Sometimes life just sucks...
We wake up in the morning, we have aches or pains, we go through our day, and the pain can get worse, sometimes much worse. We might do something as benign as reaching down to pick up something off the floor, and find ourselves in excruciating pain. With all the things we have to manage each day, family, work, community, and home responsibilities; pain can seem like the very last thing we have time for, but it can not be denied.
If we can stop for a minute, and do an honest inventory of ourselves at the moment, what is it that we notices about our bodies? Most likely we will detect that our bodies are not at peace.
We may have:
So, what is causing all of these tight, clenched muscles in our bodies?
[Tension Pain Flow]
The tension, and pain is generated from inside of us. Our own reaction to the stressors in our life cause the tension that reduces the blood flow to certain muscles, such as our low-back, legs, neck or shoulders. That muscle contraction robs the muscles of oxygen, which brings us pain. When this Tension Pain Flow continues for some time it becomes chronic, and that will lead to muscle failure when there is not enough oxygen for the muscles to operate properly.
So what to do?
This is a two-fold problem which can be resolved.
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Please take a few moments to read this thoughtful, and well written article written by Jessica Mendes and published in The Globe & Mail. See link above.
Jessica describes life with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary research on this mysterious neurological illness.
Vacation - just the sound of it is relaxing. Other than taking some well deserved time off of work, what is it about getting some R&R that brings us such positive feelings?
One of the many benefits we find is that we may have less Tension-based pain. What is it about having time away that has the ability to reduce our chronic back, neck or shoulder pain?
There are so many uplifting qualities to a vacation/holiday that are restorative to the mind as well as the body.
CHANGE IN ROUTINE - Stepping out of our daily grind is a positive and uplifting experience. Not having to set an alarm clock, get up at the same time each day, travel the same route to work, or complete the same household chores on perhaps the same weekly schedule is a burden lifted, and can make life more interesting.
DISTRACTIONS - Going new places, taking on new adventures, eating different food, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures can wake up the mind, allow us to forget our problems for a bit, and make us feel more alive.
TIME TO REST - Allowing ourselves time to nap, rest, and get a full night's sleep is restorative to body and mind. Sleep deprivation is not only bad for us, but is actually dangerous. Plenty of quality sleep is the very foundation of good health, and well-being.
TIME TO REFLECT - When we find ourselves out of our day-to-day routine, we have to stop, and consider the present. That perspective about what is going on in our lives is valuable. What issues are we facing, what path are we going down, what is important to us, who is important in our lives, and what do we see and plan for in our future.
SLOWED SCHEDULE - Slowing our schedules down, and taking control of the way in which our day will unfold can give many of us an uplifting sense of power. We may feel that we are at the beck and call of others, and often dogged with obligations when we are at home in our daily lives. Deciding when to wake, and how to organize our day may fill us with sense of purpose and control.
TIME TO GET LOST IN THOUGHT - How often do we allow ourselves time to dream, dawdle in our thoughts, and think ‘what if’? When we give ourselves time away from our hectic daily existence, we make space for the kind of deep thought that allows us to invite positive change into our lives.
When we remove ourselves from our daily stressors, we often find that our chronic tension-based pain is diminished or it may disappear completely while we are away. If we are able to temporarily lessen, or dismiss our chronic pain when we travel or just take some time off, then that tells us we are able to control our Tension-based pain in some way. That can give us hope!
What’s the answer - a permanent vacation/holiday? It sounds good, but is not realistic for most of us. Instead, look at the restorative options above and imagine how you can weave some of them into your day-to-day.
Can you change your daily routine somehow, and take something out of your schedule, or say no to obligations, so you’ll have more time to rest, reflect, and dream? Removing the stress, and monotony out of life can be another powerful tool in the battle over Tension-based pain.
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When you are in pain, such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, how do you decide how to get the help you need to get better? Perhaps you ask your friends, family or co-workers for their suggestions. Maybe you have a trusted health care professional (HPC) that you turn to for advice on medical issues. Maybe you just search for a practitioner in your area that seems to be the right fit for your particular problem. All of those options are reasonable approaches, and hopefully one of them will get you exactly what you need to resolve your issue, but what if they don't? What do you do then?
If you do what I did for many years, you'll go back to the same HCPs with the hope that they will have something new to try on the next visit. Conceivably, you may see an HCP of the same type, or perhaps a new type of practitioner for some different kind of therapy. Some of these professionals might have procedures, therapies, exercises or prescriptions that offer promise, and maybe even relief for a while, but eventually you'll find yourself in pain again. You'll have another extreme pain event where you find yourself lying in bed, unable to get out of bed, and go on with your normal life.
