I Hurt All Over!
Chronic pain takes many forms of expression and can contribute to the daily “symptom overload” that prevents us from living a fully engaged life. Persistent daily pain and dysfunction is an incredible drain on one’s resources – physically, mentally, emotionally and financially.
Getting to the root of the problem can be challenging because chronic pain can have so many causes and triggers and each one of them can be unique to that particular person.
Many of the conventional treatment “recommendations” in the form of medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and opioids, anti-depressants and muscle relaxants, merely mask underlying imbalances and frequently contribute to worsening of the problem.
We now know that chronic pain in the form of muscle and joint pain, headaches, fatigue, temperature dysregulation, brain fog and hormonal fluctuations are usually the symptoms of deeper core imbalances that target the body’s ability to regulate inflammation. Metabolic imbalances like food allergies & sensitivities, leaky gut, toxicity, structural imbalances and hormonal dysfunction can all be at the root of disabling pain and dysfunction.
The “big picture” approach of Functional Medicine lends itself beautifully to identifying what the key elements are for you so that your participation in an effective treatment plan can successfully transform your life.