“Aberrant biomechanics does not equate to pain.” 

We’re all about assessing movement and making our patients better movers. However, movement and aberrant biomechanics does not necessarily equate to pain. And we’ll be the first to admit this.

Pain is way more complex than someone just having poor movement.

Pain is multidimensional.

Here are just a few of things that can contribute to pain:

  • Tissue damage and/or injury,
  • Physical stress,
  • Beliefs and fears,
  • Emotional stress,
  • Depression and anxiety,
  • Lifestyle and social factors, &
  • A lack of support.

The list goes on…

Several research studies are also showing that aberrant biomechanics, movement, and anatomy don’t equate to pain…

For example,

  • People with terrible posture often aren’t even in any pain.
  • Yet, people with perfect posture often have pain.
  • People with disc herniations shown via MRI often aren’t in any pain.
  • Yet, people without disc herniations and clean MRIs often have pain.
  • People with poor movement often aren’t in any pain.
  • Yet, people with perfect movement often have pain.

Clinicians (and coaches) need to stop blaming aberrant movement, biomechanics, and anatomy as the sole cause of people’s pain.

Because pain occurs when we fail to tolerate and adapt to all the above mentioned stressors in our life.

We need to look at the ENTIRE person. The BIO, the PSYCHO, and the SOCIAL. Not just the biological factors.

It’s time to move away from the simple biomedical model (attributing pain to just biology) and move towards addressing the entire person (biopsychosocial model).


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