Going beyond the physical
so that you can heal
completely with ease.
Pain is a huge topic and every injured person is trying to avoid it as much as possible. Am I right? Or am I right?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if healing could happen without it?
Well, unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact – soreness is a normal part of the healing process. Just like inflammation.
Just like we can add fuel to the fire and experience more inflammation and more swelling, we can also add fuel to the fire when it comes to pain.
So the trick is knowing how to reduce or, in the best-case scenario, completely eliminate pain.
This video is NOT about general advice of resting or keeping your injured part elevated above your heart line or even what to eat to deal with pain.
This video is about how things that are happening in your inside world affect the level of pain and how to get rid of it as fast as possible.
Tune in to become pain-free ❤
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I distinctly remember the day.
I was at the grocery store with my husband, Jerry. We had just completed a physical therapy session where I was finally told I had achieved my therapy goals. My body was supposed to be fine. But it sure didn’t feel that way.
My first injury (fractured and dislocated ankle) from 2012 was probably the reason for my now rotated pelvis. After long months, that were turning into years, I had finally found a physical therapist that I had a good feeling would help me end this pain and discomfort that were coming and going and always finding their way back.
His words: “Everything is in alignment now” should have made me dance around with joy, right?
But instead, I was in the middle of the salad dressing aisle, crying my eyes out.
“Aren’t you happy?” asked Jerry. It baffled him that I wasn’t.
No, I wasn’t – because of what he’d said afterward:“The pain that you’re still describing in your back/pelvis/hip area is not there because something is wrong with your body. Everything is fine.”
My physical body was healed and everything should be working fine. But I was so miserable. It made me even more miserable to think that I was feeling this way!
THIS IS WHAT I CAME TO REALIZE
There are areas that surgeons and physiotherapists just couldn’t heal.
I realized that I was hurting in places way beyond the reach of modern medicine. I was injured but it wasn’t my physical body that needed healing this time.
That was when I realized there are “gaps” when it comes to recovery.
I’m ’only’ a doctor of veterinary medicine, but I do know complete healing can’t come just from mended bones or perfect blood test results. I do know how it feels to hurt in areas so traumatic, the mere thought of it, makes you want to jump off a cliff.
You know what I also came to realize?
I WASN’T ALONE.
So many of you feel this way. There are those like me who have invisible injuries and scars that take so much more than medicine and surgery to heal.
Injured or not, I’m absolutely positive that pain is a familiar friend. You welcome pain, sure… You learn to live with it for a while. But it can certainly overextend its welcome!
There are two types of pain – acute and chronic.
Acute pain is anything that happens from the moment you injure yourself up to three months.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, is the longer type of pain… the overstaying guest. It’s a sensation connected not just to the injured part of your body but also to your insides, your emotions and thoughts.
I often see injured women and men in chronic pain who ignore their body’s call for help. They aren’t necessarily ignoring their bodies, but like the old me, they aren’t able to recognize what their bodies are telling them.
So let’s talk about what your pain is trying to tell you right now
If I were to make a video about pain, I’d come up with a recording so long, it would take you hours to watch it. There are simply so many techniques and approaches you could try.
But I’d like to give it to you straight up. Right after reading this, I’d like you to start feeling less pain (or even get rid of it!).
But before all that, let me tell you that experiencing pain is part of recovery. You cannot go through healing without it. It’s impossible. I learned that the hard way.
So know that it’s just a part of life.
Pain is also closely connected to your emotions – fear, anxiety, sadness, depression, frustration, anger.
These emotions are what make you human. Of course, it’s OK to feel them! But prolonged fear? Prolonged anger?
Ignore them and they grow fangs and claws.
They will definitely fester and lead to issues that could MANIFEST themselves through physical pain.
Your injured body part is like a megaphone.
Your body constantly communicates with you. If you feel “off” despite recovery, then don’t ignore the telltale signs of a different kind of “injury”. It’s a signal that you should heed because it’s directing your attention to something.
At the core of your chronic pain is most likely an emotional issue. Your injury is just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath the surface is the real deal.
In my experience, the first step I took was to calm myself. One of the things that I worked early on was changing my perception of how I saw my life – how I saw my situation, my job, my relationships.
Emotional pain is connected to your past. It can be childhood trauma, painful experiences from two, ten, or even 20 years ago.
Many times there are triggers that bring issues that haven’t been resolved in your past, to the surface.
You may not be aware of it. Sometimes you’ll come to realize that you’ve ignored it for too long, and you’ve “forgotten” about it altogether. But this is where the megaphone effect comes into play.
There is so much of the emotional, mental, and spiritual pain on the inside, your injury is just making it known to you through the physical pain.
When you deal with what is happening on the inside, you start to experience less pain.
2017. I had already been in chronic pain 24/7 for nine months and sleep eluded me.
When I dealt with what was happening on the inside, I went from pain to no pain in 24 hours. Literally. I wouldn’t have believed this was even possible if it didn’t happen.
But it did.
So what is your body telling you now?
Please do NOT ignore your emotional state. Your physical therapist, your team of doctors, your surgeon – they’re there to heal your body. But you should also endeavor to heal your heart for complete healing to happen.
Your body always communicates with you. It may be a whisper to say “Hey – you and I need to work on this now.” Or it may be a scream for help because “You aren’t hearing me!!!” So listen to your body.
You already know the answers. In fact, you already know what needs to be done. You just need to acknowledge it.
So this is your homework. Tune in to yourself. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Begin a meditation practice. Start from your head, then move on slowly to your heart. It helps to put your palm on your chest when you ask…
“What am I NOT seeing?
What am I NOT hearing?
What are you trying to tell me?
What do I need right now?” This is your first step.
Sounds simple, right?
Sometimes the best and most effective things are simple but we tend to overcomplicate them. Or even worse, tell ourselves “This probably is not it,” and continue searching for the answer outside of us. Going from a doctor to a doctor, from a physiotherapist to a chiropractor to an osteopath to… hoping they will be enough.
And many times, sadly, they are not.
And I wasn’t crying in that aisle just because the discomfort was still there.
I was also crying because I knew what was in front of me and it terrified me. It felt like an enormous task, like a mountain whose top you cannot see and the path so steep only a few chosen and special individuals are able to conquer it. It would have been so much easier to get a couple of physical exercises and be done.
But what I learned is that simplicity creates miracles.
I went back to the basics and started practicing what I teach my clients like there was no tomorrow and within a couple of weeks I was finally and completely pain-free.
Your next step…
I’ve been there. I understand how you feel.
Yes, what I learned in this time could have saved me more than 2 years of pain and chasing solutions outside of me. But then – I might not be able to help you. And even more importantly, not able to help you quickly.
So if this resonates with you, I invite you to reach out.
Book a call HERE and let’s talk.
I can help you on this journey so that you not only start experiencing less pain and discomfort and heal with ease… you also bounce forward to a better place than when you started!