Pain is the number one reason you see a doctor, right? It makes you uncomfortable and can really depress you. But does that make pain the enemy? Something we need to “get rid” of?
What if we looked at it from a different perspective?
What if ,instead of simply taking a pain killer to get rid of the pain, we started asking ourselves “What is really going on?”
The body is the most amazing, self-regulating and self-regenerating system. Its ability to change and adapt leaves me speechless (another small miracle in itself.)
It will continue to adapt, without needing any help. But when it doesn’t know how to adapt, it will ask, usually in the form of pain.
Pain motivates us, it drives us to act. Pain creates a reason for change. Does that make it bad?
The pain-free recipe
If you follow the recipe for a chocolate cake, would you be surprised if you got anything but chocolate cake?? (Unless you have my glorious baking skills, then chances are you would end up with chocolate pudding.)
Treating pain in the body is the same.
If you have chronic pain you can almost guarantee that something you are doing is keeping the pain there.
That something is usually related to what you eat and how you live your life.
By finding the root cause and creating new habits you can eliminate chronic pain.
The first step to mastering pain
So before you start looking for new recipes, it helps to have a strategy. And when it comes to pain-free recipes, working with ICE is the way to go.
This strategy will help you identify the root cause of your pain. Change the way your body is working. And let you explore new ways of doing things to help you get rid of your pain.
Identify the cause
A good chef is able to identify his ingredients. So before you can change your recipes you need to know where to start looking.
Just to clarify, the pain we are talking about is chronic pain.
Acute pain is easy to understand.
It is often caused by direct trauma or an attack on the body (e.g. sprained ankle or bacterial infection.) Modern medicine has very effective methods to treat this kind of pain.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, continues long after the original trauma has taken place.
Modern medicine doesn’t really have the answers for this type of pain, otherwise, it wouldn’t be chronic, would it?!?
So the 3 main sources of pain and a few examples are:
- A pinched nerve or faulty nervous activity
- Faulty posture and biomechanics
- Circulation and oxygenation of the body
- Toxins from parasites, fungal or other microorganisms
- Heavy metals toxicity
- Chronic inflammation
- Hormone imbalance
- Diets that are too acidic or wrong for your body
- Traumatic events
- High stress levels
- Depression and anxiety
Change the cause
Once you have identified the source of your pain, it becomes much easier to change it.
To do this, you need to understand how your body responds to pain. When you experience pain the first thing your body will do is protect itself. This triggers a stress response called the “fight, flight or freeze” response.
Being stuck in this response can cause chronic pain. Over time, it can also create all kinds of other problems.
It is important that you learn how to change from your stress response to your relaxation response if you want to be pain-free.
How do you do this…
By learning different relaxation techniques like breathing, meditations, and gentle movement exercises.
Explore other options
So now that you know that you need to identify the root cause and then switch off your stress response, you can explore new options.
Becoming more adventurous can really help.
Trying new things and experiences will help you find what works for you and what doesn’t.
Once you find what works, you simply repeat the process.
This keeps your body in a state of regeneration which over time can create deeper healing, restore vitality and eliminate pain.
My favourite pain-free recipe
The more energy you have, the more resilient you become. The more resilient you are, the less stress affects you.
Less stress means less pain.
Using the I.C.E strategy you can create a simple plan to create a better body and an incredible life.
It’s a process and a journey.