Written by: Marlene Dickinson
Many of us live with chronic pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, lower back pain and knee problems to name a few . I recently completed a continuing education class called” Exploring Pain” A Mind Body Approach with Matt Erb PT. According to Matt, the fear of pain is often worse than the pain itself. I have also found this to be true with many of my clients here at MAC who experience chronic pain. It is the unpredictable patterns of pain that are most challenging, one never knows from one day to the next when the pain will surface. Matt and his group of researchers have also found that “pain is less painful when we are confident that we are safe.” We are delighted to introduce our newest offering here at MAC: our Customized Pain Management Program, a “safe” mind body approach to pain management.
Pain researchers are proposing an expanded definition of pain. Pain is an unpleasant, aversive, distressing experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage with sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social components. The experience of pain is an integrative experience of the mind, body, spirit. An imbalance between the sympathic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system is considered to play a role in chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, RA, headaches, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The mind body approach to pain includes meditation and mindfulness, body awareness, biofeedback, movement, Yoga, Qigong, nutrition, breath work, posture and body language. When we acquire these self-awareness tools, this leads to self-regulation, self-expression, and ultimately self-care!
Our Mac Customized Pain Program offers a combination of the mind body approach to pain, and includes many of the modalities listed. Mindful movement with the guidance of a personal trainer, acupuncture for ongoing pain management, meditation techniques that stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, and massage as a form of healing touch. This program will teach you how to regulate your pain cycles and reduce stress levels.
Therapeutic massage achieves structural changes within the body and offers health benefits such as increased circulation, pain relief, increased immunity, reduced joint pain, decreased muscle fatigue, reduced stress and anxiety, and better posture. Our CDB Clinic Analgesic ointments and creams provide our pain specialists with a new class of products for safe and rapid relief from acute and chronic musculoskeletal and joint pain. These analgesic compounds penetrate to pain receptors in the body via the Endocannabinoid system to interrupt pain signaling. You will receive a 15% discount on any CBD product when you sign up for this program!
Acupuncture is one of the most ancient forms of healing. Our acupuncturist, Kate Zeigler, is licensed in both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture. Japanese acupuncture is a gentler, but highly effective form, using smaller needles. This style is effective for first time patients and children. Acupuncture treats a variety of conditions but is especially effective in pain management. Acupuncture treats digestive issues, musculosketal pain, anxiety, depression, stress, women’s health, allergies, headaches, and autoimmune disorders.
The human body holds infinite wisdom. Come join us as we explore ways to tap into that wisdom and harness it as a tool against pain!