Part of being a coach is to educate, and share information. If there is a treatment or tip out there that I feel will benefit you, you bet that I will be sharing it in this blog. It truly saddens me to see people who have spent tens of thousands of dollars, and many years of their life trying to find a cure to their chronic disease. I read people’s stories inside our community group, other back pain forums, and let’s not forget my own back pain experience. I personally have spent thousands of dollars in therapies and doctors. To give you an idea, here is a list of all the treatments that I’ve tried so far:
- Physiotherapy (up to 7 months of treatment)
- Athletic therapy (on and off from few weeks to months of treatment)
- General Doctor (to prescribe anti-inflammatories). I’ve gone through several boxes of them for the past 7 years.
- Heat and cold therapies
- Foam rolling (it’s been an ongoing practice)
- Massage therapy (on and off depending on the need)
- Acupunture (up to 6 months of weekly treatment)
- Acupressure (using the acupressure Spoonk mat)
- Chiropractic (up to 2 years of treatment)
- Gaps diet
- Low starch diet
- Rheumatologist (for more anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants)
- Knealing chair
- Lumbar support pillows and pads for driving
- Anti-inflammatory supplements (turmeric, fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin C, Aloe vera, OptiMSM, Collagen protein, Bone broth…etc.)
I’ll probably think of something else and come back to update this list, but for now that’s as much as I can remember.
Did these work? yeahhh…kinda. They gave me relief at that time. Did the pain come back still? Absofreakinglutely.
Dude, look at that list!
I have heard from so many people, since starting this blog, whose chronic pains completely disabled them. A lot of people are under very strong pain killers and have undergone many surgeries.
I couldn’t happen but really think about this back pain phenomenon.
I mean, what happened to our backs. I remember both my parents working desk jobs and they never had back pain attacks like we seem to do. Check out this very interesting study here when you are done reading.
I have always been an active person, and I think it is very important to have a healthy active lifestyle, but you get what I mean.
My curiosity (and stubbornness) had me research this more, which brought me to this man called John Sarno. Let’s just say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears 🙂
PS: I will share all the resources I found on this topic at the end of this blog post. Also, don’t forget to download your back pain kit!
I got Sarno’s book a year ago. I read it, but it just didn’t click too much. He emphasized the relationship between our bodies and minds and how a lot of times, our minds build these neural pathways connected to old injury sites. and even though the injury has originally healed, we still experience the debilitating pain. This reminds me of the concept of neuroplasticity
I wrote about this in another blog post about treating piriformis syndrome, when nothing seems to be working.
“Where neuroplasticity comes in is when acute pain develops into chronic pain. Your body reacts to acute pain as it warns you that something is wrong. Usually, once the acute pain has been dealt with, either with medications or other treatments, the pain goes away and becomes a distant memory. However, over the course of a few weeks, months, and sometimes even years, your brain’s “wiring” may reorganize itself and tell your body that the chronic pain should be there and will stay there.”
THE MIND BODY SYNDROME
Dr John Sarno has healed thousands of people from back pain. He sees the back pain phenomenon (and a myriad of other chronic pains) as symptoms created by our unconscious minds to distract us from facing our inner fears, angers and stressed. The pain is originating form an oxygen deprivation to the muscles and nerves which causes pain and it’s called tension myositis syndrome, tension myoneural syndrome and also, the mind body syndrome.
His patients heal through his educational lectures about this process, and once they understand that their brain is simply trying to distract them from facing those unbearable emotions, the trick no longer works.
Mind you, his patients are among the people who, pretty much, have “given up”. They are the “lost causes”. They came to him out of despression after they tried everything out there, but nothing worked. Most of them had MRIs and scans that showed herniated discs and arthritis.
Dr Sarno encouraged people to get an examination to rule out any serious diseases. But again, the people who came to him are the one who did all the exams, and could never find a cure. I found this video here of Dr Sarno and his method, that I’d like to share with you.
I know that it takes a very open mind to consider his theory and try it out. But there are so many other Dr’s who talked about the mind body connection, and how our current live stressors affect out mental wellbeing.
You probably feel it too.
It is perfectly acceptable to have a physical problem in our culture, but people tend to shy away from anything that has to do with the emotions.
― John E. Sarno,
I have to say that this is a whole new paradigm shift. It would take a lot to believe this 100% when you have seen the x-rays, the blood tests and the MRIs. I have seen them too.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE MIND BODY SYNDROME
I keep looking at that huge list of treatment I tried so far, and see how much “physical” I got with my ways of treating back pain. I have always considered myself a mindful person (I mean if we meditate and read, we must be mindful right?). But really, how much do I really know about my emotions and what my unconscious mind is trying to hide from me. This is a whole new world that I have yet to explore.You are more powerful than you think Click To Tweet
Dear reader, I invite you to look at Dr Sarno’s books and videos. You may just never know. Perhaps you stumbled across this article because it was time for you to get to know your self better. I felt the necessity to write this blog post because this blog is about education, empowerment and reclaiming health from the inside out. I couldn’t possibly rule out the possibility that our emotions could be making us sick. I had to simply share it.
Here are some resource if you are interested in the topic: