I thought that I would write a bit about pain this week as I have been feeling quite a bit of pain down my right leg due to some over exuberant dancing and have felt how much it has lowered my energy ! I feel I have been lucky in my life as I haven’t ever suffered too much physical pain but I get many people in to see me who are in a great deal of pain. Some have been in pain for a few days, a few months and even many years. I have found a surprising amount of pain is from the soft tissue of the body and when the muscles are re-aligned often the pain will disappear as long as there is no underlying structural problem.
Sometimes the pain will move around the body and this is often because if a muscle has lost its natural functional strength, then other muscles have to take over the load and this then can exacerbate the problem. We also have small areas in each of our muscles that have more sensitivity called ‘trigger points’ and these will get activated when a muscle gets over tight, or we are in emotional overwhelm or through lack of sleep. When these start to get activated they then go on to activate other trigger points in other muscles and so we then get what is known as referred pain.
All of this can be dealt with by deep massage – alongside pain management control for diseases such as osteo-arthritis.
Another form of pain may be emotional or mental pain and this can be alleviated quite often through talking therapy, so that we can know the root cause of where this pain originates from. Sometimes I have also used hypnotherapy for someone to track back to their root cause or to help them relax and defocus on the pain or to imagine a control dial where the pain can be reduced.
I feel that we do not have to always put up with pain – although it is always an interesting question to ask ‘what is this pain trying to tell me ?’ There are many creative solutions to working with pain well worth exploring.