All Pain is in the Brain

All Pain is in the Brain

 

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How Much Pain Are You In?

 

On a scale of 1-10, how much pain are you in?

Your sciatica may be causing you a daily pain level of a “six” but is that the same “six” as the person next to you?

Is it 60% of the most pain you could feel before you would pass out from the pain?

Or, is it your perception, based on a sliding scale, involving all life factors, stress, happiness, and pain you are feeling?

Pain is a tricky beast. Yes, I know you are feeling pain in your lower back. I am not discounting that.

The challenge, however, is finding out how much of that pain is physical, mental, emotional, or a combination of all three.

“Pain is not just a message from injured tissues to be accepted at face value, but a complex experience that is thoroughly tuned by your brain. The results are often strange and counter-intuitive, like quantum physics, but the science is clear: every painful sensation is 100% Brain Made®, and there is no pain without brain.”[1]

Lower back pain is the result of a complex symphony between the brain and body communicating about stress, movement, and danger. Your nervous system is the channel your brain uses to communicate to the body. The brain fires neurons through the spinal cord which distributes those actions to your appendages.

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When the brain senses danger from poor movement, neural tension, or injury, its response to save you from danger is pain. Pain is the tool that will stop you in your tracks to prevent further injury.

However, this is only the physical component. There is a reason your lower back pain is always worse when you are having a bad day, not getting enough sleep, or stressed at work. In the symphony of the nervous system, everything is connected.

 

The Answer is Under Your Nose

 

There is one tool however, that connects the brain and body, relieves physical, mental, and emotional tension, and allows you to reprogram the way your brain experiences pain. The breath, found directly under your nose, is the lynchpin connecting the symptoms that create and add to your lower back pain.

 

Six Minutes a Day

Incorporating the breath into a daily practice always seems so taxing. It is not. In fact, it takes less than six minutes a day to reap the benefits of the breath. You can reprogram your stress response, add quality movement, and start your day in a peaceful, pain free place.

This morning routine has been a lifesaver for me. Before emails, social media, and coffee, I spend six minutes clearing my head, calming my nervous system, and preparing for my day. I recommend this to every patient that enters my clinic. If you are dealing with nagging lower back pain you can access my personal morning routine for free through the picture below.

 

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[1] https://www.painscience.com/articles/pain-is-weird.php

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