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Back Pain


Most of us experience pain at some point during our lives, either from injury, stress or fatigue. However, what western medicine is only just catching up with, is that the pain associated from traumatic events can easily be imprinted on our bodies and stored in the vulnerable parts for much longer than any physical damage actually lasts for. 

When pain has been present for an extended duration of time, this becomes a chronic condition. Because our bodies store the memories of our difficult life experiences, it can take a lot more than over-the-counter pain killers to address the issue. Most of the time in fact, these 'medicines' do nothing more than numb the pain receptors in our nervous system, rather than tackling the cause of the pain.

Over time, our bodies just assume that pain is present because it has been there for so long. This vicious cycle is unpleasant and leads to feelings of depression, fatigue and anxiety.  The nervous system engages the fight, flight, freeze state associated with the vulnerability that we feel when we're not feeling "one hundred percent".

Finding the root cause of pain on an emotional level might seem like a backwards approach but there is more and more data coming to light in support of this method. It has in fact been documented for many decades, but as with many things, not quite filtered through to the ground level. The most you are likely to get from your family doctor is "...and how is this affecting your work life".

Western medicine still triumphs the "cut it out or drug it" approach when treating pain, which is dangerously back-to-front. If we can treat the root cause without the need for a scalpel or pharmaceuticals we can prevent the same patterns from repeating themselves AND learn about our own health from an internal and individual perspective.

Think back to the last time you had back pain or achey shoulders. Was there any correlation between pain and the levels of stress in your life? Stress, pressure and responsibilities (even minor) can all add up to tension and debilitating pain if they are not released on an emotional level.

Exercises to help:

  • Body scans

  • Communication with body

  • Counselling

  • Trauma release exercises (TRE)

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