You have tried your best, paid your dues, done your homework. Followed through.
Still the symptoms persist. Diet, exercise, supplements, x-rays, etc. Nothing seems to help much. Or everything helps for a while, and then not.
You get despondent, depressed, because there are no results to all your efforts. But wait! What is occurring right now may be the best result one could wish for. The impasse you have reached is an invitation to not only look deeper and wider, but to release your grip on what you want, and relax into WHAT IS.
In Bodywork, the cause of a 'problem', like say a pain in the neck, may easily not be in the neck. A tightness in the shoulder may be putting too much pressure on the neck. A tightly held jaw may be radiating into the neck. And that jaw tension could be an emotional holding, something you don't want to say for example. It could be in the neck, because someone at work is such a 'pain in the neck'. The shoulder thing could be from the experience of carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Layers of radiating and referred pain. Pain seems to be in one place, but its real source is elsewhere. Trying to release the hurting spot, may only irritate that already weak spot. Using detective skills, the place, or system which is causing the problem is tracked down, and addressed. Holistic healing potential.
And probably the vein of 'injury' runs much deeper. It connects to things that happened in our childhood, and ancestral patterns that go back generations which we may or may not be aware of at all. Structural and functional patterns of use and abuse layer upon layer build on top of each other until without really seeing where it is from, we carry chronic discomfort and pain filled programmes within the body mind.
All this is not bad news. It points to even deeper levels of healing that a 'pain in the butt' is trying to draw your attention to. For how else can your body get your attention and communicate with you than to create pain. It is a code for change. It is something to listen closely to, and happily respond to.