Saturday, August 18, 2007

(Post # 5) Help from Socrates

To help us answer the questions in the last post, I would like to follow Socrates, the father of Western philosophy, the one that taught Plato and Aristotle that through questions you have the potential to discover, learn, teach and get as close to the truth as possible, to ask the following questions:

How do you know you have pain?

How do you feel it?

How does pain travels to the brain?

Can we at least say that nerves are involved?

Which structures have the potential to compress them?

If you have pain in the shoulder and arm muscles, but can only induce the pain by moving the neck, where is the problem?

Can we say that the problem may be in the cervical spine (neck) and is only referred to the shoulder and arm?

How is it that someone who has lost an arm in an accident can still feel pain down an arm that is not longer there?

Is it possible that the cortex (sensory part of the brain) may be misinterpreting the location of the dysfunction?

Can the lack of functional understanding be the reason why most doctors, therapists, trainers and us may be confused by the cortex?