Holistic Methods of Pain Management

Holistic Methods of Pain Management
March 10, 2012 Michela Mangiaracina

“The first night after I learned how to do Brain Wave Vibration, I practiced it to rid myself from pain. I was asleep in bed, and had a severe muscle cramp in my right quadricep. The cramp would not go away, so I thought about taking one of my leg cramp pills. Then I thought that if I continued to rely on the pills, I would essentially be a slave to the pills because I would be dependent on them. I decided to try Brain Wave Vibration to see if it would help make the pain go away. I sat on the edge of my bed and shook my head from side to side. At the same time I imagined the pain from my legs coming up through my body and then leaving my body as I exhaled. After about five minutes, my pain in both legs was gone, and I was able to go back to sleep. I felt elated that I was able to stop pain with such a simple procedure.”
– Patrick Ruz, 53, Albuquerque, NM

Like Patrick, millions of people around the world suffer from pain, both occasional and chronic. His experience offers an example of how some pain can be dealt with on one’s own without medication and its side effects. Some holistic healing methods of pain relief include herbal treatments, exercise, deep breathing techniques, self-hypnosis, acupuncture, music therapy, yoga, biofeedback, magnet therapy, massage, meditation, and relaxation therapy.

Research by Robert Kerns, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, and the National Program Director for Pain Management at the Veterans Health Administration, has indicated that “a person’s thinking could really affect their pain experience. Therapy that helps people feel they are in some control over their thoughts and emotions–keeping a journal, practicing relaxation techniques, or biofeedback—that help them manage their negative feelings and alleviate their suffering, was shown to reduce stress and pain. Our chronic pain isn’t beyond our control.”

A recent method of pain management developed by Dahn Yoga and Brain Education founder Ilchi Lee gives practitioners this sense of control. It expands on the “shaking medicine” of shamans and the healing powers of meditation and music. Called Brain Wave Vibration, its simplest form involves shaking the head while focusing on the center of the head cavity. As tension in the head and neck relaxes, the vibrations created by the shaking travel down to the shoulders and then to the rest of the body. While moving their body, it’s important for practitioners to follow their own internal, natural rhythm in order to create a stronger connection between mind and body.

It’s often thought by many holistic healthcare providers that a strong mind-body connection helps natural healing to take place more readily in body and mind. In the case of Brain Wave Vibration, the vibrations created help reduce or eliminate mind chatter and increase focus—like a moving meditation. With extraneous thoughts out of the way, the brain can better pay attention to the body.

Anecdotal evidence about Brain Wave Vibration has indicated that keeping a goal in one’s mind while doing the technique helps with that goal’s achievement. As Patrick Ruz demonstrated, focusing on the pain while keeping thoughts of healing in the mind and moving the body instinctively helps relieve or eliminate pain.

Besides eliminating pain, Brain Wave Vibration has the added benefit of lightening your mood, relaxing your body, and bringing you inner peace. Using that or other simple methods of pain management you can do on your own will enable you to take control of your pain and your health without as much reliance on medication.