I hope this website helps you feel a little more supported and empowered despited pain. Warmly, Deborah
What Is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is a sensory experience that lasts longer than 6 months. More than 100 million people have chronic pain. It is a staggering number. Although we may no longer be in danger or an injury has healed, our pain system becomes overprotective and gets stuck in a learned pattern of continually perceiving that we are in danger and continues to create pain signals to alert us. Unfortunately, this can lead to a nervous system that is in a continual stress response, leading to hyper-arousal, over-reactivity, and increased sensitivity to stimuli.
Chronic pain, painful or frightening medical procedures, and our experience of pain are all in and of themselves traumatizing, affecting every aspect of a person–physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Physical pain can often lead us to bracing ourselves as a protective mechanism, and then we become stiff with muscle tension and fear movement. Layers of emotional pain develop – fear, anger, sadness, loneliness, grief, and a lost sense of self.
Journey Back From Pain
- By Learning to Modulate Your Pain -
Emotions, thoughts, beliefs, lifestyle, psychosocial factors, and environmental factors are all stimuli that can increase or decrease pain. Anger and fear can increase pain. Joy can decrease pain.
With loving kindness to ourselves, we can learn to teach our system how to calm itself and feel safe so that it turns down the pain levels!
We can be our greatest teacher!
Part of the way out of pain is by going into our physical and emotional pain so we can understand it instead of fear it, and begin to take back our life. It takes courage, patience, and belief in the power of ourselves. Let's embrace and love the wholeness of ourselves and give space for our body, mind, and heart to heal. A brighter future awaits.
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A kite can be held down at one end, but still soars in the sky.