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How to Manage Your Aches and Pains at RARE CrossFit Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford’s premier CrossFit Facility!


First and foremost, living IN pain IS NOT NORMAL!  Experiencing acute pain is a normal, human experience. Humans would not survive without our ability to experience pain. We need to know that putting our hand in fire or stepping on Legos can cause injury to our body.  A deep, dull ache in your torso could mean something is very wrong in your organs, like a heart attack!  These are all forms of acute pain, which signals an alarm in the brain to stop what we are doing.  We know that we need pain in our lives to make sure we address issues with our body that aren’t good.  Pain that lasts longer than a few weeks, especially longer than six months, is chronic pain, and that is something we can all live without.  

To start, let's get a better understanding of our nervous system.  Our nervous system is comprised of 45 miles of nerves and more than 400 individual nerves, which are all connected like a network of roads and highways. The nerves connect all body parts to your spinal cord so that messages can be sent from tissues to the brain in order to analyze what’s going on.

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Written by,

Dr. Travis H. Stoner, PT, DPT, COMT

Fellow in Training, Orthopedic Manual Therapy

B.S. and Doctor of Physical Therapy Shenandoah University

Dr. Darrell Dila, PT, DPT

B.S. Radford University

Doctor of Physical Therapy Marymount University

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