There is no denying that people today lead very busy lives. Sometimes so much so that they tend to neglect themselves and their body. They tend also to put he needs of others before the needs of their own. Your body can only cope with so much neglect and lack of self love before it starts to break down.
And when it does start to stop functioning properly, it will do so bit by bit. Initially you will pass it off as a niggle so you will not address it and it will slowly get worse even though you think it will ‘fix itself’. So it starts getting worse and then it starts affecting other things and other people and then you notice that something else is going on, and so forth.
Only then, when you are feeling the massive pain and discomfort, will you go and see about it. And it is usually straight off to the doctor’s to get a pill. We all know that there is no magic pill to fix everything, so why do we go? Probably because it is the easiest option, the most modern option, the most publicised and commonly accepted option – “if pain persists, see your doctor”.
So we come away with prescriptions and maybe a referral for further tests. The pill popping starts, the moods start etc. – life for everybody around you becomes unhappy. (There is no denying that some medication is absolutely necessary for specific cases).
So, what if, when you first noticed the ‘niggle’ you did something proactive about it? What if, you actually gave yourself some time to investigate how to address the discomfort from the very first sign. Would the follow on symptoms have occurred? Would you now be having to treat more than one issue? Could you have prevented any further deterioration to your health?
Now, after all this time, things still are not as good as the could be and you realise that you do not want to be masking the pain any longer with the medication. You seek out other treatment to help. You must realise that you have probably already spent a fortune on medication and specialists etc. and you may have gotten some good results with some sessions, you may have even undergone surgery (was it necessary?) but you still suffer from some pain.
You now seek out alternative therapies because what you have done so far ‘hasn’t worked’. You now come to see us for our expertise but where do we start? We have medications to consider, we have doctors and specialists reports to consider and so forth. Also, we are no longer dealing with initial niggle but more of a compounded pain.
As a therapist, some of our considerations are: what do we need to address first, how does one problem relate with another problem, what are your physical limitations, how is your mental health and attitude; are you willing to put in the work, invest your time and money into your recovery, will the client be open-minded and accepting of the treatments, how can we help the client to the best of our ability so that they feel they have a tangible outcome.
So back to the topic, ‘Why is my pain not going away’. Your pain is probably a compounded effect which means that it will take time for it to improve. There are layers involved, one thing on top of another, and it will take time for these layers to be shed. You most probably will require regular treatments, you will most definitely need to do your prescribed ‘at home’ exercises, you will need physical rehabilitation as well as therapeutic/remedial relief, you will also need to heal from the inside out, which means working on your internal self. (It is a waste of time going in for a once-off treatment now and then and expecting any long term result).
Now to do all of this you must set aside time every day, every week. You must expect to pay for this investment into your health. Are you willing to do this? There is a saying, ‘you must pay for your mistakes’, and in this case the mistake was neglecting your health. So, if you are willing to step up and do something about it then you must do it wholeheartedly, do what you are told and be committed to improving your life and those around you.