Lingering Pain

Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

Some things to remember when your pain seems stuck.

According to Wikipedia, the word, patient originally meant “one who suffers.” Well, I’m sure anyone who has paced the floor at 4am with sciatica or had their arm locked to their side with frozen shoulder would agree they are most definitely a patient. Look at the word patient another way and it describes being able to accept problems or suffering without being annoyed or anxious. Easier said than done right?

The reality is that despite living in this world of instant messaging, instant results and super-duper fast broadband speeds, the human body still needs time to respond and heal to injury even when helped along the way with some treatment.

So how can you be a more patient patient? Here are a few thoughts which may help.

Remember that most often, this pain is temporary and will get better. It may not seem it in the middle of the night, but most aches and pains ease up eventually. This too shall pass.lingering pain

Remember that common things are common and rare things are rare. Again, in those dark moments you can start thinking your pain must be something more sinister or serious. If you have sought the advice of a qualified and registered osteopath, you can rest easy that they are highly trained to screen for these things. However, if you are worried talk it through. Step away from Google and bring your fears to the next session or get on the phone! There are no silly questions.

Remember your body is always trying to be the very healthiest it can be. Again, this may seem hard to believe as you wince every time you move, your stomach hurts from the big pink painkillers and you’re in a mental fog from the little white painkillers, but your body is hardwired to seek health and your osteopath is very skilled at finding it. Your body is on your side in all of this.

Remember how far you’ve come. Think back to when you first started your journey to get pain free. Maybe you couldn’t sleep at all at first and now you get 4 hours straight. Maybe, you couldn’t sit down at all but now can get through a short meeting. You perhaps still can’t run for a bus but can at least walk. Sometimes the wins can seem small but add them all together and you realise that you are indeed heading in the right direction.

Remember you are not alone! Pain can be a lonely place and it can feel like the rest of the world is carrying on while your life is on hold. A couple of years ago it was estimated that about 28 million people in the UK alone suffer from chronic pain. Share the load with friends and family and ask for emotional and practical help getting through this phase. Chances are they’ve been there at some point too.

Remember to follow the advice you were given. If you are honest, are you doing the cold packs and doing the exercises? Are you really refraining from those optional activities you were told would aggravate things? Pain seems to have a way of scrambling the mind, so if you can’t remember the advice, ask again!

Lastly, remember to be kind to yourself. Pain is exhausting and upsetting. Rest when you can, eat as well as you can and tend to yourself as a nurse would tend to a patient. The body sheds the tears the eyes refuse to, so have a good old sob now and again too. It your osteopath’s true wish to work with you until you are back to the life you want to be living again. Hang in there!

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Pebbles Milne

Pebbles Milne

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back2Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen. 

Kathleen Coubrough

Kathleen Coubrough

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life! 

Arlene Mcconnachie

Arlene Mcconnachie

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms. 

Lynsey Graham

Lynsey Graham

Success Stories

It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough!

Pebbles Milne, osteopathy patient

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back 2 Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen.

Kathleen Coubrough, osteopathy patient

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life!

Arlene Mcconnachie, osteopathy patient

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms.

Lynsey Graham, osteopathy patient

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