Do You Just Want Relief From Pain Or Do You Want To Actually Heal?

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Been thinking a lot about health and recovery lately. Thought I’d share 🙂

Do you just want relief from pain or do you want to actually heal?

Most people including myself would love some relief. It’s quick, and it’s typically pretty easy. We can take a pill, or go and get some treatment. Although sometimes treatment either doesn’t help or even exacerbates the symptoms. True healing can be a bit tricky!

Pain may be common, but it isn’t normal. Pain is a symptom, it is a sign that your body is very out of balance and can no longer keep up with the stress that is being put upon it. To be clear, I’m not really talking about acute injuries, just chronic/recurring pain.

I think in our society we have gotten so used to feeling like crap, that temporarily not feeling like crap has come to equate health. And so we tend to yo-yo endlessly in and out of pain, in and out of health.

Real health means NO PAIN, great energy, sleep is easy and restful, and no longer relying on stimulants or sugar to prop us up throughout the day.

True health is not for everyone. In the current world we live in, it takes some serious dedication and desire.

You cannot get well in the environment that you got sick in. A rather profound statement from my mentor Dr. Perry Nickelston. You environment is the food you eat, the thoughts you think, the people you have to deal with, the work you do, the toxins you come into contact with, etc.

Your body is always trying to do it’s best to keep you in homeostasis. Even with the massive amounts of stress if has to deal with, it does a fantastic job of making you feel semi-normal. But when the body is in a state of stress 10, 15, 24 hrs a day, it means your nervous system never has time to actually shift back into a parasympathetic state. Parasympathetic = rest and recover mode.

Most of the time we tend to live are in a low level sympathetic, which is our bodies survival mode. It pumps us full of amazing stress hormones that keep us alert and functioning. But the body can’t keep this up very long and these hormones tend to be damaging long term. So what do we do? we pump ourselves full of caffeine, sugar and drugs so we can keep chugging along.

A lot of us also find a sport we love to do because it does an even better job of delivering those lovely stress hormones. Crossfit, rock climbing, triathlon, etc. does that mean you shouldn’t do these sports? If you’re in pain, then maybe not! It just depends on if your body can recover from the stress or not. Do you get sick often? Do you have stubborn fat deposits? then your body likely isn’t doing so great.

After we’ve ignored pain for long enough, maybe taking some Ibuprophen here and there to help us get through the day, and our gut is ruined from drugs and junk food, that’s when we can start to develop the nastier problems. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, MS, etc.

The road to recovery:

There is a pathway towards better health. But it wont just come to you. You have to decide that you’re ready to make enough permanent changes in your environment that your body will be able to go back into a state where it can repair itself. For everyone the “recipe” for health is different. You might need to change 1 thing in your life or 20. And it might take you a month to start feeling better or it might take 6 months.

It can help to realize that you’re actually in a giant freaking hole and have been for years! Your lymphatic system is likely filled with sludge, your gut is a mess, and you have lost your vitality and tolerance for stress.

Here are a few good places to start

  1. Fix your diet, Heal your gut –
  2. Learn to fix your lymphatic system! Walking is great for moving lymph. So far nothing I’ve found beats ANF however. Thus:
  3. Find an ANF practitioner who can help reduce the inflammation/stress already in your body. This will likely reduce your recovery time by months
  4. Start a better movement program –
  5. Get an HRV tracker so that you know every morning how stressed your nervous system is
  6. Meditate every day and learn to relax again. I personally love floatation therapy because it eliminates most distractions and really lets you concentrate.
  7. Drink 3-4 liters of water a day
  8. Go to therapy if you have some old shit you need to work out 🙂

ANF Therapy® Helps Your Body to Heal

Jack came in to ANF Clinic with severe pain on his back. He was treated with ANF discs and felt much improved after.

“Now when I got, I don’t have any pain. It’s amazing. I can’t believe what it does for me.”

It is essential that we choose the best way to take care of ourselves and get rid of pain and inflammation. Protecting your body must be your main priority especially in these compromising times. We must support our bodies so it is able to allow the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.