Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
Listening to your body (and then moving on)
BOTTOM LINE: Very important.
Through my first forty years of life, I pushed through pain. The aches and pains I'd experience were never bad enough to make me stop competing in my beloved sport, or stop striving for excellence in school or in my career. But my body finally had to stop and listen when it screamed at me in no uncertain terms by besieging me with a ruptured disc followed by unrelenting, debilitating, chronic pain.
Even after I ruptured my disc, had surgery, and was still in terrible pain, I kept pushing on. I continued to work at my career job as much as possible while managing kids, marriage, home, and pain.
Once I finally took the time to get intensive John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR) treatment, and I learned there was more behind my pain than just a ruptured disc (i.e., past physical insults and emotional trauma—see My Healing Journey), my pain went down several notches. Essentially, I had to face my pain, not ignore it.
But in my years of chronic pain that followed, I've also learned that too much focus on the pain can be detrimental (see Stop trying under Self-treatments & personal action in the Treatments tab). Once my pain came down (when I recognized the emotional underpinnings), I was better able to move on and not focus on all the negative aspects of the pain and how my life had changed and how limited I was.
There's a difference between ignoring the pain and moving on after acknowledging it. If I had continued to ignore it, I wouldn't have started the true therapeutic process of healing wounds from my past that were affecting my musculoskeletal system. And once I understood that my condition is a result of stuck patterns driven by my subconscious mind, I could then move on. And “moving on” isn't “ignoring” what’s behind the pain. It's more like re-focusing and moving forward with life.
I first acknowledged what might be behind the pain and then faced it head on (since simply acknowledging it didn't clear away the pain). I also try to re-focus on my abilities and goals(as opposed to my disabilities and limitations). Again, this isn't always easy, but it is possible.
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