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Coping with Chronic Pain Naturally

Coping with Chronic Pain Naturally

There are many options for treating chronic pain in Naturopathic Medicine which can include herbal anti-inflammatories like turmeric and boswellia as well as homeopathics and topical creams and oils.
In our Mississauga Naturopathic office we also encourage meditation and mindfulness techniques.  Below is a video that you may like to incorporate as you learn to address your chronic pain.
Check out this youtube like if you would like to learn a mindfulness approach to chronic pain and discomfort in your body:

The author of this audio script is Jon Kabat Zinn–a very well known educator on meditation. He is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and Centre for Mindfulness in Meditation at the University of  Massachusetts Medical School.
So–this guy is no slouch!  Unlike other educators, he is able to discuss meditation in very tangible terms.
Let us know what you think!
Check out more on this topic below:
Chronic Pain and the Shrinking Brain as well as ways to grow your brain
Children and Chronic Pain
Chronic Low Back Pain
For more information on healing your body naturally, contact our Naturopathic Doctors today
Dr. Kirsten Almon,
Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor at Erin Mills Optimum Health
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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects your life and everything you do.  

Not only does it cause disability and greatly affect what you want to do with your life – it can even have a negative impact on your brain.

How does chronic pain affect the brain?

In a state of prolonged pain the brain has difficulty focusing, learning, and growing.

In this same state the brain will also be more irritable, frustrated, and angry.

This state will cause an inability to adapt to life’s events and continuously lead to a worsening state of health.

The amount of “negative” or “painful” information flooding the brain is referred to as nociceptive input.  Nociceptive input from the body through the nervous system puts the brain in a stressed state called a sympathetic state.  In a sympathetic or stressed state your body is not healing!  This is very bad in the long term for the body and the brain and has been shown to shrink the brain!

Here is a 2004 clinical study showing that Chronic pain shrinks the brain: The Brain in Chronic CRPS Pain: Abnormal Gray-White Matter Interactions in Emotional and Autonomic Regions

Chronic Pain = a Shrinking Brain

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Once you realize that this is happening it is imperative that all efforts are made to counteract the shrinking brain!  As a Chiropractor I work with countless people in chronic pain and help them work towards healing, function, and growing their brains.

Here is a PDF information article on prolonged pain and its impact on the brain.  Chronic Pain Affects the Brain PDF.

Can Chiropractic help with chronic pain?

Chiropractic care has so much to offer people suffering with chronic pain.

It directly addresses the mechanics of how the body moves with natural means, lessening the negative compounding impact of numbing drugs or chemicals (chemicals can also shrink the brain).

Also, when Chiropractic adjustments help to get the spine moving it sends positive feedback to the brain through the nerves, which competes with the negative pain the brain is so accustomed to.

The brain needs this positive input in order the grow, change, adapt, and heal.

Once you get the momentum moving in the proper direction away from ill-health, people are constantly amazed at how much sweeter life is.

If you know anyone that is suffering with pain, help them start making action steps towards better health with Chiropractic Now.  Their body and brain depend on it.

Here to help you work away from chronic pain and a shrinking brain,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

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Children and Chronic Pain

Children and Chronic Pain

Your Chiropractor will confirm that chronic pain is a widespread but often under-reported health problem.  Its impact on society is enormous. In the US alone, the costs are approaching $600 billion annually (healthcare and lost productivity). What has come as a surprise to may medical researchers is the amount of children who suffer from chronic pain conditions. The American Pain Foundation reports up to 30 percent of children and adolescents endure chronic pain, which generally peaks in kids around 14-15 years of age.

A 2011 Canadian medical study reviewed research published in the past 20 years on children and chronic pain, and it revealed the problem is affecting more kids than ever before.  The review also indicated girls experience chronic pain more often than boys; however, the reason for this remain unclear.  The research reviewers noted that social and psychological factors may influence the development of chronic pain, including “anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and low socioeconomic status.”

Your Chiropractor knows pain is often intimately linked to your body’s central nervous system. For example, when you experience nerve interference in the spine (subluxations), extra irritation to the nervous system could cause a signal that is interpreted as pain, when normally the same signal would not in the absence of subluxations. By correcting the subluxations, your Chiropractor normalized nervous system tone. This is why it is important to have regular adjustments to help keep your nervous system in optimal condition and prevent pain before it starts!

To Read The Full Article, And Get Clues For Parents… Click On The Link Below.

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