As a therapist who treats pain, there are many factors that are involved when discussing pain management with you, the person suffering. Pain education, rehabilitation, medication, psychological factors, nutrition, and sleep just to name a few.
One of the most important factors that I discuss with pain clients is the emotional burden and strain that pain can exert on you. When negative emotions are involved leading to stress, anxiety, and depression, physical pain takes on a form that is far more difficult to overcome.
To be able to manage negative emotions and pain, it's necessary to incorporate the most powerful of emotions...LOVE.
Love is an emotion that cannot be defined in any way that would do justice to the strength, feeling, and healing energy that it creates. Because there is no definition that can truly encapsulate the experience of love, it is simply not spoken about in pain research and conventional treatment.
Love is possibly the strongest healing force we have to manage pain.
If you are really suffering, love can be incredibly healing. However, that depends on you being open to receiving love and your capacity to do so. Also my ability to be able to use love in a way that can be embraced by you is also crucial.
For example, you may be someone who wants to receive love by fully understanding your pain, which is something that may need to be communicated from both parties. Otherwise it could be a guessing game for both you and the therapist. Or you may be someone who just wants to be heard and understood to make you feel loved by a professional.
Integrating love into all aspects of healthcare can change the way we approach pain.
One of the most important aspects of healing pain is loving yourself, your pain, and your experiences. Self love is something that is well talked about in the wellness industry but how can you incorporate it into your pain management?
How can we harness the power of love to heal pain?
Stay tuned for my next post to answer that exact question.
With love and gratitude,