The previous entry made the claim that "no pain - no gain" is a half-truth. Yes, it's cool that the words pain and gain rhyme, but there's a lot of other words that end in -ain that maybe we should give more attention. Besides, you don't see wheat farmers walking around in T-shirts that proclaim in bold script "no rain - no grain!!!"
It's easy, you see?
"Well, no pain - no gain" is never an acceptable answer or motivational statement. Pain informs! Knowing a few details is tremendously beneficial to the pursuit of health and fitness.
Since about 9 out of 10 people will experience varying degrees of spine pain at some point in their life, it may be good to know:
Case in point 2 - Centralization is less pain here, more pain there
When it comes to activities and movement that increase symptoms peripherally, no pain - no gain is just about the last philosophy you want to live by. On the other hand, positions and movements that decrease peripheral symptoms should be encouraged, even though that often comes with an increase in pain near the spine.
Lets say you do one of the simplest tests for the lumbar spine, standing and bending forward toward your toes. If ten or twenty movements in that direction cause an increase in peripheral pain or makes the back or buttock pain feel like it's migrating down to the knee or foot, avoid that direction of movement, at least for now. But if repeated bending forward or backward happens to cause centralization of symptoms (a reduction in peripheral pain or numbness), we explore that direction of movement further even if it causes an increase in central back pain.
Systematic force progression sounds a lot less impressive than dramatic cracks and pops and requires quite a bit more time, but there's much less risk of harm than trying to jam that baby "back in." An added benefit is that many times patients suffering back pain can learn how to treat themselves, independently, without needing to be "adjusted" 3 times per week for 3 or 30 weeks. In the very least, clients learn how to reinforce the hands-on work of their rehab provider, which often goes a long way toward that independence.