The Cause Of Pain
The source of most physical pain is poor functionality. The longer we are in pain the more complex it becomes emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Treating pain with medications can lead to the brain producing neurotransmitters that make you even more sensitive to the pain. Pain is a vicious cycle.
The medical system addresses where you feel pain, which is almost never the cause of it. Rehab generally focuses on range of motion, strength, and mobility of the part that was injured. No one addresses the patterns of dysfunction that are the underlying cause of injury or pain, so it is likely you will be in pain or injure yourself again. Most people are eventually faced with surgeries, or suffering with the pain if surgery is not an option.
The Latest Science On Pain
Science shows the brain creates neural maps of all functionality. Neural maps are damaged as a result of injury, trauma, stroke, or neurological events. We need an approach that helps repair and rebuild the neural maps.
Regardless of the source of your pain, you need an approach that can show you the way to naturally restore the neural maps so that you are fully functional again. Science now shows that the only reason you have a brain is because you move. The role of the brain is to develop adaptable, complex, optimal functionality which leads to better cognition and adaptable, complex, optimal thinking skills.
I discovered the power and relief this approach offers when I injured my shoulder and was in pain 24/7.
For six weeks I foundered around looking for answers through traditional healthcare and then alternative methods. When nothing worked or helped I became quite depressed, fearful and desperate. I was lucky because I stumbled on an approach that resolved my pain by learning how to move better. I have seen many people who were much less fortunate and had somehow managed to live with their pain for many years, at great cost to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. I have great admiration for their courage because I know how hard it is to function when in pain.
After resolving my pain I realized there is a huge gap in our health care system - it does not train people to understand and address what it feels like to move optimally as our structure is designed to move! This is a huge failing in our system of care because we are spending billions on drugs, therapies and surgery that temporarily mask pain but does not resolve it. The most common complaint people have today is low back pain - that is 98% of the adult population.
Many people have become so identified with their pain that they are defined by their pain! Other people have resolved emotional trauma like sexual abuse, mental abuse, neglect and more with other methods but they don't feel quite free of it somehow. At the thinking level they may have it all worked out but at the cellular level (what they feel) is not done yet because there are movement patterns that must be addressed.
Stroke is one of the most devastating traumas that more and more people are experiencing. The therapies that they go through do quite a bit to help them regain some practical functions but the vast majority do not fully recover because the health system does not address how to relearn movement. Exercising a limb that the brain is not aware of is a pointless activity. Moving the rest of the body around such that the brain is compelled to feel the affected area and learn that it exists after all is the approach that is most effective.
Our brain is alerted to pain by sending messages from the nervous system that indicate stiff, sore, discomfort and pain. It is how we listen and react to these messages that must be fundamentally changed. No longer should we stretch further when our body feels stiff, tight and sore. No longer should we keep doing an activity the same way when our brain is telling us we are about to injure ourselves with messages of pain, soreness, discomfort and so on. No longer should we do mindless, repetitive activities that isolate muscles with no connection to the rest of the body. Change our approach to be how we were as very young children, fully present and aware of how we move in all activities of life, responding appropriately to create optimal movement patterns. That is how we eliminate pain emotionally, intellectually and physically.