Is it possible to heal from chronic pain, or does a person just have to “manage” their pain for the rest of their lives? Are injections, medications, surgery, or even exercises the only solutions to stop or “manage” the pain? What many people don’t understand is how the mind and body work together as one unit. A person may try and keep the mind and body separate, but this isn’t realistic. We, as human beings, are complex creations and our mind, body and spirit are interconnected in ways that can be used to our advantage when it comes to healing from chronic pain. For example, when a person is under significant stress, it is not uncommon for that person to develop physical symptoms, such as migraines, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, catching a cold, or even neck, shoulder, or back pain and “tension”.
Most people would agree that headaches or even neck or shoulder pain are more common during stressful times. Many will even say, “I carry a lot of my tension in my neck”. So, how is it possible for emotional stress and tension to be transferred to the neck, shoulders, and head? And is it possible for emotional stress to cause back pain and sciatica? I have found that it does. Knowing how the mind can actually cause (and not just worsen) pain and tension throughout the body provides the key to successful recovering from pain and tension throughout the body. Treating the real cause of the pain, instead of just the symptoms, will completely and permanently cure the pain, instead of temporary improvements or “management”. At McCombs and Associates, we guide patients with chronic pain to complete and permanent healing by treating the whole person, not just the physical symptoms.
For more information about how the mind and body work together, call 687-4311 to set up an appointment with Dr. Spencer McCombs, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC