Chronic Pain

Over time, pain can become a vicious cycle with a life of its own. Often, pain persists even after the original cause is resolved. Once the cycle is initiated, each element begins to influence the next, reinforcing perpetuation of the pain. Elements in the pain cycle can include:

 

  • Stress
  • Restricted Movement
  • Muscle Shortening
  • Reduced Circulation
  • Energetic Imbalences
 
  • Muscular Tension
  • Pressure on Nerves
  • Trigger Points
  • Fascial Adhesions
  • Buildup of Waste Products
Bodywork:
 
 

Bodywork is a uniquely effective treatment for chronic pain in that it addresses all of the factors in the pain cycle. Research has shown that myofascial trigger points, or small knots in contracted or overused muscle, are often the underlying cause of pain. Techniques employed in a bodywork treatment can effectively relieve these dysfunctional adhesions. Additionally, bodywork acts on the nervous system to counteract the stress response, and stimulates release of natural pain relievers such as endorphins. For some people, the stress and depression resulting from chronic pain can become overwhelming, and can even worsen existing pain. Depression can affect the frequency and intensity of pain symptoms. Increased pain can, in turn, lead to increased stress and depression, creating a cycle that may be difficult to break. Hence, it is vital to monitor both your physical and mental well being during times of duress. Receiving regular bodywork can alter your experience of chronic, persistent pain by bringing your attention to positive sensations in your body.

Self Care Techniques:
 
 

Like many symptoms, pain is the physical manifestation of an imbalance in the body's systems. Hence, it becomes essential to bring awareness to one's whole body by evaluating dietary patterns, genetic predispositions, sleep habits, posture, stress levels and other lifestyle components, such as physical activity, emotional responses, and overall sense of wellbeing.

 

Your body is a unique entity, thus your treatment should be tailored specifically to your needs. You should always seek the advice of your health care practitioner to guide you along the path of optimal wellness.

 

Our bodies need regular periods of deep relaxation in order to balance, restore, and rejuvenate. Therefore, sleep well, relax often, laugh frequently and meditate daily!