Being Stuck

Being in chronic pain can feel like being stuck.

I see it with the people who come to see me and I have felt it myself. Sometimes, despite trying all the traditional approaches, seeing all the “right” people – you can still be in pain. Sometimes (sadly quite often) you can be told that there is nothing wrong with you because the X-Rays, MRI’s, CT scans can’t find anything. I’m here to tell you that just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it is not there.

By this I mean – Chronic pain is not always, in fact it often isn’t associated with obvious signs of mechanical changes. Unfortunately this message is reasonably new in the grand scheme of things, and most of us have been hearing the other message - “if we can’t see it, it is not there” for longer than the new message.

For a long time now – pain scientists have known that pain is something that our brains produce and not always a result of tissue injury. So, being told your pain is all in your head is pretty accurate but that’s because your brain is in your head and not because you are making it up! Our experience of pain is intertwined with our environment, thought processes, previous experiences, trauma and a whole host of other factors. Sometimes it can be really tricky to figure out how it is all connected but knowing or having a clue can make a huge difference to your experience of pain. Sometimes we need a little and sometimes a lot of help to figure it out. The good news is that our brains are far more flexible that we ever thought and we can teach them new tricks (even if they are old).

People always ask me – what exactly do you do? It seems a little strange – what is this CranioSacral therapy?

Well – CranioSacral Therapy is just one of the tools in my tool box. I mostly see myself as a facilitator. Combined with helping people to figure out their pain, how it is triggered, how to pace themselves and how to respond when it flares up – CranioSacral Therapy offers a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience for your nervous system – giving it a little “dip” into how things can be. From that place of deep rest it often becomes easier to gain clarity about your situation. The more your nervous system experiences that state – the easier it becomes for it to experience it. It’s all about neuroplasticity. We’re clearing a pathway for rest and repose in your brain. This approach is often the slower, but almost always the gentler, less traumatic and very often more effective approach for long term results.

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