Your body loves you, and protects itself by producing pain. You may not like the feeling of pain compared with love but that is the beauty of the duality you live in. Sun and Moon, Day and Night, Male and Female. You can’t have one without the other.
The brain releases happy hormones for you, making you feel better when you feel pain, and without pain you would not know you have burnt yourself on that oven– so pain is good. Pain lets you know when something is wrong. The more you keep running away from pain the more pain you will endure as you have not faced what your brain is trying to tell you.
Sometimes the brain creates a pain loop in the spine and brain and even when your pain is gone you still feel this pain. This is called chronic pain. Osteopathy understands your pain and with around a dozen different treatment techniques there is at least one that is guaranteed to fix your pain.
We love the challenge of neuro plasticity. Chronic pain is only still chronic because no-one has fixed it, only medicated and placated it.
Osteopathy moves your body around. Some treatments to release the chronic pain may be painful, others we don’t want you to get to the point of pain, our aim to re-educate the nerves to not feel pain. For example if you walk 10 minutes and the pain comes on, the start a program for several weeks only walking 5 minutes and rest before there is pain, then repeat this for the week. Then when your feeling happier walk 6 minutes and then do that for a week. Your brain may think you can go straight back to 10 minutes with no pain. Have you ever heard of patience? Or tempting fate. Stick with slowly building up only 1 minute each week and give the neural pathways time to settle, to rest, to reset and sure enough your brain and the pathways will rewire and your pain will be reduced or disappear all together. Of course there are conditions that require surgical intervention but until you get to that point adopt a conservative program that wont see your mental health affected.
Also be aware that re-aggravating your pain will cause it to come back, so following the medical advice your Osteopath gives you is also very important in ensuring a complete recovery.
Also remember to sometimes embrace your pain as it is your survival mechanism for without it you would inevitably die.
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Disclaimer: The content of this blog is informative only and is my opinion. It does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your GP or medical specialist before changing or coming off any medication.