I have been working with people for about the past 12 years. I graduated with my doctor of physical therapy degree about 10 years ago, but I started really working with people who have pain during clinical rotations during school. I have learned a ton about life by working with people who have pain, injury, or post-op. I have mostly worked with people of all ages, literally from 5 through 90, in general orthopedic clinics, sports orthopedic clinics, and with my non-traditional business, Logan Kinei.
Side note: When I refer to traditional physical therapy clinics I mean insurance based clinics. This means that the individual, usually called a patient, may have to pay a co-pay but the majority of money the clinic makes is paid out through the individual’s health insurance. These are the most common physical therapy clinics, which are typically quite busy, focused on physician referrals, and often do not allow for the quality of time necessary for the interaction between the therapist and the individual. Treatments are often heavily influenced by insurance companies, who also dictate the number of sessions for the individual – often not even based on the person’s progress but instead on statistics and money.
Since I started Logan Kinei five years ago, I have worked with many of my clients for two to five years. With this longevity, along with my previous experiences in a traditional physical therapy setting, I started to see patterns emerge. I started to become aware of and understand the body-mind interaction and the effect they have on each other. I really came to understand that the body manifests what the mind believes. And in my experience, the most common cause of pain that I see is some sort of mental stress.
I’m sure you have heard of the mind-body connection. What does that mean? Are the mind and body really separated that they have to have a connection? Well yes and no.
The mind-body connection is the way the body and the mind communicate back and forth. The brain uses it’s complex system of nerves to send signals to the body, and the body sends signals back to the brain. Sometimes the body’s signals don’t even go to the brain because a shorter, more efficient feedback loop is started more distally within the nervous system. So really, the body-mind are one in the same. The body does not work without the mind, and though the mind can work without the body, it does not work as well or last as long.
All of our stress is created within our mind. We have thoughts that we believe and hang on to. We decide what matters and what doesn’t. Stress is 100% created in our own mind. We can share stress with other people as the conditioning of energy of the collective mind can get negatively charged and anyone within that collective will start to feel the stress. This stuff is real. Think about how you start to feel frustrated or angry when someone else is emitting stress. You can feel it, it’s there. However, you can choose to get roped into it or not.
So we create the stress in our mind and if it is there long enough, the stress will start to manifest in the body. Your body’s systems will start to react – skin gets rashes, muscles start to ache, tissues around your vulnerable joints start to tense, your GI tract starts acting up, your blood pressure increases, your heart rate increases, you start to get headaches, you feel sad, angry, frustrated, you lose your appetite or over eat.
Again, in my experience, stress created in the mind is the most common cause of non-traumatic pain in the body. So what do you do about it? Find out in my next blog post….