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Psychological gambit of dealing with chronic pain

Thursday June 16, 2016 comments

Dealing with chronic pain; the psychological gambit.

There is little gain with pain management without understanding the gambit of dealing with the psychological/emotional /spiritual aspects of pain.


A gambit is of course is a “planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess: something done or said in order to gain an advantage or to produce a desired result”.


Chronic pain is a condition that can lead the sufferer bereft of will to achieve the desired result of wellness as it can wear a person down. There is a constant grinding on the spirit that comes from the pain, as well as, the losses of abilities that one used to have. Most importantly there is little relief in the usual medical procession of interventions to address these other aspects of self apart from the physical manifestations in the modern arena.


Conversely, in more organic cultures there are processes such as are found with the curandero that address the rest of the person which appear lost to modern medicine. The value of this relief in dealing with ailments is incalculable, at least presently with modern means. However the anecdotal empirical evidence mounts as to how necessary this is, and though modern science is trying to catch up to discovering the connections between state of mind and body energy seems to support this. This appears contrary to the supposition by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health that suggests there is not yet enough evidence.


In healing it is evident that a positive frame of mind is tantamount to body self-repair ever since Norman Cousins postulated the biochemistry of human emotions.


In the words of Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” In it, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”    And further evidence is shown in such work as was done by Dr. Masaru Emoto on human consciousness and water demonstrates how intention can affect the structure of water, when we consider how we are comprised mainly of water perhaps it is time that science concedes to what we have known intuitively and organically about healing.  


Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. proposes this connection between mind-body experiences for dealing with trauma and developed the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery.

  • Trauma by definition is: “a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time,
  • medical: a serious injury to a person's body,
  • Psychological traumais a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience”.



And yet it remains that on the doorsteps of modern medicine the client is seen in relatively compartmentalized segments with the psychological here and the physical therapy there and the medical over there…


Ask the conscious sufferer what is needed and many of them even do not know as they journey forth to seek relief, for we do not know that we don’t know, until we know differently and given the current environment it’s difficult to know better. Oftentimes the only goal is relief.  The system that most have available to go through is a hub from which they are sent to various referrals and the model used is compartmentalized. These compartments may or may not include these other aspects of service to address the psychological/emotional/spiritual needs.


For the sufferer there is a whole process to go through, from the initial shock and diagnosis of the malady, to grieving the loss of previous abilities and this often manifests as trauma for many as it is a non-ordinary experience. There are the effects it has on making adjustments in life to income earning ability, self-esteem and for finding care, to gaining support, to the effects on family and friends.


In dealing with these changes the first order is to remember you are greater than the circumstances you find yourself in.

  • The next step is for the sufferer to become an informed consumer and do not accept the diagnosis as a life sentence. There are many sources of information these days and searching for holistic alternatives is worth the effort.
  • Obtain the support of a person who can help you build a life plan with a focus on abilities even if this means making new accommodations as imaging this future  will assist in lifting you out of the morass of feelings in the present.
  • This coaching plan should include a mastermind group of people whose help will aid you in remaining undaunted by this malady and accountable to making progress in addressing the malady.
  • A good plan will encompass all of the parameters of your life from finances to spiritual aspects.
  • Find those providers that can add to understanding of healthful life choices that include coaching to aid in finding and making life style changes, nutritional support, physical therapy, massage therapy etc.


For instance at BuddhaBearWellness we use body insight, handwriting analysis and a bio-psych-social intake to truly understand the components of the sufferer’s life both consciously and unconsciously. We help aid in understanding of the malady with body insight therapeutic massage and have coaching available to build your plan of a life of purpose on purpose. This coaching also provides the support for going through the process of becoming the new you.


I hope you will find this information useful.




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