Pain! Is it all in your head?

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Pain! Is it all in your head?

The body is amazing and dynamic. Even the neurologists don’t have 10% of the brain figured out. And, I’m sure you’ve heard doctors in the past say: “It’s all in your head.” Back then the doctors who said that thought a patient was just making the pain up. The doctor couldn’t find a physiological reason for the person to be exhibiting pain, so it must “be all in their head.”

Well, just recently neurologists discovered that the pain really is in your head, not just made up. The neurologists have discovered that our bodies experience some sensation and that sensation gets sent to the brain. It is the brain’s responsibility to translate all of those messages. The brain translates messages of hot, cold, tickle, pleasure, pain etc.

The best thing we can do for our body is listen to the message, and ask ourselves, “What’s the message that my body is trying to teach me, that once learned, will allow this pain to just melt away?”

We use this phrase in the office because it’s so powerful. If my shoulder hurts and it’s because I hunch over my computer, then if I find a different position then my shoulder wouldn’t need to send the signal. If my neck has chronic pain and my work computer is to the side of me, could my neck be hurting because I have to turn it to see the monitor? Yep.

I have one client, who a few years before we met, she had been walking across the street when she was hit by a car. She was flung onto the hood of the car and over the top side of the car before she landed.

When she came into the office for that first session, she was very concerned because she was so sensitive to touch. One of the first things that I noticed about her was how ticklish she was. Where I would’ve expected her to feel pain or discomfort, she felt ticklish. It was almost as if her body was experiencing so much trauma that her brain couldn’t translate the messages into pain, it would be too much pain for her to handle, so the brain translated her trauma into ticklishness.

As we were able to peel off her layers of trauma and injury, her ticklishness started to decrease. We were able to re-educate her body how to function. As we peeled off layers, the messages her body were being translated more accurately and she was able to listen to her body and use her game plan to care for her body outside of treatment sessions.

I’ve observed this similar translation in other clients who have had serious traumatic injuries. When dealing with severe injury or trauma our techniques may change, but our goals remain the same. Follow the path of pain through the body and release the restrictions that may be holding onto the memory of trauma, so we can start to re-educate the body and mind for your optimum performance.

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