To understand why you have pain there are several variables to examine.

In order to change the patterns that are causing your pain problems, you first have to understand that you came to the table, so to speak, with a preexisting pain pattern. This occurred long before you became conscious of the pain; and long before any accidents or injuries you have sustained.

So in order to get to and recognize the root causes and figure out what adjustments in your life need to be made in order to better manage the pain condition you are currently dealing with, we have to both look at your life and lifestyle now, as well as go back into the past and look at your body history to track the established preexisting pain patterns. When I read a client’s pain pattern for them in my assessment, and begin to tell them where their body will have the most tension or pain problems; they always confirm what I have told them because it makes them recall their body history or injury history. This is because the patterns don’t lie.

It is safe to say that 98% of the population has an imbalance in their bodies that they are unconscious of; and these imbalances are the precursor to both pain and injury. These imbalances coupled with lifestyle will dictate not only whether or not you will have pain, but possibly even the intensity of it, depending on the severity of the imbalance.

understanding pain


  • 120 million adults (20% of the world population) suffer from pain worldwide
  • 60 million—1 in 10 adults—are newly diagnosed with chronic pain each year
  • 1 in 5 adults suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain
  • 1 in 3 adults have trouble living independently due to pain

In the United States

  • 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain
  • 25.8 million have pain due to diabetes
  •  23 million have pain due to heart disease and stroke
  • 11.9 million have pain due to cancer
  • 26 million between ages 20 and 64 have frequent back pain

Before we can even begin to look at how to fix or alleviate the problems causing your pain, we first have to figure out what circumstances in your life caused your body to gravitate towards a pain state. If you think it is just one thing; if you think it is caused by an injury or accident, you are wrong, and your thinking needs adjustment. It is never just one variable. There are always several variables that combined with time, have an end result of manifesting as pain in your body. If I were to put this into an equation it would look something like this:

Pain = x (+ y) – z

In that equation, x equals your preexisting imbalance; y equals any injuries resulting from the imbalance, and z equals the lack of proper body care and maintenance to maintain balance, and strength and eliminate the onset or exacerbation of a pain condition. The z variable is the reason that people say getting old is so difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll get into the whole body care issue later, but I’m sure that what you think that is and what you actually need are two very different things.

+++Pain = x (+ y) + (-)a3- z

Now, truth be told, I’m not a math whiz; and in all honesty, I think I’m mathematically challenged, but I believe I have written this equation correctly. The previous variables are the same; however, the a variable represents the number of times you had surgeries; the minus is in brackets because the end result of the surgeries varies, therefore that is subject to change as to whether you received positive or negative results from the surgery. In my mind, if you are still in pain or it has worsened, then regardless of if the actual surgical procedure went well; it is still a poor end result and thus is a negative.

The power on that variable represents the increase in pain that most people experience as a result of surgery, especially when the z variable is still an issue. Note however, that even if the a variable is positive with the power, it can still be a pain result because z is still not being done. When there is a pain problem, the z variable is almost always a negative. That is one of the problems that we have to solve, but before we can get there, we have to open the eyes and the mind to discovering the real reasons and causes that led to the pain.

We all make choices. I’m here to give you information that hopefully, will help you make wiser choices with regard to body care and maintenance as well as pain elimination. I don’t bring this information to you as someone who has mastered all of the principles I espouse. I too am still learning and attempting to get my habits and lifestyle under better control for the purpose of eliminating pain, and maintaining better health.

However, what I offer are concepts and ideas that are based upon both my body issues and pain – which I am managing well enough to continue working in the very physical field of massage; as well as a maintenance system that I have developed, via massage. As a massage therapist, I have not only discovered how to read the pain patterns, but I have developed a technique that allows me to release extremely restricted muscles that results from these pain patterns; as well as knowledge in how to modify and correct the imbalances causing them.

I believe I have a God given gift which has allowed me to develop a massage and maintenance system that will eliminate pain most pain problems. However, I cannot reach everyone to massage them. Thus, I developed the maintenance system to help those who desire to help themselves; those I cannot reach, and those for whom, all else has failed to alleviate their pain problems. Getting the benefit of both my massage system and my maintenance system will give the maximum benefit of pain release and relief. However, if you are outside my reach, then getting at least the knowledge of the real pain sources and my maintenance system will help you to alleviate a large portion of the pain you are living with daily.

Things are not always as complicated as some make them out to be. For that reason, I am here to teach you some very simple things you can do to assist you in better pain management. This a more proactive approach, and will require more from you than living at the doctor’s offices daily; but if you want to be pain free, it requires change. If you want to be pain free, you can’t be lazy. As evident from the equations above, time is a factor, and you have to be willing to invest that. This is not a quick fix potion, shot or drug. You actually have to do some things: change your mind; change some of your habits and parts of your lifestyle; take action daily. The question is: how badly do you want to be pain free?



My name is Sandra M. Urquhart.

I am a child of God first, mom second, writer third, and a massage therapist, fourth.


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