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The Way Out: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Heal Chronic Pain

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If you’re of a scientific persuasion, there are no less than 160 annotated references if you’d like to do a deep dive. Very, very useful indeed and an absolute lifesaver if you’re willing to accept that your mind and body are connected and that your brain can cause the pain that you are feeling. She asked me cover my eyes whilst she touched my legs with a cotton wool ball or poked me with a cocktail stick.

You might constantly live in the fear panic cycle, or maybe you have developed a pattern of 'fixing' or maybe you are just trying to figure out the 'why'. In a world where chronic pain often plays a haunting refrain, the idea of neuroplastic reprogramming sounds like a symphony of hope.

I recently started seeing a therapist who specializes in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and she recommended this book to me as an overview of the technique. Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv in their compelling book “Way Out”, introduce the concept of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a radical approach to eliminating chronic pain instead of just managing the discomfiture by taking recourse to conventional remedies such as surgeries, physiotherapy and opioids intake. There are plenty of examples and different ways to approach the process in the book, and it provides a technical and practical background that forms a solid foundation to one’s PRT journey. The Way Out dives into Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) a system of psychological techniques designed to rewire the brain and break the cycle of chronic pain. With the backdrop of a society grappling with long covid symptoms and the inherent fears they bring, this approach seems like a daring dance, challenging both the brain’s pathways and societal perceptions, but one that promises a more harmonious future.

Alan Gordon, a psychotherapist and the founder of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, was in grad school when he started experiencing chronic pain and it completely derailed his life. g. nutrition, habits, sleep quality, fulfilment and self expression, relationships, social and spiritual life, work (if we’re able to) and others. I try all sorts of things for my pain; physio, tens, painkillers, yoga, hot and cold compress, activity, massage, rest etc.I have read John Sarno's book on back pain and found it no help at all, but this book has a more nuanced and sophisticated approach than that book.

Needless to say, my pain was so overwhelming and intrusive that I would literally try anything to get my life back. I have already recommended this book to a handful of people in my life who also experience chronic pain. I kept thinking, if the pain could be switched on such as it was, then surely there must be a way to switch it off again. The authors before closing their engrossing book rightly bemoan the complete disdain given to the concept of understanding pain, in medical curricula across the globe. In addition to back, neck and knee pains, he also suffered from heel pain tongue pain, eye pain, tooth pain toe pain (three different toes!Over time, supposedly, you can disconnect fear from feelings of pain, which will reduce their hold over you. Heard about the author because of an article in the Washington Post about the Pain Psychology Center and their ways of treating chronic pain. This book was so much fun to read that I can see myself re-reading this in the future, when I need a reminder. I usually get terrible, terrible migraines about once or twice a year that send me to the ER, so it made sense that maybe I was now suffering from chronic migraine. In a ground-breaking study, PRT helped 98% of patients reduce their pain levels and 66% were completely cured.

While to the cynic, this may read like fundamentals of medicine 101, there is an underlying method to the madness. Debilitated by chronic pain throughout his body for several years and frustrated by the lack of effective treatment, Gordon developed the ground-breaking Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) – a highly effective system of psychological techniques that rewire the brain’s neural circuits to turn off “stuck” pain signals. I'll admit to following Gordon's Instagram page, and while the snippets of info are great for that limited focus, it doesn't translate well into a compelling, cohesive, or comprehensive book. I was learning about mindfulness and emotions and all that at the same time, which I think really helped cement it all.As someone who has been dealing with TMS (mind-body) symptoms for the better part of the last year, I was both excited and kind of nervous about reading this book.

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