"Your body's ability to heal is far,

far greater than you have ever been permitted to believe."

--Mo Rosati--

 

 

 

What is chronic pain?

 

The American Chronic Pain Association defines chronic pain as pain that continues a month or more beyond the usual recovery period for an injury or illness or that goes on for months or years due to a chronic condition. The pain is usually not constant but can interfere with daily life at all levels.

 

 

What if I had an injury and my pain has persisted for a month or more?

 

                              It would be advisable to consult a physician regarding your pain.

 

 

Who suffers from chronic pain?

 

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  Pain affects more Americans than those affected by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined (Source: www.painmed.org).

 

 

How is chronic pain treated?

 

"Medications, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, nerve blocks, or surgery are some treatments used for chronic pain. Less invasive psychotherapy, relaxation therapies, biofeedback, and behavior modification may also be used to treat chronic pain. These methods can be powerful and effective in some people. When it comes to chronic pain treatment, many people find adding complementary or alternative  medicine (CAM) approaches can provide additional relief. These may include tai chi, acupuncture, meditation, massage therapies, and similar treatments."

 

"Self-management of chronic pain holds great promise as a treatment approach. In self-management programs, the individual patient becomes an active participant in his or her pain treatment—engaging in problem-solving, pacing, decision-making, and taking actions to manage their pain. Although self-management programs can differ, they have some common features. Their approach is that the person living with pain needs help learning to think, feel, and do better, despite the persistence of pain. Improving communication with the healthcare provider is part of that empowerment." (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/)

 

 

What is the chronic pain education class?

 

I have developed a two-session class based on the model used by Adriaan Louw, a physical therapist who has been committed to researching chronic pain for the past 15 years.  The class is designed to educate you on the most current research on chronic pain, assist you with lifestyle changes to improve overall health, and lower your pain levels.

 

 

How is a class going to lower my pain levels?

 

Research has proven that understanding your pain can have a significant effect on lowering pain levels. You will learn more about this in the class.

 

 

I've been told that my pain is all 'in my head' and it is not real?

 

Chronic pain syndrome is misunderstood by many people including physicians.  Your pain is as real as anyone else's who experiences pain. In this class, you will learn more about the biology of pain, the role your brain plays in how pain is perceived, and how this knowledge can help you reduce your personal pain level.

 

 

This website mentions myofascial release may help my chronic pain?

 

Yes, this is true.  The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach to myofascial release can help relieve restrictions in the body that may have developed from a previous trauma, repetitive injury, and/or postural dysfunction. Releasing these restrictions can reduce pressure from pain-sensitive structures providing relief of pain and improving overall function.

 

Please check the Myofascial Release setion under the FAQ menu for frequently asked questions regarding this form of therapy.