How a “fix it” mentality is getting in the way of you truly healing from chronic pain and what it really takes to get better.
If you have ongoing chronic pain, that could be a ache or pain that hasn’t gone away or a pain that creeps up a couple of times a year. No matter where the pain is, back pain, neck pain, migraines, knees, shoulder pain, there will come a time where you will need to take responsibility for helping it heal or you will continue on your path to not living to your full, healthiest potential.
I often describe it as a familiar quote by Anais Nin, “and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
It can feel frustrating. You can feel like you are doing everything you can to feel better, like you just need to figure it out. Get a diagnosis for your symptoms which will help you find the right medication, procedure, surgery to make it go way and you can live your life. You can also feel like you just don’t know what to do. You’re not willing to settle for the injection, medication and surgery will have you out of work for weeks without a guarantee.
So what do you need to know?
It takes a willingness to commit to feeling better and doing the work it takes. If you’ve had ongoing chronic pain for 20 years, it will take more than a couple of weeks to undo years of tightness, tension and unhealthy patterns. You have years of negative habits and patterns in your body and it will take time and consistency to unravel them and create healthy habits and patterns.
You are more than a car made of different parts. You are not a bag of bones and muscles. You are a vibrant being with life experiences, emotions, feelings, and belief system. You are a body and a mind. Consciousness runs through your body. It does via the fascial system. Fascia is made of fiber microtubules. These tubes carry light information. It is like fiber optics of your body.
It can help when you have a trusted guide. Someone to support you and guide you when you just want to go back to the way things were before. When you want to give up and quit. When you meet resistance. There will always be resistance. I’ve learned that the Myofascial Release principles for treatment apply to all areas of life. In a treatment session, the therapist sink their hands into the body’s tissue and meets resistance. Then the therapist waits in the resistance, creating an awareness for person on the table of their resistance. The person is now able to feel the resistance that is there. Once it is felt and brought into awareness, then can a change happen. The client now has the opportunity to feel into the resistance and allow the tissue to make a change. From a hardened and bracing state into one that is more fluid, open and flexible.
This applies to healing chronic pain. Resistance will come up usually we are not aware of it. It is held deep in our subconscious mind. It is important to find a trusted health care guide to help you connect with your resistance so you can make the change and move toward living your life to its fullest potential.
Jessica Kaloutas, LMT, is an expert Myofascial Release therapist and teacher for those suffering from chronic pain, acute injury and trauma. It’s her calling to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal. She’s known for blending the ancient wisdom of Myofascial Release with empathy and compassion to offer powerful, mind/body education and treatment, resulting in personal empowerment, long-lasting pain relief and an amazing, joyful life! She is the creator of the Pain-Free and Joyful Life Program.