Pain Recovery with a Twist
– an article by the Living Well Dallas Pain Recovery Clinic Team –
Have you been in pain so long you can’t remember what it’s like not to be? Tried everything you can think of to get rid of it? Are you at your wit’s end? Well, keep reading. This may be music to your ears.
At Living Well Health & Wellness, we are using some unique modalities to bring recovery that is profound and long-lasting. Our clients are getting their lives back. Who would guess that such gentle work – Bowen Therapy – would bring deep core changes at the cellular level! Who would imagine that LED lights could bring permanent resolution to long-standing conditions like peripheral neuropathy! These two therapies work together synergistically to achieve recovery that is unmatched by many others.
Bowen Therapy was introduced in the U.S. less than 25 years ago and is still largely unheard of. Developed by Tom Bowen of Australia, this gentle technique is changing lives in an amazing way. With its slow, rolling skin movements on acu-points along the spine, Bowen work quickly brings the mind and body from fight-or-flight into rest-and-relaxation of the deepest kind. Then the therapeutic work takes on a life of its own as the practitioner plucks tendons and rolls over muscles, sending new nerve signals to which the body can respond differently. When the body is stuck in a pain/spasm/pain cycle, Bowen Therapy is just the ticket to break this cycle, telling the brain that it no longer needs to continue emitting pain messages but can relax and let the healing take place.
LED (light emitting diodes) phototherapy provides gentle but powerful non-coherent light to create an environment in which change may occur more rapidly. Also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT), these pulsed red and infrared wavelengths travel deeply to effect healing. The equipment is cleared by the FDA for increasing blood/lymph circulation, as well as decreasing pain/swelling/inflammation.
How do LED lights accomplish these effects? In several ways. By stimulating the release of nitric oxide, blood vessels are dilated so that more oxygen and healing nutrients flow to the painful areas. At the same time, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is released, which helps with cellular repair, as it allows cells to accept nutrients and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cells.
In addition, collagen is produced to repair damaged tissue and replace old tissue. Also, LEDs raise the temperature of the cells through a photochemical reaction. Plus, the photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions. This causes the body to send positive ions (calcium and others) to go to the rescue of the area being treated, relieving pain.
You might wonder what this therapy looks like. Black plastic pads with cloth backings have near-infrared bulbs (invisible to the naked eye) embedded in them. The pads may be placed anywhere on the body that is affected by pain, except over a developing fetus or malignant tumor. Velcro straps are used to hold the pads in place. Goggles with blue and red LED lights placed over the eyes stimulate the brain to release melatonin and serotonin, bringing the body into a theta state conducive to healing, thereby being effective for ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. An LED helmet for the head successfully resolves issues caused by concussions.
The focus of Living Well’s Pain Recovery Clinic is:
- Chronic pain (back/neck/joint)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Arthritis/Renaud’s
- Peripheral Neuropathy/Fibromyalgia
With this twist on pain therapy, greater gains are made synergistically than by using either of these powerful tools alone. Clients purchase packages, which include LED and Bowen Therapy, plus nutritional supplements to support the healing process, as well as nutritional guidance. Other therapies may be added, when needed, including essential oils and vibration therapy.
When there are such effective therapies in the marketplace, you might wonder why people in pain have such a hard time recovering. There are three top mistakes that they make. First, many people wait too long before getting help. An acute condition is much easier to correct than one that has been continuing for months or even years. Often, people will think that the pain will certainly go away if they can just wait it out. This is not a good idea. Even if the original pain diminishes, the body will compensate and cause pain to crop up somewhere else. Then, even more areas are involved and must be addressed, and the body takes longer to heal.
Secondly, people don’t realize the impact of their food choices on their pain. Certain foods can either create or worsen inflammation, which leads to pain. Other foods can help fight inflammation. It’s important for people to learn which foods help relieve pain and which foods make pain worse. The nutritional component of our Pain Recovery Clinic is focused on foods and supplements that support the body by adding delicious healing foods and eliminating the foods that exacerbate inflammation, thereby worsening pain.
And finally, another mistake smart people living in pain make is to let their “Pain Brain” run their life. If our reality begins in our mind, then be careful which mind is creating that reality. Pain Brain can rally without you knowing it to take over your life with thoughts of hopelessness, sadness, loneliness, and fear. This reality can be caused by thoughts distorted by medications, the pain response in the body, severe depression/anxiety and straight up fear that the pain will never go away and that you will live compromised. We want to encourage you that there are stronger desires for your life underneath the Pain Brain chatter. Let us help you get to the roots of your Pain Brain and start helping you dream again and finding ways to incorporate living into your life. No matter how loud the Pain Brain shouts at you, you need relationships, you need support, you need to get out and continue to do some of your passions and favorite hobbies. So, what are you waiting for? It’s your time.
Written by the LWD Pain Recovery Clinic Team
Brenda Briscoe, Jenny Bair and Celia Naples
Call today for a consultation to assess your specific needs at 972-930-0260.