One of the most common questions LowerBackPainSecrets subscribers
ask is.. Is there a way to stop my pain? Of course there is, but not until you relax! When pain is so bad that
you want to scream out "stop my pain!", the pain you are experiencing is actually much worse than it needs to
Obsessing over pain is a great way to ensure your pain becomes chronic. Thinking about your pain in a negative
light actually makes it worse (granted, it is hard to stay positive when you are in a lot of pain). A study
conducted at the Boeing company reported that employees who tended to be "worriers" were twice as likely to go out
on lower back pain-related disability!
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The brain is truly a powerful force in chronic pain. Here is an example demonstrating how worrying about pain
can magnify its effects:
- You get a back injury at work or at home that is quite painful.
- You begin to worry about how this back injury is affecting your current lifestyle and how it might affect the
future. You worry if you will be able to work, support your family, pay the bills, play with the kids or
participate in a recreational softball game.
- This stress increases circulating blood levels of cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that breaks down body
tissues and suppresses the immune system. it also helps us stay awake in times of stress. Cortisol breaks down
tissue so that the muscle cells are adequately prepared for fight or flight and helps us stay alert. However, most
of us do not routinely experience life and death situations, so instead cortisol simply breaks down body tissue
when we are emotionally stressed.
- As cortisol levels are elevated, the amount of and quality of sleep decreases.
- Lack of sleep has two negative consequences. First off, this elevates cortisol even more, causing more tissue
breakdown. To make things worse, a lack of sleep interrupts the body's natural healing processes, preventing the
initial injury from recovering.
- This further increases pain, which increases anxiety, and so the cycle continues.
The phrase "stop my pain" is strongly worded and if you are saying this phrase then that indicates you may
already be involved in this stress spiral.
The only way to break this cycle is to convince yourself that your pain is not worth worrying about. Easier said
than done, I know! To break the cycle, each time you catch yourself worrying about your pain, simply say "this pain
is not worth worrying about. It will get better soon", and say it out loud, even if you do not believe it.
Here is some weird science: researchers using brain scans have shown that people's brains are wired to believe
whatever the person says out loud (out of their own mouth). Even something as ridiculous as a man named Bob saying
"my name is Jane" out loud resulted in similar brain signals of when the person was telling the truth. We can
convince ourselves anything is true just by repeating it enough.
There is truth to the thought that if you say something enough, you just might believe it!
In addition to performing this mental exercise, I strongly recommend picking up the free book, The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. Here you will find a variety of powerful and effective treatment
strategies so you will never have to say "stop my pain" ever again!
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