Any physician sees a high number of patients with chronic pain. There is the usual progression from pain medications to steroids to eventual surgery. People opt for hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, thinking they are back to perfect health. Wrong. The site (the symptom) might have been fixed, but the internal system is still broken. So, let me ask? Can we self-heal, escaping from the chronic pain? and other chronic illnesses. I think the answer is yes.
The solution starts with our nervous system. Something has run amok. From my standpoint, the nervous system is like a string on an instrument. Because of some factor (usually our life style), the string has become out of tune. You know what happens when the string is not properly tuned? Or wired too tight? You can have the best musician play the instrument, and it is still not going to sound right. Same with your health. Same with your chronic pain. Same with any chronic illness. You can see the best physician, but that physician can’t re-tune your nervous system. You have to do that yourself.
How important is your nervous system to your overall health, including those areas of chronic pain? Your brain may be 2% of your body’s weight, but it receives 15% of your cardiac output, 20% of your body’s oxygen, and 25% of your body’s glucose. Your nervous system never sleeps. It runs 24/7, controlling and modifying all features of your body’s function. 80% of your nervous system may run to your brain, but the other 20% spreads throughout your body, trying to help your body maintain its “correct tone.” In a way, it is chronically re-stringing and re-tuning your body, hoping to establish a baseline vibration.
Any reader of my blogs will know my bias. Let me repeat it, and then progress to some new options for resetting your nervous system. For your general “tone”, I think the nervous system needs a healthy eating style (plant slanted), regular exercise (aerobic and high intensity), proper rest (getting to sleep by 10:30 pm), the proper mental attitude (thinking about you want, not what you do not want), consistent spirituality (with or without religion), and a proper set of dreams, passions, interests, and goals. Together, that group of daily habits give you balance – and they give you a pathway to self-healing.
But let me give you some other options, perhaps so you will skip those addicting pain pills, forgo those shots of steroids, and skip any hip / knee replacement. Yes, some of those options work, but they work short-term, not long-term. My other options are chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. I know. You just stopped reading. But pause and think for a moment. How do those two treatments work? Chiropractic treatment is not just structural. Acupuncture is not just a set of needles. They both advance the same philosophy, which has been around for several thousand years. The body can heal itself if the healing channels are open.
Imagine your nervous system as a network of streets with vehicles moving along those streets to complete their tasks. When roads get blocked, you can imagine what happens. The trash at your house does not get picked up. Certain deliveries never arrive. After a period of time, your house begins to crumble. Well, that is exactly what happens with you. The sugar that ruins your joints: it is not cleaned and cleared. The toxins that seep into certain cells: they are not removed. Illnesses develop – from cancer and heart disease to diabetes and arthritis. If chronic pain represents anything, it represents how much of your system is blocked. How many of your “roads” (or doors) are no longer open with free flowing traffic? Self-healing is blocked.
Here is my suggestion. Take the Dr. Courter test. Go see a chiropractor doctor and go see an acupuncturist. Give them your list of complaints and then let them give you a series of weekly treatments for two months. Both of them. Here is my bet. In two months your channels will be open. Self-healing will have started and you will be on the road to health – without medication, without shots, and without surgery — and for almost any chronic illness, including chronic pain. Do you want to go through the rest of your life with an “out-of-tune” body, struggling from one sour note to another? Or do you want to reset the system – your nervous system – that controls your health and your level of repair and healing?
Let me close with my own story. From all of my flipping through pages after pages of books I developed a trigger thumb, which is much like carpal tunnel syndrome. The ER physician plunged 6 shots of cortisone into my thumb, and then gave me a brace to wear for two weeks. There was no improvement. So, instead of following his referral to the surgeon, I took a different road and visited an acupuncturist. For 8 weeks I received a weekly session where the acupuncturist placed needles into parts of my body. Let me be honest. With the open channels, my thumb felt like the “force” (of Star Wars) was pouring into that hand. In eight weeks the swelling was gone, the flexibility was back, and there were no further symptoms. A complete cure without surgery.
In my opinion, you need to find what alternative treatment works best for you – and best for your chronic symptoms, including chronic pain. Try my suggestions for a healthy life style because all of the habits open the correct pathways, clearing a new avenue for repair. A closed road suddenly reopens. A locked door swings free. Healing starts. At the same time do not forget the advantages of alternative treatments. Again, chiropractic medicine does more than just adjust your spine. Acupuncture does more than heal a trigger thumb. All of these actions improve your nervous system. That translates to better health, fewer diseases, and greater healing – if you just give your body the chance. Or would you rather just go under the knife? One route is passive. The other route is active. Take control of your health – and your healing – by taking your own actions to improve your internal systems.