How to Transform Pain into Healing With a Positive Mindset
Let’s imagine what the world would be like without the negative thoughts surrounding pain. What if instead of opiates for low back pain, doctors prescribed meditation and mindfulness practices? What if before surgery, there were classes that could teach you how to form a positive attitude? What if a positive mindset could hold the key to pain recovery?
What is Pain?
Pain is defined as physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.
In reality, we need pain to survive. It’s a signal in the brain, without which we would not survive as a species. But what happens when that signal malfunctions?
If pain is our smoke detector, what’s the difference between the one that goes off every time we cook and the one that saves our lives?
We may not have the answer right now. But what we do know is that pain is extremely individual and subjective.
Take MRI’s for example. It’s a well-known phenomenon, for someone doubled over in back pain to limp into a doctor’s office only to have no abnormalities on their scan. Contrarily, people with massive damage or even deformities on their scan are virtually pain-free.
Regardless of the cause, what this tells us is that pain can really be dependent on our beliefs, expectations, and attitudes towards it.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
There are many causes of chronic pain. But some you wouldn’t think of. The following are generally the most common causes:
- Poor Posture
- Improper Movement
- Being Overweight
- Congenital Conditions (Scoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine)
- Traumatic Injury
- No obvious physical cause
- Normal aging or wear and tear
Positive Mindset for Pain
Negative thoughts. Anxiety. Depression. All of these can decrease your tolerance for pain making normal pain feel excruciating. This is why it is so important to spin your internal dialogue from negative to positive. Spiraling down won’t bring you up. You must change your thoughts and attitude.
If there is no obvious physical cause for pain, then perhaps your pain stems from your mind. Work on decreasing causes of anxiety in your life. At the same time, fill your life with the people and activities that make you happy.
If you’re a little skeptical that ‘wishing your pain away’ is a bunch of woo-woo, it’s important to note that there has been immensely promising research into the subject. In response to the deadly opioid crisis, the US government has invested resources into studying new methods of healing in an all hands on deck approach. These studies show that a positive mindset towards pain can change the physical structures of the brain.
This idea of meditation and positive mindset may soon become a reality to pain and recovery. But how?
The ‘Nocebo’ Effect
Science has already proved that the placebo effect dictates measurable changes in the body.
But what about the nocebo effect?
The nocebo phenomenon is when a patient anticipates a side effect of a medication, they can suffer that effect. This happens even if the “medication” is actually nothing at all.
If the negative shows to have actual effects on the mind and body, what if you simply changed your mindset to the positive?
A positive mindset is exactly what this is. Believe that your body and mind knows how to heal itself from pain. No medications, procedures or physical therapy. Just you, your thoughts and a smile towards the pain that ails you.
Meditation and Breathwork for Pain
Mindfulness meditation has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 percent. Accomplished meditators can reduce it by over 90 percent.
By practicing meditation with a focus on mindfulness towards pain, it appears possible to effect changes in the perception of pain. Along with meditation comes guided breathwork exercises. This results in decreased anxiety and depression while promoting a sense of well being. All proven to beneficially impact pain tolerance.
However, if you roll our ankle stepping off of a curb, this type of acute injury is not going to be mitigated by a positive mindset only. But it certainly helps the healing process. Visualizing the healing process, planning activities, along with doing everything your doctor instructs, yields a sure fire way to heal as fast as possible and get back to doing what you love.
The mind is incredibly powerful and science has only begun to scratch the surface of what it is capable of.
If you suffer from chronic pain, or are getting over an acute injury, the MoveU Forever Fix Program and included community is a 50/50 split. It teaches physical exercise with mental and behavioral guidance to so you can finally take back control of your life!
Transform your pain into a powerful mind and body today! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at [email protected].