My experience over decades left me with the feeling that I would never be free of the crushing low-back pain that plagued me. Time, and repeated disappointment had taught me that this chronic pain I was feeling was permanent, and that there was no reason to hope I would be free of it.
Thankfully, I was introduced to the concept that the pain was actually caused by my own tension, and at that moment I felt sure this was my problem, and it was. I developed a method to overcome my tension, and deal with the stress and negative emotions, which were the basis of my problems.
Over those decades, I would go to doctors, and other HCPs that specialized in back problems, because the pain I experienced was very severe, and I thought surely that I had a devastating physical problem. All of those HCPs were well meaning, competent, and I'm sure they did their best for me, but none of them understood that the essence of my issue. They all treated the wrong problem. It was a lack of oxygen to the muscles of the back (chronic hypoxia) caused by contraction of the tension. Tension seems like a simple problem that can be brushed aside, but in fact it can can have devastating effects on the body.
What would I recommend to younger self years into my search for relief from chronic low-back pain?
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Looking at the way animals go through life can make us somewhat envious. They don't seem to have back pain, sciatica or many of the other issues that we humans have to deal with in our day-to-day lives.
You never see a tiger at the chiropractor, a monkey working on his posture, or a horse doing back exercises. What is the difference between them and us?
it One difference between us and our animal friends is Tension-Based Pain (TBP).
Animals don't worry about the mortgage, job insecurity, money, or the future, because they don't have to - they just live.
Our modern day lives take a great toll on our minds and bodies. These stresses create tension in different muscle groups, which contract muscles in our back or elsewhere. These tightened muscles causes a lack of blood-flow, and oxygen, and this creates the pain we experience. If you've ever accidentally cut your finger in the kitchen, you know how painful it can be to suffer a loss of blood-flow, and oxygen to that injured finger.
TBP can cause that same type of pain, but it can be very severe, and debilitating. The lower-back is a common place for this tension to pool, and that maybe be because it is at the end of the spine. Perhaps the tension has nowhere else to go. Over time that tension-contraction-lack of blood-flow and oxygen becomes chronic, and the muscles may begin to fail due to the lack of oxygen.
You can spend a lot of time listening to advice that will make you feel as though you are failing to live right: whether it is standing, sitting, walking, bending, etc., but that guidance may only help you to increase oxygenation to those muscles in the short term.
So what is the answer? Should you go live in the forest like a deer or a rabbit?
That is probably not going to work for most people. The answer is to overcome the physical tension (tightness), while addressing the root cause; our stress and negative emotions.
As someone who cured severe chronic pain after two decades, I can tell you that you can conquer TBP. When you learn these skills you will have them for life, and feel confident in the knowledge that you have the power to manage, and defeat TBP now, and in the future.
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Waking up in pain, what does it mean? It could indicate many different things, but sometimes the reason we are waking up is because of a stressful dream. It could be the mind's way of protecting us from a disturbing situation. The dream world can sometimes be a scary place, and might even be a more scary place than the real world for many of us at times.
Perhaps when you wake up the middle of the night, you find that you have low-back pain, which you might not have had when you went to bed, but suddenly you feel that ache or stabbing pain. It may be that you are experiencing other types of pain; such as in your shoulder, neck, leg, or maybe it is sciatic pain. Pain experienced in this manner is often simply Tension-Based Pain (TBP).
You find yourself wide-awake, with low-back pain, and when you are so uncomfortable it is really difficult to fall back to sleep. One method to help you get back to sleep is to completely relax your low-back muscles.
Follow these steps outlined in the technique below. You will move from the top of your spine (your head) all the way to the base of the spine. Try this and you may be back to sleep before you know it.
Total Muscular Relaxation (TMR)
Hopefully, you will soon drift off, and have a restful night of sleep.
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Historia de espalda es una guía de sentido común para poner fin a la tensión muscular, mientras que la gestión de las emociones negativas destructivas, lo que permitirá a los lectores a romper su lazo de dolor crónico, y dejar que su curación comienza.
- Ayuda a curar el dolor, dolor de cuello, dolor de hombro, espalda y ciática
- Las técnicas son seguras, sencillo y eficaz
- Ejercicios detallados para reducir las emociones negativas
- Ofrece métodos para reducir la tensión física
- Es evidente que describe la conexión entre el dolor de espalda y la mente
After trying every conventional therapy for crippling, chronic low-back pain, I discovered the problem was completely within my control. I experienced an amazing transformation in a matter of weeks. I have been pain-free for the past few years, and you can be too!