I've got Grudge Against Chronic Pain. It’s why I do what I do. I’ve seen the results of pain on human beings, and it ain’t pretty.
First, we hold our breath. Our diaphragm contracts. It’s like we want to say “no thanks” to the experience of that pain. We
want to NOT invite it in. And so we stop breathing, as if to reject the very moment of life that brings us that experience. This is understandable and we all do it unconsciously.
Second, other muscles in our body contact. Whether it’s the specific muscle in pain that suddenly goes into rapid or continuous contraction – a spasm – or some other muscles that tend to “hold stress” – like the jaw, the neck & shoulder, or the glute muscles – the result of pain is that these muscles tighten up.
Third – and this may sound a little dramatic, but it really isn’t – Chronic Pain is a soul destroyer. Truly. Chronic pain causes problems with sleep, decreases immune function, causes depression, and limits our ability to do the things with our bodies that we love.
Sounds pretty soul crushing to me. When it goes on long enough, it drains your energy and begins to mess with your ability to be hopeful about the future.
Here’s the good news! And here’s where I see so many people get stuck. You think that this pain you’re slowly “getting used to” is normal, natural, or an inevitable result of getting older.
* But it is not! Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Pain is not an inevitable result of aging. *
Your body is miraculous and able to repair itself of the majority of what’s wrong with it. Sometimes things get in the way of that self-repairing mechanism and that’s when you need some help.
* Go get bodywork!! *
Get a chiropractor that you like. I can recommend one. Schedule regular massages. Get Physical Therapy. Get acupuncture. Or any of the dozens of amazing therapies that are out there. One of them (or a combination) is just right for you.
But more important than seeing me is that you see SOMEONE. Living with Chronic Pain is a Deal Breaker if you want a happy and fulfilling life.
If you want more info about my work, or to get some recommendations on what might work best for you, give me a call at 404.222.0334.
Or email me at Susan@ConnectedBodyTherapy.com.