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.
READ BACK STORY: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF CHRONIC PAIN
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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The Force of Tension that is; that internal force that robs our muscles of oxygen, and causes us pain.
There is nothing worse than the agony of chronic low-back, shoulder or neck pain. The pain seems to stay with us no matter what we try to do to alleviate it. After months of pain we may strangely begin to get used to it, and think this is what our normal is now, but having pain all the time is not normal at all. Chronic pain is a message from our bodies to ourselves, and it is telling us that we need to find a solution. Tension-based pain (TBP) is difficult to recognize, but often surprisingly easy to resolve. After two decades of agonizing pain, my low-back pain was gone in two weeks.
Chronic back pain is often caused by the lack of oxygen to those tensed muscles. When those muscles are in a tightened state the blood flow is restricted, and therefore the muscles do not receive the appropriate amount of oxygen. Muscles starved for oxygen are left in a fragile state, and will eventually spasm, and fail. These weakened muscles become overwhelmed, and eventually we will experience a frightening pain event, which is just our muscles telling us ‘we need more oxygen!”
Don’t let your muscles suffer and fail. This is your body, and you need to fix the problem NOW.
Thankfully, muscle tension can be overcome, and the cause of the tension can be managed.
Start with your muscle tension, and find ways relax them, and control them. If you have low-back pain, think about a hand that it tightened around your lower spine, and imagine freeing yourself from that grip.
Then look at your stress, and your reaction to the pressures and events in your life. These two concepts are the beginning of your cure from TBP.
Use your Force to end TBP for good!
Stress, it is a word we have heard over and over many times.
For some people stress is a thing that comes and goes. They have stressful periods in life, and then they return to normal, but for many of us stress is a constant and unwanted companion.
According to the Mayo Clinic1, the long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all of our body's processes. This puts us at increased risk of numerous health problems.
Those problems can be very dangerous, and indeed life threatening, but the other problem it may cause us is pain. Pain is a message from our body to our mind, asking us for help.
I've talked about Tension-based pain [TBP] here on my blog, and in my book Back Story, and in my own experience tension can cause intense, and terrifying pain. Pain so powerful that can make you feel like your back has suddenly been broken.
If you are experiencing that kind of pain, or other severe physical pain, ask yourself what would it take for you to be rid of that stress?
Tempting, but it's probably not the best solution for most of us.
The second option will take some work that can only happen inside of us.
There is an endless dialog in our society about the importance of taking care of our bodies; eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising and keeping active. All of those things are very important for our well being, but it would be very helpful for all of us to spend some time, and energy to keep our minds healthy too.
What would it take to change the dynamic between you and your stress?
Not as much as you might think.
1 REF: http://www.mayoclinic.org/stress/ART-20046037?p=1
Most people know what tension is; we feel our muscles tighten, or perhaps we've had a tension headache from time to time.
If we look at the word TENSE in the dictionary, we see the following entries:
1. (especially of a muscle or someone's body) stretched tight or rigid. "she tried to relax her tense muscles"
2. taut, tight, rigid, stretched, strained, stiff"the tense muscles of his neck"
As a verb we see the word TENSE as:
1. become tense, typically through anxiety or nervousness. "her body tensed up".
So, even the dictionary describes tension as a response that comes from anxiety or nervousness. The pain that is caused by tension is actually created from inside us, and comes from our own minds. It doesn't mean we're crazy, it simply means that we have too much stress - emotional energy, and that energy has to go somewhere. The mind sends out signaling molecules (hormones), and electrical messages that disperse tension to muscles in different areas of the body. Perhaps for you, it is your back, or neck, or maybe you have sciatica.
It may not be a great outcome for us, but it is the system we have, and we can learn to manage it. We can be forever a slave to our emotions, or we can learn to understand them, and work in concert with them.
According to the US National Institutes of Health the continuous strain from stress on the body can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illnesses.
Most of us want to avoid serious conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
As a person who suffered from various types of chronic pain for two decades, I can say that the effects of poorly managed tension and stress can be devastating to one's health and well-being.
After I discovered that I could manage my negative emotions and
physical muscular tension, I was able to completely dispel my pain, I was in control, and at peace.
I am hopeful that everyone suffering from tension-based pain, can find the tools to help them return to a healthy mind and body.
Neck pain is a problem that many of us experience, but it may be partially caused by something that we do many times on a daily basis - look down at our phones.
I began to experience neck pain, which I never had before. It started in my shoulder, then went up my neck on the side, and even around to the back of my neck. It was uncomfortable, and I couldn't be free of it, no matter which way I turned. When the pain started, I thought maybe I had a crick in my neck from sleeping incorrectly, which happens sometimes, but after a couple of weeks I knew that wasn't it.
Sometimes these pains we have can be caused by tension, stress or something else altogether. I took some time to think about what was going on with me, and what was I doing differently. It occurred to me that the pain started not too long after I purchased a new cell phone.
I gave myself a week to test the theory, so for the next 7 days I was careful to NOT look down at my phone, laptop or any type of screen. After a few days the stretching, and achey pain in my neck subsided, and it was clear to me that that was the cause of my issue.
The answer wasn't to give up my phone, but to make a conscious effort to look down at my phone using my eyes, and not by tipping my head down to look at my screen. It took a little while to get used to, but it has really helped alleviate my pain. We love to use our technology, but sometimes its use can get us into trouble physically.
If you are experiencing neck pain, try giving yourself a little 'vacation' from looking down at your phone, and you may find it is just the thing you need.
After trying every conventional therapy for crippling, chronic low-back pain, I discovered the problem was completely within my control. I experienced an amazing health transformation in a matter of weeks. Mind-Body medicine worked for me, and it can for can too!