Treatment Massage

The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic

Some parts of the process of aging are greatly misunderstood (in my opinion).  Some of the common questions I get from clients are:

  • Isn't pain just a part of growing old?
  • Can lean muscle tissue be built as we get older?
  • Doesn't everyone get less flexible as they age?

On and on similar questions go... but these typify the current mindset.  Let us develop a new frame of reference, a new option, and possibly new hope.

As we get older certain things do happen which create a significant change in our body's ability to cope with stress, change, and physical trauma.  By and large, the biggest factor is our attitude and mental outlook.  If these are bad, we are doomed to have a unpleasant time and our body will follow suit becoming stiff and painful.  But since I'm not a psychologist, I'll leave that subject to those better informed.

The second largest factor is that our body's remodeling, recycling, and repairing mechanisms all slow down (or work less efficiently).  They don't typically turn off, just slow down.  So healing from a broken bone (i.e. a fracture) takes longer, six months instead of two months.  Building lean muscle happens, but takes more consistent effort over a longer period of time to achieve the same result in our sixties as it would in our twenties.

Restrictions (areas where tissue is stuck down, thick, non-stretchy, or just doesn't move properly) are the cause of many problems in our (young or old) bodies.  Restrictions are the result of trauma/injury, poor posture, over-use, or even non-use of our bodies.  It is also very rare for someone to be free of any restrictions.  Restrictions are the result of living in these physical bodies, and they tend to slowly accumulate.  Many of them get worked out naturally by how we move and use our bodies... but some of them settle in for the long haul.

The restrictions that want to stay in the body for long periods of time are typically the ones that give us trouble as we get older.  Since restrictions tend to accumulate, the areas of thickness grow in size and our ability to move decreases or takes more effort.  These changes happen over long periods of time and cause pain, stiffness, and poor posture.  But you can choose not to accept this fate for yourself.  You can choose to move and be pain free as you grow older.

How you may ask?  By effort and determination.  The best thing to prevent restrictions from building up is to move your body through its available range of motion.  The more you move in a particular direction, the easier that direction will become over time.  Do that movement enough and your body remodels to make that movement even easier.  If you constantly explore the available motion to your body, you will keep all that motion.  If you explore the edges of your restrictions, you will slowly push that boundary back and gain more available motion.  This works at any age, but the changes are far easier when you are young.

So whatever age you happen to be, demand more motion from your body and over time you will be rewarded by easier movement, less pain, and greater mobility.  Be consistent and dilligent in your efforts, and your effort will pay off.

All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105