I knew a woman in one of my dance classes, who danced beautifully, and woke up one day with debilitating pain in her hips. She kept coming to class, but after the warm up, would sit out and watch because the pain was so great. She was in her early 40's and had had no injury or concrete reason for her pain to begin. She had been to physical therapy and acupuncture treatment to no avail. She told me in class that she was going to stop dancing until she could figure out what was happening or the pain went away.
I don't usually speak to people in my social circles about work, but I really felt that her pain was not physically based and that my work could help her. She was such a beautiful dancer and I saw that dancing did so much for her spirit, I didn't want her to be stopped by pain that could possibly be alleviated relatively easily.
I spoke to her and asked her to contact me if she still had pain after all her scheduled acupuncture appointments were done.
She called me a week or so later and agreed to try three sessions with me.
As we delved into her pain, it was reveals that it was being caused by unprocessed emotional pain and anger. Over the three sessions, she had complete resolution of all her hip pain. There was work done between the session such as writing exercises and specific integrating exercises that were found to be effective for her brain/body system.
Now that her pain is resolved, the writing exercises she did during the treatment time and the movements she learned are now tools in her toolbox if she ever has anger or resentment come up in her life. But she is happy to report that she has had no recurrence of the pain since.
This supposition that there is sometimes an emotional component to pain, is not original to me and my thought process. There are countless books by different MD’s such as Dr. Sarno and his book, “Healing Back Pain” and Dr. Daniel Seigel “Healing Power of Emotion” which talk about the connection between our emotions and our bodies. It is also mirrored in the many sessions I have done with people over the years to help address their pain, as well as my own exploration of chronic pain.
My experience with working with people with chronic pain conditions, such as back pain, jaw pain, foot/leg pain, headaches, is that there is some combination of unprocessed emotions along with some form of unintegrated reflexes in the body and miscommunication or poor communication between body systems such as vision and/or vestibular system challenge.
In my training in craniosacral therapy, my teacher had a saying, "The tissues hold the issues".
When another student in class asked how that was possible, she responded, "VHS tapes are pieces of plastic with magnetic particles on them which can hold visual and auditory information. If something as simple as tape and magnetic particles can hold that much information it is not too farfetched that human cells and tissues, which are infinitely more complex than that, can hold much more detailed and complex information.”
Are you suffering with chronic pain that is draining the energy out of your life? Have you tried many things to help your pain to no avail? Life is too short to suffer in pain needlessly.
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