Changing Pains by Dan Cleary


Changing Pains

Daniel F. Cleary, C.Ht.

When we encounter the opportunity to assist in the reduction, or elimination of discomfort on any level it is essential to keep in mind the basic understanding that these symptoms have purpose. Refer client to a qualified practitioner to assure proper diagnosis. Then offer assistance in cooperation with the prescribed treatment process. Masking the impact of a symptom may delay timely treatment of injury or illness.

Nature of Pain

Acute: This is usually of short duration, often associated with accident or injury. The cause of this pain is usually understandable and reflects normal functioning of the nervous system.

Chronic: When pain is ongoing, either as a result of ongoing dis-ease, or due to other factors we may consider it to be chronic. Certainly, after a period of six months the discomfort begins to impact life in a manner, which may be considered chronic.

Types of Pain

Psychogenic: This is pain without pathology. Regardless of recognizable physiological cause all pain is real: If it is PERCEIVED it is REAL!

Physiological: This pain is the result of an identified injury or a disease process. We may effectively reduce the interference of this discomfort in our lives while remaining aware of the message to protect the area of discomfort. Body, Mind and Spirit are connected; all that occurs on any level, affects all levels.

Pain and Suffering Pain is the perception of a signal from the body. This signal is a notification of injury or illness. Pain, in this context, is a good thing. Without this warning system we would not survive. When we begin to react emotionally to the pain we may begin to suffer. Suffering includes anxiety, frustration, even guilt, and the fear that the pain will continue. Suffering is reflected in the relationship struggles common with chronic pain conditions. Suffering is found in the helplessness and depression that often follows seemingly endless doctor visits with no improvement.

Emotional Impact Illness or injury may limit ability to work or participate in the activities of everyday life. This may cause frustration, reducing our ability to deal effectively with stresses, resulting in a cycle of distress. Distress causes tension which blocks healing energy. When healing energy is restricted or blocked, healing takes longer.

How Emotions Feed Back Pain When the symptoms of disease or injury continue beyond what we consider to be a normal healing period, our energy depletion may cause us to become more sensitive to the discomforts of the process. The pain seems to increase as our energy to resist decreases. We may awaken with the certainty that we face another day of pain. We may begin to fear sleep: as when we quiet ourselves, we become more aware of discomfort. Loss of sleep reduces our level of energy yet