I learned something new last week, and I am sharing it because it is nothing short of amazing. I was able to relate it to my own life and my own circumstances and I am guessing that you will too.
If you have an injury or other chronic pain, the severity of it and how long it lasts will be DIRECTLY related to how you felt at the time of the injury, and how you continue to feel as you go along with your recovery (or lack of recovery).
I can tell you my story of how I stopped my chronic pain in my ankle that had kept me from doing much exercise for 7 months (since last July!!).
This is going to sound really simple, and it is. The only unfortunate part is that it took me this long to figure it out.
So in November 2013 I started going to a gym and working out with a personal trainer 3x per week. Yes, I have extra weight, however my MAIN reason for going was to get strong and feel good and healthy. I have arthritis, flat feet and at the time my lower back would go out on occasion. I really wanted to strengthen my body and lessen my pain.
It was working, I could do squats for 15 minutes, walk through my yard doing lunges, do tricep dips off my kitchen chairs, hold a plank for a few minutes and could even do some push-ups. (not a lot of them, but I could do them!)
I loved going and felt great. 2x a week I worked out with a really knowledgeable trainer who knew about my ‘pain issues’ and would tailor the workouts to me. She would always watch to make sure my form was good, ask me about my pain level for the day, and point out if my knees or ankles were twisting in a bad way. Her motto was “make sure that you don’t cause injury and make it so you can’t work out at all”.
1x a week I worked out with another trainer that didn’t really even notice when someone had bad form, or point out that they were trying to do shoulder presses while slouching or that they were twisting or bending wrong. When I worked out with him, I basically just watched myself. It was okay, because he was helpful in some ways and I liked him personally, and the workouts felt good.
Then in late spring of 2014 the trainer I loved was let go. I figured that I would keep going to the gym, they had another experienced trainer and I started working out with her. I rarely got corrected on my form, I had to do that myself, or ask if they would watch my legs closely for form. It seemed like the main objective of my new trainer was all about weight loss. She’s a super skinny 30ish year old and she talked and talked about weight. She had signs up, saying “the scale doesn’t matter as much as how you feel”, but it felt like all she ever talked about was what we were eating.
I was mildly annoyed because one of the reasons I had extra weight on was because I was injury prone due to lack of using my muscles properly. I was trying to work out to strengthen the muscles properly so that I would not have so many injuries ~ stronger muscles = less injuries = weight lost as far as I’m concerned.
So anyway, I wound up with a bad injury to my left leg. My hip and lower back hurt, my knee was killing me, and my ankle felt like the tendons were all pulled out of shape. This had been chronic for me since July of 2014. So that is my story, now I want to share…
What I did to feel better and lessen my chronic pain issues
A couple of weeks ago, I read an article about pain and the article said that your mind-set ‘at the time of your injury’ would actually impact how long your injury lasted. I know and understand how our energy impacts our bodies so I started to think a bit about how this might apply to me and my ankle injury.
I realized just how pissed off I was that my favourite trainer had been fired. I was angry that I was paying A LOT of money for personal training and didn’t feel I was getting what I paid for. I had a few more months on my membership. I asked the trainers to watch me closely and they didn’t seem to bother most days.
I had my last workout with them in July, and I started with the process of rehabbing myself. I know enough about stretching and muscles that I was able to at least keep my lower back and knee from hurting too much most of the time.
My ankle was another story though. It really felt like tendons and I tried to rest it and be gentle with it but it wasn’t getting better. I couldn’t even go for a walk without suffering for a day or two after.
I kept getting emails and letters from the gym and would find myself almost annoyed at them. Subconsciously thinking “you guys suck, you hurt me!” and reliving the intense pain of last summer.
So, after reading that article and thinking about it, I decided to cut ties with the gym completely. I unsubscribed from their email list and “un-liked” them on Facebook. They did have some good things to share, but my annoyance, and therefore the energy I created was not worth it.
Fast forward to today. On Monday (just 5 days ago), when I got the weekly email, I unsubscribed. I did some energy work and meditation. I cut energy cords to the gym and the trainers.
Now it is Friday. My ankle has NOT HURT for a few days. I have been out shopping and walking and NO PAIN in my ankle. I will say that the muscles on the left back thigh and butt are a little sore, but it is muscle sore from using the muscles differently (properly with no limping). Because my ankle feels better, the whole “shape” (the way I’m walking) of my left leg is different (more back to normal).
I shared this with my husband a couple of days ago and he had a story to add that shows another example of how this works.
In 2009 he broke his leg and wound up in physiotherapy for a few months. He was really happy to be getting into the best shape he’d been in in years. He enjoyed the fact that he could use the gym and pool for free for as long as he wanted on the days he worked with the physiotherapist.
He noted that some of the guys there (in physio) just didn’t seem to be getting better. Their pain never lessened and they constantly complained. Most of them were angry at the time of their accident, and stayed angry for a long period of time.
My husband healed up quickly and was back to normal (or better) within a few months of breaking his shin bone.
Do you have chronic pain or pain from an injury?
If you do, can you see or feel your emotions? Not just the emotions about the pain itself, but the general emotions in any area of your life?
I wrote a post about fibromyalgia a few years ago because I noticed that a very large percentage of my clients that had fibromyalgia were really pissed off about something in their life. Most thought their anger or upset was justified and they had no intentions of letting it go… just something to think about.
If you want to look into this a bit more, there is an awesome book that I refer to myself quite often, called “You Can Heal Your Life”, it is by Louise Hay and you can get it from Amazon by clicking on the book picture here if you like. (If you buy after clicking that link I will make a few pennies in their affiliate program, if you have a problem with that, feel free to Google amazon instead).
If you are feeling a little stuck and you can’t quite figure out what your emotions and vibration are trying to tell you I can help. You can get more information about psychic readings here.
*** Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. I DO work extensively with clients on an energetic level. This post is not meant to replace a doctor’s advice. If you need medical assistance please contact your doctor.