When Anna came to see me on her first session she also accompanied by her teenage daughter. Now there is a reason I just love it when someone comes with my clients to the sessions. Let me explain.
Anna has been suffering with back pain for years but couldn't pinpoint when it started (something so many people have trouble with). So when I asked her what it stopped her from doing she named a couple of things such as not being able to ride her horses more often or run further.
But it was her daughter that started telling me just the extent of Anna's pain. She couldn't sleep properly. She eats standing up. These were things that Anna has probably got so used to that they weren't the first things to come to mind. After that Anna was able to continue. Trouble pushing a trolley around. Sitting on the sofa. Driving.
When chronic pain gets us we become so used to adapting our lives around the pain that standing when eating, using a pillow whilst driving all become normal to us. We forget what it is we should be able to do.
But what gets me even more is that chronic pain can be got rid of in so many cases. We don't have to suffer the way we do.
And even if you think that you have seen every therapist under the sun and they didn't help, maybe they weren't looking in the right place. Maybe you were relying on THEM to fix you when it's YOU that needs to fix YOU.
Don't just settle for pain because it's what you've always known. Ask yourself, truthfully, what is my pain stopping me from doing. Or even better, ask a close friend or relative. They will see the things you don't.