Pain is not caused by “poor posture”, weak muscles or being “out of alignment”
7. This ties in with the last point that pain causes musculoskeletal findings and if you’ve grasped that concept well, this should be a natural follow on.
Essentially posture and positional changes, weakness, stiffness etc. are all part of the musculoskeletal symptoms generated by altered nervous system function. More than likely these changes are part of a package of protective functions that are activated when we’re under threat. They largely serve recuperative or defensive functions to ensure recovery, safety and/or a fast getaway but when they hang about for too long, they become more of a hindrance than a help.
We so often see these changes with pain because the underlying nervous system changes mean they tend to occur simultaneously. But, as we like to say, correlation is not causation.
That then begs the question “is there any use in getting manual therapy for these symptoms”? The answer is of course – that depends…