Best Alternative to Pain Killers

Did you know?

  • Musculoskeletal pain is by far the most common form of physical pain that people experience.
  • One out of two people experience significant musculoskeletal pain.
  • One out of three people experience muscle pain restricting daily activity.
  • 80% of the world’s prescription pain killers are consumed in the U.S.

Obviously, chronic pain is on the rise! As a country, we are very aware that pain killers are addictive and do not resolve the problem.

They are not the answer but when you are in chronic pain you want relief! How can you relieve pain and not become a statistic?

What is musculoskeletal pain?

We use this term to define any pain that this caused by an injury to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves.

It is often caused by non contact misalignment and wear and tear to your structure. Although it can also be caused by jerking movements, car accidents, falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations, and direct blows to the muscle.

Some common example areas of pain include back, shoulder, hip, neck and knee pain.

Headaches can also be considered musculoskeletal pain.

Medical research shows that 90% of low back pain cannot be pinpointed to a specific cause. This research is based on Allopathic medicine.

Allopathic Medicine is the mainstream system of medical practice that aims to combat disease with drugs or surgery.

Many allopathic medical professionals do not prescribe to natural cures for pain relief.

It is not a big part of their training.

We disagree with the allopathic medical field that there is no cause to a high majority of musculoskeletal pain.

We believe there is a cause and help people find a way to removing these pains on a daily basis at The Fitness Doctor.

There are 6 main causes of musculoskeletal pain:

Impinged Nerves

It is basically a pinched nerve. When nerves are pinched in the low back or neck, it often causes a great deal of pain. This is due to the vertebrae being out of alignment from poor motor control, tight and or weak muscles.

Unfortunately, a simple chiropractic adjustment will not solve the problem. Why?

Typically muscles need a comprehensive approach to increasing their mobility, you need to learn and apply improved motor control and how to align your body, and finally strengthen your structure to develop a functional range of motion with stability sufficient for living a fully active life. To have a permanent solution you need to cover all of the bases.

You must address the muscle groups with strengthening and lengthening or mobility in order to resolve the pain problem!

Excessive Friction in Joints

This is a very typical shoulder injury. Follow this example. You lift your suitcase into the over- head compartment but when you lift your arms over your head, you experience shoulder pain. This is caused by excessive friction in your joints.

The muscles that need to be mobile are tight, pulling on the joint. And the muscles that need to be strong enough to hold the shoulder in the proper position are too weak to support the structure with alignment.

When you combine these problems, it changes the alignment and the function of the joint causing friction. Excessive friction on soft tissues causes inflammation, which causes pain.

It takes a comprehensive exercise prescription and often times manual therapy to resolve this problem. This includes neuromuscular retraining of the support muscles and loosening of the tight muscles.

Excessively Tight Muscles

When you do an activity that your body isn’t used to – you feel tight muscles. It is a restrictive feeling and you cannot move the way you used to move which your body tells you with signs of pain.

After the age of 50, certain things happen. One transition is that specific muscle groups become tighter. It is an adaptive process based on your body positioning.

Your hamstrings become shorter after hours of sitting and your chest muscles get tight with excessive time hunched over a computer. Your back muscles get stretched and feel tight.

 This may lead you to believe that you have a back problem while in reality; you have excessively tight chest muscles! An accurate diagnosis is paramount to relieving pain.

Understanding which muscles are actually causing pain is the only way to pinpoint and mobilize them, stabilize them and improve your quality of life.

Weak Muscles

The muscles are not strong enough to support the structure and hold your body in the right position (and at the right angle) to keep the other issues we mentioned at bay. Weak muscles contribute to excessive friction in joints, impinged nerves and excessively tight muscles.

Weak muscles keep your body from working the way it was designed to work. When your body senses a weakness, the brain tells the body to tighten up and stay close to the core just like when you carry a heavy object it’s natural to hold it close for support. When muscles do this it can feel as if they are really tight when in reality they’re really weak.

After the age of 50, your weak muscles tend to be tight muscles because they are trying to stabilize the body. Muscles know how to do two things – lengthen and shorten. A weak muscle will shorten to try to protect you. You may even feel muscle spasms.

 The weak muscles need to be identified. Very specific exercises should be used to strengthen and lengthen the weak, short muscles. This will stabilize the entire area, making your body stronger and more mobile eliminating pain.

Poor Motor Control

Let’s face it. Some movements are awkward. In fact, many exercises are awkward but they need to be done with great form or you are in danger of injuring yourself.

Here are a few examples: Doing squats with your back arched in the wrong position or letting your knee fall in when you’re doing a lunge, or angling your shoulder blade in the wrong position for shoulder alignment when you are lifting things overhead.

Most people have been moving incorrectly for decades. It feels natural but it is causing pain and injury!

 To correct this, you must re-educate your body on proper movement with neuromuscular retraining; allowing perfect movement without impingement, friction or weakness. You will start to feel young again!

Excessive Use

When your body becomes accustomed to a more sedentary lifestyle if even for a few months, you must gradually build up your endurance to enjoy a pain free, active lifestyle. Otherwise your body will start to rebel and you will feel pain.

You cannot go from the couch to the Grand Canyon. Your body requires proper stretching, strength and mobility plus endurance to hike the Grand Canyon or run a marathon.

Your body will build stamina with proper training. The best way to build endurance is to increase your training by 5 – 10% a week.

 This gives you time to correct tight muscles, improve your motor control and resolve any other problems that you have had. Then you will be able to exercise without experiencing pain.


Here’s the great news! All of these issues can be removed!
Instead of using pain killers or staying stuck in a sedentary lifestyle, you can use the Bio Opt System to resolve any or all six of these pain problems, including old injuries.

Impinged nerves can be released and excessive friction can be removed. You can mobilize tight muscles. You can strengthen weak muscles. You can improve your motor control and you can avoid overuse with proper training.

At The Fitness Doctor, we use biomechanics, kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements), manual therapy and your specific exercise prescription to eliminate musculoskeletal pain.

 Our four phase approach will help you resolve your pain problems and help you reach your fitness goals. In phase one we focus on solving all of your musculoskeletal problems before adding more pain free high functioning ability in phases to follow! We are proud to say that we have saved many clients from needless use of pain killers.

If you’re ready to find out more call 602-434-4248 or Schedule your Biomechanical Health Evaluation below. 🙂

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Could the Real Problem be Referred Pain?

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.

What can you do about it? Watch the video below to find out!

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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