Eliminating Pain

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“Pain is certain, suffering is optional”

…Gautham Buddha

Pain – Simply Explained

Pain is a universal human experience and 100% of the time, it is produced by the brain. This includes all pain, no matter how it feels, sharp, dull, strong or mild and no matter how long you have had it. Pain is a complex condition that can have a serious impact on your physical and mental wellbeing and generally defined as acute or chronic.

Acute-v-Chronic pain

  • Acute pain is a pain you have had for a few weeks or months. This is common with tissue damage, say from a back injury or ankle spray. The advice is to stay active and gradually get back to doing normal things.
  • Chronic or persistent pain is ongoing or recurrent pain, usually lasting for six months or more and does not involve any tissue damage. What is not clear though, is that when told you have chronic pain, what to do about it.

Understanding Pain

Having a brain that keeps on producing pain, even after the body tissues are restored and out of danger, is not fun. Most of the time, you feel that there is still something wrong.  And that’s just it, once anything dangerous has been ruled out, health professionals explain that all things in the body are healed as well as they can be by 3 to 6.

Ongoing pain produced by the brain is less about structural changes in the body and more about the sensitivity of the nervous system, and therefore more complex.

To try and figure out what’s going on, you need to retrain the brain and the nervous system. To do this it’s useful to look at all the things that affect the nervous system and maybe contributing to your pain experience.

Medical Side Of Things

Taking medication can help but only to a limited extent. To retrain the brain, it is the most active approaches that are necessary. So, using medications to get going is OK and then mostly they can be tapered and ceased.   Some people might also think that surgery might be the answer but when it comes to a complex problem like chronic pain, surgery may not be helpful.

Thoughts And Emotions

Pain really impacts people’s lives and this can have a big effect on your mood and stress levels. All those thoughts and beliefs are brain impulses too. But you can learn ways to reduce stress and wind down the nervous system. This helps emotional wellbeing and can reduce pain as well.

Diet And Lifestyle

Our modern lifestyle may not be so good for us. What we eat and how we live may be contributing to a sensitised nervous system. A good beginning would be to look at things like smoking, nutrition, alcohol and activity levels and seeing if there are any issues there. 

Explore The Deeper Meaning Of Pain

Step back and look at the surrounding personal story. Examine all the things that were happening around the time the pain developed. Many people with pain can make useful links between a worrying period of life and a worsening pain picture. For example, finances, work issues, relationships, family discord.  For many, recognising deeper emotions can be part of the healing process.

Physical Activity And Function

From the brains perspective, getting moving at comfortable levels without fear and where the brain does not protect pain is best, as this will gradually restore your body tissues

So pain comes from the brain and can be retrained and when looked at from a whole personal broad perspective, it gives you lots of opportunities to begin.

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Reflexology Works With The Brain And The Nervous System

Reflexology for Pain is a unique technique focussing on releasing blockages in the muscular tissue to eliminate pain (over time), rather than simply managing it. For optimal results, the area of concern can be treated with movement, small weights, icepacks, or soft balls whilst working with specific reflexes in the foot.

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