- Been nagged by some part of your body for about 3 (long) months1,
- Experience pain from a specific injury, or it’s crept up on you with no apparent cause / diagnosis,
- Take medications you don’t experience lasting relief from, or worry about the side effects of,2
- Have forgotten what it feels like to truly relax your body and get a refreshing night’s sleep,
- Are frustrated that your health care team is no longer hearing you, communicating with each other, and it’s taking a serious toll on your already waning energy and your wallet,
- Have stopped doing activities you enjoy or connecting with others because of your pain,
Then you’ve come to the right place. I’d like to show you how you can play a more active role in your chronic pain treatment so you can start getting your life back.
Why I Care About Your Pain
In 2014 I developed a mysterious pain in my lower back and hip. Sometimes the pain was so intense, I had to shuffle like an old woman to get the mail from the mailbox, less than 1/2 mile down the road. Other times 3/4 of my body would “go to sleep”. I spent over 2 years going to various doctors and having numerous tests performed to find the cause of my pain. It became like a full time job. All the tests came back as “unremarkable” or even “perfect”. I was frustrated, in pain, and often couldn’t find any way to position myself for sleep so I was also exhausted. I couldn’t use my favorite exercise routines to relieve stress and anxiety, and I often felt hopeless about ever finding a solution and getting my very active life back.
Finally–although I never had a tick bite or a rash–I decided to try a test for Lyme disease. To my astonishment, it came back positive, as did a subsequent test for several co-infections. My PCP reluctantly suggested he’s put me on antibiotics, but I already knew that wasn’t the right solution for my body. I found an integrative doctor who started me on supplements and herbs, from which I felt some relief within a month. Years later, I live with this chronic condition that occasionally causes fatigue, but my pain is now gone. I have my life back, although it is certainly a “new normal”.
My experiences with chronic pain taught me to slow down, and to take a good hard look at how I was living my life. It taught me to recognize I had choices. When I couldn’t exercise, I learned ways to reduce my stress, anxiety, and pain through breath-work and gentle movement. I take even better care of myself than I did before, and I listen and respond to my body’s needs. I have learned more about myself, about my inner strength and fortitude than I ever would have without this health challenge.
Your situation may be different, but often the struggle and the mental/emotional effects of chronic pain are similar. Regardless of your diagnosis (or lack thereof), there’s nothing more I’d like to do than help you experience pain relief when and where you need it.
Ways To Relieve Your Chronic Pain
The perception of pain as a subjective, individual experience has traditionally been viewed as an obstacle to healing chronic pain conditions3. And this is partly true: no one is more familiar with your pain than YOU. This intimacy presents you with a unique opportunity and power to work with your pain in ways other people simply cannot. To achieve lasting relief, you can explore how YOUR experience of pain affects all the layers of your system–including your mind, breath, emotions, and body–and play an active role in your treatment. Here are some resources that will get you on the path to chronic pain relief:
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Why You Need More Than Doctors, Tests, & Medications to Truly Heal
- In 2015 the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) reported that “nearly 50 million American adults have significant chronic pain or severe pain.4”
- “Pain is not reliable sign of what’s really going on.”5“
- “Pain itself often modifies the way the central nervous system works, so that a patient actually becomes more sensitive and gets more pain with less provocation.”5“
- “Most chronic pain has its root in physical injury or illness, but it is sustained by how that initial trauma changes not just the body, but also the mind-body relationship.6”
Today’s quick fix pain solutions often don’t address the role both the nervous system and the mind has to play in pain signaling, interpretation, and recovery. While doctors, tests, and medications are useful for ruling out certain issues and can help initiate the healing process, they often fail to support those who live with chronic pain (and its affects) on a daily basis. This is where new knowledge and tools you can use to help yourself can provide you with choices, power, and lasting relief!
What People Are Saying
I suffer from chronic low back pain due to my herniated discs and PT and chiropractic therapy were helping in the short term. That’s when I got to meet Kali through work. I started taking her yoga and meditation class offerings and started seeing immediate benefits.
My main complaints were wrist and side-torso pain, as well as feeling out of sorts. At the end of the treatment I felt completely relaxed and re-energized. Over the next couple of days not only did I feel great, the wrist and side pain, which had plagued me for a number of days, completely disappeared.
She took the time to understand my physical condition instead of just throwing out a generic routine. I have back issues and she catered the routine to help me out in those areas. My feeling was she actually cared, which is quite rare to find in my experience. Another aspect I really enjoyed about Kali was that she attempted to hold you accountable and ensure you were putting in the work. Couldn’t make a stronger recommendation!
Kali helped me take better care of myself. I learned how to keep from re-injuring myself and my pain decreased. The homework assignments encouraged me to make lifestyle changes. I HIGHLY recommend working with Kali.