A Holistic Approach to Pain Management
You can eliminate chronic pain, or at least considerably reduce it, without taking drugs. Chronic pain interferes with your ability to enjoy life, and often, it fuels anger and depression making things worst. Pain can also affect your relationships at home and reduce your productivity at work. When people struggle with pain they tend to limit what they do because they want to avoid pain. You do have options; you don’t have to surrender to pain and suffering.
A few years ago, I had a severe shoulder pain and I was offered medication and physical therapy. Unfortunately, physical therapy did not work for me and I chose to not take painkillers. I kept searching and looking for alternative methods and a breakthrough came after learning from a medical doctor who helped thousands of people to heal their pain with no drugs. Dr. Sarno teaches in his book The MindBody Prescription how the brain and the body create pain as a response to stress and negative emotions. When pain sets in it creates additional fear; fear in turn creates more stress which creates more pain and a vicious cycle begins. He also added that some of these stressors that create pain are created unconsciously, we are not aware of them. Understanding what stressor was creating the pain in my shoulder was the answer to eliminate my pain. No medication was needed to eliminate the pain.
Certain personality traits are also likely to create more pain than others. For example, if you are a perfectionist, expect a great deal out of yourself, if you are your worst critic, or very sensitive to criticism, you can create internal anger and frustration which in turn creates stress, tensing your muscles and creating physical pain. Similarly, if you have a strong need to please people, or if you tend to be very helpful to others, a caretaker, or you tend to worry about your family, friends, and relatives, all these may create stressors in your mind. The inner, or unconscious, mind reacts against being perfect or too good and it also resents any kind of life pressures. Unexpressed or suppressed anger is sometimes internalized, and it becomes part of the reservoir of anger that creates stress and body pain.
As a counselor and life coach, I have found that some of the most effective pain relief comes from using a technique called Tapping, a combination of acupressure and modern psychology, that quickly addresses the emotions that create stress and exacerbates the pain. This technique creates a fast release in your body tension promptly eliminating, or at least alleviating, the pain. Once learned this technique is very easy to use, it’s free, and it has no side effects. Also, Guided Imagery and Hypnotherapy provide great relief from pain by guiding your body into deep relaxation, loosening the muscles and alleviating pain. Also, with Hypnotherapy your mind can be taught to raise the threshold to stressors so what is stressing you today tomorrow will not stress your body as intensely. In a deep state of relaxation your body heals itself and learning how to relax your body helps you manage the pain without using medications and avoiding all the potential side effects. In the most difficult cases you may have to combine alternative methods and medication; however, you can drastically reduce the amount of medication needed.
You are much stronger than you know, and you have the capacity to influence what is going on in your body. But you must learn how to do it. Don’t give up finding the alternative method that will help you relieve your pain so you can fully enjoy your life.
At The Personal Wellness Center we offer a variety of services to help you alleviate, reduce, and often times eliminate your pain. Call us today at 410-742-4032 to discuss how we can help you better manage your pain.