22 Apr Using Heat to Treat Chronic Pain
Thought I’d write this blog as having had many injuries over the years it’s a good mantra to share your knowledge to the benefit of others. So chronic pain, well there are many types of causes of chronic pain but I’m going to focus on the the Holistic side of pain, tears and inflammation of new injuries should never be treated with heat as the pain your feeling is blood at the source of the injury through tear, breakage, it’s trying to fix the damage and the swelling and tightness is that process underway, ice is the best treatment at this stage as it will cause the capillaries to shrink back thus preventing more blood loss and the swelling should subside. Once an injury has calmed down from initial point of cause that’s when heat comes into its’ own. Within the muscles we tend to tense when we strain, hurt, stress, feel cold, it’s a natural body reaction however if your suffering with pain in that muscle area the last thing you want to do is tense which causes more pain, this statement is great food for thought; To reduce pain, we need to reduce credible evidence of danger and increase credible evidence of safety, heat is reassuring, and reassurance is analgesic. I personally believe it’s hard coded in all us of, the most basic human needs includes warmth, our brains are hard wired to relax when we are warm, how many of you fall asleep in front of a cozy warm fire but sitting outside in the snow it’s the last thing we would want to do. For years I’ve had painful but wholly necessary remedial massage, physiotherapy and the muscle area, or joint is manipulated, stretched, strengthened, or if too painful ultra sound is used but I come away sore and mostly feeling in more discomfort than when I started but remedially the work has begun to encourage repair. I always get home and get straight in the bath and you can feel the tightness melting away, but I believe it’s the body just relaxing, the brain telling the muscles it’s cool you can release off now it’s warm the blood flow is increase just relax and recover.
I’m writing this and going to link into Hot Stone of course but also the use of Infra Red warmth and the use of black pepper essential oil which contains antispasmodic, anti rheumatic properties, i’ve read up about Tiger Balm and Deep Heat these are topical pain relievers but actually the way they work is to mask the neural receptors that are focusing on the pain of the injury to switch to the chemical reaction that these products are having on the skin thus removing your thoughts of the injury, if it works hey why not but if you have time and are in chronic pain why not drop me a line. My firm belief is that each and every lovely client comes with their own unique issues, be it physical, mental or most of the time a bit of both, I always tailor your treatment to you, so if you’ve booked in for Hot Stone I’ll use black pepper to enhance the heat and get the benefits into the body via massage to prolong the relief, if you’ve booked in for Swedish Massage and no matter how hard I”m working your pain areas I’ll always resort to using a hot stone to reduce the pain and encourage the body to relax. A full body hot stone massage is ideal if your stressed and have anxiety I guarantee you will leave me and have a great nights sleep. So next time your at your wits end with pain and stress just come and visit me, it’s my pleasure and wholly rewarding to see you leave feeling like a new person again.