The Healing Circle ~ Mandalas, A Unique Chronic Pain Management Tool

In the circle we experience perfect symmetry, integrity, unity and completeness. This sense of wholeness is also something associated with the ideal state of well-being, of external and internal balance and harmony.

Mandalas (the Sanskrit word for circle) are found in cultures across history, from Tibetan Buddhist’s sand-designs to Native American medicine wheels to European Cathedral’s circular stain-glass windows, and all have been utilized as a path and symbol of spiritual connection, centeredness and too, to foster and guide us towards well-being, in the largest sense of the world…

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For Chronic Pain ~ Move-It-Or-Lose-It is a True Key

 

One of the things we know about the body, beyond doubt, is that movement, exercise, is crucial to the well-being of our entire system. The body is designed to move…

lying down or sitting for too long can have manifold negative effects on many body systems: the spine,

our vital organs and even our brain, all of which do not function nearly as well if you’re living a highly sedentary lifestyle.

But living with Chronic Pain can make movement of any kind near impossible…

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Stanford University ~ Defining Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain?

Basically, as defined by Stanford University’s Dr. Sean Mackey, it meets the following criteria:

  • Lasts longer than 3-6 month, or beyond the “expected” time of healing
  • Serves NO physiological purpose
  • Takes a toll on the individual and those in the sufferer’s life (from family members to society at large)
  • It can be a symptom of another disease, but it can also be a disease in and of it’s own right
  • The disease of Chronic Pain fundamentally alters our nervous system
  • We’re learning that, like the disease of diabetes, Chronic Pain as a disease needs to be approached and managed as a chronic disease
  • There are an estimated 100 million sufferers of chronic pain in the U.S. (a range that covers those who can self-manage at home and are still very functional to those who have a catastrophic level of pain)
  • Costs are estimated to be over $ 1/2 a trillion per year in the U.S. (more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined)

(As explained in an excellent informative video found here.)

 

Stanford University’s Pain Medicine web-site also has a wealth of information on and resources for those living with Chronic Pain.