I Feel Your Pain

February 10, 2016

Shoulder Pain Sucks!Pain sucks. I’ve been there. I’ve had pain in my back, neck, shoulders, jaw, hips, knees and feet…to name a few. Some pains have come and gone on their own, but others have been long-time friends. Pain is the rare event rather than the norm for me now. I’ve found some very good tools that have helped me heal from pain, which I will be sharing in this and upcoming posts.

To paraphrase the words of Dr. Barbara Brennan, “Pain is simply a signal from your body that something is out of balance.” Pain is trying to get your attention so you can take steps to healing it.

Why do we so often ignore our pain? There are several reasons, but one of the most common is simply because we don’t know what to do about it. Many people end up in my office because they are looking for a new solution to their pain.

If you have pain, here is where to start.

Describe the Pain

Where is the pain in your body? Touch the area if you can reach it. If you can’t actually reach it, close your eyes and picture inside your body where it hurts. Spend a few moments touching or picturing before moving on.

Does it hurt all the time or intermittently? How bad is the pain? What makes the pain worse? What makes it better?

If you feel frustrated or at a loss as to what to do with your pain, answering these questions is an important first step. It helps you know what you are dealing with.

Acute or Chronic Pain

Does the pain seem to be related to an event (i.e., you twisted your knee skiing)? Or has the pain slowly worsened over the course of weeks, months or years?

Pain from an acute injury, such as a sports injury, is easier for your mind to grasp. “My bad fall while skiing that black diamond caused my knee pain.” It can seem more straight-forward as to what you need to do to heal such a specific injury.

However, long-term, slow-developing chronic pain can seem as mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle. “I don’t know when my back started hurting. Actually, it has hurt for as long as I can remember.” Sometimes, this type of pain may seem like there is no hope and that it is never going to get better. Rarely have I seen a client’s chronic pain not improve or completely resolve. Granted, if you’ve had the pain for a long time, it is not likely to disappear overnight once you start healing. But even long-standing pain will usually start to heal much more quickly than you might expect. In my private practice, I can use my hands to feel the tension patterns that can cause pain. From there, I can suggest a course of action to resolve it. I can’t offer you my hands through the internet, but I can share with you some of the keys of healing I have learned over the years.

Stay tuned for future posts, as I will be sharing my experiences in more detail about resolving specific pain issues. Titles will include, “Hopeless Pain Comes up for Air” and “Help for your Low Back Pain”. Subscribe to my blog (below) and my YouTube channel to be sure you receive updates.

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