“I sought out services with Dr. Allen after suffering from chronic pain in various regions of my body. The pain had gotten so bad that it was limiting my ability to exercise, travel and other things that I had looked forward to doing now that I retired.
Instead of just addressing my pain, Dr. Allen assessed all areas of my health. I had never known or recognized how my gut health and chronic constipation were influencing my chronic pain. She helped me eliminate inflammatory foods and heal my gut.
Because of the care I received from Dr. Allen, I no longer have chronic pain. My gut health has improved and I no longer depend on laxatives to help manage my chronic constipation. She set me up on a plan that will continue to help me for many years in the future!” ~KN
Now, this can be detrimental to the healing process in many different ways. First of all, we need the inflammation in order to trigger the immune system to increase circulation to the area bringing all the healing macrophages and lymphocytes to heal the injury. The second reason it can be detrimental is because is by masking your pain which can cause you to push through and ignore you pain; thus, causing more injury, inflammation, and setting you up for chronic pain situation. Cortisone injections have plenty of research to support the discontinued use due to the delayed healing process of the injury following. I’ll drop that research article in the comments section of this live video.
Now, let’s talk about the break that goes with yoga. This does a couple of things. Allows you to decreased your stress arousal response to the pain. But allows you to mindfully be aware of exactly what muscles are contracting in response to pain and see if you can override that involuntary response. What I mean by that is our muscles will naturally tighten around a painful joint in order to protect it or prevent movement. But, that will often lead to increased compression in the joint which in turn creates more inflammation (which is why doctors prescribe muscle relaxers). But, if you are in a comfortable position, telling your mind and body you are safe, you have the capacity to heal and recognize muscles that are contracted, you can actually begin to actively release those muscles and gain relief.
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