Last week I was treating a lady for shoulder and back pain, her musculature was hyper tonic, very little body fat. It was not an easy treatment, as in places she was hyper sensitive, probably full of Trigger points, if I ever get to find out exactly what they are, in any case a lot of very tight sensitive muscle. I did my best, but at the end as she sat sitting on the table, moving her shoulder was still painful.
After she had changed I accompanied her up to the reception to confirm a further appointment, she asked that she be given her computer in its back pack, whilst talking with the receptionist, my client easily and painlessly twisted her arms and shoulders around in the usual movements necessary to put on a back pack, I stood there and watched. Only 5 minutes before, any small movement was painful, and there she was manipulating her scapula and all its muscles without even a hesitation. Obviously, there was no more any pain.
I believe my client really did feel the pain in the treatment room, and she really did not feel any pain or restriction in the reception area, she was not faking it.
Pain is , in the end , a mental phenomenon, an interpretation, in the distraction of the conversation with the receptionist, my client “forgot” to feel her pain, or gave it lesser importance, in the treatment room, it is all about resolving her pain, so she feels it more intensely.
The psychological and emotional aspect of muscle pain and dysfunction must never be underestimated, and should be a part of a successful treatment, as such, physiology and psychology blend into a seamless whole called a human being.