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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Is Your Pain?

It's interesting that in our technologically sophisticated world, there are still some things that can only be measured subjectively.  Pain is one of those. 

If you've ever been to a doctor or hospital for something that involved pain, you've probably seen the typical FACES pain scale, featuring six cartoon faces ranging from smiling on the zero end to crying and furrowed brow on the 10 end of the scale.  You measure your pain by picking the face that best matches how you feel.  Even with the ability to measure the brain's processing of pain via fMRIs, we still can't objectively quantify another person's pain.

The fact that pain IS so subjective, means that what is intense to one person could feel mild to another.  One study showed that when testing people's perception of pain by heating a small patch of skin, there was great variation in the levels of pain reported although the actual temperature reached was the same.

I've found again and again that leading people through a few or several rounds of EFT tapping can help them with their subjective experience of pain, even helping them bring pain to zero.  Read one story here.  It's well known that relaxation helps people manage pain, and EFT is a fast way to help your body relax.  If there are emotional correlates or reactions to being in pain (and there almost always are) you can tap for those too.

Time of day, gender, blood sugar levels, and hydration also affect your experience of pain.

All this is good news.  Why?  Because pain is under your control to a greater degree than you might think.  All sorts of techniques and modalities, from massage to acupuncture to exercise to EFT, are available to help.

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