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TheTack Theory: a simple concept for the management of pain

The Tack Theory. It is an amazingly simple concept that relates to chronic pain. Essentially, here is what it says. ⠀

Let’s say you sit on a chair that has a thumb tack in it. After you sit on the tack, you experience pain! Because of the pain, you take pain medications. Maybe the pain gets better, and maybe it only gets a little better. However, the tack is still stuck in your bottom! You never removed the tack!

You just started treating your symptom of pain without removing the root cause of the pain! Healing can’t happen fully if you don’t remove the tack!⠀

This relates so well to what we often see. People come in with acute pain, some for many years. Many have had treatments a long the way. Some treatments have been medications; others have tried various forms of therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. ALL of these can be good options for treatments, IF they work to address the root cause.

BUT, if they are just treatments to help you “feel better,” then you may not be able to fully heal! You need to have the “tack” taken out! And it may be multiple “tacks.”⠀

Are you aware of the “tacks” hindering your healing? What are they? (Hint: not all “tacks” are physical.)

Jason Racca, PT

Jason Racca, PT, DPT, CFMT, OCS,

R3 Physio

We Offer Hope To People In Keller/Ft. Worth, TX To Resolve Long Standing Pain So They Can Enjoy An Active Life With Their Loved Ones. Even If All Other Treatments Have Failed, We Are Willing To Step Into The Impossible.