Your Pain is Genetic

GeneticsObviously genetics play a huge role in making you, well…”you.” We all have DNA from our parents that has woven itself into what we see when we look in the mirror. Our genetics determine whether we are tall or short, have brown hair or blonde hair, or have blue eyes or hazel eyes. Yes, our genetics make us unique. But our genetics also make us little carbon copies of our parents. My oldest son is a spitting image of me. If you put our baby pictures side-by-side, it’s tough to determine which one is him and which one is me. He’s simultaneously unique, yet a copy of me.

But what about chronic pain? Does chronic pain fall under the genetic umbrella?

We get clients in our clinics every day who are battling hip pain just like their mother, have the exact same back condition that their uncle has, and have consulted with the same knee replacement doctor who their dad used. They chalk their current condition up to “bad genes” and don’t think another thing about it.

Yet for every client who walks in believing their hip pain is their mother’s fault, there is another client who doesn’t have any family members with a history of chronic pain.

I was one of those. I was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with a bulging disc in my lumbar spine. Actually, now that I think about it, I still am. No one before me had a “bad back,” and no one has had one since then. And, I don’t believe my kids will have back pain, simply because I had it.

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At the end of the day, I just don’t buy that simply because your relatives dealt with pain, you’re destined to deal with pain.

So, why don’t I buy the so-called genetic link to chronic pain? I don’t buy it, because the body is a living, breathing organism. Whatever symptom you’re currently experiencing is a condition, and conditions are changeable. I’ve seen far too many clients who have assumed their pain is linked to their family members’ pain, rid themselves of their symptoms and get their lives back. They took control of their health, gave their body a chance to heal, and it responded accordingly. Remember, the body is in a constant state of renewal.

And, for those of you who still don’t believe me, let’s assume that pain is genetic. If you knew that pain was coming your way, simply because someone you’re related to dealt with it, wouldn’t you be better off with Egoscue as part of your life? Having a body that is balanced and moving efficiently can only benefit you, long-term.

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the genetic link to chronic pain?