Research has shown that no matter how good our memory is. It isn’t strong enough to recall old events or trauma in full detail. So what are we actually remembering? More important when we think about or tell some one about what happened, the brain edits the original event slightly with each time it is retold.
Think about that for a minute.
Each time it’s remembered our brain and our emotional attachment to the event grows stronger connections between brain cells called neurons. These circuitry get embedded in our brain cells through repetition.
According to Karim Nader PhD, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal says “it maybe impossible for humans or any other animal to bring a memory to mind without altering it in some way”1.
So what we recall, plus or minus a slight change, our story is born. The “story” can create excuses for doing or not doing something. Pain or emotional overload can become the roots of a deeply hidden driver behind the pain story. Often times, the more often we think about the pain the story deepens so does the pain.
The brain is such an amazing programmable computer. Whatever the brain focuses is on tells the thinking and emotional systems of the brain what messages to send to the body. So, if you focus on pain the pain increases.
Experiment: Look at the image of the bridge at the right. If you focus on the trees, you don’t see the details of the bridge or water rushing below the bridge.
So it is day 6 and I am determined to unlock this right shoulder
I want to stretch, lift and complete quick movements without pain.
Knowing you are guarding the injury site and uncovering why you are doing it can begin to soften the neuro-emotional objections you have developed to releasing the old trauma at the site of injury.
The two ways that are helping tonight are visualization and singing.
To protect my tightened muscles and tendons in my shoulders, I began rounding the shoulders.
*Reset your posture:
Take a deep belly breath. Then squeeze and release the shoulder blades while tightening the belly. Then relax the shoulders -keep your chin straight and release your breath through your nose.
Knowing that reaction pattern was set in place and then continually repeated every time I bumped, slipped or sat over a computer.
*Angel in the snow
*Lay down on your back with your head and spine resting on a rolled rug on the floor (or on your bed if floor is too challenging)
*Practice creating snowmen
**Begin with arms at your sides and move them comfortably and slowly (on your breath) upward until you begin to feel your muscles start to resist. Return to stating position and repeat. Feels freeing and reminds me of playing in the snow as a kid.
Results I could extend my arms upward easier now and I realized that there was a strong emotion coming to the surface. I finally realized I was breaking free !
If you would like me to help you find a gentle way to retrain your body and be healthy and free, contact Mary Wolken PhD through the Pain Away link on this page.
PS. If you have noticed that the dates on this post is not two days after the previous post -great observation! The observations are accurate for day 6 results.
So I’m averaging 2 to 3 heat and vibrational therapy treatments daily and the acute pain in my shoulder is waning. PT (physical therapist) checked it today and feels I just over did my new stretching exercises, I had temporarily added to my daily routine. I’m at the point where I’m chomping at the bit to get to “normal” functioning. I know slow and steady wins the race. Baah!
Even though I tell people recovering from injury or illness to take it slow when you start to feel better and think you are over the worst of the slow recovery steps. CAUTION!!
As you to probably experienced, add too much of a load and your body will scream for relief. Know what I mean? So I have 1 exercise to do -a reach and stretch and can do shoulder rotations but take it easy. Now if you are like me going slow was never part of my makeup. It has to be perfect to right? Heat has been a God sent gift.
Do ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. Comments welcome.