Chronic pain – therapies that help

I have coped with 15 years of pain. Of which 10 were of constant pain. As in all-the-time.

I am practically pain free now. I have learnt an awful lot during the past 15 years and I can help you find ways to heal faster, so you do not have to search for 15 years as well.

My previous post on this topic spoke about starting by searching your environment so as to make sure it works with you and not against you. Today I will talk about the therapies that help and how so. This should be able to help you in your own search for finding more comfort.

Orthopaedists – great at prescribing anti-inflammatories and muscle-relaxers and using doom words to explain your condition. Great at mending broken bones and anything requiring cutting and pasting. Great at offering an operation to a location in your skeleton without looking at the bigger picture. Works for traumatic injuries. Not good for chronic pain. Their MRI etc exams detect details but skip big pictures, e.g. ignore joint healthy movement, which is often where pain stems from. So always do include one of therapies below, specifically chiropractors or osteopath so, even if you just have a traumatic injuries.

Physiotherapists – love to solve everything with localised exercise. Great for recovering from traumatic injuries, like after an operation. Not for chronic pain.

Osteopaths – use gentle techniques to manipulate your bones and release your joints into a more comfortable position. They get you out of crises and into more comfort. I particularly like cranial-sacral technique. Works both for chronic pain as well as traumatic pain. With chronic pain, their results are usually not long-lasting because the structural issue is normally elsewhere (I will cover this in future posts). But they are the most help. 

They also help your body adjust to structural transition and structural improvement, like braces (see orthodontists below).

Very useful also for babies and children. Children and babies’ are more supple and can therefore be coached much better than adults’. Babies who get colic can really benefit from cranial-sacral treatment. It may also help babies and children grow into a better use of their bodies that can stay with them for life.

Chiropractors – the best at doing unaided diagnostic. Their tests are thorough and their answers are spot-on. Their treatments are effective on traumatic injuries. Not good for chronic pain, where their results last much less than osteopaths.

Accupuncture – great when there has been any trauma done to nerves. Pinching, tingling, etc.

Deep tissue massage / massage – helps when your muscles are tense beyond belief. If they are keeping you from getting to a better position and using your body better. Normally short-term again. Very useful if there is a lot of tension and stress in your life. Or if you just need some human touch. Important through structural transitions, like braces (see orthodontists section below).

Thai massage / acupressure – best leg-thigh-bump massage in the world. Got me out of my worst back crisis ever, where I couldn’t walk for a week. Awesome for sciatic. So is yoga btw. Helps lengthen your legs. You must keep coming back. But that’s ok.

Podiatrists – I do not usually recommend this. I wore special insoles, custom made and what not. I needed higher insoles every two months. I have recommended it once to a cousin in her 70s who had very painful bunions. That’s it! A friend uses one and swears by it. He uses it as a prop for a structural issue he is not attending to. He’s way too young for that.

Exercise – everybody preaches that. It’s so annoying! Great after traumatic injury, great for stress. But you didn’t get constant years and years of pain because you didn’t do sit-ups. Pilates is great! Yoga is more stretching than I need, being hiper-mobile, but useful for people who are very inflexible or people who do a lot of other exercuse that gives them stiff muscles. Running is a killer for most healthy skelettons so spare yourself. Swimming is great. It won’t cure you but the dynamic stretch sure helps.

Alexander technique – great for children and adoloscents. Should be taught at schools. It’s classes to teach you to use your body better. Great to have a few seasions. Learning to stand-up from a chair properly, or to use my body better while walking or lying down, and learning how to relax my muscles in a deeper way has thoroughly helped me in my day-to-day. Won’t cure structural problems. Not worth keeping classes up forever, I thought.

Reiki – I don’t know how it works but it helps. Scottish NHS recommends it for cancer patients so stop laughing 🙂 Helps you enter your mind and awaken your self-healing abilities, get your brain actively involved in dealing with your pain areas. Good for chronic pain but not so good for traumatic pain. Does not heal structural issues but helps you live with them.

Shamanic healers – like Reiki but way more powerful. Affects your emotional well-being as well.

Meditation – in times of stress, our brain has less space to look within and keep pain in check. Meditation gives it that space. It also helps you go within yourself to listen to what your body needs. And emotionally as well. Meditation has been scientifically proven to be helpful, like a very very old form of hypnosis. So free your mind and the rest will follow, Mr/Ms Sceptical. I have brought myself out of crises by meditating to this video.

Orthodontists / braces – can be a great help. Or your worst enemy.

Whatever your orthodontist is doing to you, make sure he follows the guideline of Symmetry! Make sure!

Do orthodontics to re-open the space of a tooth you lost and put an implant or bridge there. Or to give the shape of your upper and lower jaws a symmetrical curve that fits nicely vertically as well as horizontally. Do not bother with tooth prettification please – it will make your pain worse!

While using braces, make sure you help your body cope and adapt, with the help of osteopaths and massage. Without them, braces can do more harm than good to your body. Adults use their body a certain way for ions, braces interfere and can be like tying a mean naught on top of an already tied down system. Massage and osteopathy give your muscles and joints the suppleness to adapt. Meditation and reiki give your brain the space to monitor the changes you are making and to adapt your mental map of your body faster as the relative position of everything shifts a bit.

Dentists – the best of all for me so far. Topic for my next self-healing post. You may be thinking this is not for you. You are extremely likely to be wrong. And what wonder if you are, cos then you may have here a tool to affect your structural problems and to cure you like no other. So bare with me.

Important tip: if you love your current therapist but have not been improving in a while, try another and another and another. The human body is much too complex for one therapy to help you as much as possible on its own. Be patient. But never ever give up. You will find what you’re looking for, no matter what anyone says! Keep up the fight!

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