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  • Writer's pictureShannon Green

Link between physical pain and mental pain (PTSD)

In my book, "Chronic Pain Hacker", I discuss my journey of physical and mental pain relating to unresolved trauma that resulted in PTSD. Here is a quote, "My story illustrates how trauma was always in the background. I was susceptible to illness due to unresolved psychological factors and stress." It's similar to a computer with multiple windows open that are never closed down properly. #chronicpainhacker

This concept was discussed in the book, "The Body Keeps Score" by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. He describes how trauma reshapes both the body and brain and can increase suffering in those you don't find effective treatments. He explains the importance of innovative treatments such as meditation or yoga and other holistic approaches. #holistic

In my own personal experience I tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. All of which are helpful but I found a psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to be the most effective tool for resolving my PTSD resulting from a sexual assault. I had blocked out the details of the event for thirty five years and I never told anyone at the time of the event. #EMDR #therapy #PTSD

During regular talk therapy with my therapist, some fragmented memories came up so we discussed EMDR therapy. After three sessions, I was able to remember the details and reprocess the event in a safe environment.

Another interesting concept related to this was proposed by Dr. Andrew Huberman. He said, "You can't heal the body with the body but you can heal the body with the mind and vice versa." #heal #healing #growth

Neuroplasticity shows many aspects of the brain can be altered and can have significant impacts on learning, memory, recovery, and habits. He discusses neuroplasticity on a regular basis via his podcast "Huberman Labs" of which I highly recommend.

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