It wastes time and money running from specialist to specialist trying to discover what’s going on.
That feeling of “not knowing” and trying “everything” can be all consuming.
Is there more to chronic pain than meets the eye?
I grew up with chronic pain, never knowing why. Trying to find the answers for myself and later trying to help others with their pain often left me confused.
What worked for some, didn’t always work for others.
At age 32, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Wilson’s disease.
l soon realized that the pain I experienced for years was a warning sign of a bigger problem.
The cycle of pain begins
I believe tension starts the pain process.
Tension can reduce blood flow to the cells. This affects the supply of nutrients and the removal of toxins and metabolic waste. Over time, this process kills cells resulting in organ dysfunction, pain and disease.
While there are many causes of tension, one of the main causes is stress.
When the body responds to stress there is :
- A rise in muscular tension
- A fast and shallow upper chest breathing pattern
- An increase in heart rate
This stress response increases energy production to deal with the stress.
This response is actually healthy, provided it happens in managable doses.
So any time you eat something that’s bad for you (chemical stress), fight (emotional stress), or even exercise (physical stress), the body responds the same way.
The problem with stress
Prolonged stress becomes chronic which activates an inflammatory response. Inflammation is the body’s healthy way of removing dead or damaged cells.
But inflammation left active causes continual tissue breakdown causing all kinds of pain.
Long-term (more 6 months) use of aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAID’s (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) is also a problem.
A study published on January 3rd, 2005 in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Journal, Of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, found that 16,000+ people were dying yearly from NSAID’s while more than 100,000 were hospitalized.
Using pain killer can help, but they don’t address the cause. They only treat the symptoms.
So how can you get rid of pain effectively and naturally?
Change your posture, change your pain
Science has shown that a two-way communication system exists between the body and the mind. What happens in the body affects the mind and what happens in the mind affects the body.
Learn how shifting your posture can improve your response to stress in 2 minutes
Using this knowledge, you can learn to use your body and lifestyle to manage physical and emotional stress to get rid of pain.
How emotions cause you pain
How do emotions cause neck pain?
Emotions trigger a stress response which changes the way you breathe. As an upper chest breathing pattern develops neck and lower back muscles get involved. As long as the stress response is active the neck and back muscles are working unnecessarily.
An adult breathes an average of 22,000 times a day.
Can you imagine how tired, tight and irritable your muscles can get?
Learning to change your breathing pattern can not only release tension in your neck but can also help you deal with emotional trauma.
Hidden fuels that keep the pain alive
There are trillions of chemical reactions that keep the body ticking. If the body doesn’t have enough nutrients to make the hormones and enzymes it needs, things start to fall apart.
Stress increases the need for nutrients but stress also switches off digestion. A deficiency in minerals causes the body to use whatever else it has available.
This is where heavy metals ( link) becomes a problem.
When the body doesn’t have enough zinc for example, it will look for the closest substitute, cadmium. But cadmium (which is also toxic) doesn’t allow the enzymes to work efficiently causing further inflammation.
Being exposed to heavy metals and other chemical stressors in foods and other environmental factors can leave you feeling fat, fatigued and forgetful without ever knowing why.
A simple solution to a complex problem
As you can see, chronic neck and back pain can come from a number of sources. That’s why what works for some doesn’t work for others.
If you miss the root cause of your pain the problem will never go away.
It can seem a little overwhelming. I am sure you’re wondering where to start.
- Do you identify chemical stressors like food allergies, heavy metals or nutritional deficiencies?
- Do you correct the lifestyle habits such as lack of sleep, too much or too little exercise or bad posture?
- Do you deal with your emotional issues and past traumas that affect your decisions in life?
There are no magic potions or special pills to cure chronic pain.
If you want to get rid of chronic pain you need to address the factors that keep the pain from going away.
Let me show you a natural , measurable and healthy way to move forward.