This is the first of a string of posts around pain I will be posting.
You may have been told you have no option, you may feel you have tried everything – there are still possibilities…
In 2011 the Institute of Medicine recommended that successful chronic pain treatment strategies address the whole patient: the symptoms, emotional state, belief systems, expectations and responses of others to the patient’s pain condition. (ref: Institute of Medicine report from the Committee n Advancing Pain research, Care and Education: relieving pain in America: A blueprint for transforming prevention, care, education and research. Washington, DC: National Academies Press 2011)
Limitations of the conventional healthcare system to effectively treat pain have motivated chronic pain sufferers to explore complementary and alternative medicine approaches.
- Pain is a universal experience AND all pain has been proven to be produced by the brain.
- We have techniques to change the messages to and from the brain for a more healthy body and mind.
Sometimes the brain will continue to tell you, long after your tissues have healed, that you still have pain! Most tissues have healed within 1-6 months, depending on location and your life situation.
Pain that persists is often due to the sensitivity of the nervous system. Factors that make the nervous system more sensitive are posture, cultural, environmental, biological, and psychological as well as diet and stress levels.
- We look at the big picture, all the clues, in a specific order for you, and have tools to balance all aspect of your brain and nervous system, taking into account all things that could affect your pain so we return balance and harmony.
- Pain has an enormous impact on your body, your ability to think, your mood, and your relationships with others and stress levels; yours and those around you.
Our thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect our nervous system. They all convert to brain impulses; they cause chemical reactions within the cells, either to reduce pain or to exacerbate pain.
We have techniques and ways to balance or remove emotions, beliefs and thoughts that are causing havoc. Our nervous system becomes calmer and less reactive, even when we are faced with similar situations and people that have triggered us in the past. The techniques enable us to bring about change in our lives and in our relationships.
- Changing the emotional balance goes a long ways to reducing pain levels.
- Diet and lifestyle are also active contributors to making the nervous system more sensitive.
- Our personal story, the things that have made up about our life, and we keep talking about, are also making a huge impact on our pain.
To consider the impact of all the things that were happening around and within us, especially before and around the time our pain began is important.
You will discover snippets from your past – worries, traumas, accidents etc (not only the things that happened to you, but also to others around you at the time) that have contributed to your pain.
This recognition of the connections and the deeper emotions and beliefs are a large key to you moving quickly forward through your healing journey.
When we look at the BIG picture of your life and the things in and around it, as well as balancing all the factors in the specific order for YOUR healing is key to fast tracking and long lasting healing.
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