Chronic pain is a source of bafflement for most sufferers and, more often than not, the medical professionals who treat them. While it’s tempting to see persistent aches, soreness, feelings of strain and irritation as symptomatic of the physical, many people overlook the influence of psychological wellbeing on our physical health.
Isolating and treating these issues has tangible benefits that shouldn’t be ignored if you’re seeking a solution to constant sources of pain. Let’s take a look at how pain therapy can help you conquer inner demons, to make those outer ones disappear…
Think for a moment: are you truly happy? Has there been an event or relationship that went awry around the same time your pain began? Furthermore, can you conceptualise a thing that you want more than anything else; does not having it bring an overwhelming sadness crashing down around you?
Pain therapy can help you identify the beliefs, behaviour or dominant personality traits from which chronic pain may have stemmed, with a psychophysiological assessment that delves into the issues that might have a greater hold on you than you’d like.
Putting Out the Flame
However, pain therapy goes beyond simply identifying the root cause of your suffering; to resolve the psychological blueprint behind chronic pain, there are a number of options available to you. Rejigging your personal and cultural beliefs may sound difficult, but a few slight changes can reset the parameters of your thinking.
This can be as simple as opening up about the issues and learning how to deal with them more effectively, or can be aided by various techniques, depending on your needs. Tapping therapy, for example, can be used to re-distribute your body’s energy. Our nervous system is interconnected, so putting pressure on certain points within it can reduce hotbeds of painful nerve activity.
For deep-set issues and beliefs, ‘havening’ is gaining traction in the healthcare community. It involves patients reliving traumatic memories whilst being physically stimulated and comforted. It’s a close cousin to visualisation, which relies on conjuring a mental image of success and wellbeing, galvanising your body to make it come true.
By identifying the issues at the heart of your discomfort, a pain therapist can tailor therapy to your needs, to ensure you find a lasting resolution that improves your emotional, mental and psychological wellbeing. Like discovering a hidden water source, you can interpret why things aren’t growing as they should, to heal your pain once and for all.