Today we’re taking a deep dive into pain management — in particular, that chronic, lingering pain that has been in a particular part of your body (especially since we’ve all been sitting for the last year!)
I’m joined by my guest today, Dr. Kirstie Griffiths. Dr. Griffiths is a Canadian chiropractor and yoga teacher. Most recently, she’s launched her book, BACK TO WELLNESS: A Mind-Body Approach to Managing Your Back Pain.
Together, we’re talking all about the nuances of how we manage both acute and chronic pain, the biohacking (and brain-hacking) of how we actually start to get this pain in order, and some of the things that you can start to do today to manage and overcome your pain (that you may have never even heard of!).
I’m so excited for you all to have the opportunity to hear everything that Dr. Kirstie Griffiths has to share with us today!
[1:23] About today’s episode with Dr. Kirstie Griffiths!
[2:24] Welcoming Dr. Kirstie Griffiths to the podcast.
[2:58] Dr. Kirstie shares her story and why this area of interest is so important to her.
[5:34] Dr. Kirstie speaks about the mindset pieces that she has had to address as a chiropractor and clinician who deals with pains.
[7:06] What the physiological state of pain really is and how we can begin to get the body back to a non-pain state.
[9:57] Acute management of pain vs. the chronic management of pain, and what we can do to prevent our acute pain from becoming chronic.
[12:03] Heat or ice? What is better for pain?
[13:40] Why Dr. Kirstie began to combine yoga with chiropractic, and why yoga can be an incredible tool for chronic pain.
[15:54] Dr. Kirstie shares advice for those just getting started with yoga (especially for those with injuries).
[17:48] The science of mindfulness as it pertains to chronic pain and Dr. Kirstie’s unique approach to incorporating these pieces.
[20:55] The core essence of Dr. Kirstie’s book and what it teaches.
[24:05] Dr. Kirstie’s KPIs!
[27:10] Where to learn more about what Dr. Kristie Griffiths is up to and grab a copy of her book!
[27:48] Thanking Dr. Kristie for joining us in today’s episode.
Mentioned in This Episode:
Dr. Kirstie Griffiths has a free gift for The Entrepology community! This is a 20-minute Yoga for Back Pain video that you can access from the comfort at home. This free class features yoga poses and modifications that are particularly useful for back pain. Get access to it here!
More About Dr. Kirstie Griffiths
Dr. Kirstie Griffiths is a Canadian Chiropractor and Yoga Teacher practicing in Guelph, Ontario. Her passion is in helping people overcome back pain using a mind-body approach that integrates chiropractic and yoga. Dr. Griffiths offers holistic, heart-centered care to her patients and practices an evidence-informed model of healthcare. She has a particular interest in assessing and treating chronic pain and understanding the interplay between mental and physical health. Dr. Griffiths is the founder of “Yoga for Back Pain,” a 12-week online program that combines education, movement, and meditation that is specifically designed for people with back pain.
Connect with my Guest:
Dr.Kirstie Griffiths has a free gift for The Entrepology community! This is a 20-minute Yoga for Back Pain video that you can access from the comfort at home. This free class features yoga poses and modifications that are particularly useful for back pain. Get access to it here!
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“Healing … [pain] didn’t feel like the appropriate word because sometimes that’s not the outcome that we’re … striving for. Rather than trying to eliminate the pain, we’re trying to teach people and empower them to have better control over [their pain].” — Dr. Kirstie Griffiths
“Your body thinks that pain is normal. … We call that ‘central sensitization’ and it has to do with a … hypersensitivity of the nervous system. … Counteracting that [is] more complicated … than … an adjustment … It’s usually a multi-modal approach.” — Dr. Kirstie Griffiths
“If you went to go see your doctor 20 years ago and you told them that you had back pain, they would’ve recommended that you take a few days off work and that you rest. … This is one of the worst things. … The rest … prolongs the recovery.” — Dr. Kirstie Griffiths
“It’s more about the strategy than the poses themselves [in yoga]. … Meditation on its own has health benefits. It has benefits on the nervous system [and] it can actually change the mapping in the brain.” — Dr. Kirstie Griffiths
“Even if there’s no movement whatsoever … the thing that differentiates yoga from other types of exercise is the breath mechanics and the mindfulness piece — and you can do that without doing the movements.” — Dr. Kirstie Griffiths
“The whole idea with shifting chronic pain and decreasing that central sensitization … is to try to flood the brain with things that make us feel good and … feel safe as a way to turn the volume down on the pain signals.” — Dr. Kirstie Griffiths