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

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

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

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Does your pain consume your thoughts- when you feel a twinge of pain, do you obsess over whether or not it's going to get worse? Also known as safety reappraisal, this technique has been shown by scientists to significantly decrease fear. By a gradually increased exposure to different types of exercise, I have had some corrective experiences that showed me that there are certain things I can already do again without crashing, reducing my fear of trying to do more again.

I haven’t really found it’s helped yet but intend to read it again as the athlete makes it very enjoyable and a funny read. I found this is helpful because elements of their experience mirror my own and I have some of the same queries and reactions. This is the revolutionary message from psychotherapist Alan Gordon who, frustrated by the lack of effective treatment for his own debilitating pain, developed a highly successful approach to eliminating symptoms without surgery or medication, offering a viable and drug-free alternative to existing – and often addictive – methods. Even better, Alan Gordon and Alan Ziv have a way of writing using personal experiences and lively stories that takes a concept that can be difficult to comprehend and puts it into an approachable narrative that is enjoyable to read. Migraineurs know about the slippery slope of medication overuse… it’s a nearly impossible tightrope walk.The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network. While there are some reasonable ideas in this book that may be helpful in reducing and managing chronic pain, the book is a bit too chatty and fluffy for my liking. I went to the neurologist and tried anti-CGRPs, triptans, and currently am on an SNRI that has boosted my mood enough to actually consider reading a book like this and be open to the possibility that it could help. I am now meditating, doing yoga, and retraining my brain to stop obsessing over my pain and whether or not it's going to get worse. Psychotherapist Alan Gordon was in grad school when he started experiencing chronic pain and it completely derailed his life.

Variation on the same key, really, and kind of bogus that Sarno wasn't credited for saying the same thing already in a different way. Alan Gordon is the founder and director of the Pain Psychology Center in California, a leading treatment facility for chronic pain sufferers that sees over 1,500 patients from around the world every year. Your brain is going off like a false alarm, thinking it's protecting you when, in fact, it's hurting you.

While the few pages of actual ideas presented in the book are worthwhile and valuable reading, I can't recommend it as a full book.

But so often the credentials bit reads like a vanity project, especially when it takes up half the book. A combination of mindfulness and therapy, somatic tracking imbibes the philosophy popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who helped popularize mindfulness in the West. Heard about the author because of an article in the Washington Post about the Pain Psychology Center and their ways of treating chronic pain. While to the cynic, this may read like fundamentals of medicine 101, there is an underlying method to the madness.Things were looking up, I had just gotten my second COVID vaccine, I was starting a new job with a new schedule, I had finished grad school.

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