Pain is a fairly muddy biological concept, and confusion persists over the causes and cures of chronic aches and pains amongst sufferers. What many people don’t realise, is that chronic pain can stem just as easily from our experiences and beliefs as physical causes.
Our perception of pain has a bearing on how we deal with it; often, this can stand in the way of changing behaviour and finding a lasting solution. If any of the following beliefs apply to you, it might be time to explore alternative therapy as a way to overcome mental barriers that need to be broken.
1. Tissue Damage Is The Culprit
Pain and injuries can be the result of tissue damage, but these tend to heal over time like a regular wound. Chronic symptoms, on the other hand, often stem from your neural network, based on your feelings surrounding the initial incident.
These unresolved emotions can send signals in response to pain that leads to chronic symptoms, which can be attributed to neural pathways from the brain, rather than the pain point itself.
2. There Is No Cure
A defeatist attitude to pain is never helpful. Mind over matter might be a cliché, but it is truthful and pragmatic. Unless you cogently balance the pain in your life with the positives, and the search for long-term relief, it’ll envelop and isolate you from a potential cure.
3. Getting Old Means Getting Soft
Yes, aches and soreness in knees, ankles and shoulders have a greater chance of hitting you in old age, but you shouldn’t just accept that suffering is inevitable. Overlooking therapy on the grounds that “it’s just a part of life” means you could be ignoring cures to pain that is debilitating you needlessly, such as arthritis.
4. Sports Are Risky
Many people believe that injuries stem from sports, but often active individuals are the least vulnerable to injury, since their bodies are supple and stronger. Similarly, gentle and regular exercise can be beneficial to those suffering from chronic pain, promoting movement in your joints and muscles that will aid recovery, while releasing endorphins- feel good hormones that help relaxation and reduce pain.
5. It’s A Part Of Who You Are
When dealing with chronic pain every day, it can be difficult to imagine life without it. So it’s all too easy to make these symptoms a part of your identity and who you are; for example, thinking that you are destined for back pain because of a curved spine. However, it’s vital to remember that everyone deserves to be pain-free; understanding and resolving the underlying causes for your pain, slight changes in behaviour and mindset can resolve this once and for all.
Attitudes to pain can be refreshed, adjusted, and lit with optimism if you maintain that you’re in control of your life. Working past any self-imposed barriers to treatment is the surest road to recovery; after all, who else can make the change, the first move towards freedom?