- Anxiety – Will I ever get rid of this pain?
- Tension – This is getting worse and worse!
- Frustration – I’ve tried everything, all to no avail.
- Anger – Why me?
- Hopelessness – I give up.
Seeing this intense emotional stress in their chronic pain patients, healthcare providers often come to the fallacious conclusion that their patients’ chronic pain is all in their head. But this conclusion is not based on fact.
Let’s see why, by starting with some general information on the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system:
Your autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts – parasympathetic and sympathetic. Your parasympathetic nervous system activates tranquil functions, such as stimulating the secretion of saliva and digestive enzymes in your stomach and slowing down your heart rate.
Your sympathetic nervous system is involved in the stimulation of activities that prepare your body for action, such as increasing your heart rate, increasing the concentration of sugar in your blood and pumping adrenaline into your blood stream, which serves as a fight or flight response to perceived danger.
All emotions – happy, sad, excited, angry or any other feeling – activate the sympathetic nervous system. Feeling ‘stressed out’ is one of them.
Emotional Stress Creates Physical Pain
Here’s the clincher: When you’re always feeling stressed, your sympathetic nervous system continually pumps adrenaline into your blood stream. This increased level of adrenaline in your blood stream intensifies the amount of physical pain that you feel.
And here’s the vicious circle: For a yet unknown reason, your muscles and joints always hurt. Your constant physical pain makes you feel emotionally tense and anxious. This pumps up your adrenaline production. The increased adrenaline in your blood causes your body to hurt even more. This greater physical pain stresses you out even further. And so on and so on.
In order to completely heal your body, you need to effectively treat what’s creating your physical pain. When you do this, your stress level will go down considerably. But even if you haven’t yet found the way to permanently eliminate your physical pain, handling your emotional stress as best you can will not only keep you from going off the deep end, it will have many other positive effects as well.
To learn techniques that will help you handle your emotional stress, read: 7 Ways To Handle Emotional Stress And Lesson Your Constant Pain.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here. http://www.curingchronicpain.com/schedule-an-initial-phone-consultation
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain