Managing Chronic Pain
Pain is state that many of us experience at one time or another.
Acute pain is localised and may be due to injury or physical experience.
Chronic pain is a condition that develops over time. It can have effects on the entire self and effect quality of life.
At Soma Clinic we look at pain from both a bio-medical and bio-psycho-social perspective.
We not only consider your current pain-state, but factor in the initial point of pain and the navigation of your pain experience. The path of your pain can, in fact, impact your current pain state and indicate access points to address and resolve it.
Pain begets pain. Sustained existence in a pain state creates a flow on effect and may increase the perception and impact of pain. To address pain, we work to understand your pain cycle, interrupt the cycle and invite a new way of being to emerge.
Pain is not “all in your head!”
Have you ever been told that your pain is in your head? It’s not.
The way we perceive pain is governed by our nervous system. It records, remembers and repatterns, so that pain becomes normal… a new way of being. Chronic pain is a form of nervous system dysregulation. To break the pain cycle, nervous system down-regulation may be helpful. Nervous system access is available through both body and mind. When the body and mind are in a quieter state, there is room to process, release and repattern pain.
Pain is personal
Pain should be treated in a case-by-case manner. It is not a one-size-fits-all condition. When a pain condition becomes chronic, the bio-medical singular hunt for relief may not address root cause. In fact, often the pain-state is multi-faceted in nature (bio-psycho-social). It may be affected by onset experience, complex conditioning, personal pain perspective, baseline resilience and ratio of pain to pleasure input. Pain is complex and ever-changing, and therefore may be best treated within a broader context and integrated treatment regime.
Pain is relative
If we view pain as a response to danger, it makes sense that when we view danger as high, pain is increased. When danger decreases and safety increase, pain response dissipates.
‘We will experience pain when our credible evidence of danger related to our body is greater than our credible evidence of safety related to our body. Equally we won’t have pain when our credible evidence of safety is greater than our credible evidence of danger. ‘(Moseley and Butler 2015).
Working to reduce danger and increase safety is a primary focus for accessing the ‘turning point’ of pain. This is the point where we find pain can be changed, altered and reduced. Pain is no longer in control; it is subservient to both external and internal forces.
An integrated Mind-Body approach to pain
Are you living in chronic pain? You may respond to an integrated mind-body approach to pain.
At Soma Clinic we abide by the following principles:
- Resource: down-regulate the nervous system and nurture the physical body
- Release: support to let go of physical tension and psycho-emotional holds
- Repattern: form new neural pathways to change your perception of pain
- Resilience: build a base of physical and emotional safety — where pain is no longer a permanent state of being and can be readily reduced time and again
We all have different access points for pain. Some of the pain-supportive therapies we offer include:
Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy/Psychology, Physio
Ready to change your pain state?
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