The experience of pain is a very personal one. In California at UCSF, experiments were done in which people were given small electric shocks / heat to their legs. The scale of heat was 20-40% of the maximum strength that could be given. The people were asked to register their experience of pain on a scale from 1-10.
Some people were given a charge of 20% strength and they ranked their pain at a level of ten. Some people who were given a charge at 40% strength, registered a pain experience of five. The part of the brain responsible for how the brain registers pain is in the Limbic system (where our survival emotions are). This experiment speaks to the idea of pain as a model of traumatization. There is logic to the idea that past pain and trauma (whether from physical or emotional causes) sets up the nervous system to be on alert and in “stress” mode. Add another injury and the level of stress and alarm in the nervous system goes up as does pain and physical symptoms.
So, when one is injured, not only is there physical trauma involved to create the pain, but there is also an emotional trauma / shock (whether conscious or subconscious) registered by the person. When someone has chronic pain (pain that has lasted longer than 6 weeks), the memory part of the brain has now become a part of the problem. It starts to reprogram the nervous system (the stress response) to stay in a stressed or sympathetic state. This can create: anxiety; fatigue; depression; foggy thinking; a feeling of muscle pain everywhere; a decreased tolerance for pain; digestion upset; and basically “burn out”.
How do you overcome this and allow the nervous system to find balance and peace again? Meditation, visualization and breathing techniques can be helpful. Tracking your heart rate variability (to be discussed in another article) is another method to become more in tune with your nervous system. Of course, massage and bodywork treatments can also engage this system to some degree.
I like to use Esogetic Colourpuncture – the use of coloured light on acupuncture and reflex zones of the body. The colour and the points being treated are chosen based on the particular health issue. Each colour of light has a different frequency and so conveys different information to the photoreceptor cells of the skin. These photoreceptors completely cover the entire surface of the body and are stimulated by light (which the body sees as information). For example, light stimulates our photoreceptors, which gives them information that governs our circadian rhythm, which affects our hormonal system, etc.
The stimulated photoreceptors then relay this frequency or light information from the Colourpuncture rods to the rest of the cells of the body. The cells then communicate this information to the brain (most often through the vagus nerve). The brain analyzes the information and then sends a signal back to the imbalanced part of the body to go back to its default or healthy state. This can not only change the pain signal going to the nervous system, resulting in decreased pain and muscle spasming, but also calm down the nervous system back to relaxed again.
Colourpuncture not only works with the reprogramming of the nervous system but also influences the emotional, spiritual and physical part of the chronic pain issue. Of course, Colourpuncture treatments are not limited to only treating pain conditions but can have a more global impact on the whole health of a person.
For more information and to book an appointment, contact Linda Pearce.