Medical literature defines chronic pain as pain that has lasted for more than three months. Chronic pain is an epidemic worldwide, with 1.5 billion people feeling its effects. In the United States, about 100 million individuals are estimated to suffer from chronic pain, costing the country billions of dollars in health care and lost work productivity each year.  While the statistics are staggering, pain research receives less than one percent of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. [Excerpt from The Dana Foundation News]

Chronic pain is an extremely complex condition.  Its management requires a multidisciplinary approach as its effects cause distress at the levels of our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Under normal circumstances, pain acts as an alarm system, causing us to stop what we’re doing immediately.   But chronic pain continues despite the lack of imminent danger.  In many cases there is no specific underlying cause or treatment and the source of the pain is uncertain.  One thing for sure is that the pain is absolutely real and must be addressed in a way that provides coping skills and methods of self-care in order to allow us to function.  [Click to view and print complete article]

Breaking Free of Chronic Pain is a unique program that combines a wide array of tools and techniques for chronic pain management.  These self-care tools are derived from a variety of mind-body therapies and provide coping skills which address the effects of this condition at every level.

 

Breathing, mindfulness and guided relaxation techniques help alleviate stress, trauma, anxiety and depression.

Gentle movement sequences help alleviate discomfort and ease tension in the musculoskeletal system.

Energy Medicine provides specific pain easing techniques and essential practices for daily self-care.

Sample Technique below:

Breathing Out the Pain Technique

Breathe in through your nostrils to the count of four, mouth closed (as if smelling a rose).  Visualize the breath going to the area of discomfort.

Hold for the count of seven, allowing the healing breath to transform the pain and break up the blocked energy.

Breathe out through the mouth (as if blowing out a candle) to the count of eight, releasing the congestion and tension from the area of discomfort.

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