First we start with some questions to help us get close to the reasons we will be motivated to stick to the plan.
What do you want to be able to do if you successfully overcome your pelvic pain or dysfunction?
What could be a positive from this experience of dealing with pain and dysfunction?
How does having this pain serve you?
What aspects of life are sidetracked by your injury, What are you avoiding because of the pain?
Write your answers in a journal and see how the process of answering them effect your pain in the moment.
If we only view our situation as negative and a situation we are trying desperately to get out of, we shut ourselves off from our own experience and perpetuating negative views about the situation our body is in. If we try viewing the problem as an opportunity to understand, we start to feel more than just our pain as a negative sensation, it can be a source for growth and healing.
The nervous system responds by being judged by increasing blood pressure, increasing cortisol production to the fight or flight response feeling like we are attacked, muscle tension increases.
Conversely, engaging with our the signals of our body without judgement on a regular basis can bring our nervous system into the parasympathetic “rest and digest” state, giving the nervous system the chance to reduce muscle tension, reduce blood pressure, have normal cortisol and dopamine responses.
Here is a program that can be a starting point to engage with your body on a daily basis: