Minding your Pain
Note: Due to COVID-19, we will be bringing our classes to you via webinar.
There is hope for decreasing or eliminating chronic pain
All pain is perceived in the brain. Without the brain there is no pain. The brain is constantly changing; with each new experience we change the structure and function of our brains. With the experience of chronic pain, the brain can learn to keep creating pain long after the body has healed.
Emotions have a chemical signature. The peptides that are the molecules of emotion have receptors throughout our bodies. These affect all of our systems, and can affect pain and the ability to heal.
Drugs, surgery, perhaps physical therapy. These are the ways that our medical system deals with chronic pain. There is another way to think about reducing and potentially eliminating pain, mainly by changing what we do with our brains. When we pay attention to, and consciously direct, what we do with our brains, we can change the neural pathways and chemical environment in our bodies. With conscious action, we can change the brain and body to move toward wellness and away from chronic pain. This is not something that someone else can do to you, it can only happen from the inside.
In our Minding Your Pain class, we will go over techniques that research shows can reduce or even eliminate chronic pain. Unlike drugs or surgery, these techniques don’t involve risk or expense. You will come away with a personal plan including practices that you can use daily to help yourself. Instead of having harmful side effects, the techniques you will learn can lead to better physical and mental health and greater enjoyment of life.
Let us help you to live a life free of limitations
Learn practices that can decrease or eliminate your chronic pain
Learn about how chronic pain happens and what you can do about it in a series of three 2 hour weekly sessions. You will come away with a personal plan that includes powerful practices you can implement right away to help yourself to reduce or even eliminate your pain. Caution: these practices may lead to overall better health and greater enjoyment of life.
We can also give an abbreviated version of this program focusing on practices that you can implement now.
For your company
How about a healthier, happier workforce?
We can bring the webinar above to your company. Create hope and empower your employees to learn practices that will help them to decrease or eliminate their chronic pain.
For your group
We will bring our webinar to your group
We can bring the classes above to your group. Learn, together with your group members, practices that can empower you to decrease or eliminate your chronic pain. We can also help you to support each other on the road to recovery.
Reading/Watching list for healing chronic pain
Here are some of the websites, articles, books and videos we recommend
This is Howard Schubiner, MD’s website with lots of information on chronic pain and many case studies.
Companion website to the book Neuroplastic Transformation (below) by Michael H. Moskowitz, MD and Marla D. Golden, DO
David Schechter MD's website including resources and case studies
Think away your pain by David Schechter, MD Also available as an audiobook
MindBody Workbook by David Schechter Companion workbook to the book above
Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, 2nd Edition, By David Hanscom, MD
On neuroplasticity and healing generally. The first chapter is about Dr. Michal Moskowitz (above) and how he healed his own chronic pain.
Pill Free Approaches to Move People from Hurt to Hope by Martha Teater, MA and Don Teater, MD
Psychological Treatment for Patients with Chronic Pain by Beth Darnall, PhD