Doctor, I’m Cold All the Time!

I hear this from women all the time.  Unfortunately, it is not as easy to figure out as most people would think.  First, let’s take the easy answer.  Your PCP or GYN doctor will want to do labs to make sure your thyroid is working.  The thyroid is a gland in the front of your neck and it makes a hormone that pretty much runs your body’s metabolism, the furnace that is your body.  I do not want to repeat what other well respected medical sites explain.  This post assumes that you have already addressed these issues with a medical professional and was reassured, rebuffed,  or given a nonsense answer and continue to seek.

In the context of chronic pain, this is very common.  Not only are you cold all the time, but you are heavy as well.  How does all this make sense?  People in chronic pain carry traumatic strain.  Layers of strain block the flow of qi (chi), dare I say it?…the flow of…energy.  Heat and energy are one and the same, interconvertible.  The muscles are strained, they don’t function at maximal capacity to act as a metabolic furnace, burning energy and heating up your body and fat layers.  On of my patients describes it as that the energy is not strong enough to get out to the periphery.  So what do you do to get better and lose the weight?  You definitely have to eat and drink more strictly that most other people.  Internally, OMT, osteopathic manipulative treatments can reduce the mechanical strains and secondarily, chi and energy flow better; the muscles and tissues have a better chance of returning to normal function; later aerobic exercise will burn energy as efficiently as possible.  Externally, losing the fat can happen faster and cheaper if you can get the tissue to heat up and sweat.  This means a sauna or direct application of heat.

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