Everyone feels pain differently and to different degrees. What may be a minor irritation to one person could be unbearable agony for another. Though we talk about pain as being an “outer reality”, as when we say “falling down hurts”, the actual experience of pain is different from person to person.
We often think of pain as a physical stimulation to nerve endings that unleashes a sequence of electrical impulses. Those impulses, in turn, lead to chemical changes, telling our brain there is pain. This can be true, when there is a direct physical cause, such as whiplash caused by an accident. The source of this pain is then very clear.
There are other types of pain where the source is less clear. We now know that various chemical reactions occur in the areas of pain nerves, and that these reactions can be caused by emotions. Receptors throughout the body and various organs recognize these emotionally-caused hormones as “pain”. Emotional stress, therefore, can cause the sensation of physical pain and make us believe that there is pain physically. They both feel the same. Pain, therefore, can be induced by physical or emotional trauma or injury. Often physical trauma is linked to a corresponding emotional trauma. For instance, back pain resulting from a car accident is induced not only by the physical injury to the muscles, ligaments and bones but is also connected to the emotional and mental shock from the accident.
Because pain is a multi-dimensional phenomena, pain management must also be multi-dimensional. The use of pain medications, such as Advil and Tylenol with Codeine, often does not correct the mental and emotional layer, and thus, leads to recurrent use of pain medications and exposure to their dangerous side-effects. At Holistique, we manage pain by addressing all aspects and reasons for pain – the physical, mental and emotional. As a result, pain resolves permanently without the need to take medications long-term. Initially, our physicians may order imaging studies such as thermograph, x-ray, MRI or CT scan to identify the physical source of pain. Autonomic Response Testing may be used to identify the corresponding emotions.
Our physicians treat acute pain with:
Cold laser therapy
Emotional relief techniques
IV Nutrient Therapy
Needle-free allergy desensitization
Prescription pain medications (initially, if necessary)
In addition to the above therapies, chronic pain treatment also may involve exercise therapy, reflexology, prolotherapy, mesotherapy, food allergy/sensitivity identification and elimination, and anti-microbial therapy if low-grade chronic infections are present. Those suffering from fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease or unknown causes of their chronic joint and muscle pain, may further be assessed for chronic lyme infections and its co-infections.
Chronic pain patients may also be referred for supportive emotional counseling and Qigong, and be guided towards learning and practicing meditation, EFT, and oxygen therapy at home.