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5 Simple Things That Will Ease Chronic Pain

Did you know that humans can’t (and shouldn’t) live without pain? Think about how important pain is—it one of the most basic survival tools that we have. Pain not only alerts us to danger and injury but is part of what helps us learn how to navigate life. Without pain we wouldn’t know what to avoid (like hot stoves) and we wouldn’t know when we’ve been injured. This type of pain is acute; but when pain becomes chronic, that’s a different story…

Over 100 million Americans are suffering with chronic, debilitating pain for what seems like no reason…

But chronic pain is NOT merely acute pain that lasts for a long time  according to Dr. Allan Basbaum of the Anatomy department at the University of California, San Francisco. It happens when the brain and the body get stuck in something called a “negative feedback loop.” When this happens, pain seems more intense and is very difficult to regulate and/or suppress the pain response.

Does this mean it’s all in your head? Absolutely not, but it is in your brain. In order to break the feedback loop that causes chronic pain, the stressors that are triggering it need to be addressed so that you can begin to break that harmful and neurological patterns of stress in the body.

Here are some simple things you can do right now that break up the stress response leading to chronic pain:

#1. Chiropractic Adjustments with an Integrator™ tool

• This type of gentle and specific spinal adjustment from a reputable chiropractor will stimulate the cerebellum, relax the spinal cord, and break the stress response.

• This results in your body’s ability to return to a state of rest. Repeat often!

#2. Massage Therapy Session(s)

• Some people can’t even stand to be touched because they are so sensitive, but if you can find someone who will consistently work with you— it may really help.

• Massage helps unblock areas where excess energy has been stored in the body. By working with pressure points, a good massage therapist can help ease pain by unblocking energy flow.

#3. Low Impact Exercise

• Yes, it’s the last thing you feel like doing, but gentle exercise like light yoga or water aerobics has been shown to help ease chronic pain.

o Start slowly, get support (do it with a friend), and stick with it. Research shows that regular exercise helps individuals keep their chronic pain managed.

#4. Practice “Daily Detox” Habits

• Chronic overload of toxins in the body—like heavy metals, food additives, sugar, Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, or harmful chemicals in the environment have been shown to trigger both chronic fatigue syndrome as well as fibromyalgia (chronic, unexplained pain).

• Some of the most common causes of toxin buildup in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia include persistent bacterial, viral, yeast and/or mold infections, heavy metal toxicity, low vitamin D levels, subclinical hypothyroidism, chronically elevated levels of stress, and chronic exposure to electromagnetic forces (EMF radiation from Wi-Fi or otherwise).

• You will find a list of detox protocols on our website under the resources section.

#5. Grounding or Earthing

Your body functions best when it has an adequate supply of electrons. These are obtained easily from simply walking barefoot on the ground.

• Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you sit, lie, or stand barefoot on the ground those electrons are conducted to your body. (It’s one of the many reasons that you feel so good after walking on the beach barefoot)

• When you ground yourself to the electron-enriched earth, your body’s sympathetic (fight/flight) and parasympathetic (rest/digest) systems are subsequently balanced. This helps break harmful patterns of stress.