Bye Bye Back Pain

Chances are… you or someone you love and care about is suffering from back pain RIGHT NOW. Sprain – Strain – Sciatica – Arthritis – Herniated or Bulging Disc – Degenerative Disc Disease
Let’s be frank… ALL back pain sucks.
There is no “getting up on the right side of the bed”, because just getting out of bed hurts.
There is no “good night sleep” because you’re either tossing and turning all night trying to get comfortable, or you get woken up with sudden pain.
There is no “not tonight dear, I have a headache”, your partner has probably stopped asking because they are such a good “caretaker”.
There is no “hostess with the mostest” because if you are indeed entertaining, you killed your back getting ready for your event.
You just don’t enjoy the things you used to.
And that sucks.
Maybe you’re leaning heavily on medication;
PAIN MEDICACTION for the pain, which doesn’t even work so well,
SLEEP AIDES for sleeping,
ANTIDEPRESSANTS because the pain is sucking the life out of you.
And being dependent on medication REALLY SUCKS.

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Why is it important to address and heal your pain? If you don’t, it can get worse and get stuck in your body. When you are in pain and you aren’t doing anything to heal it you body is actually learning how to compensate for it, and that creates even more aches and pains. Your fascia gets solidified into behaving a different way accommodate the pain. Think “knots”, decreased flexibility and headaches. The longer you are in pain the harder it is to get out of it.

Its like an oil change… sure you can put it off, but you risk doing more damage to your car the longer you delay.

I remember when I herniated my neck in 1996. I was so scared. I couldn’t get out of bed without crying out. I was self employed as a massage therapist. My livelihood  depended on my body being strong and flexible. I had to devote hours every day to self care… chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, yoga, I even did one session of acupuncture.

I eventually got better and learned the tools to stay well but I was impacted for 3 months. I lost a lot of income and it put a huge strain on my relationship.

The best way to start dealing with your back pain is to find a practitioner that you trust and resonate with. The healing relationship is intimate and you want to feel comfortable with your practitioner from the get-go. You may get the best referrals from your friends but if you get on the phone to interview them and their office and you get a red flag, you’d be well advised to keep looking. Trust your intuition.

Once you find someone you feel comfortable with, consider their WHOLE treatment plan for you. Its rare that your pain is going to be healed in one session. Yes, sometimes that happens. I’ve gotten people out of pain with ONE NEEDLE. But usually takes a series of sessions.

The most common mistake I see when people are in acute and chronic pain is that they want to use several modalities at once. Chiropractic on Monday, Acupuncture on Tuesday, Massage on Wednesday, Physical Therapy of Thursday and Yoga on Friday. Maybe even two modalities on the same day.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a COMPLETE system of medicine. People need time to integrate between session. Remember that bumper sticker? “TO REST IS SACRED”? Resting is an important part of the healing process. You can’t be resting if you are running around to appointments every day.

My recommendation is that you pick one modality, interview a few practitioners, trust your gut and schedule your sessions in advance and give your body time to heal.

  1. Pain SUCKS.
  2. Not addressing your pain now will create more pain down the road.
  3. Find someone you trust and feel safe with, be ready to take on THE PLAN.
  4. Don’t try to do too many modalities at once.
  5. Get started today!

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