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Mitigate Chronic Pain with a Holistic Approach

May 25, 2017 03:19PM
by Allan Tomson, D.C.
The dilemma of chronic pain historically has created an overuse of opiates, other drugs and alcohol to numb the pain and can immobilize a person from living life fully. We take a more holistic approach.

In our minds, pain gets full attention. It’s natural to give it form and substance. Yet it is not a solid thing. It is an experience. As with all experiences it can be intensified or diminished. We know that some people have high pain thresholds and some have low ones. It’s how the brain perceives it.

Rather than seeing pain as a solidified block stuck in your leg, arm or back labeled, as “pain” perceive it as a message running along nerve tracts. See it as a flow or movement. When pain is perceived as a solid, it becomes agony. When it is perceived as movement, it lessons. Liquefy. Soften to it. We teach people to use their mind to soften to the pain. Give the pain permission to be there. Don’t push against it. Soften its edges. See it moving and eventually flowing.

Holistic therapies exist that can help soothe pain. Bodywork such as chiropractic, acupuncture, lymphatic drainage and massage stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which has a calming and relaxing influence on the body. Learning the bodyscan technique and mindfulness meditation, adapted from the work of John Kabot Zinn, are other holistic tools for pain. Likewise, the amethyst biomat and PEMF mat offer helpful frequencies that calm the central nervous system, while stimulating both the immune and detox mechanisms. Exposure to pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) stimulates the release of endorphins, which can lower pain perception thresholds.

Holistic medicine can offer effective methods to help mitigate the daily challenge of chronic pain.

Dr. Allan Tomson is not your average chiropractor. In addition to using the Cayce teachings in his holistic approach, he employs visceral manipulation, a myofascial technique to release tissue tensions in the organs. The holistic therapies of meditation, as well as the sessions with the amethyst biomat and PEMF, with a free experience offered at Neck, Back and Beyond, June 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-865-5690 or visit Neck


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