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managing pain holistically


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managing pain holistically 6-7


Changing habits can alleviate pain LAUREN HILL

Find the pain source for answers and solutions KATHLEEN HIGGINS, DC


ABOUT THE COVER “Dragon and Phoenix” by Visionary Artist Francene Hart

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Changing habits can alleviate pain





tension headaches who goes to an acu-

are contributing to the problem that means

but extremely important

puncturist for treatment. The acupuncture

that you can play a more active role in

aspect of chronic pain

treatment may be quite helpful. However,

helping yourself than you previously real-

management is the role a

if the person goes home and daily bangs

ized. Taking concrete steps to improving

person’s habits of posture

their head against the wall, the treatment

awareness of your body and discovering

and movement play in their condition.

what some of your habitual patterns are

can provide a sense of control in an other-

Bringing up the potential role of hab-

its in pain is tricky. The mere suggestion

wise sea of helplessness.

that “you might be part of your problem”

Be willing to take

some responsibility for yourself and not

some responsibility

The next step is to actually begin to pay

is no doubt a hard pill to swallow especially if you are feeling that you are a victim and this is being “done to you.” However, in many cases your habits are actually con-

for yourself and

tributing to some degree and you are ”doing it to yourself.”

not solely look to


others to “fix the

The degree to which habits contrib-

ute to pain depends on the type of chronic


pain. There is chronic pain that is clearly caused by an injury or illness or degen-

Lastly, there is pain that can be completely caused by your habits. A lot of musculoskeletal pain falls into this last category. Pain management of the last two categories can

After all, why pay attention to something that is causing so much discomfort? However, if you are doing something that is causing problems and wish to stop doing it you first need to be aware of what you are doing. It is amazing the effect a simple every-

can only be so effective. This is a rather

aware of what you are doing and stopping

crude example. However, many of us are

doing it is enough to have a profound effect

contributing to our condition by habitu-

over time. A chronically tense shoulder or

ally banging our head against the wall.

neck may be caused or exacerbated by the simple act of always carrying a heavy hand-


attention to habits.

uting to your pain is not bad news! If you


often the opposite of what you want to do.

our discomfort. Often simply becoming

be greatly facilitated by learning to pay Take an example of someone with

attention to your body even though it is

day activity done over and over can have on

is initially caused by a known condition tion becomes exacerbated by your habits.

solely look to others to “fix the problem.”

erative condition. Then there is pain that (arthritis for example) but the condi-

The first step is to be willing to take

The news that you might be contrib-

bag, briefcase or backpack on the same side day after day. Also you may tend to habitually throw your weight to one side or the other, as in always standing by sinking into


the same hip or leaning to the same side in sitting. This can cause chronic imbalances and corresponding compensatory tension to set up in the body. PAY ATTENTION TO JUST ONE THING AT A TIME

Choosing just one thing to

begin to pay attention to is a reasonable and manageable way to start. Perhaps choosing to simply stop each time you go to lift your purse or briefcase will give you a chance to notice where you tend to place it and begin to make a choice to not go about carrying it in your

Most of us don’t stop to consider how everyday habits such and standing and carrying a bag contribute to our problems.

habitual way and try something different.

Study of the Alexander Technique is

one effective way to help improve awareness of your habits of posture and movement and offers a non-pharmacological approach to pain management that can be an effective adjunct to other therapies you may be using. Lauren Hill is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a 100-yearold method for learning to use the body more efficiently with less effort and more ease. Lauren teaches in St. Paul, MN. Visit w w w. Al e x a n d e r Te a c h i n g St u d i o. c o m for more information. august 2011



“Dragon and Phoenix” by Visionary Artist Francene Hart



of yin and yang—balancing male and

and represents pow-

female energies,” said Francene Hart about

erful transformative

this piece.

powers. Phoeni x

is female and rep-

recognized visionary artist whose work

resents resurrection, reawakening, and

has been widely published in books and

rebirth. Together they weave another kind

magazines and hangs in the homes of art

Francene Hart is an internationally

collectors and the offices



and seekers around the planet. She was summoned by spirit in 2001 to the Big Island



and is now painting, swimming, and

Sacred Geometry. These paintings act as

living her bliss in

a bridge between this reality and a meta-

bless’ed Hawaii.

phorical world of healing, continuity, and

“Reverence for

transformation. I use multiple transparent

the natural environ-

watercolor glazes coupled with image over-

ment, and experi-

lapping techniques, and sacred geometry

encing the intercon-

to produce visions of a multi-dimensional

nectedness between

reality. It is my intention to create art that

all things has long

embodies the vibration of Universal Love

guided me to create

and expresses the joy and gratitude I feel

watercolor paint-

for the honor of being part of this earth-

ings of beauty and

walk,” she said.



