Complementary Support for Pain
October 8, 2019
A lot of people are looking for other options for dealing with pain because conventional methods are frustrating. Pain can be very debilitating and interfere with your life, preventing you from going about your everyday life.
Some options are:
I. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Research shows cognitive behavioral therapy to be a great complementary option. You may have to “therapist shop” to find a therapist that you work well with. Go to several to find one you like. It can be a little time consuming at first, but try someone out two or three times and the go to the next one. Do this with a few therapists. The reason that you can do this and it works very well is that you may hit gold the first time, or you may find parts of the therapy that you don’t like. Tell the therapist what you are and are not interested in. If you don’t want a lot of childhood stuff—what did your parents do, etc.—tell them that. Or if you feel that childhood (or adulthood) trauma is a part of the problem, tell them. Tell them what you feel will make the biggest difference for you.
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses more on what can we do right now. You won’t be doing a whole lot of regression-type therapy. It’s more action based. It helps answer the question “how do I get moving forward?” Look for a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. Again, you may have to try two or three therapists before you find someone who really meshes with your personality.
II. Energy Healing. A lot of people use energy healing to help with pain sensation. Acupuncture is a type of energy medicine because it works with points along the different meridians that can help to relieve certain things. It has been proven to very effective.
III. Reiki. Reiki is good for certain types of pain. There is a lot of preliminary research that shows it can be effective when it comes to pain. Certain things, such as fibromyalgia, would benefits from other types of work and not from reiki. Your chakras have a very strong emotional component. Refer to the “Chakras For Emotions” podcast (link below) for further information. Meridians directly connect to several different organs, but there is also an emotional component there as well. The aura, something lot of people tend to neglect, is a little less defined, a little more ethereal in nature. People who have issues with boundaries tend to have an aura that doesn’t have a lot of definition to the end of it. Sometimes people have auras with spikes in them—like they are trying to protect themselves against other people. Different things like that come into play that can exacerbate issues that the body is already dealing with.
General work with energy healing can help because it can be very relaxing and stress-reducing. Since stress can exacerbate pain, being able to get in to see someone who does energy work can be very effective when it comes to relieving pain.
IV. Breath Work. One of the quickest ways to incorporate energy work, if you are trying to do it on your own, is to do some breath work. As you breathe in very slowly, imagine yourself absorbing the things you need: the sunlight, positive energy, whatever colors you really like (if you are attracted to certain colors, it means your body needs those wavelengths), imagine yourself absorbing all these things. It will bring a calmness, peacefulness, etc. As you exhale out, create a connection to the earth and imagine yourself releasing any excess frustrations, anger, or irritation, into the earth. The earth works as a kind of grounding agent and it will be able to transmute that negative energy and use those vibrations elsewhere. It’s not that you’re harming the earth by giving it to the earth. Just like the trees giving off oxygen, which we consume, and we give off carbon dioxide, which they consume for energy. It’s the same thing here—you’re giving off things that aren’t helpful to you and that energy can be used elsewhere. We’re giving that to the earth so that it can become whatever it needs to be for other uses…plants, whatever it is. One of the easiest energy healing things you can do on your own that can help with pain. It adds a mindfulness component. This can be very effective very quickly. Compound breath work with any work you do with energy workers, it’s fantastic. You don’t have to worry about this interacting with medication. Therapy is very similar and will not interact with medication, unless you go to a psychiatrist and they prescribe medication. If you are just going to a basic cognitive behavioral therapist, they’re not going to prescribe medication.
V. CBD Oil. CBD will interact with certain medications. CBD oil is legal in most states, but check your local laws to make sure. It will not always help if it is an emotional issue. That’s why a lot of the conversation here is focused on emotions because that’s where a lot of the other stuff doesn’t help. Refer back to the CBD episode (link below) to get more ideas. Do be aware that CBD used for pain can be a tricky subject. A lot of people have a lot good results with it because it does help with the nervous system. The endocannabinoid system, which is what CBD helps to strengthen, is directly connected to the nervous system. If you utilize the CBD oil, it will help to release the right kinds of things to help calm the nervous system. If the pain is directly related to the nervous system as the root cause, then it will be very helpful. When it comes to inflammation, CBD can be helpful, but it does not necessarily suggest instant relief. So if somebody is dealing with pain that is inflammation based, CBD does have some anti-inflammatory properties but it’s not an instant relief. And there are other things, such as Boswellia resin, which is where we get frankincense from, that is highly anti-inflammatory and can be very helpful. Turmeric can be good for most people, assuming there are no liver issues. There are other options that can help with inflammation a lot faster than CBD can. So don’t always assume that CBD oil will be good for pain because it isn’t always. I’ve also had someone recently ask me about kratom. There doesn’t seem to be any research that suggests it’s a good option. On the other hand, there have been overdoses related to it. Some are due to the fact that someone has used something in addition to kratom. It is anecdotally considered a very good option for people in a lot of pain, but there is no evidence that it really is a good option. The main reason it hasn’t been studied is that it has a lot of opioid-like tendencies. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily safe. There are many other options that can be used. It’s just a matter of finding the right combination for your body. Since it’s not regulated, there is no way to know if it has been cut with something else or that it is safe. Marijuana has no opioid-like actions. Kratom does. There are so many other options and it is just a matter of working with someone to find the right options for you. Any questions, please tag Larabeth in the Facebook group.
VI. Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is very good if you are using it as an inhalation option. Rarely are there contra-indications to using it. There are very few times that it is not going to work with medications. Aromatherapy and energy work combinations can really make a big difference for people who are having pain that is also related to emotional issues. This is because aromatherapy has a direct connection to the limbic system. When you inhale it, it immediately works on your limbic system. It is one of the most powerful things that someone can do in combination with what they are doing in their regular doctor’s sessions. A lot of research suggests that it can help with treatment-induced pain. Especially with cancer patients. A couple of the main essential oils are lavender and sweet marjoram. A lot of times, the essential oils that you like the smell of the most are the ones you need the most. You don’t necessarily need a lot of the ones that you’re not attracted to. It’s a great way to filter through a lot of this information without getting overwhelmed. Lavender can be great for relaxation, but so can jasmine, rose, and sweet marjoram. Determine ahead of time which essential oils you like the smell of before you go and spend a lot of money on ones you don’t even like. The strongest results will be using essential oils alongside energy work.
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Chakras and Emotions podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5jR6aDa15PirpSn2QbomOS
CBD – Myth and Legend podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2oO4co0uFK4RqbLnq589WU