Chapter 1: Pictures of Pain and Healing
To heal from chronic pain, you have an abundance of options. Each specialist who sees you is likely to praise the virtues of his or her approach and may discount the value of other therapies. Chances are that if you are not professionally involved in medicine or alternative therapies, you will have a difficult time trying to figure out what avenue to pursue and why.
You need to find out as soon as possible what is causing your pain. Then you can begin to consider what therapies might be most useful. Stress, in the form of neuromuscular tension, is a leading cause of pain, which results from...
If you suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone. Chronic pain is a social and personal problem of epidemic proportions in our society. In the course of their lifetime, 80 percent of Americans will suffer from chronic pain related to dysfunction of the muscles, bones, and joints. In 2004, at least 50 million Americans were living in chronic pain. Back pain is the leading cause of visits to doctors, hospitalization, surgery, and work disability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2002 that one-third of all Americans had some form of joint disease, most commonly osteoarthritis. And a new...