If pain has left you feeling hopeless, negative, fearful, or grieving; you are not alone! Researchers estimate that 50 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain.
There are two common approaches to pain with movement you may have experienced if you suffer from persistent pain:
- The fear of pain with movement reduces or eliminates movement altogether
- Push through the pain; pay for it later
These basic approaches to a chronic pain issue may only worsen matters by increasing your body’s natural protective systems, that result in an increase in pain. If one continues pain management with these approaches, it can teach your brain to make more pain with less activity.
The good news is your brain is pliable and you have the power to change how your brain processes your pain! Pain is affected by your thoughts, memories, experiences, perceptions and emotions making the brain a powerful piece in the puzzle of persistent pain. Yoga addresses the whole you; physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual and is a guide to arranging those pieces through the healing process. By combining pain education and gentle yoga practices the result is less pain, less inflammation, and a decrease in bone, joint, and nerve damage.
In my Alternative Therapy for Pain Management workshop you will receive foundational approaches to pain that create safety in movement, learn to identify when your system is being overprotective, and practice new approaches to avoid pain flares with activity. You will find the tools from this workshop will restore your hope in becoming pain free and get you back to doing the things you love! Join us Saturday March 4 from 1:00- 4:00pm at Restoring Bodies Fitness. Register here.
Article contributed by Sarah Cummins- Waterfall Yoga Therapy, Certified Pain Care Aware Yoga Therapist & Senior Fitness Specialist. Sarah offers private & couples yoga therapy, small group workshops, pain care aware yoga classes, and wellness retreats. She specializes in alternative treatments for persistent pain, complicated injuries, inflammatory conditions, and chronic illness.