How can our body get our attention?
Are you 1 of 5 women or 1 of 6 Australian men who are impacted by chronic pain?
While there are many types of pain, low back pain, neck pain, musculoskeletal pain and migraines are most commonly associated with chronic pain.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is defined as pain that continues beyond 3 months and can be persistent or recurring. This is pain that has lasted beyond the expected time for healing of an injury.
It's about survival
Pain is a vital warning system to alert us to immediate physical danger and with non-chronic pain, the brain shuts off the pain signal when the danger of injury passes. Persistent or chronic pain occurs when the brain does not shut off the pain signal after the danger passes and can lead to medication reliance, depression, and other aspects that impact quality of life.
Acute pain has shorter duration and is usually attributed to injury or operation. Timely and effective treatment of acute pain has been shown to resolve pain and prevent it from developing into chronic pain so seek intervention sooner rather than later.
Pain without an obvious physical cause
In many cases, however, chronic pain has no identifiable physical source. That is, pain occurs without a known triggering injury or incident. One of the pain sites this commonly occurs in is chronic back and non-specific lower back pain.
Using kinesiology to find cause
From a kinesiology perspective, when we consider what we know about how the body uses pain to alert us to underlying issues, we begin to examine what is it that needs to be addressed.
If you suffer upper back pain are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed by too much pressure and all the things you have to do? Frequent worry, negativity, perfectionism, too much thinking and feeling unsupported are all linked to upper back pain.
Middle back pain relates to being stuck in the past, holding onto guilt and resentment, emotional instability, judgmental thoughts and criticism, anger, focused on negatives and not seeing the positives.
The most commonly experienced back pain, lower back pain is typically related to financial pressure, holding onto unresolved anger from childhood, feeling victimised, struggling, suffering and controlling or feeling controlled. You may be often focused on limitations.
People usually try kinesiology after they have tried everything else
It is not necessary to suffer pain until it becomes chronic before uncovering its source. Many of the related issues themselves may seem overwhelming and rarely would a person experience every one. More commonly, there are one or two contributing factors and once we understand how they are playing out in our lives and the pattern adjusted, our bodies release the symptom, letting go of tension and pain.
This is a scenario that occurs again and again in clinic with clients self-reporting a significant reduction or release in the pain they experience.
Our health is in our hands.
Use the tools available. Seek medical advice and seek to understand the source of our symptoms before our bodies create significant diseases to get our attention.
If you would like to see what kinesiology can offer you, make an appointment today.
My goal is to help you live your best life.