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7 Pain Traps - That Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About!

Mar 5, 2008
Long-term back pain is possibly the most misunderstood problem that you could have, and that's why your doctor or physio hasn't been able to help you. Except for one lone Australian researcher, whose work you're about to be introduced to, most doctors are chasing "red herrings".

Before I share one of the many techniques developed from this research, it's important that you thoroughly understand the 7 pain traps, because without understanding them and taking action, you'll reduce your chance of success.

We know that every one of these 7 traps can act as a trigger to your nervous system to give you more pain. So please pay close attention, for your own sake.


Becoming isolated. If you have pain you might not feel like mixing with people, and in the acute stage of pain it can be nice to have some peace and quiet and just rest and get better. But with long-term pain this isolation is incredibly destructive to you, because it damages your nervous system. You absolutely must mix socially with people.


Limiting your physical activity. When an injury is fresh, rest can be very important, and that can mean total rest, or just limiting your activities or limiting your range of movement. That's sensible. However when pain is long term, the reverse is true. You must do as much activity as you can without flaring your pain too much. And you should be consistently increasing the intensity and duration of that activity, again without flaring your pain too much. You absolutely do not have to "push through your pain" as some pain specialists say. That's plain dumb because it can sensitise you even more.

Your intention should be to keep increasing the activity, without increasing the flaring any more than it is already. If you get a flare, you back off for maybe a day (or whatever it takes), then you get right back on track.


Being more dependent on people than you need to. If you have a disability, it makes sense that your family and friends will help you, but the trap is to allow them to help more than necessary. Make a list of the things that other people do for you, and see if you can work out ways around that. Think about the conversations you have with them and make sure you're not saying the same things over each time you see them.


Missing out on interests or hobbies. Not only are these things calming, but they get your mind off your body and onto something else. Even if you don't have an interest or hobby, get one! You're not stuck with it for life - later you can choose something else. You just need something right now, for the sake of your nervous system!

Likewise you need to be very aware of what's going on in the world around you, and to take an interest in that. Read papers and magazines, listen to talk-back radio, ask people their opinions. Involve yourself.


Putting up with depression, anger or anxiety. It's understandable that if your pain isn't being managed well, and if your quality of life has been affected, that you might feel depressed, angry or anxious. However these feelings create a lot of stress in your nervous system and just make the problem worse. I'm not saying you need to use willpower here - not at all! There are some really good techniques that can take care of those emotions for you and knock them right out, regardless of your pain.


Not managing your sleep. You need a good night's sleep in order to even function well, let alone heal from a health problem! But lots of people with pain tolerate poor sleep, or get into sleeping habits that don't support good health. Snoring is a big assault on your health because it deprives your body and brain of oxygen through the night. Grab a book on "sleep hygiene" and put those methods into practice.


Not managing your nutrition. Good nutrition is even more important than good sleep, and if you're overweight, underweight, or tired all of the time you can bet your nutrition needs to be examined.

You might be thinking that these 7 traps are all common sense, but if they are just common sense, why hasn't your doctor paid close attention to them? Why aren't you already free of them? I really encourage you to look at them closely and make sure none of them ever trap you again.


What I'm about to share with you might look pretty odd at first, and that's because it's designed to thoroughly mess up the pain signals. This seemingly crazy technique, detailed in the book "The Pain Train - Time to Get Off" is part of a program that's helped over 85% of people eliminate or dramatically reduce their pain.

To "mix up" your pain signals, you need to focus on your pain at the same time as you're doing some sensory stimuli that are pretty strong. I'm quite sure you'll think this is a bit silly, but don't be fooled because doctors all over the world are starting to sit up and take notice!

Decide on a single tiny spot on your body where you have pain. Guess how strong that pain is out of 10, with 10 out of 10 being the worst you could imagine, and 0 out of 10 being no pain at all. While you're focussing strongly on that pain, start tapping, flicking, pinching, stroking, all over your head, face, chest, arms, and legs, even the soles of your feet if you like. At the same time, imagine that you're tasing different types of strongly-flavoured food: a lemon, a chocolate, a mint, a nice steak.

Do that for maybe 5 minutes maximum, and then check whether anything at all has happened. You're not worried about other areas, just that single spot you "treated".

Make sure you check that one spot. A lot of people, even from the start, notice that the pain isn't the same. It might have changed in some way (a different type of pain) or it might have increased, decreased, or moved. Often it comes back, but less and less until it's gone for good.
About the Author
Christine Sutherland is an international researcher who trains health professionals and clients to eliminate back pain. If you have back or neck pain that isn't responding to treatment, this new approach is worth checking out.
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