Pain Management, Stress, and Memories

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Non-surgical pain management begins with understanding the root causes of pain.

You may have heard that stress can contribute to physical pain in the body. But how?

Imagine a picnic with someone you love. Here you are, amongst the blooming azaleas, having a delicious lunch with someone who truly cares about you. Imagine this beautiful day in the most peaceful park.

Have you noticed that when you’re in a situation like this it seems that all or most of your health issues vanish? Nothing seems to bother you or stress you out. Your back doesn’t hurt and your digestion is perfect. You are having the perfect day

Now imagine leaving that perfect day and going back to work, or home, or someplace you would rather not be or spend some time with someone who hurt you, or someone who doesn’t like you. Now your back hurts and you don’t feel good. You feel weak and tired, your digestion is off and maybe you can feel that migraine coming. You’re stressed out and you can’t make up your mind whether you are crazy or maybe you should just sedate yourself and go to bed.

So what is happening here and why does this happen? Is it stress? Yes, but stress is too broad of a word. I know a person who goes on TV and talks live in front of millions of people, but they don’t get sick and that’s got to be a really stressful job.

What you are experiencing is a specific type of stress. It’s called vector stress.

To understand vector stress, you need to know what a vector is. A vector is something that reminds you of something else. It can be something you see, hear, smell, taste, touch or touches you. They are the details of a past event. They are the subconscious or conscious pieces of a memory.

A vector can be good, bad or neutral.

Vectors can be meaningless, meaningful, stressful or horrifying beyond measure. Here’s a couple of examples. If I go into my house and I smell freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, it immediately reminds me of visiting my grandmother who baked the most delicious cookies. This event is meaningful to me.

What about the woman who goes into Walmart and has a major panic attack and faints while walking through the cologne aisle? Maybe she knows the connection, maybe she doesn’t, but what she got was a whiff of the cologne of the man who raped her 10 years before. The smell of the cologne acted as a vector which reminded her of the danger of a horrifying past event.

The panic attack was the result of her body reminding her of this danger. Her subconscious mind, which doesn’t process time, instantly knew the rapist was there, even though he wasn’t. So now that you understand vectors, you need to know that when these vectors are stressful, they create blockages in the nervous system.

These blockages interfere with how your brain communicates with the cells of your body and also how the cells of your body communicate with your brain.

These blockages are responsible for the physical dis-orders you experience when in certain places, with certain people or at certain situations and certain times of the year.

Vectors and blockages are only a small part of the picture and I have more to tell you in my next blog.

There is good news. I know how to remove these blockages so you can take control of your health, be at your best and live the best life you can.

You can start feeling better today.

For intelligent, thoughtful, caring, and non-surgical pain management in Lansing, call my office at 517-372-1381 to schedule an appointment.

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