Did you know that our brain is responsible for the pain that we feel?
It is our brain that decides if something is dangerous to our body or not. And if it is perceived as dangerous and harmful to our tissues then our brain will produce pain.
Did you also know that inputs to our brain that are actually UNRELATED to tissue damage but PERCEIVED by our brain as dangerous can be enough to cause us pain.
Now if you are someone with a highly sensitive brain (usually stemming from chronic pain where your brain is looking after you) then this can happen without you even knowing about it.
Have you ever said 'it hurts just thinking about it'?
If you have, let me tell you that you're not going crazy!! This can actually happen. Research has shown that just imagining a movement can cause swelling in the painful area which increases pain. Your brain is doing an amazing job of protecting you from anything that may be dangerous to your tissues (body).
Let me give you an example.
I have a client who suffers with hip pain. For years she has suffered. And all the time she has believed that she was suffering from the same pain that her Aunty did when she was her age, which resulted in her Aunty needing a wheelchair.
These thoughts of "My Aunty had the same pain and is now in a wheelchair" are threatening to the brain. Now this is even more the case as she had suffered with chronic pain and had created an even more sensitive system. Thoughts like this can create and increase pain even when there is nothing wrong with the tissue.
Let me give you another example.
I have another client who suffers from knee pain. Having been injured numerous times over the years her brain is now highly sensitive to even the smallest movements. Is there damage in the tissues? No, according to all the scans and tests. But the pain is still there. Why? Because even the fear of re-injury is enough to keep the pain alive.
These 'Thought Viruses' have been shown to cause and enhance pain experiences. So even when there is nothing wrong, we can still have pain. It doesn't mean that the pain is any less real. Pain is pain. It's all created in the brain. But it may be that it's the thought as opposed to the actual tissue damage that's causing the pain.
Some of the 'Thought Viruses' I have come across include:
"I'm in pain so there must be something wrong."
Now in most of these cases, clients have been scanned, and tested and prodded and everything else in between, but no issues with the tissues or structure of the body were found.
Maybe, just maybe then, it's the 'Thought Viruses' that are the actual cause of pain.
Just a thought.