Salonpas sat down with Justin Price, one of the top musculoskeletal assessment and corrective exercise experts in the world, to discuss his innovative methods for alleviating chronic pain. He teaches health and fitness professionals around the world an educational program he created called “The BioMechanics Method®.” He also works one-on-one with clients in San Diego where he helps professional athletes, celebrities, Navy SEALS, business leaders and people with musculoskeletal injuries and neuromuscular disorders:
What is the BioMechanics Method?
The BioMechanics Method® is a revolutionary approach to pain relief I created as a result of working with people in chronic pain over the past two decades. It teaches health and fitness professionals how to conduct postural assessments to uncover the underlying causes of aches and pains as well as how to apply pain-relieving exercise techniques to alleviate pain/injuries so people can get back to enjoying the activities they love. The BioMechanics Method is the world’s fastest-growing program of this type with specialists in 26 countries helping millions of people alleviates their aches and pains. Due to the high demand for specialists trained in The BioMechanics Method® I have also begun writing a series of “DIY” pain-relief books for the general public. The first book in the series (The Amazing Tennis Ball Back Pain Cure) teaches readers how to utilize tennis ball for strategic self-massage to address common underlying musculoskeletal imbalances that might be causing pain and/or dysfunction.
How did you come to create the BioMechanics Method?
When I was 10 years old, I used to accompany my father to his massage and physical therapy appointments so I could learn how to help him with his massage and exercises in between appointments. As such, I was exposed at a very young age to how people could alleviate aches and pains in the body by using various therapeutic techniques. This ignited my passion to better understand more about the way the body moves and how you can help it feel and function better through the application of various corrective exercise and biomechanical retraining techniques.
After pursuing advanced education in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, I started a business dedicated to helping clients with chronic pain. After achieving success in helping clients get out of pain, I began lecturing around the world and sharing my techniques with other health professionals. The overwhelmingly positive feedback to my ideas led to the creation of “The BioMechanics Method” to help share my techniques into a step-by-step educational program that other health professionals could use to help their own clients alleviate muscle and joint pain.
Do you ever recommend OTC pain medication for your clients?
It is extremely important to understand that when the body experiences pain, the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal system adapt and compensate to try to alleviate the discomfort. These compensation patterns help the body tolerate pain in the short-term to achieve certain movements and activities. However, if left unchecked, these compensations can cause long-term movement imbalances that can lead to chronic pain. As such, I recommend people take pain medication as directed to ensure that acute or short-term sensations of pain do not lead to long-lasting musculoskeletal and neuromuscular compensations and enduring chronic pain.
Do you advise clients that OTC pain medication, including Ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can pose hazards when not taken according to directions? (i.e., if they take more dosage than is recommended?)
I believe it is important to adhere strictly to the dosage recommendations for OTC pain medications as there are many potential hazards when these types of drugs are taken excessively or for extended periods of time (e.g., stomach upset or potentially even stomach bleeding). Since the stomach shares connective tissue with the musculoskeletal system, upsetting the stomach can actually exacerbate symptoms of muscle and joint pain. Therefore, it is extremely important to not overdo OTC medications or the remedy can cause more harm than good.
What is your recommendation concerning the use of OTC topical analgesic medication in the form of patches, gel, spray and foam?
I’m a strong believer in topical analgesic medications as they are generally much safer for the stomach. People can apply these types of medications whenever needed to alleviate their symptoms of pain and prevent the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal system from creating long-term compensation patterns that are sometimes difficult to undo.
For more information on helping alleviate muscle and joint pain check out Justin’s new book, “The Amazing Tennis Ball Back Pain Cure.”