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When emotions can cause physical pain – my journey with pain.

Hello my readers, I thought I should write this post and bare my thoughts to you all. This isn’t my typical natural or herbal cosmetics blog. You can say it fits into the wellness category. From the title, you can guess I am about to talk about my journey with pain.
Those who know me offline know this about me. I have been friends with pain for most of my life. I’m always shifting, adjusting, stretching and what not (so restless sometimes). I started physiotherapy from around age 14. Name it, I have tried it. Infrared, physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, hydrotherapy, hypnotherapy, massage (every possible kind). The pain always returns maybe because the root cause has not been addressed. At age 16 I was prescribed some strong pain killers and became dependent on them, so I had to stop. I have also had a podiatrist, acupuncturist (this was just one session and I had to move back to Nigeria shortly after) and many many massage therapists. I have had X-rays and visited many medical professionals about this (especially) and they have done what they can. I currently manage the pain with yoga, daily stretching, massages – self and otherwise.
Let me just state here that I live a normal life but I cannot remember when I have not felt this pain/discomfort. I am not bedridden or disabled or anything like that. It’s more like the background music to my life but I usually do not let it affect much. I just look forward to a day that I would go about my day and not be in pain. It has been over a decade and I am tired of it! Some days I wonder if this is how my life will be forever but other days I am hopeful.
I joined a biomedical research team so I could learn more about the role of ion channels in pain (my area of research was Sodium channels Nav 1.7) and how to inhibit these channels. The research is probably still ongoing but I needed something immediate as it takes years to develop and approve pharmaceuticals. Around that time, I began a journey (this has not been a straightforward one) to understand myself and many other things about life, emotions, etc.
In this research, I learned that most pain comes as a result of stress and tension which can be brought on by unresolved emotions. I started to notice situations that aggravate pain and do my best to stay away from them but this is life and sometimes I just deal. Sadly this is something I have not yet found a ‘cure’ for but I will keep searching until I do so.
So I’ll just post this photo that summarizes everything and hope you get the picture. It supports a more holistic approach to pain resolution and is good to have this in mind while undergoing any physical pain therapies.
Naija formulator, physical pain, emotional blockage, physical therapy
How different negative emotion and emotional                         blockage cause pain.
It is also worth it to be consistent with whichever therapy you choose while making sure that it addresses all aspects and facilitates release (emotional and physical). I would admit that I have only been consistent with self massages, yoga and stretching. So far I have only one massage therapist that did the job well enough and absolutely understood the condition (he also had some pain which helped him understand the principles of pressure points and realignment). I always left therapy in a state of freedom (for a few days too). Sadly I can’t always run to 18, Widegate Street, Aldgate, near Spitafields market and opposite Liverpool tube station in East London. His outfit is called Brock Body Balance but I’m not sure if he still operates there (it has been over two years). I am currently on a search for a Nigerian therapist that can understand the condition and not just massage on whatever way they have been taught in beauty school (so hook me up if you know someone I could try!). On the bright side, because of this, I have become quite good at self massage and giving massages to other people (those who know me know this and take advantage of it lol).
Do you have persistent pain? What about random aches and discomfort? What do you do to take care of yourself? Until next time, try to take care of your emotional body.
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Barefoot running! 

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I was fortunate to have been assigned barefoot running as my final year project in my physiology and pharmacology. When I received that topic I was a little pissed because some of my friends got to do the so called hard core biomedical research in the fields of neuroscience, developmental biology, cancer research and and all that. 

I came to appreciate my topic when I started my library research i. e. Reading research articles on barefoot running. Apart from the detrimental effects of running shoes on the planta fascia (tissues of the foot), tibia and fibular (shin) stress and fracture, loss of the foot arc, amongst other things, I started to understand the principles of acupressure and reflexology. I had heard these terms before, and on many occasions but reading those articles really made me understand why I felt much better walking around without shoes or slippers, and why I loved the feel of the moist loam of a farm or sandy soil at the beach beneath my feet. I learned about grounding, earthing and became a whole new barefoot walking and running enthusiast. I didn’t get a distinction in my research project (mostly because I added the part about earthing and grounding, which is borderline science at best because I didn’t have any scientific evidence to back it up), but a whole new me was born. 

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I already had the interest in taking herbs, making natural cosmetics, doing yoga and living the spa life but this added an almost spiritual aspect to this because I couldn’t explain it (scientifically). I don’t do it as often as I would like but I would like to encourage you to try it from time to time. Many people have reported mood improvements, lowered blood pressure, increase in energy and lowered stress levels from just walking barefoot. Absorption of negative ions from the earth, offering anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects to the body. 

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Note: please don’t go barefoot if you have any open sore/wound and especially not on grounds compromised by glass and other pollutants that can cut through the skin. Care should be taken when walking or running on concrete as they can be very hard compared to untarred grounds.

So go forth into your gardens,  parks and enjoy the feeling of grass, soil and stones under your feet. Trust me it’s like getting a mini foot massage!