Artist Francene Hart. See more of her work at 8



Each of the images in her gallery


is available in beautiful Color Prints and

has led me into an

many as Artcards. Also available, the

exciting exploration

Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck and the

into the wisdom and

Sacred Geometry Cards for the Visionary

symbolic imagery of

Path. Visit

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Alternative medicine offe pain management


AIN IS an interesting factor in

to complain but when her pain became

Even though the medication took the

our lives. It has the ability to

so severe that she could no longer func-

edge off the pain it was a constant com-

cripple us, limit our mobility,

tion she needed assistance. The doctors

panion and she had learned to live with

and even control our thinking

were at a loss as far as what they could do

and ignore it. She had forgotten to men-

and our moods. It is the invis-

for her and resolved to give her prescrip-

tion it because it had become a part of her

ible predator that others, who have not

tion pain medications that were the some

daily life. She was giddy, not because the

experienced it, would not understand and

of the strongest and most addictive on the

intestinal issues were gone but because

may not have patience with those who deal

market. After being on them for about a

she realized that the neck pain had disap-

with it. There are many treatments that

month she slowly became aware that she

peared during the session. She was then

can be found on the market and through

was no longer coherent and could not fol-

able to stop the pain medication and has

healthcare practitioners that are very help-

low a conversation, so she decided to stop

never needed it again.

ful and others that are not so helpful.

taking those meds.

There are many reasons for pain.

mendous relief from pain since she began

a friend’s mother who lives in Portland,

Initially it serves to keep us from further

using alternative methods that were rec-

Oregon who explained to me that she had

injuring an affected or damaged area so

ommended to her. She began swimming

begun to have extreme and severe constant

that we take care of it and allow for heal-

and doing water aerobics first three times

pain in her back. When I asked her about

ing. For some people with chronic pain,

a week and now almost every day. She

what had happened and what she had done

beyond an initial injury, it is such a daily

increased her mineral supplements and

about it to this point she began recounting

occurrence that they become used to it and

agreed to receiving a number of remote

the story of the medical visits to her doc-

trying to ignore its existence.

healing sessions. She is now functioning

A few weeks ago I was speaking to

tors. She had been having knee problems and the back pain, at that time, was simply an annoyance that she dealt with. She had one knee replacement and the other knee was surgically scraped and cleaned. Her knees started feeling much better after the surgeries but the pain in her back quickly became chronic.


A person came to me for a healing

session a few years ago because she had some issues with intestinal discomfort. After the session she sat up on the table and became giddy with joy. She told me that she had had chronic neck pain for


years and there was nothing that the doc-

ing pain medication for it all those years.

My friend’s mother is not a person


tors could do for her so she had been tak-

My friend’s mother has had tre-

again, sleeps a full night, and feels rested in the morning, and is able to resume the daily activities that she was forced to stop prior to getting relief from pain.

We are living in an age that gives us

an opportunity to discover and participate in new and exciting experiences and practices. There are new energies (or frequencies) that have emerged, and continue to emerge and morph on our planet. These new energies bring with them new healing


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Find the pain source for answers and solutions


F ONE breaks an arm, the solution to fix it is clear. The bone needs to be set and cast. Sometimes people wake up one morning with elbow, knee, foot, or other joint pain and swelling

that happened from no apparent injury. In


energy or stored for later use. There are a

and feet) that don’t use insulin for sugar

After suffering over a year, my heel

pain disappeared as quickly as it had come. Besides feeling incredibly grateful, I had to wonder why it left. Only one thing had changed. I had started the Atkins diet

few areas of the body (brain, eyes, kidneys transfer and react negatively if there is excess. These are some of the same organs affected by diabetes which is the body’s inability to balance blood sugar and insu-

these cases, finding the cause and appro-

lin. Since my own experience 17 years

priate treatment including effective pain

ago, I have clinically seen many patients

management can be more complex.

with heel pain improve when they stick to

the first phase of Atkins, HCG, or South

Seventeen years ago I woke up with

terrible heel pain out of the blue. The bot-

Beach Diets.

tom of my foot around the heel bothered me every time I got up after sleeping or if I had been sitting for awhile. Walking


or standing for any length of time hurt.

This was distressing to me since I was a

looking away from the painful area for its

runner. The pain and inflammation not

source and solution, especially when one

only hurt but interfered with my exercise

can’t remember a recent injury. It teaches

and stress reduction routine. I went from

buttock, leg, knee, foot, shoulder, elbow,

running a yearly half marathon to spend-

wrist, and hand pain can come from bones

ing time hunting for soft bottomed shoes

of the spine sitting out of alignment, also

that could help relieve my pain. Back then

known as subluxation. Nerves coming

cute, soft shoes were mostly a fantasy. I was

from a subluxated area of the spine send

diagnosed by the medical profession with plantar fasciitis. I followed their standard protocol of stretching exercises, wearing orthotic shoe inserts and a very bulky, uncomfortable brace to bed at night. None of these things made any difference to my heel pain. I felt depressed and old.


Chiropractic is another example of

three weeks earlier. The first phase of the

incorrect signals to the areas they con-

Atkins protocol eliminates most sugars,

trol. This can result in pain and swelling.

starches, and carbohydrates.

Nerves affected by subluxations either

I started putting puzzle pieces

speed up or slow down their normal func-

together. Insulin, secreted by the pancreas

tion (think of a muscle that feels either very

is essential. It moves sugar from the blood

tight or weak.) In these cases, pain man-

into cells where sugar/carbs are used for

agement recommendations include cold


packing both the painful area and the source of the pain, (the subluxated area of the spine) for 20 minutes one or more times per day. This numbs the nerves, relieves pain, and reduces inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments are also recommended to remove the subluxation. When the nerves going to the painful, swollen area are no longer irritated, pain and swelling cease and normal function can resume.

Passionate about health care for

25 years, I believe no matter where your pain is, how long you’ve had it, and what you have tried doing to relieve it, a good healthcare practitioner helps you find and reduce the cause so you can feel good and enjoy life again.

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