit of bruising so you don't even think to mention it to your practitioner unless specifically asked. You've probably forgotten that having a stiff neck meant that you couldn't turn your head for weeks, so you twisted your upper body when you wanted to look at things. You also may not remember that you bashed your left knee pretty hard so you started to favour your right leg and put your weight on it when you were standing. You actually got in the habit of standing like that. As a result, some of the muscles around your pelvis tightened up and others became loose. You may have forgotten this, but your body hasn't. Some of those muscles that became habitually tight attach to the spine and pulled on your vertebrae slightly and imperceptibly to begin with, but maybe months or even years later, it hurts.
Maybe you've never had any accidents but work at a desk a lot and have done so for years. The principle is still the same. Even though there has been no impact, there has been the same posture, desk layout and lack of movement for many hours causing imbalances in your muscles. You've heard of repetitive strain injury? Well this is repetitive stillness injury!
I'm not saying this to scare you! Our bodies are super resilient and amazing at functioning under less than optimal conditions. Even with all of the imbalances that we all have due to our lifestyles and habits, most of the time, our body copes just fine. But one of my missions in life is to try to inform people that come my way so that they can understand their body better and as a result, get out of pain and into wellness. I honestly believe when we start to understand and appreciate the interconnectedness or the 'cause and effect' relationship of everything within our body we will have more self-compassion and make better choices. We will start to want to be kinder to our body instead of seeing it as something that lets us down. As a result, we will start to feel more vital and energised.
As you've heard me say so many times, Amatsu is one of the few treatments that uses assessment techniques that take the whole body into consideration. As importantly, I also take a great interest in my clients' lifestyle and habits so that we can work together towards your better health. And yes, if you have taken months or even years to 'grow' into a body position that causes you pain, it may well take a bit of time to grow back out of it. I ask clients to commit to a minimum of one month of sessions for every year that they have had the problem. I don't think four hours of physical therapy to work towards correcting 365 days of adaptations is too unreasonable!
I hope this helps you to understand why you might be feeling the pain that you are, and also to reassure you that surgery and painkillers may not be the only option. Amatsu might take longer to get you out of pain, but it allows your body to make its own lasting changes, which in the long term makes for better results!