When Living with chronic pain one can get caught  within themselves not knowing where to turn for help.

I believe that we are often times stubborn creatures, creatures of habit. And when we are presented with the challenge to manage pain, it can be hard to find the motivation to help ourselves. Especially when we are caught in a mystery illness or pain cycle that not even our respected doctors understand, and so we don't know where to go for answers. Either we choose to shut down, or we have to become our own best advocates and find the answers for ourselves. 

Now. Even two people with the same labeled illness can have different symptoms and therefore different needs. So this is an awesome opportunity (where it seems as thought the universe is forcing you) to go within to find your own needs. 

chronic pain is often times caused by some sort of inflammatory response, and the vicious cycle is perpetuated by the stress hormone. it becomes apparent that we need to, then, learn methods of relaxation to decrease the stress response in the body, without stimulating the inflammatory response.

reflexology is an age old method that uses pressure points in the feet, hands and ears of which relax the whole body and nervous systems. it can be a very effective pain management method for those living with chronic pain. 

on february 11th from 6:00 - 7:30 I will be giving a free lecture on this at the Duluth Public Lybrary. all curious eyes, ears and minds should come join in the conversation and we can explore this together.