THE BODY-MIND COMPONENT OF CHRONIC PAIN

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Specialising in musculoskeletal medicine, I’ve worked in a number of different environments. In each one, certain types of scenarios would present themselves time and again. Of course, there were common conditions like frozen shoulders and OA knees, and common injuries, like whiplash but I’m using the term “scenario” to represent the bigger picture.
 
Let’s take the example of an unresolved ankle injury in young army recruits.
 
A typical minor ankle sprain where the ligaments of the joint have been over-stretched, maybe with a few torn fibres, causes mild pain, swelling, and stiffness. The average recovery time is anywhere up to 4 weeks.
 
At the army base was I was working and physiotherapy was on-tap, the average time before patients were able to resume normal duties was closer to 3 weeks.
 
In this example though, I’m talking about those who did not recover as per the norm.
 
These recruits would be transferred to the rehabilitation troop where a team of us worked to get them back on the feet as fast as possible. The young men and women came every day for exercise to maintain their core fitness and for treatment of their – by now – chronic symptoms.
 
Working so closely with them, I began to notice a similar thread to their story – that of not being able to deal with something and struggling to put their best foot forwards.
 
One particular case was a young man I will call Joe. At 17, he was young enough but also tender for his age. Joe came from Wales, where there were no jobs for school-leavers. His physically abusive father had left the family home, leaving his mother to juggle low-paid work and care of his siblings.
 
Now earning a regular wage, Joe was able to send money home on a monthly basis. He knew what a difference it made, and was glad for it. Here was a sensitive young man who was trying to function in an environment that, on many counts was at odds with his nature.
 
There was a disconnect between his heart and mind, and something had to change if he was going to better.
 
Accepting that there is a body-mind component to all chronic symptoms is fundamental.
 
Then, in Lifestyle Prescriptions® we draw on evidence-based and detailed descriptions of ORGAN-MIND-BRAIN connections. This allows us to be specific in our exploration of ROOT-CAUSES and fast-track self-healing in our clients.
 
Once the messages of the body have been heard and understood, there is no further need for them.
 
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