WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC PAIN?
Pain, as an acute reaction, is very useful – it helps protect people from touching hot stoves or walking on a broken limb and making it worse. However, for many of my clients, they are experiencing pain way beyond the original expiry of an injury, or have pain levels far more severe than expected for an injury, or there never was a physical injury in the first place. This has now become chronic pain. In this case, their brain has started sending false pain messages to their body and has got stuck in a neurological loop that keeps repeating. Their experience of the pain is very real – it is definitely pain – but it is being caused by false messages and faulty pain gateways through their body.
HOW CAN EMPOWER THERAPIES HELP?
If you have acute pain, you are best to go to A&E. Chronic pain, in which your Doctor has already ruled out medical causes, responds very well to mind-body techniques. At Empower Therapies, you can attend a four day course called The Switch. You will learn how to calm the stress response to help your whole body relax and regulate itself better, including regulating your pain gates better. You will learn how your thinking patterns are exacerbating your pain gates and you will use techniques for interrupting these thinking patterns to help rewire your neural pathways back to a normal pattern. You will also release past emotional trauma that is now causing a tension pattern in your body that is causing pain.
If you don’t feel quite ready to jump into a four-day course, you might like to start with our webinar series, which gives an overview of mind-body health, the role of stress and thinking patterns, and some basic techniques to start using on yourself. This webinar is a general approach, rather than being specifically about chronic pain. For some people, it’s enough on its own, and for others, it is their inspiration and lead-in to doing the full Switch
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOURSELF?
1. Get your hope back about recovery being possible by watching some of the movies on this website. Just knowing that there is an answer can help people to relax and calm their stress response and start getting improvements.
2. Start actively reducing your stress response by doing things like meditation, breathing exercises, and activities that you find particularly relaxing.
3. Every time you catch yourself thinking about your pain, immediately make yourself think about something else instead. If you re-route your brain often enough, you can start creating changes to those faulty neural pathways.
4. Spend time everyday visualising all your pain gates shutting (perhaps you need to do some gate maintenance such as painting them, squirting CRC on the hinges et cetera?), or imagining a giant truck jack knifing on a motorway, blocking all the pain traffic from getting through. An orthopaedic surgeon has reported good results with his clients by getting them to use this imagery, as it helps to slow down the automatic pain message traffic going through your body.
If these suggestions fix your pain – FANTASTIC! If these very simple interventions are not enough for you, that’s OK. We have a lot of far more comprehensive techniques and education available at The Switch that will allow you to make bigger transformations.
Em attended The Switch for a huge range of health problems including fatigue, pain, allergies, EoE (Eosinophilic oesophagitis), PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome), CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) and possible endometriosis. She filmed herself each day of the course and shares…
CHRONIC PAIN Chronic pain is my second largest client group (behind fatigue). I see people for a range of pain conditions including fibromyalgia, CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), migraines, constant daily headache, chronic pain syndrome, central sensitivity syndrome and more.…
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Disclaimer: We are not medically trained and therefore did not diagnose these clients ourselves. We rely on client information about their diagnosis from their health professionals and we recommend clients to return to their doctors after our treatment to confirm that they no longer have their condition and to be advised about safe weaning from their medication. We cannot guarantee results, as every individual is different, however, over 80% of our chronic pain clients have reported good results.