It is almost impossible to believe that you can break free from chronic mental and physical pain after years of suffering and disappointments. Learn how your nervous system is the game changer in your pain recovery journey. If you are dealing with the misery of being in relentless pain and want to learn science backed Mind Body information and skills by two leading experts in chronic pain, David Hanscom M.D. and Les Aria PhD, then this podcast is for you!

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Pain Recovery

Emotional and physical pain share neurological circuits in the brain and chronic activation of them is unpleasant. Since we don’t want to feel pain, we suppress it, which fires up the nervous system and your flight or fight response. Over time, we become more and more determined (and rigid) to not feel pain and it is a losing battle. A key to solving chronic pain is learning to quit fighting it, be with it, and let it dissipate. However, it does require learning approaches to allow you to tolerate feeling uncomfortable, as emotional pain can be intolerable. ACT is a way of a learning to be with uncomfortable feelings and developing psychological flexibility. It is the foundation of Dr. Aria’s practice. He discusses the basis of it and how to bring these concepts into your daily life. He presents “The 3 C’s” – Catch, Check, and Choose. You can begin to use these tools today.

Using Values to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions – Because change is challenging for majority of us, New Year’s resolutions often fail to realize change takes time. Like growing something you planted, a fruit tree will take years to mature and consistently bear fruit. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers solutions to guide us through the process of change, that is, our New Year’s resolutions. A core aspect of ACT is becoming aware of and defining your values and then engaging in behaviors that create neuroplastic changes in your brain. It entails being “psychologically flexible” as opposed to being rigid and self-critical. You choose to behave in a manner consistent with your values understanding that you will “fail” every day. But the values will remain, and you can keep moving in that direction. By determining or redefining who or what is important to you a.k.a. values… We apply an intrinsic ability to motivate ourselves versus doing things because we have to wear a “shirt” that is outside of us. Consider a fishing rod with a dangling carrot. What you move towards is where true healing occurs. You have to live a good life in order to have a good life.

The Destructive Power of FOMO ( Fear of Missing Out) – FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is a common pattern of thinking in modern times. Why in the face of so much prosperity is it so prevalent? Understanding that is a manifestation of your unconscious self-critical voice and this it is irrational is the first stepping in successfully dealing with it.

The Pain of Social Isolation – Emotional pain and physical pain have overlapping circuits in the brain. They play off each other. People in pain are more sensitive to social rejection and social rejection makes the pain worse. Loneliness has profound effects on your mental and physical health. This situation is magnified during the Holiday Season. By understanding the nature of the problem, there are potential solutions that will not only help you through the Holidays but will move you forward on your healing journey. The starting point is being nice to yourself.

Survival Tips for the Holidays – Presence, Pacing, and Boundaries – What truly brings you joy and how can you fully experience it? These tips can enhance your capacity to connect to other people close to you. In this episode, we’ll be discussing the last three tips to help you thrive during the Holidays.

Survival Tips for the Holidays-Communicate and Be Realistic – It is ironic that we treasure having major holidays with the spirit of love and giving, yet there are many ways that they can be incredibly draining. Much of the “Holiday Spirit” is created by the marketing world and is not a lot of people’s reality. In this episode, we’ll be discussing the need to be realistic and also communicate. You can capture the Holiday Spirit.

Survival Tips for the Holidays – Learning psychological skills is key to surviving, not just using your breathwork or meditation, or exercise –but using tools that provide effective outcomes to help you be your best and safest this holiday season. Dr. David Hanscom and Dr. Les Aria provide tips on todays episode that will help you become more psychologically flexible, which leads to safety versus threat, which is psychological inflexibility. Learning to connect with your thoughts/emotions with physical sensations is key. Being psychologically flexible means: waking up, loosening up and stepping up. Being around family members and certain people can easily activate our old storylines and memories. When your mind hooks you, what do you do? How does it cost you?

Happy Holidays…NOT – Humans evolved to our current state at the top of the food chain through cooperation. It is one of the main reasons that social connection is so critical. The deeper the connection, the better; except family triggers are the most powerful and destructive. This problem is accentuated during the Holidays where hope and expectations for connection are high, and it is even more painful when these potentially wonderful gatherings blow up. Being aware of the strength and nature of these primitive triggers, increases your chances of navigating them and having a wonderful Holiday Season.

The Care of the Patient with Dr. Francis Peabody – Dr. Francis Peabody was a famous physician who possessed a deep understanding of the need for a strong patient/ doctor relationship. He clearly understood the interaction of patient with his or her circumstances in creating symptoms. His 1927 lecture, “The Care of the Patient” is the basis for this Dynamic Healing podcast.

Reconnecting to Your True Self – By understanding that anxiety and anger are automatic hardwired reactions, you can develop a “working relationship” with them. Then, instead of spending energy trying to change them, you are free to connect with the part of your brain that knows how to have fun and thrive.

Defining the Mind Body Connection – It Really is One Unit – Your body can remain alive without consciousness. Homo sapiens are the only species that possess advanced language and abstract thinking. Every other species is hardwired to avoid threats and seek safety and they don’t have to think about it. The mind and body are a single unit.

What is Dynamic Healing? – Staying alive is a dynamic process. The body adapts to the environment every second by processing data from innumerable sensors sending data to your brain. Signals are sent out to ensure your survival. When your stresses are overwhelming and you feel under threat, your body responds with a flight or fight response. Multiple mental and physical symptoms are created. Dynamic healing addresses this root cause of illness and chronic disease can be effectively treated and often solved.