Freedom from Pain: Discover Your Body's Power to Overcome Physical Pain
Peter A. Levine
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If you are suffering chronic pain-even after years of surgery, rehabilitation, and medication-only one question matters: How do I find lasting relief? With Freedom from Pain, two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body.
Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing® process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical success, Drs. Levine and Phillips will show you how to:
- Calm the body's overreactive "fight" response to pain
- Release the fear, frustration, and depression intensified by prior traumas, and build inner resilience and self-regulation
- Relieve pain caused by the aftermath of injuries, surgical procedures, joint and muscle conditions, migraines, and other challenges
Whether you're seeking to begin a self-care strategy or amplify your current treatment program, Freedom from Pain will provide you with proven tools to help you experience long-term relief.
"Brilliant, practical, and wise, this is an enormously helpful book. I cannot recommend this work highly enough."
-Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
"This book is for everyone who wants freedom from pain. I have read dozens of books on pain relief and the power of the mind for healing, and this is clearly the best to date."
-Steven Gurgevich, PHD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
her right abdominal area. At first she had difficulty moving away from thoughts such as “I think it must be from when I moved all those boxes” and into sensations. Practice allowed her felt-sense awareness of her pain and fear to unfold in explorations like the following, where she was working with a therapist. (This inquiry could also be done with a friend, through a kind of inner dialogue, or a journaling practice.) Dorothy: Now I’m aware of a pulsing. Therapist: Can you show me through your
brought only temporary relief. At the time she sought treatment, she was missing an average of half a day a week at work because of the unmanageable pain. She was becoming concerned about losing her job, a worry that increased her complaints of anxiety as well as the frequency of migraines. Donna’s history revealed several traumatic events related to men, beginning with her father, who had had numerous affairs and a gambling addiction. This situation had thrown the family into bankruptcy. She
is called “exquisite pain.” The word “exquisite” is used here in a negative sense, as in “exquisitely painful.” One approach that has been very successful with CRPS/RSD is the use of very light touch across the limb, joint, or area involved. Some Somatic Experiencing therapists have developed this method. In this case, touch is used to help amplify a person’s ability to get under the pain and experience their underlying non-pain sensations, while also providing support to the individual to keep
cooking, sewing, coaching, accounting, or tutoring, you can find a good way to return favors so that your relationships remain comfortably in balance. One of Maggie’s friends thanked all members of her social community who provided food and other forms of assistance during her recovery from hip replacement surgery with a celebratory dance party. It might be a good idea to use your pain journal to note what you think you will need during your recovery process, as well as a list of people or
typical battery-operated TENS unit modulates pulse width, frequency, and intensity of pain and so is very helpful in self-regulation. TENS units can help to shift the sensations of pain by introducing a competing sensation that can be fully regulated by the pain patient. Please visit http://wikipedia.org/wiki/ Transcutaneous_electrical_nerve_stimulation for more information. Index A abuse, 5, 22, 85 acceptance, 71, 110–111, 143 active release therapy (ART), 165 acupoints, 165