Sadly, pharmaceutical companies have altered natural narcotics, and the illegal traffic of such drugs has made pain management for chronic conditions even more difficult. The FDA has created rules that limit the amount and frequency in which certain pain narcotics can be prescribed. So, it is even more important that people are made aware of alternative methods to address chronic pain.
In the Palouse training, Vidyamala Burch offers a Five-Step Model for pain management. Burch developed this approach from her own experience of managing her chronic pain. Physically active as a child and young woman, she had an accident and discovered she had an inherent back problem. She has lived with pain for over fifty years. But the pain has not diminished her life.
A provider introduced her to the power of visualization and using her mind to combat her pain. But, it wasn't until she was in a hospital bed and forced to sit up over night experiencing intense pain and discomfort that she discovered the power of mindfulness. She thought, I can tolerate this for one moment. And then she went to the next moment, and the next moment. Concentrating on one moment at a time carried her through that night.
Over time she developed a method that embraced her pain. She examined it to understand what her body was feeling and where it was feeling pain. Above all, the process helped her see pain was not her essence or her life. She went on to develop a five-step model process called PAIN which she’s taught to thousands.
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