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14
Oct

Users’ Voice #3: Listen to your body!

In this new article, Barbara writes about the importance to listen to your own body and not to get intimidated, when you react differently then others.

Let’s talk about a subject that brings together all the subjects mentioned before! This includes your attitude, how your body reacts to pain and then your perseverance. As stated by Dr.Dommerholt, everyone reacts to pain differently. While the reason is not fully understood, it must be taken into consideration when any treatment or therapy is being discussed.

You have noticed that you seem to react to pain so much quicker than your best buddy. It starts to upset you. Perhaps you have been criticized because of this. Wimp is becoming your nickname. Hopefully this scenario is not true. Let us suppose it is. Somehow you have to rise above this and recognize that your internal makeup is not the same and that you have to approach your pain and responses to pain logically and not emotionally. Your pain is real. If you ignore the warning signs and try to push on, there can be serious consequences physically and emotionally.

OK, now you are an older and wiser individual and realize this. You still wish you could overcome this tendency. Stop a moment and look around. Look at some top athletes. I am going to use two tennis greats, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Look at their style and look at the consequences. Federer does not play a power game, he plays a ‘thinking man’s game’ of tennis. However, tennis has changed into a power game and Nadal fits right in this category. But at what price? He suffers from pain in his knees and encountered a long absence due to an injury. If you watch tennis you will notice that Nadal has made some changes in his game because he listened to his body and started to play more Federer-like. And Federer? Yes, Federer has a problem with this power game, but he can still play a great game at his age.

I admire both players, but when it comes to my life and my pain, I will choose the ‘thinking man’s’ approach to pain. I will listen to what my body is telling me. I will follow the therapy that is given me, but I will also tell my therapist how it is affecting me. I am the one who feels the pain. I am the only one who can listen to what my body is telling me.

I will keep my attitude positive, I will become familiar with my body’s response to pain and I will persevere.

Barbara Zarrella, Florida, USA

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