Persistent Pain

by | Feb 9, 2016

Have you ever wondered why some of your physical body pain and discomfort keep recurring even after a successful treatment or a massage?

You have finally taken the time and made the effort to consult a therapist for your distressing body pain. As you walk out of the clinic you feel relaxed, well balanced and good until some of the symptoms return after only a few days.

Most likely you feel disappointed in the therapist and now consult another health practitioner in the hope that she/he will be able to help you, only to find the pain is returning and getting persistent.

In this case you most likely think that the treatment has been a waste of your time and you might even start to blame the therapist.

Or could it be that some of your garments or accessories are to blame?

What most of us don’t know is that some garments and accessories can irritate nerve receptors at specific points of the body being and create an imbalance that affects your health and wellbeing in a negative way.

I have specialised in natural pain relief for the past 12 years and have come to realise after attending Ross Emmett’s therapy that what the client is wearing can be wearing them out and the importance of informing the client of which part of their clothing might irritate the body and negate a long-lasting pain solution.

Let me give you a few examples for you to better understand which garments and accessories that can be the culprit in the recovery of certain body pains and discomforts.


  • Tight disposable nappies can cause numbness in the legs and instability in standing as they press on the hip flexor muscle and the inguinal ligament, which might compress the blood circulation into the lower extremities.
  • Tight fitted or too short a jumpsuit keep the hips flexed and can create bloating and colic symptoms making it more difficult for the child to complete a feeding.

Recommendation: Loose fitted diapers and jumpsuits to allow full hip mobility and good blood circulation into the lower extremities of the child.


  • A tight bra around the upper back can provoke back cramps and restrict breathing and making you feel short of breath.
  • The small metal clip of the bra strap might restrict shoulder rotation if rubbing on a specific point of the shoulder blade. In case the metal clip is at the front next to the armpit it may cause restriction in the arm reaching back.

Recommendation: Ideally to wear bras with X-strapping between the shoulder blades and designed with minimal metal clips.


  • A low tight fitted belt fitted just around the mid pelvic bone might irritate the hip muscles and created hip pain.
  • A big heavy metal buckle resting above the pubic bone can irritate the abdominal muscles and effect breathing and posture. In severe cases some people get stomach cramps.

Recommendation: Belts to be slightly loose fitted and resting above the pelvic bone and the buckles in moderate sizes and weights


  • Loose fitted heavy bracelets and big watches often keep rubbing and irritating the nerve receptors around the wrist and resulting in irritation of the forearm and a weak grip.

Recommendation: Bracelets and watches to be lightweight and firmly fitted (not too tight) to maintain well-balanced forearm muscles and a good grip.

Especially, if you are a keen tennis, badminton, squash – and golf player.


  • Pendants resting just above the sternum might affect the voice giving the feeling of having difficulties in expressing yourself and feeling short of breath.

Recommendation: When wearing a necklace with even the smallest size of a pendant make it rest of hang below the sternum to keep a clear voice and easy breathing.


  • Tight fitted and narrow shoes often restrict foot flexibility and blood circulation causing lower leg heaviness and balance instability.
  • High heel shoes might irritate the Achilles tendon and creates balance instability. Might even create lower back problems on prolonged usage.
  • Slippers or any kind of sandals without a back strap for keeping the sandal onto the foot make the toes do the work to hold onto the ‘ shoe ‘ and might cause knee pain, lower back and hip pain, ankle pain and balance instability.
  • Even shoelaces being tighten, too tight above the foot can irritate the nerve receptors and create instability.

Recommendation: Soft flexible and broad shoes with a cap to hold the shoe onto the foot makes you feel more stable and maintains good blood circulation in the lower legs.


  • Tight socks and stockings around the ankle or just below the knee joint might result in swollen lower legs, numbness and burning feet.

Recommendation: Wear socks and stockings with soft and loose elastic bands.

Have you experienced that a therapy treatment does not last please check out what you are wearing and how you are wearing your garments and accessories to help yourself in the recovery to a healthy and pain-free living.


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