Chronic conditions are often the manifestation of a process that has been occurring for an extended period of time, which most agree is at least greater than three months and usually reported by patients as being problematic for several years. For example, your habits create your posture, which over prolonged time periods becomes your structure, which ultimately affects your function, movement, and performance.1
A classic scenario – the patient who has been sitting for decades at a desk job and suddenly experiences low back pain. They think it is because they bent over the wrong way once. In reality, they have been setting themselves up for a lumbar disc herniation due to poor postures. Bending at their lumbar spine ended up being their body’s path of least resistance and it’s weakest point, so it finally reached a breaking point.
Unfortunately for providers, the patient does not usually seek professional help until the condition has become unbearable. At that point, the brain and body’s ability to function has diminished to a de-compensated condition and normal motor control can no longer be restored by simple, conventional interventions. This article aims to suggest a novel approach to help solve this puzzle.
Nociception (also nocioception or nociperception, from Latin nocere, “to harm or hurt”) is the sensory nervous system’s response to harmful or potentially harmful stimuli.
When disease or trauma strikes, and recovery is delayed, chronic nociceptive stimuli, such as stiffness, numbness and tingling, weakness, and other signs or symptoms can result in impaired cortical relay of motor output and reduced activity of affected muscles. Movement and function become limited because the sensory- motor interaction is inhibited.