- Be thankful for the pain. Pain is a good thing. No, I'm not crazy, hear me out. Pain is a signal from the body, one of the many ways our bodies talk to us. Pain is the body's loudest voice saying "Stop what you're doing right now and start listening to me! Stop ignoring all the other messages I've sent you and start paying attention." The body only talks to us when it has something important to say. Ignoring pain (the no pain no gain mentality) or doing something to cover it up or block it (pain medication, nerve blocks, injections) is like smashing the smoke alarm when it wakes you up at night and going back to sleep rather than jumping up out of bed and getting out of your house as fast as you can and calling the fire department to come put the fire out.
- Be thankful for your body's ability to heal itself. No drug, surgery, massage, manipulation, supplement, or treatment can heal your injuries. Only you can - your body. And your body always has the ability to heal itself, if you allow it to, by restoring proper joint alignment and function.
- Be thankful for personal responsibility. Without it you can never get better. Nothing and no-one outside yourself can heal your body as stated above. Personal responsibility is a wonderful thing, because once you commit 100% to restoring your posture and function you are guaranteed results! Egoscue has a 94% success rate when people commit 100% and take full responsibility for their health.
Yes, you read the title of this blog article correctly. As miserable as chronic pain can be physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and in every other way, I believe there are some very important things you can be thankful for when you're in chronic pain.
When you stop fighting chronic pain and make peace with it, listen to it, and use it for the reason it's there, everything gets better. If you are in chronic pain, as painful as it can be, stop for a minute and be thankful that your body is talking to you, your body has the ability to heal itself, and you are in charge of that process.
About Matt Whitehead
I'm an Egoscue Institute certified Postural Alignment Specialist (PAS) and Advanced Exercise Therapist (AET), certified personal trainer, PatchFitness performer, FiveFingers wearer, trail runner, mountain biker, dad, music lover, environmentalist, and wanna-be slam dunk champion. I will be providing you with the latest posture exercises to help you live, play, and be pain free.