If you have ever made the effort to get fit, eat well and sleep more, you will know there’s a big difference between the feeling of “I have no symptoms”, and of “I feel great all the time!”. That’s because good health as not simply the absence of symptoms.
Pain, injury and other health problems occur when physiological strain exceeds your ability to adapt to it. If your adaptive potential to strain is high, your health isn’t easily challenged and you feel great under most circumstances.
Challenges to adaptive potential leave their mark on our body tissues, and particularly the nerve-muscle-joint system because it handles our response to everyday stress and tissue strain. These tissue changes can be detected by experienced hands in the form of localised muscle tensions and hardness, reduced movement or flexibility, compensatory movement patterns, tenderness upon pressure or movement, changes in breathing patterns, and inability to fully relax muscles.
All these changes can start to occur under your symptom threshold, which means you aren’t aware of it, yet. It’s only when a stress exceeds your ability to adapt to it that you begin to feel symptoms, and pain is the most common symptom that we experience.