Let’s talk about PAIN and how it is perceived by an individual and as a group in our society. Most of us are living with a very deep misconception about pain. It is called a disease-centric mentality. If you meet someone with severe pain when they try to move their neck or leg in any direction, the first thought that comes to mind is that they have an injury. No doubt, that is what everyone tells them, from their doctor to their friends. But… it is an assumption. And it is almost always wrong. But why? Pain is very real; it’s been there for months or even years, and they can pinpoint the exact area where it is felt. So people assume it’s from some injury or disease in that muscle, joint, or organ. Conventional treatment for this type of chronic pain is to offer surgery, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and opioids that, all together, often lack long-term benefits and even subject patients to other health risks. Chemicals don’t have side effects on the human body; they just have effects. America’s number four killer is adverse drug reactions to properly prescribed medication, with more than 100,000 estimated deaths per year. Physicians’ Desk Reference contains 32,000 pages of drug side effects. It is not a coincidence that associating pain with injury is good business for drug companies all over the world and the medical profession. The pain industry in the U.S. alone is worth over $1 trillion. The rate of opiate addiction in this country is at a historic high. Scary? Think of Supply and Demand. In reality, that is a great news. That means we can change it. Here is how.
In general, every living organism needs two basic things in order to operate indefinitely: nutrients and waste removal. Diminishment of either one -causes aging and degeneration. Staying physically active and taking care of our bodies are things that every one of us has heard at least once in our lifetime. How about considering every day of your life as an investment in your health account? Following this paradigm, people would get healthier with age, not sicker, the way they have been led to believe by the disease-managing market. It is propagated by allopathic medicine illusions that purport that health can only be achieved and sustained by means of chemical control. On the opposite side, holistic medicine teaches that the body has a natural ability to heal itself and that its intelligence is more powerful than man-made chemicals.
Just a few years ago, I used to say that I wanted to change this broken SYSTEM. Now I know, the biggest problem is not the system, but a person’s MINDSET. Many people would rather not participate in a healing process that requires some effort on their part. They want an immediate cure, something that will stop the annoying symptoms – the joint and muscle pain, the fatigue, etc. – so they can continue on their path of self-ignorance and self-abuse. Holistic medicine promotes a healthy condition that is not conducive to disease by allowing the body to express its natural potential. That is a different path that can be taken by CHOICE. The holistic approach to life is something that you take every day, whether you are healthy or not. It is a lifestyle, and a better quality of life. I know that to a certain extent, the message I am trying to convey will fall on deaf ears. I am at peace with that. The number of people spending thousands of dollars per year out of their own pockets for alternative healing methods that are not covered by their health care plans are on the rise. That is a fundamental shift. And that is WHY I do what I do. I love saving my clients from expensive procedures, dangerous drugs, and thousands of co-pays and deductibles.
When your view of pain changes, it transforms how you approach treatment, and it determines the treatment. According to Travell & Simons, 90% of pain originates in microscopic areas of imbalance in muscles, called trigger points, not from disease or injury. If it was an injury, I wouldn’t be able to help my client be restored to a normal, pain-free range of motion in one treatment session. This is excellent news because it means that we can have signiﬁcant, even total, success with helping the body work its way out of chronic pain and limited movement, and treat non-injury types of pain without resorting to drugs, surgery, or a reduction in activity. While muscles cause pain and have to be treated, we use functional anatomy and a coordinated movement approach to achieve faster and more comprehensive results by focusing on normalizing the range and the quality of the joints’ motions.
So for all of you who are determined to find and eliminate the cause of your pain, rather than continue taking care of the symptoms, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A mental paradigm shift opens up the world to hundreds of possible ways to add life to your years and add years to your life. As I’ve said before, it is a matter of CHOICE.