The Price you Pay for Poor Emotional Health
There’s increasing evidence that back pain and other types of pain may be exacerbated by psychological and emotional issues. It is my experience that emotional health and your ability to effectively address your stress is an essential component for optimal health, and can have a major influence on whether or not you’re effectively eliminating your pain.
If you have any underlying emotional issues and unresolved trauma, it can profoundly influence your overall health, particularly in terms of physical pain. A 2004 study on back pain supports this theory. Its researchers followed 100 patients over the course of four years. All of the patients, who were back pain-free at the start of the study, underwent psychological tests. Afterwards, the researchers compared which of the participants remained pain-free and which ones developed back pain.
According to the results, the people who scored poorly on the psychological tests were three times more likely to report having experienced back pain by the end of the study.
Many health experts from various fields of medicine agree that emotional and psychological trauma has severe effects on a person’s risk of acquiring chronic pain. One example is Dr. John Sarno, a psychiatrist who uses mind-body techniques to treat patients with severe low back pain. He specializes in helping individuals who already had surgery for low back pain but did not get any relief.
This is one tough group of patients – yet Dr. Sarno has a greater than 80 percent success rate! He uses techniques like the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an acupuncture-like technique that stimulates meridian points throughout your body. . Sadly, many people dismiss these types of treatment strategies simply because they seem “too simple to be effective.” Unfortunately, they believe that in order to get back pain relief, they need to undergo radical treatment or take medications.
Time Line Therapy(R) techniques have been proven to work by releasing negative emotions at root cause (Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt Guilt and more…) We can also release limiting beliefs (i’m not good enough, i can’t achieve ____) Many suppress what they are feeling in the now. The Pain Paradigm is also another technique to use that we teach in our NLP Master Training’s, which is bringing to conscious awareness of what you are feeling now – this can release the physical pain in the body. Such a simple exercise but many are not aware of this or won’t do it because they have the belief that its too easy, they think they need medications instead.
What other factors can lead to Back Pain?
Accidents and sports injuries are the most common causes of chronic back pain. But sometimes, even simple activities or movements – like bending over to pick up an object from the floor – can trigger pain.
There are also a number of other factors that can increase your risk of back pain, such as: Prolonged sitting and having a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, and Obesity – According to a study posted in the Journal of American Epidemiology, overweight and obese people had a higher prevalence of low back pain than non-overweight individuals.
How to Relieve Back Pain Naturally
If you are already suffering from chronic back pain or pain of any kind, you should understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers… Here are some strategies I highly recommend:
One of the best tactics to help treat back pain is to see a qualified chiropractor.
The problem is that a lot of people ignore chiropractic care, thinking that it’s just “pushing bones into place.” However, there’s a whole lot more to chiropractic care. In fact, one of the basic foundations of this health system is “vitalism” – recognizing that the human body has innate healing intelligence or ‘life force’ that guides and directs your body’s healing process.
Qualified chiropractic, osteopathic, and naturopathic physicians are reliable, as they have received extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorders during their course of graduate healthcare training, These health experts have comprehensive training in musculoskeletal management.
Many studies have confirmed that chiropractic management is much safer and less expensive than allopathic medical treatments, especially when used for low-back pain treatment.
What’s more, researchers have also found that chiropractic adjustments may affect the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level. Chiropractic care can affect the basic physiological processes that profoundly influence oxidative stress, immune function and DNA repair. This means that aside from addressing any immediate spinal misalignment that might cause back pain, chiropractic care can also help address, prevent and treat deeper dysfunctions in your body.
As previously stated, Time Line Therapy techniques, the Pain Paradigm is something i would recommend as well as Hypnosis for pain management.
Hypnosis is a safe approach to pain relief.
In a hypnotic state you are keenly aware of what you are hearing even though you are relaxed and your brainwaves have slowed to alpha state. Hypnosis for back pain is able to address both physical and mental causes of pain and train the mind and body to appropriately respond to the pain messages.
Whereas medication blocks the ability of the body to feel pain for a brief period, hypnosis can actually lower the intensity of the pain as well as the number of pain events.
Under hypnosis you can program your brain to release endorphins when needed to alleviate pain in any part of the body. Endorphins are like opiates (painkillers) and are naturally produced in the brain. Athletes produce these brain chemicals during intense workouts and experience feelings of euphoria.
These endorphins can produce a mild anesthesia or a full anesthesia. In fact, throughout history (and even in modern times) surgery has been done on people using hypnosis instead of chemical anesthesia.
There are three basic ways that hypnosis can help with back pain.
- Firstly, hypnotherapy for back pain can give suggestions directly to the unconscious mind to influence perception of pain. This means that even though the pain is still there you do not experience it.
- Secondly, it can produce endorphins to anesthetize the area of pain so that you don’t feel it.
- Finally, hypnosis can uncover emotional causes of pain and provide a way to heal them which can lead to permanent healing.
Massage Therapy releases endorphins that help induce relaxation, relieve pain, and reduce levels of stress chemicals, such as cortisol and noradrenaline. It also reverses the damaging effects of stress by slowing your heart rate, respiration, and metabolism and lowering raised blood pressure.
Yoga Exercise – Yoga may be an effective strategy for alleviating back pain by making people more aware of how they move their bodies. The benefits of yoga were proven in a study of more than 100 adults with lower back pain. After taking weekly yoga classes for 12 weeks, the participants, who were between ages 20 to 64, experienced improvement in their body function and a reduced need for pain medication. I’m teaching yoga and Pilates at the New Yoga Studio in New Maryland called Become Yoga. Check out their schedule and website HERE
Book your Chiropractic and Hypnotherapy/Time Line Therapy(R) Appointment all in one at the Health Source in Fredericton.
To your health, results and success! Lynn Thier, RHN
About: Lynn Thier will get you there ~ with practical cutting edge methods for making positive shifts & change happen. Owner of Peak Performance Academy, Lynn teaches and consults on how to get mentally fit in sport, business and life. Lynn offers seminars, training’s and programs as well as Board Certifications in NLP Coaching, NLP Techniques, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy(R).
Article Sources: Dr. Mercola – http://www.mercola.com/back-pain.aspx and https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/how-to-prevent-lower-back-pain.aspx