The root causes of most chronic pain conditions
I believe that chronic pain is a lifestyle disorder. If a patient is in a car accident, it is often how they led
their lives before the accident that will determine whether or not they’ll develop into a chronic pain patient.
For example, a yoga teacher who gets into a car accident will probably do better afterward than a couch
potato. One—sided dominance developed since childhood (whether you’re right handed or left-handed)
significantly influences the chronic pain process. Your body is supposed to be symmetrical, but because the
body develops asymmetrically (predominantly using one side) it causes the hips and the sacrum to rotate,
and therefore, the lower part of the spine to misalign, causing a leg length discrepancy. This is a very
important theory because the sacrum controls the spine, and the spine has one primary role-to compensate.
Spinal compensation is necessary in order to keep the eyes and inner ears (Eustachian tubes) level. So you
can walk upright without falling. So, if the scrum is rotated, the spine is forced to overcompensate,
speeding up the degenerative process throughout the spine (called arthritis), and eventually entrapping
the nerves (called radiculopathy) and causing chronic pain. Therefore this hip misalignment must be a major
precipitating factor in all chronic pain syndromes.

Addressing the body in a different way through acupuncture
Although acupuncturists look at the body through an overall perspective, they believe disruptions in energy
flow (Bi syndromes) and emotions (organ imbalances) cause pain. There is very little attention paid to the
body’s misalignment or to nerve root entrapment. In Western medicine they believe nerve entrapments
cause pain, but not attention to why nerves become entrapped (gait and hip imbalances), body
misalignments, energy flows or emotions of the body. Both approaches are right and they are wrong. I
have found that the key in pain management is to combine approaches, and then determine which system,
or combination of systems, is correct. In some patients it’s the energetic flow, others its emotions, still
others it’s a neurological entrapment.

Lifestyle could have an effect on healing
Lifestyle, ergonomics and bad habits can play a repetitive role in the pain cycle. For instance, highly acidic
foods such as soda pop, coffee, or orange juice help create an acidic state in the body, which contributes to
muscles tightening up. So eliminating them and consuming foods which are alkaline and drinking lots of
water would “theoretically” be better for the body. Also small things, like a man wearing a wallet in the
back pocket, or women wearing tight bras, can significantly contribute to the pain process. I also know
limbic system or emotional system also contributes to the chronic pain process by adversely affecting the
autonomic nervous system, which controls pain levels.

Pearl Peek
Licensed Massage Therapist
3825 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
904 377-0613