Posts Tagged "chronic pain"

Being Healthy with Fibromyalgia – Network Spinal Analysis

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Being Healthy with Fibromyalgia – Network Spinal Analysis

Being Healthy with Fibromyalgia – Network Spinal Analysis

Living with Fibromyalgia can be an ongoing experience with pain, fog and fatigue. There may be no injury present, or compared to the symptoms the injury is small. Or, it may have healed long ago, so why does it still ache? Fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain do not happen because of muscles or joints alone. Some skeptics may even tell you it’s all in your head. So what is really happening? The latest understanding is that our nervous system plays a big role. What’s the nervous system? It is made up of nerve endings, nerves and the spinal cord. These are the sensors, wiring and switches for gathering, transmitting and processing input from all parts of the body. The nervous system’s largest processing centre is the brain. This is where the nervous system receives the signals and makes its best interpretation. For many people living with Fibromyalgia or other forms of chronic pain, the nervous system is miswired and distorts what should be benign input. The result is a painful misinterpretation, ouch! What this all means is that pain comes from our nervous system and in particular the brain. If the pain experience comes from a brain miswired, how do we address the pain and get back to health? Pain medication, usually the first resort, can quiet the nerves and the pain centres in the brain. Unfortunately, pain meds modify the experience only and not the underlying issue. Take away the medication and the pain returns. Why? The nervous system is still misinterpreting signals as painful. Reorganizing the nervous system is the key to health. How do we improve the health of the nervous system and correct the signal distortion? We need to reorganize the sensors, wiring and switches. We need to rewire the nervous system.   Network Spinal Analysis A gentle approach can be the answer. Network Spinal Analysis is leading edge chiropractic that has helped improve Fibromyalgia symptoms and achieve greater health using a system of light touch. Developed by chiropractor Dr. Donald Epstein, Network Spinal Analysis helps the body form new connections between brain and body. It is a gentle technique that is well suited to people living with Fibromyalgia. Light touch is used along specific areas of the spine causing large-scale changes across the entire body. The gentle touches, applied with as much force as putting in a contact lens, are made over specific areas called “spinal gateways”. Gateways are critical information processing centres for our nervous system. They’re how the nervous system can monitor and regulate on our inner and outer environments. They are focal areas for free energy and with light touches can help the nervous system to unwind, heal and growth. When a Gateway is contacted the body naturally breathes and moves, stretches, awakens, and releases stuck energy and stress. With regular care, this ability becomes deeply ingrained. The nervous system is the new cornerstone to health and well-being. Functioning optimally, it helps all parts of the body to communicate with each other. It allows us to sense and adapt to ever changing internal and external environments. For people living with Fibromyalgia or other forms of chronic pain, the nervous system can be miswired and can interfere with normal body function. Network Spinal Analysis makes possible a re-organized and rewired nervous system. If you could rewire ourselves for greater healing, growth and well-being, what would open up for you? Yours in health,Dr. Leo Quan  Tweet...

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Pain – The Good, the Bad and the Chronic

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Pain – The Good, the Bad and the Chronic

Pain – The Good, the Bad and the Chronic

Tell me if this sounds familiar or if you can relate: Peter is having a down day. His back is aching really badly, more than normal. There’s no will to get up from bed. Before she left their apartment for work, Peter’s wife Jackie gave him the daily pep talk, “Oh, come on, I know you can do this!” When Peter looked away, she told him it’s all in his head, and to “just deal with it.” As Jackie closes the door behind her, Peter angrily throws the pillow in her direction. Peter took his last pain-killer last night. He can barely hold the thought to get a refill at the pharmacy. It just hurts too much. As a chiropractor in downtown Toronto that works with people who suffer from chronic pain I hear personal stories like this all of the time. People who suffer from chronic pain may look fine – they don’t necessarily have an obvious injury like a broken arm or leg but their pain is very real and constant through every moment of their day.   Do you know someone who suffers from chronic pain or know someone who does? Unlike acute pain, chronic pain can last for months or even years. Chronic pain can stem from an obvious incident such as a motor vehicle collision, infection or arthritis, but not always. Chronic pain can affect all aspects of life, causing strain on families and relationships and make home and work responsibilities a challenge. People suffering from chronic pain often deal with anger, frustration, depression, mental fog and social isolation. Some venture into drug abuse and even contemplate suicide.   What’s the positive side of pain? Pain can be an incredibly useful signal that we are living out of balance. For example, consider an office worker who cradles the phone in his shoulder for hours and feels pain in the very same area at the end of the day. Here, the body is speaking up about the misalignment. Where in life do you experience pain? If there was something out of balance, what would it be? How would you address it? For a short-lived aches and pain, dealing with the imbalance could be simple. “Stop doing whatever you were doing” is an obvious answer and works really well for the office worker example above. Stop putting your body out of alignment and the signals will stop too – genius! It’s a simple example of how a healthy lifestyle choice can dramatically affect pain. For the chronic pain sufferer, life is not so simple. Rather than an unhealthy lifestyle being the source of pain, it’s often the other way around. Chronic pain itself can be the primary source of an unhealthy lifestyle. Find this hard to accept, even contradictory? Just like Peter’s wife Jackie, most people are in disbelief or are simply unaware that chronic pain is widespread. Nearly 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain according to a recent survey (click for link).   For individuals, families, workplaces and communities dealing with chronic pain who is making a difference? The Toronto Chapter of the Chronic Pain Association (http://www.chronicpaintoronto.com) has created a place where people with chronic pain can gain better understanding of their treatment and management options. It’s a place where caregivers, families, friends, employers and co-workers can access resources and education for chronic pain. It’s where people find hope and meaning to their life. Chronic pain is a very real health challenge for Canadians. It directly impacts the quality of life of individuals and their families and has ripple effects on the workplace...

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