Extract from the Back Cover of Second Edition
“For every pain sufferer who has not been helped by conventional medicine, does not want to remain dependent on pain medications and is looking for innovative alternatives – this is the book.”
The Journey to Pain Relief is both a complete handbook of pain-management options and a detailed introduction to specific cutting-edge techniques. It explains the physiology of pain; the effects of fear, stress and worry; and the importance of cultivating attitudes that will help you tap into the body’s ability to heal. The book presents detailed information on pain-relief modalities including:
- exercise, breathing, laughter, relaxation and distraction
- alternative techniques, including magnet therapy, homeopathy, herbal treatments and prayer
- the broad range of physiotherapy options
- acupuncture and electroacupuncture
- electrical stimulation techniques
Other chapters cover how to take care of areas that commonly hurt, like the back, knees and head; a summary of coping skills and quick-relief options; and how to create and follow a self-directed pain-relief program.
An exciting Appendix delivers news from the front lines. Orientated more to practitioners, it contains detailed descriptions of breakthrough treatments that are based on the interactions between the brain’s chemistry and its electrical circuitry. The techniques discussed are
- new acupuncture treatments that are being deveoped to relieve stress and inflammation; boost the immune system; alleviate headaches and joint, back and muscle pain.
- Advances in TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) treatments and in MDC (Modified Direct Current) treatment methods. In particular, Action Potential Stimulation (APS) Current therapy, based on devices developed in South Africa in the 1990s, has been shown to provide more relief and less immediate discomfort than traditional electrical therapies.
Written for both pain sufferers and helping professionals, this book empowers both audiences. Most sections are accessible for readers at all levels of technical understanding, while the closely illustrated descriptions of new treatments will offer fresh options and insights to pain-relief practitioners.