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If you suffer from chronic pain, you have probably asked yourself the question " Why won't my pain go away ? "Pain is something that tells us to "Stop!"....that if we go any further we could cause more damage. But many people suffer from chronic pain after surgery or the normal healing time. Chronic pain is referred to pain that has settled into your body and interferes with your daily living. ( No kidding, right?!)I have worked with a Dr. who has treated thousands of patients who just couldn't get relief from their chronic pain. He has a technique that combines acupressure and stretching. Dr. Berg's technique never treats the site of pain but rather the protective neurological mechanisms behind the pain. When you are first injured, there are nerve circuits which go into action to protect you...when those guarding mechanisms stay in the "on" position, you feel pain. He likens it to a fuse that blows in your home and short circuits the electricity. Once the fuse is treated things run like they should again.As I understand it, one of the keys to getting rid of chronic pain is understanding how the nerve circuits work in the body and how/where they get stuck after an injury should have healed. He says that instead of treating the site of the chronic pain area that you would seek out the mirror image of the pain and massage that spot.Let me explain further. If a point on your right shoulder is experiencing pain, go to your left shoulder and find the exact mirror image spot. It should be tender. Find the most tender spot and massage it to tolerance for 1-2 minutes. If you weren't able to find a tender spot on the mirror image of your body, then go to the opposite side of the pain area. So if the back of your shoulder is hurting, mentally imagine an arrow going through to the front of your body/shoulder and then massage this point. Make sense?Just for clarification, I am not a Dr. but I have experienced chronic pain in my back and knee, and have found his techniques to provide immediate and lasting pain relief for me. This technique is relatively new and provides exciting hope for those people who have tried everything but still can't get pain relief. If you want information/research, you can also check out the pain study that was conducted by Dr. Gary J Bennett of McGill University. The research provides the "first conclusive proof" that trauma on one side of the body can cause opposite-side nerve damage.I hope this helps someone get pain relief. I will try and post more on this. Jan
I discovered a book called The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies, NCTMB that really helped me when I had back spasms. There is referred pain, and then there are the specific trigger points to eliminate the referred pain. It is amazing how well this program works!
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