5 common pain relief mistakes (heal smarter, heal faster)

There are some common mistakes I see people make ALL the time when it comes to pain and healing. I want you to avoid these mistakes and know how to eliminate your pain quickly, effectively and avoid getting stuck in “managing” the pain for years.

MISTAKE #1: You’re afraid of pain.

This isn’t your fault, we were all taught that pain is “bad” and we should freak out when it happens. When did we learn this? By watching our parents, first of all. But now as adults we teach ourselves and each other by taking to google and going down rabbit holes of everything that might be “wrong” with us if we feel X/Y/Z pain.

SOLUTION: The truth is, pain is a normal part of owning a body. When you cultivate curiosity about pain instead of reacting to it in fear…everything changes! You get to learn something about your body. You get to find out how to care for your body so it can perform well for you. And you might just learn something that could save your life. Your body is always trying to HELP you live a long life. Pain is a sign something is off – your attention is needed. Give your body the attention it deserves and learn how to interpret its signals and you’ll live a more vibrant, confident life than most.

Mistake #2: You massage/release/touch/rub/dry needle (etc) the site of pain.

The site of pain is RARELY the problem and you might even be making your pain worse.

SOLUTION: first of all, STOP massaging, releasing, rubbing, dry needling and touching that part of you! Read on for what to do next, as it has to do with the next in our list.

Mistake #3: You reach for the quick fix.

I’m talking pain pills, braces, cortisone injections and some people even seek out surgeons and ASK for surgery thinking it will be a quick fix…only to discover after a year of PT that they’re still in pain.

SOLUTION: Learn to find the root cause of pain. This channel has all kinds of resources to help you do that. Example: low back pain has nothing to do with your back, it’s usually coming from your LEGS. Shoulder pain can stem from biceps restriction. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by calf or hamstring restriction.

Mistake #4: You immobilize the painful area of your body.

I’m talking about boots (for feet/ankles), braces (for knees, backs, elbows) and slings…anything that immobilizes an area. This isn’t great because anytime you immobilize tissue it gets more restricted, blood can’t get to the area of your body that needs it the most and your healing might take a lot longer.

SOLUTION: Keep it moving! Gentle movements in the case of acute pain. Slow ranges of motion. Walking. Gentle yoga. Whatever you’re dealing with, don’t baby it – use it! Your body is incredible and it will heal if you give your body the right ingredients.

Mistake #5: You STOP your efforts when the pain goes away.

You’re missing out on maybe the BEST GIFT your injury had to offer: OPTIMIZATION.

SOLUTION: Don’t settle for an absence of pain. This isn’t vibrancy. That isn’t true health. You can feel BETTER than you have in a long time (decades maybe) with consistency and seeing this process through. You can feel buoyant, light, springy, FREE. Few people go this far and never get to feel how amazing this is. You got to feel this way as a kid. Will you be one of the few who commits?

  • Joleen says:

    I wish I would have been able to get some of this wisdom back in 2012 after I broke my foot. After spending 5 weeks in a boot, I’ve spent the last several years dealing with injury after injury because my body overcompensated in so many areas. Chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, “rest”….those were temporary fixes that lasted a few months and then something else would happen. I really wish you weren’t all the way in California 😉

    • Hey Joleen! Ugh, sorry to hear you spent that time in a boot and now feel the after effects! Your body is STILL capable of healing totally, recovering etc even from all the compensations. It can go faster than you expect when you know how to target it all effectively (and stop doing certain other things). Where do you live? I hope to have practitioners all over one day!

  • Adam Jack says:

    Thanks, this seems like some good “voice of experience” learning we can use to help our family member get through a painful time.

  • Gloria Gardner says:

    I’ve been feeling extreme pain for 9 months–muscle spasms, myofascial, and allodynia. How do I get to the point of not feeling afraid? This started 20 years ago with a strained back muscle.

    • Irina says:

      Hello Gloria,

      Hope you don’t mind me picki. Up the thread of this conversation. I find Elisha’s videos incredibly helpful and wish I found them earlier. Before I came across them on YouTube, I used an app called Curable. It based on the latest mind-body approaches to treat chronic pain. They don’t have any physical exercises, but have excellent mini educational sections and guided meditations which help dealing with the fear of pain and other related emotions. I thought you might find the app useful. It is quite expensive, but there are different options (monthly, annual and life subscriptions), also their website curablehealth.com has some free resources. In my experience, Elisha’s video’s and the app work wonders together. Good luck. Irina

      • Gloria Gardner says:

        Thanks so much for the information. I will check it out and continue to watch Elisha’s videos.

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