When it comes to pain, does the "no pain, no gain" approach actually apply to your circumstance?
There are 3 types of pain.
1) Pain coming into the body. ie. stubbing your toe, burning your finger and so on.
2) Pain stored in the body. In this circumstance, pain stored in the body, is not felt as pain. When you injure yourself ie. sprained ankle, strained muscle. Your body arranges itself, so you don't feel the pain. These new arrangements are represented as compensatory patterns. For example, when you sprain your ankle, and you don't seek treatment for it, your body will adjust itself so it doesn't feel the pain.
Your brain does this by making new pathways of movement in order to protect that injured area. This new movement pattern is not a good thing. It develops distortions in the body. If the distortion is not fixed, you are just setting yourself up for further injury in the future. This could potentially leave you with a bigger hospital bill than the sprain ankle would have.
Pain stored in the body is felt not felt as pain, but fatigue or the inability to do a certain movement because of these restrictions.
3). Pain leaving the body. Pain stored in the body can only leave the body by removing restrictions (through chiropractic) and also by introducing new a new movement (yoga poses). These modalities (chiropractic and yoga) might be described as painful at first. This is because, when you are removing restrictions in the tissue and introducing a new body movement, you are are removing the stored pain in that tissue. This is pain leaving the body. Often times my patients respond to this type of pain, "wow, I never knew that I had pain there." This is because the body arranges itself in a way, so you don't feel the pain. This doesn't mean that you should leave it alone. Over time, if these restrictions of movement are not dealt with properly, most people complain and say, "I am just getting old." Aging is just an accumulation of injuries that haven't yet been helped! Even if you don't feel any pain in your body today, that doesn't mean you are not experiencing movement patterns associated with stored pain that you are not yet aware of. In reality, no one can leave this earth without experiencing some type of injury, no matter how minor it is.
"As pain leaves the body, it leaves energy, function, and awareness in its wake," Tom Myers. Who wouldn't want more of those things? Isn't that what living to the fullest is all about?!
So instead of allowing your body to silently suffer, why not open up new pathways for freedom of movement.