“whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion, will one day become reality” Earl Nightingale
The human body is like an iceberg, above the surface is how we are feeling, moving and what we are thinking. Below the surface is the really powerful subconscious nervous system. This is influenced by your emotions, beliefs, fears… and these have a huge impact on the things happening at the top.
We can’t directly control our subconscious brain. You can be the most strong minded person in the word, but if the subconscious brain perceives a threat its going to do whatever it can to survive.
If you have had chronic pain for many years, each flare up adds a little bit of doubt to that deep set worry.
“will this pain ever go away?”
No amount of rehab will fix that problem. Its not the musculoskeletal problem to solve
How do we break this? We can’t control our subconscious brain but we can control the response to our thoughts.
My mentor once said “thoughts influence emotions, which influence behaviours”..
You can either allow this process to happen on autopilot or you can consciously take control of your response. You are not your thoughts, you are the awareness of your thoughts. And when you become aware of negative thoughts or emotions you can control your reaction.
One tool I give my clients is breathing exercises. These can bring yourself back to your present and stop the emotional downward spiral of emotions. I encourage clients to think back to when they last felt amazing. Planting the seed in your subconscious brain of what you went back to, one day it will become a reality.
Don’t forget about the stuff beneath the surface
My application is 20% time spent on symptoms and 80% addressing the actual problem that lead to the symptoms in the first place. Sometimes this has to be adapted and take a step back from the big picture and help the reaction settle down therefore spending more time on giving short term relief but I will spend 80% of the time on the problem over the course of the whole treatment plan.
I treat the person not the injury