These articles will give you a better understanding of some the most common issues around managing chronic pain. Click on an article title.
Even though almost every human being who has ever lived has felt pain, we are still far from being able to explain exactly what goes on when tissue is damaged, how pain becomes chronic and what goes on in the brain and nerves when someone feels pain.
People with chronic mechanical neck or back pain, whiplash associated disorders, complex regional pain, headache, chronic post-traumatic pain, neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia constitute the majority of those I see my specialized practice.
The first and perhaps most surprising thing you need to know about using doctors is that most receive very little if any formal training in the management of pain.
If I try a form of treatment and my pain gets better I’ll probably believe the treatment worked. But if I tell you the treatment worked you have only my word for it. Neither of us know for certain if I got better because of the treatment or if I got better because of other factors that could have affected my pain including bias, belief, a warm empathic therapist, a change in life circumstance or some other treatment I was getting at the same time.
Among the many aspects of managing chronic pain, the use of drugs is the most common and most obvious. So the more we know about their benefits and dangers, the better prepared we are to use them wisely.
Meditation is the foundation of our chronic pain program. Eric Reynolds and Jan Carstoniu, co-founders of the group have studied and practiced meditative techniques since the 1970’s when eastern practices were becoming embedded in western culture. Our approach is not linked to any religious or spiritual belief system but has been influenced by our training.
On the home page of this website we say pain management is a skill. It’s a strong statement. Following such a remark a couple of obvious questions include: what do we really mean and how can one acquire this skill?
To begin, remember that we are different from other groups in that we emphasize staying relaxed over performing.
Here is a special chance to hear what is said in the pain management groups. These sessions are not generally made available to the public as the content is best experienced in person. However, we thought it might be worthwhile to let you hear some of what is taught and the way the discussions unfold.