What we now know about chronic pain, is that it is more about the sensitivity of the nervous system, than any physical injury.
And one of the best analogies to help someone understand how to overcome chronic pain, is that of a polluted river.
The river representing your nervous system.
Imagine for a moment every bit of pollution in the river represents how much chronic pain a person is experiencing.
Now cleaning up the river involves getting rid of the pollution, doesn’t it.
So if you like, physio, chiro, acupuncture, medication, relaxation, exercise, changes in diet, improved sleep etc – all the excellent things you are doing – are all designed to reduce the chronic pain.
In other words, applying these strategies in your life is helping to take the pollution out of the river.
But what if there’s a factory upstream pouring chemicals into the river as quickly as you can bucket them out?
That’s exactly what’s happening with chronic pain.
You see, chronic pain is our brains way of alerting us to danger. If the brain detects a threat, then it will do its very best to make sure we are aware of the problem.
Therefore, it continues to send out the pain signal.
What most people don’t realise, is subconscious factors, such as our emotional state – anxiety, depression, fear, anger, unresolved trauma – even our beliefs – can all signify danger to the brain. And this in turn causes the brain to send out a pain signal.
So in order to overcome chronic pain we need to look upstream as well as downstream.
I look forward to working with you,
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