Chronic Pain — 13 June 2013

bigstock-Stressed-hispanic-man-sufferin-26569859By Alan Gordon, Pain Psychotherapist

Over 50 million people in the US are suffering with chronic pain, but many of them don’t have to be. Recent studies have shown that often chronic back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, and many other forms of chronic pain are not the result of structural causes, but of learned nerve pathways in the brain.

John Sarno, MD, was one of the first physicians to hypothesize that many forms of chronic pain are reversible. He referred to this condition as Tension Myoneural Syndrome (or TMS). Working with other colleagues, he developed a protocol to treat chronic pain with a high rate of success. Three formal retrospective studies conducted at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University found that of 371 randomly selected chronic pain patients, 72% reported being free or nearly free of pain six months to three years after treatment.

Read more at National Pain Report.


About Author

Alan Gordon, Pain Psychotherapist

Alan Gordon, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), psychotherapist and the Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, has authored publications on the treatment of chronic pain, and has presented on the topic of pain treatment at conferences and trainings throughout the country. Alan served as the chair for the 2010 Mind-Body Conference in Los Angeles and co-created the Treatment Outline for the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association.

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