"Pain: An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage". (International Association for the study of pain)
There can be many contributing factors to pain. Obviously we know that cutting our finger hurts, but if its a small cut, we soon move on, the skin heals and we forget about it. Sometimes however the pain doesn't go away, some people may even experience pain in a previously injured area while just thinking of the movement that caused the pain!
If this happens to a larger body part we can have a problem. Around 80% of people will experience an episode of severe back pain during their life. For some this pain will continue and despite medical care they can end up debilitated with no where to turn. I.e there is nothing wrong with them, the pain is all in their heads.
In an effort to alleviate their pain, some will turn to long term pain medication use and the associated problems with that. Others will turn to alternative therapies, desperately hoping and believing that a friends anecdotal success will work for them.
We understand pain, short term and chronic, many of us have been there and in some cases still live with chronic pain. Before spending your hard earned money on unproven therapies, come and talk to us. See how evidence based therapy is not cold or boring, we use massage, enjoyable movement and knowledge to help you get back to doing what you want.
First and foremost, YOU DON'T NEED PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS TO LOSE WEIGHT.
Yes, protein has a very important role in weight loss however consuming processed protein supplements may actually lead to weight gain rather than weight loss! Why? Because typically they are still high in calories, despite being high in protein (some aren’t even that great), they may be filled with other things such as fats and sugar derivatives. The notion that the more protein you eat the more muscle you gain is false! If you eat protein in excess it is simply stored as FAT.
Back to protein and weight loss. When trying to lose weight, protein is certainly required in moderate amounts to compensate for maintaining our muscle mass as we try to introduce a lower overall calorie intake to stimulate weight loss. The consumption of regular and appropriate portions of protein can help stimulate a faster metabolism as protein actually requires the body to use energy to metabolise and digest it compared to carbohydrates and fats. Ensuring protein is in each of our meals and/or snacks also helps to satisfy our hunger and keep us fuller for longer between meals.