by: Vicky Vlachonis
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, but theres often a way to pinpoint the source whether its physical or emotional and release it, says pain expert Vicky Vlachonis, author of the new book The Body Doesnt Lie.
The body is talking to you, says Vlachonis, whose reputation for achieving long-term, sustainable results has earned a dedicated following that includes members of the British royal family and some of the worlds most recognized faces in business, media and the arts.
If you listen to the signals, pain can be your most powerful teacher.
Vlachonis recommends a three-step process:
1) Reflect If the pain has lasted longer than three months, and its not from an acute injury, take a step back and identify potential factors. Has your diet changed? Has there been more stress at work? Have you been to the doctor to check your blood levels or your vitamin D? Determining the buried cause of pain can help boost the bodys natural painkillers and anti-inflammatory chemicals, helping you release the pain.
2) Release After locating the source of the pain, whether its inflammation or stress, release the cause. A University of Michigan study shows the brain registers pain the same way whether it stems from a burnt hand or a broken heart, Vlachonis says. Unless we become aware of our pain, we can remain befuddled and imprisoned by automatic responses to an event that we think weve long since consciously gotten over, she writes in her book.
Vlachonis recommends a nightly soak she calls the Salt & Pepper Bath:
- 2 cups of Epsom
- 3 to 5 drops of aromatherapy black pepper oil
Add the Epsom salt and black pepper oil to your bath and allow it to dissolve. Soak for at least 10 minutes. It helps soothes muscles, heals the mind and leads to a deeper sleep, Vlachonis says. She worked with a woman who testified on Dr. Oz that the soaks washed my pain away.
Try silently meditating in the tub, Vlachonis says. Let go of negative thoughts, then think of a loved one who makes you smile.
Sitting in the bath, you help the mind physically and emotionally, Vlachonis says. The pain actually goes away.
3) Radiate Find a natural healing process that helps rejuvenate and revitalize the body. Some possibilities:
- Get more sleep. Vlachonis suggests 7 or 8 hours a night, and, if possible, a nap of 20 to 30 minutes.
- Make a list of self-nurturing activities to try instead of smoking, drinking or eating junk. Her list includes the Salt & Pepper Bath.
- Meditate and swap negative thoughts for positive ones. Vlachonis points to a University of Maryland study that showed patients who got 11 weeks of training in how to do this saw gray matter growth in five areas of the brain, as well as a significant drop in their levels of chronic pain.
- Try a 3-week diet challenge. Avoid acidic foods that can cause inflammation, such as sugar, wheat, cows milk or vinegar. Vlachonis suggests drinking either almond milk or water with lemon and eating quinoa, brown rice, walnuts and blueberries.
Try to use foods that are pain relievers, but dont do the same thing every day so your body doesnt get used to it, Vlachonis says.
Even a 15-minute walk after eating helps, she says.
Think little steps. Its a lifestyle way of looking at the whole picture.
About Vicky Vlachonis
Vicky Vlachonis (pronounced Vla-koh-niss) was born in Athens, Greece, into a sports and health-oriented family, inspiring Vicky to go on and be one of the first women to earn a Masters Degree from the European School of Osteopathy. Vicky began her professional career working as a musculoskeletal specialist at some of Londons most prestigious holistic clinics, including the Hale Clinic and the Integrated Medical Centre, treating dancers from the Royal Ballet and major West End theatre productions such as Cats and The Lion King. Vicky established her own practice in 2001, combining a variety of holistic treatments and methods which include individualized, concrete steps and practices to alleviate and release physical, emotional and mental pain. With a reputation for achieving long-term, sustainable results, Vicky has gained a dedicated following, including members of the British Royal Family and some of the worlds most recognized faces in business, media and the arts. Today, Vlachonis practices in Beverly Hills, California where she lives with her husband and two sons. To learn more, please visit either http://www.vickyvlachonis.com, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus or Twitter.
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