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Ever feel like your body, brain or mind is close to the tipping point when it comes to pain?
Small injuries or minor physical setbacks might not seem like a big deal when they happen.
Yet your brain might go haywire and instead of helping, it works against you.
See, your personal history of injuries, infections, emotional set backs, and traumas can lead a brain to over respond even as a small injury heals.
The brain can go hyperactive and keeps sending chemicals of inflammation to the rescue, after the fact.
Cells called microglia acts as the immune system of the central nervous system.
To protect the brain, they swell up to create a buffer while they take care of the bad cells.
The good cells, however, can keep turning “on inflammation”, which is what we see happening in anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc.
In other words, when we keep getting stressed or tensed out, the microglia show up and create inflammation. Not nice at all.
Stress can magnify the situation and this period of activation can remain “on” for extended periods of time. Then this gets set as the program and many medical conditions such as chronic pain become the norm.
No wonder some of us struggle with discomfort, injury or stiffness longer than we think it oughta be around.
As the program continues to go haywire–say an accident happens–followed up by surgeries, pain medications and having to cope with the stress of getting it together undermines our ability to completely get over it.
Even though we think we oughta be able to handle it, we aren’t addressing the physiological mechanism to change and reverse the course back to our more comfortable self.
This can further make us feel down and bums us out.
Getting Pushed Past the Tipping Point
The sum of our life experiences add up to push us past the tipping point so the brain replays its response and you get your negative experience yet again.
Can the tipping point be reversed?
When we go back to what mother nature affords us to restore and revitalize our central nervous system, then we have a chance to reverse the tipping point and successfully climb out.
In many cases, you can reprogram both the brain and body so it can create comfort instead of amplifying pain and discomfort.
This reprogramming act is called a pandiculation. This works with the central nervous system to reset tension levels so you can feel comfortable and in control of your well-being.
When we go about pandiculation systematically, then we can re-right the ship and help get things back in order and in balance.
The reverse on-off switch to turn back the tipping point
You see, you have the inherent ability to decrease stress and lower tension by increasing it consciously using your awareness.
This concept may sound backwards or counter-intuitive, yet in practice – physically speaking – this is how you turn what is negatively “on” positively “off”.
By consciously turning “on” the central nervous system. You change the painful, stiff or discomforting “on” signal “off’ by detuning or fine tuning it down so you can idle more in neutral and restore tension levels back to the comfort zone.
Your nervous system can be reprogrammed to aid you rather than keep the on going program working against you. Pretty neat.
While it isn’t easy to live in pain or with high stress levels or chronic discomforts since they take away our normal relaxed attention and focus. If you can consciously tune into what it is you’ve either become accustomed to – or what is not healing in the way you think it oughta – like taking a little no big deal tumble or not being able to sit comfortably.
Force won’t help, so instead you use power the brain and body to reach a personal comfort zone which can be achieved with a little conscious practice.
By dialing into the haywire signal, you can fine-tune the pain activating signal or mechanism so it can reverse course.
The resetting and recalibrating begins to happen with what some have called conscious micro-movements. Oh happy days!
While this sounds simple, there is both an art and practice to get back to your former happy pain-freer self which nature has set up for you to access at any minute.
Through a series of trial and error easy, gentle movements, the ability to feel relaxation returns.
The fact is you can tune down what is turned “on” because the switch has been activated to inhibit and the message to reset begins as you turn it up with a micro-movement or conscious thought to do so.
Afterwards the nervous system acts to decrease the output or charge so those relaxing feelings return. It’s like giving yourself a hot tub treatment using your brain and body.
In nature, this is why all healthy animals with a spine self-regulate in this manner. They use the brain to change the body to move well with daily reprogramming.
When the human animal gets back to restoring this lost art or natural process to calm the system, you get the:
and the knowledge you can replicate feelings of comfort.
You can do this as often as you need or when necessary to take out stress and tension from everyday life events which accumulate in the course of our busy lives.
While you can’t escape stress, you can take control of your central nervous system as best as you can and further the possibilities of a comfortable felt-sense of living.
When you remember how to do this – you can let things roll off of you like a duck ruffling its feathers.
You’ll have what appears to be uncanny ability to regenerate, yet this is how nature sets it up for us to learn how to wield it and not be held outta control.
There is evidence that your microglia cells “remember” prior assaults and turn things up painfully when necessary. They can stay up and fire up more quickly.
Same goes in the opposite direction. The better you get at using the brain and body, you can bank on turning on those chemicals of relaxation on much faster too.
According to Dr. Gary Kaplan, these 3 things seem certain:
√ The source of inflammation are tiny cells called microglia.
√ Your history of physical & emotional assaults add up and increase inflammation.
√ Chronic pain and depression are neurodegenerative conditions.
Fortunately, we’ve systematized an approach to use both brain and body with gentle, small or micro-movements of coordination done with a certain level of awareness to restore the nervous system and your body’s basic feeling of comfort and well-being.
Now that you have a better understanding of the tipping point, you can choose to naturally heal, self-protect, prevent and maintain your healthy state of living.