From Pain to Brain in Sartell
The world is a scary place. It has always been that way.
Be you a man working to make ends meet, a woman taking care of a child, or a "caveman" long ago, there are struggles around every corner.
Our brains are magnificent creations!
They exist to adapt, protect, and remember.
You can't help but be amazed by the brain.
In a world where information is at the tips of our fingers, it becomes difficult for the mind to process the way it's supposed to.
So, what does pain to brain even mean?
What can we do to make our lives less chaotic?
How do we get our brains out of fight or flight mode?
The world is a scary place, but you don't have to live a life in fear.
Our brains are complex, adaptive, quick, essential, and most of all, stylish...
Okay, maybe the brain won't make it onto the cover of any fashion magazines, but it definitely deserves our full attention.
This 3lb piece of jello is part of what makes humans so unique.
Recent studies have shown how the brain can change and adapt due to neuroplasticity.
Sayings as old as "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all" give us a glimpse into neuroplasticity.
Simply, the brain adapts and learns. Would you rather train your brain to speak out on impulse than not say anything?
No, because not being careful with your words can be a slippery slope.
The side-effect of not training your brain, in this case, is a step towards a pessimistic attitude.
The point is our actions and thoughts can have monumental consequences good or bad.
And you're about to see why!
I'd like you to imagine a dinosaur (preferably one with sharp teeth and a less than pleasant demeanor) chasing you.
You run, slide into giant logs, and try to survive in any way you can.
Would you be a bit stressed?
Might your heart rate increase?
Could it be harder to fall asleep?
The answer should be a resounding yes.
This precisely encompasses from pain to brain,
Our brains, as brilliant as they are, have a difficult time differentiating small stresses and giant (I'm going to eat you) stressors.
And in a world where every second is filled with stressful information, is it surprising stress is on the rise?
Your Brain Is Stuck
Did you know your brain can get stuck in fight or flight or survival mode?
Survival mode is perfect in dangerous situations where you need to react quickly, hence fight or flight.
But it isn't a good state of mind to be in ALL the Time.
Sadly, this is all too common.
Think back to that scary dinosaur. When our brain is in survival mode, it is constantly stressed.
We feel a primal dread that something terrible could happen at any moment.
When this takes place, we get stuck in survival mode.
And since the brain is where we feel pain, chronic pain can set in.
Pain is supposed to be helpful to the body.
It warns us not to touch the hot stove.
When we get hurt, we slow down. Preventing anything more serious from happening.
However, when it becomes chronic, it is no longer helpful.
The cerebrum thinks it's doing us a service by constantly ringing the bell, but it becomes almost unbearable.
Chronic pain is the 2nd most common reason people miss work, according to The Reality Check.
When our nervous system is not aligned, it can cause us to suffer.
When I say pain is in the brain, it means our thoughts and feelings can affect us too!
One example of this is the phenomenon of Phantom Pain where people feel pain from a body part that is no longer there.
In a world with constant stressors taking care of ourselves can look hopeless.
So, how do we fix this problem?
An Answer to Agony
One of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions is to see a chiropractor.
They are experts in fixing the nervous system's connection to the brain. You could say, "they are expert communicators!"
Stress is at our fingertips due to technology and social media. Our minds are scrambled.
Chiropractors have an essential role in society. They help get our bodies out of survival mode and into Healing Mode.
One of our favorite quotes at Good Life Chiropractic is, "Your body's ability to heal is far greater than anyone has permitted you to believe".
I personally like it because it has a Matrixesque vibe to it, but beyond that, it's so true.
Our bodies are nothing short of amazing.
A good chiropractor doesn't make claims to fix you. They merely help your body do what it's made to: thrive.
When you are in healing mode, you are no longer trying to just survive.
You have more energy, fewer aches, better concentration, and your body can properly heal!
So, What Can You Do To Help?
We live in a chaotic world.
Before the Information Era, we didn't experience nearly the amount of mental stimulation.
There are many advancements in medicine, technology, transportation, and general quality of life.
But with all the information in the world at our fingertips, the brain and nervous system just can't catch a break.
This is why practices like mindfulness are becoming more and more prevalent.
And for good reason, take the time to focus on your thoughts (not everyone else's thoughts on social media).
You'll find your body calms.
The brain and nervous system need to communicate. Mindfulness and meditation can help immeasurably.
Taking care of your body, in general, can help you stay in healing mode longer.
Including but not limited to:
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating correctly
- Being active
- Staying positive
The world is a scary place.
Struggles will find you.
But knowing how your brain works can give you an edge over the world.
Understanding neuroplasticity and how it relates to "pain to brain" can help you train your brain to move away from survival mode.
Remember the scary dinosaur?
Being able to picture being in fight-or-flight and how detrimental it is to our bodies is so important.
Because if you can't tell small stresses from big ones, you will find yourself in chaos.
If that happens, chronic pain can set in.
Chronic pain is not helpful to you.
A constant alarm will become background noise at some point, and you will be stuck in survival mode.
Thankfully, Good Life Chiropractic in Sartell focuses on the brain and nervous system for treatment.
Chiropractors aren't necessarily meant to fix you; more so, they adjust you so your body can enter healing mode.
The great news is that you have some effective methods to help too!
Mindfulness and meditation in the Information Era have become one of the most effective ways to put the brain at ease.
What will you do to help yourself?
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