This post explores how to reduce back pain and create enhanced health and well being by increasing your awareness of the sensations within your body.
Most people go to a doctor because theyre concerned. Their symptoms seem like theyve either become too intense, like theyve lasted too long, or theyre different than usual, and theres a feeling like something is really the matter this time.
Since theyre uncertain about whats really going on, the person looks to the doctor to find out precisely whats wrong (the diagnosis) followed by what the options are for fixing it (the treatment).
In this interaction, the doctor is expected to do both the finding and the fixing for the patient.
If youre back is hurting, a doctor might take an x-ray or an MRI and see what she can find.”
She might find a bulging disc, or arthritis on the films and suggest a treatment like surgery, a spinal injection, physical therapy or whatever she thinks will reduce the symptoms and make you more comfortable.
Although this standard approach to diagnosis and treatment can rule out potentially life-threatening conditions like cancer, when it comes to actually ending back pain it too often falls short.
One of the reasons is that the cause of back pain (and this applies to many other types of pain too) is very to hard to find.”
In a British Medical Journal article (April 3, 1993), Andrew Frank, consultant physician in rheumatology and rehabilitation at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, England, stated that Up to 85% of patients with low back pain cannot be given a definitive diagnosis because of the poor associations between symptoms, signs, imaging results and pathological findings.
In other words, doctors only definitively know whats causing someones back pain in 15 out of 100 people. And you probably wouldnt take your car to a mechanic who could only find and fix whats going on in 15 out of 100 cars!
Of the thousands of people with back pain who weve worked with over the years, many have been diagnosed and treated by a variety of doctors. Yet most still dont know why theyre still in pain. Theyve been looking to doctors for solutions, and havent learned how to find answers by connecting to their own bodies.
Finding means discovering whats really going on within you, what youre really feeling and what youve been avoiding dealing with.
Your body has ways of energetically and mechanically blocking things out of your awareness, and when youve done that, pain is one of the ways your body gets you to stop and hopefully begin to do some discovering.
Once youre able to find a renewed connection to whats going on within you, you can start taking actions that will fix your own situation instead of looking for someone else to do it for you.