In the west, we treat pain as a completely separate phenomenon from our emotions. Pain management is often treated with drugs that negatively impact the mind. Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) treats physical and emotional pain as one.
We call it the “body-mind” and all pains are linked to an imbalance of qi(energy) and blood in the body. Many times caused by a deficiency. When our body is under stress and suffering, blood and qi can become quite stagnant and manifest in all sorts of ways.
Stress is a prime example of how we can exasperate our symptoms and actually cause the pain to become worse. We stress about the fact that we have pain, that we don’t know what to do about it and that it keeps getting worse.
We find that a lot of people come to Traditional Chinese Medicine when they have tried everything else. Western medicine treats pain with blanket solutions to try and relieve your symptoms immediately. Unfortunately, these solutions are only temporary and do not treat the root cause of the pain.
Some painkillers are highly addictive, others can cause havoc on your internal organs. Aspirin has been known to cause ulcers and narcotics have a long laundry list of side effects.
Pain management with Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a combination of herbal formulas and acupuncture to address the root cause of your pain. We not only help relieve the pain symptoms right away but also help the client to better cope with pain. Acupuncture helps to regulate the negative emotions associated with the pain. Such as, anger, frustration and anxiety.
Anxiety can cause all sorts of physical symptoms. Anxiety can raise your blood pressure, increase your heart rate and cause muscle tension. Having tight and tense muscles can make any pain worse.
If we can ease your stress we are on the road to recovery. The body needs to be in a relaxed state to heal effectively. Acupuncture can help alleviate your symptoms immediately and give you a much-needed break from the world. Similar to massage, the session is all about you and your health. Just having that hour to focus on yourself can help immensely. In combination with acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplements, you can try these relaxation techniques at home!
Meditation: Meditation is one of the easiest things to do to lessen your stress. It starts with breath work and can go from there. You can start small by just sitting quietly and breathing in and out. Try to count your breaths and focus on a rhythm. 4 in and 4 out is a good starting point. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. The more you can concentrate on your breath the more relaxed you will become. After several sessions, you may not need to focus on counting anymore but become relaxed just by starting to breathe.
Visualizations: Visualising can be very useful for overcoming stressful situations. Can you remember a certain time or place that makes you happy to think about? We all have memories that make us feel warm and fuzzy. Try to recreate this place in your mind. Remember as much detail as possible. A popular visualization for stress is to imagine warm golden white light washing over you like a shower.
Another technique is Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Hope these help with your pain management!