It’s no secret that back pain and happiness don’t often go together. In fact, people with chronic back pain can develop depression.
When people come to us for help, they’re often feeling really low. Back pain takes its toll on many areas of life. Work, relationships, hobbies…
Plus there’s the energy drain of constantly thinking about moving and sitting properly, and the mental energy cost of dealing with the pain itself.
It can affect people’s self-esteem, as they can start to feel they are “less than” how they used to feel.
It can even turn into a vicious cycle, where the low feelings make it harder to feel motivated to go to appointments and do self-care like exercising and stretching.
This is where we come in. We love to turn it around, to create “virtuous cycles”, to build on strengths, to focus on overall wellbeing – alongside pain relief acupuncture treatments.
Part of this is a mindset shift. People can come to believe, “I can’t feel happy until the pain is gone”. We challenge this, with kindness, seeking to avoid the “either/or” stuck-ness. This starting place could be called “Pain without Happiness”.
So then, let’s look for happiness. Even if there’s still pain. Sometimes this might mean finding new things that bring contentment, joy and wellbeing.
We move into the next stage – “Pain + Happiness”. Yes, it’s possible!
And of course, what we’re aiming towards is the ideal goal: “Happiness and no pain”.
Maybe you’ll come out the other side with a new lease on life. We focus on whole-health solutions and shifting into deeper wellbeing.
Lois Nethery is the Director of the Village Healing Centre. She loves educating people about the beauty and depth of Chinese medicine, helping people to feel inspired about the relevance of this ancient knowledge tradition to our busy modern lives.
Disclaimer - The Village Healing Centre is a natural medicine centre of independent health practitioners. The views expressed in this blog are the author's only and do not necessarily reflect the views of all the Village Healing Centre practitioners. The information presented in this blog, and on the Village Healing Centre website, is for interest and educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for health or medical information or advice. For health or medical advice, please consult your health professional.