Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers


Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

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BOTTOM LINE:  Haven't tried, but it scares me.

I know people who swear by it, but I have not been to a chiropractor. Frankly, the thought of someone playing with my cervical spine scares the crap out of me. My neck pain can flare up easily without anyone touching it. I don’t want to chance it.

 I do believe, however, that we are often mal-aligned. Yet personally, I have addressed this mostly through releasing restricted myofascial tissue via John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR) or MFR self-treatment. Restrictions in the body's muscle and fascia can pull the body out of alignment and once those restrictions are released, the spine and the rest of the body can fall into place better. 

I also know that cracking or popping my joints can help with alignment and can relieve pain to some degree. I crack my own back by twisting my torso (a habit since my gymnastics years), and my husband and daughter know how to give me a bear hug to crack my back. I also pop my hips into alignment each night before bed. By popping or cracking my own joints, I slightly increase my range of motion (although usually only temporarily). I just won't let anyone crack or twist my neck or abruptly move my head.