Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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

Treatments: Self-treatments and personal action

MFR self-treatment


BOTTOM LINE:  Helps reduce my pain, but not eliminate it completely.


After I returned from my first of three John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR) two-week intensives, I started self-treating my myofascial pain using tools such as a Theracaneoccipivot pad*, foam roller, and tennis balls. This has been effective in bringing down spikes in my pain. Two resources I found helpful are the Comprehensive Myofascial Self Treatment workbook by Joyce Patterson and The Trigger Point Manual by Davies and Davies. However, while I diligently self-treated as the therapists taught me, it seems my buried pain was too strong for the self-treatment to fully cure me.


I have also taken breaks from myofascial self-treatment, thinking that maybe I was focusing too much on the physical aspect of my pain (see Stop trying). But even trying not to try for a year or two did not resolve my chronic pain. So I continue to self-treat my pain when it is particularly bad, which usually helps temporarily reduce my pain.


Some people I know, however, have had their pain flare up when they self-treated. Much of the success of any attempt to reduce pain has to do with where you are in the process of healing. If I had tried to use some of these techniques at the very beginning when I was in so much more pain, I don't know that they would have been effective. But after I shed many layers of pain through recognition of the mind-body influence (see Reading about mindbody and JFB-MR treatment), and having highly trained therapists help release my fascia, these self-treatment methods then became extremely helpful.


Some people are lucky enough to self-treat themselves to freedom from pain (including self-treating the mind through reading Sarno and related books). I believe my mindbody has the ability to do so, but I just haven't fully achieved it yet.

 

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*A similar tool that I haven't used but that my physical therapists have recommended and that looks very effective is the CranioCradle. Instead, I continue to rely on the occipivot pad, although I don't need it as much as I used to.