Have you ever experienced an ache or a pain in your body and you had no idea where it came from? It could be a difficulty in turning your head because of a pain in your neck, or an inability to stand up straight without a stabbing pain in your lower back. Often, these mysterious pains show up first thing in the morning, prompting you to diagnose the problem as, “I must have slept funny.” This is a common occurrence, but probably has nothing to do with a bad mattress or an evil pillow. Usually it’s a simple case of your body trying to speak to you, telling you that there is something mentally or emotionally painful you have internalized, and needs to be processed.
At Back2Health, Dr. Guenette incorporates the mind-body connection in order to help with pain management and to speed healing. It’s a large part of any holistic healing practice and he offers this as a value-added feature to assist in your healing journey. Every pain and injury is different, but in Dr. G’s practice, there is always an opportunity granted to have a discussion around your mental thought processes to see if they are positively or negatively impacting your body.
Let’s go into how that works...
What’s the science behind the mind-body connection?
Your brain has an incredible role, over-seeing all the physical functions of your body. It’s the hub that sends and receives signals from your fingers to your toes through the nervous system.
When you’re content, your body, for the most part, will work like clockwork, because it’s in a “rest and digest” state of function, or homeostasis. However, if you’re feeling overloaded with stress or worries, your brain will trigger automatic responses to increase your heart rate, breathe quickly, and conserve your energy for what is called the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response. It is your brain’s way of combating or fleeing from whatever is in front of you, whether that’s a dangerous animal, or tax season stress. In the short term, this is a welcomed response, and it can even be the difference between life or death. However, if your body does this regularly for long periods of time, it can cause sympathetic dysfunction and contribute to injury and disease.
How is your body impacted by your thoughts? Here are some key areas of the body where we often experience pain and the mental thought processes that can contribute to symptoms:
- Neck: You may be averse to seeing another side of a situation. You might be stubborn and inflexible (experiencing rigidity) in your beliefs. You may also be having challenges in communicating your truth to others.
- Shoulders: Pain here may be indicative of something you’re “carrying” in your life that feels like a burden. It may be time to ‘let it go’ and move on.
- Middle spine: Here is where guilt builds up or you are stuck in the past. It may be why we so often hear people say “get off my back” when someone is bringing up a guilty issue.
- Lower spine: Lower back and spine is your support center. Pain here may be caused by financial issues or lack of emotional support.
- Elbows: This area represents how you feel about changing directions or accepting new paths and experiences.
- Wrists: Pain here is representative of movement and ease.
- Hips: Hip pain could mean you are worried about moving forward in your decision-making or feel you have nothing to move forward to.
- Knees: Your knees hold your stubbornness, pride, and ego. Inability or struggling to bend may indicate fear and inflexibility may point to something you don’t want to give in to.
- Bunions: Sore bunions may mean you feel a general lack of joy in life experiences.
- Arthritis: You feel unloved, feel too much criticism or resentment
- Bone breaks and fractures: You feel the need to rebel against authority figures in your life.
- Bursitis: You may have repressed feelings of anger
- Inflammation: You may be fearful, see red, or be dealing with a lot of irritation
- Joint pain: You may be scared or fear changes in life direction
- Loss of balance: You may feel scatterbrained or not emotionally centered
- Sciatica: You may be hypocritical, have a fear of money, or fear the future
- Slipped disk: You may be indecisive or feel unsupported by life
- Body stiffness: Your thinking may be rigid or stiff
- Body weakness: Your brain may be overworked and needs a mental rest
That’s why at Back2Health the mind-body connection is such an important part of our treatment plans to alleviate the pain that’s preventing you from living your best life. We bring understanding, then realign your nervous system and spine through key modalities to relieve the tension, pressure and imbalance you feel in your body:
- Our Chiropractic care releases joint tension and restores mobility and function
- Our Trigenics practice releases muscle tension and improves strength and flexibility
- Our Deep Tissue Laser Therapy releases swelling and sensitivity, reduces pain and accelerates healing.
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Book an initial assessment with Dr. Guenette, and be sure to ask him how the mind-body connection works. We’ll be happy to demonstrate it! Book your appointment today.