The 5-Most Important Things to do to Eliminate Pain: #3–Fill Your Cup
I’m continuing today with the 3rd installment of my 5-part series on the most important things you need to do to live pain free. The first day I wrote about proper nutrition, and yesterday I wrote about proper hydration. While the title of this post might lead you to believe it has something to do with drinking water, it actually doesn’t. To me, drinking water and filling your cup are two completely different things. Let me explain…
3. Fill Your Cup
People assume, rightly so, that we are a “muscles and bones” clinic. You hurt, we analyze your posture, give you exercises to correct your faulty posture, you do them, and your body feels better. It’s pretty cut and dry…most of the time.
You see, there are instances where the pain goes “deeper,” and I’m not talking about a deep ache or joint pain. There are times when a stressful mental or emotional trauma presents itself as physical pain. For example, in my years of being a therapist I’ve had several hard, but necessary, discussions with clients about why they really hurt. We’ve talked about divorce, the passing of a child, and even rape, just to name a few heavy-hitting topics. For our clients, these horrible situations were all triggers for physical pain.
These clients have had their cup drained physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually…you name it, it was on “E”! They needed more. They needed more than just some physically restoring exercises. They needed their cup full again!
If you’re a client of ours, you’ve most likely heard one of us ask, “What do you like to do for fun?” We’re not asking that question to try and skirt around your physical pain. We’re asking to get a better sense of what fills your cup. When’s the last time you took a hike? When’s the last time you were able to get down on the floor to play with your kids or grandkids (and then get back up again)? When’s the last time you read a book? Watched a baseball game? Rode your bike? Had dinner with your friends? Spent quiet time reading your Bible? Laughed uncontrollably? Worked out at the gym?
Of course, these are just examples. You’ll determine what fills your cup, but let me just say that I believe it’s extremely important that you do so. You can eat a perfect diet and drink plenty of water, but if you’re putting things into a cup that is physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually drained, you’re spinning your wheels.
Remember that any therapy you choose to help alleviate pain should focus on the body as a whole. It shouldn’t focus on just your knee, nor should it focus on just the physical body. Treat the body as a unit, and work on filling the entire cup.
Whether you do anything for your physical body today, be sure to take time today to fill your cup!
QUESTION: What will you do to fill your cup today?