Transcript: My nervous system is overstimulated from early trauma, years of high stress, and lack of proper sleep. Is it connected to brain overstimulation? Does an unbalanced nervous system perpetuate chronic pain? (The answer is yes.) And how do we gradually bring the nervous system back into balance?
In the pain solutions summit, I interviewed about 30 experts on dealing with chronic pain and the different ways that you can manage your chronic pain. Chronic pain is not a simple and easy process to treat. You really need to take a multidisciplinary approach to dealing with chronic pain. If you don’t, your results are not going to be as good as you’d like. So I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to purchase the VIP pass to the summit. What I find is that people pick and choose certain episodes that are of particular interest to them.
As a host of the summit, a former family physician, and now a holistic physician who specializes in magnetic field therapies, I suggest you fully inform yourself. When you own the summit, you’ll be able to go back and rewatch or re-listen to all of the episodes. It’s 30 hours of basic information for you to have access to on an ongoing basis. And when you’re dealing with chronic pain, you’re going to be dealing with this, to a great extent, for the rest of your life. Having this as a resource is very well worth it. So I strongly encourage you to get the VIP pass.
Now to go back to the question of the nervous system being overstimulated from early trauma. There’s all kinds of trauma – PTSD type trauma, physical trauma, toxic trauma if you will. Anytime that you injure yourself, you’re going to have trauma. Physical trauma, like a car accident, falls, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, can cause damage and inflammation in the brain which can end up being within the spinal cord and nerves anywhere in the body. So yes, the nervous system becomes hyperexcitable. If you want to be able to deal with that, the chronic pain summit is important. A lot of this has to do with your own mindset, stress reduction techniques, meditation techniques and many other techniques that are discussed in the summit.
Beyond those, I do strongly recommend the use of magnetic field therapy. It’s a physical modality. It’s not an emotional modality. It’s not a mental modality. It’s not a supplement. You do need supplements and adequate nutrition, which are also discussed in the summit series. Those are all very important foundational elements for best success. But I don’t think you can do an adequate job without using magnetic field therapy, especially for chronic nervous system imbalances. And the magnetic field intensity is very important to reach deep into the spinal cord, to reach deep into the brain to decrease inflammation. Again, the goal is to decrease inflammation and decrease the hyperirritability of the nervous system. And that doesn’t happen overnight. Damaged nerves take a long time to heal. So you have to be patient, and that’s why you need to use a combination of approaches.
What I’ve found over the years is that there are many, many other techniques and modalities that can be used and none of them by themselves works 100%. In other words, you can’t just rely on one technique. But if you’re going to heavily rely on one technique than PEMFs are one of the better ways to start while you add on the other things, and while you get the benefit of all of these other approaches that we discussed in the chronic pain summit.
PEMF therapy can be extraordinarily helpful for decreasing overstimulation. The challenge is going to be to do it right. For that purpose, I do offer consultations to people on drpawluk.com to help you figure out which magnetic system is the best for you.
The other problem that people have in terms of picking the wrong system is they make the decision based on price alone without understanding magnetic field therapy, how it works, the mechanisms, or how to properly use it to get the best long term results. So consultations are important, and that’s the other reason why the book is important.
Again, I have a ton of information on drpawluk.com about these different issues. Informing yourself becomes an important part of your journey to help you with your health issues and your nervous system problems.
One of the questions that Jennifer asked is does an unbalanced nervous system perpetuate chronic pain? Absolutely. Absolutely. If your nervous system is overexcited then any kind of stimuli can affect it. One of the topics that I’m especially interested in is the impact of chronic pain on the brain. I call that the chronic pain brain. There are one or two episodes in the summit series about that as well, and the fact that you need to use magnetic field therapy especially, but the other components as well, to manage chronic pain to quiet down the amount of inflammation.
Inflammation in the body, in general, affects chronic pain. The irritable brain becomes sensitive to any stimuli in the periphery. So people whose brains have been significantly impacted by their pain, even touching the skin can fire off nerve receptors in the brain that does not pain receptors in terms of the spinal cord, they’re just receptors. Any information going into the brain becomes registered in the brain as a pain type signal. And so what you have to do there is to quiet down the brain, and one of the key mechanisms for doing that is magnetic field therapy that you can target to the brain itself that decreases the inflammation. There were studies done in animals where they had head injuries and they discovered that the head injuries activated and triggered all sorts of inflammatory molecules that they were able to measure. They found that magnetic field therapy impacted those inflammatory molecules and they decreased them. They measured those inflammatory molecules in the spinal fluid of these animals and discovered that there was a significant reduction in the inflammation.
The sooner you start treatment after an injury to the brain, the better. The sooner you start treating your chronic pain aggressively, the better – before it becomes a chronic pain brain. Once it does, then again, you have to use all these components and mechanisms together to be able to help yourself. So, it’s an easy question with complicated answers. You can bring the nervous system back into balance using nutrition and supplements and everything else that we discussed in the chronic pain summit.