Do you worry that the pain you are experiencing may increase or never pass? Are you frustrated that the treatments you have tried all failed to bring the relief you had expected or hoped for? You may go through periods when you feel overwhelmed by unpleasant physical symptoms or sensations that are outside of your control. Perhaps you lie awake at night feeling anxious, helpless or angry about your condition and how it limited your ability to create your own life. You might have a hard time standing up or moving because of the pain you are experiencing. As a result, you may find yourself struggling to sustain a job or unable to leave the house. Chronic pain can leave you fearing the worst and dreading what the future might hold. For example, you might wonder if your condition is the result of an incurable illness that doctors may have missed. Dwelling on these thoughts can leave you hopeless and depressed, unable to keep up with your personal and relationship obligations. Do you wish you could just find a moment of relief without any pain?
Many Individuals Struggle With Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain can be an overwhelming and often isolating experience. You may find yourself feeling increasingly alone as you struggle to keep up with work, relationships and other activities that you used to enjoy, but now find almost impossible to engage in without straining your body. Alternately, you may appear to be outwardly healthy despite experiencing severe chronic pain, and it can be exhausting to constantly explain your condition to others. You may struggle to understand why you are suffering or how you developed your condition. Chronic pain has been linked to a variety of causes, including high stress and childhood trauma, such as parental unemployment, hospitalization or physical abuse. Additionally, 50 percent of surgery patients are left in moderate to severe pain after an operation, which can develop into a long-term pain condition. To make things more difficult, uncontrolled pain compromises the immune system and can lead to high medical bills. Chronic pain is associated with a lower quality of life than other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, and significantly increases an individual’s chances of depression and suicidal thoughts.
With all of these challenges, you might believe that no one understands what you are going through. But, the truth is that chronic pain affects one in five adults in Canada, with many individuals reporting a severe level of pain or pain lasting more than 10 years. You are not alone in your struggles. With therapy for chronic pain management, you can find the resources and support you need to understand your condition and find relief.
Manage Chronic Pain More Effectively With Mindfulness Meditation
There are many treatment approaches to pain, and you may feel like nothing you try provides lasting chronic pain management. With mindfulness meditation, however, you can learn to understand your situation and more effectively cope with chronic pain and its impact on your life. My holistic approach to health and wellness integrates the various dimensions of your life that are affecting or are affected by your condition – physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, cultural and social. Mindfulness meditation can change the way you perceive the physical pain, as well the emotions surrounding it, resulting in improved chronic pain management and control. With guidance and support, you can significantly reduce pain symptoms and sensations as well as psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. As you start to feel reinvigorated, you can begin increasing your activity again and reducing the consumption of pain-related medication. Such continuing progress generates an increased sense of self-esteem and a more positive body image, as well as renewed hope for your future.
During our sessions, you will learn to use the power of mindfulness meditation to establish a healthier relationship with your pain and suffering. Pain is an inevitable part of life for every human being, but suffering is optional, and mindfulness meditation can help increase the quality of your life. You will learn how to manage everyday pain by practicing breathing exercises and moving mindfully. And, many of the helpful resources I provide in sessions can be used at home, including tapes, videos, books and workbooks.
In addition to mindfulness meditation, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been proven effective in identifying and responding to emotional challenges related to chronic pain management. You can dispute negative thoughts and self-talk by learning how to look at them and question whether they are true or based on pain or self-doubt.
I have been helping individuals learn how to manage chronic pain for many years. I have seen, personally and professionally, how effective mindfulness meditation can be in recognizing and addressing the impact chronic pain is having on your life. With the right therapy approach, you can explore and understand your condition as you develop the resources and skills you need to foster a more satisfying, less painful life.
But, you may still have questions or concerns about chronic pain management…
My pain is real, not psychological. How can therapy help?
There is a real and documented connection between the mind and the body, and changing the way you think can have a significant impact on how you feel. That is not to say that your pain is not real or physical – it almost certainly is – but there are steps you can take in therapy that may help you find relief. Together, we will explore your condition and identify the best treatment approach for your situation.
Isn’t mindfulness meditation a religious technique? I want something that has been proven effective…
Advances in brain imaging and neural signal data have allowed for extensive research into the effects of mindfulness meditation on chronic pain management. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness meditation enhances control over the part of the brain that helps regulate how we process and filter sensations, such as painful memories or physical symptoms. I use approaches that have been proven effective by research, study and practical application. I have seen that it is possible to manage chronic pain and foster a more peaceful, joyful life.
Isn’t therapy expensive if I don’t have private health insurance?
While therapy may represent an unplanned or unwelcome cost, it is important to consider the cost of not seeking help. Medical treatment for chronic pain management costs more than that of other chronic illnesses. In therapy, you are gaining resources, learning practical skills and practicing techniques that can help you take control of your life, thus reducing the need for costly treatments or medication down the road.
You Can Find Relief And Experience Joy Again
If you are ready to understand why you are suffering and learn how to find relief, or if you have additional questions about chronic pain management, I encourage you to call (647) 930-8448 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation, or contact me to learn more.