Bikram was his own first proof of how Bikram Yoga can fix, and mend repair.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram later on devised the 26 postures sequence, which work irrespective of age groups. These 26 postures series has a profound healing power on your body and mind. He founded Bikram’s Yoga College of India. Bikram has shown the light of healthy life to millions of people around the world.
At Bikram Yoga Brighton we would like to show you how Bikram Yoga can improve your pain status and really give your body a total health check, every time you practise.
Pain: How Bikram Yoga’s Mental and Physical Benefits can bring relief
Pain is an unpleasant feeling that is conveyed to the brain by sensory neurons. The discomfort signals actual or potential injury to the body. However, pain is more than a sensation, or the physical awareness of pain; it also includes perception, the subjective interpretation of the discomfort. Perception gives information on the pain's location, intensity, and something about its nature. The various conscious and unconscious responses to both sensation and perception, including the emotional response, add further definition to the overall concept of pain.
Acute pain defined
Acute pain often results from tissue damage, such as a skin burn or broken bone. Acute pain can also be associated with headaches or muscle cramps. This type of pain usually goes away as the injury heals or the cause of the pain (stimulus) is removed.
Chronic pain defined
Chronic pain refers to pain that persists after an injury heals. It also could refer to cancer pain, pain related to a persistent or degenerative disease, or long-term pain from an unidentifiable cause.
The origins of pain
Pain is elicited from a nerve impulse, which sends a message to the brain saying, “Ouch! That hurt!” These pain-sensing neurons are called nociceptors, and virtually every surface and organ of the body is wired with them.
- The central part of these cells is located in the spine, and they send threadlike projections to every part of the body.
- Nociceptors are classified according to the stimulus that prompts them to transmit a pain signal.
- Thermoreceptive nociceptors are stimulated by temperatures that are potentially tissue damaging.
- Mechanoreceptive nociceptors respond to a pressure stimulus that may cause injury.
- Polymodal nociceptors are the most sensitive and can respond to temperature and pressure.
- Polymodal nociceptors also respond to chemicals released by the cells in the area from which the pain originates.
- The bigger the area of problem, the greater the pain can be.
- The skin has quite a few nerve receptors, so a cut or graze can be quite painful.
- The spine, however, has quite a complex system of nerves running through it, relating to all areas of the body, so damage to a particular area of the spine will cause pain in the area that the damaged nerve runs to. This is often called referred pain.
- Pain perception also varies depending on the location of the pain.
- The kinds of stimuli that cause a pain response on the skin include pricking, cutting, crushing, burning, and freezing.
- These same stimuli would not generate much of a response in the intestine. Intestinal pain arises from stimuli such as swelling, inflammation, and distension.
- The type of pain that you feel will subsequently depend on what area of the body that sustains injury.
- Pain is usually quantified on a scale of 0-10, with 0 maybe being no pain and 10 being intense pain.
- Words used to describe pain include:
Constant nagging pain
- So when you say to your doctor, “My shoulder hurts,” the first thing he will do is ask about the location and the quality of your pain.
- How painful is it on a scale of 1-10?
- This will help him to diagnose the type of nerves involved and how to treat your symptoms.
- By just treating the symptoms, the underlying issues causing the pain often go untreated.
- By not treating the causal effects of pain many problems go unresolved for years, during which time the symptoms can get worse or the organ involved can degenerate considerably.
- Nerve habitualisation can also be a problem and comes about from constant pain/sensation stimuli that continues to occur when the pain is removed. The nerve still thinks there is pain because it has gotten so accustomed to feeling the pain. The extreme of this is when a limb has been removed and pain is still felt in the lost limb. E.g. Phantom limb pain.
Bikram Yoga Brighton has helped hundreds of people overcome their pain while contributing significantly to their overall health and wellness, and we can help you too! No matter what the circumstances of your injury/ situation is.