02 May Back Pain
One of the most common complaints in modern society today is the dreaded “Back Pain” I have seen thousands of people all of whom have symptoms ranging from a “slight twinge” to “excruciating back pain”. Each person has their own story about what they think the problem is but from my experience very few of them actually know the true cause and source of this pain. Pain experienced by the body is the brain letting you know something is wrong and requires your attention.
For example, if you were to put your hand on a hot plate, signals would go from your brain to your hand register the environment and accompanied information (the heat) and relay this message back to the brain to say “this is hot – let go” the brain then sends that “let go” message back to the hand to let go of the hot plate. It can sound like a lot is going on here and to be fair to the body and brain, a lot is going on. All this is done in such a short space of time that we don’t need to think about how it all works we just accept that it does and life goes on.
Now, if you did not feel pain, you brain would never receive that message to “let go” and you could do some serious damage to your hand. You see, feeling pain is a fantastic indicator for keeping us safe and making us aware of our environment.
In relation to back pain, the body is giving us very clear signals that it requires more of our attention. We all know that our back can become sore from excessive physical exercise, a slip, trip or fall, years of wear and tear and accidents in our lives. These are the triggers that most if not all of my clients blame for their current back pain. Most have been taking and still take huge volumes of pain medication, steroidal injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, chiropractic work, massage and many many other modalities that help them to ease their pain. Many find that this only helps by easing the pain for a short time and completely eradicating the pain is still a very nice but very unrealistic ambition.
We know how painful our back feels but we don’t exactly know why. This is the reason that I find a person remains with their pain. If we were to know exactly why our back were sore and were able to treat this reason then the pain would have no purpose and cease to exist.
Some of the reasons I have found to be the cause of people’s pains and aches are emotions. This being the single most influential aspect to the source of the pain. The body and mind require effective communication to co-exist in harmony with one another. When a person experiences an emotional trauma in life the brain can instigate a process of mild oxygen deprivation to a nerve or muscle causing pain to serve as a distraction or an indicator to unresolved emotions in the body and mind. This may sound strange to a lot of people reading this but the fact of the matter remains that not all pain is physical. Ask yourself this question – what hurts the most? Hitting your elbow off the corner of the table or being told you are a disappointment to your family or team mates? You see, emotions hurt on a level that transcends the physical and directly effects the emotional body.
I have seen so many people that come to me complaining of severe back pain having gone to all the top doctors, seen the specialists, taken all the recommended scans and MRI’s only to be told “there is nothing wrong, you are physically perfect based on what we and our scans can see” So by reading this you can see where the problem lies. If there is nothing physically or visibly wrong then the issue must be invisible. The emotional level is one of the invisible levels to the mind that has an immensely powerful effect on the physical body.
There are also the spinal conditions that cause physical pains in the back, nerve interference, damaged vertebrate, disc issues, muscular injury, subluxations and other spinal alignment issues. These all have their origin and until their origin is correctly identified and processed the body will keep the score and remind you of this quite often if not constantly.
To me the answer to back pain lies within the true understanding of the cause and reasons for the pain, processing these reasons and learning from them. If pain is the signal that alerts us to a message, then read the message and the signal is no longer required.
Have you read your messages yet?